SDA 20th Anniversary Reflections

A week ago today, Seattle University hosted the SDA 20th Anniversary Professional Development Day. With the weeks of combined efforts from the SDA 20th Anniversary planning committee, I knew the event would be great! Over 250 professionals from around the Puget Sound region, and even as far away as Illinois and California, joined together to discuss important topics that face student affairs educators today. Needless to say, it went off without a hitch! 

I was impressed by the caliber of the various panelists that spoked in each of the sessions. I was impressed by the number of current SDA students who volunteered their time and energy to help make the day successful. I was impressed with Dr. Larry Roper’s keynote presentation.

On Sunday, April 29, we celebrated the SDA program with a brunch celebration. The program contained a mixture of reflecting and celebrating! SDA alums Paige Gardner, Erin Byrne McElory, and Jonathan Brown shared their own personal stories on how the SDA program has impacted their lives as student affairs professionals. Courtney Stringer announced a scholarship to be named after her father, SDA program director Jeremy Stringer. I could not had been more pleased with the day! 

As we celebrate this historic and incredible anniversary, I am reminded of the genuine care demonstrated by our community. I am proud to be a member of the SDA program and soon-to-be alum! Thank you to everyone who made the weekend celebration so successful!

Here’s to 20 more years!

-Nick Dietrich


About nickdietrich

Currently a graduate student at Seattle University studying Student Development Administration. Interested in sports, especially the Denver Broncos! Interning this summer at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ in the Office of Student Life & Leadership.

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