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Graduate Assistant Heads to Regional Conference for Student Affairs

By Amanda Morad | November 30, 2012

Jack Vitaliz with Carol Houser, George Mason University graduate student

Regent University recently sent five representatives to the statewide Virginia Student Services Conference in Wintergreen, Va. One of those representatives was graduate assistant Jack Vitaliz, who presented a session at the conference titled "The Benefits of Spirituality Interventions within Student Affairs." The session was named the "Best of VACUHO (Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers)" and earned Vitaliz a chance to present at the organization's regional conference in Atlanta in February.

Vitaliz was selected for the honor over several presenters with years of professional experience. "This is a great accomplishment for a graduate student," noted Carolyn Hughes, executive director of Student Services. "Jack is living out Christian Leadership to Change the World. He answered the call for leaders to present at the conference, and did so with excellence. We are very proud."

Vitaliz has been working as a graduate assistant for Career Services since January and for Residence Life and Housing since September. Both offices are housed within Student Services at Regent. Vitaliz is also a student in the School of Education and is working toward a Master's of Education in Student Affairs.

His conference presentation addressed spirituality for college students and how institutions of higher learning can better care for the spiritual vitality of their student body.

"Spiritual capital and spiritual intelligence are completely misunderstood and undervalued within higher education," said Vitaliz. "I think that my session stood out because it was a genuine conversation between myself and the audience about spirituality. I wholeheartedly believe that people of all faiths want to talk and learn about spirituality and are curious about what it can do for the world. My audience was so engaged in the topic. ... That enthusiasm turned into a word-of-mouth campaign that spread to everyone who didn't attend, which ultimately helped my presentation win the award."

"Jack's presentation challenged professionals from public and private universities to recognize the importance of spirituality in the development of college students and to actively support and encourage spiritual development on their campuses," Hughes added.

Sponsored by VACUHO and the Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the state conference attracted approximately 200 student affairs professionals from public and private institutions.

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Mindy Hughes, Public Relations

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