Associates for Student Development

  • Our History and Mission

    The Associates for Student Development is a graduate student organization with membership limited to Student Affairs in Higher Education degree candidates. Its mission is to promote professional development through discussions of current issues, movements, and/or changes in higher education, as well as to enhance rapport between members of the SAHE community by serving as a forum for the dissemination of information at regular meetings throughout the academic year.  

    There are also social events that ASD coordinates, providing community within the cohort (e.g., SAHE Kick-off, Altoona Curve Game, Game Nights). ASD provides its members with opportunities to participate in a mentor/mentee program at the beginning of the year. Your mentor will be a second-year student and will help you become acquainted with SAHE as well as the benefits of ASD. A one-time participation fee of $20 helps to defer the cost of events and support the résumé project.


    All members of ASD can join one of the various committees, which are overseen by the executive board. These include the Service Committee, Professional Development Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Programming Committee. Special committees, such as Opening Kick-Off Committee, and Banquet Committee, are formed throughout the year as well with departmental supervision.

    2018 ASD Executive Board2018–19 ASD Officers

    • President: Danielle Parker
    • Vice President of Administration and Finance: Robert Leibel
    • Vice President of Public Relations: Nina LaCombe
    • Vice President of Professional Development: Angela Delfine
    • Vice President of Programming: Brandyn Holtzinger
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mimi Benjamin 

    Follow us on Twitter: @SAHEASD

    The Graduate Student Assembly is a consortium of IUP graduate students who collectively work on issues pertinent to the graduate students of the IUP campuses. As GSA’s decisions affect us—their events are open to all ASD members—we work closely to provide support for their organization. 

    Professional Organizations

    Student Affairs has many professional organizations linked to functional areas. Below, you will find links to the broad organizations for student affairs.

    National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
    NASPA is the largest professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate students.
    American College Personnel Association
    ACPA provides outreach, advocacy, research, and professional development to foster college student learning.
    Pennsylvania College Personnel Association
    PCPA serves student affairs personnel in higher education in Pennsylvania.