St. Paul, Minnesota - October 22 through 24, 2014


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Registration Fees | Cancellation & Refund Policy | Conference Objectives
Student Employment Essentials Training | NSEA Above and Beyond Certification Program
Conference Newcomer's Session | Hotel Information | Airport/Transportation Information
Community Service Project | What to Bring | Attire/Weather | Things to do in St. Paul
Conference Schedule & Workshops

Registration Fees
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Member is defined as a paid member of NSEA or MASEA. Conference Registration includes: one (1) admission to conference general sessions and workshops, plus all meals noted on the conference schedule.

Registration submitted through September 29, 2014    $395
Registration submitted after September 29, 2014    $445
SEE Training Track A Registration, October 20, 2014  $189
SEE Training Track B Registration, October 21, 2014  $189

Conference participants must be a member of National Student Employment Association (NSEA) and/or Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) to attend. Membership applications must be submitted separately from the conference registration.

The membership dues are as follows:

   NSEA Individual Dues:    $125.00
   MASEA Individual Dues:  $ 50.00

Cancellation & Refund Policy
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Registration cancellations received by September 29, 2014, will receive a full refund minus a $20 processing fee. Participants canceling after September 29, 2014, will not receive a refund. The cancellation and refund policy will not be waived since hotel commitments require financial commitments by the Association. Registration fees may be transferred to another individual at your college/university.

For more information contact:
NSEA National Office Manager, June Hagler at or call (972) 690-8772

Conference Objectives
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  • Enhance a common understanding of what roles student employment professionals play and how we enhance student learning.
  • Discover methods and means for recognizing and promoting student employment at our campuses.
  • Understand how and where change is occurring within student employment, higher education, and federal regulations.
  • Develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to execute ethical and effective student employment programs.
  • Refresh your individual and community spirit.

Student Employment Essentials Training
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Student Employment Essentials (SEE) is NSEA's premier training for new and seasoned professionals. The information and instruction gained at this training is valuable for both the quality of student employment programs and the knowledge gained by the professionals administering the services. NSEA provides training that includes all of the components necessary to make your student employment program successful.

The Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators will offer Student Employment Essentials - the Foundation for Effective Student Employment Programs training the two days before the conference. Tracks A & B are offered separately, but members are encouraged to attend both for maximizing their success as student employment program administrators.

Track A is offered on Monday, October 20, and Track B on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Each track costs $189 and begins promptly at 9:00 am and concludes at 5:00pm. Registration for the SEE trainings is a separate cost from the conference. Training will include the following topics:

Track A - Legal Issues in Student Employment

  • Employment Regulations
  • Developing Training Programs
  • Employing International Students
  • I-9s and W-4's
  • Interview and Selection

Track B - Job Development and FWS in Student Employment

  • Federal Work Study (FWS) - Program Management and Administration
  • FWS - Student Eligibility
  • FWS - Job Location and Development (JLD) Administration
  • Marketing Your Student Employment Program
  • FWS - Allowable employment
  • FWS - Off-Campus Programs
  • FWS - Community Service.

Participants will gain enhanced knowledge, skills, and abilities that will help them with their personal and professional goals in addition to the following:

Track A

  • Important legal information that could save the participants university millions of dollars in litigation.
  • Review of Fair Labor Standards Act, IRS rules, FERPA and ADA compliance;
  • Regulations concerning employing internationals students;
  • Crucial information on interviewing students for jobs;
  • Methods of training supervisors.

Track B

  • Department of Education guidelines for Federal Work Study;
  • Help in setting up a FWS Community Service Program, developing jobs and maintaining employer relations;
  • Steps for reporting the FWS Community Service requirement, calculating earnings and using program models from other schools;
  • Tools for setting up, promoting, reporting and maintaining a successful Job Location and Development Program;
  • Marketing techniques to bring in more jobs and more students;
  • Tips on involving faculty in student employment programs.

NSEA Above and Beyond Certification Program
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This professional development program combines the best of NSEA's conference sessions and volunteer opportunities into one unique program that honors the commitment of members to not only explore areas within student employment but to expand their own personal growth. Program participants will be awarded an NSEA Professional Development Certificate for completing the requirements.

The conference schedule will indicate which breakout sessions are designated as "Above & Beyond". You will sign-in at the session and then record your attendance to be used as one of the program requirements. You can link to the NSEA Above & Beyond Brochure for more information on the requirements of this program.

Conference Newcomer's Session
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NSEA is about people sharing their ideas, time, and energy. If you are new to the association or you are interested in getting involved, we would like to meet you. This is your chance to meet the NSEA Board of Directors, other members and learn more about the association. Refer to the actual conference schedule for meeting location and time.

Hotel Information
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Crowne Plaza Hotel - St. Paul Riverfront
11 East Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55101

Hotel Pool & Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Saint Paul, Minnesota: A History
St. Paul, Minnesota is a charming mix of the old and new. Historic buildings dot the horizon, yet the city pulses with fresh, urban energy. Enjoy a stay at Crowne Plaza St. Paul Hotel - Riverfront, located in downtown overlooking the river, and discover Minnesota's unforgettable Capital City.

Settlers began to move into the territory following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. This choice location along the bend of the Mississippi River supported several small communities, which grew into the modern day Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The territory's first Catholic minister, Lucien Galtier, is credited with naming the town after his favorite saint. When Minnesota became a state in 1858, Saint Paul was selected as the capital city. By this time, Saint Paul was known in the shipping trade as "The Last City in the East" thanks to the peculiar geography of the northern Mississippi. This major landing point contributed greatly to the success of the region.

Saint Paul boomed in the 1970s and 80s, leading to the building-up and modernization of the downtown area. Much of the city's historic charm remains amidst the skyscrapers as evidenced in the beautiful Capitol campus.

Saint Paul Today
Today St. Paul is a dynamic business, cultural and entertainment destination thriving with world-class attractions. Just half a mile from the hotel you can experience the best of the city at the Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul River Centre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and the esteemed Science Museum of Minnesota.

Reservation Information

Reservations can be made by calling: 1 - 866 - 686 - 2867
Inform the reservationist that you are attending the NSEA Conference to ensure the NSEA room rate. All reservations require a guarantee with a major credit card. In the case of a cancellation, the deposit is refundable if notice is received 72 hours before the day of arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.

Last date to reserve a room at the NSEA conference rate is September 29, 2014. At the cut-off date the hotel will release the unreserved rooms for general sale and determine whether it can accept reservations from the attendees based on a space-and rate-available basis at the organization's group rate.

Hotel Room Rates

Room rates are per night and do not include applicable state and local taxes. The NSEA conference rates are as follows:

   $140 - Single occupancy   $140 - Double occupancy

Add $10.00 for each additional person in the room beyond two people (maximum four).

Airport/Transportation Information
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If you are driving, here's a map of the area.

From Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (7.5 miles): Take I-494 East to Highway 5 (7th Street). Follow Highway 5 to downtown St. Paul. Turn right/east onto Kellogg Boulevard. At the third stoplight, turn left/north onto Wabasha Street. Our downtown St. Paul hotel will be on your right.

From Rochester International Airport (85 miles): Merge onto US-63 going north. Merge onto US-52 going north for 78 miles. Exit and turn left onto Plato Boulevard east. Turn right onto South Robert Street. Turn left onto Kellogg Boulevard. You'll see the hotel on your right.

From Amtrak Train Station (6 miles): Take I-94 east to Kellogg Boulevard. Turn right/east onto Kellogg Boulevard. Turn left/north onto Wabasha Street. Turn into hotel on your right.

It is expected a new light rail system will be available in June 2014 that will transport passengers from the airport to downtown St. Paul locations as well as to Minneapolis and the Mall of America. As details become available you will receive information about how to connect with this service.

Super Shuttle transportation from the airport to the hotel can be booked ahead of time at

Community Service Project
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Each year attendees participate in a community service auction to raise funds that are donated to a local charity. This year's choice is Second Harvest Heartland. They work to reinvent hunger relief through leadership and innovation. As the Upper Midwest's largest hunger relief organization, their goal is not only to help out hungry neighbors today, but to provide the means for everyone to be fed tomorrow. They're known for distributing great amounts of food quickly and efficiently; in 2012 alone, they collected, warehoused and distributed more than 76 million pounds of food-but they are also constantly pioneering ways to reduce waste and better use the abundant resources available in this land of plenty.

Transforming the thinking behind hunger relief from "How to solve the current problem now," into "How to solve the entire problem tomorrow," is a critical aspect of what they do. Implementing sustainable systems that feed their neighbors in immediate need while helping them get back on their feet and in position to help others is the key to ending the cycle of hunger. It's becoming increasingly clear that providing hungry neighbors with information about available resources is just as important as the food source itself. What good is a food source if no one knows about it?

Initiatives like Harvest to Home collect unsold or un-harvested fruits and vegetables from farmers and deliver it to the tables of our neighbors in need. Our Food Rescue Program sees that fresh surplus goes directly from area retailers to the shelves of our agency partners, eliminating hundreds of tons of waste in the process. The Pallet of the Month Club asks for one relatively small donation from 30 retailers per month. If successful, the program will generate nearly half a million pounds of first-run food every year. That's 390,000 meals for our friends in need.

Watch NSEA News for more information about how you can be helpful in assisting the needy of St. Paul.

What to Bring
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  • Items for the resource table (program manuals, handouts, marketing tools, etc. that you want to share with other attendees
  • Item(s) for the Silent Auction and/or items for the charity
  • Business cards for networking with other attendees
  • Donations for Second Harvest Heartland

Those attending their first NSEA conference should know that the National Student Employment Association welcomes all new members and counts on all current members to assist new comers in answering questions and offering information on the conference format and programs offered by the association. Many new student employment professionals enhance their training and development with valuable contacts at the conference. Returning participants agree that they get great ideas and solve pressing issues by networking with colleagues. So don't forget to bring plenty of business cards.

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The month of October is characterized by very rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 65°F to 50°F over the course of the month, exceeding 78°F or dropping below 36°F only one day in ten. Suggestions for your suitcase include, warm jacket or fleece, umbrella, walking shoes and swimsuit if you care to use the pool and hot tub. Casual business attire is appropriate for the conference daily wear.

Things to do in St. Paul
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Shop. Learn. Explore. Entertainment abounds in this capital city: Science Museum of Minnesota (0.3 mile) Minnesota Children's Museum (0.4 mile) Harriet Island Regional Park (1 mile) Padelford Packet Boat Co. (1 mile) Grand Avenue Shopping (2 miles) Como Park, Zoo and Conservatory (5 miles) University of Minnesota (8 miles) Downtown Minneapolis (10 miles) Mall of America (11.5 miles) Minnesota Zoo (17.5 miles)

Conference Schedule & Workshops
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The National Student Employment (NSEA) Annual Conference is co-hosted by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) and provides pertinent training through a variety of relevant workshops geared towards the participant's professional development.

Attending this conference provides the opportunity for professionals to learn and train with other administrators from a broad range of states and types of institutions. Student Employment professionals come together to connect and collaborate on best practices, emerging trends and, most importantly, to build long-lasting relationships. We always offer a wide a range of training topics, including the latest federal update.

Conference Highlights

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Twenty (or more) Engaging Session Presentations
  • Sessions for all levels and areas of student employment
  • Marketing and Promotion Ideas
  • International Student Employment
  • Professional Development Tools & Strategies

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