Professional development is highly valued at Cornell College. We sponsor internal professional development activities, in addition to encouraging staff to be involved with professional presentations, association leadership, and publications in their field of expertise. We are proud to be active contributors to our professions with examples of our commitments listed below.

Professional Association Memberships:

ACA - American Counseling Association
ACCA - American College Counseling Association
ACHA - American College Health Association
ACPA - American College Personnel Association
APA - American Psychological Association
AUCCCD - Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors
CCPI - College Career Professionals of Iowa
IACLEA - International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
IAICE - Iowa Association of Internships and Cooperative Education
ICoRN - Iowa College Recruiting Network
IPA - Iowa Psychological Association
ISPA - Iowa Student Personnel Association
MAPLA - Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors
MwACE - Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers
NACA - National Association for Campus Activities
NACE - National Association of Colleges and Employers
NASPA - National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
NCCHA - North Central College Health Association
PWN - Professional Women’s Network

Cornell-sponsored Professional Development 2009-2010

* "Learning Outcomes: Developing & Measuring Out of Class Experiences " (web conference)* "The 10 Myths of Social Justice" (web conference)* "Making the Grade: Retention Strategies for First-Year College Students" (web conference)

Cornell-sponsored Professional Development 2008-2009

* "Linking Student Learning and Study Skills Outcomes to Intervention Strategies that Enhance Student Development and Retention " (web conference)* "FERPA Fundamentals: What you Need to Know" (web conference)*  "Threat Assessment in the Campus Setting" (web conference)* "Desiging a Learner Assistance Program for Students with Disabilities" (web conference)* "The Amethyst Initiative Debate: Rethinking the Drinking Age" presented by John McCardell, Ph.D., Brett A. Sokolow, J.D. (web conference)


Individual  Staff Accomplishments

John W. Harp
Vice President for Student Affairs
EdD (abd) University of Memphis, MEd Winthrop University (SC), BA Winthrop University

Professional Memberships: NASPA, ISPA

Conferences Attended:
ISPA (Oct 2009); Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) chief student affairs officers annual meeting (Nov 2009)



Megan Hicks
Director of Student Activities
MA Bowling Green State University (OH), BA Lawrence University (WI)

Professional Memberships: ISPA, ACPA, NACA member and Showcase Selection Committee member

Conferences Attended: NACA regional conference, ISPA, ACPA

National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Northern Plains Regional Conference, "Establishing Accountability and Fostering Success in Student Volunteers," 2009

Advisor of the Year, Cornell College Student Leadership Awards, 2009


Jill deLaubenfels, MA BSN, RN
Director of Student Health Services
BSN University of Iowa
MA University of Iowa

Professional Memberships: American College Health Association (ACHA) 2008 and 2009

Conferences Attended: NCCHA Annual Conference 2008 and 2009

RJ Holmes
Director of the Engagement Program
MA University of Maryland, BA Cornell College

Professional Memberships: ACPA-College Student Educators, International
NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (MAPLA)

Conferences Attended: Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC) 2008 in Las Vegas, NV
ACPA Annual Convention 2009 in Washington, DC
Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (MAPLA) Annual Conference 2009 in Chicago, IL

Holmes, R.C. (2009, November). A call to action: Honoring the voices of LGBTQ students of color. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Commission for Administrative Leadership Chair's Award, ACPA, March 2009

Webmaster, ACPA Commission for Administrative Leadership, 2008-2009
Vice Chair for Communications, ACPA Commission for Administrative Leadership, 2009-present
Special Events Liaison, 2009 Annual Convention Planning Team, ACPA, 2008-present
Member-At-Large, Board of Directors of the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors, 2007-present
MAPLA Briefs Co-Editor, Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors, 2007-present
Webmaster, Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors, 2009-present
President, Access Iowa Board of Directors, 2008
Past President, Access Iowa Board of Directors (Past Chair, impactCR), 2009
Secretary, Legion Arts Board of Directors, 2009-present


Heidi Levine
Dean of Students
PhD Temple University, MS The Pennsylvania State University, BA Northern Illinois University

Professional Memberships: ACPA, NASPA, ISPA, Association for Student Conduct Administration

Conferences Attended:
ACPA National Conventions (Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA); ISPA (Cedar Rapids)

"Connecting with At-Risk Students Through Early Warning Programs" (ISPA, 2009)

"She Was Only 16" (roundtable on young students) (ISPA, 2009)

ACPA 2010 Vice President
ACPA 2010 Preconvention Program Chair
Member, ACPA Books and Media editorial board


Dr. Brenda Lovstuen
Director of Counseling
PhD University of Missouri - Kansas City, MA Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), BA Cornell College

Memberships: AUCCCD, APA, IPA, ACA, ACCAIowa-Illinois Small College Counseling Center Consortium
Licensed Psychologist, Iowa
National Certified Counselor
RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Certified Instructor

Conferences Attended:
AUCCCD Conference in Fort Worth, TX, October 17-21, 2008; Attended Pre-Conference Workshop, "The Mindful Director", October 17

Iowa-Illinois Small College Counseling Center Consortium Fall Meeting at Clarke College, November 14, 2008

Iowa-Illinois Small College Counseling Center Consortium Spring Meeting at Grinnell College, April 3, 2009

Workshop "Legal and Ethical Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice" in Des Moines, June 12, 2009

AUCCCD Conference in Asheville, NC, October 24-28, 2009:Attended Pre-Conference Workshop, "Assessment of Risk to Self or Others in University Students: Strategies, Policies, and Perils", October 24


Lovstuen, B. C., Galvinhill, P., & Marsh, N. (2009, October). Sexual Assault Outreach Efforts: Best Practices and Specific Interventions. Workshop presented at the AUCCCD Conference in Asheville, NC.

Co-teach with Mount Vernon and Marion Police Officers a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) self-defense course one or two times most fall and spring semesters (since fall 2004)


Laura Obrycki-Barrett
Assistant Director of Career Services
MA Ball State University (IN), BA University of Kansas

Professional Memberships: NACE, CCPI and IAICE

Conferences Attended: Iowa Association of Internships and Cooperative Education, Dubuque, IA, April 2009; College Career Professionals of Iowa, Decorah, IA, July 2009

Kara Trebil
Coordinator of Civic Engagement
MAE University of Northern Iowa, BA Wartburg College (IA)

Professional Memberships: ISPA, ACPA

Conferences Attended: 2008 ISPA, Iowa Disaster Relief Conference in August 2008, Social Justice Training Institute Drive-In Workshop at Cornell in March 2009

ISPA 2008, The Role of Civic Engagement in Higher Education