New Professional Fired for Inappropriate Conference Behavior

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by Hannah Q. Scott
Freelance Writer

"Jennifer never left the confines of the conference center," said a colleague. "I tried to get her to go shopping with me but she was too stubborn to grow professionally."

Jennifer Lane, a residence hall director in her first year at Savoy College, had her contract terminated upon returning from this year’s National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ conference (NASPA).

According to Carlos Beals, director of residence life, “Jennifer did not exhibit the type of role modeling behavior that is expected from professionals at Savoy. We saw this behavior from Jennifer at the regional conference in the fall and, sadly, she couldn’t turn it around for the national.”

“All I did was plan out and type up my itinerary for the conference a week in advance, including estimated times for eating, sleeping and showering,” said Lane. “Then I followed it exactly to take advantage of every possible educational opportunity. This is an outrage. I’m 24 and can make my own decisions about what to do. I’m going to call my dad and have him get me an employment lawyer.”

Carmen Resnik, a third-year residence hall director, explained, “What Jennifer doesn’t understand is that conferences are for networking and socializing. She only socialized at open committee meetings or at planned conference events. She went to every single session – even the 7:30 a.m. ones! That’s just ridiculous.”

Director Beals added, “We believe in the transformative power of informal socializing and networking. We’ve tried hard to instill a philosophy that attending every item on the schedule isn’t necessary and we want to impart on future candidates that we’re laid back and cool. Jennifer never fully embraced that philosophy.”

Savoy College’s counsel could not be reached for comment. Upon further investigation, the college’s lawyer was found playing skee-ball at Dave & Buster’s with the vice chancellor of student affairs, who offered, “We’re only using up the tokens I won when I was at NASPA.”