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OUR
HISTORY

The South Dakota Higher Education Association has a long history with the state of South Dakota. Originally chartered under the title "South Dakota College Personnel Association", SDHEA has been a part of the education landscape in South Dakota since 1971.

 

Within the original bi-laws, the purpose of the Association was as follows:
To provide leadership in student personnel work within the framework of the goals of higher education; and, to provide the opportunity for men and women in college personnel work to service together productively and to participate in the research, the thought, and the sharing of considered experience which is basic to a profession's growth and social utility.

-from the SDHEA archives 

A Brief Timeline

1971

Charter Plans presented at the SDPGA (South Dakota Personnel and Guidance Association) conference

Application submitted for charter and was approved

1972

Official Charter was accepted in 1972 at the ACPA (American College Personnel Association) convention in March in Chicago

Charter Members: Marc Boesen, Glen Peterson, Don Allen

Associated with SDPGA

1976

First annual conference hosted in Sioux Falls, SD
Themed "Bicentennial Student"

1986

Affiliated with SDACD (South Dakota Association with Counseling & Development)

1989

First conference hosted West River in Spearfish, SD
Themed "Student Success"

OUR ANNUAL CONFERENCES

The first conference was held in 1976 in Sioux Falls.  The theme was “Bicentennial Student”.  The next twelve annual conferences were held in Sioux Falls.  In 1989, the conference began a rotating host schedule with the first West River conference held in Spearfish. 

 

Since then, the conference has been hosted in the cities of:  Brookings, Lead, Spearfish, Chamberlain, Rapid City, Watertown, Sioux Falls, Huron, Yankton, Mitchell, and Aberdeen. 

 

The 1996 conference was held in Huron, but during a blizzard!  Attendance was somewhat low and sporadic.  Aberdeen didn’t officially host the conference as it was cancelled due to a snowstorm in 1997.

Location

City

Rapid City*

2024

Theme

Location

Dakota Westleyan University

City

Mitchell

2023

September 26 - September 27

Theme

Great Things Ahead

Location

Hilton Garden Inn

City

Sioux Falls

2022

November 9 - November 10

Theme

Invite, Include, & Involve

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Spearfish

2021

November 15 - November 17

Theme

Seasons of Change

Location

Hilton Garden Inn

City

Sioux Falls

2020

February 11 - February 13

Theme

2020: Envision the Future in Higher Education

Location

Hilton Garden Inn

City

Sioux Falls

2019

February 5 - February 7

Theme

Adaptability: Strategies for Changes in Higher Education

Location

The Lodge

City

Deadwood

2018

February 5 - February 7

Theme

Access

Location

Hilton Garden Inn

City

Sioux Falls

2017

February 15 - February 17

Theme

Balance: The Key to Holistic Success

Location

Spearfish Conference Center

City

Spearfish

2016

February 8 - February 10

Theme

Persist: Retaining Knowledge, Students, & Talent in South Dakota

Location

Highland Conference Center

City

Mitchell

2015

February 3 - February 5

Theme

Together Toward Tomorrow

Location

Cedar Shore

City

Chamberlain

2014

February 5 - February 7

Theme

Awesome: Be in the Business of Being Awesome

Location

Days Inn

City

Lead

2013

February 6 - February 8

Theme

Forging a Path for Tomorrow's Students, Today

Location

Hilton Garden Inn

City

Sioux Falls

2012

February 8 - February 10

Theme

Operation Graduation

Location

Ramada Inn

City

Aberdeen

2011

February 9 - February 11

Theme

All Aboard: The Hub of Collaboration

Location

Radisson Hotel

City

Rapid City

2010

February 10 - February 12

Theme

The Power of Knowledge: Developing a Legacy of Learning

Location

Cedar Shore

City

Chamberlain

2009

February 4 - February 6

Theme

Bridges to Understanding: Connecting People and Ideas

Location

Days Inn

City

Brookings

2008

Theme

Building Student Success

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Spearfish

2007

February 7 - February 9

Theme

Relax. Refocus. Rejuvenate

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Mitchell

2006

Theme

Celebrate Leadership

Location

Kelly Inn

City

Yankton

2005

February 2 - February 4

Theme

Voyage to Discovery

Location

Quality Inn

City

Rapid City

2004

February 11 - February 13

Theme

Come Aboard

Location

Encore Inn

City

Sioux Falls

2003

January 29 - January 31

Theme

Reaching for the Stars

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Mitchell

2002

February 6 - February 8

Theme

Pearls of Wisdom

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Spearfish

2001

February 14 - February 16

Theme

Climbing to New Heights

Location

Oaks Hotel

City

Sioux Falls

2000

February 9 - February 11

Theme

The Transition to the Next Century

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1999

February 11 - February 12

Theme

Winning Students... The Challenge

Location

Radisson Hotel

City

Rapid City

1998

February 12 - February 13

Theme

Building a Common Vision

Location

Ramkota lnn

City

Aberdeen

1997

January 30 - January 31

Cancelled due to weather

Theme

Live it, Learn it, Love it

Location

Crossroads Hotel

City

Huron

1996

January 25 - January 26

Blizzard occurred during conference

Theme

SDCPA... at the Crossroads of Higher Education

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Spearfish

1995

January 29 - January 31

Theme

Education: A Trail Ride to the Future

Location

Yankton Inn

City

Yankton

1994

January 30 - February 1

Theme

It's a Jungle Out There

Location

Ramkotalnn

City

Watertown

1993

January 31 - February 2

Theme

Dealing with People

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Rapid City

1992

February 9 - February 11

Theme

Location

Howard Johnson

City

Sioux Falls

1991

January 27 - January 29

Senator Daschle headline the conference

Theme

Challenge... Plan... Action!!!

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Brookings

1990

January 29 - January 30

Theme

New Decade...New Challenges

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Spearfish

1989

January 30 - January 31

Theme

Student Success

Location

Ramkota Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1988

January 25 - January 26

Theme

Personal and Professional Excellence

Location

Howard Johnson

City

Sioux Falls

1987

January 26 - January 27

Theme

Current & Future Concerns of Education in SD

Location

Howard Johnson

City

Sioux Falls

1986

January 20 - January 21

Theme

Futures in Higher Education

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1985

January 21 - January 22

Theme

ACT Workshop

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1984

January 23 - January 24

Theme

Building Academic Achievement

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1983

January 2 - January 25

Theme

Assessing the Higher Education Environment

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1982

January 25 - January 26

Theme

Career Planning & Related Issues

Location

Ramada Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1981

January 19 - January 20

Theme

Being a Professional

Location

Ramada Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1980

January 21 - January 22

Theme

What's Ahead in the 1980's in Higher Education in South Dakota

Location

Ramada Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1979

January 22 - January 23

Theme

Student Development: Meaning & Application

Location

Ramada Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1978

January 23 - January 24

Theme

The 4 R's of Retention: Review, Research, Retune, Respond

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1977

January 18 - January 19

Theme

Meeting the Needs of the Future Students

Location

Holiday Inn

City

Sioux Falls

1976

January 12 - January 13

Theme

Bicentennial Student

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