Department of Residence Services Hosts Google+ Conversation/Interview

Kent State University’s Department of Residence Services invites you to attend a Google+ conversation/interview titled “Charting a Course Toward Student Success: Advising from a Student-Centered Point of View” on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Studio A in the Twin Towers. The featured speaker is Norb W. Dunkel, associate vice president of student affairs for auxiliary services at the University of Florida.

This engaging conversation will focus on advising and other topics impacting the profession of student affairs in the higher education community, both from a national and international perspective.

Dunkel is an accomplished speaker, leader and educator. At the University of Florida, he provides oversight for the Department of Housing and Residence Education, the J. Wayne Reitz Union and the Department of Recreational Sports. These operations comprise of 4 million square feet of facilities, 1,800 employees and operational budgets exceeding $70 million annually. The housing operation is the largest in the southeastern United States with 165 buildings housing 7,600 undergraduate beds and 1,800 graduate students and their family members. The housing operations includes financial services, information technology, conferences services, administrative services, facilities management, residence life and education, building services, student leadership and engagement and payroll/personnel services.

Dunkel served as the 2008-2009 president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I). ACUHO-I represents 950 universities in 17 countries. He is the co-founder of the James C. Grimm National Housing Training Institute, which recently celebrated its 21st anniversary, and in 2011, became the founding co-director of the Student Housing Training Institute at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Dunkel has authored or edited 17 books and more than 40 articles and book chapters on topics such as crisis management, construction and renovation, and advising student organizations. He recently completed a six-volume book set titled Campus Housing Management for which he served as co-editor and author. He has served as a consultant to more than 20 universities and has presented numerous presentations and keynotes to conferences and workshops. He testified twice before U.S. Congressional committees in Washington regarding peer-to-peer file sharing and copyright protection.

Before moving to Gainesville, Dunkel worked in campus housing at a number of institutions in the Midwest, including South Dakota State University, the University of Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University.

In 1996, he received the regional and national Dan Hallenbeck Career Service Awards for his involvement as an advisor. He also received the 1998 Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Leadership and Service Award, the 1999 Charles W. Beene Award for Outstanding Service to the Southeastern Association for Housing Officers, the 2001 ACUHO-I Research and Publication Award, the 2004 ACUHO-I James C. Grimm Leadership and Service Award and the 2004 NACURH Ken Stoner Award. In 2010, he received the NASPA International Education Knowledge Community Best Practices Award, Global Partnership Program. In 2012, he received the ACUHO-I Foundation Parthenon Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership.

Dunkel lives in Gainesville, Fla., with his wife, Kim and their son, Nicholas, who is studying at the University of Florida majoring in English.

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For more information about the event, contact Charles Holmes-Hope at or 330-672-7000.

POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 11:00am
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