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Midwest First-Year Conference

September 29, 2017

Keynote Speaker Information:

Laura I. Rendon, PhD Professor Emerita and Co-Director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education at University of Texas-San Antonio

Title: Enhancing Student Success: Employing Validation, High-Impact Practices and an Asset-Based Framework.

Keynote Abstract: The keynote address will address three areas of importance as colleges and universities seek to foster student success. These include: 1) engaging faculty and staff in actively validating and supporting students, 2) employing pedagogic innovations that result in high-impact practices and deep learning experiences, and 3) working with an asset-based student success framework that acknowledges student strengths and community cultural wealth.

Higher Education Leadership Panel:

Dr. Karl Brooks
Vice President for Student Affairs
Oakton Community College

Dr. Shawna Cooper-Gibson
Assistant Provost, Student Academic Services
Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Daniel López Jr.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Development
Northeastern Illinois University

Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin
Vice President for Student Affairs
Northwestern University


Sessions At A Glance:


10:00–11:00 a.m.
Damen Cinema Norville 114 Norville 341 Cuneo 103 Cuneo 107 Cuneo 111 Damen 216  
A Conversation About Student Success With Dr. Laura I Rendon

Dr. Laura I Rendon,
University of Texas at San Antonio and Center for Research & Policy in Education
Designing Inclusive Learning Environments with Active Learning Strategies

Keyona Castleman,
Loyola University Chicago

Annie Kelly,
Loyola University Chicago
Bridging the Digital Divide for Incoming Students

Joel Houlette,
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Jamie Opdyke,
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

First Generation Summer Bridge Programming

Jenna Martin,
Franklin College
How a small private college retention rate increased: Five strategies for student success

Dr. Brittany Bell,
St. Norbert College



Developing a First-Year Residential Curriculum: The Loyola Experience at Home

Niecy Riley,
Loyola University Chicago

Sam Siner,
Loyola University Chicago
Building an Inclusive Campus: Incorporating Power, Privilege, and Diversity into a Summer English Program for International Students

Lynn Ishikawa,
DePauw University

Dr. Tamara Stasik,
DePauw University

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Damen Cinema Norville 114 Norville 341 Cuneo 103 Cuneo 107 Cuneo 111 Damen 216 Damen 214
ICYMI/JSYK: Easy-Peasy Ways to Add Digital Magic to Your Teaching!

Brad Garner,
Wesleyan University
Effectively Leveraging a Student Team to Create a More Inclusive First-Year Experience Lauren Napolitano, Northern Illinois University

Shelley Mass,
Northern Illinois University

Kelly Smith,
Northern Illinois University
Connecting the Dots: Developing a Sense of Belonging for Undocumented Students

Susana DasNeves, Northern Illinois University

Sandy Lopez, Northern Illinois University
Self-Authorship in the First-Year Seminar

Dr. Adetokunbo Earl Fatoke,
Malcolm X College
Compassionate Enrollment: A New Solution to the Old Problem of Retention

Kimberly Moore,
Loyola University Chicago
Understanding Bias and Promoting Inclusivity: Tools from UNIV 102

Betsi S. Burns,
Loyola University Chicago

Kelly Moore,
Loyola University Chicago

Robyn Mallett,
Loyola University Chicago Leah Pasquesi,
Loyola University Chicago
The PROMISE Scholars Program: A National Science Foundation STEM Initiative

Dr. Denise R. Hayman, Northern Illinois University
We Are MVP and BOLD: Creating Successful Student of Color Programs By Centering Cultural Wealth

Der Vang,
Iowa State University

Tabatha Cruz,
Iowa State University

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Damen Cinema Norville 114 Norville 341 Cuneo 103 Cuneo 107 Cuneo 111 Damen 216  
An Overview of FYE in the Research: The Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Tracy Skipper, University of South Carolina and National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition
The Multicultural Success Academy

Dr. Darrell King, Michigan State University

Sherri Henry, Michigan State University
Building the Foundation for Success of First Year, First Generation College Students

Kelley O'Neal,
Texas A&M University
Commuter Student 8 Weeks Program

Jenna Martin, Franklin College
Get out of the Office: Effective advising practices outside of the Advising Office

Ryan Echevarria, College of Lake County
Learning Portfolios and the First-Year Experience: Documenting Student Learning for Growth and Development

Shannon Milligan, University of Illinois-Chicago

Annie Kelly, Loyola University Chicago
Ballin' on a Budget: Financial Health and First Year Students

Ashley Harzog Cleland, Millikin University