First Year Conference

FOCUSING ON THE FIRST YEAR | First Year Conference

A campus-wide discussion for faculty, staff, and administrators


Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Coffman Memorial Union

Mark your calendars for the biennial Focusing on the First Year Conference to take advantage of the opportunity to dialogue and strategize about academic and student development issues relating to first-year students. All University faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to attend.

Click HERE to register. Registration deadline is January 24, 2015 or once conference capacity has been reached.


This conference will utilize the U Minnesota mobile app for delivering all conference materials. Click here to learn more about the mobile app and how to download the Conference guide. To request printed materials, please contact Lisa Gruszka at


The following is tentative and subject to change. A more complete schedule and Education Session specifics will be posted in January 2015.

8:00-9:00 a.m. Featured Poster Sessions TBD
8:15-8:45 a.m. Check-In/Continental Breakfast TBD
8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome
(Lisa Gruskza, Laura Coffin Koch, Provost Hanson)
9:00-9:45 a.m. Diane Dean, Keynote Address Theater
9:45-10:00 a.m. Question and Answer Theater
10:15-11:05 a.m. Educational Session I TBD
11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Educational  Session II TBD
12:10-1:15 p.m. Lunch Great Hall
1:20-2:10 p.m. Educational Session III TBD
2:20-3:10 p.m. Educational Session IV TBD
3:10-4:00 p.m. Closing Reception – Mingle with keynote Mississippi Room, 3rd Floor


About the First Year Conference

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If you have questions please contact 
Jess Meyer at 612-624-4486 or

Conference Archive

Following are newsletters from previous First Year Conferences.