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.

Registration is now closed.

Generation on a tightrope book coverKEYNOTE SPEAKER BOOK DISCOUNT

We were able to arrange a 25% off discount code for those of you who may be interested in reading Diane Dean's book Generation on a Tightrope prior to the conference. 

To take advantage of the discount click here

Use the discount code of HAE25 or you can place orders by calling Wiley Customer Care at 877-762-2974 referencing ISBN 9780470376294 for Generation on a Tightrope. The total cost will be $32.33 after discount is applied. 


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 Great Hall Annex
8:15-8:45 a.m. Check-In/Continental Breakfast Great Hall Annex
8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome
(Lisa Gruskza, Laura Coffin Koch)
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 See Schedule
11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Educational  Session II See Schedule
12:10-1:15 p.m. Lunch Great Hall
1:20-2:10 p.m. Educational Session III See Schedule
2:20-3:10 p.m. Educational Session IV See Schedule
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.