Education Sessions

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Educational Session One

10:15-11:05 a.m.

Deepening Student Learning Through Multidisciplinary Assignments in a Learning Community

303 CMU | Presentation Slides

The College of Education and Human Development First Year Experience Program provides opportunities for students to develop critical thinking skills by making connections between different disciplines. This session explores creating meaningful multidisciplinary assignments through developing shared learning outcomes, using divergent course texts effectively, and creating rubrics to evaluate student work.

Presenters:

  • Gary Peter, Senior Teaching Specialist, Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
  • Margaret Kelly, Senior Teaching Specialist, Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
  • Kris Cory, Senior Teaching Specialist and Director, Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
  • KC Harrison, Senior Teaching Specialist, Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

Reimagining Orientation Through a Student Lens: The Platinum Rule

307 CMU | Presentation Slides

We would like to share the process we've been through in redesigning our first year orientation programming based on student feedback as well as a lens of equity and diversity. 

Presenters:

  • Ellen Sunshine, Pre Major Advising Coordinator, College of Education and Human Development Student Services
  • Don Riley, Academic Adviser, College of Education and Human Development Student Services
  • Anna Mraz, Academic Adviser, College of Education and Human Development Student Services
  • Jeannie Stumne, Director of Career Services, College of Education and Human Development Student Services
  • Tracey Hammell, Academic Adviser, College of Education and Human Development Student Services

Perspectives on Peer Mentorship in the First Year Experience

319 CMU

Panel discussion featuring CLA undergraduates working as peer mentors in the First Year Experience course.

Presenters:

  • Jane Sitter, Student Director, CLA Student Services
  • Jessica Medearis, Assistant to the Assistant Dean, CLA Student Services
  • 4-5 Students TBA

Foundation for Success: A New Model for Residence Education

323 CMU

Housing & Residential Life will be sharing out residential curriculum based on increasing student wellbeing.  We will provide a program overview, relevant research to support our approach, known outcomes during the first two years, and lessons learned from this type of major initiative.

Presenter:

  • Grant Anderson, Assistant Director of Residential Life, Housing and Residential Life

Let the Data Speak! Exploring First Year International Students Experiences based on International Student Barometer

324 CMU

Assessment results from International Student Barometer (ISB) implemented in Fall 2013 will be presented focusing on First Year (freshmen and new transfer) international students experiences related to application and choice of institution, arrival, learning, living, support services, strengths and challenges, and interactions with others within and outside the classroom.

Presenters:

  • Xi Yu, Evaluation Specialist, International Student & Scholar Services
  • Barbara Kappler, Assistant Dean, International Student & Scholar Services
  • Beth Isense, Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services

First-Year Women Students, Academic Self-Efficacy, and (the) U!

325 CMU | Presentation Slides

Some of the many factors that can influence retention for first-year women students are self-beliefs, social support, and university comfort. With this session, we will explore what it means to support first-year women students’ academic self-efficacy while also negotiating the interpersonal- and institutional-level factors that contribute to a “chilly climate.”

Presenters:

  • Linda Kim, Coordinator of Academic and Scholarship Support, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
  • Uyenthi Tran Myhre, Interim Assistant Director, Women's Center
  • Lizzy Cantor, Coordinator of Instructional Support, Languages and Writing

Student Excellence in Academics and Multiculturalism

326 CMU | Presentation Slides

The Student Excellence in Academics and Multiculturalism (SEAM) program offers students the opportunity to explore multicultural perspectives and topics across disciplines. This is done primarily through classes taught by University faculty. SEAM classes also enhance college-level study skills and expose students to potential career paths.

Presenters:

  • Frederic MacDonald-Dennis, Director, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
  • David Zelaya, Assistant Director, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

Proactive Partnerships with Students on Probation

Mississippi Room, CMU | Handout 1 | Handout 2

This presentation will outline a practical and proactive approach to addressing the needs of probationary students, particularly those on academic probation in their first year at the University of Minnesota. The goal is to assist students in leaving academic probation in one semester.

Presenter:

  • Claire Hilgeman, Academic Advisor, CLA Arts & Social Sciences Student Community

College Day Impact on Satisfaction, Persistence, and GPA

President's Room, CMU | Presentation Slides

I investigate the impact of College Day programming on CFANS first-year satisfaction, persistence, and GPA, comparing students who attended (and did not attend) in 2013 and 2014. Discussion will include lessons learned of what to do and what to re-examine for College Day 2015.

Presenter:

  • Lauren McCarthy, Academic Programs Coordinator and Advisor, CFANS Student Services Office

First Year Persistence and Grit

Theater, CMU | Handout

Grit is the ability to persevere and overcome obstacles to reach long term goals. Research has shown grit is a strong indicator of academic performance. In 2013, first year College of Design students were tested for grit; three semesters later their scores were compared with individual performance.

Presenters:

  • Brad Hokanson, Professor, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel
  • Mary Vincent, Program Director, College of Design
  • Kate Maple, Assistant Dean, College of Design

 

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Educational Session Two

11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Through the Eyes of a PES Student

303 CMU

Background and theoretical underpinnings of the President's Emerging Scholars Program. Components of the PES Program. Panel of PES students/Peer Mentors share experiences and perspectives

Presenters:

  • Annie Berge, Coordinator, President's Emerging Scholars
  • Steve Cisneros, Director, President's Emerging Scholars

Decision-Making & Career Identity Changes in the First Year - A Roundtable Discussion

307 CMU | Presentation Slides

During the first year, many students make decisions around career identity.  Developing new or different career aspirations may present particular challenges for students who are dualistic thinkers. Join colleagues for an interactive roundtable discussion of strategies for working with first-year students around developmentally-appropriate career exploration.

Presenters:

  • Abby Conover, Coordinator of Undergraduate Initiatives, College of Biological Sciences Department of Biology Teaching and Learning
  • Lisa Novack, Coordinator of Pre-Health Initiatives, College of Biological Sciences Student Services Office
  • Rebecca Christy, Career Coach, College of Biological Sciences Student Services Office

Mission Possible: Invigorating student leadership training through your organizations vision and mission

319 CMU | Presentation Slides

This presentation will examine how OFYP aims to retain and engage Orientation Leaders by explicitly grounding their training in OFYP’s vision, mission, and core values. This session will also discuss the student development outcomes assessment we use to demonstrate the value of the Orientation Leader program.

Presenters:

  • Marissa Smith, Coordinator for Leadership Training & Development, Orientation & First-Year Programs
  • Mike Dixon, Student Program Coordinator, Orientation & First-Year Programs
  • Kelsey Neigebauer, Student Program Coordinator, Orientation & First-Year Programs

I'm Okay, You're Exceptional: Advising High Ability Students in the First Year

323 CMU | Prezi Presentation

This session will provide advisors and student affairs professionals with tips and techniques for building rapport with high ability students in the first year and addressing their unique concerns. These lessons have been learned through contact with University Honors students from Orientation through the end of their first year.

Presenters:

  • Jeremy Burke, Associate Academic Advisor, University Honors Program
  • Ian M Ringgenberg, Assistant Academic Advisor, University Honors Program

Best Practices for Integrating International and Domestic Students

324 CMU | Presentation Slides | Handout

Making meaningful connections with students from other countries enhances all students' first year experiences. We will present best practices on integrating international and domestic students from a study of other universities, commissioned by UMN. Let's dialogue about how the U can learn from and apply these best practices.

Presenters:

  • Alisa Eland, Associate Director, International Student & Scholar Services
  • Barbara Kappler, Assistant Dean, International Student & Scholar Services
  • Gayle Woodruff, Director, Curriculum and Campus Integration/GPS Alliance

First-Year Experience Video Narratives

325 CMU | Presentation Slides

An exploration of the narratives CLA OIT Video Services produced for the CLA 1001/1002 First Year Experience class. Featuring a faculty member, an undergraduate and an alumni from each department in CLA, the interviews aim to move students towards a major in a faster and more meaningful way.

Presenters:

  • Laura Cervin, Video Services Manager, CLA Office of Information Technology - Video Services
  • Sarah Knoblauch, Project Manager, CLA Office of Information Technology- Video Services
  • David Ullman, Video Producer, CLA Office of Information Technology- Video Services

Promoting Health and Encouraging Healthy Decisions Through Online Modules

326 CMU

To promote health and encourage healthy decisions, the University of Minnesota requires all first-year students to complete three online modules: AlcoholEdu for College, Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault™, and Transit-Financial Wellness™. This presentation will describe the modules, behavior and opinion data gathered from the modules, and how these modules promote student health and academic success.

Presenter:

  • Julia Sanem, Director of Health Promotion, Boynton Health Service

First-Year Students Perspective-Taking and Engagement with Diversity

Mississippi Room, CMU

The purpose of this presentation is to share descriptive statistics related to first-year students' engagement with diversity and their perspective-taking abilities at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. We utilize CIRP and SERU data to measure students' engagement in these areas.

Presenters:

  • Krista M. Soria, Analyst, Office of Institutional Research
  • Becky Hanson, Community Advisor, Housing & Residential Life
  • Dale Morrow, Commuity Advisor, Housing & Residential Life

Extending the Experience--adding study abroad to CSE 1001

President's Room, CMU | Presentation Slides

CSE 1001, the required 1 credit Fall Semester course for all new CSE freshmen, has been offered for the past several years.  For Fall 2014, several faculty members and instructors collaborated with global partners to offer brief study abroad seminars in January 2015 to extend the freshmen experience.

Presenters:

  • Adam Pagel, CSE International Initiatives Lead, College of Science and Engineering Collegiate Life
  • Ann Johnson, Teaching Specialist, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering
  • Meagan Hagerty, Academic Advisor, College of Science and Engineering

Learning from Failure: Talking through Poor Performance with First-Year Students

Theater, CMU

Why and how (in the context of appreciative advising) to talk about failure in such a way that students believe (when appropriate) that they own a share of the responsibility for the outcome.

Presenter:

  • Jim Jacobson, Academic Adviser, CLA Arts & Social Sciences Student Community

 

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Educational Session Three

1:20-2:10 p.m.

Understanding How to Maximize International and Domestic Student Interactions

303 CMU | Presentation Slides

Learn the "why" and "how" around maximizing interactions between first-year domestic and international students based on UMN data driven research. We will discuss what academic, social and institutional factors facilitate or inhibit interactions.

Presenters:

  • Diana Yefanova, Research Associate, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
  • Marjorie Savage, Director, Parent Program
  • Amelious Whyte, Jr., Director of Public Engagement, College of Liberal Arts

A Journey to China: Five FYE Themes Learned

307 CMU | Presentation Slides

During a recent trip to China, we learned how Chinese institutions support their first-year students. We will share student support structures, orientation processes, course structure, co-curricular experiences and parent perspectives of higher education. Discuss ways to rethink cultural gaps in order to provide support for new Chinese students.

Presenters:

  • Barbara Kappler, Assistant Dean, International Student & Scholar Services
  • Beth Isense, Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services
  • Mingzhi Li, Advisor & Counselor, International Student & Scholar Services
  • Lisa Gruszka, Associate Director, Orientation & First Year Programs

Continuum of Care: Moving Beyond a One-Size-Fits-All Model for Alcohol Education

319 CMU

In the past couple of years, staff from different University departments have come together to strengthen our response to alcohol education campus-wide. Learn about the resources, partnerships, and practices for developing and implementing a continuum of care for first-year student’s needs around alcohol education. 

Presenters:

  • Libby Spotts, Coordinator of Student Conduct, Housing & Residential Life
  • Laura Knudson, Associate Director, Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
  • ThanhVan Vu, Psychiatric Social Worker, Boyton Health Service

Focused & Driven: How Residential Groups Engage Students around their Passions

323 CMU | Presentation Slides

How are we purposefully engaging our students? Our re-focus on engaging our residential students has yielded an estimated 300% increase of engagement within our communities. Our Groups engagement model has shifted to developing social and educational student interest groups within each of our residential communities.

Presenters:

  • Kristie Feist, Assistant Director of Residential Life, Housing & Residential Life
  • Brian Kelley, Coordinator of Residential Life, Housing & Residential Life

Building a Strengths-Based Culture for First-Year Students

324 CMU | Presentation Slides

The College of Liberal Arts, working with the Office for Student Engagement, integrated an approach grounded in positive psychology and Strengths into their first-year experience course. This approach transformed the culture of the course and the overall experience for students. We will discuss the journey through the process.

Presenters:

  • Robin Stubblefield, Director of Student Engagement, Office for Student Engagement
  • Paul Spangle, Assistant Director for Student Engagement & First Year Programs, College of Libral Arts

Mentoring Mentors: Training and Curriculum for Peer Mentors of First-Year Students

325 CMU

This session will be an overview of the curriculum used to train peer mentors who work with first-year students. The presenters will provide attendees with information for different reflective activities, discussions, and assignments, along with resources and logistical information for training peer mentors.

Presenters:

  • Meaghan Stein, Coordinator of Student Engagement, College of Biological Sciences
  • Lindsey Lahr, Associate Program Director, Learning Abroad Center

Goals and Good Intentions

326 CMU | Presentation Slides | Handout

Rothenberger Institute staff will review the benefits and pitfalls of goal setting. We'll give an overview of the latest research; share some tips to help you and your students set effective health-related, academic, and/or personal goals; and review strategies for sticking to them.

Presenters:

  • Sarah Keene, Teaching Specialist, Rothenberger Institute
  • Emily Matson, Teaching Specialist, Rothenberger Institute

Transfer Voices - Transitioning to the U of M

Mississippi Room, CMU

Transfer students come to campus with different expectations and experiences.  Listening to the voices of these students can be an insightful and powerful learning experience for how to best support these students with their transition. Join us for a panel discussion with current transfer students to hear their transition stories.

Presenters:

  • Chelsea Garcia, Assistant Director of Orientation & Transfer Transitions, Orientation & First-Year Programs
  • Colby Heineman, Coordinator for Transfer Student Initiatives, Undergraduate Education

First Year Experience in the College of Science and Engineering

President's Room, CMU | Presentation Slides

A short review of the development and curriculum for CSE 1001 First Year Experience, followed by a panel discussion

Presenters:

  • Frank Kelso, Professor and 3M Chair for Experiential  Learning, College of Science and Engineering
  • Kevin Allen, Academic Advisor, College of Science and Engineering
  • Cathy French, Professor, Civil Engineering
  • Chris Hogan, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Beth Lingren Clark, Assistant Dean and Director, Orientation & First-Year Progarms

Developing Grit-Risk Taking and Failure as a Success Strategy

Theater, CMU

Grit. Curiosity. Character. This session will engage with the concepts and related activities of taking risks, failing, reflecting and learning from experiences as a critical strategy for developing character and creating success and how student services professionals can aid students in this work.

Presenters:

  • Meaghan Miller Thul, Assistant Director, College of Biological Sciences Student Services
  • Nikki Letawsky Shultz, Assistant Dean, College of Biological Sciences Student Services

 

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Educational Session Four

2:20-3:10 p.m.

Seeing the First-Year Student

303 CMU

How are we seeing the freshman student? There's a danger in thinking/talking about college students in abstract ways; in seeing them only as belonging to some fixed 'categories.' By thinking professionally about first-year students, we may be looking past each student's inherent uniqueness.

Presenter:

  • Hilal Isler, Teaching Specialist, Youth Studies Department, School of Social Work

Breaking through the barriers of parenting style

307 CMU

Findings from recent national survey of parents of college students help higher education professionals understand how to better work with different types of parents. This presentation will share expectations of parents of first-year students and how parenting style is related to parent engagement with students and the institution.

Presenters:

  • Chelsea Petree, Assistant Director, Parent Program
  • Marjorie Savage, Director, Parent Program

Building community one year at a time: UHP's model for building community amongst first-year students

319 CMU

University Honors Program advisors Rebecca Aylesworth,  Kristin Farrell, Miranda Heinonen, Laila Agily, and Brian Koeneman will present strategies for building community amongst first-year UHP students and then open a discussion with the audience in which others can share how their units form student community and ideas for improvement.

Presenters:

  • Brian Koeneman, Honors Advisor, University Honors Program
  • Rebecca Aylesworth, Honors Advisor, University Honors Program
  • Kristin Farrell, Honors Advisor, University Honors Program
  • Miranda Heinonen, Honors Advisor, University Honors Program
  • Laila Agily, Honors Advisor, University Honors Program

Benefits of a Cross-Cultural Community within the First Year Experience

323 CMU

Learn about Students Crossing Borders (SCB) Living Learning Community in Middlebrook Hall through a panel of first year students. Attendees will learn about the structure of the community, the embedded opportunities for learning and development, and reflections from students in how SCB has impacted their first year at the University.

Presenters:

  • Nasreen Mohamed, Director of Student Engagement, International Student & Scholar Services
  • Jane Sitter, Student, Community Advisor, Housing & Residential Life
  • Elizabeth Schwartz, Associate Program Director, Global Programs and Strategies Alliance

Leaders Discuss: Learning abroad for first year students

324 CMU

The Freshman Seminar Abroad initiative at the UofM has been ongoing for four years. During this time numerous students, HRL community advisers, and instructors have been involved. This session will feature a panel of FSA instructors who will discuss the opportunities, benefits, and challenges of first year learning abroad.

Presenters:

  • Sarah Tschida, Program Director, Learning Abroad Center
  • Lindsey Lahr, Associate Program Director, Learning Abroad Center

Launching Into Exploration: Career and Major Discovery in the First-Year

325 CMU

We plan to discuss the various resources, check-points, and other strategies we use to help first year students begin exploring majors and potential career outcomes. We intend to use a variety of means to share experiences and hear from participants.

Presenters:

  • Whitney Moore, Career Counselor, College of Science and Engineering Career Center
  • Jake Rudy, Academic Advisor, College of Science and Engineering

Supporting the Learning in Service Learning in the First Year

326 CMU | Presentation Slides

First-year students  benefit from a two step process of reflection.  We will share this model and course frameworks, along with successes and challenges,  as we facilitate a conversation amongst participants about practices for effectively integrating service learning and engaged community learning into first-year courses.

Presenters:

  • Kris Cory, Director of First Year Program, Senior Teaching Specialist, Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
  • Margaret Delehanty Kelly, Senior Teaching Specialist, Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

Say it quick so it will stick (and other ways to message to first-year students)

Mississippi Room, CMU | Prezi Presentation

Stories from and strategies for writing educational and interactive content that engages first year students.

Presenters:

  • Laura Wiesner, Residence Director, Housing & Residential Life
  • Ben Nielsen, Assistant Residence Director, Housing & Residential Life

Organizing Chaos: A Systems-Thinking Approach to FYE Assessment

President's Room, CMU | Presentation Slides

The College of Liberal Arts First Year Experience has evolved significantly over the first three years, and these changes have been informed by a dynamic assessment strategy.  We will discuss an assessment design that captures both collegiate and development outcomes through a model that incorporates student empowerment and systems thinking.

Presenters:

  • Paul Spangle, Assistant Director for Student Engagement & First-Year Programs, College of Libral Arts
  • Scott LeBlanc, Education Program Coordinator, NODA- Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education
  • Matt Paulbeck, FYE Student Program Development Coordinator, CLA First Year Experience

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About the First Year Conference

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Questions?

If you have questions please contact 
Jess Meyer at 612-624-4486 or meyer841@umn.edu.