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conference graphicFOCUSING ON THE FIRST YEAR

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

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Coffman Memorial Union
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the bi-annual 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. This conference will be held at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. All University faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend.

Keynote and special guest Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. is research director and a member of the founding board of directors for the Board of Directors for the Clifton Strengths School. He is an architect of the forthcoming Gallup Student Poll, and he directs the annual Gallup Well-Being Forum, which convenes scholars, leaders, and decision-makers to discuss topics such as global well-being, human strengths, and health care.
Dr. Lopez leads the research on the links between hope, strengths development, academic success, and overall well-being. He collaborates with scholars around the world on these issues, and he specializes in hope and strengths enhancement for students from pre-school through college graduation, advocating a whole-school strengths model that also builds the strengths expertise of educators, parents, and youth development organizations. He has provided strengths mentoring to thousands of college students, including academic, career and life planning, and he advises schools, colleges, and universities on these issues. He co-wrote the statistical reports for the Clifton StrengthsFinder and the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer.

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CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Will be available December 1, 2010

CALL FOR PROGRAMS: Will be available November 1, 2010

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