Registration still open for 16th annual conference on academic advising

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Registration is still open for "Inclusive Advising: Building Bridges in a Diverse Learning Environment," the 16th annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising, taking place Sept. 28 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at University Park.

Participants can register online at dus.psu.edu/2017-fall-conference.

This year’s keynote address will feature Justin Brown, resident director at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, a well known speaker and diversity instructor. During his undergraduate tenure at Slippery Rock University, Brown created the Diversity Awareness Program (D.A.P.), dedicated to raising awareness and educating college campuses about the importance of diversity and the embracing of all cultures and backgrounds.

Other conference sessions include:

"Seeing Color: Advising Diverse Students in a 'Colorblind' Society"

— Jamie Campbell, assistant dean of diversity enhancement programs, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University Park

— Devin Ferraro, director, Diversity Enhancement Programs, Penn State University Park

"From Classroom and Campus to the Global Workplace: Engaging Diversity Through a Concurrent World Language and Culture Major"

— Thomas Beebee, head, Department of German & Slavic Languages and Literatures, Penn State University Park

— Robert Edwards, head, Department of Comparative Literature, Penn State University Park

— Heather McCoy, director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of French and Francophone Studies,

— Maria Truglio, acting head, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Penn State University Park

Discussion with Justin Brown

"Engaging White Working Class Students in the Struggle for Equity through Anthropologically-Informed Pedagogies"

— Shannon Telenko, academic adviser, Department of Psychology, Penn State University Park

"Introversion: A Delight or a Disease?"

— Lauren Daly, professional adviser, Liberty University

— Elisabeth Roselle, professional adviser, Liberty University

"Leveraging Expertise: Partnering with the Library to Support Student Success"

— Victoria Raish, online learning librarian, Penn State World Campus

— Stephanie Cardona, academic adviser and liaison, AASDS, Penn State World Campus

"Supporting First Generation College Students"

— Magdalena Rohling, academic adviser, School of Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Penn State University Park

— Beth Gilfillan, counselor education doctoral student, Penn State University Park

"Building Bridges Between International Students and the Culture of Academic Integrity and Accountability"

— Jana Clinton, academic adviser, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University Park

— Dawn Maguire, academic adviser, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University Park

"Advising for Social Justice: Recruiting African American Males to Careers in Teaching"

— Terrance Hudson, academic adviser and Coordinator of Multicultural Initiatives, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Penn State University Park

"Academic Advising and Student Affairs Collaborative: Building Bridges to Success"

— Caressa Olivo Gearhart, academic advising manager, Penn State Worthington Scranton

— Brad J. Kovaleski, director of student services and engagement, Penn State Worthington Scranton

"Our Pilot Year & Lessons Learned: A Mentoring Program for First-year At-Risk Students"

— Rebekka Kuhn, academic adviser, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Penn State University Park

— Terrance Hudson, academic adviser and coordinator of multicultural initiatives, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Penn State University Park

"Beyond the Bachelor’s: Advising Underrepresented & Low Income/First-Generation College Students Interested in Graduate Study"

— Jon Tveite, academic coordinator, McNair Scholars Program, Penn State University Park

"Let’s Talk: Helping Students in Academic Warning Through Reflective Conversation"

— Liz Agler, academic adviser, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Penn State University Park

— Jonathan Colón, academic adviser, College of Health and Human Development, Penn State University Park

— Carolyn Jensen, director, Eberly College of Science Advising Center, Penn State University Park

— Beth Johnson, academic adviser, Eberly College of Science, Penn State University Park

— Joan Miller, academic adviser, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Penn State University Park

— David Zach, academic adviser, Eberly College of Science, Penn State University Park

"Can You hear Me Now? Using E(h)co-location to Bridge the Gap Between Advisers, Underrepresented Minority and International Students"

— Jason E. Gines, director, Inclusion and Diversity Engagement, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University Park

— Olivia K. Lewis, coordinator, Inclusion and Diversity Engagement, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University Park

"Proactive (Intrusive) Advising for Students with Disabilities in Online Education: Counseling Approaches"

— Abigail Akande, assistant professor of rehabilitation and human services, Penn State Abington

"The Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) – How to Better Support Students in Recovery from Addictions"

— Jason Whitney, program coordinator, Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community, Penn State University Park

— Danielle Joliet, assistant program coordinator, Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community, Penn State University Park

— Melissa Bradley, president, Lions for Recovery, Penn State University Park

— Robert Edwards, program manager, Residence of Addiction Recovery (ROAR House), Penn State University Park

"Female Student Veterans: Who are they?"

— Maggie Kwok, military disability specialist, Penn State World Campus

— Meggan MacDonald, academic adviser, Penn State World Campus

"How to respond to Someone Who Discloses About Sexual Misconduct"

— Amy Cotner, Title IX education and program coordinator, Penn State University Park

"Advising Strategies to Address Linguistic Prejudice: Supporting Students with International Instructors"

— Laura Hennessey, academic adviser, the College of Engineering, Penn State University Park

— Jen Saltsgiver, academic adviser, the College of Engineering, Penn State University Park

"Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) – A Jump Start to Connection and Retention"

— Karen B. Sofranko, advising manager, Penn State Hazleton

— Tammy Spevak, Learning Center coordinator and student disability resources coordinator, Penn State Hazleton

The conference is sponsored by Penn State’s Division of Undergraduate Studies, Office of Undergraduate Education, University Faculty Senate, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies, a unit within Penn State Undergraduate Education, is Penn State’s largest unit of enrollment for first-year students. It leads the development of advising policies and practices, manages the University-wide academic information network, and provides general academic advising for current and prospective Penn State students.

Last Updated August 30, 2017