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Thursday, January 11
 

8:30am EST

Check-in and Beverages
Thursday January 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:15am EST
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

9:15am EST

Welcome
Thursday January 11, 2018 9:15am - 9:45am EST
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

10:00am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: A Collaborative Approach Toward Student Success
In this presentation, Kareema Smith, Student Success Coordinator for the Honors College, will share her experiences around strategic collaboration to establish a culture of student success in the Honors
College. This session will identify strategies on collaboration related to student success, direct impact
and results around work with students, obstacles and future goals.

Speakers
KS

Kareema Smith

Student Success Coordinator, Honors College


Thursday January 11, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room A

10:00am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Becoming Career Ready On Campus!-Exploring On Campus Internships
Employers prefer to hire students with relevant work experience and research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) shows internships are the form of experience employers most want to see from students. For some students, internships can be out of reach, particularly if those internships are unpaid. One idea for helping to increase student access to paid internship opportunities is to create an on-campus internship program. University Career Services is currently conducting benchmarking of on-campus internship programs with the goal of piloting a few positions during the 2018-2019 academic year. We want to hear your ideas for what an on-campus internship program could look like at Mason and how we could best support intern supervisors.

Speakers
NG

Nora Gerrity

,Customer Service and Student Leader Coordinator, University Career Services
RT

Raechel Timbers

Associate Director, Student Professional Development, University Career Services


Thursday January 11, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room B

10:00am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Compassionate Content: User-Centered Inclusive Content Development
Use inclusive thinking to analyze website content, and find pain points where assumptions create user alienation and inequality. How can we use these principles to create more effective and inclusive content in University Life website, forms, and other student-facing resources? Based on Sara Wachter-Boettcher's work on bias in technical products.

Speakers
KW

Karen Wolf

Technology Coordinator, Office of Technology Integration, University Life



Thursday January 11, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room E

10:00am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Engagement Strategies for Graduate and Professional Students
Graduate and professional students make up almost one third of the student population at Mason, yet they remain mostly invisible to the campus community at large. University Life has committed to supporting the success and well-being of graduate and professional students explicitly in our strategic plan; several units have been actively involved in this effort. How can we encourage graduate and professional students’ engagement through the design of our events and initiatives? Join us for large- and small-group conversations as we explore the national and institutional context for graduate and professional education, learn from examples of successful initiatives, and brainstorm ways to engage this student population in areas across campus.

Speakers
JC

Julie Choe-Kim

Director, Graduate Student Life
AA

Austin A. Deray

Graduate Professional Assistant, Graduate Student Life
LC

Lori Cohen Scher

Assistant Dean, University Life



Thursday January 11, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room G

10:00am EST

Learning Innovation Lab #1: Learning Assistance at Mason: How Can We Collaborate?
There are numerous learning assistance programs at Mason which are intended to support the academic success of students, however, there is very little coordination between these programs. The purpose of this session is to discuss ways learning assistance programs might be able to collaborate, cross-market, and provide training and professional development opportunities to our peer tutors, mentors, coaches, and learning assistants.

Speakers
VD

Vicki Dominic

Assistant Director, Counseling and Psychological Services/Learning Services


Thursday January 11, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room D

10:45am EST

Educational Session #1: Culture of Exploration: Academic Themes
Creating a culture of exploration to support student decision making may reduce the number of major changes and improve retention and degree completion. It also could transform the way students engage with the curriculum and co-curriculum at Mason. Borrowing from the literature on choice architecture, this session engages participants in an exercise to cluster the wide range of majors available to students by creating academic themes. Rather than select a specific major such as Government and International Politics or Global Affairs (or foreign language or International Studies in the School of Integrative Studies), the student might choose to explore an umbrella category such as Global Perspectives. What themes or umbrella categories reflect the diversity of programs at Mason and resonate with students and families? What can we learn about the industry model in University Career Services to inform this work? What student support models would help us deliver on this promise of exploration before commitment? How can the Patriot Experience be integrated into these themes? Join us for an interactive session designed to help us create a culture of exploration at Mason.

Speakers
JB

Jeannie Brown Leonard

Dean, Student Academic Affairs, Center for Advising, Retention, and Transitions
BU

Bethany Usher

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education



Thursday January 11, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room D

10:45am EST

Educational Session #1: Interpersonal Violence at Mason: Understanding Trauma and Increasing Inclusivity of Survivors on Campus
This presentation will explore the topic of interpersonal violence as it impacts the Mason community. We will explore how it impacts overall academic success, retention, and overall mental health for survivors. This presentation will give participants the chance to explore the concept of diversity and intersectional identities and how those identities interact and are impacted by interpersonal violence and trauma. Participants will be given practical ways to be more inclusive of survivors on campus.

Speakers
CD

Courtney Diener

Assistant Director of Interpersonal Violence, Student Support and Advocacy Center
CS

Cierra Scott

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Coordinator of Multicultural Services and Community Education, Counseling and Psychological Services



Thursday January 11, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room B

10:45am EST

Educational Session #1: LGBTWho? A study of sense of belonging at Mason
Join LGBTQ Resources staff to explore the overlap between feeling a sense of belonging and identifying as LGBTQ+ at Mason! We will be looking at data from our Student Success/Beacon Survey over the past three years to discuss how the answers from LGBTQ+ identified students compare to those of students who do not identify as LGBTQ in how they feel they belong at Mason.

Speakers
LG

Lulu Geza-Kelemen

Assistant Director, LGBTQ Resources



Thursday January 11, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room F

10:45am EST

Educational Session #1: Redesigning Student Initiation
As enrollment continues to grow in concordance with the university’s strategic plan, academic and student affairs professionals will be charged with innovating student initiation experiences, which are the programs and services designed to connect students to resources, promote academic success, and prepare students to successfully navigate the university landscape. This interactive session will explore the challenges and successes of initiation programs in higher education, while connecting national trends to Mason’s current and future practices.

Speakers
IA

Isaac Agbeshie-Noye

Director, Orientation and Family Programs and Services
KH

Kimberly Holmes

Assistant Dean/Director, Retention and Student Success, Student Academic Affairs, Center for Advising, Retention, and Transitions



Thursday January 11, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room C

10:45am EST

Educational Session #1: We CARE! How to Work with Students in Crisis and Students of Concern
Have you ever been concerned for the well-being of a student who works in your office? Or maybe you interacted with a student demonstrating concerning behavior? What can you do to support students that are experiencing crisis and what resources are available at Mason? This program will expose attendees to topics related to students in crisis and students of concern. The presentation will cover the membership, philosophy, and activity of the University Life CARE Team. The CARE Team is composed of staff members from the following offices: Student Support and Advocacy Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Housing and Residence Life, and Disability Services. The CARE Team works collaboratively throughout the entire year in an effort to coordinate prevention, intervention, and support efforts across campus and community systems to assist at-risk students and students facing crises, life traumas, and other barriers that impede academic and personal success. Participants will engage in case study scenarios. The experiential learning activity will help individuals gain knowledge regarding how to respond to and assist students in crisis and students of concern and make the appropriate referrals to resources. There will be time allotted for large group processing and questions.

Speakers
MC

Matthew Carlos

Graduate Professional Assistant, Student Support and Advocacy Center
JC

John Cicchetti

Assistant Director, Student Support and Advocacy Center
LL

Lora Learmont

Assistant Director



Thursday January 11, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room G

10:45am EST

Educational Session #1: What’s the Right Thing to Do? Where Do Good People Go Wrong?
During this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to experience some practical tools (e.g. online quiz, videos) to help you learn how you decide “what’s the right thing to do?” in many different situations. You will also learn how good people can often go wrong. We will provide you with helpful and entertaining resources that can be implemented with students, faculty and staff.

Speakers
NL

Nick Lennon

Director, Leadership Education and Development



Thursday January 11, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room A

11:45am EST

Lunch
Thursday January 11, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm EST
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

1:00pm EST

Educational Session #2: Exploring Retention Strategies and Program Impact
Each of our units and work make a difference in the lives of students. However, we often struggle to demonstrate that impact. Interested in conducting a retention analysis for your unit/office/department? Participants will learn about the retention analysis process and how it can help inform practice in your unit. The Peer Student Success Coaching program will be used as a model during this presentation.

Speakers
SL

Sally Lorentson

Associate Dean, University Life
AT

Adrienne Thompson

Associate Directo for Student Success, University Life



Thursday January 11, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room F

1:00pm EST

Educational Session #2: Making Moves: Your Next Steps in Student Affairs
Are you considering your next career move and need help getting started? In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for a career transition, hear from colleagues who have successfully changed careers, and walk away with a professional development plan (and accountability partner) to get you moving.

Speakers
RL

Rachel Lindsey

Assistant Director, University Career Services
CS

Charlotte Strauss

Manager of Industry Advising and Employer Development, University Career Services
RT

Raechel Timbers

Associate Director, Student Professional Development, University Career Services


Thursday January 11, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room B

1:00pm EST

Educational Session #2: Mason Well-Being Results from a 3-Year Data Collection With Gallup: Results and Discussion of Future Directions
As a Well-Being University, Mason has many programs and policies in place that help foster a climate of holistic wellness and growth for students, faculty, and staff. With a partnership that allowed us to measure numerous wellness variables over time, we can scientifically demonstrate the strengths Mason enjoys as a Well-Being University and also areas for improvement in future programs. In our educational session, we aim to discuss and further elaborate the results of a three-year study investigating these variables over time, and ultimately turn our presentation into a discussion on ways to maintain our strengths and improve our weaknesses. We believe this data can be leveraged in a multitude of ways beyond what we have explored thus far. We would love the chance to discuss what we have found and what others may want to explore in order to further delve into the unique qualities of Mason’s students and alumni.

Speakers
DN

Dr. Nance Lucas

Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing/School of Integrative Studies
LP

Lauren Paige

Department of Psychology



Thursday January 11, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room D

1:00pm EST

Educational Session #2: Mason's Resilience Badge: Not All Badges are Equal
More and more universities are using digital badges for 21st century skill development. But not all badges are equal. In 2016, Mason launched the resilience badge, a five-week blended workshop open to all Mason students. The focus on quality over quantity is key to its success. In this interactive session, participants will learn what a digital badge is and what it takes to create a badge program.

Speakers
BD

Birgit Debeerst

Associate Director of Online Initiatives, International Programs and Services and University Life
LF

Lewis Forrest II

Associate Dean, University Life
DL

Dr. Larisa Olesova

Senior Instructional Designer, Digital Learning, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning



Thursday January 11, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room C

1:00pm EST

Educational Session #2: Speaking of Substances: Opening the Dialogue with Students about Drugs and Alcohol
As we seek to support students’ growth and learning, we have committed to investing in their holistic well-being. For many students, college is a season of life where they are learning how to make healthy, informed choices in order to excel and succeed not just in their academics, but in life generally. Included in these decisions are critical choices regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Join us as we share our experiences from engaging students not just on the topics of addiction and dependence but also on the potential impact of risky substance use. We will be utilizing data for Student Health Services’ new SBIRT program to inform our discussion of substance use prevalence here at Mason. We will also provide an overview of resources available on campus and in the community for those in need of substance use services.

Speakers
CR

Christopher Rzengota

SBIRT Clinician, Student Health Services
KW

Kathryn Walker

Assistant Director- Student Support and Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Serv, Student Support and Advocacy Center


Thursday January 11, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room A

1:00pm EST

Educational Session #2: Tale of Two Programs: Leveraging Blackboard Data or Financial Aid to Support Student Success
In collaboration with our Blackboard team, faculty, and Student Financial Aid, the Retention and Student Success arm of the Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions has piloted several student interventions. This session highlights two of these efforts. Join us for an overview of our LMS Outreach and Patriot’s Promise programs and a discussion of outcomes, implications, and program extension. Our LMS Outreach is based on student engagement in Blackboard; the Patriot’s Promise program provides tuition for summer courses for Pell-eligible in-state students who have not met the 30 credit threshold after their first year of study. Join us to learn more about how these programs have served our students, how students were nudged to engage in student success behaviors, and participate in a discussion about program outcomes.

Speakers
KH

Kimberly Holmes

Assistant Dean/Director, Retention and Student Success, Student Academic Affairs, Center for Advising, Retention, and Transitions
JB

Jeannie Brown Leonard

Dean, Student Academic Affairs, Center for Advising, Retention, and Transitions



Thursday January 11, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room G

2:15pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: Beating the Sophomore Slump
Explore the sophomore experience at Mason by brainstorming out-of-the-box programs and initiatives designed just for the second-year experience. Think about the possibilities and successes of our students if we give as much attention to their learning and development as we do to the traditional first year experience!

Speakers
AM

Avery McNaughton

Resident Director, Housing and Residence Life
BT

Brad Teague

Resident Director, Housing and Residence Life


Thursday January 11, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room G

2:15pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: How Can We Better Coordinate Programming Surrounding Experiential Learning Experiences?
Experiential learning is extremely valuable to students, increasing career readiness, retention, and student engagement. At Mason, these experiences are available out of multiple offices and programs, including, but not limited to University Life, Global Education, SAIL, University Career Services, and OSCAR. In this session we would like to explore ideas for programming to prepare students for these experiences, or that build community among students, and to brainstorm ways to connect the offices running these programs with each other. How can the many groups which run experiential learning programs better coordinate advertising and programming to make these experiences even richer for our students?

Speakers
KL

Karen Lee

Assistant Director, Students as Scholars, OSCAR
JR

Jasmyne Rogers

Student Support Specialist, Undergraduate Education, OSCAR


Thursday January 11, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room B

2:15pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: Online Tools are Great, but…
Presenters will offer a set of rules for University Life staff to consider around use of online tools in a student affairs environment. Participants will be challenged to think about needs (e.g. services, resources, staffing, etc.) for their unit as well as potential barriers for online implementation. Through active brainstorming, participants will become better equipped to enter (or go deeper into) the online space within their own units.

Speakers
BD

Birgit Debeerst

Associate Director of Online Initiatives, International Programs and Services and University Life
LC

Lori Cohen Scher

Assistant Dean, University Life



Thursday January 11, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room C

2:15pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: Patriot Success: It Starts with You!
Speakers
MG

Michael Galvin

Director, Office of Technology Integration, University Life
KH

Kimberly Holmes

Assistant Dean/Director, Retention and Student Success, Student Academic Affairs, Center for Advising, Retention, and Transitions
EL

Elysia Lash

Associate Director of Assessment, Research and Retention
SM

Sara Montiel

Academic Advisor, Advising & Retention Coordinator, CEHD


Thursday January 11, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room E

2:15pm EST

Learning Innovation Lab #2: Serving Student Parents: Going Beyond a Childcare Center
Mason strives to serve all students and create a thriving, inclusive learning community. However, students who have dependent children face unique challenges that impact their academic careers. This session will provide context around this subpopulation of students and provide an opportunity to discuss ways we can better serve student parents.

Speakers
IA

Isaac Agbeshie-Noye

Director, Orientation and Family Programs and Services
HA

Heather Aleknavage

Office Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs
ED

Emilie Dubert

Associate Director, Off-Campus Student Services
LS

Lorena Sandoval

Mason Undergraduate Student
TW

Trasi Watson

Associate Director, University Career Services



Thursday January 11, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room D

3:00pm EST

Educational Session #3: Disruptive Innovation: How to Create a Work Environment Where All Staff Can THRIVE!
It is time to disrupt our accepted culture in many Student Affairs units, be innovative and take responsibility for our well-being. Research shows that many student affairs professionals feel overworked and underappreciated. Learn how to create a positive experience for students without the historical practice of no work/life balance for staff. Examine how the use of Appreciative Inquiry was able to shift a department from what has been to what could be.

Speakers
SH

Sara Heming

Associate Director, Student Involvement
LL

Lauren Long

Director, Student Involvement


Thursday January 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room G

3:00pm EST

Educational Session #3: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training for the College Curriculum: An Innovative Approach for Teaching Students About Mental Illnesses and Promoting Mental Health Well-being
Our presenters have offered Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to over 300 Mason faculty and staff since 2014. Learn how they planned and implemented this life-saving training for our Mason students via an innovative 1 Credit course, which reached full enrollment for the Spring 2018 semester. This interactive presentation will pique the interest of UL professionals interested in the impact of mental illness and the effects of stigma among college students as well as those professionals interested in designing innovative, impactful, college courses.

Speakers
KC

Katie Clare

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
PL

Patrice Levinson

Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Services



Thursday January 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room F

3:00pm EST

Educational Session #3: Retention and Student Success 101
This session is intended to serve as a primer to understanding the range of approaches to supporting retention and student success initiatives in higher education. As greater emphasis is placed on retaining current students, it is important for faculty and staff to have clear definitions and goals in mind amid emerging pressures and shifting priorities. In this session, we will explore the complex nature of addressing student retention challenges. Specifically, we will explore common definitions of retention and student success, identify common strategies and structures for implementing student success initiatives, and outline some of the student success goals and initiatives specific to Mason. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in exercises to map the range of retention and student success initiatives at Mason, and participate in group dialogues to share information and resources to support student success.

Speakers
KH

Kimberly Holmes

Assistant Dean/Director, Retention and Student Success, Student Academic Affairs, Center for Advising, Retention, and Transitions
JB

Jeannie Brown Leonard

Dean, Student Academic Affairs, Center for Advising, Retention, and Transitions



Thursday January 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room E

3:00pm EST

Educational Session #3: Unify+Amplify: We Must Speak! A Conversation About Advocacy, Bias, Hate Speech and Freedom of Expression
In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy, his advocacy for Human Rights, Free Speech and other constitutional protections; join Dr. Dennis Webster for a conversation about Mason’s climate dynamics. Participants will discuss Bias Incidents, Hate Speech, Individuals “First Amendment” Rights, and related state and campus policies.

Speakers
DW

Dennis Webster

Director, Special Diversity Initiatives, University Life


Thursday January 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Johnson Center, Assembly Room A

4:00pm EST

Symposium Dessert Network and Program Closing
Question: What could be sweeter than some extra time to connect with colleagues you have missed in the hustle and bustle of the fall semester?
Answer: Connecting over desert!
Join us for our Dessert and networking session where you can catch up with colleagues, discuss what you learned during the symposium, and share ideas for partnership for the spring semester. 

Thursday January 11, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm EST
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall