Student Success Conference

2017 Student Success Conference

The Benefits of BIG – Sharing Ideas, Designing Solutions, Ensuring Success

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Date: March 23-24,2017
Location: University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management

The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities third annual Student Success Conference provides a unique opportunity for a wide cross-section of professionals — including faculty, administrators and researchers — to engage our idea communities about strategies for building institutional effectiveness, supporting student learning and employability as well as increasing equitable outcomes. In addition to inspirational plenary presentations, participants have the opportunity to dig into pressing issues, learn from each other during intensive breakout sessions, panel discussions and more!

2017 Conference Goals

  • Share practical examples of how our peers at Florida Consortium institutions are improving student retention, career readiness and completion
  • Deepen ties and develop networks with peers in the region
  • Apply concepts highlighted at the conference to achieve institutional goals
  • Increase participant capacity to initiate, to participate in collaborative leadership, and to support others in growing as change-makers and leaders

Conference Agenda At A Glance (Full Agenda Below)

March 23, 2017

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm           Check In

5:00 pm- 7:00 pm            Wine Tasting/Light Appetizers /Networking

(**Dinner on your own**)

March 24, 2017

8:00 am – 9:00 am          Check In

8:00 am – 9:00 am          Breakfast/Networking

9:00 am – 9:10 am           Welcome – Dale Whittaker,  Ph. D., Provost & EVP, University of Central Florida

9:10 am – 9:20 am           Leadership Talks – Isis Artze-Vega,  Ed. D., Florida International University
9:20 am – 9:30 am           Leadership Talks – Maribeth Ehasz,  Ph. D., University of Central Florida
9:30 am – 9:40 am           Leadership Talks –  Paul Dosal, Ph. D., University of South Florida

9:45 am – 10:30 am         Keynote Speaker – Paul Luna,President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation

10:30 am – 10:40              Morning Break 

10: 45 am – 11:55 am       Sharing Ideas Breakout Sessions

Open-Access Resources for Student Success: Course Redesign for Engagement & Learning
Presenter: Anna Turner, University of Central Florida

Engaging Online Student & Enhancing Learning via Web Conferencing Tools
Presenters: Tommi Barett-Greenly and Nancy Swenson, University of Central Florida

Early college success of high school graduates in Florida
Presenters: Troy Miller and Kimberly Lent, Florida College Access Network

Meeting students where they are: creating personalized education pathways
Presenters: Luisa Havens and Jody Glassman, Director Florida International University

Innovating the UCF Classroom: Professionalization, Podcasts, and Role Play
Panel: Eric Main, Daniel Murphree, and Sandra Sousa, University of Central Florida

Designing Solutions for Inefficiencies in Institutional Bench-marking and Strategic Planning
Presenters: Michael Bolen, Valeria Garcia , Jennifer McCarthy, and Iyshia Lowman, University of South Florida (invite only)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm          Lunch & Learn

Online Reputation Management, Presenter: John P. David, Author
On a daily basis, negative information appears online that prevents students from getting jobs and advancing in their academic pursuits. Negative online content causes great personal misery and can derail careers before they even get started. In the digital age, the Internet can serve as judge, jury and executioner for practically any person’s reputation. Regardless of whether you did something foolish, are associated with another’s misdeeds, or are the victim of a third-party attack, most individuals are ill-prepared for increasingly common online problems. And students, digitally able but less schooled in the hard-knocks of life, are particularly vulnerable. In this thought-provoking and entertaining presentation, public relations expert and author John P. David teaches attendees a wealth of practical information on how to protect their online reputations and even remove negative content from search results using previously unknown techniques. More at

1:00 pm -2:00 pm             Designing Solutions Breakout Sessions

Navigating the Challenges: Former Foster and Homeless Youth at FIU
Presenter: Tekla Nicholas, Florida International University

Knight Alliance Network: Foster Care and Adopted Youth Support Program at UCF
Presenter: Tammie Nadeau, University of Central Florida

Addressing Student Homelessness on a College Campus: Building a model of partnership
Presenter: Angela Newland, University of Central Florida

A STEM Learning Community: EXCEL Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Presenter: Melissa Dagley, University of Central Florida

A Model Early Engagement STEM Academy Program that Promotes FTIC Retention,
Presenter: Richard S Pollenz,  University of South Florida

How to Retain and Graduate Males in STEM Field of Study
Presenter: Mary Goodwin, University of South Florida

2:00 pm -3:00 pm             Ensuring Success Breakout Sessions

Student Success Collaborative Campus, Residential Curriculum, QEP, What’s Next?
Panel: Delia Garcia, Anna Jones, and Anne Start, University of Central Florida

Partnering Academics with Student Affairs / Student Development Offices Toward
Enhanced Student Success
Presenter: Kevin Yee, University of South Florida

Leveraging financial aid to promote student success: FIU’s Golden Promise
Presenter: Luisa Havens, Florida International University

Program Marketing Success Leveraging BIG Empathy
Danya Glenny, University of Central Florida

Three T’s of Academic Technology
Presenter: Karen, Consalo, University of Central Florida

Are Your Students Effectively Marketing Their High Impact Experiences?
Presenter: Rosalie A. Richards, Stetson University

Student Success and Learning through Critical Thinking Development
Presenter: Lynell Hodge, University of Central Florida

Teaching Privilege & Oppression: Opening Knapsacks
Presenters: Amanda Koontz Anthony, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, M.C. Santana University of Central Florida

3:00 pm -315 pm                 Afternoon Break

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm               Ready Set Work Student Panel

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm              Final Announcement/ Closing Remarks


Full Conference Guide Now Available! 

Conference Hotel:

Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal

5895 Caravan Court Orlando, Florida, USA, 32819

Important Dates:

January 31,  2017    Proposal/Poster Proposals Deadline

February 6, 2017     Notifications to presenters

February 27, 2017    Deadline to be included in the conference hotel block

March 17, 2017            Registration Closes