Retention and Student Success Professional Presentations

November 9, 2000
By Dr. William Potter, University College

I am delighted to report on the professional activities of the faculty and staff of Retention and Student Success during the past several months. These presentations share the success stories of Ferris State University with colleagues in Michigan, the United States, and the world. As Dean, I appreciate the extra efforts these people have made to prepare the materials and arrange the travel, not to mention making up for time away, that these presentations require.

Honors Coordinator Maude Bigford made two presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council at Washington, D.C. in October. The first, titled “How to Produce an Award-Winning Newsletter,” was presented in conjunction with Honors students Matt Gatesy, Lisa Zack and Brett Robertson. In the second, “Why We Need to Live Together: Honors as a Residential Experience,” Maude shared the unique aspects and benefits of FSU’s residential Honors program.

Educational and Career Counseling Center Coordinator Carole Jones and Counselor Deb Cox were invited to make presentations about their efforts to deliver college choice and career exploration programming to area secondary school students. This presentation, entitled “See Yourself in College . . . Prepared” was given at the Michigan Department of Career Development Conference at Lansing in September and again at the National Tech Prep Conference at Charlotte, N.C. in October.

Structured Learning Assistance Coordinator John Kowalczyk presented “The SLA Model” at the Global Conversations on Language and Literacy conference in The Netherlands during August. In addition, he and Professor Terry Doyle co-directed a Structured Learning Assistance program development workshop for representatives from five Midwestern colleges and universities on the FSU campus in July.

Academic Support co-coordinators Jane Pole and Arlene Krellwitz attended the Michigan Tutorial Association meeting at East Lansing in October. Their presentation, “Intervention Promotes Retention,” shared the results of collaboration between Directed Studies Coordinator Nada Broderick and the Academic Support Center during winter 2000 to direct those students to the ASC for specific services.

Joan Totten, Developmental Programs and Curriculum department head, presented “A Description of Support Programs at Ferris State University” at the TRENDS Conference at Lansing in October.

Intensive English Professor Penny Wheeler presented “Understanding One Another in Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Sharing Experiences” at the Governor’s Student Leadership Conference in July. She also presented “Cross-Cultural Communication--It’s in the Cards!” at the Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages meeting in October.