“In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There’s nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York, these streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you,
let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York.” –Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys.
From July 25-27, 2014, Deanne Abrams, Student Development Coordinator-East Campus, Jason Dodge, Student Development Coordinator-Lake Nona, Bernard Huggins, Student Development Advisor-Osceola, and myself, Lauren Kaplan, Student Development Advisor- East, attended the Association for Promotion of Campus Activities Advisor Institute and Student Leadership Workshop at the Marriot Marquis in New York City.
The theme of the conference was “SYNERGY:Collaborating for Student Success.” For this conference, sessions focused on strategies to implement collaboration among all interested parties – student clubs, organizations, faculty, staff, and administration – on college campuses. From our perspective, the best session was listening to Dr. Vincent Tinto. Having read Dr. Tinto in graduate school, we found it exciting to hear in person one of the noted theorists in the field of student affairs. An expert in college student affairs, his session focused on how student involvement can promote student retention. And it is always very thrilling to hear someone who is prominent in your field speak at a national conference.
Our colleague, Jason Dodge, Student Development Coordinator at the Valencia Lake Nona campus, presented a session on Lake Nona’s “Get On Track,” a program that allows students the opportunity to earn points while attending events on and off-campus. More information can be found at http://valenciacollege.edu/lakenona/ontrack. Jason’s presentation was highly interactive; he demonstrated with care and enthusiasm how other institutions can start a similar program on their campus to increase student engagement.
To top off this wonderful conference, we were given complimentary tickets to the Broadway show, Newsies! This is a highly spirited musical about a turn of the century homeless and orphaned children who sell newspapers to support themselves and their family. Produced by the Walt Disney Company, this was a high-spirited and engaging production.
Overall, I could not have picked better colleagues to attend this conference with. We all are looking forward to taking what we learned and sharing with the Valencia community during 2014-2015 academic year!
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Podcast With Eric Lambert on the History of Student Activities