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Knowledge Collaboration through Creativity


 Conference Program

 Saturday, Nov 5
1:15pm - 4:45pm  Committee Meetings
 5:00pm - 7:00pm
 Administrative Council Meeting - Gary Simon
 Sunday, Nov 6
 7:00am - 5:00pm   Registration

9:00am - 3:30pm

Jon C. Neidy New AdministratorsWorkshop   $125 fee (includes lunch)

Troy Turnipseed, Saint Louis University

Alicia Bingham, Western Kentucky University

The Jon C. Neidy New Administrator’s Workshop is for YOU!  We like to call it Summer Sessions 101 because this pre-conference workshop provides a valuable opportunity for new – or almost new – Summer Session Administrators to share experiences and learn together. 

The purpose is to provide an overview of summer session administration and the basic skills for success in the field.  Four key areas of Summer Session administration will be covered: Organization, Curriculum and Program Planning, Finance, and Marketing.This highly interactive workshop will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on what you already know about your university, administration, faculty, and programs, and merge your knowledge with new information.

9:00am - 12:30pm

Pre-conference Workshop: An Introduction to Pre-College Programs  $50 fee (does not include lunch)

John Robichaux, Executive Director, Columbia University

Tiffany Onorato, Stevens Institute of Technology

Pre-College Programming is one of the fastest growing segments within North American Summer Sessions, and represents an extraordinary opportunity for institutions of higher learning to meet a wide range of institutional goals. This workshop, led by one of the most successful Summer and Pre-College directors of the past decade, introduces new and experienced administrators to the broader field of Pre-College Programs. Topics will include: variety of programmatic models in the field, diversity of missions employed to meet a range of institutional and unit needs, unique characteristics of this population (versus undergraduate and graduate student populations), marketing to pre-college populations, academic support needs of the population, special considerations for universities with pre-college programs (minors on campus, etc.), and will review a variety of highly successful pre-college models in the field today.

1:30pm - 3:30pm

NAASS Regional Vice Presidents' and Assistant Vice Presidents’ Workshop

4:00pm - 5:30pm 

Opening General Session: The unConference: Let the Knowledge Collaboration Begin

Facilitator: Heidi Nobantu Saul

This is your opportunity to share, learn, and explore what is important to you, and discuss these topics with others who have the same concerns and interests. Your Facilitator, Heidi Nobantu Saul, will guide you through a participative agenda creation process that will allow you to creatively engage what is important to you.

6:00pm - 7:00pm

President's Reception hosted by NAASS President, Gary Simon

7:00pm - 9:30pm

Awards and Recognition Dinner

(cocktail tickets included in conference fee)

Monday, Nov 7

 7:00am - 3:30pm   Registration  

7:30am - 8:45am

Continental Breakfast (included)
























8:45am - 10:15am

Concurrent sessions (4)

A. Changing Student Summer Behavior: Purdue’s Summer Stay   Scholars - Jacob Askeroth and Blake Nemelka, Purdue University

B. Turning Near Completers into College Graduates

Valerie Lastinger and Alexander Lastinger, West Virginia University

C. Using Market Research to Develop a Summer Session InitiativeSteven Girardot and Paul Kohn, Georgia Institute of Technology

D. A Course by Any Other NameJesse Parrish and Rod Parks, Elon University


10:30am - 3:00pm

Continuation of the unConference (lunch included)

Facilitator: Heidi Nobantu Saul

Issues, Challenges, Opportunities, Best Practices: We will engage the agenda that was co-created Sunday through 3 periods of multiple concurrent breakout sessions. Your Facilitator, Heidi Nobantu Saul, will be on hand to run the show and make sure you are properly organized.


3:15pm - 5:30pm

Off-site Networking Excursion to World War I Monument and Museum: 
(entrance fee and transportation included)


5:45pm - 7:15pm

Reception at the Boulevard Brewery:

(transportation included)



Affinity dinners /Dine-a-round KC (not included in conference fee)

Tuesday, Nov 8

7:00am - 4:00pm


















 8:00am - 9:00am   Full Breakfast (included)

9:00am - 10:15am

NAASS Business Meeting

10:15am - 11:45am

Concurrent sessions (4)

A. Utilizing the Summer to Reset and Revitalize with CMU (re)CHARGE Program - a Persistence Initiative                               Amy Yearwood and Lucia Gonzalez-Prier, Carnegie Mellon University

B. Your Mandate is Not your Mission: A Taxonomy for Mission-Led Leadership in Summer and Pre-College Programs  John Robichaux, Columbia University

C. Using JSR (Joint Statistical Review) Data to Improve Summer Sessions: Lessons from the Field

Thomas Auden, Alicia Bingham, Skidmore College; Patricia (Trish) Suske, University of Nevada; Jessica Madrigal, University of Colorado

D. Think Summer: Why Branding Your Summer Session Works Lauren Motuliak and Blake Nemelka, Purdue University

11:45am - 2:15pm

Regional Lunch (included)

Networking with Supporter Tables 

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Publishing Workshop: Writing for Summer Academe 

Bill Kops, University of Manitoba; Auden Thomas, Skidmore College; Rachel Nottingham Miller, University of Virginia

3:45pm - 5:15pm

Closing General Session Keynote: Up Your Game

Devin Henderson, Humorist

 5:30pm - 10:30pm
 Election Night USA BBQ (included)
 Wednesday, Nov 9
 8:00am - 9:30am
 Administrative Council Meeting - Blake Snider
 8:00am - 11:30am  Committee Meetings

 North American Association of Summer Sessions
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