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Professional Enrichment Conference

2015 Professional Enrichment Conference

The 2015 Professional Enrichment Conference will take place on September 18, 2015 and our keynote speaker will be renowned scholar and leader Dr. Susan Komives. Please check back soon for more information regarding registration!


2014 Professional Enrichment Conference: Living the Mission: Enhancing the Learning Environment for Students

Student Affairs is please to announce the success of the Division of Student Affairs Professional Enrichment Conference (PEC), which will took place on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. This year’s conference provided concurrent sessions focusing on topics such as student learning, diversity and inclusion, campus collaboration, and fundraising and development.

Dr. Margaret Barr, renowned scholar of higher education and professor emeritus in Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, provided a keynote address in the morning and a plenary session in the afternoon. This year’s conference included a luncheon to recognize the recipients of the annual Student Affairs Staff Awards. A link to the outline of the conference and awards luncheon schedule is provided below.



Expand Section 2014 Keynote and Plenary Sessions

Presented by: Dr. Margaret Barr

Expand Section 2014 Conference Schedule

  • 8:00 – 8:30 am:  Registration
  • 8:30 – 9:30 am:  Welcome & Keynote Session – Dr. Margaret Barr
  • 9:30 – 9:40 am:  Break
  • 9:40 – 10:40 am:  Concurrent Session 1 (3 presentations)  
  • 10:40 – 10:50 am:  Break
  • 10:50 – 11:50 am:  Concurrent Session 2 (3 presentations)
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm:  Awards & Recognition Luncheon
  • 1:30 – 2:00 pm:  Extended Break
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm:  Concurrent Session 3 (3 presentations)
  • 3:00 – 3:10 pm:  Break
  • 3:10 – 4:10 pm:  Plenary Session - Dr. Margaret Barr
  • 4:10 – 4:20 pm:  Introduction of 2014 – 2015 Professional Development Calendar
  • 4:20 – 4:30 pm:   Concluding Remarks – VP Wilson

Expand Section 2014 Concurrent Sessions

Diversity 101: Highlights for the UGA Student Affairs Professional
Presented by:  Dr. Michelle Garfield Cook, Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer
Randolph Carter, Coordinator of Faculty and Staff Development
The goal of this session is to enable participants to enhance their awareness of diversity at the University of Georgia.  Key areas will include examining UGA’s student-related diversity, identifying crucial roles that student affairs professionals play in expanding diversity at UGA, and highlighting key diversity initiatives that contribute to UGA’s culture of inclusion.

Is Collaboration Worth It? Discovering Opportunities for Creating Effective Partnerships
Presented by:  Donovan Nichols, Associate Director for Student Activities and Organizations
Barrett Malone, Director for Student Conduct
Collaboration is becoming increasingly more vital to the success of institutions of higher education.  Yet, some view collaboration as an effort that creates more work than is worth the result. Through the introduction of key concepts, real-world examples, reflection, and discussion, this hands-on workshop will provide participants with ways to discover opportunities for creating intentional and effective partnerships.

Current Issues in Student Affairs
Presented by:  Dr. Laura Dean, Associate Professor 
Dr. Candace Maddox, Academic Associate
Dr. Diane Cooper, Professor
Dr. Merrily Dunn, Associate Professor
Faculty from the College Student Affairs Administration (CSAA) faculty will discuss current issues in student affairs practice. The session will highlight several current research topics and explore critical issues including assessment practices using CAS standards, student success at HBCUs, intentional moral development aspects of work in student affairs, and sustainability in student affairs practice.  

Leadership Solutions for Promoting a Sustainable Living and Learning Experience
Presented by:  Carrie Campbell, Public Relations Coordinator
Steve Marcotte, Assistant Director for Building Services
Kristy Walker, Assistant Director for Business and HR
Universities across the country, including the University of Georgia, have increasingly made sustainability a priority as newer generations of students express concern over dwindling natural resources and the global effects of urbanization. The Division of Student Affairs has followed the University’s lead when it comes to sustainability, seeking to incorporate sustainable initiatives both on a large scale and in everyday practices. In this session, participants will learn about strategies and leadership tools that promote a culture of sustainability in the workplace.

If We Build It, Will They Come?
Presented by: Amy Stowers, Vision Clinic Manager
Jody Hall, Print and Copy Services Manager
The traditional college student is a member of the Millennial Generation.  This generation is the largest in history, both in the U.S. and worldwide.  As the first digital generation, their media rich and multi-tasking lifestyle creates an obstacle to garnering their attention.  This presentation will provide an overview of our millennials and will explore the challenges and benefits of attracting UGA students to Division of Student Affairs programs, services, and operations.

Academic Partnerships and Initiatives: Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom
Presented by:  Dr. Sylvia Hutchinson, Director of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives
“Enhancing the learning environment for students” is the mission of Student Affairs at UGA. This session will examine strategies that the Office of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives uses to showcase existing partnerships and to build new initiatives that promote the mission of Student Affairs.

Reimaging UGA’s Student Veteran Population
Presented by:  Ted Barco, Director of Student Veterans Resource Center
There are over 22,000,000 veterans in the United States, of which, less than 200 attend the University of Georgia. The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants an awareness of the demographics and emerging measures of merit associated with the UGA veteran population. With the appropriate facts and context established, the session will then explore some of the challenges faced by our student veterans and offer some emerging opportunities being pursued by Student Affairs to support them. At the conclusion of the workshop, all participants will receive a nationally recognized “Got Your Six” sticker to show their awareness and/or support of our student veterans.   

Public Higher Education at the University System of Georgia
Presented by: Dr. Joyce Jones, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University System of Georgia
This session will cover the organizational makeup of the University System of Georgia and Board of Regents and provide an overview of policy development and implementation. Additionally, this session will focus on how Student Affairs interacts with campuses and how information is shared within the System offices; focus on the importance of collaborations with Academic Affairs; and explore careers in Student Affairs and positions on Boards and in System offices. 

Enhance UGA: Transforming Student Experiences into Gifts
Presented by: Dr. Kara Fresk, Associate Director of Student Conduct
Brad Bell, Director of Student Affairs Development
Dr. Jan Barham, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Tate Student Center
The responsibility of securing private gifts can seem overwhelming and disconnected from our daily work in Student Affairs. Though seemingly distinct from one another, student affairs and fundraising are intimately linked. Gifts of support are driven by affinity—a byproduct of the transformative experiences we facilitate to help shape students far beyond their years at UGA. This session provides a framework for understanding how meaningful student experiences translate into private gifts of support.