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 California State University, Fullerton

Conference Workshops

The theme for this year’s conference is “Titans Are Brave: From Concepts to Action.”

Workshop Schedule

Session 1
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Managing Change for Student Staff Roundtable
Larry Martin, Interim Director , Housing and Residence Life
Greg Moscetti, Complex Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life
During times of significant transition, student staff members can find themselves lost in uncertainty, negativity and disarray.  In Housing and Residence Life, we have experienced dramatic change over the last year and have navigated the many opportunities and challenges associated with it.  Join us for a roundtable discussion of best practices surrounding student supervision in times of substantial university change as we set out to innovate the process of managing change for student staff members.
Student Technology Services 2.0
Elahe Amani, Director, Student Technology Services
This workshop will present the services, tools, products and applications offered by Student Technology Services.  The Student Technology Services website has been centralized, reorganized and redesigned based on conducting six focus groups with students.  The website provides a whole host of tools and tech educational literacy videos and guides that are made available to students with the intention to improve learning outcomes, foster effective learning, and support graduation.  Come and learn about the services being provided by the Division of IT in helpdesk, Student Genius Corner, Titan Card, and the software packages that are being made available to students free of charge in 2014-2015 academic year.
Reaching Transfer Students: Advising Strategies for Transitional Success
Triseinge Black, Assistant Dean, Academic Services, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
Marina Zarate, Senior Undergraduate Advisor, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
Currently the transfer student population is on the rise nationally, with many institutions experiencing a record number of admissions. It is important that two- and four-year institutions develop strategies for addressing the needs of these students effectively. Within the MCBE, advising is a key component for transitional success. Every MCBE transfer student must visit with an advisor in the Business Advising Center for an individual advising session before registering for their first semester, a registration hold is placed on their first semester's registration until this requirement is met. This mandatory advisement provides an opportunity for program review and introduction, class recommendations and transitional questions to be addressed. This interactive discussion session will provide insight and a sharing of ideas about these transfer student advising sessions and how they can be developed within other departments on campus.
Coaching our Students for Academic Success
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Aaron Lawrence, Academic Coach, Future Scholars and President's Scholars
Deanna Merino-Contino, Director, Future Scholars and President's Scholars Programs
In an effort to strengthen our intrusive advisement efforts for our first generation students involved in our Future Scholars program we implemented a new academic success contract and coaching model to identify the barriers that affect the academic success of our students. Come out find out what the number one barrier was and what we learned about our efforts. As a group we will explore best practices and high impact practices that can transform the lives of our students and begin to narrow the achievement gap of our underrepresented students.

Session 2
10:10 am – 11:10 am  

Measured Response: Managing Your Reactions to Resistant and Defiant Behavior
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Lynn Hanke, Student, English
Gary Politt, Professor, English
Managing recalcitrant behavior efficiently is a valuable skill for anyone interested in excelling in school, the workplace, or at home. Mismanagement can lead to a high resource drain, which compromises one's overall performance. Measured Response is the study and practice of engaging efficiently in combative interactions. During the presentation we will analyze the relevant patterns that are a part of any conflict. Attendees will then be provided with strategies for dealing with combative confrontations. This presentation would be useful for students, staff and faculty.
Creating a Transfer Receptive Culture: (STEM)² Model
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Sam Barrozo, Coordinator, (STEM)² Academic Transition
Maria Dela Cruz, Project Director, (STEM)²
Felipe Salazar, Mentor/Outreach Coordinator, (STEM)²
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in addition to three of its feeder community colleges created “(STEM)² - Strengthening Transfer Education & Matriculation in STEM”, a grant meant to retain students in STEM fields and produce more community college STEM transfers to four-year institutions. This presentation will discuss the outreach and transition program (STEM)² has implemented with majors in NSM and ECS to create a Transfer Receptive Culture at CSUF. The grant has many program components which include an outreach program via peer mentors placed at the partner community colleges and the Academic Transition Program for incoming transfer students from the same colleges. The grant also funds the Transfer Resource Center that provides a space for transfer students to meet, study and take a break. Data will be presented on how (STEM)² is working towards increasing the number transfer students to a 4-year university and retaining them, which speaks to one of the pillars of CSUF’s Strategic Plan.
Academic Success: Graduate Students Actively Achieving
Gina Armendariz, Graduate Learning Specialist/Writing Tutor, Office of Graduate Studies
The workshop will describe the Academic Success Program (ASP) provided by EPOCHS designed to increase the retention rates of Hispanic graduate students on probation. While all graduate students on probation have access to the program, the ASP targets Hispanic graduate students. The workshop will review the risk factors identified by students as playing a role in their being placed on probation, and will identify practices which students engaged in to remove themselves from probation. Participants in the workshop will identify preventative practices which can lead to decreasing the number of students going on probation in their disciplines, and changes they can make within their departments to increase the academic success of their graduate students.
Veteran Student Services: Living a Daily Life of Courage
Lui Amador, Director, Veterans Student Services
Catherine Ward, Coordinator, Veterans Student Services
This workshop will explore the meaning, motivation, and purposeful movement toward living a daily life of courage. A review of research and literature on the topics of personal strength, resilience, and courage will provide insight on how to be courageous in our work of serving students. This interactive workshop will allow participants to explore the different ways we understand courage and ways to harness it in our everyday life, on the job, and in our interactions with others.
Foster Youth: Supporting Educational Success
Sara Gamez, Director, Guardian Scholars
Youth who are removed from their parents due to abuse and neglect suffer from distinct educational disadvantages. Foster youth say they want to go to college, but very few get there and even less complete a degree. Come learn more about CSUF’s Guardian Scholars Program, who the foster youth are on the campus, what makes them distinct from many other students, and how you can help them turn their dreams into degrees.

Session 3
11:20 am – 12:20 pm

Inclusive Language
Victoria Verlezza, Hall Director and Program Coordinator, Residence Life Scripps College
This session challenges participants to think about the language we use and how it could potentially harm our students or marginalize unintentionally. The goal of the session is to challenge the way we think about language and examine some common words we use in everyday life through an engaging activity. The hope is participants will walk away with a better understanding of how language evolves, and how language has been and is used as a vehicle of discrimination. At the end of the session, participants will be challenged to make an action plan and pair up with someone to hold them accountable. 
Study Abroad at Cal State Fullerton: A High Impact Practice
Cody Kotichas, Student, Study Abroad in Finland, Computer Science Major
Dr. Neil Kuritzky, Faculty, Accounting
Kathryn Morrissey, Advisor, Study Abroad
Study abroad at Cal State Fullerton can take many different forms, from a short 3-week business program in France where students are helping a local company create a marketing campaign, to a year-long program in Italy where students can study studio art at an academy founded by Cosimo I de' Medici in 1563. This workshop will start by providing a general overview of study abroad, including data on who studies abroad at CSUF and the challenges (both perceived and real) that prevent students from studying abroad. A faculty member from the Mihaylo College will give examples of how broad study abroad can be by providing information on some of the special study abroad programs in the college. Then, a recently returned study abroad student will share his experience of deciding to study abroad, getting courses approved and paying for the program. Finally, participants will receive resources to assist students who are interested in studying abroad as well as identify new resources that they would like to see on campus.
Collaborating with Ethnic Studies for Student Success
Alexandro Gradilla, Associate Professor and Chair, Chicana/o Studies and African American Studies
Frank Perez, Student, Chicana/o Studies and African American Studies
Participants will learn how the unique institutional location and history of Ethnic Studies provides for great opportunity to retain and graduate students. Participants will learn how Ethnic Studies faculty can assist in various means for several Student Affairs initiatives, partnerships and programs. Furthermore participants will see how the Ethnic Studies curriculum and institutional cultures provide a key component to the "academic safety net" for first generation and/or students of color. Workshop attendees will learn how Ethnic Studies can assist with student development especially in the area of student leadership and civic/community engagement. A component of the presentation will include existing examples of collaborations between Ethnic Studies and Student Affairs.
Supporting Survivors: Titan’s Response to Sexual Violence
Mary Becerra, Director, WoMen’s and Adult Reentry Center
Michelle Tapper, Assistant Athletics Director, Compliance
Sexual violence has been occurring on college campuses at epidemic levels for decades. Recent attention on the issue has invoked campus-wide introspection on how survivors are supported and how the campus responds. This session will address how survivors are provided comprehensive personal and academic support, and how as a community we can end the pervasiveness of sexual violence.

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