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EOP Conference

Celebrating the Dream: Empowered by our History of Excellence of Opportunity Programs

2016 EOP Academic Advisor & Student Support Services Professional Training Institute

Advisors and administrators of Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) are invited to come together to freely share ideas, resources, program intervention and initiatives, and research results focused on EOP. Our mission to enhance the success of low-income, first generation, and educationally and financially disadvantaged college students remains at the forefront of what we do. This conference will stimulate conversation and share common concerns and techniques for enhancing all opportunity programs. Bound by a common mission, we invite you to take this opportunity to engage in focused dialogue, relate good practice and research results and exchange ideas and strategies to help our opportunity students bring their goals of a college education to fruition as well as further enhance the mission of the opportunity program itself for many generations to come. This conference is designed to be both personally enjoyable and professionally enriching.

Register now: https://www.ubevents.org/event/celebratingthedream

Proposals are Invited

The 2016 EOP Academic Advisor & Student Support Services Professional Training Institute invites online proposal submissions. Proposals should be submitted via our web site. The proposal deadline is April 22, 2016. All workshops will be 75 minutes on topics addressing a range of common concerns and techniques of all opportunity programs.

TRACK 1: ADVISING THE DIGITAL GENERATION: INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO REACH STUDENTS: Proposals in this track should focus on the success of advising/counseling students with technology (e.g. twitter, Facebook, texting, email, Instagram, Snapchat etc).

TRACK 2: EFFECTIVE MODELS FOR COUNSELING SPECIAL POPULATIONS: The submission of proposals in this track should provide strategies, programs and models that have proven effective in working with special populations within the Educational Opportunity Program (e.g. African-American/Latino males, students with mental health disabilities, transfer students, foster care youth, community college students, veterans etc)

TRACK 3: BEST PRACTICES: IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, RETENTION AND GRADUATION: Proposals submitted in this area will provide evidenced-based practices that have proven success in facilitating and maintaining strong performance outcomes for opportunity program students. This may include early warning systems, mandated tutoring, advisement models, group & individual counseling, mentoring, academic coaching etc).

TRACK 4: PROFESSIONAL & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Proposals in this track should focus on the opportunities available to encourage professional and leadership development among Educational Opportunity Program counselors.

TRACK 5: BUILDING STUDENTS NON-COGNITIVE SKILLS: Workshop proposals in this track will focus on the role of non-cognitive skills in a student’s academic and personal success. Such skills include emotional maturity, communication, time management, organization, personal responsibility, self-regulated learning, self-discipline, healthy coping mechanisms, motivation etc. The proposal should provide the process by which counselors can affect and help students develop non-cognitive skills.

Proposal Guidelines and Selection Criteria:

  • Presentation/Workshop time is 75 minutes
  • Intended Audience: Counselor, Advisors, and Support Services Staff
  • Audio-Visual Equipment: The conference will provide screens and projectors for presentations if requested. Presenters will be asked to bring their own laptop

Conference Cost

Full Conference fee: June 1 – 3

  • $300 conference fee
  • Hotel $119.00 per night (tax exempt)

One day Conference fee: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

  • $ 135.00
  • Hotel $119.00 per night (tax exempt)

One day Conference fee: Thursday, June 2, 2016

  • $ 175.00
  • Hotel $119.00 per night (tax exempt)

One day Conference fee: Friday, June 3, 2014

  • $ 100.00
  • Hotel $119.00 per night (tax exempt)

Hotel Information: Sheraton at the Falls

Below is the personalized website for the conference hotel. Just click on the link below to book your room. As a courtesy, the conference rate has been offered from May 30- June 4, if you would like to extend your stay. Note: there are a limited number of rooms available at this reduced rate so book early. https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/EOP16

Any questions please contact: DAN MEZHIR: Director, Convention Services & Events, T: 716-278-2600 SHERATON AT THE FALLS: 300 Third Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Conference Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday June 1

Hotel Check-in/ Registration: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
EOP Directors Meeting: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Conference Dinner (Speaker): 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Connections: Team Building & Mixer: 8:00 – 10:00 pm

Thursday June 2

Conference Registration: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Continental Breakfast: 9:00 – 9:45 am
Concurrent Session 1 9:45 am – 11:00 am
Conference Lunch - Motivational speaker 11:15 am - 1:15 pm
Concurrent Session 2 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Conference Break & Transition 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Concurrent Session 3 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Best practices 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dinner on own

Friday June 3

Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Concurrent Session 4 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Conference Break & Transition 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Concurrent Session 5 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
To Go Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Adjournment and Hotel Check-Out

Additional Information

If you have any further questions regarding the conference, registration, or accommodations please direct them to Lani Jendrowski via email at epellj@buffalo.edu. For proposal questions, please contact Carlos Tejada at ctejada@buffalo.edu or at 716.645.2565 and/or Linda Zilgme at lbzilgme@buffalo.edu or 716.645.3506.

Last updated: October 25, 2016 12:10 pm EST

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