SLSS 1000 Connections Conference Program (2016)

                 Attendees: Please bring your On Course textbook and The Boys in the Boat book (please come having read)

Friday, August 12, 2016  -  8:00am to 11:00am

8:00 to 8:30Breakfast (CB 511- Oquirrh Mountain South)

  • Meet, Plan, Eat  UVU Mentors sit with assigned instructors. Share contact information, schedules, and goals for the semester.

8:30 to 8:55 – Overview (CB 511 - Oquirrh Mountain South)

  • SLSS 1000 Business Items [e.g. semester checklist, sample syllabi, overview of new text (On Course), introduce breakout sessions, etc.]

9:00 to 10:30Breakout Sessions - There will be six 25 minutes sessions offered on a repeating basis. Chose three (out of six) topics to attend.

Session 1). 9:00 to 9:25

Session 2). 9:30 to 9:55

Session 3). 10:00 to 10:25

 See Breakout Session details further below. 

    • Mentor & Instructor Relationship - Brennan, Camron, Kelsea, Naomi, Taylor (CB 511)
    • The Boys in the Boat (FYE Common Read) & On Course - Marcy and Martha (CB 404)
    • MindTap (Interactive Learning System) & On Course Cara (CB 513)
    • On Course: Personal Responsibility & "Wise Choice Process" - Marinda (CB 415)
    • On Course: "Inner Critic" (Overcoming Self-Judgement and Self-Criticism) - Cynthia (CB 414)
    • On Course: "Silent Socratic Dialogue" & "Guided Pair Conversation" - Ben (CB 417)

10:30 to 11:00 – Wrap up and Integration (CB 511)

  • Instructors and UVU Mentors meet again to recap learning and coordinate for the semester 


 Breakout Session Overviews and Presenter Bios

"Mentor & Instructor Relationship" 

Brennan Lindsay, Camron Robinson, Kelsea Bennett, Naomi Flowers, and Taylor Robles (UVU Mentor Team Leads)

There is a lot of unknown in starting the semester for professors and mentors alike. We will host a panel of experienced mentors as well as faculty with experience using mentors in the classroom environment. For Faculty: If you would like to learn how to more effectively use your assigned mentor as a help to your students or would like to better understand what mentors are looking to gain during this mentoring experience. This panel will help. For Mentors: If you want to know what professors are really looking for from you as a mentor during the first day and beyond or want to know how to truly impress and be a better asset to them. This panel will help you. We will take your questions so that your concerns are resolved. Let's start the year off with understanding and transparency.

Brennan's Bio

Brennan Lindsay is originally from Smithfield, Utah (a small town in northern Utah). He completed his first bachelor’s degree in Law & Constitutional Studies at Utah State University, which helped to spark his passion for academic research. Brennan is currently attending Utah Valley University with the intent to complete a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. As such, Brennan is currently serving as the Research & Development Team Lead for the UVU Mentor Program. Upon graduation, Brennan hopes to pursue graduate with a goal of teaching at the university level in Law & Economics; Brennan definitely considers himself a lifelong learner.

Camron's Bio

Camron Robinson hails from Levan, a town in central Utah with a population of less than 1,000. Upon graduating from Juab High School as a Sterling Scholar he served a two year LDS Mission. He is a senior at Utah Valley University studying Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Sociology. He has served as a UVU Mentor for 3 years and as an honors senator for 1. Camron currently sits on UVU’s Student Council and works as a presidential intern in the Academic Affairs office at UVU. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, rock climbing, and snowboarding.

Kelsea's Bio

Kelsea Bennett is originally from Arizona but now resides in Salt Lake County. Kelsea is a 3rd year student here at UVU. She is currently majoring in Elementary Education. This is Kelsea's 2nd year as a UVU Mentor and 1st year as a Team Lead. She is over the Mentoring Relations team which plans events within the UVU Mentor program. We also want to focus on connections and making each person feel supported. In Kelsea's free time she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and her new fiancé.

Naomi's Bio

Naomi Flowers was born and raised in South Jordan, UT to a family of five including herself and her parents. She is studying Hospitality Management at Utah Valley University. She aspires to be a Holistic healer through massage, herbal, and aroma therapy. She enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends. Some of her hobbies include reading, craft making, yoga and hammock-ing. Naomi has served as a UVU Mentor for the past year and is looking forward to being a Team Lead within the program this year. 

Taylor's Bio

Growing up in sunny, Southern California, Taylor Robles graduated from Etiwanda High School with Honors and quickly moved to Orem, Utah to attend Utah Valley University. While at Utah Valley University, she has been studying Criminal Justice with the hopes of continuing her education with Social Work. Not only was she given opportunity to study, but also able to join the UVU Mentor Program. Robles has just started her second year with the program as the Marketing Team Lead, where her and her team members find ways to promote the program through social media and word of mouth.


"The Boys in the Boat (FYE Common Read) & OnCourse"

Marcy Glassford and Martha Wilson

Freshman Reading Session Overview

Looking to enrich your SLSS 1000 course content? Do you want to enhance learning and build community within your SLSS 1000 classes? Then consider using this year's freshman reading selection, The Boys in the Boat, as a means to reinforce important course concepts and highlight desired learning outcomes.

Our session will provide you with concrete ideas on how to integrate this year's freshman reading book with the ON COURSE textbook. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to share your own tips on how to successfully incorporate a common reading book into your course content. 

Marcy's Bio

Marcy Glassford is the Director for the First-Year Experience & Student Retention office at Utah Valley University.  Marcy has been instrumental with the implementation of the student retention and completion programming at UVU.  This implementation has included an Early Alert program, an award winning Retention Mentor program, a First-Generation Student Initiative, and a Non-Traditional student outreach effort. Prior to working in the Retention office, Marcy worked with the UVU Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Research for two years and before that, worked as Finance Manager for the UVU Fire and Rescue Academy for 14 years.  She has a master’s in Public Administration and B.S. in Anthropology.

Martha's Bio

Martha Wilson is an Assistant Director in First-Year Experience & Student Retention, working specifically with FYE programs and new student orientation. Martha has been the creative force behind UVU's highly successful Freshman Convocation, and was instrumental in the recent redesign of new student orientation. Martha began her career in higher education as a recruiter for her alma mater, Grand Canyon University. She also worked there as the transfer articulation specialist and as the Assistant Director of Admissions, before moving on to the private sector. Martha spent the next 20 years working in various executive marketing positions in the restaurant and healthcare industries. She returned to higher education in 2009 and joined UVU’s student success and retention team in July of 2010.


"MindTap (Interactive Learning System) & On Course"

Cara Robertson

Explore ways to empower your students to take responsibility for their learning while providing extensive instruction in study skills using On Course and MindTap. MindTap® for Downing's On Course Study Skills Plus, 3rd Edition is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today's students into critical thinkers. In this breakout session we will dive into the specific resources MindTap has to offer, how to employ them to elevate student learning outside of the classroom as well as how the resources integrate into Canvas.

Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics, and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie-cutter into cutting-edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers. MindTap now also includes the College Success Factors Index (CSFI), an online resource that assesses students' patterns of behavior and attitudes in ten areas that have been proven to affect student outcomes for success in college. It allows you to identify at-risk students with early-alert reporting, validate your college success program with a post-course assessment of students' progress, and improve your institution's retention rates. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

Cara's Bio

Cara is a Senior Learning Consultant with Cengage Learning.  In her role, Cara is responsible for partnering with faculty from various departments in their search for course solutions that best fit their needs and goals as well as those of their students. As a member of the Cengage team, Cara has spent the last 5 years developing valuable and lasting relationships at the Universities throughout the state of Utah. Cara lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Danny, two young boys Rylan (3) and Brevin (6), and dog Addie.


"On Course: Personal Responsibility & 'Wise Choice Process'" 

Marinda Ashman

Personal responsibility is a principle that can increase success. We shouldn’t credit luck or others for our successes (or our failures), we should own it! There is great value in perceiving ourselves as the primary creator of the outcomes and experiences in our lives, and the source of this creation is our choices. This session will give you an overview of personal responsibility, including responsibility model, language of responsibility, and practice with a process called “the wise choice process” (OnCourse, Inc.).

Marinda's Bio

Marinda Ashman is an associate professor in Student Leadership & Success Studies.  She delights in helping students find their own way to personal success, which is why she’s proud to teach in her department and especially SLSS 1000, University Student Success. She is always looking for new ways of engaging her students in their own learning. Marinda has been described as “spunky” by our On Course author, Skip Downing. She likes that description and hopes others will join her in being excited about what they do, no matter what it is.


"On Course: 'Inner Critic' (self-judgement and self-criticism)"

Cynthia Wong

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to spend a day with someone who is constantly judging you, blaming you and finding fault? What would you do if that person lived inside your head? This session will address the Inner Critic, the judgmental internal voice that tells us we’re inadequate. We will explore the role of self-judgement and self-criticism in student success and practice four ways to dispute the enemy within.

Cynthia's Bio

Cynthia Wong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Student Success and Leadership Studies. Cynthia earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California in educational psychology. When she is not at UVU, there’s a 76% chance she’s at Trader Joe’s where she spends the majority of her disposable income. 


"On Course: 'Silent Socratic Dialogue' & 'Guided Pair Conversation'"

Ben Johnson

Are you looking for a facilitation idea to help your students gain depth by working with a classmate?  This session will demo the Silent Socratic Dialogue and the Guided Pair Conversation. On Course suggests using these facilitations in the lifelong learning chapter, though they could be used at most anytime in the course.

Ben's Bio

Ben joined the SLSS department in 2013 as Assistant Professor. His teaching and research interests include higher education leadership, student metacognition, faculty-student mentoring, history and philosophy of education, and comparative and international education. He enjoys hiking, Ultimate Frisbee, Dutch Golden Age paintings, speaking Dutch and French, spending time with his family and friends, and working with excellent students.   


Save the Date! The next SLSS 1000 Connections Conference will be held on Monday, August 14th from 8:00am to 11:00am