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									  Best Practices of Learning
        Communities:
 Recruitment, Retention,
  Co-hosted by Georgia State University,
            Atlanta, Georgia
  Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw,
                Georgia


October 20 – October 22, 2005
 Georgia State University
     Student Center
      Atlanta, Georgia
        www.gsu.edu
      www.gsu.edu/flc
    In collaboration with the
        National Learning
      Communities Project,
     Washington Center for
    Improving the Quality of
    Undergraduate Education
     at The Evergreen State
                                                                                   Thursday, October 20, 2005




                2nd Southern Regional Learning Communities
                           Conference Personnel

                    Conference Planning Committee
Greg Chisholm, Administrative Assistant, Georgia State University, Office of Undergraduate Studies
Carolyn Codamo, Faculty Associate, Georgia State University, Office of Undergraduate Studies
Nannette Commander, Assistant Vice-President, Georgia State University, Undergraduate Recruitment
    and Retention
Barbara Lahey, Administrative Assistant, Office of Undergraduate Studies, Georgia State University
Caroline Leavitt, Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia State University, Office of Undergraduate
    Studies
Gary Longstreet, Administrative Specialist—Curriculum, Georgia State University, Office of
    Undergraduate Studies
Kathy Matthews, Director, First-Year Experience, Kennesaw State University
Marissa McNamara, Georgia Perimeter College, Joint Enrollment Coordinator, Decatur Campus,
    Decatur, Georgia
Maria Valeri-Gold, Conference Coordinator, Georgia State University, Office of Undergraduate Studies
Program Development Officer, Atlanta-Based Learning Program, Georgia State University, Office of
    Undergraduate Studies
Opportunities for Latin American and Hispanic Students Coordinator, Georgia State University, Office of
    Undergraduate Studies




                                    Special Thanks
Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur, Georgia
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
Georgia State University, Office of Undergraduate Studies Student Assistants
Roger Roa, Conference Coordinator, Georgia State University Student/University Center Reservations
Georgia State University Audiovisual Staff
Sodexho—Georgia State University Panther Dining Catering Services
Tia Pugh, Georgia State University Catering Director
IS & T Network Operations, Georgia State University Printing Office
Georgia State University Bookstore
Lydia T. Douglas, Sales Manager, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
Jennifer De Jesus, Sales Manager, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia



                                Design and Layout
IS & T Network Operations, Georgia State University Printing Office



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                                 Thursday, October 20, 2005




  WELCOME RECEPTION
You are cordially invited to attend

 The Second Southern Learning

Communities Welcome Reception

 on Thursday, October 20, 2005

     5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

     Georgia State University

   Outside the Student Center

         Ballroom Foyer




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                           SECOND SOUTHERN REGIONAL LEARNING
                                COMMUNITIES CONFERNCE
                           BEST PRACTICES OF LEARNING COMMUNITIES:
                             RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, ASSESSMENT
                                             Conference Overview
                   Event                            Time                                     Location
                                               Thursday, October 20, 2005
Conference Registration                  2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.          Outside Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
Welcome/Announcements                    5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.          Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
Reception                                5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.          Outside Ballroom Foyer
Dinner on Your Own                       6:30 p.m.
                                                Friday, October 21, 2005
Conference Registration                  7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.          Outside Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
Continental Breakfast                    7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.          Ballroom
Presentations                            8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.            Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Rooms 460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
                                                                      Rooms 480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
Morning Break                            10 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Presentations                            10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.        Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Rooms 460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
                                                                      Rooms 480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
Keynote Luncheon                         12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.         Ballroom
Afternoon Break                          2:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Presentations                            2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.          Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Rooms 460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
                                                                      Rooms 480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
Late Afternoon Break                     3:45:p.m.-3:50 p.m.
Presentations                            3:50 p.m.-5:00 p.m.          Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Rooms 460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
                                                                      Rooms 480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
Dinner on Your Own                       5:00 p.m.
                                               Saturday, October 22, 2005
Conference Registration                  7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.          Outside Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
Continental Breakfast                    7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.          Ballroom
Poster Sessions                          9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.         Ballroom
Morning Break                            10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Presentations                            10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.        Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
                                                                      Rooms 460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
                                                                      Rooms 480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
Keynote Luncheon                         12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.         Ballroom
Late Afternoon Break                     3:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting and                    4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.          Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
Southern Regional Learning Communities
Conference Planning Meeting




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                                                                 Thursday, October 20, 2005




Best Practices of Learning Communities: Recruitment, Retention, Assessment




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                    Thursday, October 20, 2005




2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.         Conference Registration
Outside Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center



5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.          Welcome and Announcements
Speaker’s Auditorium,        Dr. Carl Patton, President Georgia State University
1st Floor, Student Center    Dr. Ron Henry, Provost, Georgia State University
                             Dr. William Fritz, Associate Provost for Academic Programs
                             Dr. Nannette Commander, Assistant Vice-President for Undergraduate
                             Recruitment and Retention, Georgia State University
                             Dr. Maria Valeri-Gold, Conference Coordinator, Georgia State University
                             Dr. Kathy Matthews, Director, First-Year Experience, Kennesaw State
                             University
                             Dr. Marissa McNamara, Joint Enrollment Coordinator, Georgia Perimeter
                             College, Decatur Campus, Decatur, Georgia

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.          Welcome Reception
Outside Ballroom Foyer       Ms. Eva Hizown, Pianist, Georgia State University,
                             Department of Music

6:30 p.m.                    Dinner on Your Own




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                                                                                   Friday, October 21, 2005




                          Friday, October 21, 2005

7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.                  Conference Registration
Outside Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center

7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.                   Continental Breakfast
Ballroom

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.                  Presentations




                            Session Descriptions
1      Time:           8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
       Title:          Marketing 101 for Learning Communities
       Presenter(s):   Vicki Stieha, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky
       Strand:         Recruitment
       Room:           Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
       Abstract:       Who are your “stake holders” in terms of Learning Community enrollment? Who
                       stands to benefit and in what ways? Where are the “knowledge gaps”? Where
                       are the “levers”? What messages do you need to design and to which audiences
                       should they be directed? These are a few of the challenging questions that
                       surround the design of an effective marketing approach for Learning
                       Communities.

                       In this session, the presenter, who had a background in marketing before a
                       career segue took her into higher education, will guide attendees in an
                       exploration of the critical questions that must precede a Learning Community
                       marketing plan. Then, she will share the data analysis, materials, and
                       presentations that have helped the Northern Kentucky University build a strong
                       and effective Learning Community program that impacts approximately 1,000
                       freshmen each year.




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2   Time:           8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
    Title:          What Are They Learning? Assessing Student Learning Through Integrated
                    Assignments
    Presenter(s):   Tracey Elliott, Collin County Community College, Preston Ridge Campus, Frisco,
                    Texas
                    Wendy Gunderson, Collin County Community College, Preston Ridge Campus,
                    Frisco, Texas
                    Debra St. John, Collin County Community College, Preston Ridge Campus,
                    Frisco, Texas
    Strand:         Assessment
    Room:           Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
    Abstract:       This session will focus on interdisciplinary curriculum planning designed to create
                    a seamless integration of courses into one learning community. Specific
                    examples of individual and collaborative assignments
                    and projects from several learning communities will be
                    provided. Challenges of interdisciplinary assignments
                    and lessons learned from the process will be discussed.
                    Theme-based         learning   communities       that   are
                    interdisciplinary in design are the norm at Collin County
                    Community College.         These courses surround the
                    students in the differing disciplines through one main
                    theme, and both instructors with the goals of their
                    disciplines in mind do the assessment of the learning.

3   Time:           8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
    Title:          Steering Engineers in a Voyage to Success
    Presenter(s):   Catherine Blat, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte,
                    North Carolina
    Strand:         Retention and Assessment
    Room:           460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
    Abstract:       In fall 2002, the College of Engineering at The University of North Carolina at
                    Charlotte implemented a residential Freshman Learning Community (FLC). The
                    FLC is designed to encourage students to achieve academic excellence with the
                    support of a tight-knit community of persevering students, dedicated staff, and
                    involved faculty. The program offers a variety of opportunities for students to
                    network, to learn from one another, and to teach others. Since its inception, the
                    program has grown from 60 students to 146. The average GPA for the students
                    participating in fall 2003 was 2.49 and the two-year retention was 79%. In
                    addition, students in the FLC consistently rated higher the learning community
                    benchmark questions than other freshmen in the College of Engineering.




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4      Time:           8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
       Title:          Utilizing Your Personality Type to Create and Retain a Manageable
                       Classroom Environment
       Presenter(s):   Stephen Braden, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
                       Deborah N. Smith, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
       Strand:         Retention
       Room:           480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
       Abstract:       Is there a little too much community in your Learning Community? Have you
                       ever felt like you spent more time disciplining than teaching your students?
                       Within the framework of personality type theory, Drs. Braden and Smith will share
                       their best practices for creating and retaining a manageable classroom
                       environment. The presenters will address common behavior problems and
                       suggest strategies for overcoming them. By learning to appreciate and utilize
                       their own personality strengths, instructors can: 1) help retain individual students
                       who might otherwise drop or withdraw, 2) focus on teaching, and 3) provide a
                       better learning environment for all students.

5      Time:           8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
       Title:          Creative Connections Give Students the Different Perspective for Success
       Presenter(s):   Elizabeth Firestone, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
                       Michelle B. Hill, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
                       Darryl Townes, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
                       Kristin Pape, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
       Strand:         Recruitment and Retention
       Room:           Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
       Abstract:       The Freshmen Learning Communities in this presentation are constructed to
                       foster recruitment and retention. To accomplish these goals, four courses have
                       utilized creative assignments: making comic books, becoming a conflict mediator,
                       mastering stress, and identifying diverse media. By using these methods,
                       students relate “real life” to core classes. For example, by connecting comic
                       book writing to English class the student can identify with the hero, having a
                       powerful effect on the motivation to learn. These courses use fun and interest to
                       make curriculum more relevant to life. The student then becomes engaged in a
                       “meta-process”—producing deeper learning.



10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Morning Break

10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Presentations




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                         Session Descriptions
6   Time:           10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Title:          Recruitment Strategies for Teaching Academy Learning Communities
    Presenter(s):   Dehlia Wallis, San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas
    Strand:         Recruitment
    Room:           Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
    Abstract:       Teaching Academy Learning Communities (TALC) is a collaborative Title V Grant
                    with the University of Texas at San Antonio. TALC recruits students interested in
                    majoring in the field of Education, provides academic support through Learning
                    Community courses, academic advising, and mentoring, and then helps to
                    transfer students to the four-year institution.

                    One of the focal points of the TALC program is recruiting students for the
                    learning communities courses. The TALC program has found some useful
                    strategies that would help any program with recruitment efforts for learning
                    communities’ courses. Handouts and a power point presentation will feature the
                    strategies and provide statistical success rates. Presentation participants will
                    receive examples of letters, flyers, brochures, and other materials used in the
                    recruitment efforts.

7   Time:           10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Title:          Engaging Students in the Assessment and Evaluation Process
    Presenter(s):   Joseph J. Gonzalez, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
                    Adam Wells, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
                    Joanna Ball, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
                    Judy Tincher, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
    Strand:         Assessment
    Room:           Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
    Abstract:       The Living-Learning Center is Appalachian State University’s residential college,
                    and we seek to include students in our culture of assessment. In order to
                    accomplish this, we created a seminar on learning communities, asking students
                    to research not only their own learning community, but also other programs on
                    other campuses.

                    The students presented their findings to faculty and at forums for undergraduate
                    research. In this workshop, participants will meet students from this course, who
                    will explain their methodologies and findings. Students will also learn from
                    participants, gathering information on best practices, and asking for suggestions
                    for the future.




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8    Time:           10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     Title:          Learning Community Models: A Basic Primer
     Presenter(s):   Jayme Millsap Stone, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas
                     Julia Winden Fey, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas
     Strand:         Recruitment
     Room:           460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
     Abstract:       This session is for beginners—faculty and administrators who are not really sure
                     they know what is meant by the phrase “learning community.” Indeed, learning
                     communities can take many shapes and forms, but for this session we will focus
                     on curricular learning communities—LCs that have intentionally restructured the
                     course materials in a way to make obvious connections between two or more
                     disciplines. In addition to discussing the recent trends in educational reform
                     efforts that make LCs attractive to administrators and faculty, this session will
                     provide an in-depth look at some of the most successful learning community
                     models across the nation.

9    Time:           10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     Title:          Best Practices for Student Success in an ESL Learning Community
     Presenter(s):   Julia Morrissey, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
                     David Schmidt, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
     Strand:         Retention
     Room:           480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
     Abstract:       Kennesaw State University offers a learning community consisting of
                     developmental reading and writing for ESL students who score between 70 and
                     89 on the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency. Conference
                     participants will learn how the link between the two courses has made them more
                     efficient, created an environment that encourages students to form academic and
                     social relationships, and streamlined our efforts to provide additional support for
                     students through the ESL Study Center. Handouts will be provided, and the
                     audience will have an opportunity to talk to some of our students.

10   Time:           10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     Title:          Redesigning Assessment with Electronic Portfolios
     Presenter(s):   Margo Alexander, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
     Strand:         Assessment
     Room:           Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
     Abstract:       There has been a growing recognition among educators of the important role
                     technology can play to enhance many aspects of teaching and learning. As part
                     of the plan to assess student learning, each student in the quantitative sciences
                     freshman learning community at Georgia State University was required to create
                     an electronic portfolio. Electronic portfolios provide an ideal mechanism to
                     display authentic student work products, tied to critical academic standards. This
                     project shows how the use of electronic portfolios facilitates the learning and
                     transfer process, documents students’ learning, and contributes to students’
                     learning experience.




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                               Keynote Luncheon
11   Time:           12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
     Title:          Transforming the Institution: Re-visioning the Community of Learners
     Presenter(s):   Dr. Maggy Smith, Dean—University College
                     Professor of English
                     The University of Texas at El Paso

                     Dorothy P. Ward--Associate Dean-University College
                     Director of Entering Student Programs
                     The University of Texas at El Paso
     Strand:         Recruitment
     Room:           Ballroom




                     Maggy Smith has been Dean of the University College at The University of Texas
                     at El Paso (UTEP) since its creation in 2001. The University College houses
                     UTEP’s enrollment departments, student enhancement programs, and the first-
                     year experience, a program that includes a first-year seminar and learning
                     communities. Dr. Smith has also served as the Director of UTEP's Entering
                     Student Program and was Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies
                     prior to becoming Dean of the University College. Dr. Smith has also been
                     Director of the First-year Composition Program in the English Department, where
                     she is Professor of English and a member of the graduate faculty. Dr. Smith
                     received her B.A. degree (1982) and her M.A. degree (1984) in English, both
                     from the State University of New York at Fredonia; she earned her Ph. D. (1988)
                     in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is
                     the author of Springboard for College Writers (1996, co-authored with G. Douglas
                     Meyers) and Teaching College Writing (1995), in addition to Building the
                     Foundation for the First-year Student Success, Meeting Research Challenges:
                     The “New” Research University (2005, co-authored with D. Natalicio); Building
                     Integrated Learning Communities at a Minority-Serving Commuter Institution:
                     The First-Year Seminar as the Learning Community’s Hub (2004, co-authored
                     with D. Ward, C. Willermet and D. Guerrero).

                     Dorothy Ward, who has a Ph.D. in English, has taught at institutions of higher
                     education for over twenty years. Most of her professional career has focused on
                     first-year students. She is currently Associate Dean of University College and
                     Director of the Entering Student Program at UTEP. In this capacity, she
                     collaborates with key University staff and administrators to develop and
                     coordinate academically-centered initiatives that strive to improve the success
                     and retention of entering students. Her responsibilities include administrative
                     oversight for University 1301: Seminar in Critical Inquiry, University 2350:
                     Interdisciplinary Technology and Society, and learning communities. Dr. Ward
                     has received two of UTEP’s most prestigious awards: the 2000 Outstanding
                     Advocate for Entering Students Award and the 2001 Distinguished Achievement
                     Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2004, she received the Outstanding First-
                     Year Student Advocate Award from the National Resource Center for The First-
                     Year Experience and Students in Transition. The Entering Student Program
                     received the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 2003 Star Award,
                     recognizing it as an outstanding program in Texas.




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2:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.    Afternoon Break

2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.    Campus Tour
                       Participants interested in participating in a campus tour of Georgia State
                       University will meet in front of the conference registration area at
                       2:15 p.m.

2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.    Presentations


                            Session Descriptions
12     Time:           2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
       Title:          Top Ten Best and Worst Ideas for Our First Learning Community
       Presenter(s):   Martha Sloss, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte,
                       North Carolina
                       Jane B. Neese, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte,
                       North Carolina
       Room:           Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
       Strand:         Assessment
       Abstract:       We developed a learning community that includes four different health-related
                       majors within our College and carries a service-learning component, so it
                       presents a variety of organizational challenges. At the beginning of our second
                       year, we are refining our learning process of what to do and what not to do when
                       starting a learning community. We realize that we are paving the difficult way for
                       future faculty coordinators and academic advisors so they can ease into their
                       roles with confidence that the next learning community admission process will go
                       smoothly.

13     Time:           2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
       Title:          Freshman Learning Communities: Getting Started on the Shoulders of
                       Giants
       Presenter(s):   Donald Franceschetti, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
                       Daniel Poje, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
                       Teresa Hartnett, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
                       Catherine Serex, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
       Room:           Speaker’s Auditorium
       Strand:         Retention
       Abstract:       The University of Memphis is implementing theme-based learning curricular
                       communities for freshmen beginning with the Fall 2006 semester. This was the
                       main thrust of its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) submitted in fulfillment of the
                       SACS requirements for reaffirmation of its accreditation. The institutional
                       process leading in this course of QEP will be described as well as changes made
                       in response to the SACS review and the practical realities of innovation in a time
                       of financial retrenchment. Recruitment materials and assessment instruments will
                       be discussed.




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14     Time            2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
       Title:          The Nuts and Bolts: A Beginner’s Guide to Building and Implementing a
                       Peer Leader Program
       Presenter(s):   Susan Colorado-Burt, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio,
                       Texas
                       Tracy Lopez, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
       Room:           Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
       Strand:         Retention
       Abstract:       Students and university administrators will present their experience implementing
                       a Peer Class Leader Program from the ground up. This presentation will focus
                       on collaborating with others to create a peer leader program, recruiting students
                       to serve as peer leaders, developing a peer leader training session, involving
                       peer leaders in the classroom as co-instructors of Freshman Seminar classes,
                       and structuring meetings with students to support their participation and evaluate
                       the success of the program. We will discuss the challenges and positive results
                       we gained from adding this extremely valuable component to our program.
                       Audience participation will be encouraged and handouts provided.

15     Time:           2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
       Title:          Continuing the Wired Community: Online Support for First-Year Success
       Presenter(s):   Jeffrey Knapp, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
       Room:           460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
       Strand:         Retention
       Abstract:       Research indicates that when students connect with peers, faculty, and support
                       services, they are more likely to succeed. But engaging students “for their own
                       good” can be a genuine challenge, especially at an urban university such as
                       Florida International University (FIU), a minority majority public institution where
                       most students live off-campus and split time between work and school. New
                       initiatives at FIU benefit first-year students by providing support and community
                       beyond traditional school hours and the campus. A variety of approaches to
                       creating and delivering online support will be offered as stimulus to session-
                       participant discussion. The presentation will be interactive and will invite
                       participants to discuss similar initiatives on their campuses.

16     Time:           2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
       Title:          Know Thy Self—Self-Knowledge as the Key to Student Retention
       Presenter(s):   Ruth Goldfine, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
                       Deborah Mixson-Brookshire, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
                       Lesia Schnur, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
       Room:           480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
       Strand:         Retention
       Abstract:       At Kennesaw State University, faculty members in the Department of University
                       Studies seek to improve the retention rate of first-year students by engaging
                       them in activities that promote self-awareness, self-discovery, and self-
                       confidence. Armed with a greater awareness of themselves, their goals, and
                       their ability to succeed, students are better prepared to participate in advising
                       sessions that help them chart their academic course and select the courses and
                       schedule most conducive to the successful completion of their major.

3:45 p.m.-3:50 p.m.    Late Afternoon Break

3:50 p.m.-5:00 p.m.    Presentations




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                          Session Descriptions
17   Time:           3:50 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
     Title:          Freshmen Learning Communities: “Collaborate or Die”
     Presenter(s):   Kim Frazier, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
                     Gary Longstreet, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
                     Jean Shim So, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
     Room:           Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
     Strand:         Recruitment
     Abstract:       “Collaborate or die” . . .a Business Week headline could easily be the motto of
                     Georgia State University’s FLC program. From 295 students to over 1,000—this
                     is an example of a FLC growth realized through the collaborative efforts between
                     academic affairs and student affairs.         Come hear how the Office of
                     Undergraduate Studies and New Student Programs work together before, during,
                     and after orientation to enroll more than half of Georgia State University’s
                     entering freshmen class in FLCs. It’s truly a collaborative effort…from our
                     mission statements, to strategic plans, to organizational structures and
                     publications; we’ll share them with you!

18   Time:           3:50 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
     Title:          Using Electronic Portfolios in Freshmen Learning Communities as a Best
                     Practice for Developing Collaborative Partnerships between Two- and
                     Four-Year Institutions
     Presenter(s):   Marissa McNamara, Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur Campus, Decatur,
                     Georgia
                     Ted Wadley, Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur Campus, Decatur, Georgia
                     Fran Holt-Underwood, Georgia Perimeter College, Lawrenceville Campus,
                     Lawrenceville, Georgia
                     Margee Bright-Ragland, Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus,
                     Clarkston, Georgia
                     Maria Valeri-Gold, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
     Room:           Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
     Strand:         Assessment
     Abstract:       The presenters will discuss how electronic portfolios can serve as a best practice
                     for learning and transfer in freshmen learning communities at two-and four-year
                     institutions. The presentation will also include a brief history of the FIPSE
                     Seamless Learning and Transfer Consortium Project involving a collaborative
                     partnership between Georgia State University, a four-year research university,
                     and Georgia Perimeter College, a primary two-year feeder college.

19   Time:           3:50 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
     Title:          The FYC Village: A Comprehensive First-Year Learning Community at a
                     Large Research 1 Public Institution
     Presenter(s):   Chris Chafin, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
                     Karen Hauschild, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
     Room:           460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
     Strand:         Retention and Assessment
     Abstract:       The presentation will highlight the four major components of the North Carolina
                     State’s First-Year College’s Village: the FYC Advising model, First-Year Inquiry
                     (FYI) courses (curricular component), the Resident Mentor position (residential
                     component), and the ongoing assessment component. We have found that
                     students who participate in our “linked” courses have a higher grade point
                     average than those who do not participate. We have also found that this
                     difference isn’t just because students take an FYI course or just because they
                     live together, but rather a combination of both.


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20     Time:           3:50 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
       Title:          Can’t I Just Show Up and Chat?
       Presenter(s):   Diane Zablotsky, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North
                       Carolina
                       Anita N. Blowers, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North
                       Carolina
       Room:           480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
       Strand:         Retention and Assessment
       Abstract:       One partner in successful advising is the student. In order to explore what
                       students are seeking from their academic advisor and how they prepare for an
                       appointment, students taking Sociology classes and those in learning
                       communities across campus were surveyed regarding advising experiences in
                       their freshman year. Comparisons are made among freshmen of different
                       majors, as well as those in and out of learning communities. Future assessment
                       of the impact of learning community participation on advising and increased
                       retention will also be discussed in light of planning for our new learning
                       community in Sociology beginning August, 2006.

21     Time:           3:50 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
       Title:          Incorporating Writing Across the Curriculum and Web-Based Course
                       Management System into a Freshman Learning Community: The Process
                       and Outcomes Within A Criminal Justice FLC
       Presenter(s):   Dean Dabney, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
                       Volkan Topalli, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
       Room:           Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
       Strand:         Assessment
       Abstract:       This presentation details the evolution of a Criminal Justice Freshman Learning
                       Community offered at Georgia State University. It provides a description of how
                       field trips, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) pedagogy, and web-based
                       resources were added to the structure of the FLC as a means of enhancing
                       general learning outcomes as well as interest in the topics of crime and justice.
                       The impact on performance and retention are detailed using qualitative and
                       quantitative data.

5:00 p.m.       Dinner on Your Own




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                         Saturday, October 22, 2005

     7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Conference Registration
     Outside Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center

     7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.         Continental Breakfast
     Ballroom

     9 a.m.-10 a.m.           Poster Session Presentations
     Ballroom




                     Poster Session Descriptions
22   Time:            9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
     Title:           Enhancing First-Year Commuter Students Retention: Using a Freshman
                      Seminar Lab in a Learning Community
     Presenter(s):    Carol Leeman, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North
                      Carolina
     Strand:          Retention
     Room:            Ballroom
     Abstract:        One of the issues challenging successful retention of commuter students is
                      helping commuter students develop a sense of identity with the campus. This
                      poster session will discuss the use of a non-credit Freshman Seminar lab in a
                      commuter learning community as a means of further acclimating and orienting
                      commuter students to the University. As utilized at a large, metropolitan
                      University, the Freshman Seminar Lab offers an opportunity for math tutoring, for
                      utilizing the services of on campus resources, such as the University Career
                      Center, and for developing deeper relationships with other students in the
                      commuter learning community.

23   Time:            9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
     Title:           “If You Build It…Will They Come?”: Recruitment Partnerships at The
                      University of Texas at Arlington
     Presenter(s):    Dawn Remmers, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
     Strand:          Recruitment
     Room:            Ballroom
     Abstract:        “If you build it, they will come…” While in the movie, Field of Dreams, baseball
                      players magically appeared to play a game, students simply do not materialize
                      from a corn field to join freshmen interest groups (FIGs).
                      It takes extensive work and cooperation to attract
                      students, especially when learning communities are not
                      a long-standing tradition on campus as is the case of
                      The University of Texas at Arlington. This poster will
                      highlight UTA’s efforts to recruit students to join
                      residential and non-residential FIGs—the key feature
                      being campus partnerships and strategic coordination.




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24     Time:           9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
       Title:          A Longitudinal Assessment of an Initial Cohort in a Discipline-based
                       Learning Community
       Presenter(s):   Kim Buch, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North
                       Carolina
                       Sue Spaulding, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North
                       Carolina
       Strand:         Assessment
       Room:           Ballroom
       Abstract:       The Psychology department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
                       implemented a discipline-based learning community for freshman Psychology
                       majors in Fall, 2003. To support Psychology Learning Community (PLC)
                       expansion, we have tracked the academic progress and performance of the initial
                       PLC cohort, and compared them with a matched control group of freshman
                       Psychology majors not in the PLC. Results found significant differences on first-
                       year retention rates and first- and second-year grade point averages, in favor of
                       the PLC students. Results also show students have positive attitudes about the
                       PLC, their choice of major, and their satisfaction with the department and the
                       university.

25     Time:           9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
       Title:          Creating a Meaningful Undergraduate Living/Learning Experience
       Presenter(s):   Sandra E. Smith, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Arkansas
       Room:           Ballroom
       Strand:         Retention
       Abstract:       Mule.org, which stands for Meaningful Undergraduate Living/Learning
                       Experience Organization, is a living/learning option for freshmen and sophomore
                       students focusing on students’ personal and academic success at Southern
                       Arkansas University. Students involved in Mule.org live together in the residence
                       halls, enroll in a common block of courses, participate in co-curricular events and
                       trips, and take an active role in campus life. Mule.org participants are also very
                       active in the University community. Mule.org participants collectively have higher
                       grade point averages and rates of retention when compared to students not
                       involved in Mule.org.

10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Morning Break

10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Presentations




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26   Time:           10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     Title:          Atlanta-Based Learning: An Inclusive Model for Engaged Learning in the
                     Community
     Presenter(s):   ________, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
                     Nancy Mansfield, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
     Room:           Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
     Strand:         Retention
     Abstract:       The Atlanta-Based Learning initiative at Georgia State University provides an
                     inclusive model for engaged learning that mirrors institutional identity, promotes
                     faculty involvement, enhances student learning, and highlights the comparative
                     advantage of an institution directly linked to its urban environs. This session
                     includes an overview of Atlanta-Based Learning and assessment data from the
                     Freshmen Learning Communities (FLC) Program. The Law and Society FLC
                     provides an in-depth case study on how Atlanta-Based Learning activities
                     provided a local, hands-on context to the curriculum and integrated engaged
                     learning in the community. Participants will learn how to adapt this model of civic
                     engagement and intentional learning to fit their institutional needs.

27   Time:           10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     Title:          Easing the Transition to University Life: Assessing the University of
                     Central Arkansas’ Residential College Program
     Presenter(s):   Miranda Morris, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas
                     Kondwani Phwandaphwanda, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas
     Room:           Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
     Strand:         Assessment
     Abstract:       In this session, we will present the results of an assessment of the University of
                     Central Arkansas’ Residential College Program in assisting its first-year college
                     students in making the transition to university life. The Residential Colleges at
                     UCA are unique in following an Ivy League structure at a mid-size four-year,
                     public institution, complete with a live-in faculty member in each College and
                     classrooms within the three Residence Halls which house a total of 675 students.
                     Having demonstrated clear statistical success through graduation and retention
                     rates, the Residential College administration is now interested in assessing the
                     effectiveness of our program at transitioning our first-years.

28   Time:           10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     Title:          Building the Case for CLASS: Best Practices in Learning Communities
                     Assessment
     Presenter(s):   Rebecca Casey, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
                     Keisha Hoerrner, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
     Room:           460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
     Strand:         Assessment
     Abstract:       CLASS (Communities for LeArning SuccesS) is a five-year-old initiative at
                     Kennesaw State University that has grown rapidly from eight communities to
                     more than 50. This rapid growth led to a need to develop a comprehensive
                     assessment program. Working in collaboration with the Office of Institutional
                     Effectiveness, the Department of University Studies first developed a set of
                     learning outcomes specific to the CLASS program. All assessment (both
                     qualitative and quantitative) initiatives directed to students as well as faculty are
                     based on these learning outcomes. The results were so positive that other first-
                     year experience initiatives now utilize this method of assessment.




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29   Time:           10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     Title:          What Departments Can Learn from Learning Communities/What Learning
                     Communities Can Learn from Departments
     Presenter(s):   Kay H. Smith, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
     Room:           480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
     Strand:         Recruitment/Retention/Assessment
     Abstract:       Academic departments are our most enduring and, in many ways, most
                     successful types of learning communities, yet the learning community movement
                     has not carefully examined the way departments act as learning communities for
                     their students, and departments have largely ignored ideas and insights
                     emerging from the learning community movement. This presentation will
                     examine what each can learn from the other. What, for instance, can
                     departments teach us about the value of sustained contact with a cohort of
                     students? Learning communities are often very short-lived, frequently only one
                     semester. What can learning communities tell us about linking the curricular and
                     the co-curricular, a conjunction that departments often ignore? And, finally,
                     departments have been a highly successful organizational structure in the
                     academy; will learning communities enjoy a similar sustained success?

30   Time:           10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     Title:          Developing a Specialty College Adjustment Course
     Presenter(s):   Alean Royes, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
     Room:           Speaker’s Auditorium
     Strand:         Retention
     Abstract:       Each school within our university has a Freshman Interest Group (FIG) who lives
                     in the same dormitory and takes classes together. In the School of Nursing, Intro
                     to Nursing (N1123) was developed with the goals of retaining pre-nursing
                     students, helping them succeed, and getting them excited about the nursing
                     profession. The course includes topics of time management, note-taking skills,
                     test-taking skills, study skills, and communication skills. Additionally, it focuses
                     on nursing related topics and reflective journaling that are used to help students
                     express why they are interested in nursing and what particular area they were
                     interested in pursuing. WebCt was used to enhance the course and to increase
                     communication between students and faculty. Very positive feedback from the
                     course was given.




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                         KEYNOTE LUNCHEON
31   Time:           12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
     Title:          Different Perspectives on Successful Freshmen Learning Communities:
                     Administrators, Faculty and Students Share Their Views
     Presenter(s):   Dr. William Fritz, Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Georgia State
                     University, Atlanta, Georgia
                     Dr. Nannette Commander, Assistant Vice-President for Undergraduate
                     Recruitment and Retention, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
     Room:           Ballroom
     Strand:         Retention
     Abstract:       This session will present the essential qualities of a successful Freshmen
                     Learning Community (FLC) program from the point of view of administrators,
                     faculty, and students. A brief overview will be presented on the history of the
                     FLC program at Georgia State University and the growth from 11 FLCs in 1998
                     to the 50 FLCs offered in 2005. Challenges creating a program will be discussed
                     with particular emphasis on the importance of administrative support and faculty
                     "buy-in." Listening to "students' voices" with specific examples of how students
                     helped to shape our program as it developed will be included in this session.
                     Time will be allotted for an engaged dialogue with the audience and panel.

                     Dr. William J. Fritz, a Professor of Geology, is the Associate Provost for
                     Academic Programs at Georgia State University. In this capacity, he has
                     oversight responsibility for enrollment services. He has designed a cross-
                     functional team approach to enrollment management, instituted a “student-
                     friendly” focus in the enrollment services area, and fosters leadership
                     development across campus.          In 1999 he introduced, designed, and
                     implemented Freshmen Learning Communities within the College of Arts and
                     Sciences, which later led to a university-wide initiative. Dr. Fritz has made
                     numerous presentations at state, regional, and international conferences, and his
                     work has appeared in a plethora of peer-reviewed publications.

                     Dr. Nannette Commander, Professor, is the Assistant Vice-President for
                     Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention. She also has a joint faculty
                     appointment in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
                     in the College of Education. Dr. Commander’s research and teaching center on
                     the enhancement of student learning and success with a focus on cognition and
                     learning. She has made numerous presentations at state, regional, and
                     international conferences, and her work has appeared in many peer-reviewed
                     journals. Her administrative responsibilities have focused on the development of
                     programming to retain and improve academic performance of undergraduate
                     students. She has served as Assistant Director in the Counseling Center,
                     Coordinator of the Academic Improvement Program, and Director of Freshmen
                     Studies. Most recently, Dr. Commander has served as the Director of
                     Undergraduate Studies developing university-wide retention programs.




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2:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.    Afternoon Break

2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.    Presentations


                            Session Descriptions
32     Time:           2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
       Title:          Is It Really Worth the Effort? Assessing the Contribution of Learning
                       Communities to Student Success and Retention?
       Presenter(s):   Patricia Gregg, Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur Campus, Decatur, Georgia
                       Betty Molloy, Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur Campus, Decatur, Georgia
                       Marissa McNamara, Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur Campus, Decatur,
                       Georgia
                       Ted Wadley, Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur Campus, Decatur, Georgia
       Room:           Lanier Suite, Room 270, 2nd Floor, Student Center
       Strand:         Assessment
       Abstract:       This presentation will focus on the combination of assessment tools created and
                       used in the Learning Communities at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC), a two-
                       year college. Our goal is to use student feedback in combination with data
                       collection and analysis to strengthen the current program. First, we will discuss
                       the assessment of learning communities through the use of pre- and post-
                       learning community surveys and the use of student reflection papers and e-
                       portfolios. In addition, we will look at data on student success rates and retention
                       rates. Finally, we will describe how we used the information above to improve
                       learning communities at GPC. Attendees should come to the presentation with
                       information about their own assessment techniques so that we can share ideas
                       and methods.

33     Time:           2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
       Title:          The Learning Community Stew: Blending the Distinctive Flavors of
                       Academic and Student Affairs
       Presenter(s):   Anita N. Blowers, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte,
                       North Carolina
                       Michael Denton, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte,
                       North Carolina
       Room:           Sinclair Suite, Room 274, 2nd Floor, Student Center
       Strand:         Retention and Assessment
       Abstract:       This presentation will discuss how the development of a learning community
                       program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte spawned institutional
                       change that impacts the way we approach undergraduate education. At our
                       institution learning communities have provided a springboard for enhancing the
                       campus culture to better address the “whole student”. Topics discussed will
                       include student retention, cross-divisional assessment models, and strategies for
                       enhancing faculty-staff engagement. The analogy of a stew will be used to
                       demonstrate how each “ingredient” retains its own distinctiveness, while
                       providing powerful additive flavor to the recipe of providing a quality
                       undergraduate experience.




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34     Time:           2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
       Title:          Mastering Recruitment and Training of Strong Peer Leaders
       Presenter(s):   William Gunn, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
                       Janette Keen, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
       Room:           460/465, 4th Floor, University Center
       Strand:         Retention
       Abstract:       Discover how priceless Peer Counselors are to our Maverick Scholar experience
                       and how you can master student retention and success on your campus.
                       Participants will gain information on the structure of the Maverick Scholar
                       program, the methods to select priceless employees, as well as how to develop
                       your own training course and weekend retreat. Student success: it’s everywhere
                       your students want to be.

35     Time:           2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
       Title:          Micro-Strategies: Small Steps Toward Improved Retention
       Presenter(s):   Betsy Beaulieu, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
                       Lee Burdette Williams, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
       Room:           480/485, 4th Floor, University Center
       Strand:         Retention
       Abstract:       Too often, retention strategies are viewed as large, institution-wide efforts that
                       are difficult to implement. The truth is that improved retention is the result of a
                       series of “micro-strategies” that, when implemented campus-wide, have a
                       profound effect on overall campus retention. As a 30+ year-old learning
                       community, Watauga College has developed some effective strategies that have
                       stood the test of time. These strategies involve both peer and faculty intervention
                       and involve opportunities for individual contact and connection in the context of a
                       learning community.

36     Time:           2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
       Title:          KSU 1101 Community Values Statement: “Because we value…we will
                       do…”
       Presenter(s):   Kim Frazier, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
       Room:           Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
       Strand:         Retention
       Abstract:       Come to this session to witness and participate in a collaborative learning
                       process of developing a shared set of values for the KSU 1101 class and
                       community. By allowing students the opportunity to explore their values, they are
                       able to individually personalize and shape their own classroom actions and
                       behaviors. Students complete the following: “Because we value…we will do…”
                       statement which asks them to consider how their actions are shaped by their
                       values. They then collaborate with their peers to identify the commitments they
                       will make in relation to each value statement. Likewise, in this session, you will
                       have the opportunity to explore a set of classroom values, interpret these values
                       for yourself, and leave with some helpful tools for your own learning community.

3:45:4:00 p.m. Late Afternoon Break




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                     and Planning Conference Session

37   Time:           4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
     Title:          Southern Regional Learning Communities Town Hall Meeting and
                     Conference Planning Session
     Room:           Speaker’s Auditorium, 1st Floor, Student Center
                     All conference attendees are cordially invited to attend a town hall meeting to
                     discuss issues of concern facing learning communities and to develop the next
                     steps toward strengthening a southern learning communities networking system.
                     Finally, we will begin planning for the 2007 Southern Regional Learning
                     Communities Conference.
     Facilitators:   Anita Blowers, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte,
                     North Carolina
                     Rebecca Casey, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
                     Nannette Commander, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
                     Jayme Stone, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas
                     Maria Valeri-Gold, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia




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                                                                                  Presenters
                               List of Presenters

Margo Alexander               Stephen Braden                Chris Chafin
Director of The Mile          Assistant Professor           Interim Associate Director
Dept. of Mathematics &        Dept. of University Studies   First-Year College
Statistics                    Kennesaw State University     Div. of Undergraduate Affairs
University Plaza Georgia      1000 Chastain Rd, #1802       North Carolina State
State University              Library, Bldg. #17,           University
Atlanta, GA 30303             Room #438                     P.O. Box 7925,
404-651-0680 (O)              Kennesaw, GA 30144            NCSU Campus
404-651-2246 (Fax)            770-420-4437 (O)              Raleigh, NC 27695
malexander@gsu.edu            770-423-6748 (Fax)            919-515-5616 (O)
                              sbraden1@kennesaw.edu         919-515-8267 (Fax)
Joanna Ball                                                 Chafin@ncsu.edu
Student                       Margee Bright-Ragland
Dept. of Interdisciplinary    Associate Professor           Susan Colorado-Burt
Studies                       Georgia Perimeter College     Assistant Director
Appalachian State             Clarkston Campus              of Learning Communities
University                    555 North Indian Creek Dr.    and Freshman Seminar
Boone, NC 28608               Clarkston, GA 30021           Programs
                              404-299-4151 (O)              The Univ. of Texas at San
Betsy Beaulieu                404-299-4271 (Fax)            Antonio
Assistant Professor           mbrightr@gpc.edu              6900 North Loop
Interdisciplinary Studies                                   1604 West
Appalachian State             Kim Buch                      San Antonio, TX 78249
University                    Learning Community            210-458-7511 (O)
P.O. Box 32080                Co-Coordinator                210-458-7489 (Fax)
Boone, NC 28608               Dept. of Psychology           scolorado@utsa.edu
828-262-7223 (O)              The University of North
828-262-6400 (Fax)            Carolina at Charlotte         Nannette Commander
beaulieea@appstat.edu         Charlotte, NC 28223           Professor
                              704-687-4756 (O)              Assistant Vice-President
Catherine M. Blat             704-687-3096 (Fax)            for Undergraduate
Faculty Associate for         kkbuch@email.uncc.edu         Recruitment and Retention
Freshmen Programs and                                       Office of Undergraduate
Assessment                    Rebecca Casey                 Studies
The William States Lee        Chair, Dept. of University    Georgia State University
College of Engineering        Studies                       P.O. Box 3966
The University of North       Kennesaw State University     Atlanta, GA 30302
Carolina at Charlotte         1000 Chastain Road,           404-463-9707 (O)
9201 University City Blvd.    #1802                         404-463-9708 (Fax)
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001      Kennesaw, GA 30144            ncommander@gsu.edu
704-687-4176 (O)              770-499-3383 (O)
704-687-2352 (Fax)            770-423-6748 (Fax)            Dean Dabney
cmblat@uncc.edu               rcasey@kennesaw.edu           Associate Professor
                                                            Dept. of Criminal Justice
Anita N. Blowers                                            Georgia State University
Director, Office of Student                                 718 Urban Life Bldg.
Success and Retention                                       Atlanta, GA 30303
The University of North                                     40-4651-1619 (O)
Carolina at Charlotte                                       ddabney@gsu.edu
King 109
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
704-687-6074 (O)
anblower@uncc.edu




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                                                                                Presenters



Michael Denton              Kim Frazier                   William M. Gunn, Jr.
Assistant Director          Kennesaw State University     Residential Learning
for New Student and         1000 Chastain Road            Community Coordinator
Leadership Programs         Kennesaw, GA 30144            The University of Texas
Housing and Residence       770-423-6147 (O)              at Arlington
Life                        770-423-6748 (Fax)            Box 19194
The University of North     kfrazie8@kennesaw.edu         Arlington, TX 76019
Carolina at Charlotte                                     817-272-6107 (O)
Charlotte, NC 28223         William Fritz                 817-272-1281 (Fax)
704-687-4840 (O)            Associate Provost for         wgunn@uta.edu
mdenton@uncc.edu            Academic Programs
                            Georgia State University      Teresa Hartnett
Tracey Elliott              One Park Place,               Director of Planning
Professor of Sociology      Suite 1014                    and Research
Learning Communities        Atlanta, GA 30303             The University of Memphis
Coordinator                 404-651-1156 (O)              217 Administration Bldg.
Collin County Community     wfritz@gsu.edu                Memphis, TN 38152
College                                                   901-678-3888 (O)
Preston Ridge Campus        Ruth Goldfine                 901-678-2250 (Fax)
9700 Wade Blvd.             Assistant Professor           thartntt@memphis.edu
Frisco, TX 75035            Dept. of University Studies
972-377-1662 (O)            Kennesaw State University     Karen Hauschild
telliott@ccccd.edu          1000 Chastain Road            Assistant Director
                            Kennesaw, GA 30144            for Administrative Services
Julia Winden Fey            770-423-6131 (O)              and Partnerships:
Associate Dean              770-423-6748 (Fax)            First-Year College
Assistant Professor         rgoldfin@kennesaw.edu         North Carolina State Univ.
Division of Undergraduate                                 P.O. Box 7925
Studies                     Joseph J. Gonzalez            NCSU Campus
University of Central       Director, Living-Learning     Raleigh, NC 27695
Arkansas                    Center                        919-515-8266 (O)
Conway, AR 72035            Adjunct Assistant Professor   919-515-8267 (Fax)
501-450-5384 (O)            Dept. of Interdisciplinary    Karen_Hauschild@ncsu.edu
JuliaWin@uca.edu            Studies
                            Appalachian State             Michelle B. Hill
Elizabeth Firestone         University                    Counseling Center
Counseling Center           Boone, NC 28608               Georgia State University
Georgia State University    gonzalezjj@appstate.edu       106 Courtland St.
106 Courtland St.                                         Atlanta, GA 30303
Atlanta, GA 30303           Patricia Gregg                404-651-2211 (O)
404-651-2211 (O)            Assistant Director            404-651-1714 (Fax)
404-651-1714 (Fax)          Instructional Effectiveness   mbhill@gsu.edu
efirestone@gsu.edu          Georgia Perimeter College
                            321 Panthersville Road        Keisha Hoerrner
Donald Franceschetti        Decatur, GA 30034             CLASS Director
Professor of Physics and    404-244-5767 (O)              Associate Prof. of
Chemistry                   pgregg@gpc.edu                Communication
Director of Quality                                       Faculty Fellow, RTM Institute
Enhancement Plan            Wendy Gunderson               for Leadership, Ethics, and
The University of Memphis   Collin County Community       Character
328A Manning Hall           College                       Kennesaw State University
Memphis, TN 38152           Preston Ridge Campus          1000 Chastain Road, #1802
901-678-5257 (O)            9700 Wade Blvd.               Kennesaw, GA 30144
901-678-4733 (Fax)          Frisco, TX 75035              770-499-3222 (O)
dfrncsch@memphis.edu        972-377-1536 (O)              770-423-6748 (Fax)
                            wgunderson@ccccd.edu          khoerrne@kennesaw.edu



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                                                                                Presenters



Fran Holt-Underwood          Gary Longstreet              Deborah Mixson-Brookshire
Associate Professor          Administrative Specialist—   Instructor
Georgia Perimeter College    Curriculum                   Dept. of University Studies
Lawrenceville Campus         Office of Undergraduate      Kennesaw State University
Lawrenceville, GA 30043      Studies                      1000 Chastain Road
678-407-5286 (O)             Georgia State University     Kennesaw, GA 30144
fholtund@gpc.edu             P.O. Box 3966                678-797-2074 (O)
                             Atlanta, GA 30302            770-423-6748 (Fax)
Janette Keen                 404-463-9707 (O)             dmixson@kennesaw.edu
Counseling Specialist II     404-463-9708 (Fax)
The University of Texas      glongstreet@gsu.edu          Elizabeth Molloy
at Arlington                                              Assistant Vice-President
Box 19194                    Tracy J. Lopez               of Educational Affairs
Arlington, TX 76019          Graduate Assistant           Georgia Perimeter College
817-272-6107 (O)             Office of Learning           3251 Panthersville Road
817-272-1281 (Fax)           Communities and              Decatur, GA 30034
keen@uta.edu                 Freshman                     404-244-5010 (O)
                             Seminar Programs             404-244-3392 (Fax)
Jeffrey Knapp                The Univ. of Texas           emolloy@gpc.edu
Interim Director              at San Antonio
Academy for the Art of       6900 North Loop              Miranda Morris
Teaching                     1604 West                    Resident Master
Director, Freshman           San Antonio, TX 78249        Minton Residential College
Interest                     210-458-7254 (O)             Instructor of Writing
Groups Program               210-458-7489 (Fax)           Univ. of Central Arkansas
GL 120W                      tlopez@utsa.edu              Harrin Hall, Room 200
Florida International                                     201 Donaghey Avenue
University                   Nancy R. Mansfield           Conway, AR 72035
Miami, FL 33199              Associate Prof. of Legal     501-450-5876 (O)
305-349-4214 (O)             Studies                      501-450-3208 (Fax)
305-349-3766 (Fax)           J. Mack Robinson College     mirandam@uca.edu
knappj@fiu.edu               of Business
                             1101 RCB Bldg.               Julia Morrissey
Carol Leeman                 Georgia State University     Assistant Prof. of English
Dept. of Communication       Atlanta, GA 30303            Dept. of University Studies
Studies                      404-651-2717 (O)             Kennesaw State University
Director, College of Arts    nmansfield@gsu.edu           1000 Chastain Road
and Sciences                                              Kennesaw, GA 30144
Learning Community           Marissa McNamara             770-499-3541 (O)
The University of North      Assistant Professor and      770-423-6748 (Fax)
Carolina at Charlotte        Joint Enrollment             jmorriss@kennesaw.edu
9201 University City Blvd.   Coordinator
Charlotte, NC 28223          Georgia Perimeter College    Jane B. Neese
704-687-2120 (O)             3251 Panthersville Road      Associate Dean
704-687-6900 (Fax)           Decatur, GA 30034            College of Health and
cleeman@email.uncc.edu       404-244-5044 (O)             Sciences
                             404-244-3392 (Fax)           The University of North
                             mmcnamar@gpc.edu             Carolina at Charlotte
                                                          9201 University City
                                                          Boulevard
                                                          Charlotte, NC 28223
                                                          704-687-4690 (O)
                                                          704-687-3180 (Fax)
                                                          jbneese@uncc.edu




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Kristin Pape                Alean Royes                   Deborah N. Smith
Counseling Center           Student Success               Assistant Professor
Georgia State University    Coordinator                   Dept. of University Studies
106 Courtland St.           The University of Texas       Kennesaw State University
Atlanta, GA 30303           at Arlington                  1000 Chastain Road, #1802
404-651-2211 (O)            School of Nursing             Library, Bldg. #17, Room 439
404-651-1714 (Fax)          Box 19407                     Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
kpape1@student.gsu.edu      411 South Nedderman Dr.       770-423-6874 (O)
                            Arlington, TX 76019-0407      770-423-6748 (Fax)
Kondwani                    817-272-2776 (O)              dsmith4@kennesaw.edu
Phwandaphwanda              817-272-5006 (Fax)
Resident Master             royes@uta.edu                 Kay H. Smith
Hughes Residential                                        Associate Vice-President
College                     Catherine Serex               for the Academic Experience
Instructor of Music         Associate Director            College of Charleston
Univ. of Central Arkansas   Curriculum Planner            Charleston, SC 29424
Harrin Hall, Room 200       The University of Memphis     843-953-7402 (O)
201 Donaghey Avenue         217 Administration Bldg.      smithkh@cofc.edu
Conway, AR 72035            Memphis, TN 38152
501-450-5870 (O)            901-678-4715 (O)              Maggy Smith
501-450-3208 (Fax)          901-678-2250 (Fax)            Dean—University College
kondwani@uca.edu            cpserex@memphis.edu           Professor of English
                                                          102 Academic Services Bldg.
Daniel Poje                 David Schmidt                 The Univ. of Texas at El Paso
Director of Academic        ESL Study Center              El Paso, Texas 79968
Programs and                Coordinator                   915-747-5151 (O)
Assessment                  Dept. of University Studies   915-747-5012 (Fax)
The University of Memphis   Kennesaw State University     msmith@utep.edu
217 Administration Bldg.    1000 Chastain Road
Memphis, TN 38152           Kennesaw, GA 30144            Sandra E. Smith
901-678-2156 (O)            770-423-6377 (O)              Learning Communities
901-678-2250 (Fax)          770-423-6748 (Fax)            Coordinator
dpoje@memphis.edu           dschmidt@kennesaw.edu         Projects Coordinator for the
                                                          VPSA
Dawn R. Remmers             Lesia Schnur                  Southern Arkansas University
Director, Student Success   Instructor                    Overstreet Hall
Programs                    Dept. of University Studies   Room 116
The Univ. of Texas at       Kennesaw State University     P.O. 9412
Arlington                   1000 Chastain Road            Magnolia, AR 71754
Box 19194                   Kennesaw, GA 30144            870-235-4922 (O)
Arlington, TX 76019         770-423-6503 (O)              sesmith@saumag.edu
817-272-7162 (O)            770-423-6748 (Fax)
817-272-1281 (fax)          lschnur@kennesaw.edu          Jean Shim So
dremmers@uta.edu                                          Student Affairs Advisor
                            Martha Sloss                  Office of New Student
                            Academic Advisor              Programs
                            Office of Student Services    Georgia State University
                            College of Health and         P.O. Box 4047
                            Human Services                Atlanta, Georgia 30302
                            The University of North       404-463-9070 (O)
                            Carolina at Charlotte         404-463-9068 (Fax)
                            9201 University Boulevard     jeanshim@gsu.edu
                            Charlotte, NC 28223
                            704-687-4682 (O)
                            704-687-3180 (Fax)
                            mksloss@uncc.edu


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Sue Spaulding                Volkan Topalli               Dehlia Wallis
Learning Community Co-       Assistant Professor          Project Director
Coordinator                  Dept. of Criminal Justice    Teaching Academy Learning
Department of Psychology     Georgia State University     Communities
The University of North      1243 Urban Life Bldg.        San Antonio College
Carolina at Charlotte        Atlanta, GA 30303            1300 San Pedro Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28223          404-651-3867 (O)             San Antonio, TX 78212
                             vtopalli@gsu.edu             210-733-2009 (O)
Debra St. John                                            dwallis@accd.edu
Collin County Community      Darryl Townes
College                      Counseling Center            ________________
Preston Ridge Campus         Georgia State University     Program Development
9700 Wade Blvd.              106 Courtland St.            Officer
Frisco, TX 75035             Atlanta, GA 30303            Office of Undergraduate
972-377-1617 (O)             404-651-2211 (O)             Studies
DstJohn@ccccd.edu            404-651-1714 (Fax)           Georgia State University
                             dtownes@gsu.edu              P.O. Box 3966
Vicki Stieha, Director                                    Atlanta, GA 30302
Office of First-Year         Maria Valeri-Gold            404-651-4442 (O)
Programs                     Professor                    404-463-9708 (Fax)
Northern Kentucky            Office of Undergraduate      atlantalearning@gsu.edu
University                   Studies
206 BEP Nunn Drive           Georgia State University     Adam Wells
Highlands Heights, KY        P.O. Box 3966                Student
41099                        Atlanta, GA 30302            Dept. of Interdisciplinary
859-572-5498 (O)             404-651-0692 (O)             Studies
859-572-5336 (Fax)           404-463-9708 (Fax)           Appalachian State University
stieha@nku.edu               acamvg@langate.gsu.edu       Boone, NC 28608

Jayme Millsap Stone          Ted Wadley                   Lee Burdette Williams
Director of Learning         Assistant Professor of       Director of Watauga College
Communities                  English and Honors           and Residential Learning
Instructor of History        Coordinator                  Communities
Division of Undergraduate    Georgia Perimeter College    Appalachian State University
Studies                      3251 Panthersville Road      P.O. Box 32080
University of Central        Decatur, GA 30034            Boone, NC 28608
Arkansas                     404-244-5075 (O)             828-262-7223 (O)
201 Donaghey Ave.            twadley@gpc.edu              828-262-6400 (Fax)
Harrin 213                                                willimslb@appstate.edu
Conway, AR 72035             Dorothy P. Ward
501-450-5148 (O)             Associate Dean-University    Diane Zablotsky
jaymes@uca.edu               College                      The University of North
                             Director of Entering         Carolina at Charlotte
Judy Tincher                 Student Program              9201 University City Blvd.
Student                      The University of Texas at   Charlotte, NC 28223
Dept. of Interdisciplinary   El Paso                      704-687-2509 (O)
Studies                      Burges Hall, Rm. 201         704-687-3091 (Fax)
Appalachian State            El Paso, TX 79968            dlzablot@email.uncc.edu
University                   915-747-8439 (O)
Boone, NC 28608              dpward@utep.edu




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