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  • Day 1

    Sunday, October 15th

  • Day 2

    Monday, October 16th

  • Day 3

    Tuesday, October 17th

  • Day 4

    Wednesday, October 18th

  • 02:30 p.m. - 03:00 p.m.
    Where
    Alta

  • 07:00 p.m. - 08:15 p.m.
    The Canyons
    Keynote Session
    Where
    Capitol Reef

  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
    This Keynote address will inspire the audience with the courage to ask the big questions to unleash change and discuss the practical tools leaders need to commit to an innovation-based culture within established, hierarchical organizations.
    Keynote Session
    Where
    Capitol Reef/Ballroom

  • 08:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Keynote Session
    Where
    Lodge Lobby

  • 07:00 a.m. - 08:00 a.m.
    ASPIRE Board Members only
    Where
    North Star

  • 08:00 a.m. - 09:30 a.m.
    ASPIRE Regional Business Meeting
    Keynote Session
    Where
    Capitol Reef

  • 09:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    Where
    Capitol Reef

  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Are you new to the field of college access and success programs? In addition to learning a new job, are you puzzling over the myriad of acronyms, college access and success programs, organizations, and their relationship? Then, join the presenters who teach “Foundations of College Access and Success Programs” in the COE-CSU Graduate Certification Program for a basic overview of the college access and success programs – TRIO jargon, culture, history, organization and benefits of working with low-income, first generation college students and other underrepresented student populations.
    Concurrent Session I
    Where
    Alta

  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    We are all Warriors or Worriers. Over the course of evolution, both Warriors and Worriers were necessary for human tribes to survive.  Using neuroscience as a tool to self-awareness is one of several neuroscience interventions tested over the last twelve years with three cohort groups of low-income students at Montana Tech.  The program, designed to increase baccalaureate STEM completion rates of disadvantaged students, was very successful.  The project lessons learned are transferrable best practices to retention strategies for TRIO programs.
    Concurrent Session I
    Where
    Brighton

  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    How can we move students from asking "what" and "how to" to "why" and "what if?" This is the essence of critical thinking, an essential 21st century skill. Come see how you can use Social Justice concepts taught through real-life legal cases to teach critical thinking to ALL students. This interactive presentation will help participants understand how to use best practices from legal education to help all students unleash their critical thinking skills by tapping into their inherent sense of fairness and justice. “THIS IS A PAID EXHIBITOR PRESENTATION”
    Concurrent Session I
    Where
    Powder Mountain

  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Research shows that early academic performance is important for students in higher education, but we really haven’t understood just how early.  The game is up for many of our students within the FIRST FOUR WEEKS of their first semester. This poses an extraordinary challenge for students from first generation / low income backgrounds as they negotiate multiple levels of transition, a challenge for student success programs not strategically poised to intervene powerfully at this early period.  Join this session to learn how programs can organize to alter the course of our students’ success.
    Concurrent Session I
    Where
    Snowbird

  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Think you know how music affects the brain? You might be surprised. Did you know you can use music, or encourage your students to use music, in ways that can actually enhance their mental capabilities. Music is an incredibly powerful tool. It can be as effective a tool as teaching them note taking skills or new test taking techniques. We'll learn how to use music as a tool to help our students to amplify the brain’s natural functions, balance the brain’s chemical makeup, and improve connectivity and brain structure. We will look at research, brain scans, and studies performed by various medical professionals as well as anecdotal examples from the life of well-known scientists. The Presentation is based on scientific evidence and theoretical application.
    Concurrent Session I
    Where
    Solitude

  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    In this engaging and personal talk, professor and McNair alumni David Rivera, will share his experience navigating the educational pipeline while negotiating oppressed and privileged sociocultural identities.  Discussion will include how the intersection of multiple identities, such as social class, gender, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity, inform the student experience, as well as the work of educational access and success professionals.  Key points from the talk will highlight student persistence, identity development, and social justice advocacy.
    Concurrent Session I
    Where
    Sundance

  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    The American Indian students comprise approximately twenty percent of the students served through TRIO Programs in the ASPIRE Region. However, American Indians constitute less than 1% of the national student representation in higher education. Much like other historically underrepresented students in higher education, this population has had difficulty in achieving the dream that is higher education. This presentation will focus on resilience factors of American Indian students while examining cultural capital and self-authorship as mechanisms to successful student achievement and how TRIO Professionals in the ASPIRE region can help to contribute to the success of this student population. Attendees will leave with working definitions for cultural capital and self-authorship and how to apply these to outreach efforts in their community.
    Concurrent Session I
    Where
    Deer Valley

  • 11:30 a.m. - 01:45 p.m.
    Keynote Session
    Where
    Capitol Reef

  • 02:00 p.m. - 03:00 p.m.
    Are you a new director or staff and need a refresher on the regulations that govern your federal (TRIO or GearUp) program? Then this is the session for you! Navigating through the legislation and regulations of your Federal Award will provide an overview of the what, where and how to interpret and apply these key program guidance documents. Main sections of federal legislation are reviewed as well as regulations essential to every day program practice.
    Concurrent Sessions II
    Where
    Brighton

  • 02:00 p.m. - 03:15 p.m.
    Successful teams recognize other team member strengths and how to use these strengths to work effectively to accomplish team performance goals.  When we understand our strengths within the context of others, we see how to use our strengths in meaningful ways. Through thoughtful audience interaction, this workshop will teach participants how to work effectively as a team member and gain an appreciation of team strengths as the team works toward goals. 
    Concurrent Sessions II
    Where
    Snowbird

  • 02:00 p.m. - 03:15 p.m.
    Advocacy at the National, State and Local levels can seem daunting and ineffective, however, resources, tools and advice exist to empower advocates in getting started in the process. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of best practices advocating at congressional levels, and hear directly from congressional advocates about what works. This interactive presentation will provide you with tools to equip you for effective advocacy. Proven practices and direct interviews from Colorado legislators will be showcased.
    Concurrent Sessions II
    Where
    Solitude

  • 02:00 p.m. - 03:15 p.m.
    In the interest of improving your program's math support strategies, come discuss with us the benefits of incorporating materials beyond content support--materials that focus on helping students develop themselves as more independent, engaged learners. This will be an interactive discussion throughout. You will have new ideas to incorporate into your programs' online and in-person math support, specifically non-content materials that improve students' math experience and outcomes.
    Concurrent Sessions II
    Where
    Powder Mountain

  • 02:00 p.m. - 03:15 p.m.
    This interactive presentation is geared toward Talent Search Advisors, but could be relevant to anyone working with middle & high school students. A huge segment of our role is to teach and present invaluable information to our students, yet we are doing so in challenging, ever-changing school cultures. How do we effectively present the information these students need in a way that is thorough, engaging, and even fun? During this presentation, Alex will share strategies for curriculum planning and a few specific lessons that have worked well. There will also be a time for Talent Search Advisors to ask questions and collaborate on effective teaching strategies. It is the hope that you leave not only inspired, but with a few lessons you could easily tweak and use with your own students.
    Concurrent Sessions II
    Where
    Alta

  • 02:00 p.m. - 03:15 p.m.
    StudentAccess helps TRIO programs with their daily data management and reporting tasks, and also streamlines the Annual Performance Reporting process. By offering both desktop and online platforms, we can provide the best fit for your TRIO program’s needs. Available training opportunities and unlimited support assist in reducing the stress of data management. With nearly twenty years of TRIO experience, StudentAccess is not only an effective data management program, it’s the best solution for your program. Our informative discussion will focus on the many ways that StudentAccess can help your TRIO program with daily data management and reporting tasks. StudentAccess also streamlines the Annual Performance Reporting process. In this session we will answer questions about common features and time-saving tips and tricks, and encourage attendees to participate in sharing how they utilize StudentAccess. We will cover both StudentAccess Online and Desktop platforms to help attendees decide which platform best fits their needs, and learn how their peers make the most of their StudentAccess experience. We will educate participants about the many ways that StudentAccess and StudentAccess Online can help their program with data management and reporting tasks. We will review key features that are easy to use and designed to save time. We will also share information about data security. “THIS IS A PAID EXHIBITOR PRESENTATION”
    Concurrent Sessions II
    Where
    Deer Valley

  • 02:00 p.m. - 03:15 p.m.
    The Indian University of North America is looking to recruit 32 motivated college-bound Native high school seniors (Class of 2018) for its 2018 Summer Program at Crazy Horse. During this 8-week summer educational experience, participants will have an opportunity to accomplish the following: earn 12 credits from the University of South Dakota that should transfer to the university students are attending in the fall; work an internship at the Crazy Horse Memorial; finalize fall postsecondary preparations; engage in positive cultural-educational experiences; earn scholarships for exemplary participation, and receive follow-up post-secondary contacts during the academic year. “THIS IS A PAID EXHIBITOR PRESENTATION”
    Concurrent Sessions II
    Where
    Sundance

  • 03:45 p.m. - 04:45 p.m.
    A panel about the College Access Network including the following individuals: Montana- Peter Donaldson; Utah- Dr. Julie Hartley; Colorado- Lucia Delgado; North Dakota- Derek Sporbert. As demographics change, how can we increase the number of underrepresented students who apply and go to college? College Access Networks (CAN) exist in some form in most states as well as the national level, known as the National College Access Network. Some CAN's exist as a formal organization, while others are set up informally with different partners participating. Why is this important for all TRIO members to learn and know about? Because a well defined, efficient CAN can help create initiatives or programs so more of our students apply and go to college. It also allows us to learn what other partners in access work are doing at the state level, so we can better coordinate our efforts and share our expertise and experience on the matter. This panel has representatives from Colorado, Utah, Montana, and North Dakota.
    Keynote Session

  • 03:45 p.m. - 04:45 p.m.

  • 08:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Please note the ASPIRE Talent Show has been cancelled due to lack of participation. You are invited to attend a social in the ASPIRE President's Suite - Room 154.
    Where
    Room 154

  • 05:45 a.m. - 07:30 a.m.
    Run will take place at Liberty Park
    Where
    Liberty Park (Meet by the doors near the Conference Registration table to load the vehicles)

  • 08:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    If you need to register after this time please contact Dennis Stangl (218) 779-9035 - Thank You
    Where
    Canyons Lobby

  • 08:30 a.m. - 09:45 a.m.
    Come see why BLUMEN ONLINE is the preferred database throughout TRIO. During this session, the Blumen rep will show you features that 100's of TRIO programs utilize every day to manage their student APR data, contacts, and much more. I will demonstrate how to easily add new students, update student data, including APR data, quickly scan APR fields to find validation errors, generate reports and send text messages to your students. How to utilize our PE Points feature to ensure you are meeting the standard program objectives. Through in-depth query capabilities, Blumen allows the directors to analyze the overall program, manage staff and allow counselors to manage their workload. SO, COME BY AND GET BLUMENIZED!! “THIS IS A PAID EXHIBITOR PRESENTATION”
    Concurrent Sessions III
    Where
    Solitude

  • 08:30 a.m. - 09:45 a.m.
    ASPIRE members have access to a variety of technology resources provided by your region. One of the newest technologies is Workplace by Facebook. The website is aspire.facebook.com and this website is similar to the regular facebook website, but is focused on communication for only ASPIRE members. There are also two mobile applications that can be used with Workplace. This presentation will explain what this is and how to use it. ASPIRE members now have access to their own personalized, professional e-mail account from ASPIRE, to use to communicate with other professionals, legislators, community programs, etc. ASPIRE offers other online tools as well, an online directory of members and much more. ASPIRE membership purchases, project membership are all purchased online, and you can now create an account to save your information for easy renewal in the future. Our ASPIRE newsletter is also an online edition now, and it’s easy to share your information with others in the region by using a simple online form.
    Concurrent Sessions III
    Where
    Powder Mountain

  • 08:30 a.m. - 09:45 a.m.
    The birth of TRIO programs came during a time of great turmoil in our country. Social and economic disparities, as well as continued racial tensions led to the intentional passing of two highly important pieces of legislation in 1964; The Civil Rights Act, as well as the Economic Opportunity Act, effectively shining a light on educational access and attainment gaps disproportionately impacting individuals at multiple intersections of social identities: (low-income, first-generation, racial/ethnic diverse populations, women, students with disabilities, etc.). This presentation intends to revisit the historical circumstances that created the need for TRIO programs, and explore how contemporary issues of Social Justice/Injustice continue to prepare and support our students/participants to effectively navigate the complex dynamics of these realities as a requisite part of their path to success.
    Concurrent Sessions II
    Where
    Alta

  • 08:30 a.m. - 09:45 a.m.
    Most people are afraid of change – and for good reason. The effective change-agent leader is a concept that many are unaware of because it is as rare as a coherent tweet from the Commander in Chief. Change is hard, grueling work, but the audacity to change is a trait that every leader needs to embrace (at least, in my stubborn, unchanging opinion). Come hear stories of hate mail, resentment, tears and triumph from someone who has lived the change – and complained about it the whole way.
    Concurrent Sessions III
    Where
    Brighton

  • 08:30 a.m. - 09:45 a.m.
    Professional advising often extends beyond that of simple academic advising. It can reach deep into the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of advisor as they pour themselves into the lives of students experiencing difficult and troubling circumstances. It is important to create environments where professional advisors feel prepared to deal with the consequences that can stem from compassion fatigue. This presentation will explore what compassion fatigue is, how it impacts advising, how to understand and manage compassion fatigue, as well as provide practical self-care strategies and discuss ways to promote a healthy work/life balance.
    Concurrent Sessions III
    Where
    Deer Valley

  • 08:30 a.m. - 09:45 a.m.
    TRIO programs have a long history of positively impacting student success. However, this presentation unpacks the potential benefits of more intentional partnerships across student affairs and academic affairs. Explore literature surrounding partnerships between student affairs and academic affairs and the resulting experiences for students and the application of these suggestions in SLCC's TRIO STEM program. You’ll be able to analyze their own department to see where academic affairs partnerships may be beneficial to reach your TRIO program goals and begin to transform your current success into a stronger support system. 
    Concurrent Sessions III
    Where
    Snowbird

  • 08:30 a.m. - 09:45 a.m.
    To prepare first generation, limited income pre-college students for engagement in communities of higher education, students must participate in in cocurricular activities in addition to in-classroom learning. This experiential and hands-on presentation explains the rationale for and demonstrates best practices for teambuilding activities, creating inclusive communities, meaningful service learning experiences, interpersonal/intrapersonal development, and other student leadership development activities.
    Concurrent Sessions III
    Where
    Sundance

  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
    Four college executive leaders representing a Tribal community college, a small state university, and two large research universities reflect on the role of TRIO and other college access and success programs at their institutions, including ways that programs contribute to fulfillment of institutional missions, and guide policies that support access, transition, persistence and college transfer or completion for low-income and first-generation students. During the plenary, audience participants will be asked to rewrite their part in increasing educational opportunity at their institutions. Dr. Thayer will act both as panelist and moderator during this important dialogue.
    Keynote Session
    Where
    Capitol Reef

  • 01:00 p.m. - 02:15 p.m.
    Disruptions occur daily. Whether we experience them in our personal lives or in our workplaces, disruptions offer opportunities for change. From technology to shifts in demographics, the presenter will discuss the effect of these trends on higher education and the people who work in it. Strategies for managing change will also be offered.
    Keynote Session
    Where
    Capitol Reef

  • 02:30 p.m. - 03:45 p.m.
    StudentAccess helps TRIO programs with their daily data management and reporting tasks, and also streamlines the Annual Performance Reporting process. By offering both desktop and online platforms, we can provide the best fit for your TRIO program’s needs. Available training opportunities and unlimited support assist in reducing the stress of data management. With nearly twenty years of TRIO experience, StudentAccess is not only an effective data management program, it’s the best solution for your program. Our informative discussion will focus on the many ways that StudentAccess can help your TRIO program with daily data management and reporting tasks. StudentAccess also streamlines the Annual Performance Reporting process. In this session we will answer questions about common features and time-saving tips and tricks, and encourage attendees to participate in sharing how they utilize StudentAccess. We will cover both StudentAccess Online and Desktop platforms to help attendees decide which platform best fits their needs, and learn how their peers make the most of their StudentAccess experience. We will educate participants about the many ways that StudentAccess and StudentAccess Online can help their program with data management and reporting tasks. We will review key features that are easy to use and designed to save time. We will also share information about data security. “THIS IS A PAID EXHIBITOR PRESENTATION”
    Concurrent Sessions IV
    Where
    Solitude

  • 02:30 p.m. - 03:45 p.m.
    With unpredictable grant cycles, program students with high needs and programs with limited resources, TRiO professionals can experience burnout and stress related to their profession. This workshop is intended to promote discussion and offer experimental exercises relating to self-care for TRiO professionals. This interactive format using group discussion, role-play, and exercises through which participants can learn about self-care theory and practical frameworks to enhance their own and program participants’ well-being. 
    Concurrent Sessions IV
    Where
    Alta

  • 02:30 p.m. - 03:45 p.m.
    Similar to the traditional definition of “survivor’s guilt”, many first-generation college students feel guilty about leaving their families to pursue higher education. Particularly, first-generation students who live on campus with access to a range of resources believe they have an undeserving advantage over their families. These students might create a dual persona to cope with their separate lives and are rarely able to celebrate their successes with family. This session explores the “guilt” phenomenon from the student and family perspective while offering best practices to address this guilt with first-generation students.
    Concurrent Sessions IV
    Where
    Deer Valley

  • 02:30 p.m. - 03:45 p.m.
    Does giving our students directions and check-lists help them become independent, critical thinkers? This session will provide participants with a glimpse of a different way of supporting students that enables them to become more self-directed. Presenters will discuss the impact of the Cognitive Coaching training they attended on their work with SSS students, and model one of the conversation maps that are helpful in working with students on goal-setting. Cognitive Coaching is a promising, research-based coaching model that capitalizes upon and enhances people’s cognitive processes. Cognitive Coaching is not giving advice or solving other people’s problems. It is a nonjudgmental process of mediation, focusing on a person’s internal thought processes as a way to enhance their resourcefulness.  
    Concurrent Sessions IV
    Where
    Powder Mountain

  • 02:30 p.m. - 03:45 p.m.
    In this session, participants will be provided with information about the undocumented student population, discuss the experience as an undocumented student, and highlight resources available for undocumented students. Through student stories and practitioner experience we will discuss the college enrollment process for this population and the obstacles that arise for these students. We will discuss resources ranging from how to navigate the college application process, finding financial support when pursuing college, defining technical language, and how to find immigration resources.
    Concurrent Sessions IV
    Where
    Snowbird

  • 02:30 p.m. - 03:45 p.m.
    Come learn the benefits of strengthening and creating a team through activities and games. Facilitating these activities turn your program into a community, a safe-haven, a team, a place of fun and success for your students. (Without having to buy anything or hire anyone). Participants will play games and learn how to facilitate those games. Learn how creating a space and environment for bonding, can lead to creating the best team for your students.
    Concurrent Sessions IV
    Where
    Sundance

  • 02:30 p.m. - 03:45 p.m.
    Guidelines, Strategies and Value of a Sophisticated TRIO Alumni Network Struggling to engage and organize alumni? Join this session to discuss how to foster an Alumni identity with current students and target graduates whom have already completed your program. Learn how to gather data and get alumni involved to increase your programmatic benefits. Start building a stronger alumni network today!
    Concurrent Sessions IV
    Where
    Brighton

  • 06:30 p.m. - 09:30 p.m.
    Keynote Session
    Where
    Capitol Reef

  • 09:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Club Area 51 will be open for ASPIRE members only for the post banquet social.
    Where
    451 South 400 West, Salt Lake City - http://www.area51slc.com/

  • 08:30 a.m. - 09:45 a.m.
    Keynote Session
    Where
    Capitol Reef

  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Keynote Session
    Where
    Capitol Reef

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ASPIRE 2017 Keynote Speakers

Welcome to the 41st Annual Conference for the ASPIRE region.

This year’s conference line-up includes ASPIRE professionals sharing their knowledge and expertise to position TRIO staff as thought leaders on our respective campuses and site locations. The conference committee has also invited leaders in the higher education industry to help us conceptualize this year’s conference theme, “the Audacity of Change.”

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