2019 North Dakota/South Dakota Co-State Conference

March 31, 2019 - April 2, 2019
6:00 p.m. - March 31
8:00 - 8:00 p.m. April 1
8:00 - 11:00 a.m. April 2

The North Dakota/South Dakota Chapters of ASPIRE 2018 Spring State Conference will be held March 31 – April 2 in Fargo, ND at the Radisson Inn.
Saturday, March 30
8:30am-5pm SSS Grant Writing (Pre-Con) The Loft
Sunday, March 31
8:30am-12:00pm SSS Grant Writing (Pre-Con) Cityscape A
6:00 p.m.Welcome and Social Cityscape A
Monday, April 1
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Silent Auction opens (Drop Off items)
8:30-9:30 a.m. Welcome/Opening Session: Cityscape A
Horatio Alger Association-Meghan Yerhot, NDSU Doctoral student­Developmental Science
9:30-9:45 a.m. Break
9:45-10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Engaging the Holistic StudentCityscape A
Live Like a Student-Lance Hill, Bank of North Dakota Cityscape B
10:45-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00-11:45 a.m. Program Specific Idea sections
Pre-College (UB, TS and EOC) Cityscape A
College (SSS and McNair) Cityscape B
12:00-2:00 p.m.Lunch on your own
2:15-3: 15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Engaging the Holistic StudentCityscape A
Student Support & Best Practices in Advising: TRIO Experiences-Dr. Simeomn Edosomwan Cityscape B
3:30-5:00 p.m. State Meetings
North DakotaCityscape A
South DakotaCityscape B
6:00 p.m. SocialCityscape A
6:30-8:00 p.m BanquetCityscape B
Tuesday, April 2
8:00a.m. Breakfast Cityscape A
9:00 a.m. ASPIRE President - Cynthia Ayala COE Update Cityscape A
10:00 a.m. COE UpdateCityscape A
11:00 a.m. Wrap-UpCityscape A

Speakers Opening Session:

Horatio Alger Association-April 1st, 2019-8:30am

Synopsis of your Workshop/Presentation Since 1984, the Horatio Alger Association has awarded over $125 million in college scholarships to young people, helping them to achieve their dreams of higher education. The Association’s scholarship programs are among the few in the nation that specifically focus on identifying young people who, similar to its Members, have overcome exceptional hardships. This presentation will go into detail regarding their state, national, career & technical, and targeted scholarship opportunities.

Background on Presenter

Meghan Yerhot is a third year doctoral student at North Dakota State University studying Developmental Science. Her research focuses on student success with an emphasis on first­ generation and low-income students. During the academic year she works as an adviser in Student Support Services. In the summer, she works with Upward Bound as a mentor. Meghan was awarded the Horatio Alger Scholarship in high school which led her to being first in her family to receive her Bachelor’s degree. She attributes much of her success to the generous help of the Horatio Alger Association and hopes to give back to young adults like herself someday.

Breakout Sessions

Live Like a Student-April 1st, 2019-9:45 am

Synopsis of your Workshop/Presentation High school & college students face many financial choices. Most shop, have jobs, pay bills, file taxes, have accounts at financial institutions, make car payments, pay car insurance — and most importantly, college-bound students are preparing to make student loan debt choices. Financial literacy lessons help these students grapple with the adult choices many already face as young adults.

Background on Presenter(s)

Lance Hill is the Financial Literacy Manager at Bank of North Dakota (BND). He has been employed at the bank for over 20 years. The financial literacy program at BND is designed to help educate North Dakotans about relevant topics of financial education. The program utilizes a partnership approach with other like-minded individuals and organizations to help create long­term improvements and financial well-being in people’s lives. Lance is active in several state and national financial literacy organizations. A graduate of Minot State University, Lance is married to Debbie and they have three children.

Student Support & Best Practices in Advising: TRIO Experiences-April 1st, 2019-3:15 pm Synopsis of your Workshop/Presentation: This presentation provides an overview of the federal TRIO Students Support Programs with emphasis on best practices in advising when working with students. During the presentation, attendees will work together to answer the following questions

  1. What is met by the concept of student advising in TRIO?
  2. What is the purpose and scope of students advising in TRIO Programs?
  3. What does student advising looks like in your specific TRIO division?
  4. What are some best advising approaches that works with students in your experience/program?

Background on Presenter(s) Simeon Edosomwan is an Interim Education Specialist with North Dakota State University TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS). His role includes teaching study skills to students, advising and training of Student tutors. Prior to joining SSS, Simeon taught in the NDSU Veteran’s Training Education. Simeon has a Ph.D. in Education from North Dakota State University college of Human Development and Education. He is originally from Nigeria.

Engaging the Holistic Student- April 1st, 2019-9:45 am and 2:15 pm-Same presentation done twice

Synopsis of your Workshop/Presentation:
College campuses have been seeing an evolution of the current college student. This evolution involves needing higher levels of student support services on campuses. These services are most beneficial if utilized in a positive, proactive manner, and include, but are not limited to: mental health, proactive academic advising, disability services, and understanding the entire student.

Background on Presenter(s):
Erika Berg is in her ninth year of working in higher education. She has spent five years working within various TRIO programs. Her latest position mirrors TRIO programming as an institutionally funded counterpart of TRIO called the PowerSkills Center at Lake Region State College (LRSC) in Devils Lake, ND. Erika also serves as the Disability Services Specialist for LRSC. Erika completed her first two years of college at LRSC, then transferred to UND and graduated with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. She also earned a Master of Education degree from NDSU in Counseling. Erika is married to her husband, Matt, and they have three kids; Elly, Axeton, and A very. Brigitte Greywater is in her eighth year in higher education serving all eight years as Director of Counseling/ Head Volleyball Coach at LRSC. Within the counseling role, retention has become a main focus within her job duties. Brigitte holds an Educational Specialist of School Psychology degree from Minot State University. She is married to Sheldon, and they have a dog named Clyde. In her spare time, she coaches volleyball for local youth across the Lake Region area.

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