Conference 2023 Agenda: Best Practices in Supporting the Whole Student

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Thursday, September 21st

Reception & Dinner 6:00pm – 9:00pm


  • The Reverend Dr. Louise Johnson, Trustee, Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation

Welcome Address & Opening Remarks

  • Gregory Dell’Omo, President, Rider University
  • Tamica Lloyd, Associate Director & Newcombe Alumnae, Rider University (View Video Presentation) (Read remarks in PDF format 75KB)
  • Gianna Durso-Finley, Executive Director, Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation
  • Lindsey Bohra, Associate Executive Director, Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation

Friday, September 22nd

Conference 8:00am – 4:30pm

8:00am – 8:30am Check-in and Light Breakfast

8:30am – 10:30am Breakfast Plenary: President’s Panel

  • Father Peter Donohue, President – Villanova University
  • Merodie Hancock, President – Thomas Edison University
  • Kurt Schmoke, President – University of Baltimore
  • Moderators:
    • President Gregory Dell’Omo, President – Rider University
    • Gianna Durso-Finley – Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation

10:30am – 10:45am Break

10:45am – 11:45am Breakout – Morning Session

  1. Increasing Women’s Leadership Opportunities
    • Alvernia University
      • Meggan Kerber, Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement
      • Danielle Marino, Assistant Director of Young Alumni & Student Engagement
    • Rider University
      • Erin Barnard, Coordinator, Gail Bierenbaum Women’s Leadership Council
      • Polly Dell’Omo, Co-Director, Gail Bierenbaum Women’s Leadership Council
  2. Study Abroad: Accessible for All
    • Cedar Crest College
      • Kelly Hall, Director of Global Initiatives
    • Villanova University
      • Catherine Curley, Director of the Center for Global and Public Health, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
  3. Serving Those Who Serve
    • University of Maryland, Global Campus
      • Kristin Byerly, Director, Veterans Initiatives, Stateside Military Operations
      • Nicole DeRamus, Assistant Vice President, Veterans Programs
    • Columbia University
      • Dave Keefe, Senior Assistant Dean of Student Veteran Initiatives

11:45am – 12:00pm Break

12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch Plenary: Honors for All

Tim Eatman, Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community
Rutgers University – Newark

1:45pm – 2:45pm Breakout – Afternoon Session

  1. The Whole Student: Beyond the Classroom – Basic Needs and Experiential Learning
  2. The Whole Student: Time & Space – Best of Both Worlds for Hybrid Cohorts
    • Muhlenberg College – (Presentation in PDF format 328KB), (Presentation in PPTX format 2MB)
      • AJ Lemheney , Vice President and Executive Director
      • Michael Miller, Dean, School of Continuing Studies & Summer Study
    • Monmouth University
      • Robin Mama, Dean and Professor for the School of Social Work
      • Paul Urbanski, Associate professor and full-time faculty member

2:45pm – 3:00pm Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm Afternoon Plenary: Making College Work for Every Student

  • Morgan State University (Workforce Readiness)
    • Nicole Westrick, Assistant Vice President and Dean, College of Interdisciplinary & Continuing Studies Office
  • Towson University (Transfer Students)
    • Clare Muhoro, Acting Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Saint Peter’s University (Undocumented/1st generation students)
    • WeiDong Zhu, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Physics
  • University of Baltimore (Second Chance Program)
    • Andrea Cantora, Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice and Director, Second Chance College Program

4:15pm – 4:30pm Closing Remarks – Gianna & Lindsey

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