OUE Well-Represented at 2017 FYE Conference


The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience provides an ongoing forum where higher education professionals can share experiences, concerns, and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year. At the conference educators are invited to be a part of productive collaborations, conversations, and relationships. This year, FYE was held in Atlanta, GA and was co-hosted by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and Kennesaw State University.

The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience is designed to provide educators from every segment of higher education a comfortable, welcoming environment to share innovative ideas, programs, tools, and research critical to the learning, development, and success of first-year college students. The conference aims to promote a comprehensive and engaging community open to a diversity of ideas, in which all delegates are given the opportunity and resources to grow personally and professionally. The conference welcomes graduate and undergraduate students, encouraging them to deepen their knowledge of the academic communities of which they are a part.



Dr. Michelle Tullier (C2D2)

Dr. Tullier presented: "Cultivating Purpose and Pivot: Career Development for First-year Students." The focus of the talk was on how current-day career realities and the projected future of work call for more emphasis on career development from first year on. Michelle shared examples of how they are innovating the careers portion of GT1000. The talk drew close to 50 attendees.

Dr. Lacy Hodges (CAE)

Dr. Hodges presented a session with Stacey Doremus from LEAD on, “Developing Leadership Skills in the First-Year Seminar.” The presentation discussed strategies for teaching leadership skills to first year students, and explained how they incorporated leadership curriculum in select sections of GT 1000. The students in all sections showed gains in leadership behaviors, including leadership skill, leadership efficacy, and motivation to lead.

Dr. Steven Girardot (OVPUE)

Dr. Girardot co-presented (with Dr. Daphne Rankin from VCU) a session about "Summer Session Initiatives and the First-Year Student." The session discussed how colleges and universities are increasingly giving more attention to the role that summer session plays in a student's undergraduate experience.


For more information about the FYE conference, visit their website: http://sc.edu/fye/annual/