Session Descriptions

2014 Summer Institute
Session Descriptions

Keynote Sessions (in order of appearance)

Teaching: Joys and Challenges of the Greatest Profession
Dr. Zakrajsek

  • Tuesday, May 27, 12:30 – 2:30pm, Room 115

Teaching in higher education is in many ways a gift. Having the opportunity to mold future societies is an amazing experience. That said, this profession also comes with a multitude of challenges. In this session we will explore teaching as a “profession,” looking both at why teaching is exceptionally important to everyone and how research on teaching can help all of us to be better at educating others. This session is designed to encourage attendees to think about education, the role of the teacher, and the role of the student in new and fundamentally different ways.

Appreciating Your Global Impact: Advising Students to Succeed in Our 21st Century World
Dr. Flood

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 8:30-9:50 am, Room 115

During this session, we will investigate and discussion strategies for effective communication with students, focusing on advising opportunities but also working through more broadly-ranging communication challenges and opportunities.

Challenging Students to Step Up on the Pathway
to Possibility through Education
Dr. Milliron

  • Thursday, May 29, 2014, 8:30-9:50 am, Room 115

What do we need to expect of students and the education systems that serve them if we want education to continue to be an economic, social, and personal game changer? From (1) challenging students to bring more purpose, engagement, and tenacity to bear on their learning journeys to (2) exploring how we put innovation and technology use in our institutions on purpose to create more learning-centered, data-rich, and high-value education pathways, we’ll share models and vision a future where more striving students succeed.

You’re HIRED! Five Characteristics of Successful Career Advisement that Promote Retention    
Mr. Talley

  • Friday, May 30, 2014, 11:30-1:30 pm, Room 115

Who knew that both educators and students alike possess goals that will benefit one another! For students, their desire is simple – give us this degree, and give us a job! For educators, their mandate is not so simple – keep students interested, and retain their enrollment through completion of their program. Fortunately, both the desire to land the perfect career and the need to retain students through the duration of their studies share much in common. During this energetic keynote presentation, Zeb will lean on his experiences as a Career Counselor and Coach to address 5 practical characteristics that every educator must possess in order to effectively connect with and engage students. These qualities will not only promote student relationship building, but will encourage behaviors and promote ideas that will improve retention and career marketability.


Concurrent Sessions (in order of appearance)

Developmental Courses – Who takes What?
Marcia Miller

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2:40 – 3:30 pm – Room 202
  • Wednesday, May 28, 1:30 – 2:20 pm – Room 234
  • Wednesday, May 28, 3:30 – 4:20 pm – Room 234

Description Coming Soon.


DMA (Classroom Perspective)
June Hundley and Leanne Dixon

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2:40 – 3:30 pm – Room 337
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2:30 – 3:20 pm – Room 234

Developmental Math – Presentation on how Developmental Math is now being taught at RCCC. Participants will “see” how the module process works for our Developmental Math classes and learn the benefits to the students of this emporium style of teaching. Informational handouts will be distributed that will help explain things such as:

  • What are DMS and DMA? What is the difference between DMS-001, DMS-002, and DMS-003? How do you know how many and which module(s) each student needs to complete?
  • Demonstration of a DMA module, from the Pre-test to the Post-Test, including using MyLabsPlus in conjunction with our customized workbook.

As time allows, question and answer session.


Educational Planning and Goal Setting: MAPping It All Out
Tony Oettinger                                                                

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2:40 – 3:30 pm – Room 219
  • Tuesday, May 27, 3:40 – 4:30 pm – Room 219

This session will present information on the positive benefits that students can realize by setting realistic academic goals through MAPping out a personal educational roadmap. The session will focus on a four-step process to help students identify their educational path described in the Creating Your Educational Plan process: 1. Explore, 2. Identify, 3. Plan and 4. Navigate.


The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony With Your Brain
Dr. Todd Zakrajsek

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2:40 – 3:30 pm – Room 115

Many educators continue to struggle with how best to proceed from delivering lectures to creating truly effective learning environments. In addition, students struggle to understand the best way to learn in our classrooms. The result can be class sessions that are difficult and frustrating to teach with students who appear apathetic and indifferent toward learning. In this session, through active learning, we will discover how effective evidence-based teaching practices can be aligned with effective evidence-based learning strategies to create classrooms where students enthusiastically participate, are interested in course content, and effectively contribute to their own learning.


Academic Advising: The Reality Show
Donna Crook, Ginger Fox                     

  • Tuesday, May 27, 3:40 – 4:30 pm, Room 202
  • Wednesday, May 28, 11:00 – 11:50 am – Room 231
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2:30 – 3:20 am – Room 231

Welcome!  Come into the ACA Center and experience the REALITY of academic advising!  This highly interactive and entertaining session will use simulations to demonstrate effective behaviors for anyone providing academic advising.  If you have ever wanted to participate in a reality show, here’s your chance!


Embedded Librarianship: How to Let the Library Come to You
Jacob Ellis, Laurie Robb 

  • Tuesday, May 27, 3:40 – 4:30 pm, Room 322

Are you ready for your students to take research to a higher level? Tired of explaining that there’s more to research than Wikipedia? Consider having an embedded librarian in your course. An RCCC librarian can significantly reduce the amount of time you spend explaining, directing, and answering your students’ library research and reference related questions.  An embedded librarian serves as a direct link between your students and the numerous resources the Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers.  At the end of the course students are able to integrate appropriate scholarly resources and research into their course assignments and have skills that carry with them through their college careers.


Accuplacer Testing Demo
Mark Ebersole                                                  

  • Tuesday, May 27, 3:4o – 4:30 pm, Room 337
  • Wednesday, May 28, 10:00 – 10:50 am, Room 122

Description Coming Soon.


Do you VERC? The QEP
Renita Peeler                                                    

  • Wednesday, May 28, 10:00 – 10:50 am, Room 202

We will be going over the VERC (Virtual Employment Resource Center) available on Blackboard. It will be a detailed presentation, covering each aspect of the Blackboard site. During the presentation, we will also discuss the various resources that are also listed on the VERC site, such as the R3 Center. We will briefly discuss the importance of students having a good working resume and cover letter.


Transfer Student Advising Fundamentals
Audra Esposito     

  • Wednesday, May 28, 10:00 – 10:50 am, Room 234
  • Wednesday, May 28, 11:00 – 11:50 am, Room 234

Did you know that on average, approximately 50% of a graduating class (from our 4-year sister institutions) are considered transfer students?  From RCCC’s enrollment alone we know this “trend”-  that began about 12 years ago – is really now the “norm”.

This session will talk about the basics related to helping a student prepare for transferring.  Additionally, we will have representatives from several 4-year schools in our area that attract most of our students.  Bring your questions for a Q & A with this panel so you can better understand their admission criteria, policy on transfer credits, and suggestions for you to pass onto our students.


Blackboard Tools for Monitoring and Rewarding
Mary Noggle                                                     

  • Wednesday, May 28, 10:00 – 10:50 am, Room 337

Learn how using two small tools in Blackboard can make a big impact on student retention. During this session, we will look at tips for using Blackboard’s Retention Center and for setting up the Achievements feature to reward student progress.


Financial Aid and its Impact on Advising:What an Advisor Needs to Know
Lisa Ledbetter

  • Wednesday, May 28, 11:00 – 11:50 am, Room 202
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2:30 – 3:20 pm, Room 202

Learn the basics of financial aid as it relates to registration advising and situations that affect the student eligibility.  Come with concerns or questions regarding any aspect of financial aid.


Active Shooter and Campus Security
Tim Bost                                                              

  • Wednesday, May 28, 11:00 – 11:50 am, Room 334

The recent tragedies at Virginia Tech, Aurora, Colorado, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, and most recently at Murrysville, Pennsylvania, have raised our awareness of the growing threat from active shooter/mass casualty situations. Each year dozens, if not hundreds of individuals are serious injured or killed by active shooters in our workplaces, schools, and colleges. Consequently, our social awareness of this chilling threat has given rise to tactical changes in public safety response, reformulation of institutional policies and procedures, and individual victimization self-protection and self-preservation practices. This presentation will give an overview of specific dynamics within selected actual active shooter/mass casualty situations in educational settings; protective measures that can be taken by innocent individuals caught up in mass casualty threats; and an overview of current practices and resources available at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to minimize the impact of potential threats.


What Does ‘Global’ Mean Anyway, and How Do We Teach To That?
Dr. Flood

  • Wednesday, May 28, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Room 115

During this session, we’ll identify and unpack “glocal” communication styles, styles which cut locally and globally, and discuss several strategies to incorporate “global” into your curriculum.


Colleague Registration/Advising Process
Joan Creeger, Pat Smith

  • Wednesday, May 28, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Room336

This session will be an overview/refresher of Colleague, to include review of mnemonics used during the registration/advising process.  Review of student holds, registration flags, tips and tricks.  Who to call, how to respond to warnings/alerts.  Review of required forms necessary when overriding coursework during registration.


Service Learning  & Student Impact
Jade Bittle                                                          

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2:30 – 3:20 pm, Room 234

This session will showcase current Service-Learning (SL) curriculum that is taught in our ACA and ENG courses. Instructors and students will share their personal SL stories and its impact on their teaching and learning. Lastly, we will brainstorm ways that SL could be included into the participant’s courses to enhance their student outcomes.

Internationalizing Your Course Content
Karen Lynden

  • Wednesday, May 28, 3:30 – 4:20 pm, Room 231

This session will focus on bringing international topics to the face-to-face and online classroom, regardless of discipline.  We will explore hands-on activities and review a few examples of activities, simulations, and projects.  The objective of the session is to provide faculty ideas for creative lesson plans that help students connect to content in meaningful ways.


Degree Audit and Transfer Credit
SaBrina Johnson, Erinn Stern 

  • Wednesday, May 28, 3:30 – 4:20 pm, Room 231
  • Thursday, May 29, 2:30 – 3:20 pm, Room 322

This session will cover the basics of using and reading Degree Audit, Course Substitutions, Graduation Process, Transcript Evaluation, and Reverse Transfer.


Goals, Planning, and Success: Navigating New Students Towards Success
Zach Kendra

  • Wednesday, May 28, 3:30 – 4:20 pm, Room336
  • Thursday, May 29, 10:00 – 10:50 am, Room 337

Welcoming new students to RCCC is an important part of their success. Goals, Planning and Success (GPS) sessions introduce students to the tools, services and other information that will assist in their success at RCCC. In this session we will discuss the importance of this introductory group advising session, overview the GPS session and review materials that students receive regarding academic planning and registration.


Challenges and Opportunities with Teaching EC and CCP students (Forum)
Carrie Waldrop, Margie Wiggins, Mary Noggle                             

  • Thursday, May 29, 10:00 – 10:50 am, Room322

Come join the forum to discuss successful strategies for teaching the Gen Z population. Learn from your peers what they use to connect with Early College and Career and College Promise Students.


Articulation Agreement
Gaye McConnell                                              

  • Thursday, May 29, 10:00 – 10:50 am, Room 334
  • Thursday, May 29, 1:30 – 2:20 am, Room 334
  • Thursday, May 29, 3:30 – 4:20 am, Room 334

This session will cover the fundamentals of the 2014 CAA   — the GOOD, the BAD,  and the OPPORTUNITIES  for students and faculty in the AA, AS and AFA programs.   Specifically, we will overview the impact related to course offerings, transferability, completion by design of the AA and AS degrees at RCCC,  our AFA student cohort,  and how we help faculty and students move smoothly to the university from RCCC.   Faculty and staff will be presenting the information and available for questions.


Early Alert
Katina Winkey, Suzanne Hall, Teena Boone   

  • Thursday, May 29, 10:00 – 10:50 am, Room 231
  • Friday, May 30, 8:30 – 9:20 am,  Room 317

The Early Alert program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was designed to provide a framework for Academic Advisors and Faculty to work together to provide academic interventions to students that identify barriers, resources and strategies for success. Students will meet with academic advisors to discuss effective strategies that will allow them to persist in the course and will be referred to other support services if needed such as tutoring. Come find out how you can partner with advisors and other support services to empower students to be successful!


Advising the Undecided Student            
Donna Crook                                                     

  • Thursday, May 29, 11:00 – 11:50 am, Room 234
  • Thursday, May 29, 2:30 – 3:20 pm, Room 234

This session will cover key points to remember when advising students who are undecided about their programs of study.  Topics include using PSPR on Datatel; working with program-changers and students who “hop” from program to program; working with students on decision-making skills; and, programming for the undecided student population.


Advising Veterans
Matthew Thewes 

  • Thursday, May 29, 11:00 – 11:50 am, Room 231
  • Thursday, May 29, 2:30 – 3:20 pm, Room 231

Veterans are different-Who we are is what makes us different; Veteran success strategies-One word ‘SUPPORT’; College credit for military training (at FTCC)-Brief discussion; Advising veterans-full time does not always equal full time in the eyes of the VA


Now Playing @ Your Library                                                                        
Jenny Walker

  • Thursday, May 29, 11:00 – 11:50 am, Room 334

Come find out how to use streaming video available through the library to enhance student learning.

The library has both documentary and feature films available for streaming in class, or for students to access outside of class, thus freeing up valuable instruction time. This interactive session will allow you to explore these resources and learn just how easy it is to incorporate them into your classes. All of our collections include full-length films, which are already broken up into short clips so that you can choose how you want to incorporate them. The LRC currently has collections through PBS videos (NCLive), Films on Demand, and Swank Digital Campus, and new titles are added on a regular basis.


Disability Services: Advising and Resources
Holly Wagoner, Joanne Rusnak

  • Thursday, May 29, 1:30 – 2:20 pm, Room 231

Disability Services at RCCC are offered to assist students with disabilities in achieving their educational and vocational goals and to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  In this session we’ll review the basic process for referral and accommodation planning.  We will focus on the role of the environment (attitudes, physical design, policies/practices/procedures, etc.) and how these aspects can be the biggest barrier to disability.


FERPA and Advising                                                                                       
Joan Creeger                                                    

  • Thursday, May 29, 1:30 – 2:20 pm, Room 234
  • Friday, May 30, 8:30 – 9:20 am, Room 231

Records that directly relate to a student and that are maintained by an educational agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution.  As employees of RCCC, we are all responsible.  What are the two types of educational records?  What can you disclose?  What can you not disclose?  What are the student’s rights?  What are the parent’s rights? Don’t know….come to this session!


Excellence in Teaching Panel                                                                      
Carol Beaver, Tabelech Shipp

  • Thursday, May 29, 1:30 – 2:20 pm, Room 202

Come and hear our 2013-2014 Excellence in Teaching Award winners discuss their approaches to teaching.


Julie Thoman                                                  

  • Thursday, May 29, 2:30 – 3:20 pm, Room 337

Come learn about SharePoint! This session will include how to log in, navigate around, and other little tricks. This will also be a great opportunity to come with questions!


DRE (Classroom Perspective)
Jenny Beaver

  • Thursday, May 29, 3:30 – 4:20 pm, Room 337
  • Friday, May 30, 9:30 – 10:20 am, Room 122

With all of our state changes, all Developmental English courses were combined, or integrated, with all Reading courses. Sounds simple, right? Join Jenny Beaver, chair of ACA, DRE and ENG, to gain a better understanding of DRE (Developmental Reading and English) by discussing and viewing: DRE coursework, DRE course formatting and the technology used.


Understanding the Nuances Between Programs and Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates
Jenny Cook

  • Thursday, May 29, 3:30 – 4:20 pm, Room 234
  • Friday, May 30, 9:30 – 10:20 am, Room 231

Ever wonder what to say to students when they ask you if they should do a degree, diploma, or a certificate?  This session will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each and help you advise students towards what will work best for their academic path.


Connecting with Veterans    
Ricky Gray

  • Thursday, May 29, 3:30 – 4:20 pm, Room 231

While an increasing number of higher education institutions are building and delivering important services to support their military and Veteran students, many of them face a crucial challenge: how to identify those students who are veterans so they can ensure that they are aware of and utilize the available services?


Tracking Professional Development Through Skillport
Zhivi Williams                                                    

  • Friday, May 30, 8:30 – 9:20 am, Room 337

Did you know that SkillPort will be updated later this month? During this session we will explore the updated version of SkillPort, review the features, and walk through the process of adding your professional development training to SkillPort.

Note: This is a hands on session. Please bring with you a list of professional development activities in which you have participated this fiscal year, so they can be entered into SkillPort.


Putting it Together: Scenario Situations                                                
ACA Staff                                                            

  • Friday, May 30, 8:30 – 9:20 am, Room 234
  • Friday, May 30, 10:30 – 11:20 am, Room 234

Description Coming Soon.


Engagement: A Student Perspective  
Leslie Brown, Tim Wilson 

  • Friday, May 30, 9:30 – 10:20 am, Room 322

Have you ever wondered what engagement looks like from the student perspective? Come hear Student Government Association President, Leslie Brown, and Vice-President Tim Wilson as they share their experiences about what (and who) made a difference in their academic careers.


Academic Probation
Misty Moler

  • Friday, May 30, 9:30 – 10:20 am, Room 337

As an institution, part of our mission is to give students the tools to be successful.  Academic success, however, can be impeded by personal happenings. The Counseling & Career Services team manages the Academic Probation program. Because academic probation will ultimately result in suspension for some students, it’s important to know the general process as well as what part you might play in this process. In this session, we will define satisfactory progress and academic probation, detail the progression of academic probation to suspension for students that fall below 2.0 cumulative GPA as well as requirements for these students, demonstrate where to find academic probation status in Datatel and view the tools used by members of the Counseling & Career Services team to assist students in recovering.


Time Management
David Brantley, III   

  • Friday, May 30, 10:30 – 11:20 am, Room 322

Looking for ways to fight procrastination and get more done? Look no further! Handouts will be provided and we will complete some hands-on exercises during the workshop.  David Brantley is a licensed clinical psychologist and personal coach and has helped hundreds of people to more fully realize their potential.


Student Self-Service
Rebecca Anderson

  • Friday, May 30, 10:30 – 11:20 am, Room 231

Student Self-Service is the new online interface that students will use to access information that is now found in WebAdvisor. In this session, we will be giving a sneak peak at the Student Finance and Student Planning portions of Student Self-Service in RCCC’s Test Environment. This new experience is expected to be rolled out to students in the coming months.


Allied Health Program Requirements
Robin Seropian                                                

  • Friday, May 30, 10:30 – 11:20 am, Room 317

This session will present an overview of the four health programs offered at RCCC,  along with advising suggestions and guidelines.  The programs discussed will be Dental Assisting, Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, and Radiography.