APRIL 14TH AND 15TH 2016
The Office of Student Engagement & Retention (OSER) and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Leadership Team cordially invites all EFC employees, students, and neighboring colleges to our 2nd annual conference!
2016 YEAR ONE ENGAGE CONFERENCE
Integrative Learning: The Power of Partnerships
Although there is no registration fee, it is a ticketed event. Please register (here) to receive your reception and lunch tickets.
Stephanie Akunvabey is the Director of Academic Affairs at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. She coordinates academic program administration and ensures the quality of service for students in learning communities, civic engagement initiatives and other special programs. She began her work at Kingsborough as a Case Manager for the Opening Doors Learning Communities in 2009. In this role she worked to equip students with tools for long - term academic success by promoting critical thinking and cross-curricular integration. During her time at Kingsborough, Stephanie has taught multiple Student Development courses and served as the Faculty Development Coordinator for learning communities. Stephanie served as a resource faculty member at The Washington Center’s Annual National Summer Institute on Learning Communities and mentored multiple institutions at Kingsborough Institute for Designing and Building Learning Community programs. Additionally, she has worked with non-profits such as MDRC and the Robin Hood Foundation to evaluate the effectiveness of learning communities and other high impact practices on student success outcomes. Ms. Akunvabey received her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Agnes Scott College and her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from New York University where she is currently pursuing her EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Studies. Her research interests include college access and retention strategies for underserved populations.
Dr. Mary Hendrix is passionate about students and about the life-changing impact of education. A first-generation college student herself, she has devoted her entire career to making a difference in the lives of students. For the past 31 years, she has been employed by Texas A&M University-Commerce in various key leadership positions and was named the University’s first Vice-President for Student Access and Success in January 2009. Since assuming this position, the university has increased enrollment 24% and has set numerous enrollment milestones, including reaching 12,000 students in Fall 2012. In addition, student retention, persistence, and graduation rates have increased. Dr. Hendrix holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and has a master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Personnel and Guidance. She has served in many leadership positions at community, state, and national levels, including most recently serving on the SACSCOC competency-based advisory committee and Western Governor’s University (WGU)-Texas teacher advisory committee. Dr. Hendrix has garnered numerous awards, including: American Vocational Guidance Association’s Service Award, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Commerce ISD Hall of Fame, Texas Vocational Guidance Association Outstanding Educator, and she was nominated for the Latina Living Legend Award by the DFW Hispanic 100 organization in 2010.
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