2013 Fall Conference

Updating the Advising Toolbox: Understanding the Complex Needs of Today's Students

Twelfth Annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, University Faculty Senate, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of Undergraduate Education, and The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal

Conference Details

Date: September 18, 2013

Time: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM

Location: The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

Topic: Updating the Advising Toolbox: Understanding the Complex Needs of Today's Students


  • Are Men the New At-Risk Student Population? Terry Musser, Ph.D., Undergraduate Studies Programs Coordinator, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University Park; Doug Wilson, Ph.D. candidate, Learning, Design, and Technology, Penn State University Park
  • Bridging the Cultural Gap: Providing Adequate Support to Chinese Students In and Out of the Classroom. Elena Galinova, Ph.D., Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser, Coordinator of Think Global, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Penn State University Park; Irma Giannetti, M.A., Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Penn State University Park; Ron Henderson, M.LArch., Head, Department of Landscape Architecture and Chair of Integrative Design, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State University Park
  • Creating a Positive LGBTQQIA Environment in Academic Advising. Brian J. Patchcoski, M.Ed., Director, Office of LGBTQ Services, Dickinson College
  • How Do We Talk to Others? Sophia McClennen, Ph.D., Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature; Director, Center for Global Studies School of International Affairs, Penn State University Park
  • Finding Purpose: The Link Between Spirituality and Academic Advising. Carrie A. Egnosak, M.A., Academic Adviser, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; John A. Mueller, Ed.D., Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Intrusive Advising: A Key Component of the College Success Story. Mitsue Wiggs, M.S., Assistant Director, Meyerhoff Scholars Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Transfer Credits: Where They Come From and Best Practices for Using Them. Susan Sanders, M.S., Academic Adviser, College of Health & Human Development, Penn State University Park; Kathryn Gaylord-Miles, M.Ed., Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions, Penn State University Park