2015 Conference Program – Breakout Sessions

See the full program on the main page, including our keynote on “Moving the Needle”, our Panel of Presidents, and presidential monitoring sessions!

Breakout sessions:

Making Mentoring Work: Be a Catalyst
Sue Maxam, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education,

Pace University
Are you creating a formal mentoring program at your institution; looking to be (or find) a mentor; or wondering what a mentoring relationship should look like? Whatever the case, this session will cover all bases and enable you to be a catalyst for making mentoring work! We will discuss: (1) strategies for developing an effective mentoring program (including guidelines, expectations, matching, guidelines, assessment, and benefits); (2) the role of effective mentors and mentees (whether formal or informal); (3) what to look for when selecting a mentor; and (4) how to maximize mentoring relationships.

Government Relationships, Comedy & Skateboard
Jeffrey Rosenstock, Assistant Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs,
Queens College (CUNY)
During his 45 minute presentation which will include a Q& A, Jeff will share his philosophy and strategy on engaging elected officials to support the various needs of a college including both capital and operating/programming initiatives. He will speak about the steps he takes to build relationships with legislators and their staff, as well as how he works with the college’s President and other members of the faculty and staff, and an external part time lobbyist, to ensure the college’s priorities are supported. He will also talk about the multiple legislative matters that come across his desk and provide insight into how to best handle requests from elected officials. He will share some of the tools and resources he uses to be up to date on what is transpiring on the legislative front, and address specific questions from attendees on best practices. And, of course, he will elaborate on how he convinced 30 members of the US Congress, NY State Senate & Assembly, members of the NYC Council and the Borough President of Queens to sing, act, do comedy and skateboard in his “Legislative Acts” musical comedy revue which brought in over $60,000 in ticket sales and sponsorships!

The Rising and Important Majority on Campus: Nontraditional College Students
Nereida Quiles, ABD, MS, 
Director of Admission for Adult Education
Concordia College-NY

Who are they?  Why are they becoming the majority and no longer the minority on many campuses?  In fact, they comprise 58% of students taking courses and completing degrees.  As a result, the world of higher education, including student aid, is adapting to the needs of this increasing student population.  What can your institution do to address the necessities of this unique population?  Are you considering pursuing an additional college degree?

Putting Your Budget in Context
Judith Tabron, Ph.D., Director of Faculty and Student Computing
Hofstra University
“Budget” is one of those words that means a lot of different things for different people. In this workshop we’ll discuss different types of budget experience (project-based, program-based, staff management, grants, capital, and operating) and discuss how you might quantify your experience and describe your accomplishments in resumes, letters or interviews. Use the right language and sound like a pro! For people with budget responsibilities at all levels, including discussing ways to get started!

Negotiating Strategies for Success
Patricia Burlaud, Ph.D., Dean, Operations, Assessment & Accreditations, Global Programs
New York Institute of Technology
A recent survey from LinkedIn reveals that not only are professionals uncomfortable with negotiating for higher salaries, roughly one in four of us are so anxious with the process that we’ve decided to skip it altogether. But what’s worse news is that the group that is the most averse to the often-awkward but oh-so-important dance of negotiating in the workplace are American women. As a result, on one hand, women suffer economically because we fail to ask, but on the other hand, we’re also punished for our nerve when we do ask. We’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t, right?
No, we’re not. In this session, you will learn other solutions: collaborative processes aimed at finding the best solutions for everyone involved. This not only makes the process of negotiating less combative, it has been shown to produce superior agreements: Everyone walks away with more of what he or she wants. That‘s the basic principle of effective negotiations. It helps insure that both sides will be happy. Good negotiations, after all, are always win-win negotiations!