PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Midwest First-Year Conference (9/23) Early Bird Registration ends August 26th!

Early Bird Registration deadline is August 26th for the Midwest First Year Conference being held at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb on 9/23!

Friday, September 23, 2016

8:00am – 4:00pm

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

The MFYC regional drive-in conference provides a dynamic forum for faculty, administrators, and professional staff to share ideas, resources, and engaging pedagogy to enhance the experience of first-year students on two- and four-year campuses.
REGISTRATION is now open!

Registration Fees (continental breakfast and lunch included):

  • Early Bird: (before 08/26/16): $90
  • Professional: (after 8/26/16): $100
  • Day of Event/ At the Door: $100
  • Graduate Student: $65

Keynote Speaker
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Keup, Director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Student in Transition.   In this capacity, she leads a team of professionals who coordinate the Center’s conferences and continuing education, publications, research and assessment activities, public relations, and resource development. Jennifer also serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches graduate courses, advises students, and serves on thesis and dissertation committees.

Jennifer’s research interests focus on two complementary areas of scholarship: 1) the first-year experience and students in transition and 2) high-impact practices and institutional interventions. Under the umbrella of this agenda, she has engaged in scholarly work, teaching, and service on many topics such as college student characteristics; the impact of college on students; student access, development, learning, and success; curriculum and student services; peer leadership; community college and transfer issues; leadership and institutional effectiveness; student performance, adjustment, and attainment; and higher education assessment..

Midwest First-Year Student Champion Award
We invite you to nominate a colleague for the Midwest First-Year Conference Champion Award: Award Criteria and Nomination Process.  The Midwest First Year Conference is eager to recognize higher education professionals who exemplify outstanding service and leadership in working with first-year students.  This award will be presented at the 2016 Midwest First-Year Conference. The winner will receive a plaque and free conference registration to the 2017 Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (Feb. 11-14, 2017 in Atlanta, GA).

Key Dates:

August 5, 2016 —Deadline for Midwest First-Year Conference Champion Nominations

August 26, 2016—Early Bird Registration Closes

September 23, 2016 – Midwest First-Year Conference
For More Information:

Kelly Smith, Conference Planning Committee Chair kellysmith@niu.edu (815) 753-0028