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Mark Lange
Conference Director
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Executive Director of the SBS Advising Center

College of Social and
Behavioral Sciences
UMass Amherst

128 Thompson Hall
200 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9244


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Unconference Conference

Programming for Student Success

Lower Level Campus Center Concourse

Thursday, September 18, 2014

9:30-4:00 pm

Innovation, Connection, Engagement, Collaboration Featuring a keynote speaker, panel discussions, and unconference-style breakout sessions, the event will invite staff and faculty to engage deeply to better understand how programming contributes to student success, how programming can be innovated to support success, and how to cultivate collaborations in programming. The format will provide a diverse assortment of learning and engagement opportunities. Unconference-style workshops provide the opportunity for the participants to engage in crowd-sourced topic selection and facilitated group discussions and problem solving. Participants will be asked to be the experts and share openly and thoughtfully in identifying problems and solutions. Possible topics include: Academic partnerships, programming for nontraditional students, programming with space constraints, increasing student attendance at programs, promoting collaborative programming, innovation in programming, programming for a diverse audience, programming as the academic mission, and more!

We’re pleased to announce our Morning and Afternoon Keynote speakers, Tony Doody and Elizabeth Armstrong.

Tony Doody has over 20 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as a Director of Student Life on the five New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses of Rutgers University.

Over the last 4 years, Tony has presented at over twenty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership and has appeared on Higher Ed Live and other online panels to speak about innovation in higher education. He is the recent Innovation chair for the ACPA 2014 conference and serves as co-chair of the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Technology.

Tony has also had over 20 years of international corporate training in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, personality assessment, diversity, presentation skills, generational marketing, digital leadership, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness.

Past clients include Johnson and Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Janssen, Navigant, Tumi International, United Way, Merrill Lynch, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

Elizabeth A. Armstrong is a sociologist with research interests in the areas of sexuality, gender, culture, organizations, social movements, and higher education. Professor Armstrong joined the Department of Sociology and the Organizational Studies Program at the University of Michigan in 2009. Before that, she held a faculty appointment in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology and Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Elizabeth has written a book "Paying for the Party" and will be discussing her findings as well as the implications and potential solutions for UMass. She will also be serving on the Task Force Panel.

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Sponsored by Student Affairs and Campus Life and Student Activities and Involvement
A preliminary schedule is below:


9:30-10:00 am   Registration and Coffee
10:00-11:00 am   Welcome and Keynote: Tony Doody
11:00-11:15 am   Unconference Framing
11:15-12:00 pm   Break-Out #1
Panel and Unconference Sessions
12:15- 1:30 pm   Lunch and Keynote: Elizabeth Armstrong
1:45-2:45 pm:   Break-Out #2
Task Force Panel and Unconference Sessions
2:45-3 pm   Coffee Break
3:00-3:45 pm   Break-Out #3
Unconference Sessions
3:45-4:00 pm   Closing



New England Conference for Student Sucess - Our Mission

Our mission is to provide resources and support year-round to those faculty, staff, and administrators who strive to enhance student success among the students of New England higher education institutions--from community colleges to private liberal arts colleges, large research universities to small state colleges. We do this by offering and/or supporting:

  • an annual conference

  • regional events on a periodic basis

  • best practices/information sharing

  • shared interest groups

  • other collaborative endeavors