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Phi Kappa Phi, Academic Support Office host First-Year Experience Conference

The Liberal Arts and the First-Year Experience is the focus of a March 15 conference at APSU. The one-day event is organized by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Office of Academic Support.

The conference, which takes place immediately after APSUs spring break, is open to all faculty, staff and students. It is funded through a Phi Kappa Phi Promotion of Excellence Grant with additional support from the Division of Academic Affairs, Office of Academic Support and College of Arts and Letters.
“The Liberal Arts and the First-Year Experience” is the focus of a March 15 conference at APSU. The one-day event is organized by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Office of Academic Support.

The conference, which takes place immediately after APSU's spring break, is open to all faculty, staff and students. It is funded through a Phi Kappa Phi Promotion of Excellence Grant with additional support from the Division of Academic Affairs, Office of Academic Support and College of Arts and Letters.

The day's luncheon is free to all active member of Phi Kappa Phi, while the luncheon cost for others is $7 per person. Advance reservations are required.

Check-in begins at 9 a.m., March 15, in UC 303, with a continental breakfast. At 9:30 a.m., Dr. Susan Calovini, professor of English and Phi Kappa Phi president-elect, and Dr. Bruce Speck, vice president for academic affairs, will give opening remarks.

At 10 a.m., Linda Davis, 12th grade Advanced Placement and Honors English teacher at Northeast High School, who also teaches APSU 1000 (First-Year Experience) at APSU, will coordinate a student presentation that illustrates the conference theme. Teachers of high school seniors have been invited to bring students to the conference.

Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in UC 303. Following brief remarks by Dr. Linda Thompson, Phi Kappa Phi president, Dr. Houston Davis, associate vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Sandra Holt, regional vice president of Phi Kappa Phi, the keynote address will be presented by Dr. Jeanine Varner, vice president for academic affairs, Oklahoma Christian University.

Dr. Harriett McQueen, APSU professor of education and director of the Office of Academic Support, says, “Dr. Varner, who holds a Ph.D. in English, is known as an effective, engaging speaker whose expertise includes developing the freshman seminar and the liberal arts capstone seminar at Oklahoma Christian.”

At 1 p.m. in UC 307, Lori Buchanan, instructional services librarian, Gina Garber, digital services librarian, and Calovini will present “Information Literacy in the First Year of College.”

From 2:30-3:45 p.m. in UC 307, there will be a roundtable discussion on “The Liberal Arts as a Foundation for College and Life,” with Dr. Linda Barnes, coordinator of the Honors Program, serving as moderator. Discussants include Dr. Aleeta Christian, professor of developmental studies, Dr. Richard Gildrie, professor of history, Dr. Jaime Taylor, professor of physics and chair of the department of physics and astronomy, and Charles Frazier, a student majoring in accounting.

For lunch reservations, please contact Joanne Shepard in the Office of Academic Support at 221-6542 or shepardj@apsu.edu no later than Wednesday, March 9.

For more information about the conference, contact Calovini at 221-7891 or calovinis@apsu.edu.
—Dennie Burke