2017 Fall Student Conference
By Brandon Aldous, coordinator for health and wellness initiative, SUNY Empire State College
August 17, 2017
Hello Students! The Office of Collegewide Student Affairs hopes that you are having a great summer thus far. Whether it be spending time with family and friends, finishing up summer courses, or just taking in the sunshine, we hope you are finding time to relax a little bit this summer.
We are very excited to announce that registration for the all-new Fall Student Conference is now open. Our office has spent the past year and a half developing a new and exciting opportunity for students, and we are thrilled to be sharing this with you. You, the students, asked us to take the Student Academic Conference and turn it to be more of a personal and professional development conference. We are pleased to announce that we achieved that goal and taking the conference to another level!
The Fall Student Conference will be hosted at the Albany Hilton November 2-4, 2017. There will be a few new things this year including an overhauled concurrent session program allowing for several different tracks on leadership, health and wellness, and career preparation. We will feature our opening speaker, certified personal life coach and special education teacher, Tammy Rehberg, on Thursday and our keynote speaker, human development expert, motivational humorist, life coach, and author Lois Barth, on Friday, as well as resume and cover letter review sessions throughout the conference, as well as.
The conference will also host the Student Art Show. We are accepting art submissions until August 31. After that, a committee will review the submissions and pick the pieces for the art exhibit. We are also looking for presenters at the conference, who have a topic that is geared towards our specific student body in the areas of leadership, career development, and health/wellness. If you feel that you have a presentation to offer on one of these topics, we are accepting proposals until August 31.
This year, we are also announcing that the conference will be part of the College’s Year of Cultural Initiatives. A Caribbean themed welcome party will be hosted on Thursday night, as well as a Caribbean Culture track throughout the conference.
Lastly, you may have noticed that we changed up the process for travel grants. Going forward, we have created an application process that allows us to learn more about what students hope to gain from the conference, and get a sense of student’s needs for attending. We want to offer the opportunity to attend our conferences to as many students as possible, and this will allow us to do that. Please be sure to submit a travel grant application if you would like to be considered to receive funding for the conference.
For more information on the conference, and to register, please visit http://www.esc.edu/residencies/fall-student-conference/.
For additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Brandon Aldous at Brandon.Aldous@esc.edu. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!