SERCEC  - May 25-27, 2016 - Hilton Richmond at Short Pump -Richmond, Virginia
SERCEC  - May 25-27, 2016 - Hilton Richmond at Short Pump -Richmond, Virginia


SERCEC 2016 Agenda

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
11:00am - 3:00pm Pre-Conference/Networking Activities (On your own)
2:00pm - 6:00pm Conference Registration-Guest check-in and arrivals - Outside Capital Ballroom
3:00pm - 4:00pm Newcomer Orientation Session - Conrad Room
4:00pm - 5:00pm Experienced Professionals Roundtable - Conrad Room
6:00pm - 8:00pm Opening Reception - The Short Pump Meeting Room
Dr. Timothy Sands, Virginia Tech President
9:00pm - TBD Hospitality Suite Open
Thursday, May 26, 2016
7:30am - 8:45am Breakfast Buffet - Capital Ballroom C/D
7:30am - 11:30am Conference Registration - Outside Capital Ballroom
9:00am - 10:00am Welcome - Capital Ballroom A/B
Opening Keynote
"Your Role as Manager, Mentor and Coach" Melissa Maybury Lubin, Director of Virginia Tech Commonwealth Campus Centers in Richmond, Newport News and Virginia Beach
10:15am - 10:30am BREAK
10:30am - 11:30am Round Table Session I - Capital Ballroom A/B
"Applied Learning Experience Program" Dr. Hester Young, Assistant Dean of Students, Charleston Southern University
11:45am - 1:15pm Lunch - Capital Ballroom C/D
Keynote "What is Your Story, College Graduate?" Eric Woodard, Director of Fellowships and Internships, Smithsonian Institute
1:30pm - 2:30pm Round Table Session II – Capital Ballroom A/B
"Researching the Heroes' Landscape" Dr. Cheryl Carrico, Postdoctoral Researcher; Ms. Glenda Young, PhD candidate in Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
2:30pm - 2:45pm BREAK
2:45pm - 3:45pm Round Table Session III - Capital Ballroom A/B
"When a Hero Becomes an Entrepreneur" Dr. Michael McDermott, Associate Professor/Coordinator Cooperative Education; Dr. Jacob Domenghini, Assistant Professor of Horticulture; Ms.Carla IssacHagan, Assistant Director of Turfgrass, Eastern Kentucky University
3:45pm - 4:00pm BREAK
4:00pm - 5:00pm Round Table Session IV - Capital Ballroom A/B
"A Nudge in the Right Direction: Using Short, Targeted Email "Nudges" to Prepare Students for Career Fairs" Caroline Anderson, Assistant Director for Cooperative Education and Internship Program, Georgia State University
6:30pm Dinner - Capital Ballroom C/D
9:30pm - TBD Hospitality Suite Open
Friday, May 27, 2016
7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet - Capital Ballroom C/D
8:30 - 9:30 am Round Table Session V - Capital Ballroom A/B
"Superman vs. Spiderman: Failing to Succeed" Demeterius Smith, Program Coordinator for Experiential Education Career Center, University of South Carolina
9:30 - 10:15 am Round Table Session VI - Capital Ballroom A/B
"Building a Hero's Strength: Competencies for Workplace Success" Donna Ratcliffe, Director of Career Services, Virginia Tech
10:15 - 11:30 am Wrap-up and Business Meeting - Capital Ballroom A/B

Session Descriptions

Superman vs. Spiderman: Failing to Succeed
Career service practitioners and employers have an opportunity to increase success in the student experience and their organizational experience by understanding and embracing the fact that heroes are flawed individuals who often don't know that it is okay to be flawed. Building room for failure into the internship experience (pre, actual, and post) will help to create a culture of success that allows failure to become a prerequisite for success as oppose to the thing that stops success.

Applied Learning Experience Program
This presentation will cover the internship start-up process from marketing to implementation and subsequent evaluation. We will take a look at the degree of student satisfaction based upon GPA, major, compensation, supervisor contact, and credit hours. Participants will have the opportunity to to view documents, the timeline, the student orientation outline, and the online software system used for this internship program.

A Nudge in the Right Direction: Using Short, Targeted Email "Nudges" to Prepare Students for Career Fairs
Getting students ready for career fairs is tough, especially with all the demands on their attention. This year, Georgia State University rolled out an e-mail "nudge" program with short reminders the two weeks before the event on how to get ready for the Science and Technology Career and Internship Fair. By targeting the outreach and tracking with MailChimp, employers and students gave feedback of an improved fair experience.

Researching the Heroes' Landscape
Experiential learning is an adventure that students embark on for a variety of reasons. During the adventure, students may gain benefits beyond their original goals. During this interactive workshop, we will present research data from an on-going multi-institutional longitudinal study investigating undergraduate engineering students' pathways. Our discussion will consider experiential learning benefits in terms of career exploration, job acquisition, and career skills.

When a Hero Becomes an Entrepreneur
To address a problem of student entrepreneurs completing the cooperative education experience requirement, a new type of experience has been developed. An "Entrepreneurial Cooperative Education" experience has been developed. This program will allow students that are heavily invested in the operation of their own business to "co-op" within their own business. This experience is designed to ensure that all components of a traditional coop are met.

Building a Hero's Strength:  Competencies for Workplace Success 
Today it is not enough for undergraduate students to be successful during college; it is critical for them to be successful beyond graduation.  Building bench strength during internship and cooperative education experiences help students apply classroom knowledge while developing critical competencies needed in the workplace.  This session will present key skills identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers to help college students become career-ready when entering the job market upon graduation.

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