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The USG'S AAMI 10th Anniversary Conference Adult and Student Workshops

1:45 - 3:00 P.M.


Evaluating Your AAMI Program and Measuring Success

Overview: What constitutes a winning AAMI program? One that documents effective outcomes. In this session, a foundation officer, a grant program director and an expert evaluator will provide insights on essential elements of a successful program evaluation, including documenting critical performance measures, fiscal accountability and transforming data into a persuasive narrative.

Moderator: Tracey Knight, Grant Administrator and Fiscal Consultant, InView Solutions Consulting

Mr. Atiba Mbiwan, Associate Director, The Zeist Foundation

Dr. Angela Birkes, Director, Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, University of Georgia

Dr. Melinda Spencer, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia Gwinnett College

1:45 - 3:00 P.M.


AAMI® Best-Practice Program Model: Georgia State University - Making a Difference from a Student, Staff, and Faculty Perspective

Overview: Sustaining an African-American male educational program on a college campus requires dedicated personnel, consistent funding, engaged students, passion and commitment. Hear from this impressive panel of Georgia State University faculty, staff and student leaders how they established, expanded and sustained their award-winning model program.

Moderator/Presenter: Dr. Doris Derby, Director, African-American Student Services and Programs, Division of Student Affairs, Georgia State University

Dr. David Smith, Jr., Assistant Director, African-American Student Services and Programs, Division of Student Affairs, Georgia State University

Dr. Christine Gallant, Professor Emerita of English, and Former Chair, University Senate Cultural Diversity Committee, Georgia State University

Mr. Marcus A. Kernizan, President, Student Government Association, Georgia State University (2012-2013)

Mr. Kyle Kokaram, President, Tighter Grip (2010-2011), Georgia State University

1:45 - 3:00 P.M.


Ready for the Big Bucks? Preparing for Success in Today's Job Market

Overview: Are you ready for the competitive job market? It's not simply a matter of being the "best and the brightest." It's about the right fit - for you and your potential employer. In this workshop, participants will learn how employers find and keep talent who have "the right stuff" to meet their organizational and workforce needs. Learn what's needed to launch a lucrative 21st Century career.

Moderator: Mr. Julien Saunders, Channel Integration Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group

Mr. Leonard Owens, Vice President of Human Resources, Georgia Power Company

Mr. Steven C. Johnson, Senior Manager, Organizational Effectiveness, Graphic Packaging International

Mr. Tarrance Mosley, Alumni Career Coordinator, Career Services Center, Kennesaw State University

1:45 - 3:00 P.M.


Mastering Business Etiquette: What Do I Say? What Do I Wear? What Should I Order?

Overview: There is more to business etiquette than just good manners. Decorum, restraint and understanding proper protocol are absolutely essential skills when attending business meetings, negotiating contracts or simply communicating with colleagues. In this workshop, participants will engage in interactive activities and learn the unspoken rules and practices that will make them a master of the art of business etiquette.

Presenter: Dr. Juanne V. Greene, DBA
Senior Lecturer, Coles College of Business
Department of Management & Entrepreneurship
Kennesaw State University

3:15 - 4:30 P.M.


Helping Students Build a Strong Collegiate Foundation Through Effective First-Year-Experience Programs

Overview: Research shows that "first-year experience" students are more likely to succeed in their classes, continue their college education, have greater self-awareness and take advantage of academic resources and services. In this session, participants will learn how to develop engaging, evidence-based university programs and courses specifically designed to help new students succeed academically and optimize their college experience.

Presenter: Dr. Michael Heard, Associate Dean, University College, Kennesaw State University

3:15 - 4:30 P.M.


The Financial Equation: Overcoming the Financial Barriers of a College Education

Location: TBD

Overview: According to The Scholarship Academy, now more than ever, students need a comprehensive strategy for funding their education. This session will offer insider tips on scholarship applications, cultivating "scholarship brands," and identifying tailored scholarship options. The presenter also will explore the role social media plays in scholarship access and outline methods for developing realistic college funding strategies.

Presenter: Ms. Jessica Johnson, Executive Director, The Scholarship Academy

3:15 - 4:30 P.M.


Play Hard, Work Harder: Balancing Athletics and Academic

Overview: College athletes walk a tricky tight rope of balancing their athletic pursuits with daily academic demands. It's important for student athletes, whether they are on scholarship or footing their own bill, to keep their eyes on "the real prize" - earning their undergraduate degree. Learn from the "pros" what's important from two sides of this important issue.

Moderator: Mr. Vaughn Williams, Athletic Director, Kennesaw State University

Presenters: Mr. Lewis Preston, Head Coach, Men's Basketball, Kennesaw State University

Mr. Ron Hunter, Head Coach, Men's Basketball, Georgia State University

Mr. Charlton Young, Head Coach, Men's Basketball, Georgia Southern University

Dr. Randall Kennedy, Director, Student-Athlete Success Services, Kennesaw State University

3:15 - 4:30 P.M.


Stepping Up and Stepping Out: Creating the Career You Want Through Student Leadership, Internships or Graduate School

Overview: Securing a professional position in today's job market is becoming increasingly competitive. How do you ensure that your resume will stand out among the competition? Get a head start by learning the inside tips on how to secure leadership roles on campus, internships, and the value of attending graduate school from ambitious student leaders taking those paths right now.

Moderator: Mr. Brent Obleton, Program Coordinator, Multicultural Student Retention Services, Kennesaw State University

Presenters: Mr. Mashaun Simon, Master of Divinity Candidate, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Mr. Rashad Cain, Alumnus, B2B, Atlanta Metropolitan State College; Current Undergrad, Georgia State University and Intern, Usher Foundation

Mr. M. Darius Robinson, Former Vice President, SGA, Kennesaw State University; and Current Graduate Assistant, Multicultural Student Center, Georgia Southern University

10:30 - 11:45 A.M.


Model Campus Infrastructures for Student Success

Overview: What does it take to ensure student success? Research shows that marrying quality instruction with academic enrichment, mentoring and structured co-curricular activities helps improve student performance - helping them make a distinct connection between theory, application and real-world experiences. In this workshop, a panel of experts will highlight proven co-curricular activities and services that enrich academic instruction and personal development, setting students on the path to success.

Moderator: Dr. Gary McGaha, President, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Ms. Courtney Ward, Collegiate 100 and Mentoring the 100 Way

Mr. S. Gordon Moore, Jr., Executive Director for Student Diversity and Inclusion, Georgia Institute for Technology

Dr. Jeffrey Orr, Director, ATTIC, Southern Polytechnic State University

Ms. Michele Perry-Stewart, Advisor, Brother-to-Brother, Gordon State College

10:30 - 11:45 A.M.


Landing the Grant: Developing Proposals and Targeting Donors

Overview: Many not-for-profit organizations struggle with preparing funding proposals and securing external funding support. This workshop will offer expertise on developing winning proposals and identifying interested funders. Participants will learn from a nationally recognized foundation expert and AAMI program directors how to prepare persuasive proposals that reflect what funders expect, gain insights on the current funding environment, and discover resources they can access for further support.

Moderator: Ms. Laura James, Associate Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs Operations, Georgia Gwinnett College

Ms. Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO, Association of Black Foundation Executives

Dr. Jonathan Hershey, Director, "GHAME," Georgia Highlands College

Mr. Javier Gonzalez, Grant Administrator, LEAD, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

10:30 - 11:45 A.M.


Stay True: Don't Crash and Burn!

Overview: What are YOUR ethics? Is there a difference between ethics and personal values? Going beyond the typical ethics training, this workshop will help participants develop ethics for the workplace, and focus on how to transfer those principles to their own personal beliefs. Participants also will discuss how beliefs are formed and explore the negative consequences of unethical behavior.

Presenter: Mr. Bob Wise, Assistant Director, University System of Georgia's African-American Male Initiative

10:30 - 11:45 A.M.


Foreign Finesse: Going Global

Overview: Career success increasingly requires multicultural and global awareness - skills that are often developed through international exchange and exposure. Hear from a top administrator, a current undergraduate, and a recent graduate student how they have successfully navigated in the international arena - and why they strongly encourage students to "go global."

Moderator: Dr. Barry Morris, Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Kennesaw State University

Mr. Avery Ebron, Study-Abroad Student, Georgia Perimeter College

Mr. Yaw Asante, MPA graduate, Kennesaw State University; and Intern, Human Resources Management Division, Executive Office of the (U.S.) President