The rescheduled TAAC Conference is just over a month away. Simple things make us happy as we finalize plans for the new date of May 14th – such as limited need for coat racks and no inclement weather plans. Bring on spring!
The committee is excited to report that almost every presenter was able to commit to the new date of Thursday, May 14. Building on a similar blogpost several weeks back, we’d like to take a moment now to provide some background on a few more of the esteemed presenters you will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with at the conference.
Jared Brown earned both his BA and MA in Communication Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and has worked in higher education since 2001. He started his career at Penn State University, Altoona Campus and also worked at Main Campus. During his time at PSU he worked with leadership development programs, the fraternity and sorority life community, and advised the Homecoming committee. He transitioned to West Chester University in 2005, is currently the Director of New Student Programs. Jared is also an adjunct professor at Delaware County Community College.
Co-presenting with Jared is Corinne (Cory) Amenta, a transfer student from Shippensburg University who now attends West Chester University. At WCU, she holds multiple leadership positions including Senior Orientation Leader for the Office of New Student Programs, membership on the university’s Judicial Hearing Board and founding sister of a new sorority. Cory is earning her Communication Studies degree this May with future aspirations to attend graduate school. Together, Jared and Cory will provide distinct perspectives in their presentation, “Transfer Students… Yes We Hear You!”
Christopher M. Dungee is a Counselor and Assistant Professor at Delaware County Community College. He has a B.A. in African American Studies from Temple University and an M.S. in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs from West Chester University. He has worked at Delaware County Community College for nine years and was recently awarded tenure status. He currently serves as the faculty adviser for the college’s Gay/Straight Alliance. Chris’ presentation, “Transferring and the LGBTQ Student,” will shed light on some factors to be mindful of when helping an LGBTQ student, what it truly means for an institution to be “gay friendly” and tools to assist students as they transfer colleges.
Director of College Relations at Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Ron Filipowicz has worked with transfer admission teams at four-year colleges and universities both large and small for over ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and a Master’s of Business Administration from Rockhurst University. His session, “Community College Transfer Recruiting: Best Practices, Available Resources and ‘in the field’ Success Stories,” will provide tools for jump starting your transfer recruitment with proven strategies.
There is still time to register for this exciting and affordable transfer professional development event. Please join us! A detailed confirmation will follow your registration.