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We are still accepting proposals from students, administrators, and faculty for the PASS Conference.


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2003 Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Conference: "What Really Works in Retention"

Hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida
Friday, October 24, 2003, 8am-5pm
At FGCU in the Whitaker Hall Sprint Room

The aim of this conference is to bring together those involved or interested in Peer Assisted Study Sessions at all levels to exchange ideas on best practices and innovations.  There will be speakers and workshops conducted by those with expertise in PASS practices.  The workshops are for and by faculty, administrators, coordinators, mentors, and student leaders and will focus on programs such as Supplemental Instruction, Learning to Learn, Peer Assisted Learning Skills, group tutoring, and the like. *******.

Kickoff Speaker: Dr. Wm Merwin, President, FGCU. Title:  "Administrative Support for Peer Assisted Study Skills Sessions".

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. David Arendale - Assistant Professor, General College, University of Minnesota.  Former NADE president and National Supplemental Instruction Director. Title: "New Directions for Peer Assisted Study Sessions."

Registration fee is $125 by October 10, 2003 and $150 after that date (includes continental breakfast and lunch).  $25 for students.  Send registration form and payment to:  Cindy Ewald, Center for Academic Assistance (CAA) Office, McTarnaghan Hall, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, FL 33965.  Sorry no refunds after October 10.  The first 50 registrants will receive a free t-shirt.

Lodging:  Holiday Inn Express at Bell Tower Mall, 13051 Bell Tower Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33907.  Conference rate: $72/night plus tax for sngl. or dbl.  Phone: (239) 482-2900.  Fax: 239-210-2450

For more conference information:  http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/learning/PASSconference.htm
There will be workshops by peer assisted program coordinators, mentors, student leaders, tutors, faculty, administrators, and others with useful information on PASS for increasing retention.

Each conference attendee is invited to bring one or more souvenirs with their institution's name or logo to be used as door prizes.  Please attach your business card to each donation.  Examples: mugs, t-shirts, etc.
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Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Conference: "What Really Works In Retention"

Name _____________________________________ Position _______________________________________

Campus address ___________________________________________________________________________

Phone _________________________ Email _____________________________________________________

Thank you.  Please send registration fee and this form to: Cindy Ewald, Center for Academic Assistance (CAA) Office, McTarnaghan Hall, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, FL 33965.

Questions:  Email Dennis Congos at [log in to unmask] or Cindy Ewald at [log in to unmask]


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2003 Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Conference: "What Really Works in Retention"

Call for Workshop Proposals

Hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida
Friday, October 24, 2003

Workshop proposals are accepted through September 30, 2003 (extended)

Workshop proposals are now being accepted for sessions from coordinators, directors, supervisors, administrators, faculty, students, and any staff experienced in peer assisted learning practices and programs.  There are only 18 50 minute concurrent slots open for workshops so submit proposals early before the slots are filled.

Please send proposals or questions to Dr. Ken Gattis at Nova Southeastern University via email attachment by August 30, 2003.  Email: [log in to unmask]

Some suggestions for workshop topics:

Best practices          Record keeping  Innovations             Budgeting
Cost effectiveness      Assessing the impact    Training mentors                Training students
Working with faculty    Justification for starting or expanding PASS programs
As long as it is relevant to PASS, use your imagination***************

Each workshop will be 50 minutes long and time should be allowed for questions and answers in this time period.  Workshops presenters should bring 25 copies of any handouts or other materials for their sessions.

Proposal format:

*       Title
*       Up to 100 word abstract on what will be covered and its relevance to PASS.
*       Equipment needed (all rooms will have doc cams and computer screen projectors for PowerPoint presentations).  All other equipment must be requested.
*       List and describe any handouts to be distributed.
*       Include your name, position, institution, email address, and phone number.
*       Description of 50 words or less of your workshop to be included in the conference program.

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