Fall Conference Schedule

Friday, October 16, 2015

8:30-9:30am(Colusa Hall Lobby) Check-in

9:30-10:00am: (Colusa Hall 100 A&B) Conference Opening

10:15-11:15am: (Colusa 100 A&B) Academic Advising: Mentoring for Academic Recovery

Due to the astounding number of approximately 14-18% of new CSU, Chico undergraduate students ending their first semester on Academic Probation, Academic Advising Programs recently piloted a peer mentoring component of an existing intervention outreach.  Students most at-risk of Academic Disqualification are required to complete a mandatory online tutorial and a attend  “Back On Track(BOT): Academic Success” workshop. Utilizing  the probationary students’ own self-assessment responses obtained during the workshop, paraprofessional academic advising interns mentor these students by identifying barriers to success and setting goals for academic recovery. This interactive panel will help to facilitate a discussion and investigation of the power and benefit of peer to peer mentoring and influence.  

10:15-11:15am: (Tehama 210) CAVE: Mentoring Peers to Serve the Community since 1966:  Understanding the CAVE Model

This interactive workshop focuses on CAVE’s model of student led peer mentoring, using methods developed for serving older adults in CAVE’s Adopted Grandparent and Senior Circle programs.  Through this session, participants will understand how to prepare volunteers for their placements and learn motivation, reflection and problem solving skills to support their volunteers throughout the semester; and develop strong community partnerships.  Participants will experience our Aging Awareness Workshop, join small groups as they discuss and brainstorm ideas to address real life situations volunteers face in the field, and take part in a reflection session.

11:30-12:30pm: (Tehama 119) Office of Civic Engagement: Civic Mentoring, Student Voice

The Office of Civic Engagement is committed to the idea of empowering students to use their voice for change.  The Civic Internship program through the Office of Civic Engagement provides an opportunity for CSU, Chico students to engage in ongoing civic projects in the local community.  The use of OCE Civic Mentors to guide these internships is integral to the program.  In addition, the OCE is interested in building a civic mentor program that will train CSU, Chico students to serve as mentors in local k-12 schools.  This session is designed to explore the opportunities currently available through OCE, as well as to collaboratively imagine the possibility for a civic mentoring program connecting campus and k-12.

11:30-12:30: (Colusa 100 A&B) CADEC

The Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC) at CSU Chico utilizes peer mentoring and peer education extensively in order to achieve its goals in creating a safer campus community and supporting the health and wellness of students, staff and faculty. Please join us to learn more about how CADEC utilizes student peer educators in all aspects of service and hear from CADEC peer educators themselves regarding how their benefits students and them.

12:30-1:45pm: (Colusa Hall 100A&B) Brown Bag "Meet the Mentors" Lunch

Bring your lunch and discuss mentoring in an informal setting. Enjoy complimentary desserts with other conference attendees!

1:45-3:15pm(Colusa Hall 100A&B) REACH: The Power of Collaborative Mentorship

REACH (Raising Educational Achievement in Collaborative Hubs) at California State University, Chico is an academically focused and mentor driven program that supports first-generation, low-income students in their first year of college. The REACH model is collaborative by design and aims to provide comprehensive support for diverse groups of students. This comprehensive support is accomplished through Collaborative Mentorship, which entails shared efforts amongst Peer Mentors, Faculty Mentors, and U-Course Mentors. These mentors work collectively to ensure students are receiving support both inside and outside of the classroom. The effectiveness of this model has been demonstrated by increased student persistence rates and grade point averages for first-year students in the REACH program.

This presentation will cover how to create Collaborative Mentorship within an organization in order to provide more holistic support for students.

1:45-3:15pm: (Tehama 119) PALS: Building an Academic Coaching Model to Improve Student Retention

Research suggests that undergraduates who receive coaching are more likely to remain in college and graduate. Academic Coaching is an interactive process that focuses on the personal relationship created between the student and the coach. Students work with coaches, either professionals or peers, to develop measureable plans to meet their academic goals.   This presentation will describe how the Liberal Studies major designed and implemented an Academic Coaching program that draws on best practices and research on retention and it’s benefits for both mentors and students.

1:45-3:15pm: (Tehama 130) EOP: I Am My Brother's Keeper-The Importance of Mentoring First Generation Male Students

This session will focus on how the EOP Brotherhood mentoring program was developed, its mission statement, the services it process and how it prepares them for the next step in life such as graduate school and career development.

2:30-4:30: (Meet at Colusa Hall Lobby) Mentored Nature Walk 

This session is a guided tour of Bidwell Park. The demonstration shows how a mentor system could allow more field trips. Through building a website, participants will explore Bidwell Park, learn about the history, engage with other people, team build, and do citizen scientist experiments. Expect to hike about 2 miles on paved surfaces, mostly shaded. Bring a jacket, water bottle, and a snack. Wear closed toe shoes for walking or hiking. Bring your smart phone or portable internet device.

*If you need disability related accomodations, please contact the First-Year Experience office at 530-898-3705.