2016 Summer Institute: Manhattan College

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Supporting Student Success through Undergraduate Research
June 22 – 24, 2016
Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY

ManLogo2The NAC&U 2016 Summer Institute will focus on student development through undergraduate research. The skills students develop through undergraduate research—critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, questioning, tolerance for ambiguity—are skills that will be helpful to students in any profession. The Summer Institute will explore possibilities to enhance the educational experience through a holistic approach for educating undergraduate students. Presentations will describe existing projects and engage conference participants in working sessions to develop new ideas for collaboration.

Highlights of this year’s Summer Institute and Pre-Conference Meetings include:

  • Specialized tracks for student affairs and civic engagement professionals
  • Faculty workshop with Jeffrey Osborn, Dean of Science, The College of New Jersey
  • Full day of networking and discussions for NAC&U Ambassadors
  • Convenient access to Manhattan via the #1 train from Manhattan College

The NAC&U Summer Institute, held for faculty and administrators from member colleges and universities, provides a unique opportunity for professional development, discussion of issues common to our member institutions, and networking.

Registration for the 2016 Summer Institute is now open. Early bird registration (by April 30, 2016) will cost $325 per person (housing and transportation are separate). After the early bird period ends, registration will be $375 per person. Registration closes on May 25, 2016.

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Jennifer Blackmer
All the World’s a Lab: Adventures of an Intrepid Interdisciplinarian
Jennifer Blackmer is the 2015 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award winner for Emerging American Playwright, associate professor of theatre, and associate provost for Entrepreneurial Learning at Ball State University. Her work has been seen in New York, Los Angeles and nationwide, and has been developed by Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, The Playwrights’ Center and The Lark, among others. Her plays include Human Terrain (Mustard Seed Theatre, 5th Wall Theatre, IAMA Theatre Company), Unraveled (Theatre Unbound, Tennessee Repertory Theatre Ingram New Works Lab), Alias Grace (Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Ball State University) and Delicate Particle Logic (Indra’s Net, CUNY Graduate Center). Human Terrain was awarded Best Play for the 2014-2015 season by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle; Unraveled was recently honored with second place in ATHE’s Excellence in Playwriting Competition, and was also named one of the ten best productions in the Twin Cities in 2013 by Lavender Magazine. Jennifer has been a finalist for the David Charles Horn Prize for Emerging Playwrights (Yale Drama Competition), the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest, the Firehouse Festival of New American Theatre, and The O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference, and her work has been short-listed for both the Princess Grace Award and the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship. She is currently developing Human Terrain as a motion picture with B Powered Films in Los Angeles. Jennifer earned her BS in theatre and creative writing from University of Evansville, and her MFA in directing for the theatre from University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Nancy Hensel
Crazy Observations, Audacious Questions: Course-based Undergraduate Research
Nancy Hensel became the first president of The New AmeHensel headshotrican Colleges and Universities on November 15, 2011. Previously she served as chief executive officer of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

During her tenure at CUR she was co-principal investigator for seven National Science Foundation grants to assist faculty and institutions to develop undergraduate research programs. She initiated an undergraduate research program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle where she served as president. Prior to her presidency she was provost at the University of Maine Farmington and professor of education and department chair at the University of Redlands.

Hensel holds a doctorate degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia, masters’ degrees in theater and early childhood education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater also from San Francisco State.

In 2003, Hensel was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in promoting higher education in Maine and supporting the role of women in higher education. She is the author of several articles on issues of family and work, creativity in young children, and diversity in education and undergraduate research.

Jeffrey Osborn
Strategies for Integrating Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity
(URSCA) into Faculty Workload, and a Case Study from The College of New Jersey

Jeffrey-M.-Osborn1Jeffrey M. Osborn is Dean of the School of Science and Professor of Biology at The College of New Jersey.  Dean Osborn is an administrator-teacher-scholar, teaching and conducting research in biological, interdisciplinary, and higher education areas.  His primary scientific focus addresses questions about plant evolutionary biology, and his higher education foci include the teacher-scholar role of faculty, faculty workload models, and the integration of high-impact educational practices into the curriculum.  Dr. Osborn has received over $7 million in grant funding as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator. He has led a number of institutional and multi-institutional programs to support the institutionalization of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity, or URSCA, as well as the advancement of undergraduates and faculty who are underrepresented in higher education.  Through these efforts, Dr. Osborn has worked with over 400 colleges and universities across the U.S.  He is a Past-President of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), a national organization of over 11,000 individual and 700 institutional members representing all disciplines and over 900 colleges and universities of all types.  Dr. Osborn has served as a principal investigator on CUR’s National Science Foundation-funded national workshop project providing comprehensive support for faculty, institutions, state systems and consortia, as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Botany, and as a member of the External Advisory Board of the State of Oklahoma’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Program. He has received numerous awards including the CUR Fellows Award, Centennial Award from the Botanical Society of America, the Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America from the National Science Foundation, and Truman State University’s (Missouri) highest award for recognizing outstanding faculty members.  He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas State University–San Marcos and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.


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Pre-Conference Schedule (June 20-22)

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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

3 – 6 p.m. On-campus Housing Check-in (Lee Hall)

6 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner for Board Members, Spouses, and Partners hosted by Manhattan College at the New York Yacht Club (midtown Manhattan)

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Pre-conference Meeting Check-in (Kelly Commons)

8 a.m. – 7 p.m. NAC&U Ambassadors Meeting

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting at the University Club (midtown Manhattan)

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Presidents’ Spouses and Partners Excursion to 9/11 Museum and Memorial and Trinity Place Restaurant

3 – 6 p.m. On-campus Housing Check-in (Lee Hall)


7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Pre-conference and Summer Institute Check-in at Kelly Commons

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. On-campus Housing Check-in at Lee Hall
(Once the Summer Institute starts, residence hall keys will be available at Kelly Commons.)

8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast for NAC&U Board Members, Provosts, Ambassadors, CEC Members

9 – 10 a.m. Concurrent Meetings: President and Provosts; NAC&U Ambassadors

9 – 11:30 a.m. Civic Engagement Collaborative Meeting

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Joint Meeting for Presidents, Provosts, NAC&U Ambassadors

9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Presidents’ Spouses and Partners Excursion to The Cloisters

Conference Schedule (June 22-24)


All day  Summer Institute Check-in at Kelly Commons

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. On-campus Housing Check-in at Lee Hall
(Once the Summer Institute starts, residence hall keys will be available at Kelly Commons.)

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. State of Consortium with NAC&U President Nancy Hensel

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Opening Luncheon

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Opening Plenary with Jennifer Blackmer
All the World’s a Lab: Adventures of an Intrepid Interdisciplinarian

1:45 – 4:30 p.m. Constituency Groups: Provosts, Student Affairs, Ambassadors, Civic Engagement Directors

1:45 – 4:30 p.m. Joint Meeting: Provosts and Student Affairs Officers

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Fostering Inclusiveness on Campus and Increasing Faculty Diversity

Yohuru Williams, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of History, Fairfield University

Yohuru Williams is the author of Teaching US History Beyond the Textbook (2008) and Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (2008) and co-editor of In Search of the Black Panther Party (2006) and Liberated Territory: Toward A Local History of the Black Panther Party (2009). Dr. Williams’ scholarly articles have appeared in The Black Scholar, The Journal of Black Studies, The Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, Delaware History, Pennsylvania History, and the Black History Bulletin.


1:45 – 4:15 p.m. Engineering Session

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Organized by Tim J. Ward, Dean, School of Engineering, Manhattan College
Undergraduate Engineering and Technology Research at NAC&U Institutions  

Undergraduate and engineering and technology research at the ten NAC&U institutions with ABET accredited programs is diverse. The presentations during the session will highlight the types and scopes of the programs with the intent of sharing ideas and fostering collaboration among the participants.

Panelists Include:

Kagya Amoako, Associate Professor & Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator; Anna Melcardi, chemical engineering undergraduate student; Rana Gbyli, cellular and molecular biology graduate student – all of University of New Haven
Fabrication and Characterization of Nitric Oxide Releasing Polydimethylsiloxane

Kagya Amoako, Associate Professor & Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator; Brian Tatro, mechanical engineering undergraduate student – both of University of New Haven
Low Cost Prosthetic Arm Design

Luke J. Venstrom, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Valparaiso University
A High-Flux Solar Furnace for Undergraduate Engineering Education and High-Temperature Thermochemistry Research

Arthur S. Gow, Associate Professor,  University of New Haven
Doing Successful Molecular Thermodynamics Computational Research with Undergraduates

Cinthya Grajeda, undergraduate student researcher – University of New Haven
Availability of Datasets for Digital Forensics – and What is Missing

Joseph Ricci, undergraduate student researcher, University of New Haven
Smartwatches and Sluggish Security

Gennaro J. Maffia, Professor, Manhattan College
Undergraduate Research in Collagen Processing


1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

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Integrating Industry and Student Research: A professional and educational collaboration

Dr. David Schreiber, Lecturer, Belmont University

This presentation will discuss Belmont University’s Pipeline Project, which has successfully integrated undergraduate research with top entertainment industry firms. Within the Pipeline Project, students are able to develop their research skills while working closely with senior leadership within these organizations. The delicate balance between ‘professional interest’ and the ‘educational experience’ will be highlighted, along with issues of working with proprietary information, the selection process, the steep learning curve, motivation and team building. Techniques for skill development, including critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, and tolerance for ambiguity will be discussed.

Supporting Students in School of Science: Collegiate Science Technology Entrance Program

Marisa Passafiume, Assistant Vice President, Academic Success; Rani Roy, Assistant Vice President, Student & Faculty Development; Andy Burns, Associate Director, CSTEP, Manhattan College

Manhattan College was recently funded by the New York State Department of Education for the Collegiate Science and Technology Program (CSTEP) to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. The program focuses on academic support, including tutoring and facilitated study groups, and career development activities. We will discuss the program components and corresponding outcomes.

Partnering with Academic Leadership for an Exemplary, Career Mentoring Program

Rachel Cirelli, Director, Center for Career Development; Nadia Peters, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, Center for Career Development, Manhattan College

In this presentation, two members of the career development staff will speak about the unique model they use to help them achieve a large-scale, successful mentoring program. All phases of the program will be covered, including recruitment, management and assessment. Presenters will engage attendees in a discussion after, and help them determine how they could create similar mentoring programs based on their schools’ resources.

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

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Institutionalizing a Culture of Collaborative Civic Engagement: Building upon internal & external models

Gwendolyn Tedeschi, Associate Professor of Economics and Coordinator of Community Based Learning, Kathleen Von Euw, Coordinator of Community Partnerships and Service, Manhattan College

This presentation will discuss a model for thinking about how curricular civic engagement ties to your institution’s unique mission and strategic plan. The presentation will also focus on how to define what Community-Based Learning looks like on your campus according to institutional structure, climate, and existing resources. Emphasis will be placed on how to identify curricular civic engagement already taking place, and how to develop an action plan in order to increase institutional support.

Developing and Retaining Student Leaders Through On-Campus Employment

Sarah Glessner, Learning Specialist, Center for Academic Success, Manhattan College; Sujey Batista Ramos, Assistant Director, Center for Academic Success, Manhattan College

This presentation aims to show, through both qualitative and quantitative evidence, how student leaders are developed and retained by way of on-campus employment with Manhattan College’s Center for Academic Success. This presentation will illustrate what opportunities for student leadership look like and how departments that employ student workers can develop and nurture these leadership skills.

The Experience of Implementing Interprofessional Education: A Case Conference

Nancy Michela, DAHS, MS, RN, Associate Professor, Nursing, The Sage Colleges

This presentation describes the experience of the graduate faculty and the students from each discipline who participated in the IPE case conference approach.


4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Civic Engagement Panel

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Reception and Dinner


8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast

9 – 10 a.m. Plenary Session with Nancy Hensel
Crazy Observations, Audacious Questions: Course-based Undergraduate

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

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Exploring the Potential of Curriculum Embedded Collaborative Inquiry

Judy Randi, Professor of Education, University of New of Haven

This presentation describes an innovative curriculum embedded collaborative inquiry model that engages students in empirical research. Students collect and contribute qualitative data to a common data set, which they then analyze to investigate research questions matched with course content. The audience will be invited to engage in discussion about the potential of curriculum embedded collaborative inquiry in graduate and undergraduate courses including the potential for cross institutional courses that investigate the same topic, using student collected data for collaborative inquiry.

Engaging Faculty, Students, and Community Partners in Community-based Research: A model for systemic community change

Marcine Pickron-Davis, Chief Community Engagement and Diversity Officer; Loyd Bastin, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research – both of Widener University

Widener University’s mission commits us to “inspire our students to be citizens of character who demonstrate professional and civic leadership,” and our new Vision 2021 strategic plan underscores “promoting student transformation and success through rigorous academic expectations and high-impact educational practices that support intended learning outcomes.” To achieve this, the presenters will highlight several initiatives that promote community-based collaborative research and undergraduate research to support student success.

 Transformative Learning Through Civic Engagement

Rebecca Johnson, AVP for Student Affairs/Dean of Students; Martin O’Connor, Associate Professor; Jessalyn Crossman, Graduate Assistant – all of University of New Haven

Engagement in the local community can be a transformative experience for students. This session will introduce participants to the University of New Haven’s President’s Public Service Fellowship which places students in a non-profit work environment for 11 weeks during the summer. Students are challenged to consider their personal goals and values, responsibility to their communities, current social issues, and develop skills and competencies that prepare them for the future.

 Creating Core Competencies to Guide Leadership Development

AJ Goodman, Assistant Director, Residence Life, Manhattan College

Competencies of leadership can serve as a guide to efforts to improve development and learning by our students. After a brief introduction to competency-based education, learn how competencies were developed for use with resident assistants at two different institutions. The presentation will present how core competencies for RAs went from initial thoughts to providing the foundation for the position from recruitment to training to performance evaluation and how this can be done on your campus.

Using Big Data to Define, Develop, and Measure Student Success and Retention

Nancy C. Biggio, Associate Provost for Administration, Samford University

With governmental attention, parental concern, and financial constraints, student success is a priority for all institutions. While we have many resources and actively employ high impact practices, determining the best allocation of time and resources remains a challenge. Using institutional data analysis (program retention rates, graduation rate, GPA, course completion, and DFW rates) provided through the Education Advisory Board product, Samford is working to best allocate our limited resources to the highest impact areas.

Graduating Student Survey: Developing, Analyzing and Reporting on Career Outcomes Data

Rani Roy, AVP of Faculty and Student Development, Director of Graduate School and Fellowship Advising; Rachel Cirelli, Director, Center for Career Development – both of Manhattan College

In this presentation, the Office of Career Pathways, an umbrella office made up of the Center for Career Development and the Center for Graduate School and Fellowship Advising, will detail their Graduating Senior Survey. How the instrument is developed, executed, analyzed and reported on are all crucial to its success, with all arms of the college engaged. Samples and strategies will be shared, and a discussion will be facilitated to help all attendees weigh in about best practices in career outcomes reporting and first destination surveys.


11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

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Cross-disciplinary Undergraduate Research: Tools for overcoming the challenges and maximizing the benefits

Andrea J. Sell, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology; Grady Hanrahan, Professor and Associate Provost for Experiential Learning, Research, and Faculty Development – both of California Lutheran University

In this presentation, we describe two projects that involve cross-departmental, interdisciplinary research. In describing both projects, we focus on the challenges and benefits of doing interdisciplinary research with undergraduate students. In particular, we hope to illustrate that by working through the unique challenges of interdisciplinary research alongside undergraduates, we can teach important skills in communication and critical thinking as well as help students develop confidence in solving problems that may not have a clear-cut answer.

Development of a Research Scholars Pipeline Program

Rani Roy, Assistant VP of Faculty and Student Development; Parisa Saboori, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Cory Blad, Associate Professor, Sociology – all of Manhattan College

In this presentation, the Center for Graduate School and Fellowship Advisement will discuss the development of an institution wide summer research scholars program and how this has created a culture of engaged scholarship over the summer.  We will discuss the proposal process, funding, and the implications and benefits we have seen in the last three years.

Flipping the Model: Community Members as College Students and Practitioners of Civic Engagement

Sarah K. Donovan, Associate Professor of Philosophy; Arlette Cepeda, Associate Director for the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement; Samantha Siegel, Director for the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement – all of Wagner College

We will introduce Wagner’s Port Richmond Partnership Leadership Academy. The Academy is an academic and mentorship program for students at a high school in our nearby community of Port Richmond. It is funded by the New World Foundation COIN program. We will provide four perspectives about the implementation of the Academy: Sarah Donovan teaches in the Academy, Leo Schuchert directs the mentorship program, and both Samantha Siegel and Arlette Cepeda manage the daily nuts and bolts of the program.

CLE – An Engaged Competency Development Framework for Student Affairs at the University of New Haven

Rebecca Johnson, AVP for Student Affairs/Dean of Students; Matthew Caporale, Executive Director of Career Development; Ashley Dunn, Title IX and Clery Compliance Coordinator – all of University of New Haven

The University of New Haven’s Student Affairs Competency Learning Experience program (CLE) is an innovative, pedagogically based initiative that engages and develops students in six targeted competencies – communication, critical thinking, global and cultural awareness leadership and teamwork. Through a structured set of diverse experiences offered by each department in the division, students build and reflect on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that lead to personal and professional success.

Leveraging Academic Skills: Nurturing Interdisciplinary Political Engagement Through a One-Credit Linking Course

J. Wesley Leckrone, Associate Professor, Political Science; Angela M. Corbo, Associate Professor, Communication Studies – both of Widener University

Active learning related to political engagement is a High Impact Practice that extends the student learning experience beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom to help create informed citizens. This presentation focuses on an interdisciplinary collaboration between Communication Studies and Political Science students on multiple projects related to political advocacy and public education on the 2016 presidential election. We will discuss the design, operation and outcomes of a one credit course that links projects occurring in multiple Social Science classes.

The ‘At-Home’ Effect: What We Saw When We Transitioned to an Online Math Placement Exam

Ira Gerhardt, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Manhattan College

Five years ago we introduced TRAM, our math diagnostic exam, for all incoming students to take during on-campus orientation; no technological aides were permitted.  Two years ago TRAM moved online, allowing incoming students to take it at their convenience.  In this talk we investigate the online transition’s effect on both individual TRAM performance as well as TRAM’s usefulness as a predictor of course performance.  Some results were as expected but others were quite surprising.


2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

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A Summer Program Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Project

Parisa Saboori, Assistant Professor; Lorraine Piccorelli (Student), Erin Hamm (Student), Lisa Toscano – all of Manhattan College

The two faculty members and the two undergraduate students from the Kinesiology and Mechanical Engineering Departments will present the work. The two students and faculty will give a brief description of how these two departments worked together to start this interdisciplinary project and will talk about more interdisciplinary opportunities. The Kinesiology students will provide some techniques that have been used to train athletic and non-athletic test volunteers and the Engineering student will talk about the programs that have been used to merge the experimental work with a computer simulation analysis.

Creating New Knowledge: The Growth of Undergraduate Research at The Sage Colleges

David A. Salomon, Professor of English, Director of The Kathleen A. Donnelly Center for Undergraduate Research, The Sage Colleges

The growth of undergraduate research at Sage is most clearly reflected in Undergraduate Research Day, a day set aside at the end of April each year, when classes are cancelled, so that undergraduate students across The Sage Colleges can present their research in a variety of venues and modalities. This presentation is an overview of the development and organization of that day with mention of other undergraduate research activities occurring throughout the academic year—including, an undergraduate Nursing conference, students presenting at area conferences, and students submitting their work for publication. This session will then include discussion and development of similar activities on other campuses.

Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research: Delivering a High Impact Practice to Students Across the Curriculum

Loyd Bastin, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, Associate Professor & Chair, Chemistry; Angela Corbo, Associate Professor, Communication Studies & Faculty Fellow; Kathryn Healey, Professor of Psychology & Trainer Faculty Fellow; Alexis Nagengast, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Daniel Robinson, Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professor of English; Sarah Roth, Associate Dean of Humanities, Associate Professor of History; Anita Singh, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering – all of Widener University

Undergraduate research provides an individualized learning experience for students. Widener University implemented a formal Summer Research Program in 2009.  The once science-focused program has expanded to include participants from the humanities, social science, nursing, and engineering.  Select students receive campus housing in exchange for doing research with a faculty mentor. The program is also open to commuting students. The faculty and student participants meet weekly for lunch and guest speakers who support the community of researchers.

Redefining Undergraduate Research: Varying Models of Undergraduate Research at a Comprehensive Liberal Arts College

Kristin Geraty, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Director of College Honors Programs; Jennifer Keys, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ); Francine Navakas, Bramsen Professor in the Humanities, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Patricia Schacht, Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of Undergraduate Research – all of North Central College

North Central College’s mission reflects our dedication to preparing students to be informed, involved, principled and productive citizens over their lifetimes.  We aim to provide our students with unique experiential opportunities inside and outside of the classroom that stretch the boundaries of traditional student/teacher learning. This panel will highlight innovative ways available at NCC for students to work in scholarly endeavors with faculty members that do not fit into the traditional definition of undergraduate research.

A Specialized, Collaborative Approach to Career Counseling

Rachel Cirelli, Director, Center for Career Development; Sharon D’Amelia, Associate Director, Center for Career Development; Meghan Makarczuk, Assistant Director, Center for Career Development; Bernadette Blocker, Career Counselor, Center for Career Development – all of Manhattan College

In this program, the specialized career counseling model will be described, with leadership from each school showing how this may differ between them. Counselors will not only detail how they work with deans, chairs and faculty at their assigned school, but talk about some of the challenges they face in in the process. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions, and a discussion/brainstorm will be facilitated.

Building Outcomes-Focused Employer Relations

Matt Caporale, Executive Director, Career Development Center, University of New Haven

With rising costs, student debt loads, and a national conversation on ROI colleges and universities must adapt to provide outcomes focused services in all areas – academics, student engagement, and career development. Within career development, a return to placement based and outcomes focused employer relations is necessary to meet market demands, promote student development, and sustain admissions cycles. Through strategic and outcomes focused employer relations, career development departments can position universities for success.


4 – 5 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

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My Subject Pool is Your Subject Pool: Building Cross-Institutional Research Opportunities

Jeannetta G. Williams, Professor of Psychology, St. Edward’s University

As part of my sabbatical project during the fall 2015 semester, I visited two fellow NACU institutions—Manhattan College and Wagner College in New York—and met with colleagues in psychology. We shared the ways in which our departments provide research experiences to students and how we recruit undergraduate participants for our own projects. Most important, we discussed ways to utilize our membership in NACU to offer a greater variety of projects to our students and to greatly expand the potential pool of participants. Our discussions raised several important issues concerning cross-institutional research that warrant further investigation, such the Institutional Review Board (IRB) review process, subject pool development and management, and research ethics training requirements and documentation. I propose a working session for faculty members in the social sciences and research directors to discuss these topics and to accomplish the following: 1) Gauge interest in building consortium-wide research resources, 2) Survey existing institutional infrastructure and resources (e.g., subject pools, IRB’s), and 3) Form a taskforce to develop recommendations and a potential pilot program within the next academic year.

Valparaiso Research for Undergraduates in Mathematics (VERUM), a Summer Program Funded by the National Science Foundation

Rick Gillman, Associate Provost; Lara Pudwell, Associate Professor of Mathematics; Zsuzsanna Szansizlo, Associate Professor of Mathematics – all of Valparaiso University

VERUM has been in existence for nine years and has been supported by three different NSF grants. In this presentation, principal investigators tell of the origins and development of this program, provide details about the research, and describe other professional development opportunities provided for participants. They present data on assessment at the program level and discuss departmental and institutional effects of the program.

Interprofessional Education: An Exemplar of a Service Learning/Civic Engagement Collaboration between Teacher Candidates and Nursing Students

Normajean Colby, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing; Nadine McHenry, Professor, Center of Education -both of Widener University

As service learning requirements for both a sophomore education course and a senior nursing course, teacher candidates and nursing students collaborated delivering a curriculum to local elementary students related to the promotion of community health and well-being. Education students practiced classroom management skills in an authentic context, relating growth/development principles of elementary students to their understanding of curriculum theory and development. Nursing students supplemented content knowledge of the teacher candidates, and planned weekly health lessons.

Using Technology to Support Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

Tim Stewart, Director of Service-Learning, Belmont University; Marisol Morales, Director of Civic and Community Engagement, University of La Verne; Nuala Boyle, Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Nazareth College

Representatives from a variety of NAC&U institutions will share how they are integrating technology into their service-learning and civic engagement programs. They will talk about the various platforms they use, how they use them, how integrated the platform is (to Banner, AS400, CSO platforms, Colleague, etc…) across campus, how intuitive the system is and how the institution established buy-in and the culture of reporting.

Pump Up Your Student Leaders

Ryan Bunts, Area Coordinator, Manhattan College

Student leaders are expected to role model healthy behaviors for the general student population and encourage those around them to create positive habits. What happens then when these same leaders neglect their own wellness in order to perform as a high-achiever in multiple areas? This presentation will discuss what it means to be holistically healthy and how we can encourage healthy behaviors and habits in our leaders on campus and avoid burnout.


5 – 6 p.m. Cocktail Reception

In lieu of an organized outing, we will instead offer suggestions for things to do on Thursday evening. Manhattan College faculty will serve as informal guides and accompany attendees on a few of the suggested activities.

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Faculty workshop with Jeffrey Osborn
Strategies for Integrating Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity
(URSCA) into Faculty Workload, and a Case Study from The College of New Jersey

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Civic Engagement Collaborative Meeting

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Student Affairs Meeting

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 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.  Developing Student Leaders Through e-Portfolio Initiative

Marisa Passafiume, AVP Academic Success; Dora Moreira, Academic Assessment Coordinator and Director of Electronic Portfolios – both of Manhattan College

Higher education is increasingly challenged to develop student leaders and prepare them for meaningful, reflective work. Too often there is a lack of integration among the curricular and co-curricular, leaving students feeling disconnected to their courses and struggling to find meaning in their studies and experiences. Participants will be introduced to a learning assistance program facilitated by student leaders, and designed to develop students enrolled in their quest for reflection and meaning through a liberal arts education.

 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Changing Times: Adopting a New Developmental Model for Multicultural Affairs

Sonny Ago, Assistant Vice President for Student Life; Hayden Greene, Director for Multicultural Affairs – both of Manhattan College

The Changing Times: Adopting a New Developmental Model for Multicultural Affairs presentation will broadly explore the evolution of multicultural affairs offices on college campuses. We will then discuss strategies and best practices for implementing innovative programs and services for the recently established Manhattan College Multicultural Center. The hope is to generate discussion and an exchange of ideas with other NAC&U institutions.

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Student Affairs Officers gather to discuss next steps.


12 – 12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks & Boxed Lunches


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By Air

Spring-2011_Marty-Heitner_014-2xNew York City is served by three major airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty. Following are the distances and approximate taxi fares from each of the airports to Manhattan College:

LaGuardia Airport: 14 miles, 25 minutes, $50
JFK Airport: 25 miles, 45 minutes, $85
Newark Liberty Airport: 28 miles, 40 minutes, $90

If you are flying and wish to take public transportation to Manhattan College, your best bet is to fly to Newark Liberty Airport and do the following:

  • Take the AirTrain to Newark Liberty train station (10 minutes, runs continuously).
  • Take the NJ Transit train to NY Penn station (30 minutes, trains are scheduled).
  • Take the #1 Line on the New York City subway uptown to Manhattan College. The stop is 242ND ST – VAN CORTLANDT PK STATION. (45 minutes, runs continuously)

Flying to Newark and taking public transportation to Manhattan College will cost approximately $16.

If you are renting a car at the airport:

Driving directions to Manhattan College
Driving directions to the Hampton Inn
Driving directions to the Marriott Residence Inn

By Train

Take Amtrak into New York’s Penn Station which is located in midtown Manhattan, about 12 miles from Manhattan College in the Bronx. A taxi from Penn Station to Manhattan College will take about 30 minutes and cost approximately $50. You can take the #1 subway line uptown to 242ND ST – VAN CORTLANDT PK STATION. This will take approximately 45 minutes and cost $2.75.

By Car

See the driving direction links above.


There is free, on-campus parking at Manhattan College. You will need to reserve a parking pass when you go through the registration process.


Manhattan College On-Campus Housing

Several on-campus options are available for the Summer Institute. On-campus housing is available from June 18 – June 25, 2016, allowing you to extend your stay in New York City for a couple of days before and after the Summer Institute.

On-campus housing options include:

  1. Single room with in-room bathroom (limited supply): $100 per night
  2. Two-room suite with in-suite bathroom. This option can be shared among 2 to 4 people. We have also set aside suites to be occupied by only one person if you prefer to have your own bathroom. Single occupancy suites are also a limited supply. Rates are:
  • $100 per night for a single occupancy
  • $65 per person per night for double occupancy which is a shared bathroom but separate bedrooms
  • $45 for quadruple occupancy which are shared bedrooms and bathroom

You may choose your suitemate(s) or Manhattan College can pair you with another person if you indicate that you’d like to share a suite.


If you prefer to stay at a hotel, NAC&U has reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn and Marriott Residence Inn in Yonkers. These hotels are across the road from each other and are approximately 20 minutes away from Manhattan College’s campus.

Hampton Inn and Suites Yonkers
160 Corporate Blvd.
Yonkers, NY 10701

The Hampton Inn and Suites Yonkers has 25 rooms available at $159 plus tax per night and another 25 rooms at $169 plus tax per night from June 20 – 24, 2016. These rates are available until May 21, 2016, or until the block is sold out. Our group code is NAC for the first block of rooms at the lower rate and NA2 for the second block of rooms at the higher rate.

To reserve a room, visit this webpage or call 914-595-3007.

Marriott Residence Inn
7 Executive Blvd.
Yonkers, NY 10701

The Marriott Residence Inn will offer studio units at $159 plus tax per night from June 20 – 24, 2016. To reserve a room, book online here and use the code MCCC or call 914-476-4600.

Hotel Shuttle

For Summer Institute attendees who chose to stay at one of the hotels, there will be shuttle transportation between the hotels and Manhattan College each day. Because of the high costs of transportation in New York City, we must charge a $150 flat fee per rider for this shuttle service. You can reserve a spot on the shuttle during the registration process.  The shuttle will run in the mornings and evenings only; there will not be continuous shuttles throughout the day.


There is free, on-campus parking at Manhattan College. You will need to reserve a parking pass when you go through the registration process.


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Fall-2013_Chris-Taggert_1198-(1)xRegistration for the 2016 Summer Institute is now open. Early bird registration (by April 30, 2016) will cost $325 per person (housing and transportation are separate). After the early bird period ends, registration will be $375 per person. Registration closes on May 25, 2016.

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NAC&U Board Members, Provosts, NAC&U Ambassadors, and Civic Engagement Collaborative Members

If you are an NAC&U board member, provost, NAC&U ambassador or part of the Civic Engagement Collaborative group, you will receive an email containing a personalized registration link that is based on your affiliation with NAC&U. If you have not received this link, contact Michelle Apuzzio at apuzzio@newamericancolleges.org or 617-216-2793.

All Other Conference Participants

If you are a conference participant who is not a member of any of the groups listed above, please register online. This will take you to the general Summer Institute registration page for events taking place June 22-24.


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Local Information

Spring-Photo-Shoot-(Ologie)_04.20.15_091xManhattan College is located in the beautiful Riverdale section of the Bronx borough of New York City. Why is Manhattan College located in the Bronx? Check out this short video to find out and get a sense of what the surrounding area has to offer.

To take advantage of your time in the area, check out these visitor’s guides to New York City:


If you plan to see multiple New York City attractions, consider purchasing a New York Pass which gives you access to 80 attractions and tours in NYC. You can customize it to the number of days you are staying in NYC (from 1 day to 10 days), and 15 of the busiest attractions offer Fast Track entry to NY Pass holders. There are also 17 tours you can book in advance to reserve your place. Find out more information and how to purchase here.


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Map for Manhattan College