Power Onward Conference

Keep Roaring: Sustained Success Requires Teamwork

Sponsored by Information Services

The Power Onward Conference is a collaboration between units across the institution to bring PNW faculty and staff together to share and learn from one another as we continue to ROAR AHEAD. The conference seeks to address our collective goals of creating a sense of belonging for everyone in our academic community and supporting student success.

The Fall 2022 Power Onward Conference will feature presentations by faculty and staff, a resource fair, and opportunities to reconnect with one another.  Conference events will be held in a variety of formats and venues at both campuses and online. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Register here!

 

9 to 9:50 a.m. Virtual Concurrent Sessions

Info Session: Get to know your Library

Want to know how the PNW Library can help you? Join this session to explore services offered to faculty and staff at PNW.

Presenter: Joseph Coates

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Technology Tips & Tricks


Info Session: SEL at PNW- Discovering the Benefits of Helping Students Learn and Grow Socially and Emotionally in College

Times have changed. Students have changed. Now it’s time that WE adapt our practices to guide and support the whole student at PNW. Using CASEL’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) framework can help all of us be more successful in our interactions with students. Open to faculty and staff, this session will explore the 5 components of SEL and how to easily implement these essential life skills with students. Results of student surveys and course evaluations that highlight the benefits of these approaches will also be shared.

Presenter: David Pratt

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Teaching Tips & Tricks, Mindfulness and Wellness, Student Success


Tech Demo: Engaging Students with Campusgroups

Campusgroups is coming to PNW! Campusgroups is a new communication platform for students and student organizations to organize, plan and find events on campus, and connect with each other. Faculty and staff can learn how to use Campusgroups to reach students and help them connect.

Presenter: Colin Fewer

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Student Success


Info Session: Finding Research Funding- External and Internal Tools

This session is organized and sponsored by the Faculty Research Board. Faculty are encouraged to join in order to discover resources and tools available to search for research and programmatic funding opportunities.

Presenter: Maja Marjanovic

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Community and Collaboration



10 to 10:25 a.m.

Info Session: Remote work wellness tips and tricks

Learn and share experiences for working remotely while maintaining, or developing, healthy habits, lifestyle choices for wellness, and enhancing creativity.

Presenter: Richard Gambrell

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Mindfulness and Wellness


10:30 to 10:55 a.m.

Tech Demo: Help! I can’t find the uploaded test! Tips for being fluent in the DAC’s AIM system

Check out the digital DAC tool, AIM that houses student’s documentation, supports creating Access Plans, and supports confidential sharing of student information with professors. The system also allows for assessments to be easily shared between the DAC and Faculty. Explore this session and learn the AIM basics, tips, and get your questions answered.

Presenter: Anthony Marszalek

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Teaching Tips & Tricks, Student Success


10 to 10:50 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Workshop: Interfolio and Faculty Activity Reporting

Don’t wait until right before faculty annual review time to update your academic activities. Join this session to review and explore how to use Interfolio’s Faculty 180 to complete early on!

Presenter: Maria Watson

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Technology Tips & Tricks


Info Session: Dual Credit and Impact in Higher Education

Did you know PNW’s concurrent enrollment program currently serves approximately 2000 students across 26 region schools? Bring your phone to this interactive session to learn about the concurrent enrollment program and how it provides early college credit opportunities to Hoosier students.

Presenter: Rachel Meyers and Katie Bowers

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Community and Collaboration, Student Success


Info Session: Competency-Based Teaching/Learning Criteria

Learn about competency-based teaching/learning criteria developed for educators. The criteria were developed based on changing requirements for nursing education and outcomes. Results from a national study will be shared on the reliability and validity of the criteria. Participants will have the opportunity to use the criteria to evaluate their own teaching strategy.

Presenter: Beth Vottero

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Teaching Tips & Tricks


9 to 10:30 a.m. Alumni Hall

Resource Fair (Sponsored by CFE)

Join fellow faculty and staff in at the Hammond campus for a “grab and go” breakfast while you visit the PNW tables for conversation, Q & A, and swag!



10:30 to 11:20 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

 

Workshop: Intersectional Pedagogy for Student Success in Research, Evaluation, and Analysis

Faculty should join this session to learn about the concept of intersectionality. Faculty will work with colleagues in small and large groups to develop or revise assignments and coursework to leverage intersectional pedagogy in support of student success. Participants are asked to have assignments and syllabi for workshopping purposes (these materials will not be shared with other attendees).

Presenter: Colette Morrow 

Zoom link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Student Success


Info Session: The Delightful Skill of Celebration

Celebration may cost time and money, but it is well worth it. Investing the effort in celebrating your team, morale and productivity will more than repay you. Faculty and staff are invited to join this session to explore who, what, when, where, why, and how of celebrating with your team.

Presenter: Nathan Elizalde 

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Community and Collaboration


Info Session: Active Learning as a Tool to Create an Inclusive STEM Course

Active learning is an evidence-based inclusive teaching strategy that has proven effective in creating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the classroom. Join this session to explore several active learning strategies that harbor inclusion and belonging in a STEM course.

Presenter: Hassan Naji

Room: NILS 302

Related Tracks: Teaching Tips & Tricks



11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Roundtable: Increasing Student Success and Retention Through Engagement

In this session, we will discuss ideas to increase student success and retention. Topics will include efforts in the classroom, implicit and explicit curriculum elements, and the enhancement of relationships between faculty/program and students.

Presenter: Robin Miller

Room: NILS 208

Related Tracks: Student Success


Roundtable: Research At Purdue Northwest

A casual roundtable session for faculty to discuss current research or research they would like to pursue. This session may act as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Presenter: Angela Schooley and Neeti Parashar

Room: NILS 302

Related Tracks: Community and Collaboration


Info Session: Partnering with the DAC to help at-risk students succeed in your class

The DAC, Disability Access Center, is a resource for both students and faculty. Many students today have a variety of challenges which sometimes lead to them struggling in your classes. The DAC can help! Join this discussion about at-risk students at PNW and ways faculty and the DAC are currently supporting them.

Presenter: Debra Wysong and Liz Prieboy

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Student success


Info Session: Latinx Students 101

Learn cultural competency as it is related to the PNW Latinx students. Join in the conversation about who this group is as a race and as individuals. Debunk some of the myths and stereotypes that we are labeled with this group, and learn how to support Latinx students inside and outside of the classroom.

Presenter: Iris Sanchez

Zoom joining link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Student success, Community and Collaboration


 

12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Roundtable: Strategies to Increase Diversity and Equity in University Courses

Creating an equitable classroom provides students a fair and supportive environment. Students will connect to the subject matter while simultaneously teaching their peers how to participate in classroom discussions, provide the time and space to think about content, and construct knowledge in a meaningful way. This roundtable discussion will explore strategies to improve student feeling of inclusion in small group discussions, lecturing, syllabus content, and in virtual learning environments.

Presenter: Vanessa Quinn, Afshin Zahraee, Lindsay Gielda, and Julia Rogers

Room: NILS 208

Related Tracks: Student Success, Teaching Tips & Tricks


Info Session: Mattering Matters-Accentuating ‘Marginalized’ Students’ Sense of Belonging

This two-part interactive session endorses Strayhorn’s contention that ‘mattering’ (a feeling that one matters) is a major component of sense of belonging and conditions students’ success. Learn about how ‘marginalized’ students (migrant Asian and Muslim ones) in a White-majority university seek belonging and how this impacts their experience at PNW. Learn ways in which educators and staff can help create and sustain conditions where all students feel belonged, mattered, and valued.

Presenter: Mashrur Hossain

Zoom link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Student Success, Teaching Tips & Tricks


Workshop: Brain Break

Anxious? Stressed by Daily Life? Interested in learning more about Mindfulness and Meditation? Join this session to explore mindfulness, how to breathe, guided meditations, how to develop a practice, and walk away with helpful resources.

Presenter: Sheila Stephenson

Room: NILS 302

Related Tracks: Mindfulness and Wellness



1:30 to 2:20 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Info Session: National Crisis- Mental Health in College

The responsibility of faculty and staff at universities has increased due to the needs of the college students attending. Join this session to garner an enhanced understanding of behavioral signs indicating a student is struggling (online and in-person) and ways to begin conversations to promote positive mental health. Learn how to normalize help seeking behaviors and how to express your concern and care for students.

Presenters: Kenneth Jackson and Ryan Parsons-Rozycki

Room: NILS 208

Related Tracks: Community and Collaboration


Workshop: Know Your Lemons- A Community Initiative through Engagement, Learning, Discovery

Hear from colleagues about this community engagement initiative to improve early detection for breast cancer worldwide. The Know Your Lemons community engagement prepared students to provide health education to their communities. Explore the partnership activity that can be replicated across undergraduate majors, providing multidisciplinary and experiential learning.

Presenter: Angela Schooley, Janet Davis, and Karen Morris

Room: NILS 302

Related Tracks: Community and Collaboration


Workshop: The Power of the Paws (Pause)- Deepening Student Learning

Do you wish students would be more engaged during class sessions? Do you sometimes feel they aren’t taking in everything from your lectures? Are they struggling to remember content for quizzes and exams? Learn how “hitting pause” during class sessions can help deepen and strengthen student learning. This session includes ideas for short activities that can be used to break up class sessions and enhance student learning. Join for a chance to win a copy of the book Hitting Pause: 65 Lecture Breaks to Refresh and Reinforce Learning!

Presenter: Emily Hixon

Zoom link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Teaching Tips & Tricks, Student Success


2:30 to 3:20 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Workshop: Strategies for Teaching Diverse Student Populations

A diverse student population is one of PNW’s many assets; however, teaching to students with unique backgrounds can be challenging. Join this session to explore strategies for teaching a diverse student population in terms of cultural wealth, inclusive teaching strategies, and growth mindset. Discover strategies that can be used within the classroom to enrich learning/experiences. Attending this session earns you a chance to win a copy of the book “What Inclusive Instructors Do”.

Presenter: Meghan Cook

Room: NILS 208

Related Tracks: Teaching Tips & Tricks


Roundtable: Creating a Culture of Academic Integrity

Cheating comes in many forms, and issues with academic dishonesty are certainly nothing new in education. Dishonesty occurs in many ways, and it’s changed and evolved as technology has evolved and learning environments have changed. Much like cheating itself, the perception of cheating and dishonesty has changed. Join this discussion to take a closer look at the myriad options available to students to cheat – perhaps some you hadn’t even known about, as well as what research says about student perspectives of cheating and why they do it. Contribute to how academic dishonesty can de-value a college degree and what we can we do as an institution to create a culture of academic integrity.

Presenter: Jan Gonzalez

Room: NILS 302

Related Tracks: Community and Collaboration



3:30 to 3:55 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Info Session: Paying Attention to Attention- How to Keep Students Engaged in ALL Course Formats

This session is designed to help faculty understand how to solicit and keep students’ attention in class no matter what the format. It turns out that attention is the first key to learning something, yet is often overlooked when planning lessons. This session will address how to help students stay focused and engaged in class through specific examples.

Presenter: David Pratt

Zoom link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Teaching Tips & Tricks, Technology Tips & Tricks


Info Session: How can you – specifically you – help with climate solutions?

Faculty and staff are welcome to join this session to find a meaningful way to help address the climate crisis. Create an action plan during this session to discover how you can make a difference and make change.

Presenter: David Woronecki-Ellis

Zoom link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Community and Collaboration


Info Session: Creating CEO’s-Taking your student staff to the next level

There’s a significant disconnect between universities rating students at 90% ready to be in the workforce, while employers are rating students at only 14%. Are your students just going through the motions and completing tasks? Students need to be intentionally working on their professional identity early and often. This session will discuss how a group of student staff at PNW are developing their career skills during their student employment experience. Join us in getting our student employees out of that 14% statistic by signing them up for Career Early & Often (CEO).

Presenter: Jorge Lopez

Zoom link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Community and Collaboration, Student Success


Tech Demo: Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground- Cloud Storage Options at PNW

Discover the various cloud storage options at PNW. What are the pros and cons for each option? Which cloud storage solution might best be used for sensitive data? Join this session to learn more.

Presenter: Morghan Tyler

Zoom link: Coming soon!

Related Tracks: Technology Tips & Tricks


Questions?

Email the Conference Committee!

two arrows pointing right w with power onward conference in writing

Committee Members

  • Deborah Bachmann 
  • Manisa Baker 
  • Katie Brown 
  • Emily Hixon
  • Neeti Parashar
  • Christina Nevill  
  • Angela Schooley  
  • Jason Williams
TimePresenterTitleFormatConference Track 1Conference Track 2Conference Track 3
Thursday, 9-9:50 amJoe CoatesGet to know your LibraryVirtualTechnology Tips & TricksCommunity & CollaborationStudent Success
Thursday, 9-9:50 amDavid PrattBenefits of Helping Students Learn and Grow Socially and Emotionally in CollegeVirtualTeaching Tips & TricksMindfulness and WellnessStudent Success
Thursday, 9-9:50 amColin FewerEngaging Students with CampusgroupsVirtualStudent Success
Thursday, 9-9:50 amMaja MarjanovicFinding Research Funding- External and Internal ToolsVirtualCommunity and Collaboration
Thursday, 10-10:25 amRichard GambrellRemote work wellness tips and tricksVirtualMindfulness and Wellness
Thursday, 10:30 - 10:55 amAnthony MarszalekTips for being fluent in the DAC’s AIM systemVirtualStudent SuccessTeaching Tips & Tricks
Thursday, 10-10:50 amMaria WatsonInterfolio and Faculty Activity ReportingVirtualTechnology Tips & Tricks
Thursday, 10-10:50 amRachel Meyers & Katie BowersDual Credit and Impact in Higher EducationVirtualCommunity and CollaborationStudent Success
Thursday, 10-10:50 amBeth VotteroCompetency-Based Teaching/Learning CriteriaVirtualTeaching Tips & Tricks
Friday, 10:30-11:20 amColette Morrow Intersectional Pedagogy for Student Success in Research, Evaluation, and AnalysisVirtualStudent Success
Friday, 10:30-11:20 amNathan ElizaldeThe Delightful Skill of Celebration)VirtualCommunity and Collaboration
Friday, 10:30-11:20 am
Hassan NajiActive Learning as a Tool to Create an Inclusive STEM CourseNILS 302Teaching Tips & Tricks
Friday, 11:30 am - 12:20 pmRobin MillerIncreasing Student Success and Retention Through EngagementNILS 208Student Success
Friday, 11:30 am - 12:20 pmAngela Schooley & Neeti ParasharResearch At Purdue NorthwestNILS 302Community and Collaboration
Friday, 11:30 am - 12:20 pmDebra Wysong & Liz PrieboyPartnering with the DAC to help at-risk students succeed in your classVirtualStudent Success
Friday, 11:30 am - 12:20 pmIris SanchezLatinx Students 101VirtualStudent SuccessCommunity and Collaboration
Friday, 12:30 - 1:20 pmVanessa Quinn, Afshin Zahraee, Lindsay Gielda, & Julia RogersStrategies to Increase Diversity and Equity in University CoursesNILS 208Student SuccessTeaching Tips & Tricks
Friday, 12:30 - 1:20 pmMashrur HossainMattering Matters-Accentuating ‘Marginalized’ Students’ Sense of BelongingVirtualStudent SuccessTeaching Tips & Tricks
Friday, 12:30 - 1:20 pmSheila StephensonBrain BreakNILS 302Mindfulness and Wellness
Friday, 1:30 - 2:20 pmKenneth Jackson & Ryan Parsons-RozyckiNational Crisis- Mental Health in CollegeNILS 208Community and Collaboration
Friday, 1:30 - 2:20 pmAngela Schooley, Janet Davis, & Karen MorrisKnow Your Lemons- A Community Initiative through Engagement, Learning, DiscoveryNILS 302Community and Collaboration
Friday, 1:30 - 2:20 pmEmily HixonThe Power of the Paws (Pause)- Deepening Student LearningVirtualTeaching Tips & TricksStudent Success
Friday, 2:30 - 3:20 pmMeghan CookStrategies for Teaching Diverse Student PopulationsNILS 208Teaching Tips & Tricks
Friday, 2:30 - 3:20 pmJan GonzalezCreating a Culture of Academic IntegrityNILS 302Community and Collaboration
Friday, 3:30 - 3:55 pmDavid PrattPaying Attention to Attention- How to Keep Students Engaged in ALL Course FormatsVirtualTeaching Tips & TricksTechnology Tips & Tricks
Friday, 3:30 - 3:55 pmDavid Woronecki-EllisHow can you - specifically you - help with climate solutions?VirtualCommunity and Collaboration
Friday, 3:30 - 3:55 pmJorge LopezCreating CEO's-Taking your student staff to the next levelVirtualCommunity and CollaborationStudent Success
Friday, 3:30 - 3:55 pmMorghan TylerHead in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground- Cloud Storage Options at PNWVirtualTechnology Tips & Tricks

Questions?

Email the Conference Committee!

two arrows pointing right w with power onward conference in writing

Committee Members

  • Deborah Bachmann 
  • Manisa Baker 
  • Katie Brown 
  • Emily Hixon
  • Neeti Parashar
  • Christina Nevill  
  • Angela Schooley  
  • Jason Williams