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Five From Penn College Present at National Conference

Five Pennsylvania College of Technology employees presented sessions recently at the 2007 American College Personnel Association/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Joint Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

ACPA and NASPA are the two primary professional organizations for student affairs administrators; they sponsor a joint conference every 10 years. The theme for the 2007 conference was “Our Power and Responsibility to Shape Education.”

Jill S. Landesberg-Boyle, vice president for student affairs (who is leaving Penn College to become president of Florida Keys Community College); Elliott Strickland, special assistant to the vice president for student affairs; and Chris E. Miller, Penn College Police chief, joined Darby Dickerson, vice president and dean of Stetson University College of Law, in presenting “Powered by the Facilitator Model: The Responsibility to Shape Off-Campus Outcomes.”

The Facilitator Model, developed by Robert Bickel and Peter Lake, advocates for a balance between students’ autonomy and an institution’s responsibility to provide a reasonable level of support and control. The presenters described the experience of applying the model to guide efforts to shape student outcomes at Penn College.

Landesberg-Boyle; Mark A Paternostro, associate vice president for academic services; and Timothy J. Mallery, assistant director of residence life-housing operations coordinator, presented “Residence Hall Power: A Recipe to Save Students on Academic Probation.”

The presenters described their experience in helping first-year students on academic probation return to good standing. The session addressed the power a residential coordinator may have in shaping measurable academic outcomes.

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