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Gen1 Conference Agenda for November 8, 2019


OPENING KEYNOTE                      8:30-9:30 AM


Teaching Students to Dream Bigger: You Can’t Be it if You Don’t See It

Michael Sorrell, Paul Quinn College


Breakout Session #1                9:45-10:45 AM


Developing Leaders for Now…and the Future

Megan Horne, Ron McDavid, Susan Wurts (Ashland Community & Technical College)

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) at Your Service

Joplin Rice (KHEAA)

Students Helping Students: Using Peer Mentors to Enhance First Generation Success

Mary Grandinetti, Lycette Belisle, and Kelze Riley (Bellarmine University)

Communication and Beyond: Preparing First-Generation Students for the College Classroom

Jennifer Fairchild, John Strada, and Krista Kimmel (Eastern Kentucky University)

Suicide Risk among First-Generation College Students

Melinda Moore and Judy van de Venne (Eastern Kentucky University)

UK Area Health Education Center Health Career Pipeline Initiative: From Development to Outcomes

Carlos Marin, Emily Chambers, and Lisa Hatton (University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center)

What is Lasticity and How Can We Help First-Generation Students Develop It?

Robyn Moreland (Eastern Kentucky University)

Breakout Session #2                 11:00-12:00 PM


Re-Writing the Rules: Mental Health and Gen1

Melissa Bartsch (Eastern Kentucky University)

Equipping First-Generation Students for College Success

Chris Lakes (Berea College)

Forming Solid Foundations

Amanda Jo Slone and Stephanie Stiltner, (University of Pikeville)

Moderating Factors that Impact First-Generation First Year Students

Elena Mrozinske (Indiana University Northwest)

The Biological Remnants of Childhood Poverty: A Road Block to College Persistence

Kelly Cogar (Eastern Kentucky University)

What Had Happened Was: The Power of Storytelling in Supporting Students

Jessy Rosenburg (University of Louisville)

What First Generation College Students Need to Succeed: Voices from First Year College Students in Appalachia Kentucky

Heather Davis (Eastern Kentucky University), Judy Kim (GEAR UP), Wendy Nealy (GEAR UP)


LUNCHEON KEYNOTE                      12:00-1:00 PM


Aaron Thompson, Council on Postsecondary Education


Power Session #1                     1:10-1:40 PM


An Alternative Approach to the First Generation Narrative

Lycette Belisle and Kelze Riley (Bellarmine University)

Family Resource and Youth Service Centers: Working to Prepare Kentucky Students for Post-Secondary Life


Russell Jones and Katie Morris (Kentucky Division of Family Resource and Youth Service Centers)

Hungry for Knowledge… or Just Hungry?


Zak Hess (Eastern Kentucky University)

Let Your Downfalls Direct You

Ceanna Retallick (Eastern Kentucky University)

The USDA Summer Food Service Program and Upward Bound High School Students: A Collaborative Approach


Rachel Harrington and Tamara Stewart (Eastern Kentucky University)

Building Good Habits and Attitudes … using “Habitudes”

Megan Horne (Ashland Community and Technical College)

Fostering Success: Serving Students in and from Foster Care

Lara Vance and Stephanie Adams (Eastern Kentucky University)

Power Session #2                     1:50-2:20 PM


I Owe my Soul: An Examination of Appalachian Coal Mining and Canadian Coal Mining Communities, Developing Awareness

Angela Spiers, Jacob Hurd, Lawrence Crouch, and Ralph Turner (Eastern Kentucky University)

Community First: Creating a Supportive Culture to Promote Student Success

Becca Morrison (Eastern Kentucky University)

First Gen Graduates Serving First Gen Students


Lara Vance (Eastern Kentucky University) and Takisha Mack (Bluegrass Community and Technical College)

Two Different Roads to the Ivory Tower: A Class Focused Conversation among Colleagues

Emily Zuccaro and Ricky Mullins (Eastern Kentucky University)

The Road to Higher Education

Presenters: Diana Mills, Amanda Smith, and Carla Jordan (Partners for Education)


TRiO Student to TRiO Professional: Ten Things Low Income First Generation Students Need Now to Ensure Long-Term Success

Samantha Bryant (Morehead State University)

Listen Up to Rise Up

 Jacqueline Kohl (Eastern Kentucky University)

Power Session #3                     2:30-3:00 PM


For the Greater Good

Tamara Stewart (Eastern Kentucky University) and Melinda Carter (Peoples Bank)

Watering the STEM for Minority Students


Terry Chavis (Eastern Kentucky University)

PULSE Academy, the Heartbeat of our Future: How Health Sciences more Effectively Services First Generation College Students

Jamie Woolery and Raglena Salmans (Eastern Kentucky University)

Break the Silence: Building Relationships to Overcome Trauma

Nakeshia Pulliam (Eastern Kentucky University)

Feelings Matter: The Power of Empathy Inside and Outside of the Classroom


Starr Wentzel and Travis Martin (Eastern Kentucky University)

How to Bring a Baby to College: How to Continue Education While Parenting


Robyn Moreland, Terri Jo Dionne, and Rose Penman (Eastern Kentucky University)

Once a First Gen, Always a First Gen


Julie George (Eastern Kentucky University), Katherine Silver Kelly (Ohio State University), and Brandy Ashford (Bryan Station High School)


CLOSING PLENARY                     3:15-4:00 PM


Silas House (Author of Southernmost, five other novels, one work of creative nonfiction, and three plays)






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