STEP PROFESSIONAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Admissions Beyond the Numbers: The Hard Truth
Michael E. Moore, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Director, Multicultural Recruitment Program & Associate
Director of Admissions
Many colleges and universities in the United States offer
selective and highly selective admission. In a world where
competition for the limited number of spaces available at
these institutions has increased, many students continue to
search for a formula that will allow them admission. Grade
point averages, SAT/ACT ranges, and class rankings are published
annually by these institutions as markers for admissions criteria,
yet more than academic standards serve as measures for admission.
This workshop offers an opportunity to examine traditional
and progressive factors that serve as determinants for admission.
We will analyze and share some of the more successful practices
that help students to graduate from high school, and enroll
in and graduate from college. Participants should be prepared
to engage in dialogue and work in groups to explore some of
life’s hard truths about college admission.
Preparing Students for College Success
Cloris M. Henry, Senior Director, New York City—The
Catherine Nti, Executive Director, Middle State Regional Office—The
Less than 65% of minority students enroll in college and
even fewer actually graduate with a postsecondary degree.
How can we ensure that students are prepared for the academic
rigorous of college success? This workshop will focus on tools
and resources for educators, students, and parents that are
designed to help students prepare for college success.
Developing a Successful Science & Technology Entry Program
STEP Project Administrators
Change is constant. Without it, a human or organization
will stagnate or die. Change is usually difficult, often painful
and frequently resisted. But in many situations, it's the
organism's only hope for survival. Every machine is held together
by its nuts and bolts. Without them, the machine would fall
apart. That is also true of an organization. Its nuts and
bolts are its basic, necessary elements. They are the parts
that make the organization work.
This workshop will examine daily operational procedures
that are an integral part of making a successful Science &
Technology Entry Program (STEP). Participants should come
prepared to discuss successful aspects of individual programs,
along with areas in need of strengthening. Additionally, ideas
for research opportunities and internships,
creative hands-on workshops, information regarding STEP alumni,
special events, parent advisory boards, etc. will be shared.
Each program will have an opportunity to present each area,
followed by a brief question and answer period.
Each discussion area will be given 15 minutes.
STUDENT ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON COLLEGE PREPARATION
Reality Check: The 411 of College
Is the thought of applying to college overwhelming?
Have you wondered about what it takes to be successful in
college? Do you have questions, desire a deeper understanding,
or have anxiety about college? Then this is the workshop for
you! Come ask questions of current undergraduates as they
offer insight about:
- College application process
- Appropriate academic course load/class schedule
- Importance of proper academic advising
- Successful navigation of your college years
- Choosing a major
- Time management
- Support Services (i.e., HEOP, EOP, SSS, LSAMP, STEP,
- Organizations (i.e., academic, social, fraternities/sororities,
- Internships and Research Opportunities
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—Amelia Dosio
SUNY Albany—Victoria Bonds, Leo Meehan, Richard Houanche,
and Sagirah Layne
Union College—Denly Lettsome and Emilia Strzalkowska
Dr. Christopher E. Fernando—Co-Deputy Director—Office
of Academic Support
Services/STEP & CSTEP Director, SUNY Albany
Time Management and Setting SMART Goals
Mohawk Valley Community College
A student’s ability to effectively manage his/her time
is essential, yet many students lack this important skill.
This presentation is applicable to students in grades 7–12
and can be used to ensure academic success. As a STEP graduate
and Biochemistry major I will provide experiential insight
on ways to achieve academic success. Students should come
prepared to ask questions, share experiences, and discuss
any issues they may face with time management. Students will
also have a chance to write SMART goals and use them as a
visual aid during, and after, the workshop.
Getting the Gig and Keeping It
Pamala L. Brown-Grinion
Totally “You”-nique Educational Consultants
Participants of this workshop will learn methods to assist
them with obtaining an internship and help them develop behaviors
and habits that turn internships into full-time employment.
Employers seek above average, high-achieving candidates for
internships. Many people believe that internships solely exist
for college students, but internship opportunities are also
available at the high school level. A high school internship
can open opportunities to the working world, allowing for
skill development in working with others, interacting with
superiors, attending meetings, and meeting deadlines. Internships
also offer the chance to receive knowledge and training from
experienced people who can serve as guides for career goals.
This workshop will cover:
- Using social networking to gain opportunities
- How to land the perfect internship for you
- What to do when the internship ends
- Turning internships into interviews
- Tips for interns
- The benefits of interning
- Be all that you can “see”
College Prep: An Introduction to the College Entrance
Dr. Kay B. Clanton
Development Dynamics, Inc.
This workshop helps 8th-11th grade students explore and understand
the behaviors and educational practices that will positively
impact college admittance. Through the use of written and
non-written interactive techniques and group discussion, students
will examine the following behaviors and activities as they
relate to college admission:
- Working hard and maintaining good grades
- Being a “joiner”—i.e., sports and interest
- Tracking individual activities
- Using your guidance counselor
- Preparing for standardized tests (PSAT, SAT, and ACT)
- Exploring internships and job opportunities as they relate
to community outreach and service
- Learning to manage finances
- Taking a personal inventory to get “a good college
- The college application process, including the college
- How do I afford college?—finding scholarships,
grants, loans, or paying your way
Mythical Scientists and Imaginary Mathematicians
Dr. Kathleen Fowler and Stanley R. Huddy
Do your friends say you look like a scientist? Do you think
your friends look like mathematicians? What makes an engineer
look like an engineer? Explore what it really takes to become
a scientist, mathematician, or engineer in this activity-based
workshop that reveals all the classic stereotypes, misconceptions,
and myths about who we are and what we do. Can you pass our
“Spot the Scientist!” test? Students will examine
a collage of pictures to see whether they can detect the real
scientist. From cartoons to classic movies, and graphic art
to your favorite television series, you will decide who makes
the grade when it comes to depicting real scientists in visual
media. Come see for
yourself and discover how you can prepare for an exciting
career in science and engineering!
Driven and Want to Make a Positive Difference? Engineering
is For You!
Dr. Ashraf Ghaly
Engineers are naturally driven, motivated problems solvers
who enjoy taking on challenges. They miss no opportunity to
make a positive difference in their community and in the world.
They search for innovative methods to solve complex problems,
and work to care for the environment and preserve it. Engineers
implement the latest
technological advances and seek to do tasks in the most efficient
way. They find ways to get around obstacles that hinder progress
and advancement, and perform their job ethically and with
the utmost regard for public safety.
Engineering is a people-serving profession that strives
to improve the quality of life for all humans, and it is knitted
into the fabric of society. If you are concerned about the
welfare of your community and desire to make a lasting effect,
then engineering is for you!
Acing Standardized Tests (PSAT, SAT, SAT II
& ACT) with Planning, Preparation &
Power of Prep
This workshop will present key strategies to help you take
standardized tests. Strategies will include answering difficult
math problems, reading boring passages, brainstorming points
and examples for the essay, and improving your vocabulary.
This workshop will also provide information on the PSAT, SAT,
SAT II, and ACT—when you
should take them, how the tests are the same/different, how
they are scored, and what is being tested.
Financial Literacy: Understanding and Knowing
the Rules of the Game
Dr. Tracy P. Johnson
Buffalo State College
Financial literacy is a life skill that aids college and
workforce readiness. Understanding and creating positive financial
habits and health has significant value now and for the future.
It is imperative that students become financially literate
before they enter the world of higher education. Each year
numerous students leave college, and when asked why, most
students will respond “because of financial reasons”
(Noel Levitz, 2010). During this interactive workshop students
will learn about budgeting, understanding credit, protecting
personal finances, savings and investment, and the student
financial aid process. Students will leave this workshop with
a booklet that contains financial aid information, savings
and investment, scholarship, and other financial literacy
resources to equip them to better plan ahead, be persistent,
and stay focused as they advance academically and personally.
Bullying and Peer-Pressure
Nicole Jones and Renee Mapp
City of Buffalo Police Department and SUNY Buffalo Biomedical
Bullying and negative peer-pressure have progressed from
playground antics to a cultural state of affairs. The bully,
victim, and bystander are subject to feelings of fear, depression,
powerlessness, guilt, disrespect, violence, and anger.
The impact of bullying is seen in triplicate in any environment
where it is allowed to thrive. Communities of young people
have become hot beds for volatile, festering social situations,
and this may be attributed to a lack of critical thinking
and problem-solving techniques among those involved.
This presentation uses scholarly research and current affairs
to demonstrate the negative effects of bullying on young Americans.
Participants will examine research that suggests that young
Americans can establish or re-establish a healthier mental,
social, physical, and emotional environment in schools and
communities. The presentation will
show that negotiation, respect, and compassion gained through
charity and leadership work can replace cultural attitudes
regarding bullying and peer pressure.
Work You Plan and Plan Your Work
Are you going somewhere or orbiting around Pluto? Without
a goal, your journey is unclear and you will not produce desired
results. This workshop provides strategies for overcoming
procrastination and avoiding the dangers of poor planning.
Other strategies under discussion include the following:
- Examining the work habits of ants and incorporating their
practices into your daily life
- Poor planning and procrastination, and the effects of
stress on the body
- Setting realistic goals
- How to write time specific goals
- Principles for getting more things done
Participants can expect a lively exchange of ideas by utilizing
spiritual, personal, and professional experiences to imagine
the life you want to live. Never fear the space between your
dreams and reality. If you can dream it and believe it, you
can possess your desires.
The Power of Positive Thought: Change Your Thoughts,
Transform Your Life
Cheryl Regal, Betty P. Shadrick, Angela Dixon, and Andrea
Albany District Links
Any successful accomplishment begins as a concept, and this
concept is then actualized through purposeful work and concentration.
This interactive workshop will help students create environments
that empower them to achieve excellence, and help them to
acquire the skills to use positive thought to shape and mold
opportunities for success.
By participating in this workshop participants will leave
equipped with techniques for victorious living throughout
their life journey. Topics addressed in this workshop include:
- Discussing the ways that positive thought transforms
- Relating strategies to improve one’s thought life—writing
a mission/vision statement, living a life above reproach,
and understanding dimensions of a complete life.
- Standing up inside—stating your position with clarity
while maintaining composure, tact, and civility.
- Living a decisional lifestyle—discussing a decisional
model that fosters self-empowerment and constructive behavioral
- Developing a “think big” mentality.
The World Wide Web and What that Means for You: A
Workshop on Etiquette While Navigating Web Spaces
Tykeia N. Robinson and Latoya D. Newton
Facebook, Twitter, email, social networking, and hypermedia
have significantly changed the way the world communicates.
Thanks to our friends at Google, within seconds strangers
can access personal information and make judgments about character,
personality, and potential. In other words, the streets are
always watching. These days an appropriate, polished, professional
web presence is as necessary as the right attire on interview
day. It is essential that students be armed with the necessary
knowledge, tools, and strategies to put their best faces forward
in a digital world.
In this workshop two young, trendy professionals (STEP &
CSTEP Alumnae working in public relations and higher education)
will share rules and resources of personal branding and ways
to effectively navigate and utilize web spaces.
Students will learn the basic etiquette of online and cellular
communication and the do’s and don’ts of Twitter,
Facebook, MySpace, etc.
The Abstract: The Key that Opens the Scientific Paper
Dr. Gladys Palma de Schrynemakers and Dr. David Cohen
Long Island University
Learning to write a scientific abstract with exactness and
clarity can serve as a foundation for building critical thinking
skills and proficiency in communicating scientific results
with an economy of words. These skills are critical for students
wishing to enter into the STEM fields.
Students attending this workshop will be presented with
the basic requirements for preparing a well-organized, effective
abstract having the following characteristics: (a) short and
simple, seldom more than 250 to 275 words that summarize the
problem and the results without including any details of the
methodology or mentioning of previous
work; (b) include the research objectives; (c) a short description
of the methodology; and (d) a summary of the results and the
major findings. The abstract must stand as a summary of the
information in the paper (Houghton, 1975) and provide enough
information for the readers to evaluate whether it is significant
to their research for them to read the entire paper (American
National Standards Institute, Inc., 1971). Students will be
presented with examples of well prepared and poorly prepared
abstracts, and be asked to assess each using the criteria
set forth during the presentation.
The Student Guide to Developing a Professional Wardrobe
This workshop will introduce participants to the standards
and importance of professional dress and ways to effectively
express one’s personality in professional environments.
Participants will receive information on the seven key wardrobe
pieces that an aspiring professional should own. The workshop
will describe ways to coordinate, care for, and size seven
key pieces, and address the ways that first impressions can
have a lasting effect in the life of the young professional.
Upon completion of the workshop students will have the necessary
tools to stand out as
Roadmap to Success
Cleveland Community College—Shelby, North Carolina
This interactive workshop will focus on setting and reaching
the goals you have for yourself. Participants will have an
opportunity to roadmap their goals for where they “plan
to go.” Planning is only one part of the picture of
success, and opening the door with the keys is the other.
Participants will work to create the A-Z’s of their
roadmap for success and create career portfolios.
The SALAD Bowl
Cleveland Community College—Shelby, North Carolina
Let’s eat salad!!!!! This workshop will focus on a
healthy mix of personal success, leadership, and effective
goal setting. We will examine the toppings of academic achievement,
student responsibility, leadership, and communication skills.
This interactive workshop will allow students to create a
salad of their own by using the
ingredients that they choose for personal success.
“Aerobics” for the Learning Brain
Thelma J. Uter and Wayne T. Uter
Performance Improvement (PI) Resources
This workshop offers a series of exercises to enhance your
ability to learn. A combination of Brain Gym®, Tai Chi
movements, meditation, NeuroLinguisticProgramming (NLP), and
music is used to help reduce stress and improve concentration.
As a result, you can become a better learner and maintain
good health. If these exercises are practiced daily they can
promote good health and a sharper mind for academic success.
Know Your Learning Brain
Thelma J. Uter and Wayne T. Uter
Performance Improvement (PI) Resources
A fun workshop that explores the ways in which your learning
brain works, and helps you identify your preferred learning
style. The brain-based techniques will enable participants
to better learn and remember while enjoying the academic journey.
- How your learning brain works
- Using your 8 learning smarts
- Mind mapping information
- Using mnemonics to remember easily
This interactive workshop helps position students to become
better learners and leaders as they journey to academic excellence
and college preparation.