Visit Macmillan at the 29th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience

Pick up a copy of a 2010 catalog and examination copies of our top titles for first-year reading at Macmillan’s booth at the 29th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience.  We’ll have new releases and tried-and-true common reading titles, including fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels in booth #227/229.

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Join Macmillan and No Impact Man, Colin Beavan, for Lunch

On Monday, February 15, from 11:30 to 1:30, Macmillan joins HarperCollins, Knopf Doubleday, and Penguin to host an author luncheon in Plaza Ballroom, Salons D&E.

This year, we’re pleased to have Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man, speaking and signing copies of his book at the event.

Joining Colin are Kevin Michael Connolly, author of Double Take (HarperCollins), Thomas Cahill, author of A Saint on Death Row (Knopf Doubleday), and Mahbod Seraji, author of Rooftops of Tehran (Penguin).

R.S.V.P. for the luncheon at any participating publisher’s booth.

Space will be limited!

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There are plenty of conference sessions about first-year reading on the schedule. Read more about them after the jump!

Is this Required Reading?: A Learning-Centered Summer Reading Program that Fosters a Campus-Wide Culture of Engagement
Daphne Rankin, Director of Student Engagement at Virginia Commonwealth University
Sunday, February 14 from 9-10 am

The summer reading program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is designed to develop a sense of engagement for the entire VCU community and its newest members – over 3,700 first-year students. During the fall semester, students continue to exchange ideas on the text in their first-year seminar classes. Participants will explore ways to involve members of both the academic and student affairs communities in text selection as well as program planning and implementation processes.

Faculty Involvement in Common Reading Programs
Andrea Luna, Director of Composition and Associate Professor of English at Lyndon State College
Sunday, February 14 from 4-5 pm

This roundtable discussion will discuss what it takes to get faculty engaged with a common reading program. Lyndon State College’s Common Read program includes a multimedia response contest, book discussions during orientation, and a campus visit by the author. Faculty involvement, however, is still limited. Responses to a faculty survey will be shared to help start a conversation about barriers to faculty involvement in common read programs. Come share success stories and brainstorm solutions.

The ABC’s of Summer Reading
Janet Beck, Academic Adviser at Appalachian State University
Sunday – February 14 from 5:15 – 6:15 pm

As campuses adopt summer reading programs, they are faced with decisions concerning the successful execution of the common reading experience. This session will explore the following: What does it take to implement a shared reading experience in terms of financial resources/personnel? Should the program be directed at first-year students or encompass the entire student body? What denotes a successful book selection? How do you ensure faculty/staff buy-in of the reading experience? Are there advantages in bringing the author to campus? What does it take to get students to read the book?

Summer Reading: Shifting to a Transitional Student-Centered Paradigm Shift
Sunday, February 14 from 7:45- 8:45 am

This session will explore the viability and desirability of a paradigm shift away from the traditional practice of using popular literary works as summer reading for first-year students toward the use of student-centered reading material that (a) prepares new students for transitioning to higher education, (b) enables them to find meaning in the college experience, (c) generates anticipatory excitement, and (d) enables them to high the ground running when starting college in the fall.

Assessed Benefits of a Common Reading: Growing a Comprehensive Program
Leslie Jo Sena, Common Reading Assessment Coordinator and English Instructor; Karen Weathermon, Director of Learning Communities; and Meg Autrey, Residential Education Director at Washington State University
Monday, February 15 from 7:30 – 9 am

Assessment on Washington State University’s Common Reading Program indicates that student involvement in the program positively affects their first-year experience and understanding of research within a university. The data also show the increase in beneficial effects when the program is more comprehensive in scope, both in programming and in university partners.

Bringing it All Together: Peer Mentoring and the First-Year Experience
Andrea Newman, Coordinator of the First-Year Experience; Marcy Esler, Director of Student Retention; Elizabeth Ewell, Peer Mentor and Student Intern, First-Year Experience; Kelli Aylor, Peer Mentor and Student Intern, First-Year Experience, The College at Brockport
Monday, February 15 from 3 – 4 pm

The College at Brockport began a peer mentoring program in fall of 2002 for interested first-year students. Seven years later, the program has intentionally transformed and expanded to meet the needs of every first-year student and now awards graded credit to over 45 mentors annually. Mentors begin strategic online communication with every fi rst-year student in early August. The program intersects first-year seminars, summer orientation, and the summer reading program to deliver a holistic transition to all new first-year students.

First-Year Experience Programs in Community Colleges
Sarah Oglesby, First-Year Experience Coordinator at the Community College of Denver
Monday, February 15 from 4:15 – 5:30 pm

Join us in discussing the complexities of planning first-year experience (FYE) programs in a community college environment. We will look at components such as orientations, FYE courses, common reading programs, and FYE events such as resource fairs, guest speakers, and workshops. Be ready to share how you have overcome challenges, developed creative solutions to complex issues, and to share ideas you wish someone else would try first so you can see how they would work! We will also look at common ideas for learning outcomes, institutional goals, and tools for assessment.

Effective Practices for Integrating Common Reading Programs into the First-Year Seminar: Institutional and Author Perspectives
Steven Girardot, Director, Office of Success Programs at Georgia Institute of Technology; Rebecca Campbell, Director of Academic Transition Programs in Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Northern Arizona University*; Warren St. John, Author of Outcasts United
Tuesday, February 16 from 8 – 9 am

*Northern Arizona University has adopted Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man for their 2010 common reading program.

Common reading programs may be more effective and have a greater impact on new students when integrated into a first-year seminar course. In this session, participants who work with fi rst-year seminars or common reading programs will discuss challenges and share practical ideas for how these two programs can be integrated. In addition, the author of a common reading selection will discuss how authors can play an important role in the success of these programs.

Session titles, times, and descriptions are as seen in the conference program online at the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience conference website.  Please check your conference program for session locations and note any possible changes to the published schedule.

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