By: Katelyn McVety
The student success conference branched from the Title III projects, which was a federal grant that was used for an institutional upgrade. The focus of the grant was on how to maintain the students here on campus. Tommy Scott, the leader of student affairs, began working on the success conference in the fall and winter of 2011. The first conference focused on academics. It was held in the fall of 2011. The winter conference in 2011 focused on careers, and how students can apply what they learn in the classroom to real life and future careers. The conferences were such a success they continued to have them in the fall and winter.
The focus of the student conferences changed to giving the leadership roles to the students. It gives students a chance to speak to fellow classmates and faculty about their ideas and share their strategies on success. Like any other professional conference students must submit their proposals to be reviewed before they are chosen to present.
The 2015 Winter Student Success Conference was held on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference was student lead and student driven. Seventy-two students participated in the student success conference. At this year's conference there were two guest lecturers and eight different topics that were presented. The guest lecturers were Carol Hall and Pat DeGuia, who are both faculty at Madonna University. Students were to choose three different presentations to attend and then evaluate. The Winter 2015 Student Success Conference was truly a success thanks to Madonna University and all of the presenters, faculty, and attendees.