Transfer Symposium 2013

Transfer Symposium: A Campus Conversation about Transfer Student Success

Transfer Symposium:
A Campus Conversation about Transfer Student Success
September 13, 11 AM to 5 PM

Academic Affairs is hosting a Transfer Symposium on Friday, September 13, 2013, from 11am to 5pm. The aim of the Symposium is to raise awareness about transfer students and the issues they face, so that faculty and staff can better understand the students with whom they work.

Goals and Objectives

  • To engage in a campus conversation about creating an institution-wide vision for transfer students
  • To learn who transfer students are (i.e., demographics)
  • To understand why transfer students are important to Appalachian
  • To learn how we can we best serve transfer students in/out of the classroom

Why attend?

  • Join a campus conversation about transfer students.
  • Be eligible to request funding for projects to enhance learning, services, or programming for transfer students or to conduct research regarding transfer students. Awarded departments/offices would be expected to present findings/results at the Transfer Symposium 2014.
  • Be eligible to request funding to attend a national conference that focuses upon transfer students. Funding for conference travel will be offered as a match to your department’s contribution.

Who should attend?

Teams (2-4 people) from departments/units on campus should attend with the goals of learning more about transfer students and sharing that information with their department/unit prior to the end of fall semester. 

Which departments should attend?

  • Academic departments which offer majors listed in the “top 10” for transfer students over the past three years.
  • Academic departments which would like to attract more transfer students
  • Student development departments that deliver programming or student services.
  • Academic services departments that interact with transfer students.
  • Student organizations that want to join this campus conversation.

Departmental teams are encouraged. Departments may send more than one team if there are more people who would like to attend.


The Transfer Symposium Planning Team would like to acknowldge the generosity of the following units in providing funds for the Transfer Symposium lunch and refreshments:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Business Affairs
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts
  • College of Health Sciences
  • Enrollment Management
  • Hayes School of Music
  • Reich College of Education
  • Student Development
  • University College
  • Walker College of Business

Transfer Symposium: 
A Campus Conversation about Transfer Student Success
September 13, 11 AM to 5 PM

Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union 

11:00 -11:20 AM         
Transfer Students: Why they matter at Appalachian

Lori Gonzalez, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

11:20 AM -12:20 PM    
Today’s Transfer Students: Building a Foundation of Success

Mark Allen Poisel, Vice President for Student Affairs, Georgia Regents University – Augusta

12:30 - 1:30 PM           
Lunch and Demographics Session

Heather Langdon, IRAP
Phil Lewis, Jump Start Appalachian

1:45 - 2:30 PM           
Concurrent Sessions I
 (Choose one to attend.) 

Finish in Four: Academics
Rough Ridge - Room 415
Learn how some departments have examined their curriculum to remove potential academic roadblocks for transfer students. Also included will be an update on the UNC-GA plans for a more common core.
Sue Edwards, Biology
Janice Pope, Communication
Paulette Marty, General Education
Blair Hancock, Wilkes Community College

Social Integration
Beacon Heights - Room 417
Who are today’s transfer students at Appalachian? How can we meet them where they are to provide the most developmentally appropriate instruction and services/programming?
Cathy Clark, College Student Development
JJ Brown, Dean of Students
Shannon Brown, Caldwell Community College

Transfer Student Initiatives at Appalachian
Parkway Ballroom - Room 420
Learn what services Appalachian is providing to transfer students through the OTA, Jump Start Appalachian and other campus partners.
Jane Rex, Office of Transfer Articulation
Phil Lewis, Jump Start Appalachian
Owen Sutkowski, Central Piedmont Community College 

2:40 – 3:15 PM            
Transfer Student Panel

Parkway Ballroom - Room 420
Moderated by Jacob Brooks, President of Appalachian Ambassadors

3:25 – 4:15 PM            
Concurrent Sessions II
 (Repeated from above.)

4:15 – 4:50 PM            
Brainstorming Activity 
Parkway Ballroom - Room 420                          

4:50 – 5:00 PM            
Closing Thoughts and Next Steps
Parkway Ballroom - Room 420


Keynote Speaker

Mark Allen Poisel, Ed.D.

For the past two and a half years, Dr. Mark Allen Poisel has served as the Associate Provost for Student Success at Pace University. In this role he enhanced academic support and retention for all students including transfer, first-generation, international, honors, and veterans. Prior to his role at Pace, he was the Associate Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services at the University of Central Florida. During his time at UCF, he established a transfer services center, a student success center, a sophomore and second year center, and a veterans’ academic resource center while enhancing services for students on regional campuses. His focus on student success at UCF also included building new facilities, improving classroom and class scheduling, implementing policy and a variety of other initiatives in student development and enrollment services.

On August 12, 2013, Dr. Poisel began his role as the Vice President for Student Affairs of Georgia Regents University. In this role he is responsible for providing leadership, management, and supervision of student services programs and personnel, working to respond to student needs and fostering institutional development. The VPSA works collaboratively across campus and in the community to develop and promote the optimal environment for student success.

Dr. Poisel has made over 50 presentations, including 10 keynote speeches, co-authored 2 articles, co-edited a monograph, and served as a consultant to other institutions of higher education on the topics of student success and transfer. He currently serves on the advisory board for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students and is a past board member of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. His teaching experience includes teaching courses on individual and team leadership at three of his former institutions. His experience also includes working for the accounting firm of Ernst and Young, the Florida Legislature and the Florida Division of Community Colleges.

Dr. Poisel earned a B.S. in Accounting and a M.S. degree in College Student Personnel Work from Indiana State University. After completing his education in Indiana, he moved to Florida to earn an Ed.S. and Ed.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University.


Programs funded through the Transfer Symposium 2013

Teams who attended Appalachian State University’s Transfer Symposium on September 13, 2013 were eligible to respond to the following requests for proposals:

  • Request for projects to enhance learning services or programming for transfers.
  • Request for funding to conduct research on aspects of the transfer student experience.
  • Request for matching funds to attend a national conference that focuses upon transfer students

The Transfer Advisory Board received twelve proposals totaling $20,832. The following requests were funded and will be presented at the Transfer Symposium 2014:

Requests for funds to enhance learning services or programming:

1.     Transfer Connect

Unit: Counseling and Psychological Services
Personnel: Meladee Garst, Stephanie Langston, Denise Loven, Melissa Baab, Ally Matt, Amanda McClure

  • Workshops specifically tailored to transfer student needs
  • Informational programming at the beginning of the semester
  • Time and space for transfer students to interact socially

2.     Transfer Well

Unit: University Recreation, Recreation Management, Wellness Promotion
Personnel: Cheryl Eddins, Kendal McDevitt, Lauren Mayes, Brittany Upton, Mandy Harrison

  • Target programs that cater to the seven dimensions of wellness with the aim of enhancing student engagement
  • UREC programs

3.     Transfer Library Conference

Unit: University Library
Personnel: Margaret Gregor, Georgie Donovan, Kelly McAllister, Betsy Williams

  • Workshop for librarians from community colleges:
    • Share best practices on the teaching of information literacy
    • Develop a mechanism for on-going sharing
    • Develop a plan for how transfer students will develop information literacy as they move from one institution to the next


4.     Welcome Event

Unit: Department of Communication
Personnel: Sharon Cox, Nina-Jo Moore, Susan Poormam

  • A welcome event for transfer students new to the Department of Communication

 5.    Transfer Educators’ Retreat

Unit: James Center for Appalachian Educators and Teaching Fellows
Personnel: Jan Stanley

  • Team-building
  • Informational workshops
  • Strategies for getting involved in extra-curricular activities

Requests for funds to attend a national conference:

1.   National Orientation Directors Association Conference

Unit:                Academic Advising and Orientation
Personnel:          Denise Goetz

  • Attend a preconference workshop entitled “Advocating for Transfers and Non-Traditional Students: Strategies, Practices, and Supporting Research”
  • Attend conference sessions focused specifically on transfer student orientation programming