8177-Professional Development Opportunity for Faculty and Staff
Posted for Student Affairs by Cynthia Valdez on Oct, 01 2012
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Session Title:  Academic Advising for Maximum Student Persistence Part 1(3 hours) 

  Academic advising is an overlooked, yet critical aspect of student persistence.  This session offers a comprehensive advising model designed to maximize student support and engage students in thoughtful reflection of personal, educational, and career goals.  Participants will develop theory-based advising skills through the incorporation of AVID learning strategies and WICOR foundational skills (WICOR – Writing to Learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading to Think Critically).    

October 10, 2012  

Time:  Session 1:  8:30- 11:45 or Session 2:  1:30- 4:45    (Attend only 1 session) This is a 3 hour session that will be repeated in A.M. and P.M. for your convenience.  

Target Audience:  Academic Advisors, College/Department Advisors, Faculty, and Staff that work with special programs  

Location: UTPA International Room, ITT Building  

Presenter Profile: Yvonne Ortiz-Prince, Ed. M., lives in Austin, Texas, and is an AVID for Higher Education Program Manager.  She brings nearly twenty years of higher education experience, which includes both public and private colleges and universities of varying sizes at predominately white and historically African American, urban, secular, and religiously affiliated institutions.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from New York University in Manhattan and Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick.   Prior to coming to AVID, Yvonne served as the Dean of Student Affairs at Huston-Tillotson University (HT) in Austin, Texas.  She was also an Assistant Dean for Campus Life at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her career in student affairs includes undergraduate teaching as well as supervision and management of co-curricular departments including:  housing and residential life, first year experience, service learning, student activities, athletics, international student, career, judicial, health, and counseling services.    Yvonne has an intimate knowledge of student development theory and best practices, strategic planning, program evaluation and assessment, grant development, and fundraising.  Her work as an off-site and on-site team evaluator for institutional accreditation by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS) offers unique insight to the standards institutions must satisfy to improve teaching and learning in order to promote greater persistence.  As a former member of an institutional AVID site team and a Summer Institute presenter, she offers perspective on how to successfully implement AVID and engage institutional leadership.  Most recently, Yvonne taught the AVID First Year Seminar on the Social Construction of Race and Gender in Hip Hop. 

Registration:  E-mail Cindy Valdez at to confirm your attendance ASAP.  Feel free to contact me with questions at 956-665-2522.