AURCO 2016 Conference - KSU Trumbull

22nd Annual AURCO Conference

Friday Night Reception & Ignite Talks (April 15): 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday Conference (April 16): 7:30 AM - 2:15 PM
AURCO Business Meeting (April 16): 2:30 - 4:00 PM
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The AURCO conference provides faculty, students and administrators with the opportunity to share scholarly research, exchange pedagogical strategies, and network with colleagues from Ohio’s 24 regional colleges. The conference will feature panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, poster sessions, and a keynote presentation.

This year we are trying something new - IGNITE Talks. These 5-minute talks, modeled after fast-paced, high-energy TED Talks, will occur on Friday evening prior to the Friday night reception. IGNITE talks can be on any topic and are expected to IGNITE our creativity, passion, and dedication to our regional college mission!


Conference: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Reception: Friday Evening, April 15, 2016


Kent State University Trumbull
4314 Mahoning Avenue, NW
Warren, Ohio 44483
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2016 Conference General Chairs

Pam Lieske: Email:
Vic Perera: Email:

Keynote Speaker: David M. Dees, Ph.D

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Why? Why? Why?: Understanding Student Actions through some Research and Theory

Why do students do the things they do? In this interactive session we will apply the recent findings in human learning to explore fundamental questions that have troubled faculty for years. Questions such as "Why can't students see the important material in my class?", “Why do students cheat?” and “Why won’t they do the readings?” are just a sample of the issues to be addressed. Evidenced-based practices will be utilized to create solutions to these critical faculty questions.


David M. Dees, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Cultural Foundations and the Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Kent State University. After earning a doctorate in Cultural Foundations of Education from Kent State University, he has spent the last 15 years specifically focused on the aesthetic dimensions of teaching and learning, how the human brain works, and the impact that rural/Appalachian cultural has on learning in higher education. Most recently, David has focused his energy on helping faculty colleagues design and implement scholarship of teaching and learning projects which has led to several grants, presentations, and publications. Additionally, he is the co-founder of the Rural Scholars Program at the Kent State Columbiana County Campuses which is a college access program for Appalachian at-risk youth. As a self-proclaimed “hillbilly” from Kentucky, he is proud to have been recognized for his teaching through two student-nominated teaching awards (Outstanding Teaching Award, Kent State University and Teacher of the Year, Gannon University).

Friday Night Reception

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Featuring Melanie Tabak Duo

Held at the Residence Inn - Marriott
Eastwood Mall Area
5555 Youngstown Warren Rd, Niles, OH 44446
8:00 PM -11:00 PM

Five minute *Ignite* presentations start at 7 pm

Registered conference attendees at the Friday night reception will receive two free drinks (beer, wine, and soft drinks). The hotel asks that any additional drinks be purchased with cash, though those staying at the hotel may run a tab.