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K-State Today

May 15, 2017



Engineering advising coordinator's proposal selected for international conference

By Mary Rankin

Mary Vesper, advising coordinator in the Kansas State University College of Engineering Academic Success Center, has been selected to present a sponsored session at the 2017 NACADA Annual Conference, Oct. 11-14, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Her proposal, "Unlatching the Gate to STEM Student Success," was chosen by the science, technology, engineering and mathematics advising commission of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, formerly known as the National Academic Advising Community. Each NACADA commission can select a maximum of three proposals for this honor.

The session will involve a five-member panel, representing five different universities' STEM programs — Kansas State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Michigan State University and Tennessee Tech University — who have collaborated to create a discussion of current best practices related to academic interventions and strategies when working with STEM students in need of academic assistance.

Vesper coordinates services in the College of Engineering for students needing additional academic support. She also coordinates the Building Excellent Engineers Program, which incorporates peer academic mentoring, and she teaches the Engineering Student Success Seminar for first-year general engineering students.