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Connecting, Collaborating and Celebrating the Art of Teaching Conference

Sponsored by Cayuga Community College, Corning Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Onondaga Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College, SUNY Broome, and Tompkins Cortland Community College

"You cannot teach today the same way you did yesterday to prepare students for tomorrow." 

- John Dewey

Give yourself the gift of time spent with colleagues to connect, collaborate, and celebrate our vital work improving learning for our students and ourselves. 

Conference Details

April 17, 2015

Coltivare, TC3 Culinary Center
235 S. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY

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The conference will be held at TC3’s new state-of-the art culinary center, the heart of their Farm to Bistro program. Parking is available above Coltivare in the parking garage ($1/hour).

Keynote - Our Students Speak: Do We Listen?

Low student success rates. Unengaged students. Disappearing students. Half of community college students leaving by the end of the first year. We’re all frustrated, but what can we do to change those outcomes? What do our students tell us they need at the front door to help keep it from turning into a revolving door?

Our Keynote Speaker will be Arleen Arnsparger, Senior Associate with the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE). She works with community colleges and education organizations whose leaders are striving to improve student success. A frequent keynote speaker and facilitator, Arleen also conducts focus groups and teaches others how to learn from focus group discussions in their own organizations. Arleen developed the Initiative on Student Success at the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) at The University of Texas at Austin and led the Center’s qualitative work for more than a decade. In that role, she worked with community colleges throughout the country, conducting focus groups and interviews with students to learn about their college experiences, interviewing presidents, and listening to faculty and staff.  Arleen is co-author of the book and producer of the companion video, Students Speak – Are We Listening?  Starting Right in the Community College.  She has also published numerous articles related to student success and is producer of the video Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges.   

Arleen's more complete bio


8-8:40 Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:40-9 Welcome
9-10:15 Keynote
10:30-11:40 Session I
11:40-12:40 Lunch
12:40-1:50 Session II
2:00-3:10 Session III
3:15-3:45 Closing

breakout session descriptions

Session registration is now closed. Sessions 2B, 2D, and 3D are now full. The other sessions will be available for attending at the conference.


Register by March 27 using the process provided by the representative for your campus (listed below). Registration is limited to faculty and staff of the sponsoring institutions. You will be sent an email with additional information and the opportunity to register for individual concurrent sessions after March 27. Space is limited and registration closes March 27, only substitutions will be accepted after that date.

The $40 registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Menus will be peanut-free and include gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Dress is business casual.

If you have a need for a specific disability-related accommodation or auxiliary aid, please notify your campus representative by March 27.

Questions and Registration

Contact your campus representative:

TC3 - Darlene Gold
MVCC -David Katz
OCC - Fran Dulcich
FLCC - Liz Brownell
Corning - Jayne Peaslee
Cayuga - Mary Driscoll
Broome- Jamie Heron-Starr