Knowledge is Power: An Evening of Educational Possibilities for Women
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016
We invite you to be one of 60 unstoppable women to come together to learn about non-traditional paths to higher education and to form networks with others.
The evening begins with a short inspirational message from Caitlin Johnson, an NDSU student who has overcome several barriers, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science, and is now a doctoral student in Adult and Occupational Education. The featured event is a set of four breakout sessions that mimic what a college course is like and simultaneously offer valuable information on practical life skills. A roundtable discussion over dinner offers these 60 women an opportunity to form a connection with others that can help empower them to overcome barriers in achieving their educational goals.
We invite women who have seemingly overwhelming barriers to obtaining a higher education to register for this event. This event is free of charge but is limited to 60 participants. Register today to reserve your space in this program.
For individuals who were unable, were not ready, or were unaware that college was an option for them, going to college for the first time, as a non-traditional student, can be unnerving.
NDSU has put together a one-night event on March 15, 2016 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. to offer a preview of what a college course is like and to build confidence in women who are interested in starting or returning to college. While you get a taste of a college course, the breakout session topics are designed to teach you important life skills that can help in your daily life. Representatives from NDSU, MSCTC, NDSCS, and the Jeremiah Program will be on hand to answer questions.
Approximately 27 percent of residents in Minnesota and North Dakota have only obtained a high school diploma. Many individuals who have stopped going to school after their high school diploma are fully capable of finishing their degree but have life situations that may have interfered with their ability to continue their education. Individuals who choose to obtain a college education later in life or after a period of time away from school are considered non-traditional students.
Non-traditional female students often face additional barriers to obtaining an education. Those barriers can include one or more of the following: unsure of how to fund their education, a need to maintain full time employment, lack of access to appropriate degree programs, inability to find child care during classes, difficulty in finding spare time to study, lack of a support system to help them succeed, and other varying personal reasons. While non-traditional students face more barriers, with the proper support systems in place, they are determined to complete their program of study.
If you are a female who is interested in starting a college degree or returning to finish your degree, NDSU’s Women and Gender Studies program and the Office of Teaching and Learning invite you to join us for an introduction to college as a non-traditional student. Come find resources to assist you in overcoming your barriers to a higher education. View the evening's schedule of events.
5:45 – 6:15 p.m. – Participants Sign-in at Registration Table | Memorial Union, Prairie Rose Room, 2nd floor.
6:15 p.m. - Welcome to NDSU
Beth Ingram, NDSU Provost
Caitlin Johnson, NDSU student
Caitlin Johnson is an NDSU student who has overcome several barriers, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science, and is now a doctoral student in Adult and Occupational Education.
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. - Breakout sessions
7:15 – 8 p.m. - Dinner and Roundtable Discussion | Memorial Union, Prairie Rose Room
Participants will choose one of the following classes to attend.
Making Your Voice Count | Memorial Union, Arikara Room
Have you ever wanted to say something in a group, but weren’t sure how to say it? This course will help you learn how to speak up with confidence! Your opinion counts!
Presenters: Renee Bourdeaux and Shweta Sharma
Renee Bourdeaux is a mother, wife, student, and community-oriented soul who is completing her Ph.D. at NDSU this year. Renee studies conversations between people, and looks for ways to make everyday talk more positive.
Shweta Sharma is a Doctoral Student and a Writing Consultant at NDSU. She studies communication between family members and focuses on family rituals, pace of life, and gender issues.
How to Help Your Child Succeed in Science Class | Memorial Union, Mandan Room
Helping your child succeed is about expectations and a sense of wonder. What are our kids expected to know, and when and how are they are expected to know it? We will discuss the North Dakota Science Standards, communication with your child’s teachers, and do a couple of activities to remind us that science speaks to all of us every day.
Presenter: Paul Kelter, Ph.D.
Paul Kelter is Professor and Director of the NDSU Office of Teaching and Learning. Kelter is a big believer in active learning, especially in STEM education. When discussing teaching and learning strategies, he sums it up as “We Learn Together.” Kelter has a doctorate in analytical chemistry.
Taking Charge of Family Finances | Memorial Union, Hidatsa Room
What do you want your money to do for you? Money is just a tool that we use to accomplish what is important to us like family, food, shelter, transportation, education and maybe even some fun! We are in charge, it’s our money, let’s create a plan to make sure our money is used for what is important to us!
Presenter: Lori Scharmer
Lori Scharmer is the Family Economic Specialist for NDSU Extension Service. Lori has a master’s degree in Family Financial Planning and is an Accredited Financial Counselor. Lori has a passion for helping families manage their finances. She is a native of North Dakota and began working with NDSU Extension Service in 2001. Lori lives in Mohall with her husband Mark; they have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Technology for Health | Memorial Union, Peace Garden Room
Technology is all around us. From online trackers to apps there are so many options to put to work for your health. Join us to learn some tips and tricks to finding tools to enhance your life.
Presenter: Stacy Wang
Stacy Wang is an Extension Associate with the North Dakota State University Extension Service and a registered dietitian. She graduated from NDSU with a degree in dietetics and is now pursuing a Master’s in Education from Valley City State University. She enjoys spending time with her family and is a self-proclaimed foodie.
This event will be held in the NDSU Memorial Union on the second floor, 1401 Administration Ave. Walk into the main union entrance on the south side of the building (where the parking lot is situated), past the bookstore (on your left), then up the second set of stairs on your right (near the coffee shop). The registration table will be in the lobby on the second floor.
There are many ways to get to the NDSU Campus. View campus map.pdf
By Car: If you are getting to campus by car from the north, we suggest you take University Drive going south then take a right on Administration Avenue. The Memorial Union Parking lot will be the first turn on your right.
If you are getting to campus by car from the south, we suggest you take I-29 going north and exit on either the 12th Avenue North exit or the 19th Avenue North exit. Drive east to 18th Street North, and then take Centennial Boulevard to Administration Avenue. The Memorial Union parking lot will be the last left before you reach University Drive. **A Child’s World is located on 12th Ave., directly west of campus.
If you are getting to campus by car from the west, we suggest you take either the 12th Avenue North or the 19th Avenue North going east. Drive east to 18th Street North, and then take Centennial Boulevard to Administration Avenue. The Memorial Union parking lot will be the last left before you reach University Drive.
If you are getting to campus by car from the east, we suggest you take 19th Avenue North heading west. Turn left onto University Drive and then turn right onto Administration Avenue. The Memorial Union Parking lot will be the first turn on your right.
By Bus: There are several bus routes that stop right in front of the NDSU STEM building, which is located a few hundred feet from the entrance to the Memorial Union. View the NDSU Transit Guide.
From the Mat Bus Ground Transportation Center you can get on route 13 or route 13U; both routes will drop you off at the STEM building bus stop. The STEM building bus stop is a few hundred feet from the Memorial Union.
From downtown Fargo, route 33 will take you to the STEM building bus stop. The STEM building bus stop is a few hundred feet from the Memorial Union.
Parking on campus is free after 4:30 p.m. in most parking lots. The most convenient lot for you to park in is the Memorial Union parking lot, labeled MU on the campus map.
An alternate parking lot, in case the MU lot is full, is labeled CF on the campus map.
The YWCA A Child’s World has opened its doors beginning at 5:45 p.m.; this is a safe place for your children while you attend this program. The Office of Teaching and Learning at NDSU is paying for childcare, so there will be no cost to you. Dinner will be provided for your child. YWCA Child’s World is located near NDSU, at 3100 12th St. N. Childcare is available for children ages 6 months to 8 years old.
Space is limited, so please register for childcare early. The following two forms will need to be filled out prior to dropping off your child at YWCA's A Child's World. Please bring the forms with you when you drop off your child.
This event is free to the first 60 women to register for this event.
If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, be sure to let us know at least 1 week prior to the event so we can give someone from the waiting list an opportunity to attend this program.
Generous donations have been given to ensure the event, dinner, childcare, and parking are available at no expense to you.