Thursday, October 9

Anderson Dinner
Hall of Champions, Azusa Pacific University West Campus

5–5:50 p.m. Registration
6–6:30 p.m. Welcome and Dinner
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation
“Thriving Colleges and Universities:
How Campuses Are Finding Their Way
in Turbulent Times”
Joretta Nelson, Ph.D.
Owner and Vice President, CREDO
7:30–7:50 p.m. Anderson Inspiration Award
7:50–8 p.m. Announcements and Closing Remarks

Friday, October 10

Thriving Conference
Hilton Pasadena

8–9 a.m. Breakfast and Check-in
9–9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks and
Introduction of Keynote Presenter
9:15–10:30 a.m. Morning General Session
“Thriving in Community”
Laurie A. Schreiner, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Higher Education
Azusa Pacific University
10:45–11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions, Block A

Building Strengths
by Building Collaborations

Robin Stubblefield, M.A.
University of Minnesota

Flow-on Effects of Gratitude:
How Practicing Gratitude
Flows On to Others

Jane Wilson, Ph.D., Westmont College

Activism, Student Engagement,
and Campus Climate: Creating an
Environment Where All Students Thrive

Edgar Barron, M.A., Azusa Pacific University
12–1:15 p.m. Afternoon General Session
(lunch will be served)

“The Road Is Made By Walking:
The ‘So That’ of the Strengths Movement”
Frank Shushok, Ph.D.
Sr. Assoc. VP of Student Affairs, Virginia Tech
1:30–2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions, Block B

Why Students Stay:
Taking A Comprehensive Approach

Joretta Nelson

SYE to Student Success: Journey by GPS
David Sneed, Ed.D., Belmont University
2:45–3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions, Block C

Can I Really Do This? A Strengths
Approach to Academic and Professional
Role Transitions

Katy Tangenberg, Ph.D., MSW
Azusa Pacific University

A Strengths-Based Approach
to Teaching Social Change Model
of Leadership Development

Ebony R. Rose, M.A.
Texas Christian University

Dig Deep: A Model for Student Flourishing
at Evergreen

Nancy Murray, Ph.D., Evergreen State College
4–5 p.m. Breakout Sessions, Block D

Nurturing a Strengths-Based Community
Through Cultural Proficiency

Richard Martinez, Ed.D.
Azusa Pacific University

Strengths Alive:
Building a Thriving Campus Culture
at Johnson County Community College

Laurie Chapkin, M.Ed., M.A.
Johnson County Community College

Saturday, October 11

Thriving Conference
Hilton Pasadena

8–8:50 a.m. Breakfast
9–10 a.m. Breakout Sessions, Block E

Engaged Learners: No Carrots or Sticks
Erin Crisp, M.S., Indiana Wesleyan University

Cultivating Thriving Student Leaders:
Practical Strategies for
Immediate Implementation

Julia Russell Toothacre, M.S.
Azusa Pacific University

Transition Into Post-Secondary
Studies (TIPS): Empowering Students
With Disabilities Through Strengths

Charlotte Walker, M.S.
Johnson County Community College
10:15–11:30 a.m. General Session
“From the Conference to the Campus”
Laurie Schreiner
11:45 a.m.–
12:45 p.m.
Lunch with the Conference Panelists
Frank Shushok, Joretta Nelson,
and Laurie Schreiner
12:45–1 p.m. Conference Closing Remarks