All presentations will be held at the Ronald Williams Library, 4th floor, Room LIB 412, unless stated otherwise.

Monday, October 28, 2019

9:30-10:20 A.m.

​Pride and Pressure: What it Means to Be a First-Generation College Student
Presenter: Erin Long (TRIO Student Support Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Students will have the opportunity to reflect and share about their experience as a first-generation college student. Participants will be able to create visual representations of their experience for use in the National First Gen Day to be held on Nov. 8.

10:30-11:20 a.m.

​Utilizing Education as a Tool for Personal Development
Presenter: Pinkey Stewart (Director, NEIU Project Success)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

While students enter colleges and universities to gain formal education to prepare for careers, they may not make the connection between education growth and personal growth/personal development. This interactive session guides participants through a process to identify, seize and/or create opportunities for personal development in and outside of the classroom.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 P.M.

The Struggle is Real
Presenter: Velshay Stokes (NEIU Student Success and Retention)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

During college, students often face personal adversities that they’re not sure how to handle. Being a recent graduate, I want to encourage the students by sharing a part of my story and giving tips that helped me persist. My goal is to motivate them through transparency and honesty.

1-1:50 P.M.

Demystifying the Verification Process
Presenter: Maureen Amos (NEIU Office of Financial Aid)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Understand why the process of verification exists, what elements of the FAFSA are verified, what documents are typically required  and the importance of submitting all verification documents in a timely manner. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy requirement.)

2:20-3:10 P.M.

Conflict Management: Concepts and Strategies
Presenter: Tyler Smith (NEIU Ombuds)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This interactive session will provide students with an overview of basic principles of conflict engagement as well as a range of practical strategies for managing and resolving conflict constructively. This session will also offer a brief overview of the Ombuds Office as a resource for students.

4:15-5:05 P.M.

Grow From Within
Presenter: Nicole Vale (NEIU First-Year Experience)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will explore the idea of a growth mindset and how deeper learning and understanding can contribute to a more successful college experience. Through a growth mindset students are able to get more out of their education and more effectively utilize the skills learned in the classroom, making the content applicable outside of the classroom.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

The Truth About Happiness
Presenter: TJ Jordan (Counseling Group Facilitator)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will focus on the cycle of happiness, the cycle of thrills and hangovers, myths about happiness, and concrete ways to become more content and fulfilled in your own life. It includes a brief lecture accompanied by opportunities for reflection and discussion amongst participants.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

9:30-10:20 A.M.

Love Your Lungs: The Truth About Vaping
Presenter: Jennifer Lasko (NEIU Student Health Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Following the CDC research on the epidemic of illness and death in relations to vaping.

10:50-11:40 A.M.

Five things you can do to grow your vocabulary in college and beyond
Presenter: Teodora Burian
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

How many words do you know? According to some sources, an eight-year-old knows about 10,000 words while adults know anywhere between 30,000 and 42,000 words. Why not work on acquiring new words more actively? Come to this workshop to find out how you too can start collecting and remembering words that you have not met before.

12:15-1:05 P.M.

Budgeting, Borrowing, and Making Good Economic Decisions
Presenters: Scott Hegerty (NEIU Department of Economics)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Using economics concepts such as cost-benefit analysis and understanding the value of money, we discuss how to make better choices in how we spend our scarce time and money. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy requirement.)

1:40-2:30 P.M.

Ready, Set, Launch: Tips for on the Job Success
Presenters: Leslie Alter (NEIU College of Business and Management)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Learn tips for making a great first impression at internships and entry-level jobs. This presentation will include Do's and Don'ts provided by professionals who hire interns and recent graduates on topics such as office attire, professional writing, entry-level office skills, and office etiquette.

3:05-3:55 P.M.

Knowing Your Rights in an Encounter With Police
Presenter: Daniel Massoglia (First Defense Legal Aid)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

First Defense Legal Aid's Know Your Rights training will equip persons to assert their Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment Rights in an encounter with a police, preventing unnecessary system engagement, coerced confessions, and violence.

4:15-5:05 P.M.

Health is the New #Mood
Presenter: Brenda Cruz (NEIU First-Year Experience)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will provide tips and knowledge on how to maintain good health and wellness; from quick meals on the go to stress management techniques. The goal is to have participants walk away with at least one piece of knowledge that will enhance their self-care.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

Professionalism 101: Can Social Media Help Me Build a Career?
Presenter: William Escalante (TRIO Student Support Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will discuss social media and how to use it, specifically LinkedIn, to help you develop a professional identity online and make contacts to improve professional opportunities. Bring your laptop (or use one of the TRIO laptops) and get started crafting an online professional identity.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

9:30-10:20 A.M.

Become Academically LIT
Presenter: Stephanie Herrera (Oakton Community College)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
 
During this presentation students will learn about learning and motivational strategies to get you through the semester, such as the "College Learning Maintenance" "Test-Taking Strategies" and ways to enhance critical thinking.

10:30-11:20 A.M.

Know Your On-Campus Student Resources
Presenter: Drew Andrade (NEIU Student Affairs)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will provide information from where the NEIU Student Pantry gets its donations and what resources it offer to students, and about the Power Closet, which provides professional attire to all students seeking career development.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 P.M.

Managing College Costs
Presenter: Lillian Butler-Ludwig (Illinois Student Assistance Commission)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will cover: managing college costs, how to save, plan for college, scholarships, working on campus. This includes evaluating award letters to understand financial aid packages, how to find and apply for scholarships. Finally, we’ll play College Jeopardy to increase awareness about college.

1-1:50 P.M.

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter
Presenter: Lillian Butler-Ludwig (Illinois Student Assistance Commission)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will cover evaluating award letters to understand financial aid packages. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy Requirement.)

2:20-3:10 P.M.

Organize Your Mind
Presenters: Nicole Vale (NEIU First-Year Experience)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will go over strategies for effective organization and time management skills that will promote success in and after college. A variety of strategies will be offered in order to cater to different types of students and benefit anyone who would like to sharpen their organization methods and time management skills.

4:15-5:05 P.M.

College Reading Strategies
Presenters: Amanda Kmetz

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
Have you ever had to read something for a class, and after you've finished reading, you ask yourself, "What did I just read?" If your answer is yes, this workshop is for you! You will learn strategies and techniques to read actively to improve your reading comprehension and retention.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

Understanding the Hiring Process at Illinois DCFS
Presenters: Ivia Ortega (Department of Children and Family Services)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This session will explain the process of applying for employment with the State of Illinois, specifically for the Department of Children and Family Services, as well as the interview process.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

9:30-10:20 A.M.

Breakfast with TRIO
Presenters: TRIO SSS Staff
Audience: TRIO students

Come and share a light breakfast with the NEIU TRIO SSS Staff and have an informal conversation about your experience as a TRIO student; what do you like, and how can we improve to better support your success.

10:50-11:40 A.M.

Should I Study Abroad?
Presenters: Claudia Gonzalez (NEIU Office of International Programs)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The presentation will show the benefits of studying abroad. What the Office of International Programs offers, such as faculty led programs, student exchange programs, and specialized summer programs that our partner university offers.

12:15-1:05 P.M.

The Science of a Resume
Presenter: Lynette Correa-Velez (NEIU Career Development Center)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The "Science of a Resume" workshop is an experiential learning session which will delve into career coaching learners of all ages on the technical formatting of creating a successful resume using culturally-relevant pedagogy with a Human Resource personnel lens. The session will be facilitated by Assistant Director of Career Development Lynette Correa-Velez, M.Ed., who has more than 16 years of career development experience.

1:40-2:30 P.M.

Where Did My Money Go?
Presenter: Crystal D'Andrea (NEIU First-Year Experience)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

I will give a brief presentation about needs and wants and how college life is here at NEIU through personal experience. I'm an advocate for health and nutrition while also having a great time with friends. Thus, I will be providing students with a budget worksheet to help see where their money goes. Money is a taboo subject, at least in some families. But if people are more open and willing to discuss money, there could be less financial stress and more success within the home. Knowing how to handle money teaches one how to be resourceful, both in and out of school. Let's start now. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy requirement.)

3:05-3:55 P.M.

Learning Healthy Help-Seeking Behavior
Presenter: Christopher Maxwell (NEIU Dean of Students Office)
Audience: Students

Learn how to view help as more than a survival tactic, but as a means to seek constant improvement in self and validate levels of relationships with others.

4:15-5:05 P.M.

​Health is the New #Mood
Presenter: Brenda Cruz (NEIU First-Year Experience)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will provide tips and knowledge on how to maintain good health and wellness; from quick meals on the go to stress management techniques. The goal is to have participants walk away with at least one piece of knowledge that will enhance their self-care.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

​Relieving Stress Before a Test
Presenter: Rachel Schaffnit (TRIO Student Support Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop aims to help students understand test anxiety and provides tips on methods of how to cope with it.

Friday, November 1, 2019

9:30-10:20 A.M.

The Big Six
Presenter: Jesse Rutschman (TRIO Student Support Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will explore Gallup's findings from "The Big Six College Experiences Linked to Life Preparedness." Participants will evaluate their own college experiences and set relevant goals that will them lead them to better workplace success, confidence, and well-being. Resources and tips will be shared to put these six experiences within reach.

10:30-11:20 A.M.

K(NO)W MORE!
Presenter: Shannon Mabee (NEIU Student Health Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Have you ever witnessed or observed something that concerned you, or wanted to help someone in need? This program covers why people sometimes don’t intervene or help, and then empowers them with the skills and confidence to do so in the future. This approach can be applied to a wide variety of situations including alcohol and other drug use, relationship concerns, mental health challenges and more.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 P.M.

All About Scholarships
Presenter: Lillian Butler-Ludwig (Illinois Student Assistance Commission)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will cover how to find and apply for scholarships. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy Requirement)

1-1:50 P.M.

College Knowledge Jeopardy
Presenter: Lillian Butler-Ludwig, Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
We’ll play College Jeopardy to increase awareness about college.

2-2:50 P.M.

How I Went from a 2.68 GPA in College to a 3.78 GPA in Graduate School
Presenter: Joshua Friedberg (NEIU Alumnus)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop is suitable for all, but especially for students who struggle with time management, perfectionism, and seeking academic support. It will include practical tips that I have learned about these areas plus ones on writing great papers and research, plus relevant parts of my story that others can appreciate.

 

All presentations will be held at the Ronald Williams Library, 4th floor, Room LIB 412, unless stated otherwise.

Monday, March 2, 2020

10:30-11:20 a.m.

Professionalism 101: Networking and Conferences
Presenter: William Escalante, TRIO SSS - Achieve
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This session will cover many aspects of attending a professional conference from how to prepare, navigating the “vendor” and/or career fair, and what to do afterwards.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 P.M.

Legalized Cannabis
Presenter: Jennie Lasko, NEIU Student Health Center
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will discuss the new cannabis law, what new users may experience, and the different types of cannabis products .

2:20-3:20 P.M.

K(NO)W More Bystander Intervention
Presenter: Jennie Lasko, NEIU Student Health Center
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Have you ever witnessed something that concerned you, or wanted to help someone in need? This session covers why people sometimes don’t intervene, then empowers them with the skills and confidence to do so in the future. These skills can be applied in a variety of situations, such as alcohol and drug use, relationship concerns, mental health challenges, and more.

4:15-5:05 P.M.

The Big Six
Presenter: Jesse Rutschman, TRIO SSS - Achieve
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will explore Gallup's findings from "The Big Six College Experiences Linked to Life Preparedness." Participants will evaluate their own college experiences and set relevant goals that will lead you to better workplace success, confidence, and well-being. Resources and tips will be shared to put these six experiences within reach.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

Should I Study Abroad?
Presenter: Claudia Gonzalez, Office of International Programs
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

One of the most exciting opportunities students will have is to learn how to study abroad. Through the office of international programs, students will learn the benefits of studying abroad, the programs our office offers, and the locations where we have partner universities.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

9:30-10:20 A.M.

How I went from a 2.68 GPA in college to a 3.78 GPA in graduate school
Presenter: Joshua Friedberg, NEIU/TRIO Alum
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop is suitable for all, but especially for students who struggle with time management, perfectionism, and seeking academic support. It will include practical tips that I have learned about these areas plus ones on writing great papers and research, plus relevant parts of my story that others can appreciate.

12:15-1:05 P.M.

NEIU Resources
Presenter: Drew Andrade, NEIU Student Pantry and Power Closet
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The presentation will include resources on student resources where they can locate the student pantry, and power closet. Knowing these resources can help them know about campus better and what they offer.

1:40-2:30 P.M.

The Science of a Resume
Presenter: Lynette Correa-Velez, Career Development Center
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The "Science of a Resume" workshop is an experiential learning session which will delve into career coaching learners of all ages on the technical formatting of creating a successful resume using culturally-relevant pedagogy with a Human Resource personnel lens.

3:05-4:00 P.M.

What's the Catch? Using Economics to Come Out Ahead When Spending and Borrowing
Presenter: Scott Hegerty, Department of Economics
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Is 'free food' ever really free? What about 0% on a credit card? Find out strategies that are used to get your business--or get you into debt--and learn some economic tools to avoid some common traps (or even make a few dollars in the process).

4:15-5:05 P.M.

Mindfulness, A Way of Life
Presenter: Richie Heard, TRIO SSS - Access
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Mindfulness is a quality that every human has the potential to possess; it’s not something we have to conjure up, we simply have to learn how to access it. In this workshop, participants will learn what Mindfulness is, and learn how to incorporate the practice in their daily lives.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

The Personal Statement
Presenter: Erin Long, TRIO SSS - Access
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Do you have internships, scholarships or graduate schools that want a personal statement from you? Would you like to make yours the very best it can be? Come learn some tips and insights... and things to avoid!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

10:30-11:20 A.M.

Maintaining My Financial Aid Eligibility
Presenter: Maureen Amos
, Financial Aid Office
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
Session participants will review the Minimum Standards of Academic Program (SAP), discuss how to avoid losing financial aid eligibility, discover what it means to not meet SAP, and review the appeal process.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 P.M.

Where You Matter
Presenters: John Cahill, John Gunter, Wentworth Scholars Program

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
Participants will engage in activities to explore their academic home. Using a framework derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, students will explore their assumptions about where they belong.

12:55-1:45 P.M.

K(NO)W More Bystander Intervention
Presenter: Jennie Lasko, NEIU Student Health Center

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
Have you ever witnessed something that concerned you, or wanted to help someone in need? This session covers why people sometimes don’t intervene, then empowers them with the skills and confidence to do so in the future. These skills can be applied in a variety of situations, such as alcohol and drug use, relationship concerns, mental health challenges, and more.

4:15-5:05 P.M.

Deciding on Graduate School
Presenter: William Escalante
, TRIO SSS - Achieve
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
Graduate school is different than college in many ways including how you select the right graduate program for you. This session will discuss some of the important factors to consider when deciding on a university for your graduate program.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

Relieving Stress Before a Test
Presenter: Rachel Schaffnit, TRIO SSS - Teacher Prep

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This workshop aims to help students understand test anxiety and provides tips on methods of how to cope with it.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

9:30-10:40 A.M.

Finding Balance: Self-Care and Time Management Skills For Stress Reduction
Presenter: Josh Novick, TRIO SSS
Audience: TRIO students

There are 168 hours each week. With classes, work, activities, study, and free time, planning becomes essential to get things done. A variety of strategies will be offered in order to cater to different types of students and benefit anyone who would like to sharpen their organization methods and time management skills. This session will also examine how important self-care is and how it relates to time management.

10:50-11:40 A.M.

Creating Healthier Lives
Presenter: Joey Pugliese, First-Year Experience Program
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop (presentation) will breakdown the different habits of how individuals understand nutrition education. Nutrition is a life skill that provides the appropriate knowledge and skills to eat healthfully, which affects both quality of life and longevity. Furthermore, research has shown that nutrition education can change behaviors. Many questions remain regarding what should be taught, how it should be taught, and how much time needs to be devoted to nutrition education. But enough evidence exists to convince people that nutrition education is effective, and once learned the information continues to be passed down to others as well.

12:15-1:05 P.M.

Grow From Within
Presenter: Nicole Vale, First-Year Experience Program
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will explore the idea of a growth mindset and how deeper learning and understanding can contribute to a more successful college experience. Through a growth mindset students are able to get more out of their education and more effectively utilize the skills learned in the classroom, making the content applicable outside of the classroom.

1:40-2:30 P.M.

All About Scholarships
Presenter: Lillian Butler Ludwig, Illinois Student Assistance Program
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will cover how to find and apply for scholarships. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy requirement.)

3:05-3:55 P.M.

Managing the Cost of College
Presenter: Lillian Butler Ludwig, Illinois Student Assistance Program
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will cover how to save and plan for college, scholarships and to work on campus. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy requirement.)

4:15-5:05 P.M.

​Organize Your Mind
Presenter: Jasiya Jawed, First-Year Experience Program
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will go over strategies for effective organization and time management skills that will promote success in and after college. A variety of strategies will be offered in order to cater to different types of students and benefit anyone who would like to sharpen their organization methods and time management skills.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

​Finding Purpose in Your Career
Presenter: Jesse Rutschman, TRIO SSS - Achieve
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

In this workshop, you will learn some fun and insightful ways you can explore and develop your talents, values, and ideal career paths. You will leave this workshop with your Meaningful Work Statement, more confidence showcasing your strengths (in job interviews, resumes, cover letters, and personal statements), and some next steps to take your career to a whole new level.

Friday, March 6, 2020

9:30-10:20 A.M.

Know Your Rights
Presenter: Alexandria Santistevan, First Defense Legal Aid
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Know Your Rights presentation on 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment rights.

10:30-11:20 A.M.

College Reading Strategies
Presenter: Amanda Kmetz, TRIO SSS Faculty Coach
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation overviews college reading and note-taking strategies such as SQ3R and Cornell Notes to help students become more active readers.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 P.M.

Student Leadership Development
Presenter: Albert Chanthaboury, Student Leadership Development

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will explain the services and resources that are offered by Student Leadership Development (SLD). Leadership, Civic Engagement, and Programming are the three areas of focus within SLD. This presentation will be great for students who would like to be involved with the campus and work with other students.

1-1:50 P.M.

All About Scholarships
Presenter: Lillian Butler-Ludwig, Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will cover how to find and apply for scholarships. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy requirement.)

2-2:50 P.M.

Managing the Cost of College
Presenter: Lillian Butler-Ludwig, Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will cover how to save and plan for college, scholarships and how to work on campus. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy requirement.)

Proposals are now closed for Spring 2020.

The TRIO Leading and Learning Week is an opportunity for students, staff, faculty and community members to share knowledge that impacts success in higher education. It is a five-day individual development opportunity coordinated by the TRIO Student Support Services Program with presentations/workshops by faculty, staff, students, and NEIU supporters. 

Interested in presenting in the future? Contact us at triosss@neiu.edu.