Student Success Convening

2023 UA Student Success ConveningOctober 19-20, 2023

Thursday, October 19:  11 am - 3 pm

Friday, October 20:  9 am - 1 pm

About the Convening

Join colleagues from around the state at the third annual UA Student Success Convening on Thursday, October 19 - Friday, October 20.

A call for session proposals was sent out to faculty and staff earlier this year. Registration will open shortly.

If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please contact and

UA Faculty and staff heard from leading experts on what works in student success and heard from colleagues about what they are doing to increase student success at their campuses.

2023 Convening Agenda

  • Thursday, October 19
    • Main Session
      • Convening Kickoff, Joseph Bruner, Director of Student Success Initiatives, Strategy & Assessment for UAA
      • Keynote Welcome, Dr. Paul Layer, UA Vice President, Academics, Students & Research
      • , Linda Thai, Trauma Therapist and Educator
    • Thursday Breakout Sessions, Block #1

        • Presenter(s): Heather Teel (UAA), Cameron Nay (UAA)
      •     Passcode:  $5dxNsv7 
      • Presenter(s): Jennifer Tilbury (Ӱԭ), Carrie Aldrich (UAA), Jay Szczepanski (UAS), Tom Harman (UAA), Brian Blitz (UAS), Megan Ossiander-Gobeille (UAA)
    • Thursday Breakout Sessions, Block #2

        • Presenter(s): Holly Johanknecht (UAA), Teri Cothren (UA), Nicole Goff (Ӱԭ), Aimee Richards (UAS)  

        • Presenter(s): Clara Noomah (Ӱԭ), Elle Fournier (Ӱԭ) 
    • Thursday Breakout Sessions, Block #3
      •    Passcode: $uQ@QaJ6   
        • Presenters: Joe Bruner (UAA), Jessica Skipper (Ӱԭ), Amanda Triplett (UAS)
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        • Presenters: Melanie Hulbert (UAA), Valerie Robideaux (UAA)
  • Day 2
    • Main Session
      • Keynote Welcome, (Joseph Bruner)
      • State of the Sector -  Passcode: UYX^3*!u
        Jon Rice, Facilitator, EAB
      • NSSE Survey + Student Success - Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and Senior Scholar at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes (NILOA)
      • Closing Reception - (Various events on each campus)

Linda Thai

Keynote Speaker

Linda Thai
Trauma Therapist and Educator

Linda Thai, LMSW ERYT-200 is a trauma therapist and educator who specializes in brain and body-based modalities for addressing complex developmental trauma. Linda has worked with thousands of people from all over the world to promote mindfulness, recover from trauma, and tend to grief as a means of self care. Linda’s work centers on healing with a special focus on the experiences of adult children of refugees and immigrants. Her teaching is infused with empathy, storytelling, humor, research, practical tools, applied knowledge, and experiential wisdom.

She has assisted internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.

Linda has studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Brainspotting, Internal Family Systems, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment, Havening Touch, Flash Technique, and structural dissociation of the personality, and offers the Safe and Sound Protocol, yoga, and meditation within her practice. Linda works on the traditional lands of the Tanana Athabascan people (Fairbanks, Ӱԭ) with those recovering from addiction, trauma, and mental illness. She is passionate about breaking the cycle of historical and intergenerational trauma at the individual and community levels.

Jon Rice

Keynote Speaker

Jon Rice
Associate Director, Research Advisory Services

Jon Rice is an Associate Director on EAB’s Research Advisory Services team. He serves as a subject matter expert on enrollment and marketing and provides strategic counsel to senior university leaders based on EAB’s best-in-class research.

Jon has over ten years of experience in enrollment management, marketing, and strategic communications. Before joining EAB, Jon served as Director of Admission at the University of San Francisco and has consulted on communications and program management for leading nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including the United Nations Foundation, Ipsos Public Affairs, and USA TODAY. He brings unique perspectives on recruiting and engaging professional adult learners, transfer students, and first-year undergraduates. Jon also cares deeply about international education & cultural diplomacy and is the recipient of a 2013-14 Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies with an emphasis in Global Politics from Pitzer College, a Member of The Claremont Colleges, and a Master of Arts in Professional Communication with an emphasis in Strategic Communication from the University of San Francisco.

Raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Jon currently resides in San Francisco, California.


Information from the prior convening (2021) can be found here.