Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016

The clock is ticking. Only a handful of days remain before registration for the 2016 New Horizons Conference comes to a close.

The event, which will take place April 13-15 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, rises to a whole new level this year with over 100 sessions on trending educational and disciplinary advancements, teaching and learning resources, job aids, and best practices.

This year’s lineup of keynote speakers include:

Kay McClenney (Opening Session Plenary Speaker ) – McClenney serves as Senior Advisor to the President/CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, as Senior Associate for the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and as senior consultant to the Student Success Initiatives’ work on Achieving the Dream. She has been a consultant to education institutions, state higher education systems, state government, and professional associations in 47 states and internationally.

Dr. Dee Fink (Teaching and Learning Plenary on “High Impact Teaching Practices”) – Fink is an award-winning international consultant on college teaching and faculty development and author of the national best-selling book in higher education “Creating Significant Learning Experiences.”

John Dau (Closing Session Keynote Speaker) – National Geographic Explorer and the author of “God Grew Tired of Us” and “Lost Boy, Lost Girl.” Dau is a one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. His story inspired the Pitt-Jolie documentary that won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. An American Association of Community Colleges Outstanding Alumni, Dau shares his compelling story of courage and perseverance against all odds.

In addition to the annual Excellence in Education Awards, two other awards will be presented at this year’s New Horizons Conference. They are:

Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE): acknowledges one teaching faculty member annually who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at VCCS college(s). The award provides the recipient with a VCCS stole suitable for wearing with academic regalia and $5,000.

Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence: recognizes a VCCS faculty member who demonstrates faculty excellence, dedication to students, and academic leadership reflected throughout Dr. Wood’s extensive career.

New Horizons is the single largest gathering of Virginia Community college teachers, researchers, administrators, and professionals. Want to learn more? Please visit New Horizons and register now. The deadline is Friday, March 11th. 

(top photo: New Horizons Conference 2015)'

Craig Butterworth

A native of Richmond, Craig Butterworth is an award-winning broadcast journalist and communications professional. He has worked as a spokesperson, staff writer and editor for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations throughout the Richmond area.

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