2015 MAEA Graduates’ Showcase and Networking Event with ATDChi

One hundred and twenty five (125) adult learning professionals from the greater Chicagoland area gathered for a lively evening of networking, idea and resource-sharing. The theme of this year’s event was “Creating and Sustaining a Thriving Career in Learning and Development” and included a showcase of six of this year’s SNL Master of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA) final projects, a job fair for learning and development positions, a panel discussion on employability trends in the field, and networking with learning and development professionals from our co-sponsor, ATDChi (the Chicago Chapter of the Association for Talent Development). The job fair participants included United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Cara Group, Caveo Learning, and Walgreen’s. The panel discussion was moderated by SNL professor, Catherine Marienau and included Jann Iaco, ATDChi, CPLP Director and e-Learning Training Specialist, Crate&Barrel; Sybil Madison-Boyd, Ph.D., from Learning Pathways Program Director, Digital Youth Network, DePaul University and Chicago Cities of Learning; Carol Taylor, Department Head, Workforce Education, Metra; and MAEA alum James Lee Weir, Jr.,  Facilitator, Global Leadership College, UPS. Check out some of the pictures from this event!

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MAEA Showcase Projects

Check out some pictures from the Master of Arts in Educating Adults Showcase where graduating students displayed their Applied Inquiry Projects!

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MAEA Graduate Showcase

Last night DePaul University’s Center to Advance Education for Adults (CAEA) hosted the Master of Arts in Educating Adults Graduates’ Showcase which featured the Applied Inquiry Projects of the 2011-2012 academic year. The MAEA graduates who participated in this event included Amy Krenzke, Tonya Marie Mahomes, Lorena Guzman, Dennis Gregory, Pamela Thomas, Jacqueline Lewis, and Aaron Rucker, many of whom have recently graduated from the program. Catherine Marienau, MAEA Program Coordinator and Faculty Mentor, explains why the MAEA showcase is an important part of the program, “It is important to show that helping adults learn takes place in many diverse settings.  Those settings – which included universities, community colleges, non-profit organizations, vocational schools, high schools, and corporations – were shown in the students’ work.  More importantly, we want to show how the students’ academic projects are designed to influence change to improve their particular settings.”

School for New Learning (SNL)  MAEA graduate students produce a final project intended to effect change/improvement in their practice in educating adults, while the event allows participants to converse with graduates about new ideas and effective practices that they have developed through their MAEA program. One current MAEA student, Larnzell Harper, told us in anticipation of the event, “I am looking forward to meeting the current graduates, thinking of ideas for my 2014 applied inquiry project, and networking opportunities to meet more SNL and DePaul members.”

Amy Krenzke discussing her project with CAEA advisory board member Cheryl Cornell Powers

The event began at 5:30PM with poster displays and time to converse with the graduates about their project.

Amy Krenzke was eager to share information about one resource that was an enormous help to her while she completed her project: the DePaul ePortfolio website. “The ePortfolio site is easy to use and essentially gives students the ability to build a website to discuss a project. My AIP project final product is actually a portfolio so this was a perfect way to get my project out there electronically. I just think it’s a really great resource that DePaul offers!” Amy’s ePortfolio can be viewed at: https://depaul.digication.com/amykrenzke.

Lorena Guzman spoke of her project, which focused on the design of a workshop for college students that would allow for them to better understand how to file their taxes.  Guzman says that the course is designed to “initiate a dialogue between students and their parents about taxes.  By making them more aware of household finances, they close

Lorena Guzman with her Applied Inquiry Project

the gap between themselves and financial literacy.”  Guzman designed her workshop to appeal to youth, with a 20-30 minute online portion, 30 minutes for questions to be answered by an instructor, and 30 minutes for students to actually work with forms and documents – including the 1040, the 8863 and 8869 forms- as well as providing them with information about educational credits.

We were able to briefly speak with Jacqueline Lewis about her Online Tutoring Service project that she has actually been able to turn into her personal business.  The Online Tutoring Service has helped over 200 students in the areas of medical assistance, medical administrative, medical billing and Lewis says the service will soon include tutoring for pharmacy students and dental technician students.

This year Aaron Rucker became one of the first School for New Learning (SNL) graduate students (along with MAAPS student, Carl Bolton) to be selected to receive a SNL Student Excellence Award for his project entitled Designing and piloting an assessment rubric specifically for evaluating teachers of Emotional Behavior Disorder students.” During the panel discussion, Aaron spoke about how his project evolved through the course of his MAEA program: “When I look back on it, I think I changed my project at least six times.  One – I wanted it to be relevant to my job and to what I do. Two – I wanted it to be relevant to others and Three – I wanted it to still be valid at least five years from now.  The more that I tried to meet these criteria, the harder it got.”

Logo designed by TonyaMarie Mahomes

TonyaMarie Mahomes shared the logo she designed for her project entitled “Recommendations for Successful Strategies to Promote Multicultural Inclusion in a Complex Healthcare Organization.”

At 6:00, a panel discussion that included both students and AIP reviewers allowed for additional questions about the projects. Nearly 70 people crowded into the room, eager to ask questions and listen as students explained their personal experiences while working on their projects.  Dennis Gregory shared an insight he discovered soon after beginning the MAEA program, that “there’s a world of difference between educating adults and adult education.”  Gregory’s project, like many others, attempted to close that gap. Aaron Rucker spoke to the importance of  the practical application of learning, which really resonated with the group that included SNL faculty, staff, instructors, alumni, project advisers, prospective students and friends and families.  “Everything we did, including our Applied Inquiry Project, is useless if we don’t use it!” The panel discussion lasted over an hour with time afterwards for additional conversations. The night a great success. Congratulations once again to all of the students that participated and to our new alumni!

MAEA Showcase Panelists discuss what they included in their Applied Inquiry projects and what was left “on the cutting room floor.”

Additional quotes and pictures from the event can be found on our Twitter and on our Facebook page:

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New Adult Student Reception

The Office of Adult Student Affairs would like to welcome you to DePaul!  We hope that you will take the time to visit our office and take full advantage of the resources we have for adult students.  We are located in the DePaul Center on the 11th floor (11017).  During the academic year our hours are 8 am – 8 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am – 5 pm on Friday.

To welcome you, we would like to invite you to our New Adult Student Reception. This reception is for new and transfer adult students admitted Autumn Quarter 2011-2012.  Adult students are undergraduate students 24+ years of age, all graduate,  professional and veteran students.

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time:  4:30 – 6:30 pm
Location:  Loop Campus, 1 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL  60604, 11th Floor, DePaul Club
RSVP for this Reception

There will be a panel discussion with current adult students followed by a questions and answers session.  The topic: The Adult Student Experience.  Hear how other adult students are juggling school, work and family life.

Horsd’oeuvres will be served! Feel free to come even though you may not be able to stay for the entire event!

Again, welcome!   You have chosen a school that appreciates the valuable life experiences that you bring with you to our university!

June Events

Spring Quarter is almost over, but there are a couple events in June that you need to know about!

When Where What
Wednesday June 1st, 4:30-6:30PM Lincoln Park Campus Alumni Center Graduate Students Graduation Reception
Please join us for a graduation celebration in honor of our graduate students! Enjoy food and networking with fellow graduates.
Wednesday June 1st, 5:30-7:00PM Loop Campus, DePaul Center, 9500 Navigating Your Career Change Workshop
Experienced professionals who are considering or already involved in the process of changing careers will benefit from this workshop. Learn how to develop a career change plan by identifying the career development components you most need to work on. This workshop will help you identify the type of transition you are attempting and assess its level of difficulty.  Pre-register HERE.
Tuesday, June 7th, 12:00-2:00 & 4:00-6:00  Loop Campus, DePaul Center, 1113 Fuel for Finals
Free chair massages and food for our adult students during finals.
Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00-2:00 & 4:00-6:00  Loop Campus, DePaul Center, 1113 Fuel for Finals
Free chair massages and food for our adult students during finals.
Friday June 10th, 8:30AM -11:00AM Lincoln Park Campus, Student Center, 120 A&B Breakfast with Don Mullen
Please join us for breakfast and a rare conversation with Don Mullan, Irish author, peace and justice activist, humanitarian worker, media producer, and the 2011 Honorary Degree Recipient for SNL. RSVP by June 7 to eventRSVP@depaul.edu
Friday June 10th, 7:30AM- 4:15pM Loop Campus, DePaul Center, Lover Level Group Facilitation Symposium: “Catalysts for Innovation”
Join and network with experienced group process facilitators in DePaul CPE’s one-day symposium, “Catalysts for Innovation.” Learn new approaches that will help you increase your capacity to serve as a facilitator and a catalyst for innovation with your teams, organizations and communities.  Symposium Agenda.
Tuesday June 14th, 10:00AM-2:00PM Lincoln Park Campus, Student Center, 120 Just in Time Job Fair
Just in Time Job Fair is designed exclusively for DePaul recent graduates, students and alumni. Recruiters from a wide variety of industries will be seeking qualified job, internship, and post-graduate service volunteer candidates of all majors and experience levels at this event.  Pre-register HERE.

Upcoming Events (May)

The haphazard fashion in which we usually post events to our Facebook page (which then goes to Twitter and then to WordPress and LinkedIn!) is certainly in the advanced stages of driving people who love organization, myself included, a little insane.  There are several opportunities for the greater School For New Learning community to participate in exciting events in the month of May.

The following is a list of the events that we are aware of, but please feel free to comment with any shout outs or suggestions.

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Friday May 6th, 12PM McGrath Arena Old School vs. New School Basketball Game sponsored by the Black Student Union (BSU)
Students play professors while over 10 CPS schools cheer in the stands! It’s a mentoring opportunity and we need you. Food, Fun and Fellowship. Bring the whole family.
Saturday May 7th, 8AM – 2PM St. Vincent de Paul Parish  Vincentian Service Day 
An exciting annual opportunity for DePaul University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners to come together in the communities of Chicago for a day of service. Registration begins at 8AM at St. Vincent de Paul Parish. There will be a picnic from 2 – 6 for all participants!
Thursday May 12th from 11AM-3PM  LPC Student Center  Healthcare and Nonprofit Job & Internship Fair 
Open to DePaul students and alumni only, please pre-register for this FREE event at depaul.experience.com (the full list of employers is listed here as well).  Dress in professional attire and bring plenty of resumes!
Friday May 13th, 5:30-7:00PM 14 E. Jackson, 14th Floor SNL Student Association (SNLSA) General Body Meeting
SNLSA offers current students a chance to have their voice heard within the college and university, a chance for networking and for finding out about important information and resources.
Friday May 13th, 6:00 -8:00PM 14 E. Jackson, 14th Floor ArtShare 
SNL undergrad students… Are you a painter? Sculptor? Musician? Do you practice other forms of visual or theatrical arts? Art Share is an Independent Learning Pursuit (ILP) option offered quarterly to students who wish to present evidence of learning that meets the criteria for competences in the A2 sub category: Creative Expression.
Wednesday, May 18, 1:00-4:00PM 14 E. Jackson, 1451 Defining “Need” and Being Prepared for the Unexpected 
This workshop will help you learn how to apply your education to real problems and issues facing non-profit learning professionals; allow a chance for feedback and connection with CCASTD professionals, skill development, and an opportunity to take a leadership role in one of the largest ASTD chapters in the country.

Perspective Students are always welcome to find out more about SNL graduate Programs by registering for an exciting informational session!

Adult Student Resource Fair

Join us tomorrow at the Adult Student Resource Fair!  This is a free event for all DePaul students and their families.

The Adult Student Resource Fair is being held on the11th Floor of the DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson-Chicago, IL) from 11AM to 6PM.

Hope to see you all there!

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