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PUSH (Propelling Undergraduate Students Higher) Symposium
Friday, November 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM (EST)
PUSH and Transfer Day 2012
North Carolina Central University’s Centennial Scholars Program/African American Male Initiative invites you to save the date for the second annual Propelling Undergraduate Students Higher (PUSH) Symposium that has now been expanded to cover two days. In addition, transfer students interested in attending NCCU are invited to the pre-conference Transfer Day sessions where they will learn more about what it takes to be an NCCU Eagle. The Transfer Day will kick off on Friday, Nov. 30, at 9 a.m.and will be held in the A.E. Student Union. The PUSH Symposium will follow at noon and run through Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Walker Complex.
The PUSH Symposium is aimed at minority males from high schools, community colleges, and student athletes from four-year universities. Dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but only the first 175 students and chaperones who register will be accepted. A waiting list will be available to those who register after the limit is reached. Registrations must be completed by November 18.
Admissions representatives from NCCU will accept applications and waive the application fee.
CSP has partnered with DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 2515 Meridian Pkwy., Durham, NC (919-361-4660) to provide a special reduced rate of $94 per suite for symposium attendees. The spacious suites can hold up to five guests and the hotel is only four miles from NCCU. For more information about the DoubleTree, please visit http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/north-carolina/doubletree-suites-by-hilton-hotel-raleigh-durham-RDUIIDT/index.html/. Be sure to mention the PUSH Symposium when booking rooms. There are a limited number of rooms available at the reduced rate.
Questions may be directed to CSP Director Jason Dorsette at firstname.lastname@example.org or Administrative Support Associate Deidre Kelly at email@example.com or 919-530-7814.
If you are in need of accommodations due to a disability and/or medical condition please contact Ms. Kelly at least two weeks prior to the event.
Transfer Day & PUSH Symposium Schedule of Events
November 30 and December 1
North Carolina Central University
|Friday, November 30||Transfer Day Events|
|9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.||Transfer Day Pre-Conference Registration|
|9:30 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.||Welcome - Anthony Brooks|
|9:35 a.m. to 10 a.m.||Ice Breaker - GeColby Youngblood & Chinasa Nworu|
|10 a.m. to 11 a.m.||Chat with the Deans|
|11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.||Conversation with Transfer Services - Keisha Williams|
|11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.||Lunch on Your Own|
|12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.||Registration for PUSH|
|11 a.m. to 5 p.m.||PUSH Registration Open|
|12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.||Opening Keynote Address - Robert Canida|
|1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.||Breakout Sessions I|
|Becoming the Totally Responsible Person - Dr. Sanford Danziger and Kirk Lyles|
|BRITE Biotechnology Career Pathways - Linda Love and
|RepYOU: Self-Branding - Meghann Martinez|
|Making the Transition - Keisha Williams|
|Your Life, Your Health - Kevin Harrell|
|2:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.||Breakout Sessions II|
|Internship 101 - Donna Hembrick|
|Legal Rights in the 21st Century - Timothy Peterkin, Esq.|
|Think you know who you are? Think again! - Whitney Watkins|
|Dress for Success - Michael Graver|
|Repurposing Athlete Dreams - Ansel Brown and Dr. Emmett Gill|
|Brands a Make ‘em Dance - Chantal Winston|
|3:50 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.||Campus Tours led by CSP Students|
|5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.||Dinner and Keynote Address - Dr. Ervin Griffin|
|6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.||Optional Recreation Opportunities|
|Saturday, December 1|
|7:30 a.m. to noon||Registration Table Open|
|8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.||Breakfast|
|9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.||Keynote Address - Atrayus Goode|
|10 a.m. to 11 a.m.||Breakout Sessions III|
|Closing The Diversity Gap: Did I Say Something Wrong? - Jason Cottrell|
|Transitioning into College - Melanie Bullock|
|Perceptions of Masculinity and Men’s Roles as Allies in the
Interpersonal Violence Movement - Krystal George and
|Our Deepest Fear: Overcoming Speech Anxiety - Tarryn Simmons|
|The Road to Financial Fitness - Brenda Williams|
|11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.||Breakout Sessions IV|
|Hip Hop in Higher Education - David Shanks|
|Dealing with Peer Pressure - Dr. Corey Guyton|
|Stress Management - Quintin Robertson and Chio Sheppard|
|Living Away from Home - RHA Student Panel|
|Religion and Spirituality Awareness Roundtable Discussion - Cameron Simms, Kimberly McCrae, Sarah Woodard|
|12:20 p.m. to 2 p.m.||Lunch and Closing Keynote Address - Dr. Kevin Rome|
When & Where
Centennial Scholars Program/African American Male Initiative at North Carolina Central University
The mission of the Centennial Scholars Program is to provide participants (freshmen through seniors) with relevant academic, professional, and social experiences to stimulate personal ambitions and development. As part of the African American Male Initiative, the program focuses on retention/academic readiness; mentorship; identity/self-esteem; leadership; community involvement and cultural and spiritual enlightenment, while simultaneously creating an unwavering brotherhood that expects excellence without excuse.
Students are expected to engage in workshops, discussions, seminars and study groups that promote achievement on all levels. They meet regularly with an academic success coach to discuss their academic and class standing, professional and career goals and any social/emotional concerns. The program works to ensure that every participant is retained at the University and earns a grade point average of 3.0 or higher through graduation.