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Bridging Campus and Community, Keynote, Jeni Eltink and Megan Perry-Spears

Megan Perry-Spears, Dean of Students at the College of St. Scholastica
Jeni Eltink, Director of Students in Transition at the University of Minnesota Duluth

Grit, Perseverance and the Stuff that Makes it Good: Helping Today's College Students Adjust to College and Thrive

This presentation will bring together threads of what many of us experience with today's college students using national research, and a bit of humor, to examine what are some of the things we can do to help students adjust to college, persevere, and thrive. Jeni and Megan have worked together for over four years and shaped programs, designed curricula, and provided individual counsel to students in transition. We know that there are strategies that can help students in this new millennium to manage transition well and build on it to achieve longer-term perseverance and success.

Megan Perry-Spears is currently serving as the Dean of Students at the College of St. Scholastica.  She has spent her much of her career working with students in transition--entering school, leaving school, or navigating major life decisions and events during school. Megan's particular interest is in forming school cultures in which a wide diversity of students feel welcome and able to learn well and grown.  Her own formal education took place at Carleton College and Harvard University's Divinity School, and she gained a lot of life experience working with students in schools near Philadelphia, in Boston, and right here in Duluth. She lives in Duluth with her partner and three children.

Jeni Eltink is the Director of Kirby Student Center at University of Minnesota Duluth. She has worked with new students and their families throughout her career in higher education, helping them make the academic, social and personal transitions that focus on college and life success. Jeni's recent professional interests include the development of undergraduate student leaders who can connect with new students in ways that are powerful and meaningful not only for new students but for student leaders themselves. Her formal education took place at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and she has worked with colleges in Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Duluth. She lives in Hinckley, Minnesota, with her partner and their daughter.

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