Student Development Conference

The biennial New Directions in Student Development conference is a professional development program for practitioners of all levels in the field of Student Development from two-year community and technical colleges in the five-state region of the Southeast.


New Directions in Student Development

March 5-6, 2020


Flora W. Tydings, Chancellor

The Tennessee Board of Regents appointed Dr. Tydings its chancellor, effective Feb. 1, 2017. She is chief executive officer of the College System of Tennessee – the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.

Dr. Tydings led transformation of the TBR system into the unified community and technical college system envisioned by the Complete College Tennessee Act  and the FOCUS Act.  Working with the Board, she established Student Success and Workforce Development as the system’s mission and restructured the system office to achieve it – eliminating separate divisions for community and technical colleges and creating new Offices of Student Success, Economic and Community Development, and External Affairs, while bolstering the Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Policy and Research to ensure that programs and initiatives are data driven and evidence based.

She won Board approval for a new Warranty of Competency, guaranteeing that new graduates of technical programs can perform competencies identified in their program’s curriculum guide or be retrained free of charge.

She earned her Doctor of Education at The University of Georgia; her Master of Education at Mercer University, and her Bachelor of Science in Education at Georgia Southern University. She previously served as president of Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee and Athens Technical College in Georgia.



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Early Registration at Inn on the Square
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Social at Inn on the Square

Thursday, March 5, 2020

8:00 a.m. Registration at PTC Conference Center
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address - Dr. Flora W. Tydings
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Session A
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Catered Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Session B
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Session C
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Snack Break
3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Concurrent Session D
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Business After Hours at Inn on the Square

Friday, March 6, 2020

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Concurrent Session E
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Session F
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Session G
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Wrap-Up & Boxed Lunch

Conference agenda subject to change.



  1. We Agree to Disagree: Respectful Persuasive Discourse in the Technical College Classroom and Beyond, Stacey Nichols (Aiken Technical College)
  2. On Becoming a CAS Division…, Dr. Chuck Morton, Dr. Matteel Knowles, and Dr. Alecia Watt (Greenville Technical College)
  3. Applicant Communication Plans in CRMLess World, Nate Beardsley (Chattahoochee Technical College)
  4. Pulling it All Together: Effective Collaborative Work in Dual Enrollment, Tameka Brown, Aimee’ Carter, and The SC Dual Enrollment Collaborative (Greenville Technical College and SC Technical College System)
  5. “Seeing” Our Students through the Correct Lens, Crystal Ratliff (Aiken Technical College)
  6. Thinking Strategically on a Daily Basis, Dr. Chuck Morton (Greenville Technical College)
  7. Flex Start Program at Greenville Technical College, Nicole Tallon and Robert Walker (Greenville Technical College)
  8. Ethics in Every Day Practice, Jennifer H. Brock (Midlands Technical College)
  9. Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, Heather Hoppe (Horry-Georgetown Technical College)
  10. Do Good, Feel Good Fridays, Nick Ketaner (Midlands Technical College)
  11. CAS 101-Employing CAS in Student Development Services Assessment, Kaci Wilhite Greene (Midlands Technical College)
  12. African American Male Scholars Initiative, Dr. Alecia Watt and Kia Keyton (Greenville Technical College)
  13. Thank You for Your Service: Advising the Student Veteran, Susan Russo and Heather Hearn (Lander University and Central Carolina Technical College)
  14. From Pre-Acceptance to Post Graduation: Five Partnerships with TCTC’s Career and Employability Resources that Influence Student Success, Glenda Waters and Lynn Smith (Tri-County Technical College)
  15. Modernizing the Student Experience - Getting Rid of the Paper!, Missy Perry and Jessie Estep (Piedmont Technical College)
  16. Academic Coaching: Knowing When to Hand-Hold, When to Give a Gentle Push, and When to Light the Fire, Jessie Long and Steve Coleman (Piedmont Technical College)
  17. Working with Difficult People, Emily Fox (SC Technical College System)
  18. Best-Practices for Compliance, Eric Brown, Lane Goodwin, and Austin Floyd (SC Technical College System)
  19. STOP HERO, Cindy Trimmier-Lee (Southern Wesleyan University) Dr. Flora W. Tydings
  20. Dress for Success! SCC’s Career Closet, Jennifer Little and Andi Moose (Spartanburg Community College)
  21. Symplicity Software Solutions, Mark Eres and Jordan McDonald (Symplicity Corporation)
  22. Ok Boomer! Generations in the Workplace!, Nancy Weber (Technical College of the Lowcountry)
  23. Get the EDGE at TCTC, Mark Dougherty (Tri-County Technical College)
  24. “The Hub” - A 360o View of Student Information, Scott Harvey (Tri-County Technical College)
  25. The CARE Plan: Advising, Engaging & Retaining Pre-Health Care Students, Carol Paguntalan & Karla Gilliam (Piedmont Technical College)
  26. Meet Us at the Crossroads: Leadership Versus Supervision, Rodney E. Adams, Joshua Harris, and Carlette Jones (Technical College of the Lowcountry)
  27. ACCUPLACER for Student Services, Keith Henry (College Board)
  28. Documentation and Case Management Trends in BIT and Title IX, Collen Ryan (Maxient)



Hotel arrangements must be made separately from the conference registration. Our primary conference hotel will be the Inn on the Square. Rooms are on reserve at the following hotels. Please reference the Piedmont Technical College Student Development Conference when making your reservation. Rooms will be held through February 4. Please book early! 

Inn on the Square (Primary Conference Hotel)
Standard Rate: $119 + tax Executive Rate: $129 + tax
Amenities: free Wi-Fi and full breakfast.
Call (864) 330-1010 for reservations. 

Hampton Inn
Rate: $124 + tax
Amenities: free Wi-Fi and full breakfast.
Call (864) 388-9595 for reservations.

Holiday Inn Express
Rate: $124 + tax
Amenities: free Wi-Fi, fitness center, and full breakfast.
Call (864) 889-8900 for reservations.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Rate: $124 + tax
Amenities: free Wi-Fi, fitness center, and breakfast buffet.
Call (864) 330-3300 for reservations.



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  • Early bird-$95 by February 14
  • Regular-$105 after February 14
  • Presenters-$85

Register 3 and get the 4th one FREE!

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