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.

2018 Conference

New Directions in Student Development

March 1-2, 2018

New Directions Conference Agenda

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New Directions in Student Development

March 1-2, 2018


mateel jones

Dr. Matteel Jones 
Vice President for Student Services at Greenville Technical College

Dr. Matteel D. Jones joined Greenville Technical College as the Vice President for Student Services in February 2013, having served previously as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, and in various Student Development leadership roles for ten years at Piedmont Technical College.  A first-generation technical/community college graduate, Dr. Jones currently holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Jones is active in the community and has served as a board member and volunteer for numerous organizations.  She is a graduate of Furman University’s Diversity Leadership Institute and was a featured TED Talk performer for TEDx Greenville in 2016.  Professionally, she serves as an accreditation team Chair and evaluator for SACSCOC and is involved with various other associations. 

Dr. Jones is driven by the belief that all individuals should have an opportunity to access a college education and be successful.


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
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. Matteel D. Jones
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
3:45-5:15 p.m. Concurrent Session D
5:45-7:00 p.m. Business After Hours at Inn on the Square
FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018      
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 & Box Lunch



  1. A Successful High School Partnership is "Within Reach," Melissa R. Johnson (Aiken Technical College)
  2. Engaging Secondary School Counselors, Alberta Sierra Neal (Central Carolina Technical College)
  3. College Preparation: The ABCs of Connecting Generations X, Y, Z, Michael D. Finkley and E. Ta Haynesworth (Central Carolina Technical College)
  4. Creating a Comprehensive Applicant Communication Plan without a CRM, Nate Beardsley (Chattahoochee Technical College)
  5. Incentivizing Fun: Increasing Involvement at a Multi-Campus Institution, Katelyn DeVos and Brittani Farmer (Chattahoochee Technical College)
  6. Service Begins at Home: Caring for our Students’ Needs, Brittani Farmer and Katelyn DeVos (Chattahoochee Technical College)
  7. The Enrollment Funnel and Its Implications for the Various Functions of a College, Dr. Matteel Jones, Dr. Chuck Morton, and Tanisha Latimer (Greenville Technical College)
  8. Greenville Technical College Presents: What is DACA?, Chris Kabali, Vanessa Garcia, and Sara Montero-Buria (Greenville Technical College, Catholic Charities, and Hispanic Alliance)
  9. Student Support Night: A Complete Guide to Supporting “Your” Students!, Cari Drew (Johnston Community College)
  10. Connecting the Talent Pipeline: Creative Strategies for Sustaining Robust Faculty & Employer Relations, Ellen Jones and Michael Robbins (Midlands Technical College)
  11. Please Don’t Go! Eliminating “Fight of Flight” During New Student Onboarding, Dr. Porter Brannon, Myra Lewis, and Teresa Spencer (Mitchell Community College)
  12. Being the Boss: Do You Have What it Takes?, Dr. Porter Brannon (Mitchell Community College)
  13. Student Disability Services: Current Topics, Brenda Dailey and Tracy Dibble (Piedmont Technical College and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College)
  14. Apprenticeships – How an Ancient Career Path is Becoming New Again, Demeterius Smith and Kirsten Pratt (SC Technical College System)
  15. Discover the Next Generation of Talent with STEM Premier, Shea Tighe and Will Norris (STEM Premier)
  16. Symbiosis: (Re)examining the Relationship Between TRIO Programs and their Host Institutions, Rodney E. Adams and Larry D. Frazier (Technical College of the Lowcountry)
  17. Occupational Stress:  Not so Cool, Calm or Collected, Janice T. Lyle (Technical College of the Lowcountry)
  18. We Have Integrated our Front Office Functions, Now Let’s Integrate our Back Office Functions, Scott Harvey (Tri-County Technical College)
  19. Professional Development in Student Affairs: What’s In It for You?, Linda C. Jameison (Tri-County Technical College)
  20. Student Emergency Fund, Frank Morea (Trident Technical College)
  21. Student Exchange Visitor Program-At a Glance, Dana Moore (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
  22. The Transfer Seminar: Building Community to Increase Engagement and Success, Andrea Swintal and Mandy McCaslan (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
  23. Closing the Gap: Connecting with Current Students with the Help of I.A.N., Amanda Mudd and Rachel Phillips (York Technical College)
  24. Using Zogotech to Measure the Impact of Services and Interventions on Student Success, Piedmont Technical College Staff


Hotel arrangements must be made separately from the conference registration.  Rooms are reserved at the following hotels.  Please reference the Piedmont Technical College Student Development Conference when booking.  Rooms will be held through January 28th.  Please book early!

Inn on the Square (Primary Conference Hotel)
(864) 330-1010; $109 + tax
Approximately 3.5 miles to PTC

Inn on the Square is a historic “boutique” hotel located in beautiful Uptown Greenwood.  The hotel offers a full service restaurant, casual bar/lounge, complimentary breakfast, and high-speed wireless internet.  Please visit their website for further information.

The Inn will be hosting the Pre-Conference Social and Business-After-Hours receptions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Holiday Inn Express Greenwood Mall
(864) 889-8900; $115 + tax
Approximately 5 miles to PTC; 3 miles to Inn on the Square

The Holiday Inn Express is a new hotel which opened in mid-2017.  Located just behind the Greenwood Mall, it is convenient to Highway 25 and Bypass 72, as well as many local restaurants.  The hotel offers a fitness center, high-speed internet, complimentary breakfast bar, and each room has a Keurig Coffee Maker.  Please visit their website for further information.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Greenwood
(864) 330-3300; $105 + tax
Approximately 5.5 miles to PTC; 3.5 miles to Inn on the Square

The Fairfield Inn & Suites may be familiar to past conference attendees as it has hosted past PTC Student Development Conferences. The hotel is convenient to the 72 Bypass and many local restaurants.  The Fairfield Inn & Suites underwent a full renovation in 2017 and offers a fitness center, free high-speed internet, complimentary breakfast, and an indoor pool.  Please visit their website for further information.

Hampton Inn Greenwood
(864) 388-9595; $110 + tax.
Approximately 2.5 miles to PTC; 2.5 miles to Inn on the Square

Located directly on Bypass 72, Hampton Inn is the closest of the four hotels to Piedmont Technical College.  The hotel is conveniently located near several restaurants and offers a fitness center, complimentary breakfast, and free Wi-Fi access.  Please visit their website for further information.


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  • Early bird-$95 through February 15th
  • Regular-$105 after February 15th
  • Presenter-$85

Register 3 and get the 4th one free.

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