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NetVUE Gathering

Vocation and the Common Good:

Mentoring and Advising Students

The proposed regional conference will help our faculties and colleagues consider how to mentor students in and outside the classroom not only in their academic fields but in athletic, spiritual, and social realms.  Because the university does not address the whole person solely in the classroom, we invite professionals from student affairs and athletics in hopes of fostering collaboration toward a more dynamic and unified mentorship model. Our call for proposals specifically target speakers and facilitators with experience keeping the common good in the forefront of their advising and mentoring practices. Event attendees will be encouraged to consider multiple models of engaging their students and/or colleagues in this more sensitive but essential approach. Just as we realize each student has unique gifts and experiences, we as faculty and staff also must draw on ourselves as whole persons to reach our students in authentic ways. One model will not fit all.

 This gathering will help us discover common ground and map ways each individual can contribute to this new mentorship model. In particular, we will seek to discuss and differentiate the needs of specific populations, such as adult, international, and online students. Participants from other institutions will join us in posing questions and articulating obstacles to mentoring for vocation. Together we will share best practices and build consultative relationships with faculty and staff at nearby schools·

Conference Agenda

Thursday, February 27

7:00PM                Welcome Reception and Dinner

Welcome Remarks from NetVUE: Shirley Roels, Senior Advisor

Welcome Remarks and Context Setting: Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D.

Friday, February 28

8:30AM               Breakfast                         


9:00AM               Opening Reflection and Welcome


9:15AM               Keynote Address by Paul Wadell


                              "Mentoring in College--What Mentors Do and Why It Matters"


10:15AM             Coffee Break

10:30AM             Breakout Session A

  1. First Year Seminar and Mentoring,
  2. Best Practices in Advising and Mentoring
  3. Opportunities for Mentoring and Advising Non-Traditional Students

11:45AM             Lunch

12:45PM             Breakout Session B

  1. First Year Seminar and Mentoring
  2. Best Practices in Advising and Mentoring
  3. Mentoring the Development of the Whole Student

2:15PM                Coffee Break with Individual Campus Teams

2:30PM                Student Impact Panel

3:45PM                Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up


Registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing you on the 27th and 28th.

Payment may be sent to Fontbonne University c/o Janelle Densberger, 6800 Wydown Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105. Checks may be made out to 'Fontbonne University'.


Overnight Information

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis

7730 Bonhomme Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63105



Fontbonne University

6800 Wydown Boulevard

St. Louis, Missouri 63105


This gathering is sponsored through the generosity of Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). Learn more about NetVUE and the Council of Independent Colleges.