2015 DARS/Transferology User Conference Concluded

Wow! 88 participants attended this year’s conference held at the Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake in Brainerd on September 29 and 30, 2015.

Kim Lynch, Senior System Director for Educational Innovations provided the welcome message, giving an overview of Educational Innovations and Academic & Student Affairs, as well as discussing our pivotal role forwarding system priorities and goals.

Our Keynote Speaker, Michele Jersak from Century College, brought insight to the group in her presentation “Impact of Poverty on Student Behavior.”

Conference sessions included:  Audit Appearance & Consistency; Tips & Tricks; Transfer Articulation in u.achieve Self-Service; What’s New – CollegeSource, Transferology Update and Ways to Promote; Sustaining Reverse Transfer; ImageNow Workflow – Audits/Graduation; Exceptions Overview; and Condition vs System Condition Codes.

Participants also split off into Breakout sessions for 2 year/4 year school discussions, Encoding Hot Topics, Curriculum Change Process/Workflow, and a Transferology Clinic to get one-on-one help and ask questions.  Participants also had the opportunity to have open dialogue pertaining to their campus work and issues involving their daily work flow activities at the Open Topic Town Hall Meeting.

Conference evaluations reinforce that our users value the information and the opportunity to gather as a group and hear about/discuss topics related to the work we do and how we can better serve our students.  A big THANK YOU to all the presenters at this year’s conference!  We’d especially like to thank the members of CollegeSource staff who made the trip to Minnesota to share their expertise:  Troy Holaday, Donna Pursifull, and John Panzica.  And, we appreciate our ImageNow Workflow Panel:  Sue Danielson (Rochester CTC), Susan Markes (Hennepin TC), Amanda Mathews (Riverland CC) and Lana Feddema (St Cloud TCC).


Our conference not only finished up at noon on Wednesday, September 30, but it was also the final hour for an amazing project director, Laurie Tralle.  A retirement celebration was held at Cragun’s among many of the people who were so much a part of Laurie’s life over the years.  Many stepped up to say a few words about or to Laurie, including a few seasoned retirees, Fred and Gin Forseman, Mary D’Andrea and Margo Mueller.  Laurie was very touched AND we were lucky enough to be able to gathering outside on a beautiful fall day for this group photo for her memory box!

laurieShe’ll be missed greatly and wish her all the best in her exciting new world of retirement!



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