Session Information

Zoom links to sessions are included in the flyer sent out to all participants who registered for the event.

Session 1: 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Optimizing Quality of Care for Your Students and Yourself in an Online/Hybrid Learning Environment

Rashelle Nagata, OTD, OTR/L, Learning Specialist, USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity
Savanna Forry, OTR/L, Doctoral Resident and Academic Coach, USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity

Findings from the Spring 2021 Academic Advisor Needs Assessment

Diane Medsker, Senior Learning and Training Specialist, Office for Health Promotion Strategy
Prawit Thainiyom, Associate Director of Data & Metrics, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, USC Student Health, Office for Health Promotion Strategy, Keck School of Medicine
Amanda Vanni, Associate Director of Community Engagement, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, USC Student Health, Office for Health Promotion Strategy, Keck School of Medicine

From Pipe Dream to Pipeline: Building a Supportive Fellowships Culture

Katie Capra Manager, Academic Honors and Fellowships Office of Undergraduate Programs
Andy Jones-Liang, Senior Program Specialist, Academic Honors and Fellowships, Academic Programs, Office of the Provost
Willa Erickson, Fellowships Advisor & Schaeffer Fellows Program Coordinator, Academic Honors and Fellowships, Academic Programs, Office of the Provost

Session 2: 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Strategies for Advising College Students with Learning Differences

Juliana Calhoun, Ed.D., MMFT, PPS Assistant Director/Learning Specialist, USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity
Rashelle Nagata, OTD, OTR/L Learning Specialist, USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity

Supporting Student Success: Establishing a Comprehensive Student Engagement Framework

Melissa Medeiros, Ed.D. Project Manager, Student Engagement Viterbi Admission & Student Engagement USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Nora Sandoval Director, Master’s Student Affairs Viterbi Admission & Student Engagement (VASE) Viterbi School of Engineering

Understanding Wellness and Engaging Different Strategies to Build Positive Wellbeing over Zoom

Isaac Vigilla, M.A. Assistant Director, Advisement and Academic Services USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Georgia Stahl, International Programs Coordinator Annenberg International Programs
Helene Sparangis, Senior Career Services Advisor, Annenberg Career Development
Susan Zhang, Graduate Advisor, Annenberg Graduate Advising

SIS Magic: Tricks for Clearing Up Time in Your Day to Focus on the Important Stuff!

Russ Sommer, EdD, USC Price|Smith Department of Real Estate Development

Session 3: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Starting with Strengths: Supporting Autistic Students in the Transition to Campus

Rashelle Nagata, OTD, OTR/L Learning Specialist, USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity
Debra Waters-Roman, LCSW Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work Field Education USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Linsey Grunes, OTD, OTR/L Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Work, Learn and Thrive: Reshaping the Student Employment Experiences in a Student Services Office

Nicole Zardenetta, M.S. Senior Academic Advisor, Advisement and Academic Services, Annenberg
Valerie Cabanban, M.Ed., Academic Advisor, Advisement and Academic Services, Annenberg

The Graduate Student Experience: Fostering Connections Across USC

Dr. Trista Beard, Director, Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, Academic Programs
Carina Gonzalez, Lead Advisor, Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, Academic Programs

Academic Review and Retention: Virtual Advising and At-Risk Students

Alma Gonzalez, M.Ed., Senior Academic Counselor, USC Academic Review and Retention Office
Tiffany Olivier, M.A., Academic Review Counselor, USC Academic Review and Retention Office
Amy Sanchez, M.S., Academic Review Counselor, USC Academic Review and Retention Office
John Foulger, M.Ed., Academic Review Counselor, USC Academic Review and Retention Office