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Agenda

July 26–28, 2011
Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Tuesday, July 26 | Pre-Event at National World War I Museum

     
3:00 – 5:00 pm   Private Museum Tour
5:15 pm   Speakers
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars – Assistant Adjutant General John McNeill
  • UMKC School of Computing and Engineering – Dean Kevin Truman
  • The Mission Continues – Mike Pereira
6:00 pm   Dinner and Jazz. Music provided by the Dan Thomas Trio.

Wednesday, July 27 | Transition STEM Day One

     
8:00 am   Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am   Opening Ceremony - Facilitated by Dr. Ronda Jenson
  • Presentation of the Colors – UMKC Army ROTC Color Guard
  • Welcome Address – Chancellor Leo Morton, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • NSF Welcome – Dr. Linda Thurston
9:20 am   Setting the Charge – Dr. Annette Sobel
9:50 am   Warriors Adjusting: Transition Success Stories
Panel Presentation: Wounded Warriors on challenges and opportunities for transition into STEM education and careers. Facilitated by Larry D. Kay, Executive Director, Missouri Veterans Commission.
  • Timm Lovitt, Founder, Veterans Empowerment Team
  • Kara Hayes, Veteran Navigator, Veteran Corps
  • Jeremy Grisham, Field Coordinator, Veterans Conservation Corps
  • Mike Pereira, Fellowship Program Director, The Mission Continues
11:10 am   Break
11:30 am   Keynote Address – Ted Daywalt, President and CEO, VetJobs
12:15 pm   Lunch
1:15 pm   Community Conversation: Facilitated small-group discussion and problem-solving sessions
2:15 pm   Afternoon Recharge: Facilitator review of ideas generated during community conversations.
2:30 pm   Warriors Earning Degrees: Retention and Attainment Strategies for Higher Education
Panel Presentation: Post-secondary leaders on what higher education needs to know and do to support Wounded Warriors who are majoring in and building careers in STEM fields.
  • Bill Smith, Veteran and Health Educator, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Dan E. Sewell, Vice President, Student Veterans of America
  • Leslie A. Miller, Executive Director, Working Learners Research Center of University of Phoenix Research Institute
  • Kris Kozuch, Coordinatory of Disability Services, Springfield (MA) Technical College
3:30 pm   Break
3:45 pm   Community Conversation: Facilitated small-group discussion and problem-solving sessions
4:45 pm   Afternoon Reception
6:00 pm   Keynote Address – SSG Kyle Hausmann-Stokes (US Army Ret.). Viewing of Hausmann-Stokes’ short film “Now, After.” Q&A
7:00 pm   Dinner

Thursday, July 28 | Transition STEM Day Two

     
8:00 am   Continental Breakfast and participant input on ideas with the greatest impact and viability
9:00 am   Day 2 Welcome – Ronda Jenson
Warriors Working: Careers in STEM Fields
Panel Presentation: Business leaders on career training and best practices for Wounded Warrior recruitment and hiring.
  • Leslie A. Miller, Executive Director, Working Learners Research Center of University of Phoenix Research Institute
  • Ken Manley, Senior Sourcing Specialist, Rockwell Collins
  • Laura Evans, Talent Strategist, Cerner Corporation
10:00 am   Break
10:30 am   Community Conversation: Facilitated small-group discussion and problem-solving sessions
11:40 am   Warriors Thriving: Where We Go From Here
Closing Session: Dean Kevin Truman summarizes the salient ideas that emerged from the think tank based on the prioritization of the community conversations and participant reflections.
Adjournment
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