Hello again ASPSA Intern Blog followers,
It has been a while since our last blog post. Our intern class just wrapped up hosting the Drive-In Conference on Friday, April 26th. The event drew more than 125 attendees – the largest crowd in the twelve-year history of the conference. We had academic advisors from area high schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions as well as representatives from EIGHT ACC institutions (Clemson, Duke, Maryland, NC State, Wake Forest, UNC, Virginia, and Virginia Tech)! Finally, we had tremendous support from our campus community, as more than 40 advisors from NC State participated in the event.
While the conference was challenging to plan (and about 7 months in the making) it turned out to be a success. Shannon’s idea for the theme –“Lights, Camera, Action: The Spotlight is on Academic Support” – was spot on. Her program design was awesome and her organization of RSVPs was incredible. AJ secured enough food donations and low-cost items to feed a small army. He executed the pick-up, transportation, and set-up of the food perfectly. This left me with the simple job of enlisting and communicating with presenters. As it turned out, our presenters were so exceptional and so willing to participate that my job was by far the easiest. Special thanks to all of our presenters, moderators, and panelists:
Shamaree Brown, Atlantic Coast Conference
Carrie Leger and Katie Sheridan, NC State University
Joe Rehder, University of Virginia
Sam Plonk and Matt Lombardi, Clemson University
Anthony Bennett, North Carolina Central University
Cayce Crenshaw, Elon University
Lisa Hibbs, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Bruce Matthews, University of Richmond
Ted White, University of Georgia
Katie Ethridge, University of South Carolina
Angel Bowers, NC State University
I would also like to acknowledge the former ASPSA Interns who were in attendance: Carrie Drake, Tory Casas, Katie Ethridge, Grey Beatty, Seth Youngblood, Lolly Hemphill, Joe Rehder, Audrey Piotrowski and Rachel Roney. Amazingly, we had one member from every intern class except one since the inception of the program. The picture below includes current and former ASPSA Interns (we are holding up the number of our intern class).
I hope everyone is closing out a great semester!
Until next time,