Conference Roundup

Posted: October 7, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: October 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm

By Erin Cushing

October is a busy month on campus; classes are in full swing and campus activities are plentiful. With so much going on around Mason, it is easy to miss an event or two that may interest you.

Following are some recent and upcoming conferences that you might not have heard about:

  • The Addiction Health Services Research Conference was held from Oct. 3 to 5 at the Mason Inn and was hosted by the Department of Criminology, Law and Society with the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence! and the Departments of Health Administration and Policy, Psychology and Social Work, as well as the Friends Research Institute, the Mid-Atlantic ATTC/Virginia Commonwealth University and the Mid-Atlantic CTN/Johns Hopkins University. The conference theme was Service Integration: From Client to Organization to Funding Agencies. Workshops, panels, and a poster presentation were featured. Plenary speakers included Timothy Baker from the University of Wisconsin, Maxine Stitzer of Johns Hopkins University, Mark Lipsey of Vanderbilt University, Mike Dennis of Chestnut Health Systems, and Wilson Compton from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. More than 200 scholars and policymakers attended.
  • Careers in Communication Symposium will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Insight Committee of Mason’s Communication Department has organized this free event for students titled “Careers in Communication Symposium: Mapping Your Career Strategy in a Digital World.” The symposium will be held in Mason Hall’s Edwin Meese Conference Room. The keynote address will be given by Jim Clifton, the president and CEO of Gallup. Featured speakers and panelists include Peter McDermott, a senior associate with Heyman Associates Inc., and Marjorie Censer, business reporter for the Washington Post. There will also be a discussion of current hiring trends and desirable skill sets, and a lecture on job searching skills: researching jobs openings, effective networking skills, leveraging internships and interviewing etiquette led by Cassandra Carr, vice chair for talent at Hill & Knowlton. A panel of upper-level communications practitioners will discuss ways students can leverage their first job into a second one to successfully build a career. The Insight Committee is a volunteer advisory board to the Communication Department and is composed of leaders in communication in the Washington, D.C., area. The group is chaired by Tom Hoog, vice chair for training at Hill & Knowlton.
  • 2011 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities will be held Nov. 3-4 at the Mason Inn. The conference is hosted by Mason in conjunction with the National Down Syndrome Society and co-hosted by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Think College! and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The conference will cover a wide array of topics relating to postsecondary education and special-needs individuals, elaborating on how institution policies can be enhanced and how educators can help prepare individuals for college, employment and independent living. The event will include several keynote speakers, including Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi. Approximately 200 attendees, hailing from universities, nonprofit organizations, government bodies, programs and families/self-advocates are expected.





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