audience at kickoff event

Fall 2024 Kickoff

The Fall 2024 Kickoff will take place Wednesday to Friday, August 14 to 16. Check back for the Agenda to be posted sometime during summer of 2024.

The Spring 2024 Kickoff took place from Wednesday, Jan. 17 through Friday, Jan. 19. The following is an archive of the events.

All-College Kickoff

Wednesday, Jan. 17 Agenda

  • 8:15 a.m., All-College Breakfast
  • 9:15 to 9:30 a.m., Kickoff featuring Chris Miller (Professor, Speech Communication) and Chuck Steele (Manager, Student Life)
  • 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., President's Welcome, Dr. Brian Caputo, President, and Keynote Presentation, Scott Van Pelt, Co-author, The Great Upheaval
  • 10:20 to 10:30 a.m., Break
  • 10:30 a.m. to noon, Mainstage Presentations
    • President’s Update, Dr. Brian Caputo, President
    • Provost’s Welcome, Dr. Mark Curtis-Chávez , Provost
    • Faculty Leadership Welcome, Dr. David Goldberg, Faculty Senate President, and Cheryl Baunbach-Caplan, CODAA President
    • Success Stories
    • Employee Giving, Walter Johnson, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, and Karen Kuhn, Foundation Executive Director
    • I Am COD Awards, Dr. Bill Dial , Vice President, Human Resources
  • Noon to 12:45 p.m., All-College Lunch
    • The Great Upheaval book signing, Scott Van Pelt (in the PEC Foyer)

All of the above events take place in the Physical Education Center (PEC), Arena.

Open access ASL interpretation for all mainstage and keynote sessions.

Keynote Presentation

Scott Van Pelt

Scott Van Pelt

Scott Van Pelt, Co-Author, The Great Upheaval

Scott Van Pelt, along with Arthur Levine, is co-author of "The Great Upheaval: Higher Education's Past, Present, and Uncertain Future." Drawing on the trends explored in the book, Scott has presented on the factors shaping the future of higher education to state education systems, faculty associations, and numerous institutions and organizations across North America.

Over the past ten years, Scott has held a rich diversity of roles across higher education in areas such as academic advising, admissions, instructional technology, and curriculum design. Currently, Scott is the Director of Research and Faculty Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In this role, Scott designs programs and initiatives to support faculty success at Penn GSE. Scott is also an experienced educator and facilitator, and has designed and taught courses, workshops, and other learning engagements for organizations as varied as the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn GSE, and the Fulbright Scholars Program.

Thursday, Jan. 18 Agenda

  • 8:30 a.m., Faculty and Administrator Breakfast
  • 9:15 to 11 a.m., Mainstage Presentations
    • Welcome, Dr. Lisa Stock, Assistant Provost, Instruction and Dr. Diana Del Rosario, Assistant Provost, Student Affairs
    • Faculty Panel, Transformation, Adaptation, Disruption

All of the above events take place in the Jack H. Turner Conference Center, Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000.

Friday, Jan. 19 Agenda

Division/Discipline Meetings

  • Arts, Communication and Hospitality, 9 to 11 a.m., Culinary & Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 2001
  • Business and Applied Technology, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Technology Education Center (TEC), Room 1038 A and B
  • Liberal Arts, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3 H03 and 3H06
  • Nursing and Health Sciences, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Health and Sciences Center (HSC), Room 1234
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000 D, E and F
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, 8 a.m. to noon, Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000 A, B and C

CODAA Meeting

noon to 2 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2131

CODFA Meeting

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Health Sciences Center (HSC), Room 1234

Contact Information

Academic Affairs
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3400
(630) 942-3249