Wednesday, January 15, 2014
9:00am - 3:00pm

Chris Knutzen Hall
Anderson University Center
Pacific Lutheran University

You are invited to attend the 2014 Puget Sound Colloquium, hosted this year by Pacific Lutheran University.  The annual conference is an opportunity for Student Affairs professionals in the region to meet to discuss relevant topics of interest in our work in higher education.

This year’s speaker is Dr. Stephen Chew, Professor of Psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  He is a nationally sought after speaker, with expertise in linking meta-cognition to student success behaviors.  His presentation will focus on how Student Affairs educators can support student persistence and retention through more effective educational practices.  In our work as Student Life educators, we are a pivotal point in the profession.  We strive to build developmentally appropriate and pedagogically sound learning opportunities for our students.  We are being asked to assess our work and show the impact on student persistence and retention.  Dr. Chew's work will provide necessary scaffolding for us to increase our understanding of how students make meaning and our ability to increase strategies for learning in our work.  These practices will also inform our work on evaluation and assessment.

Dr. Chew is well known for a series of five short videos (found on YouTube) designed specifically to help college students embrace effective study skills as they adapt to the rigors of academic challenge in college/university studies.

There will be time for attendees to meet over lunch and in breakout groups with colleagues specific to their work focus.

Please join your colleagues from throughout the Puget Sound region for an informative, engaging day of professional development.

Laura F. Majovski, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Pacific Lutheran University
2014 Colloquium Coordinator


Chew Colloquium Presentation

Chew Dropbox (with additional material)

2014 Program Schedule (.pdf)

Refreshments and snacks will be available during check-in.  Lunch will also be provided. 

As a measure of sustainability, we are encouraging attendees to bring their own institutional nametag, as pre-printed ones will not be provided.

Registration is Now Closed!

Fee:  $500 per institution (up to 25 registrants) or $30 individually, to be paid in advance of the program.  Click Registration link above for important registration details. 

Deadline:  Now Closed (we have met the limit of the first 300 registrants). 

Parking Information and Directions

Parking is free on and around the PLU campus.  Click link for campus map, details on parking locations, and driving directions.

Questions on the colloquium, its format, or other general questions?

For general information, please email or call (253) 535-7191.  For specific questions, you may email Laura Majovski at