BGSU Firelands to Host State-Wide Academic Conference 

Huron, OhioHuron will welcome educators from across the state next weekend as Bowling Green State University Firelands College hosts the 23rd Annual Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio Conference.

AURCO is devoted to the professional development of faculty throughout Ohio’s twenty-four university regional campuses and their communities. Founded in 1993, AURCO provides the opportunity for members to share ideas and sustain a common professional identity based upon the shared and unique mission of offering open access to a university education as a pathway for a better life.

Festivities for the conference will begin on Friday, April 7, with more than 125 educators from all parts of Ohio converging on the Huron-based campus of BGSU.  The bulk of the conference sessions will be on Saturday, April 8 at BGSU Firelands; however, Friday night will feature a social event and Ignite presentations – high-energy, quick-paced talks on a variety of topics – at the Sawmill Creek Resort.

Highlighting the conference on Saturday will be keynote speaker Pooja K. Agarwal.  A cognitive scientist, teacher, and education consultant, Agarwal will share her research and best practices on harnessing the science of learning and transforming teaching.

Agarwal earned a doctoral degree in cognitive psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and has more than 10 years of cognitive science and retrieval practice research in educational environments.  She recently received the Rising Star Award from the Association of Psychological Science and has a broad vita of publications and presentations.

Saturday will also offer nearly 20 workshops and presentations from educators throughout the state which appeal to a variety of interests.  Topics range from “Zombie Biology: Using the Zombie Pop Culture Phenomenon to Teach Biological Concepts” to “Experiential Learning through Mystery Shopping” to “Implementing Visible Thinking Strategies in the College Classroom.”

Saturday will also feature a student Research Poster Competition which gives students the opportunity to share their research with faculty and win a book scholarship.

Weekend activities will conclude with an AURCO Business meeting later Saturday afternoon.

The BGSU Firelands AURCO Conference planning team included faculty members Karen Black, Chris Fluckinger, Rachelle Kristof Hippler (general chair), Tim Jurkovac, Tracy McGinley, Elsy Thomas, Stephanie Walls, and Alyson Wilson, and staff member Julie Hamann.

Additional information on the conference can be found at  Interested participants can register through Saturday, April 8.


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