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Join us for a day of education and collaboration...

The fifth annual Utah First-Year Consortium will take place on Monday, March 23, 2020, at Utah Valley University‘s Sorensen Student Center. This year’s theme explores The Holistic Health of the First-Year Student. Come network, connect with, and learn from colleagues in our field who understand our work and its challenges.


As educators who work to support first-year student success, we are continuously looking for ways to improve the experience we provide to new students. This statewide, one-day, drive-in conference provides a forum for faculty, staff, and administrators with an interest in first-year success to share ideas, resources, and strategies for improving the first-year experience on our campuses.


2020 Venue – Utah Valley University


Utah Valley University (UVU) is located near the Wasatch Mountains and  serves the Utah, Wasatch, and Summit counties.  UVU is a teaching institution committed to serving the needs of the communities it serves.  UVU is known for its high moral climate, and the campus is recognized as  one of the safest colleges in the country.  Within 20 miles, students enjoy  winter sports, hiking, mountain biking, water recreation and more.  Join us this March at UVU for the 2020 Utah First-Year Consortium Conference. See you there!

Info at-a Glance

Location: Utah Valley University‘s Sorensen Student Center. If you are driving, please park in the UVU Parking Garage.


Date: Monday, March 23, 2020, check-in at 8:15am, conference start at 9:00am. See full schedule here.


Registration Fee: $30


Call for Proposals: Deadline to submit a proposal is January 3, 2020


Registration Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020

Conference Information

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Who should attend?

Anyone on your campus with an interest in, or responsibility for first-year students will benefit from attending, including:

  • Administrators with responsibility for student success and/or FYE
  • Access and Transition Programs staff
  • New Student Orientation and Retention staff
  • FYE faculty and staff
  • Faculty members who teach first-year courses
  • Academic advisors
  • Students considering careers in student affairs or administration

Registration Information

Cost: Registration is $30 per person 

(includes parking permit, continental breakfast, and lunch)


Registration Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020


Cancellations: Refunds will be processed on a timely manner through March 23, 2020. If you have any questions please email Lisa Simmons, the Utah First-Year Consortium Chair, at lisa.simmons@usu.edu before March 23, 2020.

Submit a Session Proposal

This year's conference focuses on the holistic health of the first-year student. As educators, we realize our students have increasingly complex and evolving needs with regard to health and wellness. From the increasing need for mental health resources and campus safety training, to the importance of creating inclusive communities, first-year programs are on the forefront of wellness-related issues.


We invite breakout session proposals from all who are engaged with and support the wellbeing of first-year students. Professionals at all levels are welcome to participate. Students are invited to participate when partnering with professional staff or faculty. Roundtable discussions are welcome, as they provide valuable space for first-year practitioners to discuss topics. Session presentations are also welcome. Potential presentation/discussion topics include but are certainly not limited to:


  • Campus safety
  • Title IX
  • Mental health
  • Emergency preparedness and/or campus alerts
  • Controversy on campus
  • Resilience training
  • Dimensions of wellness
  • Creative teaching/training ideas
  • Supporting the needs of special populations such as post-traditional, underrepresented, or first-gen students.  
  • Successful partnerships regarding wellness
  • FYE curriculum that supports health and wellness


What we're looking for in proposals:

  • Presentations that give us relevant information we need to do our jobs 
  • Participant outcomes, and session type (i.e., general, roundtable, discussion)
  • Grounded in theory, practice, and/or research
  • Support for practices, conclusions, or recommendations
  • A workshop outline comprising of approximately 45 minutes


What we're asking from you:

  • A clear objective/takeaway for attendees
  • A clear outline of how you plan to share your information and engage the attendees in your presentation
  • No need to use formal lingo - sell us on why your program should be selected


How we’ll review submissions:

  • Presentations will be evaluated on content delivery and engagement    


Proposals are due on Friday, January 3, 2020. 

Location and Parking

Venue: The conference will be held inside the Utah Valley University Sorensen Student Center, located at 800 West University Parkway | Orem, UT  84058


If you are driving, please park in the UVU Parking Garage also located at 800 West University Parkway | Orem, UT  84058

ADA Accommodations

To request accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact UVU Office of Accessibility Services at accessibilityservices@uvu.edu or 801-863-8747 at least one week prior to the event, or make a request within the conference registration form.

Our Conference Partners:

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