Big Ten Academic Alliance Liberal Arts Career Initiatives Meeting

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May 17 – 18, 2018  |  Chicago, IL

Meet with leaders of liberal arts and sciences career initiatives from across the Big 10+.

This meeting came about through a discussion by the Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans Group at their Big Ten Academic Alliance meeting, who identified an interest in better defining the unique needs of liberal arts students in their career preparation and the role the liberal arts college can serve in supporting these students more effectively.

Meeting Goals:

Big Ten Academic Alliance

  1. Work toward developing a framework for liberal arts career preparation that will inform the work going on at our own universities.
  2. Develop a strategy for advocating for liberal arts students’ needs and the work we’re doing to address them.
  3. Get to know others doing similar work, share ideas, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Registration & Fees

Registration will open soon for invited participants.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Big Ten Academic Alliance Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans Group, we anticipate there will not be a registration fee for this meeting.

Attendees must pay their own hotel and transportation costs. Some meals included.


Big Ten Conference Center
5440 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018

Hotel & Travel

Aloft Chicago O’Hare

Aloft Chicago O’Hare is adjacent to the Big Ten Conference Center. A room block is available to guests at a rate of $169/night. Guests may check in on May 16, and check out on May 18.

Reserve online by May 2 to secure the room block rate.

Credit card for payment will be requested upon check in. If you are not the card holder and require a credit card authorization, please email debbie.stolkey@aloftchicagoohare for assistance.

DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree is a ten minute walk from the Big Ten Conference Center. A room block is available to guests at a rate of $179/night. Guests may check in on May 16, and check out on May 18.

Reserve online by April 22 to secure the room block rate. Or call 847-292-9100 and refer to group code: BTA or BTAA Liberal Arts Career Initiatives Meeting.


Airport Shuttle

Complimentary O’Hare Airport shuttle transportation provided from 5:00am – 12:00am. Shuttles arrive at :15 and :45 every hour. To catch the shuttle at O’Hare, meet at the Bus/Shuttle Center, Door 3.



The following meals will be included at no cost:

  • Dinner, May 16 – optional but highly encouraged
  • Continental breakfast and lunch, May 17 & 18

A number of restaurant options are also available withing easy walking distance of the Big Ten Conference Center.

Schedule & Agenda

Wednesday, May 16

6:30 pm
Dinner at the Aloft and Informal Introductions

Thursday, May 17

8:30 am       
Continental Breakfast

9:00 am     
Welcome to the Big Ten Academic Alliance Liberal Arts Career Initiatives Meeting

  1. Introductions
  2. Charge, Meeting Goals, and Expectations
  3. Searching for Essential Truths

10:00 am         
Deep Dive 1: Engaging Liberal Arts Students

11:45 am    

12:30 pm   
Deep Dive 2: Leveraging the Liberal Arts Curriculum

2:00 pm   
Deep Dive 3: Serving Well at Scale (Scale as Opportunity)

3:30 pm      
Best Practices Reception and Roundtable Conversations

  1. Measuring Impact
  2. Shaping Funding and Resource Support
  3. Engaging Alumni
  4. Advocating for Experiential Learning
  5. Engaging Employers

Friday, May 18

8:30 am
Continental Breakfast

9:00 am
Shaping the National Conversation: What are Our Essential Truths?

10:45 am
Advocacy and Action

12:00 pm

Contact Us

Feel free to reach out to Rebekah Paré and Paula Wishart if you have any questions.

Contact list of meeting attendees (PDF).

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Planning Committee

Kristi Coleman
Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives and Operations, Career Services Network
Michigan State University

Brian Guerrero
Senior Director, The Center for Career and Professional Success
The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences

Joseph Lovejoy
Director, Walter Center for Career Achievement
Indiana University

Rebekah Paré
Associate Dean and Executive Director, SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science, L&S Career Initiative
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lori Sparger
Chief Operating Officer for the College of Liberal Arts
Purdue University

Paul Timmins
Director of Career Services, College of Liberal Arts
University of Minnesota

Paula Wishart
Assistant Dean of Student Development and Career Initiatives, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
University of Michigan

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