Friday, March 29, 2013

Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Are you considering applying to graduate school? Find out how to unlock your potential and become a successful applicant in the fields of:
·       Teacher Education and Preparation
·       Professional Therapy, Counseling, and Psychology

Information presented will be applicable to graduate programs nationwide. This one-day conference will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 on the beautiful and historic campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

The conference will feature experts in the fields of Teacher Education and Preparation; Professional Therapy, Counseling, and Psychology; and Graduate Admissions. Presenters will be candid, upfront, and entertaining as they provide practical tips and insight into becoming a successful graduate school applicant and student. The day will conclude with an outdoor reception and allow for an invaluable opportunity to interact with other conference attendees.

After attending this conference, you will be able to:
·       Align your personal values, interests, and skills with your graduate school   goals
·       Recognize the essential components of the graduate school application and process
·       Analyze and improve your online persona
·       Evaluate the characteristics of a competitive graduate school candidate

This conference is intended for undergraduate students, second-career seekers, and others interested in the graduate school application process. Please see the conference program below.

Register for the conference at The registration fee is $30 and includes refreshments, lunch and a cocktail reception. If you are unable to attend in person, register to
live-stream the day’s program online for $10.

Registration is limited, so please register early. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 17th at 11:59pm PST.

For more information, please contact Kelly Pjesky, Admissions Director, or
We hope to see you there!

Conference Agenda
Williman Room
Check-In, Continental Breakfast & Networking

Welcome Address

10:00am to 10:40am

Williman Room
Know Thyself: Finding Your Graduate Program
Understand how your skills, interests, values, and goals are essential in guiding your graduate school choices. Prospective graduate students will explore how personal and academic aspirations can further your graduate school and career goals.
Nick Ladany, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Session 1

10:45am to 11:30am

Parlor C
A Behind the Scenes Look at the Graduate Application Process
Learn how to craft a successful resume, understand the purpose of purpose statements, prepare for standardized tests, obtain relevant experience, and acquire letters of recommendation.
Megan France, Ph.D., Director of Assessment, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Kelly Pjesky, M.A., Director of Admissions, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Session 2

11:35am to 12:15pm

Parlor C
The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media: Preparing Your Virtual Self for Graduate School
Does your online persona require some polishing? Recognize what to do and what to avoid when packaging your online identity.
Pedro Hernandez-Ramos, Ph.D., Department Chair of Education; Coordinator, Science Technology, Environmental Education, Mathematics (STEEM) Program, Santa Clara University
Steve Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer of Education; Director, Character Education, Catholic Education Advisor, Markkula Center, Santa Clara University
12:20pm to 1:20pm
Williman Room
Session 3
1:20pm to 2:00pm
Parlor C
Interviewing for Success
Experience what to expect and how to respond during individual and group admissions’ interviews.
Harold Hoyle, Ph.D.  Lecturer of Education, Santa Clara University
Cheryl McElvain, Ed.D., Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Education and Teacher Credential Programs, Santa Clara University
Priscilla Myers, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Reading Specialist in Education, Santa Clara University
Concurrent Sessions 5

2:05pm to 2:45pm

Session 5A, Parlor C
Session 5B, Parlor A
Discipline Specific Admissions Applications
Prepare for the journey that you will take as a graduate student in specific disciplines.
Session 5A: Graduate Programs in Teacher Education and Preparation
Marco Bravo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, Santa Clara University
Melissa Gilbert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, Santa Clara University
Lisa Goldstein, Ph.D., Director of Teacher Education; University Coordinator of CTC Credential Programs, Santa Clara University
Session 5B: Graduate Programs in Professional Therapy, Counseling, and Psychology
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
2:50pm to 3:15pm
Williman Room
Santa Clara University School of Education and Counseling Psychology Information Session (optional)
Kelly Pjesky, M.A., Director of Admissions, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
3:15pm to 4:30pm
Williman Patio
Cocktail Reception & Networking
                                                        For registration, please visit

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