Student Finds Success Through Academic Conference Fund
April 27, 2020
Shannon Owen is working on her Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership Program offered at the Traverse City Regional Center. She is on the leadership board of the current Educational Specialist student group based out of Traverse City. She is also engaged in woman’s advocacy work as the Chair of Zonta Club of Traverse City’s Advocacy Committee and a member of Traverse Connect’s Professional Development Committee.
Shannon received funding through the Academic Conference Fund at GVSU to present her research at the UPCEA, Leaders in Professional, Continuing, and Online Education Super Regional Conference in Denver, Colorado. Her research centered around Adult and Continuing Education and developing a training to teach Adjunct Faculty how to teach students from a distance. At the conference, Shannon presented with a colleague and fellow classmate.
The professional experience was very rewarding for Shannon personally and professionally. She was able obtain advice from professionals to apply to her own work in addition to gaining the opportunity to meet individuals that have navigated some of the challenging waters and learned from their experiences. They were open and willing to share their knowledge with her which gave her motivation and tangible ideas to implement in her profession and coursework.
Shannon is sincerely appreciative of the opportunity that the Academic Conference Fund provided her. She was able to gain knowledge and grow professionally. Way to take full advantage of a great opportunity, Shannon!