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Monday, July 28, 2014

Agenda for Illinois College Access Network 2014 conference

JP Paulus of Do Gooder Consulting will be a part of the 2014 Illinois College Access Network conference, co-leading the Social Media Basics workshop. (We made this announcement last week).

We now have the schedule of events, with all of the workshop sessions available. There are many helpful choices, and we won't take it personally if you choose the financial literacy workshop.

However, if you missed the registration deadline, please take a moment RIGHT NOW and contact Illinois CAN by e-mail at or by calling Renee Tucker Martinez at 773-244-5575

Please invite your friends and colleagues to be a part of this event.


Illinois College Access Network

5th Annual Mini-Conference

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Click Here to RSVP by Friday, August 1, 2014

8:00 – 8:30
Registration and Continental Breakfast
(Hamming Hall)
8:30 – 9:00
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mike Dessimoz, ICAN Chairperson
(Hamming Hall)
Room C-33
Room C-34
9:15 – 10:15
Best Practices in Supporting Students Through College
John Horan, President, North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School
Khair Sadrud-Din, College Years Counselor, Link Unlimited
ACT/SAT Testing Updates: A Collaborative Presentation
Marc Geslani, Senior Education Manager, The College Board
George Schlott, Client Relations Account Executive, American College
Testing Program
10:30 – 11:30
Effective Transitioning to College for Students with Disabilities
Tanya Cox, Director of Special Needs, Malcolm X College
Raynette Clark-Gully, Disability Director, Olive Harvey College
Creating the Framework for Institutional Marketing Success
Leslie Millenson, President, The Millenson Collaborative
11:45 – 12:45
Social Media Basics for the College Access Professional
JP Paulus, President, Do-Gooder Consulting
Rusty Wimberley, Web Consultant, Severity Design
Financial Literacy: Managing Student Loan Debt
Russ Goeltenbodt, Financial Literacy Experts
12:45 – 2:00
Lunch and Keynote Address with Q&A
(Hamming Hall)
Courtney Logan
Author, Attorney, and ICAN Alum
Author of Shaped by Fire: My Escape from Poverty’s Pit, Mr. Logan will speak of his youth in East St Louis, and how his experience in
ACI’s College Readiness Program helped him reach for greater heights and beat the odds.
Stay for a book signing after lunch with this impressive young man seeking to bring support to the college access cause.

The conference fee is $50 for Illinois CAN members and $100 for non-members. 

Annual memberships ($75 for individuals, $150 for organizations) can also be paid (check or cash) on August 6th; the discounted fee will then be applied to the conference charge.

Free parking is available in the lot at the southeast corner of Foster (5200 north) and Kedzie (3200 west). The conference will take place in building #12, Hamming Hall.

For a campus map please follow the link below:

Click Here to RSVP by Friday, August 1, 2014

North Park University * 3225 W Foster Avenue * Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Presenting at the 2014 Illinois College Access Network conference

JP Paulus will be a co-presenter for a workshop during the Illinois College Access Network conference in Chicago on Wednesday, August 6. He will join another colleague to present "Social Media Basics", to help Illinois CAN members how to best utilize this technology.

The aim of the conference as a whole is to help those who work with youth (and adults) get them to college, and to connect resources together to help our whole state improve our college graduation rates.

There is a cost (see the announcement below). Please send an e-mail to if you have any questions.

The conference is on Wednesday, August 6, from 8am - 2pm at North Park University, 3225 W. Foster Avenue (in Hamming Hall, connected to the gym).  Free parking is available at the lot on the southeast corner of Kedzie and Foster.

Here is the official announcement:
2014 Illinois CAN Summer Conference on August 6th

Good afternoon, colleagues.  The 2014 Conference will be at North Park University, with the usual light breakfast at 8am and program starting at 8:30.  Lunch will be served and the conference will conclude at 2pm.Interest sessions will include
  •   Financial literacy for students, with special emphasis on college loan debt 
  •   Mentoring students through their college years
  •   Testing update from ACT and The College Board: a collaborative presentation 
  •   Transitioning to higher education for students with special needs
  •   Marketing for non-profits: institutional advancement
  •   Social media as a marketing tool: for students and for organizational visibility 
At lunch, our keynote speaker will be Courtney Logan, attorney and author of "Shaped by Fire: My Escape from Poverty's Pit."  Mr. Logan will speak of his youth in East St.Louis and how one of our members (Associated Colleges of Illinois) assisted him through its College Readiness Program.

The conference fee is $50 for Illinois CAN members and $100 for non-members.  Annual memberships ($75 for individuals, $150 for organizations) can be paid (check or cash) and the discounted fee will be applied at the conference.  Please let me know if you need a copy of the Network application and a list of the member categories and accompanying fees

Here's the planned schedule:

Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00am          Welcome and Opening Remarks, by Mike Dessimoz & Leslie Millenson
9:15 – 10:15am       Break-out Sessions:
10:30 – 11:30am     Break-out Sessions:
11:45 – 12:45pm     Break-out Sessions:
12:45 – 2:00pm       Lunch& Keynote Presentation by Courtney Logan:
                                    "Shaped by Fire: My Escape from Poverty's Pit."

For more information, go to the Illinois College Access Network website.

If you are at the conference, please come to see JP Paulus. If you don't see him, call or text 872-222-8008.

We look forward to seeing you!