National Symposium "The Millennial Student"

Wednesday, March 1, 2006 (Around 9 years ago)

The Faculty Resource Network is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the seventh annual National Symposium taking place on November 17-18, 2006 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 2006 symposium will focus on “The Millennial Student” and is being hosted by University of the Sacred Heart and the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

Symposium Topic

Today’s college students are often referred to as “the Millennials,”—a generation characterized by some as self-absorbed, attention-deficit-disordered, digital addicts who disrespect authority and assume that they can control what, when, and how they learn, and by others as smart, self-assured, technology wizards, who follow the rules, and who are on their way to becoming the powerhouse generation. Clearly, this is a generation like no other, and that has posed an entirely new set of challenges both in and out of the classroom for faculty members and administrators alike.

Born roughly between 1980 and 1994, the Millennials have been raised amid a barrage of vast and ever-increasing information, making them the most informed generation to have lived on the planet. They have been pushed to learn collaboratively, through group study, whether in-person or virtual, and they like to multi-task, often chatting on Instant Messenger and playing an online game while working on an assignment. Their parents, who have been described as hovering and over-involved, have added a new dimension to the stresses already faced by this generation, which include accessing and financing a college education as well as assuring success in the job market. And with internet pen-pals from Barcelona to Beijing, they have grown up seeing all places on the globe as connected, interdependent, and open for business 24/7.

How do we as educators and administrators respond to this generation? How do we address the unique learning needs of the Millennial student? What are our moral and legal responsibilities in addressing the myriad issues these students face? Through keynote presentations, plenary and breakout sessions, this symposium will offer the opportunity for faculty members and administrators to discuss these timely issues.

Topics that may be explored include, but are not limited to:

  • Perspectives on teaching and learning to Millennial students
  • Addressing the Learning Styles of Millennial students
  • Accessing and Financing Higher Education
  • The Implications of Globalism
  • Involvement of parents
  • The Role of Technology and media literacy of students and faculty
  • The involvement of Parents
  • Mental health of students
  • Student Culture
  • The Next Generation

The Faculty Resource Network’s Seventh Annual National Symposia will be held on the campuses of Sacred Heart University and the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras in San Juan, PR on November 17 -18, 2006. We invite the submission of one-page proposals for breakout sessionson the theme of “The Millennial Student.”

Proposal submission guidelines

We request a one-page abstract of the intended presentation or paper that outlines the proposed focus and major questions being addressed in the breakout session and how those issues relate to Millennial Students and Higher Education. We accept individual, panel and group proposals and encourage collaboration across departments and institutions. Abstracts may be sent as an email attachment to, or mailed to the Faculty Resource Network:

Faculty Resource Network
Attn: National Conference 2006
194 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012

Abstracts must be submitted to the Faculty Resource Network by May 12, 2006. Presenters will be selected and notified by July, 2006.

Registration and Hotel Information

For faculty members and administrators at Faculty Resource Network and Leadership Alliance member institutions, as well as those individuals whose presentation proposals are accepted, there is NO registration fee for participation in the symposium. Please visit the membership page for a complete list of affiliated institutions.

Faculty members and administrators at non- member institutions who do not have accepted proposals may participate in “The Millennial Student” symposium upon payment of a $75.00 registration fee.

Upon submitting the registration form, an invoice will be sent to you via email. Non-member faculty and administrators may pay the registration fee at during the symposium or in advance or via check, or credit card. The registration fee covers access to all symposium sessions, and receptions as well as transportation to symposium proceedings.

Register online by November 4, 2006.

Hotel Information

For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved for attendees of the Faculty Resource Network National Symposium at the Caribe Hilton, San Juan. The hotel is located at Los Rosales Street on the Grounds of San Geronimo, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Caribe Hilton San Juan offers outstanding recreational facilities, including a spectacular beachfront swimming complex with waterfalls, whirlpools and a swim-up bar area. The hotel features seven restaurants and is within minutes of historic Old San Juan.

To take advantage of this special hotel arrangement, please call Hilton Reservations at 800.468.8585. When reserving your room mention that you are attending the symposium of the Faculty Resource Network at New York University and have your personal credit card ready to guarantee your reservation.

Rooms are on reserve for the dates November 16, 17 and 18, 2006. For the best room selection and availability please make your plans as early as possible.

A limited number of rooms are available at the group rate until the room block has been filled or until October 14, 2006, after which the normal rate and availability restrictions will apply.

Special Symposium Rate
Standard rooms: 150.00/night

The rooms at the Caribe Hilton feature spacious tropical modern bedrooms with ocean or tropical garden views and all the modern world amenities you would expect from a world class hotel. For more information on the amenities of the Caribe Hilton please visit

Contact information

Please direct inquiries to the Faculty Resource Network (, or 212-998-2090). For more details on the conference, or additional information about the Faculty Resource Network and our member institutions, please consult our website.

Fredrik C. Palm
Assistant Director for Program Development
Faculty Resource Network
New York University
194 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Tele: 212.998.2090
Fax: 212.995.4101

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