GREAT Symposium & Keynote Speakers


GREAT Symposium Workshop: Academic Integrity

April 9, 2018, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Speaker:  Breea Clark, J.D.
Associate Director of Academic Integrity Programs, OU Norman

Seminar Title:  Academic Integrity

This is a co-sponsored event between the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at the OUHSC.


GREAT Symposium Workshop: Cultural Awareness

April 10, 2018, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299) 





Speaker: Cia Verschelden, MSW, EdD

Executive Director, Office of Institutional Assessment

University of Central Oklahoma

Dr. Cia Verschelden currently serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Assessment at the University of Central Oklahoma. In this role, Dr. Verschelden employs equity-enhancing strategies in her classes and works with student affairs professionals on university-wide projects focused on creating identity-safe environments for all students. Her current research studies effectiveness of Life Reports for helping students learn about themselves and connect with others. Dr. Verschelden was faculty for twenty years at Kansas State University. While at K-state, she served in various roles ranging from faculty, Director of the Women's Studies Program to Director of the Office of Assessment. She has also has served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Highland Community College in Kansas and worked in assessment of studentlearning at the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago. Dr. Verschelden’s life long work is studying and writing about how poverty, racism, and other “differentisms” rob students of mental bandwidth and how we can help them recover. Her book, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization, was published in 2017. Dr. Verschelden has a B.S. in psychology from Kansas State University, an M.S.W. in Social Policy from The University of Connecticut, and an Ed.D. in Interpersonal Development from Harvard University.


GREAT Symposium Workshop: Career Development

April 11, 2018, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299) 

Speaker: TBD

Seminar Title: TBA


GREAT Symposium: Career Round Table Discussion

April 12, 2018, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Craig Shimasaki, PhD - President & CEO, Moleculera Labs; CEO BioSource Consulting Group; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, OU School of Entrepreneurship. Oklahoma City, OK
  • Vidya Vedham, PhD - Program Officer, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Washington, DC
  • Rhonda Clark, PhD - Criminalist, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation; Adjunct Faculty, University of Central Oklahoma. Oklahoma City, OK
  • Jessica Hale, MS - Data Scientist, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center. Oklahoma City, OK
  • Patrick Crosswhite, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Human Physiology, Gonzaga University


GREAT Symposium Keynote Speaker

April 12, 2018, 1:30pm - 2:15pm, Samis Center Auditorium

Keynote Speaker: 


Dr. Scott Rollins

President and CEO at Tetherex Pharmaceuiticals,
past President and CEO at Selexys Pharmaceuticals,
past Co-founder and Senior Vice President of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, In