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Tentative Agenda

Saturday, January 16, 2021

All virtual sessions will be hosted on Zoom

Check-In: 10:00 AM -10:10 AM

Welcome: 10:10-10:30 AM

Student Panel: 10:30-11:15 AM

Break: 11:15-11:25 AM

Concurrent College Tours: 11:30-12:30 PM

Lunch and Learn: 12:30-1:30 PM

Break: 1:30-1:40 PM

Concurrent Sessions: 1:45-2:30 PM

Closing Remarks: 2:35-3:05 PM

Cost Per PreCollege Student: $50.00 (Includes virtual conference, conference swag, and raffle prizes.)

Registration Link (Registration Deadline January 8, 2021): REGISTER HERE

Contact Information:

The 2021 TRIO PreCollege Conference will focus all of its events around developing leadership skills and preparing students for a successful transition to higher education. This conference is applicable to any student in high school who seeks networking and leadership activities.

WAEOPP Spring Conference MOVED TO FALL VIRTUAL Conference


We have rescheduled the WAEOPP 2020 Spring Conference for October 2020. The date of the conference will be 10/9 Held Virtually via ZOOM hosted by WAEOPP. If you plan to attend the rescheduled conference, we will apply your current paid registration to the new conference dates and you do not need to take any action.


If you cannot attend the rescheduled conference, you will be reimbursed the registration fee minus the $15 credit card processing fee if you cancel before June 1, 2020. If you cancel after June 1, 2020 no refund will be given. If you need to cancel, please email WAEOPP Treasurer, Alex Kurowski at

To register for the Virtual Conference please click HERE
Virtual Conference Registration Fees - Member $115 & Non-Members $215

WAEOPP 2020 Conference Agenda – Tentative

  • 8:45 am: Welcome
  • 8:55 am: President’s Address
  • 9:10 am: Technology/Housekeeping
  • 9:15 am – 10:15 am: Keynote Speaker
  • 10:25 am – 11:15 am: Breakout Session #1
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: General Assembly (Lunch)
  • 1:05 pm -  1:55 pm: Breakout Session #2
  • 2:05 pm – 2:55 pm: Round Table discussions
  • 3:05 pm – Wrap Up 
  • 3:15 pm – TRIVIA Hour

McNair/SSS Retreat


The retreat will be held virtually this year on Sept. 25th and Sept. 26th.

Do your students have questions about how to select the right graduate school for them?  Do they wonder how they will pay for their advanced degrees?  Have they encountered a few “bumps in the road” during their undergrad days and are afraid they may prevent them from getting into the grad school of their choice? The answer to these questions and more will be addressed at the WAEOPP McNair/SSS Retreat! 

Don Asher, the nationally recognized authority on the graduate school admissions process, will be conducting the retreat.

All McNair, SSS, and Multicultural Affairs students are invited to participate in the retreat.  WAEOPP has sponsored the event for over 15 years.

  • Don Asher's session features: information on graduate school applications, the GRE, personal statements, funding, self-advocacy, and graduate school program structure. 
  • Other conference sessions include: a graduate student alumni panel, opportunities for students to speak one-on-one with graduate alumni, graduate school virtual visits, and Grad School 101 and funding/financial literacy sessions. 
  • Registration covers: the cost of the virtual event and access to speakers, as well as 30-day access to a "graduate school preparation" materials folder that includes optional resources. 
  • Registration is $100/participant. There is no limit on the number of registrants per school. Deadline to register is September 18, 2020.
  • Click HERE

Pre-Conference Virtual Grad School Visit

The Graduate Studies Office at UWL is hosting a virtual Graduate School Visit Day on Friday, September 25, 2020.  


Make a (virtual) stop with us and learn more about the beautiful coulee region and the large number of high quality graduate programs available at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse before you join the McNair/SSS Graduate School Retreat. We have scheduled this event to allow an easy transition period between the two events. Please share this information with any of your students who may be interested in this opportunity.


Schedule of the day's events:

  • 11:30 am – Check-in & get settled in for the virtual event
  • 11:45 - 12:00 pm – Welcome and event overview from Graduate Studies Program Director, Meredith Thomsen
  • 12:05 - 1:00 pm – Grad program sessions (includes opportunities to visit with graduate program directors, faculty and current students)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm – Graduate student panel
  • 2:00 - 2:10 pm – Wrap-up and next steps


Check out the UWL graduate program listing or visit our website for more information on graduate school at UWL.  The website also provides visit day registration information (individual and group registration available). 


Questions?  Contact UWL Graduate Studies


We hope to have you join us!


Note all times are Central Time Zone

Friday (4PM to 8 PM)

4:00 – 4:45 PM Graduate School 101/Grad School Timeline

Don Asher’s Session on Personal Statements

5:00 – 6:30 PM Alumni Panel

7:00 – 8:00 PM Graduate School Sessions

Saturday (9 AM to 4 PM)

8:00 – 8:45 Graduate School Sessions

9:00 – 9:45 AM Funding/Financial Literacy

10:00 – 12:00 PM Don Asher

1:00 – 3:00 PM Don Asher

3:00 – 3:30 PM Conference Tie-Up/Evaluations

***Graduate Schools Attending: Central Michigan University; Florida State University; Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis; Louisianna State University; Marquette University; Missouri State University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; St. Cloud University; University of Chicago; University of Colorado, Denver; University of Minnesota, Duluth; University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire; University of Wisconsin--Stout



Sarah Wynn--Conference Chair
McNair Scholars Program
(715) 232-5490





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