Tri-State College and Career Roundtable

Tri-State College and Career Roundtable

WHEN: Friday, October 11th | 9:00pm – 3:00pm

WHERE: Clarke University | 1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001




The Tri-State College and Career Roundtable is designed to connect educators, college faculty and administrators, business professionals, and community leaders together to support all students in their post-secondary success. This event will engage participants in conversations regarding college and career readiness, best practices and research, and advocating for underrepresented populations. The Tri-State College and Career Roundtable will be hosted at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, on October 11, 2019.

This event is a collaborative partnership between the Engagement and Intercultural Programs at Clarke University, the National Safe Schools Convening, and Iowa Safe Schools!


8:00-9:00am – Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00am – Morning Keynote
10:00-10:15am – Break/Meet with Exhibitors
10:15-11:15am – Workshop Session #1
11:15-11:30am – Break/Meet with Exhibit
11:30-12:30am – Workshop Session #2
12:30-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00-1:30pm – Lunch Panel Discussion
1:30-1:45pm – Break/Meet with Exhibitors
1:45-2:45pm – Workshop Session #3
2:45-3:15pm – Closing Remarks

Lunchtime Panel:

Thom Chesney – Clarke University

Dr. Thom D. Chesney was named the 16th president of Clarke University on Feb. 26, 2019. An accomplished leader, educator, and community volunteer, Dr. Chesney came to Clarke from Brookhaven College, part of the Dallas (TX) Community College System. Dr. Chesney served as president of Brookhaven from 2011-2019. During his tenure as president, he worked to provide transformative educational programs, learning opportunities, and lifetime experiences to students. Among his accomplishments at Brookhaven are the stewardship of a strategic plan that drove increased student enrollment, retention, and graduation rates, as well as public/private partnerships, international engagement, faculty and staff development, and resources. In addition, he oversaw the creation of 19 early college high schools within the Dallas Independent School district over a period of two years and crafted degree-pathway agreements with more than 12 public and private institutions of higher education to provide Brookhaven students with ways to minimize credits taken and debt incurred.</P

Kristin Dietzel – Greater Dubuque Development Crop.

As the Vice President of Workforce Solutions, Kristin Dietzel is in charge of the Greater Dubuque Development workforce solution programs. This includes working closely with local human resource representatives and our local institutions of higher education to promote, the number one resource for posting and searching local career opportunities.

Angela Udelhofen – University of Wisconsin Platteville

Angela Udelhofen was appointed Assistant Chancellor for Admission and Enrollment Services in 2011. Prior to that appointment, she served as director of Admission and Enrollment Services at UW-Platteville since 2003. Udelhofen earned both her undergraduate degree in broadcast communications and master’s degree in agricultural industries and economics from UW-Platteville. She became Vice Chancellor of the newly-created division of Enrollment and Student Success on July 1, 2016.

Workshop Descriptions

Ready for the Workplace – A Young Professional’s Guide to Post-College Success

Young Professionals of Dubuque

In this session, young professionals from the area will discuss the challenges they experienced in their transition from higher education to their careers. Participants gain insights and resources in career preparedness that they can take back to the students and new employees.

“Trans”-itioning into College: Navigating the Postsecondary Experience

Ric Tennenbaum – Queer Campus Coalition Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools

Unique challenges exist for LGBTQ students as they navigate through their college and postsecondary training experiences. In this session, participants will learn how to best prepare students as they consider their postsecondary goals, and they will be able to get resources from an expert in the field.

Panel Discussion – Students with Disabilities in Higher Education

Marianne Mauss – Director of Academic Resource and Disability Services, Clarke University

Roughly 1 in 10 enrolled undergraduates have some kind of disability. In this session, an expert in academic success and a panel of students will be present to discuss the barriers in accessing accommodations in college. They will also discuss the unique challenges they faced in their transition from high school to college, and in this session, participants will discuss the ways educators and employers can assist in these transitions

Eliminating Self-Created Barriers by Improving Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Gina Burkart – Learning Specialist, Clarke University

Often times, we really are our own worst enemies. It turns out that the story of the Little Engine who knew he could really is true. Our thought processes impact our behaviors, relationships and success. This session will discuss recent research regarding emotional intelligence and grit, as well as demonstrate strategies for improving emotional intelligence.

More Workshops to Come!
We have other workshop sessions in development, including Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Barriers in Success for Community College Students, Challenges in the Transition from College to the Workplace, and MORE!

Exhibitor Information:

Are you interested in exhibiting at the Tri-State College and Career Roundtable? Click here to register as an exhibitor.