Annual Meeting

CSGS Annual Meeting 2018

Dickson St in the Fall

Meeting Dates and Location

February 22-25, 2018
Chancellor Hotel
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Conference Theme: “Discovery and Innovation in Graduate Education
Join us in Fayetteville, Arkansas for engaging explorations of important issues in graduate education, including, for example: Advocacy/Development, International Issues and Concerns, Mentoring and Student Success as well as Policies Related to Legal Issues. The meeting will include plenary sessions as well as concurrent panels and facilitated discussions. Anyone interested in graduate education is welcome to attend.


Registration Details

Early Bird Deadline is December 15, 2017
Regular Registration Deadline is February 2, 2018.

Registration Fees
The registration fee includes meeting materials and a number of meals, including two breakfasts, two lunches, and refreshment breaks.  Guest meal tickets may be purchased on the registration form.

1 or 2 attendees

$400 each, until December 15, 2017

$475 each, after December 15, 2017

3 or more attendees

$350 each, until December 15, 2017

$425 each, after December 15, 2017

3MT Partipants

$100 each

Additional Registration Options 

Student registration (For Students who wish to attend the conference but will not participate in 3MT event)

$150 each, until December 15, 2017

$175 each, after December 15, 2017

1 day registration

$150 each, until December 15, 2017

$175 each, after December 15, 2017

2 day Registration

$300 each, until December 15, 2017

$350 each, after December 15, 2017

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations/refunds may be requested in writing until February 8, 2018.  No refunds will be honored after this date.

Program Details

Preliminary Program

CSGS 2018 Annual Meeting Preliminary Program
Theme: Discovery and Innovation in Graduate Education


Thursday, February 22nd 

1:00 pm              Optional Tour to Crystal Bridges or Campus Tours

5:30 pm              Joint Welcoming Reception of CSGS and CHBGS

7:00 pm              Meet new Colleagues Dinners


Friday, February 23rd

7:30 am               Breakfast Sponsored by ETS

8:30 am               Presidential Welcome

9:00 am               Plenary I: Suzanne T. Ortega, President, CGS

10:00 am             Break

10:15 am             Concurrent Sessions

11:30 am             Networking Lunch and Exhibitor Fair

1:00 pm              Plenary II: Mackenzie Wilfong, General Counsel, Tulsa                                    Community College

2:00 pm              Concurrent Sessions

3:00 pm              Break

3:15 pm              Plenary III: David Gearhart, Chancellor, the University of                               Arkansas

4:20 pm              Concurrent Sessions

6:00 pm              Reception and Posters Session at Walton Arts Center


Saturday, February 24th

7:30 am               Breakfast Sponsored by TBD

8:30 am               Plenary IV: Howard G. Adams, H. G. Adams & Associates

9:30 am               Break

9:45 am               Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Heats 1 and 2

11:00 am             Break

11:15 am             Three-Minute Thesis Heats 3 and 4

12:30 pm             Proquest Awards Lunch and Business Meeting

2:30 pm              Concurrent Sessions

3:30 pm              Break

3:45 pm              Concurrent Sessions

4:45 pm              Break

5:00 pm              Three-Minute Thesis Finals and Closing Remarks

5:30 pm*             Reception at Pryor Center (*immediately following                                          closing remarks)

7:15 pm              State meetings and dinners (optional)


Sunday, February 25th

8:30 am               Executive Committee Breakfast

Featured Speakers

Susan Ortega
President, Council of Graduate Schools

Mackenzie Wilfong
General Counsel, Tulsa Community College

Maureen Grasso
Professor, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University

Mark Power
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
University of Arkansas

Howard G. Adams
Founder and President of H.G. Adams and Associates
Norfolk, Virginia

Plenary Sessions

  • News from the Council of Graduate Schools
  • Policies Related to Legal Issues
  • Panel on Advocacy/Development
  • Mentoring and Student Success

Concurrent Sessions

Theme: Discovery and Innovation in Graduate Education

Concurrent Session 1, Friday, Feb 23, 10:15-11:20

A. Assisting international students with the initial transition to graduate education in the U.S.- Michael Freeman University of Arkansas

B. Exploring Academic Challenges: International Student Perspectives and Faculty Perceptions of English Language Readiness – Lyah Bergman Lanier, University of Arkansas

C. National Politics and the Future of Graduate Education: What are the Probable Effects of Future U. S. National Election Outcomes on Graduate Education? – Brinck Kerr, University of Arkansas

Concurrent Session 2, Friday, Feb. 23, 2:00-3:00

A. Graduate Program Directors: Defining Roles and Providing Support – Julie Masterson, Missouri State University

B. Accelerated Programs and the Future of the Master’s degree. Paul Gemperline East Carolina University and Jerry Pogatshnik, Eastern Kentucky University

C. Utilizing the CRM: A 21st Century Approach Aligning Graduate Student Recruitment, Admissions and Student Success, Cheri Poellot University of Arkansas, DeBrenna Agbenyiga, University of Texas at San Antonio, Dean Campbell North Carolina A&T University

Concurrent Session 3, Friday, Feb. 23, 4:20-5:20

A. Best Advancement Practices for Graduate Schools – Kim LaScola Needy University of Arkansas

B. Discovering Innovative Partnerships: the Graduate School and Graduate Student Government, Arley Ward University of Arkansas

C. Developing a Graduate Student Professional Center: Centralizing the Graduate Engagement and Professional Development Experience John Shaffer, University of Texas at San Antonio and Cyrus Fernandez, University of Texas at San Antonio

Concurrent Session 4, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2:30-3:30

A. Post Doctoral Development Bryan Porter, Old Dominion University, Robert Pearson, University of Texas at Dallas, and Laura DeMarse, North Carolina State University

B. PhD Career Alternatives Kim Needy, University of Arkansas and Marta Pardo, Texas A&M, ,

C. Fostering Graduate Student Development: Onboarding and Mentorship, Susan Carvalho, University of Alabama

Concurrent Session 5, Saturday, Feb. 24, 3:45-4:45

A. The WRITE Thing to Do: Increasing Graduate Level Writing Development, Wendi Zimmer, Texas A&M

B. Graduate Student Lunch ‘n Learns: Two Way Conversations for Student Mentoring and Success, Sheryl Tucker, Oklahoma State University

C. Best practices in supporting inter- and trans-disciplinary graduate degree programs, Jason Osborne, Clemson

3MT Competition

CSGS is pleased to host a regional Three Minute Thesis competition for its member organizations. The competition will consist of preliminary heats during the day on Saturday, February 24th and finals that same evening. The 3MT finals will be followed by a reception for all meeting attendees.

Institutions are asked to register their students using the same link used to register other meeting participants. The $100 fee, paid by the institution, gives 3MT competitors access to all sessions, meals, and receptions. After registration closes, students will be contacted with information on how to provide their slides and with more meeting details.

Eligibility, Rules, and Judging Criteria
The CSGS competition follows the competition rules established by the University of Queensland and uses its judging criteria. However, the CSGS competition accepts students completing both doctoral and master’s degrees. Students who have graduated between the institution’s competition and the CSGS final are still eligible to compete. Each institution may send only ONE competitor to the CSGS Regional Competition.

Welcome to Fayetteville

Getting to Fayetteville

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA), located in Bentonville, is a quick 30-minute drive to Fayetteville.

The website for XNA:

Driving directions from XNA to the Chancellor Hotel: 

START: XNA 1 Airport Boulevard, Bentonville, AR 72712.  Head west on Airport Blvd.  Slight right to stay on Airport Blvd.  Turn left onto AR-264 E.  Turn right onto N Main St.  Turn left onto AR-264 E.  Turn right onto the I-540 S ramp to Springdale/Fayetteville.  Merge onto I-49 S.  Take exit 66 for AR-112.  Turn right onto AR-112 S/Garland Ave (signs for Arkansas 112 S/Fayetteville).  Turn left onto W North St.  Turn right onto College Ave.  Turn right onto E Center St.  Turn right onto N East Ave.  Destination on the right.

Regional Area Map

Ground Transportation

Information about rental cars, taxis and shuttles:

Public Transit Information:

About Fayetteville

Fayetteville, AR Dickson St, Old Main, Farmer's Market

The town of Fayetteville was founded in 1828 on land that was originally part of the Louisiana Purchase.  The northwest Arkansas region, which includes Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville has experienced dramatic growth since those early days and is now the fastest growing region in the state of Arkansas.  The population of Fayetteville is just over 83,000 and the population for Northwest Arkansas as a whole is over 525,000.  Northwest Arkansas is home to Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt, Wal-Mart and the University of Arkansas flagship campus.  Fayetteville has consistently been ranked as a top place to live.  The 2017 US News and World Report ranking has Fayetteville listed as number five due in part to the economy and friendliness of the citizens.

Planning Your Visit

Fayetteville experiences all four seasons.  Although the average daily high in February is 51 degrees and the low is 28 degrees, a coat, hat, gloves and boots would be a good idea as the weather in Fayetteville can be unpredictable.  The campus is a quick 15-minute walk from the Chancellor Hotel and our venues are even closer.

Information about Fayetteville:

The Fayetteville Visitors Bureau:

The Fayetteville visitors guide:

Accommodation Details


To reserve a room, please contact the Chancellor Hotel at:

70 North East Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas

(855) 285-6162

Hotel Website


To receive the special CSGS room rate of $149 (plus taxes) per night, please indicate that you are a CSGS conference attendee when making your room reservation before February 1, 2018.

Reservations are not guaranteed—please make your room reservations as early as possible.  Reservations requests after February 1, 2018 will be accepted by the Chancellor Hotel on a space-available basis at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

University of Arkansas Campus Map with Parking Information

Fayetteville Restaurant List

Restaurant Food Type Closest To: Address Phone Website
Arsaga’s – Depot Coffee/Bakeries Dickson Street 548 W. Dickson 479-443-9900
Bordinos Italian Dickson Street 310 West Dickson Street 479-527-6795
Chipotle Mexican Dickson Street 550 W. Dickson 479-444-1466
Doe’s Eat Place Steakhouse Dickson Street 316 W. Dickson 479-443-3637 No website
Ella’s – Inn at Carnall Hall American Dickson Street 465 N. Arkansas Avenue 479-582-0400
Emelia’s Kitchen Mediterranean Dickson Street 309 W. Dickson 479-527-9800 No website
Flying Burrito Mexican Dickson Street 540 W. Dickson 479-521-3000
Geraldi’s Italian Dickson Street 20 S. University Avenue 479-575-0556 No website
Grubs Burgers Dickson Street 220 W. Avenue 479-973-GRUB
Hamontrees Sandwiches Dickson Street 326 NW Avenue 479-521-1669
Hog Haus Sandwiches Dickson Street 430 W. Dickson 479-521-2739
Jimmy John’s Sandwiches Dickson Street 518 W. Dickson 479-571-0600
JJ’s Grill American Dickson Street 324 W. Dickson 479-435-6000
Marley’s Pizza Dickson Street 609 W. Dickson 479-301-2815 No website
Powerhouse Seafood Dickson Street 112 N. University Avenue 479-442-8300
Qdoba Mexican Dickson Street 603 W. Dickson 479-444-7470
Rolando’s Restaurante Mexican Dickson Street 509 W. Spring Street 479-251-1650
Taco Bell Cantina Mexican Dickson Street 410 W. Dickson
Theo’s American Dickson Street 318 Campbell Avenue 479-527-0086 No website
Waffle House Breakfast Dickson Street 609 W. Dickson 479-587-9366
Wasabi Japanese Dickson Street 313 W. Dickson 479-527-0268
Wes’s BBQ BBQ Dickson Street 14 S. University Avenue 479-521-5901 No website
Arsaga’s – Church & Center Coffee/Bakeries Square 200 W. Center Street 479-301-2975
Dam Good Pies Pizza Square 37 E. Center Street 479-444-7437
Fresco Restaurant Italian Square Ball Plaza, 112 W. Center #100 479-455-5555
Hugo’s American Square 25 1/2 North Block Avenue 479-521-7585 No website
Jammin Java Coffee/Bakeries Square 21 W. Mountain Street 479-443-2233
Little Bread Co. Coffee/Bakeries Square 116 N. Block Avenue 479-527-0622
Orginal Taste of Thai Thai Square 31 E. Center #100 479-251-1800
Savoy Tea Company Teas/Sandwiches Square 19 E. Center Street 479-287-4110
Tiny Tim’s Pizza Pizza Square 21 W. Mountain Street 479-521-5551 No website
Vetro 1925 Italian Square 17 E. Center 479-966-4649

Special Events

University of Arkansas Tour

univ of Arkansas logo

We will be offering complimentary guided walking tours of the University of Arkansas campus on Thursday, February 22, 2018.  The 30-minute tours will depart from the Inn at Carnall Hall at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm.  The Inn is located at the northeast corner of the University of Arkansas campus at 465 Arkansas Avenue.  It is a 15-minute walk from the Chancellor Hotel to the Inn at Carnall Hall.  Please wear comfortable shoes.  Although the average daily high in February is 51 degrees and the low is 28 degrees, a coat, hat, gloves and boots would be a good idea as the weather in Fayetteville can be unpredictable.

Sign-ups for the tour are included on the conference registration page.

A virtual tour of the campus can be found at the below link:

Additional campus maps:


Statue of William Fulbright Old Main Univ of Arkansas Stadium Etched Grad Student Names
Home of the Fulbright Program began by Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1946. See his statue and the Peace Fountain Old Main, the oldest building on campus, was built in 1875. When built, it did not have electricity or running water installed Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, currently undergoing a renovation to increase seating capacity Over 3.7 miles of campus side walks are etched with the names of every graduate since the first graduating class in 1876

Crystal Bridges Museum Tour

crystal bridges museum

Join us for a tour of one of the most prestigious museums in the country.  Crystal Bridges collection spans more than five centuries of American Masters ranging from the colonial era to present day.

We are hosting a pre-conference tour of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Thursday, February 22, 2018.  The bus will depart from the Chancellor Hotel at 1pm and return at 5pm.  A $30 transportation fee will be charged for the tour.

On August 23, 2017, the University of Arkansas announced that the Walton Family Charitable Foundation had donated $120 million, the largest gift ever to a U.S. institution to support and establish a School of Art.  The School of Art will place a strong emphasis on American art and art of the Americas which coincides with the mission of Crystal Bridges.  A primary goal of the gift is collaboration between the School of Art and Crystal Bridges to engage the region in outreach & public service.

If you would like to sign up for the tour, mark the selection on the registration form.  For more information, email Cassie Franklin at


Fayetteville - Things To Do

Air Field Museum Arkansas Mall bridge1


Museum Name Website
21C Museum Hotel, Bentonville
Arkansas Air & Military Museum, Fayetteville
Bella Vista Historical Museum, Bella Vista
Clinton House Museum, Fayetteville
Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Native American History, Bentonville
Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens, Bentonville
Rogers Historical Museum, Rogers
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale
The Wal-Mart Museum, Bentonville
Scott Family Amazeum, Bentonville
Walton Arts Center

Shopping Malls

Shopping Mall Website
Shopping Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville
Pinnacle Hills Shopping Mall, Rogers
Terra Studios
War Eagle Mill

Parks & Recreation (Running & Walking Trails)

Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks
Lake Fayetteville
Wilson Park
Razorback Regional Greenway

Past Meetings

CSGS Annual Meeting 2017

CSGS 46th Annual Meeting

March 2-5 2017
Annapolis, MD 21401