Distinguished Lecture


Dr. Sandra M. Estanek

Founders’ Week Distinguished Lecture

Barry University Founders’ Week 2017
10th Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Sandra M. Estanek

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Andreas 111

TOPIC: Achieving Mission-Centered Student Success

CONTENT: Barry University is pleased to announce that Dr. Sandra M. Estanek will be our tenth Founders’ Week Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Estanek’s presentation will explore issues related to student success in Catholic institutions:

  • How Catholic institutions can communicate their value and values in a competitive higher education market
  • How embracing a diverse campus culture can make us stronger economically
  • What an integrated process to address retention that connects to our mission might look like
  • What a vision of social justice that espouses the institutional responsibility we have to ensure student success once we accept a student might look like

Practical examples will be shared about the leadership required to shift to a culture of retention from her own experience at Canisius College. A roundtable discussion will follow the lecture to offer Barry University students, faculty and staff the opportunity to delve deeper into these issues.

In addition to the Founders’ Week lecture, Dr. Estanek will also be meeting with Barry students to explore their view of ethical leadership. To nominate a student leader for this opportunity.

Suggested readings for the lecture:
Article # 1 Genuine Collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs

Additional recommended readings:

Kuh, G. D., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J. H., & Whitt, E. J. (2010). Student success in college: Creating conditions that matter. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint.

Felten, P., Gardner, J. N., Schroeder, C. C., Lambert, L. M., & Barefoot, B. O. (2016). Undergraduate experience: Focusing institutions on what matters most. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Dr. Estanek is a professor and chair of the Graduate Education and Leadership Department at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where she also heads the master’s program in higher education and student affairs administration. Before joining the full time faculty in 2002, she served as a college administrator for 23 years, including 15 years as Vice President for Mission and Student Engagement at two different Catholic institutions. Her research specialty is the practice of student affairs at Catholic colleges and universities. She has written and edited many books and articles on topics related to student life, Catholic identity, and mission, including the recent Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good Practice. She is also co-author, with Patrick Love, of Rethinking Student Affairs Practice. She founded the Institute for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges in 1995, co-founded the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities in 1999, and co-chaired the process that developed the Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities, authoring the final document.

For more information, contact the Office of Mission Engagement at me@barry.edu or 305-899-3599.

2016 Founders’ Week Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Christiana Peppard

2015 Founders’ Week Distinguished Lecture: JO PIAZZA

2014 Founders’ Week Distinguished Lecture and Roundtable Lunch: Dr. Linda Plitt Donaldson

2013 Founders' Week Distinguished Lecture: Corinne Sanders, OP, EdD

2012 Founders’ Week Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Shawn Copeland

2011 Founders’ Week Distinguished Lecture: Sister Anne Willits, OP

2010 Founder’ Week Distinguished Lecture: Sister Patricia Walter, OP

2009 Founder’s Week Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Patrick McCormick

2008 Founders’ Week Distinguished Lecture: Dr. William Cahoy

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