EVENT SCHEDULE

(Subject to Change)

2015 SEC SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
Welcome and Opening Comments (International Ballroom)

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

  • Torie A. Johnson, Executive Director, SEC Academic Initiative
  • Dr. Mark Keenum, President, Mississippi State University (SEC Vice President)
Session One - Economic Impact of University Innovation (International Ballroom)
Universities are playing a higher profile role in impacting local, state and national economies. This is accomplished not only through the transition of students and research results into the marketplace, but increasingly in universities crafting innovative public/private partnerships. This session will explore how universities are creating new partnership models to stimulate economic impact.

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Session Moderator: Erik Sander, Executive Director, FLorida Engineering eXperiment Station (FLEXStation), University of Florida

Keynote Address (International Ballroom)

3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Session Two - Building Partnerships in Creativity (International Ballroom)
Creativity is foundational to the university education and research experience and spans every discipline. Yet, forming interdisciplinary partnerships focused on building creativity-focused programs can be incredibly difficult when one considers the myriad cultures of a university's academic programs. This session will explore how partnerships can be formed to advance creative thinking and expression across diverse disciplines.

4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Session Moderator: Dr. Todd Queen, Dean, College of Music and Dramatic Arts, Louisiana State University

Activities for Undergraduate Student Participants
Undergraduate students face many challenges in deciding which graduate programs are best suited to meet their academic and career aspirations. Sometimes, these challenges begin when students are unsure of the best questions to ask and what program elements are vital to the decision-making process. These students-only activities will give students an opportunity to explore these challenges with a panel of university experts and to discuss specific programs available in the Southeastern Conference.

6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Keynote Address (International Ballroom)
8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Session Three - Innovation in Education (International Ballroom)
Today's students often learn in very different ways than previous generations and expect to exercise knowledge and skills virtually as they acquire them. This new paradigm requires universities to innovate and create new educational models. This session will discuss how models are implemented across myriad disciplines to provide unique experiential opportunities that complement traditional instructional models.

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Monday, September 21, 2015

Session Moderator: Dr. David Rock, Dean, School of Education,
University of Mississippi

Breakout Session I (Atlanta Conference Center)

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Monday, September 21, 2015

Session Four - Building Innovation Partnerships Across Disciplines
(International Ballroom)

True innovation has never been the monopoly of any single discipline as life changing advances have come from virtually every corner of the university. The incredible acceleration of today's innovation economy is being driven by advancements at the intersection of disciplines, and this session will highlight creative models for building innovation partnerships across disciplines.

1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Monday, September 21, 2015

Session Moderator: Jim West, Dean, College of Architecture, Art and Design, Mississippi State University


SEC Provosts Panel - Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Examples of Campus-Level Initiatives (International Ballroom)
Innovation and entrepreneurship programs are exploding on campuses around the country, not only within academic units but also as strategic priorities of senior university leaders. This panel of SEC university Provosts will highlight cutting edge examples of innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives that impact students and faculty across campus.

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Monday, September 21, 2015

Breakout Session II (Atlanta Conference Center)

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, September 21, 2015


Keynote Address (International Ballroom)
8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Session Five - Building Partnerships with Industry and the Community (International Ballroom)
Universities have always played a traditional role in supporting their communities and the industries with which they work. However, today's university has exciting opportunities to build innovative partnerships that go beyond the traditional model of university research, education and service. This session will explore how forward-thinking universities are redesigning their partnership models to play a substantially greater role in driving the nation's innovation economy.

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Session Moderator: Dr. Johnathan Johnson, Professor of Sustainability,
University of Arkansas

Closing (International Ballroom)

10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

  • Torie A. Johnson, Executive Director, SEC Academic Initiative
  • Greg Sankey, Commissioner, SEC