Gifted Girls Conference
(7th grade girls only)
Friday, May 3, 2013
Conference Registration is closed.
|9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
||Registration, Hughes Trigg Student Center, Lower Level
|10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
||Keynote Address, Yolette Garcia
|11:15 a.m. - 12 Noon
|12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
||Complimentary Box Lunch
|1 - 1:50 p.m.
The Gifted Girls Conference is offered through the Gifted Students Institute.
Registration form and breakout session choices must be received by April 26.
Registration is on a first come-first served basis.
Ms. Garcia is the Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. She's responsible for identifying and prioritizing community partnerships and projects for the School. She also develops strategies for communications and promotion.
Prior to joining SMU, Ms. Garcia was a veteran public broadcasting journalist and manager for KERA television and radio, the North Texas public broadcasting station. She served the public broadcasting organization in various capacities for 25 years. In her most recent position, Garcia supervised the creation of a new arts unit for radio and Web. Prior to this she directed Communications/Marketing, Web, the Educational Resource Center and community outreach for all of KERA's content areas (Radio, Television, Web and Education). She has served as Assistant Station Manager of KERA 90.1, and News Director. As such, she managed the activities of the radio staff, and provided editorial guidance and oversight for the News department. She also supervised joint Radio and TV journalism projects for local and national broadcast.
She received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. and a Masters of Arts degree in Art History form SMU.
The Future is Nearer Than You Think
Randy Trevino, SMU Admissions Counselor
College is a time to grow personally, intellectually, socially, mentally, and physically. With over 3,000 colleges in the country, the options for post-high school life are enormous. You are in the drivers seat when it comes to selecting a college. What do you want to study? What types of classes do you want to engage in and share your opinion? What goals do you have for the future? Come learn about how to be successful when making the step towards college life.
He Said/She Said
Abigail Bartoshesky, Ed.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Simmons School, SMU
Have you ever wondered whether men and women are speaking the same language? Do we ask the same questions? Do we discuss the same topics? Do we speak and listen in the same manner? In the field of linguistics, the study of language, researchers examine and analyze conversations in order to investigate these sorts of questions. In this break-out session, we will discuss your own observations about language and explore some of the research findings on the similarities and differences between men and women in language and communication.
Betsy Del Monte, Architect, The Return on Innovation Project
The structure of our world is apparent in everything we see, but we might not know it's there. Engineering and architecture teach you ways of understanding how things are put together: big things (airplanes), little things (shoes), fast things (cars), things that don't move...much (buildings). If you like to put things together, or take things apart, you're already using design thinking. Designers learn to express themselves verbally and visually. Come and learn about how knowing how things go together affects the way you see everything.
Novel Writing and Publisihing
Kay Honeyman, Author
Do you have a story that you’ve always wanted to tell? Have you ever wondered how an idea become a novel? This session will discuss the path to publishing. Kay Honeyman will use examples from her own experience publishing her debut novel The Fire Horse Girl, recently released by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. She will talk about writing a novel, submitting it to publishing houses, and working with professional editors. It will inform students on how the books that they hold in their hands came to be and hopefully inspire a few budding authors, setting them on the path to their own published novels.
Why Students Matter: The Case of the Rights Movement
Dennis Simon, Ph.D., Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Political Science, SMU
This session will highlight the role of students in the Civil Rights Movement. The discussion and presentation draws from both the history of the movement AND the experiences of current students who travel throughout the south during the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage.
In It To Win It
Kelyn Rola, Applied Physiology Laboratory Manager, Simmons School, SMU
How is human and animal motion studied? How do your brain and muscles work together, which one uses more energy? What effect does exercise have on your cardiovascular system? Come find the answers to these questions and more as you explore the many opportunities in the health and science field.
Psychology of Success
Ann Batenburg, Ph.D. Clinical Assistant Professor, Education, SMU
Which Mindset are you? A fixed mindset believes in natural ability, that one is born with a certain amount of talent or intelligence, and one can do little to change it. A growth mindset believes that one can always change one’s basic ability. This presentation will explain the mindsets and their consequences.
Meadows Museum Docents
Travel through 1000 years of Spanish history on a guided tour of the Meadows Museum. One of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, the Meadows Museum is home to many great masters such as Goya, Ribera, Velazquez, Picasso, El Greco, Miro, Rodin, and Giacometti. Come see our collection of Spanish masters in a new light! Click here for the current exhibitions.
The Gifted Girls Conference will be held on the SMU campus. A map (click here to link to SMU's online map site), parking directions, and confirmation letter will be emailed to the adult accompaning the students. If you do not receive an email, please contact the GSI office. Space is limited; please make reservations early.
for the bus parking and student drop off map. For those driving cars, click here
for a visitor parking map.
The conference registration fee per person is $45. The registration fee for girls who are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program is only $10. The Conference is limited to 7th-grade girls and their teachers/sponsors, but each teacher who registers five girls will receive a free registration. Breakfast is NOT provided, and the light lunch (included in the registration fee) is not served until 12:15.
Registration form and breakout session choices must be received by April 26. Registration is on a first come-first served basis. Complete a registration form (below) for each girl and adult attending (copy the form as needed). All girls must be accompanied by either a teacher or a parent, and there must be at least one sponsor for every ten girls. Due to space limitations, the conference is limited to seventh-grade girls and their sponsors. Notice that the form requires a Guardian's signature.
Please mail all of the registrations for any one group of girls sponsored by the same adult together in one packet with a check or purchase order payable to SMU/GSI. Requests for refunds must be received seven days before the lecture/workshop; otherwise no refund will be made. Cancellation prior to one week will be refunded less a $15 handling fee; a check for the balance will be mailed in 3 to 4 weeks. Registrations and payment information must be sent to:
Gifted Students Institute
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750383
Dallas TX 75275-0383
Click here for a PDF registration form.