Keynote Speakers 2017

Thursday’s Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Dana Zahorik from Fox Valley Technical College

Change happens all the time to each and every one of us. How we and our students handle change impacts our everyday experiences, including our educational and advising experiences. This presentation will focus on the effects of change and how it impacts our approach to advising, the services we provide, and student success.

Dana Zahorik has served as a counselor and advisor for Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton, Wisconsin for 22 years, where she provides academic, career and personal counseling and advising for public safety program students. In addition, she has developed and helped grow their peer advising program, she is the current Chair of the Academic Advising Council, and she provides faculty advisor training for new and continuing advisors. She has also served as faculty for College and Career Success coursework. Prior to her current position at FVTC she served as a career counselor and facilitated training for economically disadvantaged students. She earned her Master’s degree in Counselor Education: Student Development from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1995 and her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2006.


Friday’s Keynote Speaker:
Dr. John Koker Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs from UW Oshkosh

This presentation will focus on Fostering a Supportive Atmosphere of Questioning and Problem Solving.  Working through new experiences and challenges are examples of open-ended problem situations.  While true problem solving cannot be reduced to template or algorithmic behavior, there are several ways to support others as they work through problems and arrive at solutions.

John Koker is the Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He was Dean of the College of Letters and Science from 2006 - 2017.   John has been a member of the UW Oshkosh faculty since 1991 serving as chair of the Department of Mathematics from 2000 – 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, an M.S. from Purdue University and a B.A. from St. Norbert College. During the spring of 1999 he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics Education at Kyungpook National University in Taegu, South Korea.  John received a 2002 UW Oshkosh Distinguished Teaching Award and was named a 2004 UW Oshkosh Rosebush Professor for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. In 2006, he was honored with the UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2014 he received a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for Education from St. Norbert College.