Dr. Pamela Louderback, Information Services Librarian at the Broken Arrow campus library recently attended the 11th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, held in Hobart, Tasmania. While there, she represented Northeastern State University in her presentation entitled, “Successful first year experiences: Sociocultural factors for Indigenous peoples”. Dr. Louderback introduced data from a recent research study that identified non-cognitive factors that promote academic success during the first year of college. The presentation provided a backdrop to understanding the unique social and cultural contexts of American Indian student academic success. Research results demonstrate similarities with Australia’s focus on improving partnerships and pathways for Indigenous people to progress in higher education, especially during the first year.
The conference was held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, located on the waterfront in Hobart with panoramic views over the Derwent River, Mount Wellington, and the city. The conference program presented an exciting mix of perspectives on and innovative approaches to quality first year student engagement, from both an Australian and global perspective, and across a broad range of interests.
During her visit to Hobart, Tasmania, Dr. Louderback was fortunate to attend a welcome reception hosted by his Excellency the Honourable Peter Underwood AO, Governor of Tasmania at his private residence, the Government House.
She also attended the devilish conference dinner held at one of Tasmania’s finest winery and restaurant where researchers from the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park shard current research findings and conservation programs to save the endangered marsupial.
Thanks to generous support from NSU, Dr. Louderback was able to network with and create new friends and colleagues. She is currently collaborating with several faculty in Australia on future research concerning indigenous peoples and strategies for academic success in higher education institutions.