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Virtual Conference   |   October 11-13, 2021

Monday, October 11 - Leadership and Higher Education with LTC Frederick Varndado & Colonel Sheila W. Varnado
Tuesday, October 12
Wednesday, October 13 - Inclusive Teaching with Drs. Kelly Hogan & Viji Sathy

Leadership and Higher Education: Connectivity and Survival                                      

with LTC Fred Varnado and Colonel Sheila W. Varnado
Monday, October 11 at 11:45 am ET

An interactive keynote to help the participants gain a greater understanding of how they can be

effective leaders by knowing themselves as they both connect and survive in higher education and lead adult learners to do the same.

LTC Frederick Varnado and Colonel Sheila W. Varnado founded “Leaders and Shakers,” a leader-development company.  Through “Leaders and Shakers,” the Varnado couple is fulfilling a long-held dream of sharing their leadership expertise and knowledge with as many current and future leaders as possible.  They have jointly presented leadership workshops and taught classes since 2012.  Their clients include colleges and universities, professional trade organizations, churches, for-profit businesses and community non-profit organizations.

Retired Army LTC Frederick VarnadoRetired Army Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Eugene Varnado, a native of Magnolia, Mississippi, is the Senior Consultant with Leaders & Shakers, LLC (a leader-development consulting company). He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Alcorn State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Personnel Management from Central Michigan University.

He retired in 1995 from the U.S. Army after serving 20 years and successfully commanding the 731st Military Intelligence Battalion in Hawaii.  His highest military award is the Legion of Merit and he proudly wears his Army Parachutist (Airborne) wings. 

After his military retirement, he served as the Senior Army JROTC Instructor in Honolulu, Hawaii and in Prentiss, Mississippi; worked with the Hattiesburg Public School District and Pearl River Community College and Jones County Junior College Career and Workforce Training Centers.

From 1999 - 2005, he served as the Assistant Director, The Dr. Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Scholars Achievement Program (a new-established TRIO program) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).  

In 2007, he became the City of Hattiesburg Veteran of the Year and in 2014 he retired from USM as the Director, The Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach (OPDEO/Noncredit Continuing Education).  Varnado is an active member of the Alcorn’s Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter; the African-American Military History Museum at the Historic East 6th Street USO and a Life-member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and serves as Chair, Scholarship Committee of his local fraternity Chapter. He serves as a Commissioner on the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport Authority and as the Commander, Hattiesburg Disabled American Veterans Chapter #62.  He is a proud graduate of the 2007 Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi Class and has served as an Adjunct Faculty member (as a leader-development facilitator) at William Carey University.

While at USM, he became an ACHE member and the Committee Chair of the ACHE Committee of Inclusiveness were he and his team worked on Accountability in ACHE, Pathways to Leadership in ACHE, and the ACHE Mentoring Program.  Varnado’s personal goals include being a servant-leader, a positive example, an encourager, a team-player, and timely decision-maker by using his themes of I.M.P.A.C.T. (Individually Motivated People Attacking Challenges Together) where he believes that as individual people, as long as we remain motivated, we can face and attack the challenges head-on that lie before us and turn them into opportunities if we work together as a team because together everyone achieves more. His other theme is P10 (Placed, Planted, Positioned, Purposed, Passion, Perseverance, Plan, Path, Prayer, Praise). 

Colonel Sheila VarnadoColonel Sheila W. Varnado, D.H.L., U.S. Armyretired from the United States Army after completing a 27-year active-duty career in January 2004.  Her leadership roles during her military career included command of integrated, male and female, Army units on four different occasions.  Her culminating position in the Army prior to her retirement was G1, Third Army, headquartered at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia.  After the attack of 9/11, she deployed with the unit to Camp Doha, Kuwait where she served as the Director of Personnel (Human Resources) for the Coalition Forces.   Varnado was triple hatted as the Third Army G1, the Army Central Command G1 and the Coalition Forces C1.  She was responsible for strength accounting for over 300,000 coalition forces, casualty reporting, various other wartime requirements and reporting daily from the theater of operation to U.S. Central Command and the Pentagon.

Varnado received degrees from Ohio University and Syracuse University.  She is a graduate of the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, and “Achieving Excellence in Community Development” through NeighborWorks of America and The Kennedy School of Executive Education at Harvard University.  Colonel Varnado was conferred the Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Carey University on May 19, 2018, in recognition of her sustained leadership and community service in the greater Hattiesburg community. 

Her professional work, after the military, includes working with the United Way of Southeast Mississippi beginning in January 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, to develop and manage a Long-Term Recovery program.  From March 2008 to January 2014 she served as the Executive Director of R3SM (Recover, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi), a 501c3 non-profit agency.  

Equally active in the community, Varnado was the recipient of the Spirit of Women’s – “Spirit in Action” National Award (sponsored by Forrest General Hospital), for her work with Hurricane Katrina recovery.  In 2007 she was recognized by Lifetime Television for Women and Comcast Cable, in partnership with Wesley Medical Center, with the “Strong Women Award” in the Leadership category in recognition of her superior leadership.  Varnado received the 2012 Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Sunrise’s: “Service above Self Citizen of the Year Award” and the 2012 City of Hattiesburg Veteran of the Year Award.  She was named the 2018 Citizen of the Year by the Phi Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. 

In 2013, she received the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association’s Leadership Award for her visionary leadership in the restoring and repurposing of a 100-year-old historic building in downtown Hattiesburg.  In November 2018, Colonel Varnado was inducted into the Sonny G. Montgomery VA Medical Center, Wall of Honor, in Jackson.  Varnado is the only living woman veteran whose picture hangs on the Wall. 

In July 2020, she was informed that she was of one of two selectees for the 2020 Hub Award, designed to recognize citizens of Hattiesburg who have made outstanding contributions to the community, are committed to excellence in service and dedicated to public service.  

She serves with the following non-profit organizations: President of the African American Military History Museum Committee at the Historic East 6th Street USO; Chair, Hattiesburg Veteran of the Year Committee; a Board Director on the Mississippi Humanities Council; and an advisor to the Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Gulfport.  Varnado is currently serving as President of Theta Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated located in Hattiesburg.  She will serve a two-year term.

Colonel Varnado is a contributing author in Leadership Through the Eyes of Senior Military Women Leaders, in the Camouflaged Sisters book series.  Her chapter entitled, “The Conversation” shares acquired leadership knowledge and wisdom, from a senior leader’s perspective, with a newly minted Army Lieutenant as she begins her leadership journey.  These leadership “nuggets” can be used universally by anyone who is privileged enough to be trusted to lead others.

Inclusive Teaching with Drs. Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy
Wednesday, October 13 at 11:00 am ET

An interactive keynote to explore inequities and diversity in the classroom. Participants are provided a framework around inclusive teaching and examples of how using this framework can reduce inequities. Professors Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy of the University of North Carolina will discuss and model some techniques in real time.

Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy are both award winning instructors with a combined 25+ years in the classroom at the University of North Carolina. They are passionate about student success, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. They have expertise on inclusive techniques and active learning in any size crowd, because both teach courses routinely with hundreds of students. On their campus, they lead innovative classroom and diversity administrative initiatives that benefit all students, faculty, and staff. Both are leading the campus in curriculum reforms, bringing course-based undergraduate research experiences and makerspace courses to all disciplines. Kelly and Viji have shared their work with faculty through hands-on workshops at numerous types of institutions. Both have been featured experts in ACUE's Course on Teaching Effectiveness, have been active in the scholarship of teaching and learning in their respective disciplines of biology and statistics, and their work has been featured in a number of national publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times.

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Kelly Hogan, PhD, is a STEM Teaching Professor in the Department of Biology, Associate Dean of the Office of Instructional Innovation and Director of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan associated with SACSCOC accreditation.

By demonstrating the effectiveness of her methods in large lecture classes, her work has received national attention in publications such as The New York TimesThe Atlantic and Insight Diversity.

Hogan works with many of Carolina’s faculty to help them re-imagine their teaching and she has also shared her techniques with educators from institutions across the state and nation. Her teaching has also impacted a student audience far beyond those in her UNC-Chapel Hill classes. As the co-author of several biology textbooks (Campbell Biology’s Concepts and Connections and Essential Biology), Hogan has reached hundreds of thousands of students globally. She has also been recognized by her students through nine different campus, state and national awards for teaching, mentoring and advising. Hogan was the commencement speaker for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. She has been a driver of institutional reform within STEM to ensure that the gateway science courses are taught with high structure, active learning. Hogan completed her undergraduate degree in biology at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey (B.S. 1996) and earned her doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2001).

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Viji Sathy, PhD, is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Teaching in the Center for Faculty Excellence, and Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research.

Sathy is actively involved in instructional innovation and assisting colleagues in promoting evidence-based educational practices. She speaks to many groups nationally on the flipped classroom in higher education. Her research involves evaluating the impact of innovative teaching techniques as well as retention in STEM courses. Sathy is also the Program Evaluator of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars an adaptation of the Meyerhoff Scholarship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County that has successfully increased representation of underrepresented students in STEM PhDs. She teaches quantitative courses: statistical principles in psychological research and research methods. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and the campus’ Student’s choice for Best Professor at UNC. Prior to her current position at UNC, she worked at the College Board conducting research on the SATs and non-cognitive predictors of college success. Sathy completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (B.S. 1996). Based largely on the experience she had in her undergraduate statistics course, she went on to earn her doctorate in psychometrics from UNC-Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2003).

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