In higher education today, 33%
of students are the first in their families to attend college, according to statistics
from the U.S. Department of Educationís National Center for Education
Statistics. Only 27% of those students complete a bachelorís degree in four
years. Less than 3% earn masterís degrees or higher.
Midwestern State Universityís
faculty includes several members of the 3% who were driven to succeed in spite
of the odds. To learn about what it took for these to achieve their advanced
degrees, Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden, Dean of the McCoy College of Science, Mathematics
& Engineering, will lead a panel discussion titled ďWhat Fueled Me to be
First? Stories from MSUís First-Generation Faculty and Administrators,Ē for the
first Faculty Forum of the Fall 2019 semester at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Dillard
ďAs pioneers, first-generation
students see themselves as preparing the way for others, but find being a
pioneer a significant challenge,Ē Brown Marsden said. Each panelist will share
a brief sketch of their background, how they decided to go to college, what
their lives might have been like if they had decided against it, the struggles
and successes along the way, and what they did to build success. A question and
answer period will follow the discussion.
Panel members include one
representative from each of MSUís six colleges: Chair of Mass Communication Dr.
Jim Sernoe, Director of the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program Dr.
Delores Jackson, Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Matt Watson, Chair of
Sociology Dr. Beverly Stiles, Dr. James Johnston, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Thuy Nguyen, Assistant Professor of
Marketing and Coordinator of the Master of Business Administration program.
A handout will be provided
that will include bios and information for all first-gen faculty and
administrators as well as information on how MSU Texas supports first-generation
students. An MSU webpage from the event on first-gen faculty will link to
existing first-generation resources at MSU, forming the basis for a network of faculty
and staff to serve as mentors and guides to current students.
Brown Marsden said that MSU
has at least 29 first-generation faculty and administrators who volunteered to
be part of the program.
Faculty Forum is a monthly
showcase for the research and creative endeavors of the Midwestern State
University faculty. It is an opportunity for the campus and Wichita Falls communities
to learn, engage, and sometimes discuss the novel ideas and explorations of the
talented individuals who teach, discover, and create at MSU.
Admission is free and open to
all. Contact Dr. Jon Price at email@example.com
or 940-397-4288 for more information.