Originally uploaded by betsyanne.
This photo shows part of one of my mother's assemblages - or welded structural creations she has in her back yard. It was taken last summer. She was a non-traditional art student and went back to learn welding in her 30's. She collects auto parts and other metal shapes and has them welded together to make interesting and unusual sculptures.

I really learned a lot being a non-traditional student. I hope I can pass along some of the things I have learned now to help others who are considering going back to school, but just need a little push to help them decide to go ahead.

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  1. ________________________________________
    March 23- 25, 2007.

    The 10th Annual National Conference of the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education is quickly approaching. The conference will be held March 23 – 25, 2007 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Sessions will be one hour each, running from approximately 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday, March 24th.

    The National Conference of the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) is a conference designed for non-traditional students as well as the professionals that work with non-traditional students. This year, in addition to targeting these two groups, we will be expanding our offerings to provide sessions for the spouses/partners of non-traditional students.

    The Theme for the conference is Leaders in Transition. We chose this theme because we recognize the fact that non-traditional students are already leaders, and are in the process of a transition from the workforce to college, and back again. The goal of the conference is to find ways to make these transitions easier. We also seek to maximize our leadership abilities, both in and out of the university setting, and use these abilities to build successful programs. Of course, we won’t leave the professionals out! We will also work to help professionals learn to better provide support and advocacy for non-traditional students on their campuses and to successfully meet the challenges of their positions.

    The conference will be divided into four tracks, which are Student, Professional, Collaborative (applicable to both students and Professional), and Spouse/Partner. Examples of a few of the sessions include Leadership and Marketing Management for Non-Traditional Student, Career Transition; The Power of Networking, Distance Learning for the Non-Traditional Student, Taking your Student Organization to the Next Level. There is a wide variety of presenters from universities and colleges across the country! You can view a more detailed schedule of our breakout sessions on the conference website here.

    If you would like more detailed information about the conference, please visit You may also contact Marie Basler at For more information on ANTSHE, please visit

    We’ll see you there!
    Jeffrey Bunnell
    ANTSHE Communications Officer


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