Presentation Winners

Dedrick Davis, Agronomy

Presentation: Coupled heat and water transfer in wettable and nonwettable soil

Pedro Martinez, Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

Presentation: Sometimes the Y chronomosome is larger: Cytogenetics in an Australian turtle

Ricardo Acevedo, Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering

Presentation: Evaluation of a flux chamber for assessing gaseous emissions and treatment effects of poultry manure

Teske Drake, Human Development and Family Studies

Presentation: "It's not fair!" Mothers' experiences with perinatal loss upon confirmation of a lethal prenatal diagnosis

J. Francisco Hernandez, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies

Presentation: Strategies to support and better integrate Latino small business entrepreneurs in Iowa

Kendra Malone, Anthropology

Presentation: Diverging information and actions: Sexuality, gender, and HIV/AIDS in Trinidad


Luncheon Speaker

For the past fifteen years, Dr. Haggray has served in various leadership roles in community colleges. Since 1997, Dr. Haggray has served respectively as Associate Dean and Dean of the Academic Alternatives and Instructional Support Division at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has been responsible for departments encompassing distance learning, adult education, academic support services, instructional development, multicultural programming, and community development.

Dr. Haggray has a diverse professional background. She served as Assistant Professor in Education at St. Augustine’s College in North Carolina. While completing doctoral studies at Iowa State University, she also served as Coordinator of Residence Life for Union Drive Association. Other professional experiences include directing the Learning Center at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas, coordinating the recruitment of physicians for medically underserved areas for the North Carolina Department of Rural Health Services, and organizing community services for Kaiser Permanente, a private health care provider.

She received her B.A. in History and Education (minor) and M.A. in Educational Technology from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina. She completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Iowa State University in 1992, and received ISU’s Dissertation Research Excellence Award. The title of her dissertation was, “An Interpretive Case Study of Perceptions and Experiences of Undergraduate Women in Engineering Majors at Iowa State University.”

Dr. Haggray is a strong advocate for community colleges. She has led development of college and state-wide initiatives to improve retention and success of distance learners. She has extensive experience with online learning, student success initiatives, adult learner programs, English as a Second Language, international education, interdisciplinary studies, developmental education, multicultural programming, community and workforce program outreach, and university partnerships.

Dr. Haggray was selected to participate in the American Association of Community Colleges’ Presidential leadership mentoring program for future college presidents, and the National Institute for Leadership Development. In 2008, she was nominated by College of DuPage faculty as Administrator of the Year.

Dr. Haggray is married to Rev. Dr. Dennis Haggray. They have a daughter, Alexandria, who is a freshman in high school.


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