Generation of Blue Jeans

On Monday, December 10, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., come to the Older Persons’ Commission to hear Mary Beth Snyder, Ph.D. discuss the changing face of today’s college landscape.

Every fall for the last 50 years, each new class of college freshman has shown up on campuses across the country wearing jeans. But little else has been predictable. Mary Beth will provide a historical (and at times humorous) at how college life has changed since the 1960s, when she first went off to school.

Mary Beth Snyder, Ph.D., OU vice president of student affairs and enrollment management

Based on her 40+ years as a student affairs professional at a number of universities, she will talk about historical changes in undergraduates that have shaped the higher education culture – their learning styles, behavior, expectations, relationships, career aspirations, and social beliefs that differ from previous generations. She will explore the reasons behind what we see today and discuss student trends that will likely affect higher education in the coming years.

This program is open to the public and admission is $5. For more information or to register, call (248) 608-0251.

For 18 years Mary Beth Snyder has served as the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Oakland University. She oversees all student life and academic support programs and facilities that enrich student learning. Her career has included responsibilities for such areas as admissions recruitment, financial aid, housing, health and counseling, student centers, recreation, discipline, career services, and freshman advising.

Prior to coming to Oakland, she worked at Iowa State, the University of California, and Ohio State. Her degrees were earned at Western Michigan, Ohio State, and UCLA. She has taught in higher education graduate programs at Iowa State and Oakland.

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