HEART of Texas

Homeschool with HEART!

Speaking Schedule (subject to change):

5:30
~ Check-In/Registration Begins

6:00 - 6:50 ~ Speaking Session I:

“‘Snowflakes’ and University Safe Spaces”
Dr. Everett Piper from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Concord III

College 101: Q&A Panel with Public/Private College Representatives
Panel and Moderator in Chenin Blanc

“Opportunity of a Lifetime - How do I Attend One of the U.S. Service Academies?”
Service Academy Representatives in Chancellor

7:00 ~ College Night Exhibit Doors Open (Concord I)

7:00 - 7:50 ~ Speaking Session II:

“How to Ace the ‘New’ SAT”
Jean Burk from College Prep Genius in Concord III

“Dual Credit”
Keely Grant - Senior Academic Advisor at Texas Tech University

“How to Fund College”
Rachael Fournier from University of Dallas in Champanel

“The Truth About College Loans, Scholarships and Grants”
Joe Hooten - College & Career Advisor in Chancellor

8:30 - 9:20 ~ Speaking Session III:

“How to Ace the ‘New’ SAT” (repeated)
Jean Burk from College Prep Genius in Concord III

“Choosing a Major”
Melissa Hair from Texas Tech University in Chenin Blanc

“How to Fund College” (repeated)
Rachael Fournier from University of Dallas in Champanel

9:00 ~ College Night Exhibit Doors Close

9:30 ~ College Night Ends

Workshops are available on a first-come first-served basis. Thank you for your understanding.

Session Descriptions:

“‘Snowflakes’ and University Safe Spaces”
Dr. Everett Piper - President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Dr. Everett Piper is the fifth president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, established in 1909. In his 14 years as president of OKWU, Piper has become known for his passionate defense of intellectual freedom. He advocates tirelessly for cultural courage grounded in the conservation of time-tested truths, and is the 2016 recipient of the Jeane Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom. His commentary on religion, education, and politics challenges what he calls the fallacious duplicity of the intolerant tolerance of today’s academic community.



College 101: Q&A Panel with Public/Private College Representatives
Representatives from Texas A&M, University of North Texas, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Moderator

This is your chance to have your questions answered by a panel of representatives from both public and private colleges and universities.



“How to Fund College”
Rachael Fournier - Director of Financial Aid, University of Dallas

The big question in the minds of many home school families is: How can we afford to send our child to college?  What are the options for a child who isn’t a National Merit Scholar?  What about a family with more than one child in college?  What kind of help is available, and how can you access it?  Rachel Fournier, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at University of Dallas, will help guide you through the maze of college financing options.  She will explain the difference between grants, scholarships, and loans, and schools determine who is eligible for financial aid.


“Opportunity of a Lifetime - How Do I Attend One of the U.S. Service Academies?”
Representatives from the 5 Service Academies & Congressional Offices

High school and middle school students and their parents can learn more about the first-class education available at our country’s service academies. Meet representatives from each of the 5 service academies, who will discuss the requirements for admission as well as the appointment process. A brief DVD highlighting each academy will be shown, and the session will conclude with a question and answer period. Homeschoolers interested in military affairs, defense, leadership, or public service are encouraged to attend!



“How to Ace the ‘New’ SAT”
Jean Burk - College Prep Genius

(Discover how this is a learnable test and every question can be answered in 30 seconds or less.)

Test-prep Guru, Jean Burk, will share her secrets of SAT success that have helped hundreds ofstudents raise their test scores as much as 600 points! Learn how to find shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions. Math, Writing, and Verbal sections are all covered in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have kids in high school, you can’t miss this seminar about preparing them for the SAT!



“The Truth About College Loans, Scholarships and Grants”
Joe Hooten - College & Career Advisor

Joe Hooten will explain about lowering the cost of college and receiving the most financial aid possible. A few examples of things you will learn:

Finding the right college
How to market yourself to the colleges
How social media can help or hurt admissions
The earlier you start, the bigger the impact
The problems with 529’s and college-only savings plans
There are alternative strategies that could lower the cost
How to shelter your savings from FAFSA
Financial aid is available . . . even for wealthy families.

It’s never to late to find FREE money and scholarships for college.


“Choosing a Major”
Melissa Hair - Texas Tech University

With so many options how there, how do you know what major to choose in college?  Understanding that a college degree is important, this session will walk you through the process of choosing a major that is right for you!  Undecided about what to major in?  Don’t worry, most students are.  Hear about tools that you can use to narrow down your choice.



“Dual Credit”
Keely Grant - Senior Academic Advisor, Texas Tech University

Dual Credit classes can help save time & money by allowing students to earn high school and college credit at the same time. In this session, you will explore the pros and cons of dual credit, the general requirements for applying, how credits transfer, and if dual credit is a good option for your student. The session will also address the differences between Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment & AP Credit. There will be a Q&A at the end of the workshop.