Spring 2016 Student Affairs Professional Development Series

Spring 2016 Student Affairs Professional Development Series

Events sponsored by the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee

Doing more with less…No—Be more efficient with less

Thursday, January 7th, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Illini Union Room 210 General Lounge
RSVP: please email studentaffairs@illinois.edu

We are all working to be more efficient while maintaining exceptional services for students and customers. Formal process improvement can provide a systematic approach to identifying, analyzing and improving a processes. We can increase productivity, reduce costs, and streamline the student experience using this approach. This session will provide a business process improvement framework with a tangible approach to documentation, analysis, and recommendations to improvement a process. The skills developed in this session will engage learners in strategies ready for implementation in your work environment. Each participant will learn about what BPI is and the value of different models used to document and analysis a process. This interactive session will teach one method for mapping an existing department process.

Presented by:
Mara Freeman, Office of Minority Student Affairs
Susan Steinfeldt, Illini Union
Jeanette Weider, University Housing

The Chat Webinar: Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington on Training Staff To Respond To Racial Climate Challenges

Tuesday, January 26th, 1 to 2:30 pm (Central)
Location: Illini Union 407

How do we train professional and para-professional staff to engage and respond to issues of diversity and inclusion, in a time when race relations are so charged on campus? This question continues to plague many campus professionals, as they seek to encourage respectful dialogue and engagement. Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington will share his insights and expertise during this webinar.

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Lecture by Tim McMahon “People, Purpose, and Place: Reclaiming the Soul of Student Affairs”

Thursday, February 11th, 3 to 4:30 pm
Location: Illini Union 314A

With the pressures of administrative duties and the need to meet new federal mandates, it is easy to forget the foundation upon which student affairs was built—people, purpose, and place. In this session we will mix student affairs philosophy with the works of Parker Palmer, David Whyte, Margaret Wheatley, and others to get to the “soul” of student affairs. Come be renewed and inspired.

Timothy R. McMahon recently retired from the University of Oregon, where he was a Faculty and Curricular Development Specialist for the Center on Diversity and Community, and a part-time consultant to the Holden Leadership Center. Among his professional interests are leadership development, chaos and systems theory, and issues related to diversity. He is a co-author (with Susan Komives and Nance Lucas) of Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference and loves the Chicago Cubs, all things Apple, Diet Pepsis, and the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Strategic Career Development for Student Affairs Professionals

Wednesday, March 2nd, 3 to 4:30 pm
Location: The Career Center Interview Suite (616 E. Green St., Suite 213, Champaign)

Student affairs professionals are skilled in the practice of enhancing student growth and development, but do not always take the time to focus on activities that will enhance their own careers. In this session participants will examine common roadblocks to career advancement in student affairs, assess personal strengths and goals, and begin drafting a personal action plan for career success. Bring your questions to the Career Coaches!

Presentation by Gail S. Rooney Ph.D., Director & Taisha D. Mikell, Assistant Director, Pre-Health Counseling and Campus Outreach, The Career Center

Webinar: Off Campus Trips: Manage Risk, Safety, Behavior and Protect Yourself

Thursday, March 24th, 1 to 2:30 pm
Illini Union, Room 407
Co-Hosted by the Illini Union

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Working with Distressed and Distressing Students: An Overview

Wednesday, April 13th, 3 to 4 pm
Location: 500 Swanlund Administration Building
RSVP by emailing: studentaffairs@illinois.edu

This session will provide an introduction to the practices, approaches, and policies the Office of the Dean of Students employs, in partnership with other campus units including Housing, the Counseling Center, McKinley Health, UIPD and the Office for Student Conflict Resolution, to provide support to students in emotional distress, crisis or who are exhibiting behaviors which are concerning to members of the campus community. The purpose of the session is to provide staff who do not routinely work with distressed and distressing students a broad overview of the types of student issues that university campuses today must be equipped to address. Participants will learn important information about campus resources and practices that will aid them should they ever encounter a distressed or distressing student. Several case examples will be reviewed so that participants will leave the session better equipped to apply what they have learned to real life situations.

Presented by:
Stephanie A. Brown, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Students
Katherine Zilmer, Senior Assistant Dean of Students

Managing Capital Projects

Thursday, April 21st
Presentation: 2–3 pm; Tours of Wassaja Residence Hall Construction after the presentation.
SDRP Room 2003 in Ikenberry Commons (301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign)
Please wear closed-toe shoes
RSVP by emailing: studentaffairs@illinois.edu

Have you ever wondered how a building on campus gets built? The Facilities and Services Capital Programs provides coordination for hundreds of campus projects annually. From building Wassaja Residence Hall to renovating State Farm Center, Project Management serves a key role in coordinating and ensuring the execution of our campus capital projects. This session will provide a basic overview of the process for constructing or renovating a campus building and the role the Capital Construction Planners and Project Managers have in executing a project. Tour of Wassaja Residence Hall will be offered following the presentation.

After the presentation we will walk over to the construction trailer for the tour. Because this is an active construction site, 10 people can tour at one time on the construction site. You will be required to wear safety equipment (provided) and wear closed-toe shoes. The First 10 will leave at 3:00 and the second 10 will start over to the construction trailer at 3:15 pm. RSVP to save a spot in the first tour.

Angela King, Capital Construction Project Manager, Capital Programs, Facilities & Services
Robert King, Sr. Assistant Director for Family & Graduate Housing, University Housing, STARS Alumnus
Jim Sims, Sr. Planner/Engineer, Capital Programs, Facilities & Services  

Interested in more professional development opportunities? View the Student Affairs Professional Development Calendar of Events.