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2019-2020 Schedule

TopicDate and TimeLocationStudent Life Goal Area Supported

Who are Our Students? Student Veterans - Dr. Corbin Smyth, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Andy Kimball, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist

UMD has a number of veterans and active/reserve military students and their dependents on our campus. These students often come to UMD slightly older than the traditional population, with more and different experiences than a typical undergraduate, as well as additional needs for specific services. We will share some statistical data about our students, resources available to them, and additional information about our Student Veterans Club.

Friday, November 22, 2019

1 - 2 p.m.

Garden Room, Kirby Student Center1,2

Dealing With Aggressive & Overly-Involved Parents: Proactive Strategies For Creating Cooperative Relationships (Innovative Educators Webinar)

Participants will learn how to more effectively deal with parents (grandparents, relatives, guardians or other caregivers) who are overly-involved and/or aggressive when it comes to the lives of their college students. The focus will be on recognizing and responding successfully and sensitively to various situations to benefit the student, the parent and the institution.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

2 - 3:30 p.m.

Gooseberry Falls Room, RDC 335, Kirby Student Center1,5

Bullet Journaling - Brenna Hucka, Coordinator, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution

Thursday, December 5, 2019

1 - 2 p.m.

Gooseberry Falls Room, RDC 335, Kirby Student Center5

Leading from the Middle - Panel Discussion, facilitated by Dr. Corbin Smyth, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1 - 2 p.m.

Gooseberry Falls Room, RDC 335, Kirby Student Center5

Relating the Student Life Strategic Plan to Your Work - Dr. Lisa Erwin, Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students

In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to connect their work to the strategic intents expressed in the UMD Student Life Strategic Plan. Participants may bring a copy of their position description in order to assist with making the connections!

February, TBD


Mental Health/Student Affairs Staff Burnout & Emotional Fatigue: Manage Complex & Increased Demands While Supporting Self-Care & Wellbeing (PaperClip Communications Webinar)

Join us for an interactive webinar where you and your staff will hear how compassion fatigue and burnout can manifest through increased anger and frustration, interpersonal isolation and declining work performance. Our expert presenter will also address management and leadership issues and offer solutions from both an individual and systemic perspective to mitigate the impacts of burnout of your staff. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Gooseberry Falls Room, RDC 335, Kirby Student Center5

Promoting Active Health Lifestyles in UMD Student Life - presenters TBD

March 2020, TBD



Vaping - Lauretta Perry, Drug and Alcohol Educator, Health Services

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

12 - 1 p.m.

Garden Room, Kirby Student Center


Student Affairs Professional Organizations - Panel Discussion with Jeni Eltink (Director, Kirby Student Center), Jill Kolodzne (Director Career and Internship Services), Pat Keenan (Director, Transportation and Parking Services) , Jeremy Leiferman (Director, Housing and Residence Life), Mick McComber (Director, Recreational Sports Outdoor Program), Dr. Corbin Smyth (Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life), and facilitated by Dr. Lisa Erwin (Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students)

Our work in Student Life is supported through membership in a variety of professional associations and organizations. In this session, Student Life leaders with extensive experience in professional organizations will address these questions (among others). Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about what professional associations and organizations are available as well as to ask questions of the panelists

  • What are the benefits of involvement?
  • How has professional association involvement evolved for you throughout your career?
  • What was your most meaningful professional association experience?

May 2020, TBD