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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. Link to slides

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. Contact VC Erwin for a copy of the presentation slides.

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

Part to-do list, part planner, part diary, a Bullet Journal can help you keep your life together in one place. Participants will learn what Bullet Journaling is, how to start their own, and suggestions based on Brenna's own experience using this system over the past few years. Link to Brenna's Prezi.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

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! Link to Lisa's Prezi. Link to Goal Alignment Worksheet.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

3 - 4 p.m.

Garden Room, Kirby Student Center5

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

Leading from the Middle - Panel discussion with Ana Hammerschmidt (Associate Director, Housing and Residence Life), Tony Cherro (Office Manager, Transportation & Parking Services), and Jessi Eaton (Assistant Director, Kirby Student Center) and facilitated by Dr. Corbin Smyth, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life.

How do leaders manage the way they serve customers, work with colleagues, make decisions, etc. in departments where they are not the Director? Come learn from three Student Life leaders who have been empowered to help lead their organizations. Panelists will share personal experiences and answer questions provided by the facilitator and from the audience.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

1 - 2 p.m.

Garden Room, Kirby Student Center5

Maple Syruping in Bagley Nature Area - Tim Bates, Associate Director, RSOP

Join us in UMD’s Bagley Nature Area for our annual maple syruping program. Learn syruping history, and how sap is collected then turned into maple syrup. You will tap maples, collect sap and sample the sweet stuff. You also will learn about resources so you can do the process at home, with your maple trees. This also is a great time to be in the woods.
We Provide: Maple Syruping Supplies & Instruction
You Provide: Proper clothing for the weather and hiking around in the snow




Vaping - Lauretta Perry, Drug and Alcohol Educator, Health Services and Taylour Blakeman, American Lung Association

Vaping, Juuls, E-cigs - what's the difference?  This session offers a 'show and tell' of vaping devices, latest findings from the Center for Disease Control, and current UMD specific data about our student's attitudes and patterns of use.  Join Taylor and Lauretta as we explore this phenomenon and what it means for the health of our students. 




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