Staff Retreat


Schedule

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9–9:20 am
Jewett Auditorium

Opening and Welcome
Susan Heath, Chair, Staff Council

Stephen R. Morgan, President


9:35–10:05 am

Break Out Sessions 1

Be Here Now!
HWAC 352
Presented by Jacqueline Morasco on the back.

Tickle Us Pink
HWAC Spec. Evnts.

Presented by Jaimi Butler

Discover and Engage: Utah Women in Higher Education
Malouf 201

UWHEN Panel Discussion


10:15–11:00 am

Break-Out Sessions 2

UNDER PRESSURE: cooking with a pressure cooker
HWAC Spec. Evnts.

Presented by Traci Siriprathane and Laura Iverson

Be Awesome at Your Job!
HWAC 352

Presented by Brianna Koucos

Supporting Students in Emotional Distress
Malouf 201

Presented by Lisa Jones, Mark Ferne, Karnell Black, and Stephanie Nagata

11:10–11:55 am

Break Out Sessions 3

Financially Possible
HWAC 352

Presented by Jon McKenzie

Mission: Access
HWAC Spec. Evnts.

Presented by David Perry and Karen Hicks

Mission: Colleague
HWAC 353

Presented by Roksana Rezaei and Kyle Rima

Mission Possible: Student Employment Protocol
Malouf 201

Presented by Nell Cline


12–1:15 pm
Lunch and Keynote
Tanner Atrium

Keynote presentations by Westminster students and Alumni: Leah Weisgal, Karl Gerner, Brian Hin, and Tanner Gilgen.


1:30–2:15 pm

Break Out Sessions 4

Mission: Change Possible 
Gore 227

Presented by Jenny Ryan, Michael Santarosa, and Verity Flurer

Visual Project Management
Gore 228

Presented by Devin Callaway, Troy Gerber, Chris Hartman, and David Luhr

Toward Being a Diversity Advocate
HWAC Spec. Evnts.

Presented by Marco Barker


2:25–3:10 pm

Break Out Sessions 5

What’s Your Work Type?
Gore 227

Presented by Stephanie Santarosa

Financially Possible
Gore 228

Presented by Jon McKenzie

Mission: Access
HWAC 351

Presented by David Perry and Karen Hicks

Goal Setting
HWAC 352

Presented by Annalisa Holcombe & Dick Chapman


3:30–5:00 pm

Staff Emeritus reception

Tanner Atrium


Session Descriptions

Be Here now!
Jacqueline Morasco

Learn what mindfulness is, how it can help you on your job and in your life, and of course, how to be mindful in a variety of situations. This is an experiential presentation where everyone is invited to participate in the mindful experience. 

Tickle Us Pink
Jaimi Butler

Great Salt Lake institute would be tickled pink (like the pink color of Great Salt Lake water) to help staff discover our salty neighbor. Exciting new projects this summer include: SALT (Scientists and Artists Learning Together); and the PELI-project (Project in Education and Longitudinal Investigation of American White Pelicans). Do you have other ideas on how Great Salt Lake Institute could contribute to Westminster? Tickle us pink and let us know how we can help!

Discover and Engage: Utah Women in Higher Education
UWHEN Panel Discussion

A presentation on The Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN) and call for membership for the Westminster Chapter.

Under Pressure: cooking with a pressure cooker
Traci Siriprathane and Laura Iverson

Sometimes your MISSION to have a home cooked meal (preferably a healthy meal), after work feels impossible! Pressure cookers are all the rage right now. Whether you are cooking for yourself, your significant other, or have a family with kids, pressure cookers can help you save time and money, plan meals, and have a delicious home cooked meal. In this session you will learn how pressure cookers work, some tips and tricks to effectively use your pressure cooker, the best resources to assist with your pressure cooking endeavors, and sample some meals that come out of the magic pot during the session! Turn your mission impossible to MISSION POSSIBLE.

Be Awesome at Your Job!
Brianna Koucos

In a time when budgets are tight and professional development opportunities might seem limited, our instinct is to believe we will not have the opportunity to become so good they can’t ignore us. This session will focus on ways we can continue to become experts in our jobs/fields and manage our careers—with little to no cost. This will be a very interactive session designed to have you walk away with new ideas, new resources, and action items on how to continue to be so good they can’t ignore you. 

Supporting Students in Emotional Distress
Lisa Jones, Mark Ferne, Karnell Black, and Stephanie Nagata

Provide an overview of campus resources and tips on how staff can respond to a student who presents in emotional distress. This session will include the following challenges for students at Westminster: emotional distress, anxiety/depression/panic attacks, academic sishonesty, and medical withdrawals. Followed by a presentation for campus resources and initial interventions (including what not to do) for staff when they find themselves in a situation to assist the distressed student. The last portion of the session will include hypothetical case scenarios and discussion. Audience participation is encouraged during the case scenarios.

Financially Possible
Jon McKenzie

Typically achieving our dreams, missions, and goals require some kind of financial commitment. Too often our lack of financial knowledge limits us. In this presentation we will explore financial principles that will help you make your mission possible. We will discuss how to apply these principles in identifying ways we can save and invest more, taking advantage of the employer retirement plan, and common behavioral traps people find themselves in. Topics Covered: personal finance framework, steps to financial planning, principles of personal finance, and common traps.

Mission: Access
David Perry and Karen Hicks

Some individuals have immediate access to their entire environment by virtue of showing up but some individuals may only be able to access bits and pieces of the environment without assistance. Without access to your environment, it is impossible to ‘find’, ‘discover’, or ‘engage’. Who’s responsibility is it at Westminster to assist with this process? How is it done? What does the law say? Come join us and find out.

Mission: Colleague
Presented by Roksana Rezaei and Kyle Rima

Are you interested in engaging with other Colleague clients/peers to ask questions, share best practices, resolve issues; accessing the Ellucian resource library, frequently asked questions, and articles? How about quick tips to help you navigate Colleague User Interface more efficiently.

Mission Possible: Student Employment Protocol
Nell Cline

A workshop for student supervisors on student hiring processes, policies, guidelines, learning outcomes, and best practices.

Mission: Change Possible 
Jenny Ryan, Michael Santarosa, and Verity Flurer

This presentation will cover the basics of organizational change theory (informed by the book It Starts with One by Black and Gregersen) and provide examples of applying change in the Registrar and Financial Aid office.

Visual Project Management
Devin Callaway, Troy Gerber, Chris Hartman, and David Luhr

Feeling overwhelmed with your workload? Not sure how to prioritize tasks? Having trouble communicating with your manager about limited resources? Or maybe you are managing a large project with multiple steps and many tasks and that are difficult to keep track of? IS has implemented a visual project management process to help plan, prioritize, and track projects and tasks. It has increased our productivity and allowed us to focus our efforts on what’s important. This process is not just for IT work, and can be used to track personal tasks, department projects, or institutional priorities. Come learn about our process, the lessons we’ve learned, and the tools we use.

Toward Being a Diversity Advocate
Marco Barker

Inspired from the “Allies to Advocate” lunch talk offered during Westminster’s Black History Month, this session provides a basic or introductory framework to being an advocate and creates a space for critical learning and dialogue so that individuals can determine a pathway toward action and in being an advocate for inclusivity. Recommended for individuals who may consider themselves operating from a place of privilege.

What’s Your Work Type?
Stephanie Santarosa

Come to this session to find out more about your personality type as measured by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and how your type impacts your work, your relationships, and your daily choices.

To get the most out of this session, take the MBTI assessment in advance. It will be available for free to anyone willing to come to Nunemaker and respond to the 93 item questionnaire by filling in bubbles on an answer sheet (the online version costs money).  It shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes to complete. Come over anytime Nunemaker is open (Monday-Thursday: 8am-9pm; Friday 8am-5pm).  The deadline for this is Monday, May 22 to allow time to hand-score the assessments. Results will be given out at the presentation.

Goal Setting
Annalisa Holcombe & Dick Chapman

Have you ever avoided a project at work or home because your “heart wasn’t in it”? Have you ever told yourself, “I know I need to make some changes, but I just can’t find the time”? Why is it so easy to start with the best intentions but not follow through? It may be that there is a disconnect between what you think you need to do and what you truly value. In this session we will help you meet your goals by taking stock of your values in five key areas of your life: career, self, family, community and spirit. And if time permits, we’ll even help you set some SMART, meaningful goals!

Thanks to our Lunch Sponsor

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