Professional Development Conference
Access the 2019 Professional Development Conference Program here
Workshops are 60-minute presentations that happens once in the morning and once in the afternoon. This is a total of two (2) hours for lecture/workshop presenters.
Are You Playing Checkers or Chess With Your Team?
Breakout Session 1, King Center 215
Garrett Spradlin, Recruitment Visits, Events, and Communications manager
This presentation will use specific examples from the student staff known as the "CREW in Blue" that can apply to anyone who wants to see a streamlined approach that can improve their area through a "system that has been shaped" in just one year. Take an in depth look at how we "play chess" each day!
Becoming a Transfer Champion: Understanding Transfer from a Student Perspective
Breakout Session 1, King Center 211
Tiffani Baldwin, Transfer Coordinator
Megan Dempsey, Interim Transfer Specialist
This session will consist of three components: a gallery walk through transfer student survey data, small group work focused on opportunities to better serve students in attendees' functional areas, and a large group discussion of transfer student national trends and best practices.
Better Together: An Integrated Interdependent Approach to Graduate Program Design at MSU Denver
Breakout Session 1, King Center 307
Amy Middleton, Director, Social Work Student Services, Administration and Finance
Jo Daugherty Bailey, MSW Program Director and Associate Professor of Social Work
K. Scherrer, BSSW Progam Director and Associate Professor
Bailee Bannon, Associate Director of Social Work Admissions, Advising, and Alumni
The session will walk participants through the development of the administrative and student services sides of the MSW Program to include ways the Department optimizes the cash funded model to support undergraduate programing. A panel of faculty and staff will facilitate discussion post presentation.
Bigger IS Better: Expanding Peer Mentoring for Expanded Success
Breakout Session 2, King Center 305
Camelia Naranjo, Assistant Director of Peer Mentoring
Lunden MacDonald, Executive Director, Roadways
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to engage in a conversation about peer mentoring and how it helps to support a positive campus climate, and the retention of students. Your input matters!! We will be brainstorming ways to improve the peer mentoring program for the 2019-2020 year.
Building Inclusive Health Programs Through Promoting Cultural Humility
Breakout Session 2, King Center 307
Tanya Greathouse, Assistant Professor, Social Work
Jessica Rossi-Katz, Professor, Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences
Emily Matuszewicz, Interim Director, The Health Institute
AnnJanette Alejandro-Steele, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies
We explore how cultural humility can guide inclusive programs, in line with our institution's core value of diversity. Participants develop the capacity to recognize their implicit biases and how they affect relational interactions with self-assessment tools and case studies.
Creative Technology Platforms to Shape Our Educational Systems and Improve our Collective Success
Breakout Session 2, King Center 211
TJ De Cino, Director and Assistant Professor, Aviation and Aerospace Science
This presentation will provide examples and instruction on how attendees from other departments can benefit from adopting a triangular approach in working with curriculum vendors and industry employers, and integrated into their technology platforms and learning environments
How to Talk to Your Students About The Humanities
Breakout Session 2, King Center 213
Gregory Singer, Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist
Matt Makely, Professor, History
Adam Graves, Professor, Philosophy
Having trouble convincing students that the Humanities are important? Tired of hearing "when am I ever going to use this?" Not sure what careers are open to Humanities majors? Join us as for a conversation between Faculty and Advisors as we discuss these topics and more.
Inclusion at MSU Denver Starts with Me!
Breakout Session 1, King Center 205
Gabe Christie, Instructional Accessibility Manager
Ione Priest, Accessibility Technology Manager
There's a lot of talk about ensuring MSU Denver is an inclusive university, but what does that mean? And how on Earth can a single, low-level employee do anything to make an impact with such a large goal? We'll tell you! In this session, we'll cover what inclusion means, and present some simple thin
Introduction to Process Improvement: Operational Excellence
Breakout Session 1, King Center 203
Sarah Buller, Process Transformation Specialist
Have you ever found yourself frustrated by an inefficient process? Want to improve workplace satisfaction? If you've answered, "Yes", then this workshop is for you! Workshop participants will learn: - About process improvement culture and concepts - An overview of process improvement methodology
Looking Within: How Identity Informs Practice
Breakout Session 1, King Center 212
Brandi Scott, Associate Dean of Equity & Student Achievement
Sam Borrego, First Gen Initiatives Coordinator
This workshop will give participants the awesome opportunity to engage in a conversation about identity and how identity relates to our work with students. Deepening our understanding of identity will help support a positive campus climate and retention of students.
MSU Denver's Anchor Mission: Our impact matters beyond the campus
Breakout Session 2, King Center 205
Elizabeth Parmelee, Director, Undergraduate Studies
This session will introduce the MSU community to the anchor mission concept and the impact of our collective actions beyond education. Outcomes are for participants to understand what an anchor institution is, why it matters, and how our individual actions can help us shape our impact beyond campus.
Opportunities for Fundraising and Engagement Domination- Creating Sustained Collaborations
Breakout Session 1, King Center 210
Lauren Koppel, Assistant Director of Scholarship Support & Retention
Brandi Rideout, Director of Alumni Relations
Breanna Milnes, Director of Annual Giving
Jasmine Villalobos, Alternative Break Program Leader
Purpose: Connect MSU Denver Department and Programs with fundraising opportunities provided by Alumni with Roadways' Alternative Break Program as a case study. Attendees will develop their own goals and identify collaborative strategies to put into practice.
Retention Book Club: Improving Student Outcomes Through Faculty and Advisor Collaboration
Breakout Session 1, King Center 308
Courtney Rocheleau, Associate Professor & Advising Coordinator
Greg Singer, Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist
Matt Forcella, Academic Advisior and Retention Specialist
Lisa Hagan, Professor & Human Development Advising Coordinator
Retention Book Club brings Faculty & Advisors together to further the idea that retention is everyone’s responsibility. We select a book, then meet to discuss how it shapes our collective efforts. Come learn about our advising structure & how to add creative collaboration into your retention plans.
Roadways Advising: Navigating Success
Breakout Session 1, King Center 305
Matthew Kring, Associate Director of Roadways Advising
Isaac Tubb, Roadways Advisor
Terry Paape, Roadways Advisor
Jessie Hendrixson, Roadways Advisor
Roadways Advising changed our process to adapt to the complex needs of our students. We will show how we re-shaped our system of advising and collaborated with institutional partners for improved support. We will collaboratively brainstorm how we can all work together for our students.
Scholarship Applications: Tips and Tricks for Writing & Coaching Others
Breakout Session 2, King Center 210
Lauren Koppel, Assistant Director of Scholarship Support & Retention
Karisa Eberly, Coordinator of Scholarship, Leadership and Community Partnership
Thomas Hernandez, Scholarships
Attendees will learn about MSU Denver scholarships and tips on how to write a scholarship winning essay. During the session participants will receive materials that develop brainstorm and scholarship essay writing for either the MSU Denver General Scholarship Application or external scholarships. Participants will also identify resources to find MSU Denver and external scholarships.
Shaping Career Success: Building links between campus employment and future careers
Breakout Session 1, King Center 213
Rhonda Eaker, Director of Applied Learning Center
Bridgette Coble, Director of Career Services
Adrienne Martinez, Executive Director, Classroom to Career Initiatives
So what is the buzz about the new Classroom to Career (C2) Hub? This session will introduce the C2Hub and explore MSU Denver’s increased focus on student career success. Specific ideas for students and their supervisors for using campus employment as a career development tool will be presented.
Unapologetically Me: Navigating Your Own and Others Authenticity
Breakout Session 2, King Center 203
Kyla Hines, Assistant Director, LGBTQ Student Resource Center
In this interactive and relationship driven workshop we will explore identity and authenticity through the lens of cultural humility. Participants will dive deeper in to their own understanding of self, their interactions with others, and leave with tools for student facing professionals.
What Does Inclusive Leadership Mean to Me and You?
Breakout Session 2, King Center 212
Bob Farmer, Affiliate Faculty, HEaT
This interactive session will focus on Inclusive Leadership and will explore: 1.) What is going well, 2.) Continuous Improvement Opportunities, and 3.) Recommendations on how Inclusive Leadership can improve our daily lives at MSU Denver.
When "Rain Man" goes to College: Understanding Support for Postsecondary Students with Autism
Breakout Session 2, King Center 215
Siva Priya Santhanam, Assistant Professor, Communication, Arts & Sciences
Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are attending universities in increasing numbers. The goals of this presentation are two-fold:(1) to describe the neurological, social, and learning differences of young adults with ASD; (2) to share strategies with faculty to support students with ASD.
MSU Denver Talks allows you to hear about 3 topics in the span of one session! Each topic will be 15 minutes with a 5 minute Q&A.
Breakout Session 1, King Center Recital Hall
Bringing FLOW into the Work Space with De-Stress Kits
Avion Ware, Student Employee in Accounting Services
As students we know all too well about stress, from making sure that we are on track to graduate to marking the right answer on an exam. However, I have noticed that there are no workshops or groups for the professors, faculty and staff whom experience just as much stress as we do during a semester.
Kick down those silos!
Amber Mozet, Coordinator of CESA & Special Projects
If there are silos between employee classifications, this MSU Denver Talk will work to break them down and bring us closer together. Hear directly from a faculty member, administrator, classified staff and student employee about what a day in their life looks like.
Making Humor a Priority in Workplace Culture
Brogan Boles, Outreach and Operations Project Manager in Roadways
Change has the power to disrupt even the most stable person, but it can also spawn creativity. This is the story of how a reorganization inspired the creation of the hit series, Administrators Bantering in Carts drinking Dazbog (ABCD) and became a reminder of how vital humor is to workplace culture.
Roundtables are 20-minute discussions that happen simultaneously that repeat 3 times within an hour. Presenters facilitate conversation amongst participants on a specific topic for 20 minutes, and then participants move to the next roundtable for a new discussion.
Breakout Session 2, King Center Dance Studio
Confident and motivated but not skilled: coaching students through goal-setting and action planning
Cynthia Dormer, Professor in Nutrition
We tested a classroom goal-setting activity. We found that students were motivated and confident but not skilled with goal setting. We will discuss what worked, didn't work, what we were surprised to find, how we think it's super important to teach about goal setting, and ideas for next time.
Shape our University for Collective Bargaining
Susan Schelble, Professor in Chemistry
Renee Ruderman, Professor in English
Sheila Rucki, Professor in Political Science
Andrea Maestrejuan, Professor in History
Come and join a round table discussion about the value of a university union at a time when unions are distinctly unpopular. Let's talk!
The Affiliate and the University: Mental Health, Labor, and Scholarship
Timothy DeLay, Affiliate Faculty in Philosophy
This talk will examine recent trends related to affiliate faculty and, in particular, affects of affiliate-affiliate-heaven departments in the liberal arts in particular. We will examine data on hiring trends in conjunction with enrollment trends, psychological self-reports on mental health and poss
The Group Quiz: Part of a flipped classroom that brings surprising learning opportunities
Susan Schelble, Professor in Chemistry
Sean Vieau, Student
Flipped classroom activities, when carefully designed, can increase retention and lower DWF's. This talk will describe the journey to incorporate numerous activities into classrooms with 60-80 enrolled students. Serendipity led to providing 30% of quizzes in a group format. Results will be shown.
Using Backward Design & Varied Technologies to Enhance Online, Hybrid, and Face-to- Face Courses
Laylonda Maines, Adjucnt Faculty in Biology
By utilizing Backward Design coupled with a variety of tools like Intelligent Agents, Checklists, Articulate 360, Video Check in's and Lectures; this approach has allowed for better student productivity and engagement. Also, I was able to implement more creative and hands on practices.
Poster Presentations will be up in Main Street for the duration of the Conference. Presenter will be available during the lunch hour to answer any questions.
Roadways Scholarship Support & Retention Student Leadership Assessment
Lauren Koppel, Assistant Director of Scholarship Support in Roadways
Juan Calvo, Peer Advocate in Roadways
Cassandra Lamas Ortega, Peer Advocate in Roadways
This poster will demonstrate what leadership skills scholars develop through Roadways Scholarship Support & Retention and how those skills are developed. Outcomes: The poster will overview theories of student leadership. The poster will map out leadership development amongst scholars.
Utilizing Academic Student Leaders to Improve Student Retention
Taylor Hase, Supplemental Instruction Specialist in Roadways
Jonah Maggard, Supplemental Instruction Leader in Roadways
Tana Ridgeway, Observation Coach in Roadways
MSU Denver students show increased performance and retention when attending Supplemental Instruction (SI) study sessions. Learn about the correlation between attendance and course grades for students participating in SI's free and focused group study sessions, led by student employee SI Leaders.
Stop by after the conference for the second annual Minute to Win It (King Center Recital Hall) and Social Hour at the Tivoli Brewery Taphouse!
Minute to Win It & FREE Drawing (4–5 p.m.)
Participate or cheer on your fellow colleagues at Minute to Win It, hosted by Amber Mozet, Coordinator of CESA (Center for Equity and Student Achievement) & Special Projects. Using household (or in our case campus) items, can you complete the challenge in under a minute? Here are some examples of MTWI games. Participants will earn prizes, win or lose.
Audience members can win prizes too! Just by showing up, you can enter a FREE drawing to win Rockies tickets, campus parking, drinks at Tivoli Brewery, pizza from iPie, and gift cards to Tivoli Station (bookstore), Blackboard Eats and Starbucks.
Social Hour (5 p.m.)
Join us at your campus brewery in the Tivoli for some socialization and libations. MSU Denver employees can enjoy 20% off food. Show your Auraria Parking voucher (from today) for 2-for-1 specials on any draft beer.