Keynote and Breakfast Sponsored and Presented by Graduate Student Success, Rackham Graduate School!
Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:40 am
8:40 am - 9:40 am
Getting to Know the Players and Practices of Graduate Student Success
Over the past year, there have been many changes in the organization and offerings of Graduate Student Success. The amazing Graduate Student Success professionals will be on hand to discuss these changes, their newly charted mission and vision, and will be seeking feedback from you on how to best work together to help you THRIVE in your work with your graduate students!
9:45 am - 10:45 am
How to Say It: The Language of Success at Work (A1)
Janell Kilgore, M.S.W., ACSW, Faculty/Staff Counselor
Do you wish that you could communicate the message you want to get across? Join us to learn strategies to improve both your nonverbal and verbal communication styles. This presentation applies to work, but is also useful in personal relationships.
Growing Assets: Cultivating Positivity to Address Stress (A2)
John Sonnega, Ph.D., MHealthy THRIVE Program Manager
This session will explore ways to build your resources, and discuss possibilities for feeling renewed and ready to respond to stress. The theoretical framework focuses on what makes us healthy rather than what makes us sick. We will consider the use of positive emotions in fostering our capacity to manage stress.
10:45 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Getting Your Career Out of Neutral (A Panel Discussion of Student Services Professionals) (B1)
Hear from several student services professionals who have been able to take charge of their career. You will have the opportunity to submit questions for the discussion to learn about their respective career paths and obstacles/challenges they encountered along the way, hear how they knew it was time for a change (or not), and other career path navigation advice.
Laura Elgas, Director of Admissions & Student Affairs, School of Information
Patricia Mackmiller, Academic Program Manager, Integrative Systems & Design
Lyonel Milton, Director of Student Affairs, School of Education
Why Mentorship Matters (B2)
Amy Homkes-Hayes, Hsquared Professional Development Consulting
Talk about the importance of having a mentor is abundant, but how many of us really actively work to seek out and codify mentor/protégé relationships? In this session we will move beyond just exploring the value of having a mentor. We will also focus on how to find mentors (both formal and informal), how to cultivate mentor/protégé relationships, how to engage in active evaluation of our relationships, and when, if ever, to conclude them. We will also spend some time fleshing out the differences between mentors, sponsors, and advocates. This session will be both educational and interactive with participants leaving with a better understanding of the varied professional relationships supporting professional development, and with concrete strategies for mentorship.
Lunch Session (lunch will be provided)
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Google Mail – Make Your Inbox Usable Again!
Ryan Vis, Service Owner – Collaboration Services – University of Michigan
We all have times when we struggle to keep up with the constant influx of e-mail. In this hands-on session, we will discuss ways you can use Google Chrome to make your Inbox functional again. Discussion will cover labs, extensions, apps, and ways to make your customizations available to you anywhere you go! Bring your laptop or mobile device and your questions!
Optional Afternoon Session
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Addressing Graduate Student Mental Health Concerns (C)
In your role, you may be faced with assisting students with a variety of issues that are influenced by mental health concerns. This workshop will help you better understand graduate student mental health concerns. Information will be presented on the prevalence and consequences of mental health concerns among students, barriers to treatment-seeking, defining your role in interacting with students, warning signs of psychological problems, and guidelines and resources for managing students in need. The session will also include a discussion of the legal issues (i.e., FERPA and disability laws) that may influence your work with students.
Christine Asidao, Ph.D., Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Catherine Dehlin, J.D., Associate General Counsel, General Counsel Office
Lily Gershenson, LLMSW, U-M Psychological Clinic