Spring 2016 professional development events

The Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support professional development team coordinates programs and events to support the growth, development and recognition of all division employees.

Details on the events will be announced as they become available.


Jan. 21 – What’s Dennis Reading? Breakfast
8 – 9 a.m., Osborne 206B
RSVP required

Jan. 22 – division meeting featuring Dr. John Wesley Lowery
8:30-10 a.m., Russell House Theater

John Wesley Lowery, an expert in higher education and student affairs law, will discuss the timely topic of free speech and First Amendment rights.


Feb. 18 – What’s Dennis Reading? Breakfast
8 – 9 a.m., Osborne 107C
RSVP required

Feb. 24 – “Let’s Chat” about employability
11 a.m. – noon, RH 302
RSVP required

Join Vicki Hamby, senior associate director of the Career Center, as she and her colleagues talk about how to discuss employability with students and how to align principles of the employability model with your professional development at UofSC

Feb. 26 – division meeting featuring Susan Rankin
8:30-10 a.m., Russell House Ballroom
Susan Rankin
is a founding member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, a network of professionals doing advocacy work for LGBT people on college campuses.


March 24 – What’s Dennis Reading? Breakfast
8 – 9 a.m., Osborne 101
RSVP required

March 29 – “The Hunting Ground” screening and reception
6 p.m., Law School Auditorium
Released in 2015, “The Hunting Ground” explores sexual violence on college campuses in the U.S. The film investigates institutional cover-up and the devastating effect it has on students and their families as it follows several undergraduate assault survivors, women and men, in their pursuit of justice.

A reception following the event will feature “The Hunting Ground” director Kirby Dick.

The Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support will sponsor the reception, as well as an additional discussion in the days following the event. Details on the discussion will be announced when they are available.


April 14 – What’s Dennis Reading? Breakfast
8 – 9 a.m., Osborne 107C
RSVP required

April 29 – division recognition event
8:30-10 a.m., Russell House Ballroom
Nominate your colleagues for division awards through Friday, March 25.


May 18 – ideaPOP! Annual Conference – Motivation: A Foundation for Success
Time TBD, Russell House University Union
RSVP required
ideaPOP! is the division’s award-winning in-house professional development conference The conference’s content aligns with the ACPA/NASPAProfessional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners and highlights important trends and issues facing higher education and student affairs.

This year’s keynote speaker, Frances Lucas, served in higher education leadership for 34 years at six institutions. As the president of Millsaps College, she was the first female college president in the history of the state of Mississippi.

Staff are invited to propose a conference session through Sunday, March 6.

If you have questions about any of the events, contact co-chairs Dottie Weigel and James Winfield.


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