IdeaPOP! preview No. 1


IdeaPOP!, the division’s annual in-house conference held at the Russell House, is coming up Wednesday, May 18. Each Monday between now and then, we’ll give you a sneak peek of what sessions will be offered at the conference in support of this year’s theme, “Motivation: a Foundation for Success.” Be sure to RSVP so you don’t miss out and check back next week for more previews of IdeaPOP! sessions.

switchThe Elephant and Its Rider: Motivation Principles for Cultivating Success
This educational session will be presented by University Housing’s Leena Holt, Dan Colascione and Sherrigan Feaster. They’ll showcase how Chip and Dan Heath’s concept of “direct the rider” and “motivate the elephant” — described in their book “Switch” — are applicable to our work in student affairs. Whether we’re supervising or advising, there is an opportunity for us to provide an environment that motivates staff to get the job done.

Motivating Your Graduate Assistants Beyond Your Leadership
Supervising graduate assistantships requires a blend of self-assessment and patience, especially for a new supervisor.  Erin Kitchell and Maureen Grewe, Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, will share strategies they’ve used to motivate graduate assistants for success beyond their assistantships.

Professional Development: Charting an Intentional Pathway to Achieve Your Goals
In this session, Jennifer Keup and Lauren Rippy, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students and Transition, will describe a wide range of professional development opportunities, including conferences, literature, formal education, mentorship, reflective supervision and original research. They’ll also discuss how to make the most of limited funds and time to pursue professional development opportunities that advance your professional goals.

IdeaPOP! is free and open to all employees of the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support. It will include a light breakfast, lunch, a keynote presentation from Dr. Frances Lucas, poster sessions and concurrent sessions.

Check-in and a light breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. in the Russell House Ballroom. The opening session will begin at 9 a.m., and the conference will conclude at 4:30 p.m.



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