Special Events

Professional Development Conference

You are invited to attend the 5th Annual Staff Council Professional Development Conference "Back to Basics," scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm in the Lowman Student Center.

2016 Schedule of Sessions

Time Title Description Speaker Location
9-9:50 am The Did What?! Understanding Student Development Theory College students are interesting, complex, confusing and awesome young adults, but sometimes the things they do make us scratch our heads in disbelief!  Come to this seassion to learn the to learn the basics of student development theory, which will help you understand the WHY the next time you want to exclaim "WHAT?!"

Katie Fletcher LSC 320
9-9:50 am The Leadership Sweet Spot This discussion will focus on becoming the best leader you can be from where you are.  We'll talk about getting to your peak performance, ideas for improving your work environment, and feeling good about where you are in life. David Yebra LSC 304
9-9:50 am At Your Fingertips - Banner Self Service and Benefits Bill Gates, Microsoft, invented the slogan "Information at your fingertips."  This, he said, was to mean a new generation of computer software that should be able to give you any information you need with just a few keystrokes, no matter if it is text, a picture, table or chart - virtually all information stored in your computer should be within reach of the user.  SHSU employees have "information at Your Fingertips" with our computer programs Banner Self-Service, ERS On-Line and My TRS.  These three computer programs provide employees with 24/7 access to a broad range of information from personal, taxes, payroll, insurance and retirement benefits.  Jump on board as we surf the wave of information. Dana Grafton LSC 321
9-9:50 am Back to the Basics of Safety Common sense strategies to avoid becoming a victim of crime on campus. Joe Thornton LSC 315
10 - 10:50 am Keep It Simple St*!%d: The Art of Saying More by Saying Less Dr. Drew Miller and Gene Roberts will provide insight on how saying more isn't always helpful.  Dr. Miller will focus on the psychological underpinnings of interactions in difficult conversations, and Mr. Roberts will provide practical applications on how to resolve the conflict that surrounds difficult conversations. Gene Roberts and Dr. Drew Miller LSC 320
10 - 10:50 am iMeeting: How Apple has Effective Meetings Ever sat in a meeting and dreamed about being a Jedi? Taking tips from Apple, Google, and other innovative companies, staff in this section will explore how to have more effective meetings.  Best practices of organization before, management during and follow-up after meetings will be discussed in active format. Todd Primm LSC 304
10 - 10:50 am How We Manage Risk at SHSU Join the EHS and Risk Management team for an overview of SHSU's Risk Management Program.  Certificates of Insurance, Workers' Comp, Reporting Injuries, Inspections, Emergency Management Systems, and any questions you have about safety, emergency preparedness and Risk at SHSU. Keli Wright, Doug Odom, David Yebra, and Steve Shields LSC 321
10 - 10:50 am How to Strrrrrretch Your Dollar Maximizing income streams and minimizing expenses are two of the primary objectives in budgeting.  This worksop would explain the difference between fixed and variable expenses and how to analyze them.  Demonstrations and examples of how to minimize variable expenses would be given.  for example, staff would learn how to utilize a local blog, newspaper ads and coupons to help reduce expenses and maximize the power of their shopping dollars.  Also, samples and recipes will be given demonstrating how to reduce expenses by making your own household cleaners. Patsy Collins LSC 315
11 - 11:50 am Building Better Customer Service Through Office Relationships Customer Service begins within. This session will focus on being a more intentional person and better server.  Join us for a training/discussion that you can take back to your team for noticable improvement. Amy Wilson LSC 320
11 - 11:50 am Achieving the Boss and Assistant Partnership Optimizing the roll of the Boss and the Assistant - working together to achieve top goals within an organization.  What it means to support eachother and help keep projects, goals, and plans on track.  You may have a large team - but the partnership between these two key roles can make or break that team. Dr. Jaimie Hebert & Julie Schwab LSC 304
11 - 11:50 am Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Training The Form I-9, Employmennt Eligibility Verification Form, is required by federal immigration law.  Every new employee at SHSU must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form.  If you hire anyone, to work for any amount of time, you must require them to complete a form I-9.  Employers are required to verify each new employee's identity and eligibility to work.  In addition, SHSU is required to participate in E-Verify.  If you are a hiring manager or staff that assists in completion of Form I-9, this session will review employer's responsibilities of completing the Form I-9, collecting proper documentation, complying with E-Verify in a timely manner and the risks of non-compliance. Please note: Please limit class size to 25; willing to offer more than one class at a time. Brandi O'Bannon LSC 321
11 - 11:50 am Smart Space How to make your department's facilities space work for you.  An explanation of what is required by the Texas Higher Education coordinating Board for instructional space and how to improve room scores to create positive affects in funding or new construction. Mary Holland & Dana Bible LSC 315
Noon - 1:30 pm Keynote - The Last Lecture Dr. Robert Maninger LSC Ballroom
1:50 - 2:40 pm The Wall: Breaking Down Stereotypes All of us are more complex than the conventional boxes we're often placed in.  Gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, class - how do these and other identities combine to shap who we are as individuals and as leaders.  Session Goals: Learning Objective #1 - Articulate common stereotypes and how they affect community community building in the university setting, as well as the importance of acknowledging and valuing the intersecting identities of participants.  Learning Objective #2 - Learn a team-building tool useful for training both large and small groups of student staff about adaptibility, diversity, and communication.  Participants will be able to implement this in their own programs without any further training.  Learning Objective #3 - Identify ways to promote the benefits of diversity in futer on-campus collaborative situations. Scott Berkowitz LSC 320
1:50 - 2:40 pm Caution: Communicating by email and social media can affect your rating as a leader Managers today face a myriad of issues including the best way to communicate with teams often dispersed in different locations. As face-to-face communication within organizations begin to give way to electronic communication between individuals and among teams, managers should be able to recognize the differences that medium has on the effects of their rating as a leader.  the ubiquity of mobile devices including smartphones, communications apps and electronic communicationsis a rich area of interest.  This study of 351 individuals examines the difference that medium has on rating of leadership styleas identified by three facets of the acclaimed global Leadership and organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) research program including dimensions of Charismatic II: Inspirational, Modesty and Performance Oriented.  After running analyses to uncover significant differences in mean scores, results indicate that gender alone is not a significant predictor of leader rating.  However, when examining the interaction between gender and communications mediums, including email, social media and face-to-face (traditional), differences in leader ratings between sexes is apparent. Dr. Bruce O'Neal LSC 304
1:50 - 2:40 pm Making Your Department Website Relevant With the ability to update your department website at the tip of your fingertips now (thanks to our CMS), it is important that your department website is easy to locate, user friendly and simple to navigate for those that visit the site.  This training will provide tips and tricks that can help the type of content that should be on the site, assistance with locating images for the site, as well as how to rank well with search engines. Natalie Payne & Veronica Gonzalez LSC 321
1:50 - 2:40 pm Understanding the Basics of Finance by Leveraging Cognos Reporting This session will be a refresher on finance terms such as YTD vs. encumbrances, fund balance vs budget etc.  This will primarily be taught using the existing Cognos Finance reports.  Each report will be reviewed and we will discuss how each one can be used to asist you in your job. Amanda Withers LSC 315
2:50 - 3:40 pm Student Succes and Retention: A Comprehensive Approach to Supporting Today's Student Changing the way we think and interact with students, using the Appreciative Advising Model pioneered by Dr. Jennifer Bloom.  We will be discussing the six phase model on how to reach and help students on a deeper level.
Kelly Stuckey & Rosalin Lambey LSC 320
2:50 - 3:40 pm Help! I Hate My Co-Workers Using emotional intelligence in the workplace. How to manage your emotions and develop an awareness of how we affect others and outcomes related to working relationships. Tess Johnson LSC 304
2:50 - 3:40 pm Human Resources Panel

Listen to a panel over the numerous benefits and opportunities you have as an SHSU Employee. Cindy Balusek & Vendors LSC  321
3:50 - 4:30 pm Closing Session General Staff Council Updates Chris Arcos LSC 320