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Save the Date! December 11, 2017

The Professional Development Committee is excited to share that registration is now open for Professional Development Day - Monday, December 11, 2017. For your reference, below is a list of available sessions being offered throughout the day. We hope you are able to join us.


Your advanced registration is appreciated and preferred, however, please know you can attend a session without being pre-registered.  To register for sessions, please log into Employee Self Service.  Once in Self Service, click on Enterprise Learning Mgmt (ELM) and enter Professional Development Day in Search for Learning.

Note: Although University offices are open during Professional Development Day, all University staff and faculty are encouraged to attend sessions.  Supervisors are asked to schedule accordingly.

Please know there is not a welcome and kick-off session scheduled this year, however, we encourage you to attend the President’s Chili Feed scheduled from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Time Session Title Room
8:30-9:30 AM Taking the Temperature on OER: Minnesota State Students' Attitudes Towards Open Resources Armstrong 101

In this session, the presenter will explain findings from a state-wide survey on Open Educational Resources. The study was conducted with students from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The presenter will discuss the findings and compare them to a more extensive study that was conducted on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus. In addition to discussing the study, the presenter will define OER, provide examples of adoption resources, and identify three ways participants can create their own OER. An interactive discussion will also be included.

Presenter(s): Carrie Miller  Department: IT Solutions

8:30-9:30 AM Can You Hear Me Now? Armstrong 102

This session will provide participants the opportunity to learn about hearing loss and strategies to use when working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Topics will include:  Effectively managing personal hearing loss, communication tips for working with someone with a hearing loss, resources on campus to assist faculty, staff and departments to ensure access for individuals with hearing loss.

Presenter(s): Pamela Boettcher, Colleen Gerdts  Department: Accessibility Resources

8:30-9:30 AM FLSA 101 CSU 256

This session will provide information about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Presenter(s): Steve Barrett  Department: Human Resources

8:30-9:30 AM SelectedWorks: Library Services' New Researcher Profile Tool ML109

Launched in fall 2017, SelectedWorks lets you collaborate with Library Services to build on online scholarly presence that is reputable, sustainable, and comprehensive - and can be completed in just minutes!  SelectedWorks is a companion tool to Cornerstone, the University's Institutional Repository, and SelectedWorks connects to Cornerstone to share and promotion your research and creative activities.  Articles, presentations, video, white papers, or data sets - all your works can be gathered in one place and presented to the world in your very own, personalized researcher profile page.  Use SelectedWorks to highlight your expertise, achievements, honors, and even post your resume or CV.  The interactive author dashboard sends you regular emails with updated readership information.  This allows you to learn more about your readers, share metrics for tenure and promotion, and illustrates the global impact of your work.  Updates to your page are easy and require no special software or expertise in webpage development.  Safe, secure and reputable, SelectedWorks pages are branded with the University's name and logo and give you the chance to quickly create a page all about you and your research.  Don't have time?  Don't worry! We can assist you in creating and updating your profile.  Come to this presentation to learn more or talk with Digital Initiatives Librarian, Heidi Southworth about how you can get started today!

Presenter(s): Heidi Southworth  Department: Library Services

8:30-9:30 AM Active Learning Through Document-Based Role-Playing Scenarios ML45

This presentation will discuss how to incorporate historical documents and active learning to promote greater student understanding of the history of U.S. Foreign Relations.  It will focus upon an extended exercise on the Paris Peace Talks (1969-72) that ultimately ended U.S. involvement in Vietnam.  It is based upon active learning, role-playing, and analysis of primary documents in my History 478 course.  The broader strategies used in this exercise can be applied to advanced level courses and general education surveys alike. The session has three general learning goals:   1. Learning to create similar lesson plans:   2. Effective use of role playing scenarios 3. Assessment

Presenter(s): Matt Loayza  Department: History

8:30-9:30 AM Make Their Cover Letter Sing! - Helping Students Navigate Their Next Steps ML81

As Student Affairs professionals and faculty we are often asked to serve as references for students who are looking to take their next steps into the professional world. We are also often asked to look at application materials and be a resource for our students! Come to this session to learn how to help students craft the perfect cover letter and speak to the wonderful experiences they have had! 

Presenter(s): Maddie Smart  Department: Residential Life

8:30-9:30 AM D2L Brightspace Q&A Morris 102

A question and answer session with the D2L Brightspace administrator John Bayerl. He will be there to answer any questions you may have about the program and how to utilize it in online/hybrid classes.

Presenter(s): John Bayerl  Department: IT Solutions

8:30-9:30 AM Edit Yourself! Morris 103

A little editing can go a long way in making your writing appear more clear, concise and professional. Learn about common errors and how to avoid them. This presentation will address simple, quick techniques that will result in more effective writing.

Presenter(s): Rachael Hanel  Department: Mass Media

8:30-9:30 AM How to make all students participate actively and equally in the classroom? Nelson 3

I will present an effective way of drawing attention equally from all students in the classroom. This method is simple and easy. It has been working for me since I have started to use it.

Presenter(s): Shaheen Ahmed  Department: Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

8:30-9:30 AM Tell Your Story! Ostrander

Tips and ideas about how your department/program can gain a higher profile by using KMSU Radio as a resource for telling your story.

Presenter(s): Jim Gullickson, Karen Wright  Department: KMSU Radio

8:30-9:30 AM Changes to Common Rule (I.e. Federal Institutional Review Board Regulations) TR-C121

On January 19, 2017, sixteen federal agencies, published revision to the federal regulations governing the protection of human subjects. These regulations are often known as the “Common Rule. The amended regulations are scheduled to take effect on January 19, 2018. However, the Trump Administration announced in January, 2017 that they will be reviewing all new regulations.  So, the final rule may be subject to further amendment, review, comment, or repeal by the Trump Administration before taking effect. Most IRBs going ahead and getting ready for the changes. This session will highlight many of the proposed changes.

Presenter(s): Mary Hadley, Julie Carlson and Jennifer Veltsos  Department: Institutional Review Board

10:00-11:00 AM Concurrent Enrollment: What's the Deal? Armstrong 101

Concurrent enrollment has become a hot topic lately. High schools are under intense pressure from school boards, parents, and students to better prepare students for higher education. This session will provide university faculty and staff the opportunity to hear from current high school instructors, counselors, faculty partners, and concurrent enrollment alumni. We will discuss the benefits of concurrent enrollment courses and the challenges facing all groups involved. There will be time for questions and answers towards the end of the presentation.

Presenter(s): Mike Altomari  Department: New Student and Family Programs

10:00-11:00 AM Workplace Violence Armstrong 102

Presenters are Sergeants with Mankato Department of Public Safety and they cover what workplace violence is, various threat situations that employees/staff may encounter, Information on preventing workplace violence and identifying potentially dangerous people, opportunities for intervention regarding workplace violence, information on what an active shooter situation is including what to do if it happens (Run-Hide-Fight), and lastly we cover information on how to increase one’s situational awareness.esenters are both Sergeants with the Mankato Department of Public Safety. 

Presenter(s): Justin Neumann, Chris Baukol  Department: Mankato Department of Public Safety

10:00-11:00 AM Introduction to Meditation CSU 256

This session will introduce you to a variety of meditation and relaxation techniques.  

Presenter(s): Carly Hopper, Laura Schultz  Department: Campus Recreation and Women's Center

10:00-11:00 AM Introduction to MavCONNECT ML109

Looking for additional ways to support and connect with your students? Come learn about MavCONNECT and the ways it can be used to aid in student engagement and retention. During this session, you will have the opportunity to receive interactive training as you explore this student success tool, create your profile and learn ways to utilize MavCONNECT in your day-to-day work.

Presenter(s): MavCONNECT Implementation Team, Amy Staloch, Nikki Stock   Department: Student Affairs/New Student and Family Programs

10:00-11:00 AM Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom ML45

Traditional teaching methods are often unengaging for certain types of students. In recent years, the use of active learning strategies has been on the rise. Recent research suggest that these strategies can lead to improvements in learner engagement, problem-solving skills, and long term retention of knowledge.   In this session, participants will be guided through various active and collaborative tools and techniques that range from 2 min to an entire 50 min class period. These tools can be easily integrated into classroom sessions for introducing new concepts, deliberate practice, kinesthetically experiencing abstract concepts and facilitates peer to peer discussion around challenging topics.   The session will end with open discussion and Q&A, allowing participants to consider how they may incorporate these activities into their own courses.

Presenter(s): Eleanor Leung, Elizabeth Pluskwik  Department: Integrated Engineering, CSET

10:00-11:00 AM Don’t lose access to journals and books! Learn best practices for linking resources in D2L ML81

Faculty want course readings to be conveniently posted within D2L, but posting PDFs on D2L is illegal in many cases and might accidentally lead to the loss of online resources provided by the library. In this session, we’ll explain these issues and suggest best practices for sharing articles and chapters with your students.

Presenter(s): Casey Duevel, Nat Gustafson-Sundell  Department: Library Services

10:00-11:00 AM Turnitin to Success! Morris 102

Introduction on how to use and our integration with D2L Brightspace to enhance your instruction with plagiarism concious assignments.

Presenter(s): Robert Trent, John Bayerl  Department: IT Solutions

10:00-11:00 AM Helping Students Create and Present Effective Group Presentations Morris 103

Instructors often include group presentations in their courses as a way to provide professional speaking opportunities and encourage student collaboration. However, often these presentations fall short of meeting expectations for professionalism and collaboration.  This session will provide practical advice for how to prepare students to create effective building group presentations.

Presenter(s): Leah White, Wade Davis  Department: Communication Studies (White) and Accounting/Business Law (Davis)

10:00-11:00 AM Equity versus Equality: Support for Multicultural Students In the Classroom and Beyond Nelson 3

Come and learn about how to provide support for multicultural students both inside and outside the classroom environments.

Presenter(s): Megan Heutmaker, Dr. Chelsea Mead  Department: Multicultural Center and American Indigenous Studies program

10:00-11:00 AM From Normal School To University:  Celebrating 150 Years Ostrander

Want to learn more about our university’s history?  During this session, you will discover how Minnesota State University, Mankato grew from a normal school to a doctoral granting university that today offers more than 130 programs of study.  Starting in 2017, Minnesota State University, Mankato is celebrating an 18-month long commemoration of the institution’s 150th birthday that will culminate on October 7, 2018, which marks the anniversary of the first day of classes in 1868.  Hear about our university’s history, how the University Archives is documenting our past and how you too can participate!

Presenter(s): Daardi Sizemore, Heidi Southworth and Anne Stenzel  Department: University Archives

10:00-11:00 AM Achieving balance; Finding time to take care of you TR-C 121

Learn about all of the facilities, programs and services offered to faculty and staff through the office of campus recreation. *All attendees will be entered into a drawing for 1 free spring semester membership.

Presenter(s): Ben Nelson  Department: Campus Recreation

1:30-2:30 PM Responding to People in Crisis Armstrong 102

Professors and University Staff sometimes encounter students or co-workers who present issues that they aren't sure how to respond to and often don't know what resources are available to help.  This session will provide information on what is a crisis, when additional help is needed and where you can turn to get that help.

Presenter(s): Sandi Schnorenberg, Stephanie Wilkins  Department: University Security and Mankato DPS

1:30-2:30 PM TOP 10 Accessibility Essentials for Faculty ML 109

This presentation will review the top 10 hot spot areas that faculty need to consider when working with a student with a disability.  Topics will include: What to do with disability documentation, faculty responsibilities for testing and note taking accommodations, the importance of maintaining student confidentiality, how to support students experiencing medical emergencies and students of concern.

Presenter(s): Julie Snow  Department: Accessibility Resources

1:30-2:30 PM Getting the Most Out of MSUAASF ML 45

This session will be an open panel conversation on a variety of MSUAASF & MSU, Mankato related topics - to include discussion on, but not limited to: becoming more involved with MSUAASF; representing across the campus; importance of Shared Governance; available funding options (PIF, PDF); what can a steward help with; and more...

Presenter(s): Kristel Seth, MSUAASF panel  Department: MSUAASF

1:30-2:30 PM Finding Your Voice: Untold Stories of Women’s Leadership ML81

See below for our panel description and attached for the proposal form: Finding Your Voice: Untold Stories of Women’s Leadership on Campus Leadership is woven throughout all levels of campus and across all bargaining units. At this session, listen to the stories and insights of women on campus who demonstrate leadership, break down barriers, and find their voices within their fields.

Presenter(s): Lindsy Mason, Commisssion volunteers  Department: Presidents Commission on the Status of Women

1:30-2:30 PM Welcome to Poll Everywhere Morris 102

Introduction to Poll Everywhere explaining how to utilize and implement this program to enhance instruction with an audience response system.

Presenter(s): Paul Giovacchini, John Bayerl  Department: IT Solutions

1:30-2:30 PM Blogging for Personal and Professional Development Morris 103

Blogging can be a tool for creative and academic expression. In this session, you will learn what makes for an effective blog, how to create a blog post people will want to read, and reasons why you should start blogging. You also will discover how blogging can be used at various stages of the research and creative processes.

Presenter(s): Rachael Hanel, Heather McIntosh  Department: Mass Media

1:30-2:30 PM Tips and Strategies for Teaching the Academic Writing Process Nelson 3

Most academic writers struggle because they have never been taught the process using in academic writing. Learning about the writing product is of little use if you do not know the process. This session provides a short description of each step along with tips and strategies for each step: pre-writing (including finding sources, critical reading, and note-taking), drafting, revising, editing, and then sharing.

Presenter(s): Andrew Johnson  Department: Special Education

1:30-2:30 PM Belonging & Growth at MNSU TR-C 121

A sense of belonging is as important to persistence and retention as campus resources, and academic success.  Join our panel of students as they share their story of finding their place at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Three undergraduate students will share the ways they were introduced to and sought opportunities that have helped them connect to the campus community.  They will also share thoughts on how faculty and administrators can positively support a student's sense of belonging.

Presenter(s): Liz Steinborn-Gourley, Marie Slotemaker  Department: Reimagining the First Year: Belonging & Growth Mindset Committee

1:30-2:30PM Self-Compassion Armstrong 101

This session will introduce the basic tenets of self-compassion and how being kind to ourselves can foster life and job satisfaction, optimism, personal initiative, and social connection. Participants will be able to identify self-care strategies to incorporate into a busy life.

Presenter(s): Carrie Reif, PhD, LP, Lindsay Murn, PhD, LP  Department: Counseling Center

3:00-4:00 PM Employee Tuition Waiver Armstrong 101

Review process for applying and how you qualify for the employee waiver.  Review how we calculate the waiver using banded tuition

Presenter(s): Twyla Tinney, Doug Hendley, Joann Scholtz  Department: Student Financial Services and Human Resources

3:00-4:00 PM Reviewing Department Websites Armstrong 102

If your department, college or program website needs to be updated, come and get refreshed on the critical task of overhauling your website content. We'll also discuss the University's new website that will be launching in Spring Semester, and how this all fits together. 

Presenter(s): Ted Johnson  Department: IT Solutions

3:00-4:00 PM To Be or Not To Be…A Doctoral Student ML 45

Making the decision to commit to a doctoral program is a major life decision.  Whether you have agonized over this decision before or have not yet given it but a passing thought this session will be an opportunity to explore this decision with a current doctoral student and faculty member in a doctoral program.  Current doctoral students are invited to attend to share your experience with others considering enrolling in a doctoral program! The format of this session is that of a roundtable discussion.  As such, participants will be encouraged to share why they are considering a doctoral program, what hesitations they have, and what questions they have about the experience being a doctoral student.   Facilitators include: Jamie Van Boxel, currently a 3rd year doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration program at St. Cloud State University, where he is just beginning the dissertation writing process. Dr. Steven McCullar, Director of Higher Education Administration Graduate Programs at St. Cloud State University.

Presenter(s): Jamie Van Boxel, Steven McCullar, Ph.D  Department: Residential Life

3:00-4:00 PM Piloting Telehealth on Campus ML 81

Student Health Services, in collaboration with the Counseling and Student Personnel graduate program, has been piloting Telehealth services over the past year.  This IRB-approved study offered virtual visits billed to insurance for established patients of a psychiatric nurse practitioner.  CSP graduate students provided screening, check-in and evaluated patient satisfaction.

Presenter(s): Wendy Schuh, Jodi Egeland, Counseling and Student Personnel representative  Department: Student Health Services

3:00-4:00 PM MavCONNECT and Advising ML109

This session is designed for people that have attended basic MavCONNECT training and are serving in an advising/student support role on-campus. We will go over MavCONNECT advising tools and discuss best practices/tips for utilizing the system in your day-to-day work.

Presenter(s): MavCONNECT Implementation Team, Amy Staloch, Nikki Stock   Department: Student Affairs/New Student and Family Programs

3:00-4:00 PM FISH! Philosophy Morris 102

Using the FISH! Philosophy as a foundation, this session will help participants gain a better understanding of how attitude and engagement can help create a more fun and meaningful work environment, not only for faculty and staff, but for the students we serve, as well.

Presenter(s): John Bulcock, Hannah Bendroth  Department: CSU/Res Life

3:00-4:00 PM Scholarships 101 Morris 103

Do you work with scholarships at MSU, Mankato? This session will include general information including how to interpret your gift agreements and giving reports, solicit student applications and collect thank yous.

Presenter(s): Carolyn Nelson  Department: Admissions

3:00-4:00 PM Hiring/Paperwork International Students on Campus Nelson 3

This session will provide an understanding of what needs to happen upon hiring an international student. 

Presenter(s): Pat Lueck, Cheryl Miller  Department: Kearney Center for International Students