Professional Development Committee

The Student Affairs and Advancement Professional Development Committee provides opportunities and resources to enrich the professional growth of student affairs staff members through a wide range of development opportunities including: professional presentations and webinars, technology training, book discussion group, and the rotating bi-annual Professional Development Day and Technology Day conferences.


Upcoming Events

Reanne Madison

Social Justice Lecture Series: Raeanne Madison

  • Nov 07, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Luncheon
  • Alumni Lounge

Raeanne Madison

Public Health Scholar and Educator

Raeanne Madison (Ojibwa, Dutch, German) is a Master of Public Health candidate at Michigan State University and a 2012 Michigan Tech graduate from the program in Scientific and Technical Communication. Raeanne uses her training in research, writing, and Public Health to advance the health of American Indians and people with Diabetes through policy change, advocacy, and community health education.

Raeanne currently completes projects for Indian Health Services, is an active . . .

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Sizzling Subjects and Tantalizing Text

  • Nov 12, 2014 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
  • Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B
Allison Carter and Kara Sokol
Wednesday, November 12, 11am
MUB Ballroom B

We all get flooded with email and mail--most of it “junk.” So, how do you get your message across? Join us and learn how to write subject lines that get noticed and text that inspires action. We’ll cover tips, tricks, and best practices--then you’ll put your creativity to work to practice what you’ve learned. Whether you're writing emails or traditional letters, you’ll learn how to strengthen your communications.

Useful Mediation Techniques for the Workplace

  • Nov 12, 2014 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
  • Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B

Beth Lunde and Jill Hodges

Wednesday, November 12, noon

MUB Ballroom B

Can’t see eye to eye? According to Mahatma Gandhi, “An eye for and eye will only make the whole world blind.” Don’t lose an eye!  Join us to learn about the art of managing conflict through mediation. 

Mediation provides an effective structure for difficult conversations by using a facilitator to jointly resolve concerns.  The process is very effective because it starts and ends with what people truly care about.

This session will walk you through the basic parts of the mediation process and will give you one more . . .

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Collaboration at Work: Reaching Across Boundaries to Get Things Done

  • Nov 12, 2014 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
  • Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B
Ruth Archer
Wednesday, November 12, 1pm
MUB Ballroom B
Applying a few foundational principles to your collaborative efforts can make collaborating fun. First, establish some ground rules to foster an environment of mutual respect where individual agendas are acknowledged and ideas are freely shared. Next, lead the group to set goals that are mutually agreed upon and benefit all, develop a shared problem solving process that taps the collaborators' resourcefulness, and encourage evidence-based decision making that’s transparent to all participants. Finally, create a visual plan with clearly . . .
Daymond Glenn

MLK Banquet: Dr. Daymond Glenn

  • Jan 19, 2015 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Memorial Union Building, Ballroom

The 26th annual MLK Banquet guest speaker will be Dr. Daymond Glenn, Vice President for Community Life and Chief Diversity Officer
Warner Pacific College, Portland, Oregon

DR. DAYMOND GLENN is the Vice President for Community Life and Chief Diversity Officer at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. In his role as Vice President for Community Life & Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Glenn oversees Student Affairs, Campus Ministries, and the Office of Diversity. Dr. . . .


Social Justice Lecture Series: Mariahadessa “Ekere” Tallie

  • Apr 03, 2015 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B

Writer – Educator – Herbalist – Mother

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is a writer, educator, and performer. She has been a featured speaker at universities, festivals and events throughout Europe and North America. She is the Poetry Editor of the literary magazine African Voices. Her work deals with silence, sexism and racism and it has been published in Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, Go, Tell Michelle (SUNY), Listen Up! (One World Ballantine) and Revenge . . .