Join us on May 25, 2017, from 8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for the second annual DSA Conference. This year the focus of the conference will be on Unity: Strengthening Our Community. All DSA members are encouraged to attend!The vision for this annual conference, is to provide an opportunity for DSA staff to get to know one another better, cross-pollinate, learn from one another, and have an opportunity to share areas of expertise.
8:15 - 8:50 - Breakfast and Welcome from Chuck Klink -- Commonwealth Ballrooms A & B
8:50 - 9:10 - DSA Speed Networking -- Erin Edwards and Rebecca Halligan -- Commonwealth Ballrooms A & B
9:15 - 10:15 - Four concurrent breakout sessions -- Virginia Rooms and Salons
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:30 - Four concurrent breakout sessions -- Virginia Rooms and Salons
11:30 - 1:00 – Lunch, Keynote speaker, and DSA awards -- Garret Westlake, Executive Director, da Vinci Center -- Commonwealth Ballrooms A & B
You probably remember the moment when you got your first real job interview, the mixture of elation and nervous energy you felt as you began to prepare. At Career Services, we understand that feeling too. On a daily basis, we celebrate with students and share their excitement when they hear about their first interviews. Then we remind them the real work still lies ahead.
When preparing for an interview, one of the most common questions students ask us is, "What should I wear?"As career educators, we can offer advice. What students often need is a suit. With a sizable portion of VCU students receiving financial assistance, many do not have the means to purchase suitable business attire. Through a generous donation in March 2016, we founded Suit Yourself, VCU's free business wear closet. Suit Yourself aims to inspire self-confidence in VCU students by alleviating the stress of worrying about what to wear to an interview. To date, we've given professional attire to more than 250 deserving students.We're asking for assistance to continue our mission by hosting a donation drive for gently used professional clothing. We're seeking suits, dress shirts/blouses, pants, women's skirts, men's ties, belts, and shoes.If you are interested, please bring your donations to the DSA Conference on May 25th or bring them to VCU Career Services, University Student Commons, 1st floor, room 143 during business hours. All donations are tax deductible and directly benefit VCU students.We hope you will consider participating. To find out how to get started, please contact Jeanette Hickl, at 804-828-4846 or email@example.com.
Welcome: Chuck Klink, Ph.D., Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Dr. Klink provides leadership and direction for the division and in shaping key policies for the university. He collaborates with his senior staff and others to continually promote student academic success and enhancement of the quality of life for the VCU community by creating cohesion between the various services and initiatives.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Garret Westlake, Executive Director, da Vinci Center
Dr. Westlake is contributing to the transformation of VCU into one of the nation’s leading universities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovation and imagination, and the inclusion of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking as requisite skills for success in the 21st century.
Rebecca Halligan, Assistant Director, VCU LEAD, Erin Edwards, Hall Director, Grace & Broad Residence Center
Kick off the DSA Conference by getting to know your fellow DSA colleagues through a quick, structured Speed Networking opportunity. Challenge yourself to get to know new people and learn how you could support each other in your DSA roles. Keep in touch with the connections you form throughout and after the conference!
Rocky Carmine, Coordinator of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity, Megan Rapchick, Coordinator for Student Conduct & Academic Integrity
The purpose of this program is to educate our colleagues about what the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity does and how we support students who are going through some of the most stressful times in their academic careers.
Amy Adkins, Ph.D., Director of Student Engagement, College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute, Danielle Dick, Ph.D., Director, College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute, Emily Yount Prusator, Virginia Commonwealth University Master of Social Work candidate, 2017
VCU’s Spit for Science project (spit4science.vcu.edu) has collected information on diverse outcomes, including substance use, depression, anxiety, smoking, eating, family/friends, stressors, sleep, and general health and well-being. Drop by this session to see our latest results and to brainstorm next steps!
Curt Erwin, Ed.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Housing
Working with identified consultants, campus partners, and our division as a whole, DSA is examining goals, discussing "big picture" issues around plan development, and aligning our physical environment with our mission & goals. Come get the latest information and provide feedback as we continue this journey.
Kim Hanneman, Assistant Director, Career and Industry Advising
Third Culture Kids (TCK) repatriate into the country of their American nationality (their passport country). As DSA professionals, we understand the 'moving-in' phase of a college transition. How well do we understand that TCKs experience a 'moving out' of their cultural identity that invokes a deep sense of loss and disenfranchised grief?
Allison Dyche, Director, Student Media Center, Mark Jeffries,Production Manager, Student Media Center, Jacob McFadden, Business Manager, Student Media Center
Lisa Mathews-Ailsworth, Off Campus Student Services Coordinator, University Student Commons and Activities, Nicole Patterson, Volunteer Programs, University Student Commons and Activities
Won’t you be our neighbor? Drawing from best practice in community engagement, come learn effective ways to develop mutually beneficial community partnerships that foster student development. Discover how to think creatively about partnerships and co-education in this interactive session.
Jorge Piocuda, Assistant Director, Career & Industry Advising, VCU Career Services, Rachel Rodney, Assistant Director, Career & Industry Advising, VCU Career Services, Latisha Taylor, Assistant Director, Career & Industry Advising, VCU Career Services
Attempting to make the transition between functional areas (i.e Residential Life & Housing, Student Activities, Career Services) can be challenging. This session will provide you with the tools and strategies on how to gain relevant experience, market yourself, and help you identify your transferrable skills to make that transition feel possible.
Bev Walker, Program Manager, Career Development
The goal of the HR Redesign project is to strengthen our workplace and enhance the lives of our employees. The DSA community, with its engaged, proactive and diverse staff, is in a unique position to play a pivotal role in the Great Place Initiative. Join us as we discuss how the Division can use innovation, collaboration and empowerment to create a positive culture and supportive work environment.