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Professional Development Conference 2021

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021


9:00 – 9:15                 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:00               Session 1
10:15 – 11:00             Session 2
11:15 – 12:15             Keynote Speaker
12:15 – 1:00               Grab and Go Lunches in Banks
1:00 – 3:00                 Ice Cream Truck

9:15 – 10:00               Session 1:

Paul Nardone
Title: Committee Work as an Intentional Professional Development Strategy…No, Really!
Description: Committees - we're all on them! So… why not try to make them more useful by broadening their scope and weaving in “intentional professional development” as a goal and activity? This session will provide examples of committees that in addition to their primary role, also provided professional development opportunities for its members. We will look at committee work as something more than a “thing we have to do”, but instead as an opportunity to learn and grow through the actual work of the committee. This session is for anyone who has been part of a committee, as a member or leader, at work or outside of work.

Callie Rimpfel
Title: Make Your Life Easier with Google Apps
Description: If you do any of the following, you should come to this session:
·       Do you work with groups that share documents frequently?
·       Do you have to do surveys or have people RSVP for things?
·       Do you miss AIM?
We will talk about Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides), Google Chat, Google Calendars, and talk briefly about Sites.

Louise Keller:
Title: Learned Optimism: How to challenge negative thoughts and starting thinking more positively! 
Description: Do bad things keep happening to you? Does life feel like one train wreck after another? Do you struggle to look on the bright side and stay positive that things will get better?  While you may not be able to change the situation, you can change the way you think about it. Research in positive psychology shows that thinking optimistically is a skill that can be learned. This workshop breaks down the key element of optimistic thinking - your ‘explanatory style’ - and how to refocus from the negative to the positive and learn to be more optimistic.

10:15 – 11:00             Session 2:

Lalaine Little:
Title: “Extended Mileage Webinars: How to get the most out of Zoom recorded events”
Description: The virtual platform has created new opportunities (and pitfalls) for our public programs to reach a wider audience over a longer people of time through the magic of recording. What tools enhance the experiences of audiences who plan to attend live or watch the recorded presentation?
- Taking advantage of Zoom Webinar/Meeting Functions, including Description, Branding, Email Reminder and Email Follow-up
- Free URL shortening services and QR code shortening services
- Editing and Indexing your videos

Steve Filipiak
Title: Accessibility: Social Media Edition
Description: You may be a big fan or user of social media, but have you ever thought about how social media content is accessible to people with certain disabilities? While each platform presents unique challenges, there are some things you can do to make your content more accessible on your favorite platform. This session will show you some tips and steps you can take to improve your accessibility on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Amy Lahart and Christine Somers
Title: Misericordia University & the Conference for Mercy Higher Education
Description:  Misericordia University is one of 17 colleges and universities that are part of the Conference of Higher Education.  Answers to questions such as ...What does that mean?  What changes to the "covenant" has been made to strengthen our relationship with CMHE? 

11:15 – 12:15             Keynote Session:

Bryan Koch
When Life Is Not "All Right" - Developing Resiliency In Life's Circumstances

We all experience disappointment, loss, grief, and change. And while a normal part of life, these emotions and experiences still cause sadness, anxiety, and stress which in turn affect our relationships, work performance and physical health. 
But just as physically healthy people are better able to bounce back from illness or injury; people with strong mental health are better able to bounce back from adversity, trauma, and stress. Our discussion will focus on how we can develop this skill known as resilience.