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Student Affairs Symposium


  8:30 - 8:50 a.m.   Check-In/Welcome  
  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  

Dr. Lynn Chang: Find Your Zen at Work
Don't let everyday stress impact your satisfaction at work
Focus on inner fulfillment, peace, and joy. Use simple techniques based on neuroscience, positive psychology, meditation, and yoga to destress and create more happiness at the university, improve your quality of work, increase productivity, and foster positive relationships around you.

  10:10 - 10:55 a.m.  

Breakout Session I:

Track A: I Am My Best Advocate - This workshop will focus on developing an ability to effectively advocate for yourself as an employee, a member of your division and a professional within your institution. Topics covered will include strategies to advance, having conversations with your supervisor about opportunities to increase your skill set, and strategies to make use of all the skills you bring to the table. Kate Robbins, Career Services

Track B: Sponsoring & Mentoring- What are they and what's my role?- This Workshop will focus on identifying the key distinctions between sponsors and mentors and how both can be amazing assets for personal and professional success. Topics addressed will include strategies for finding mentors and sponsors, understanding to roles of mentors and sponsors and how to serve as a mentor or sponsor to someone else. Nina Pereira, Housing & Residence Life

Track C: Your Path to Leadership-  Are you ready to start exploring the next level of your professional growth? Leadership is always the logical next step. This workshop will focus on identifying successful paths to gaining leadership experience along with ways to advance into leadership roles.  Victoria Lopez-Herrera, UTSA

  11:05-11:50 a.m.  

Breakout Session II: 

Track A: Building Your Career Path- This panel will center around strategic career planning and advancement. Topics will include identifying benchmarks for your defined career path, timelines for achieving those benchmarks and strategies to handle the unforeseen changes in your career plan to ensure you remain focused on self fulfillment as well as advancement. Vanessa Salazar, Manager Development and Communication; Ethel Banks, Counseling Center; Dr. Margarita Arellano, Dean of Students; Susanna Garcia, Campus Recreation;  Victoria Lopez-Herrera, UTSA; moderated by Emily Hawarny, Career Services

Track B: Using Supportive Communication to Build a Healthy Work Environment - As a leader, do you struggle with connecting with your employees when it comes to delivering feedback or building a supportive environment? You're not alone! This workshop will focus on effective ways leaders can communicate with their teams in a productive, healthy and impactful way. Research results on Texas State's staff and faculty‚Äôs perceptions of the culture of health at our university will be incorporated into this session.  Dr. Michael Burns, Communication Studies

Track C: Radiant Expansion Workshop: Energy Budgets for Life and Work (bilingual) - We all start the day with a set amount of energy currency. With every situation we encounter, examine how much is your Return On Investment (ROI) and where are you losing energy currency. Create more control when experiencing stress and chaos. Reclaim a new, empowered self-image as a university employee. Transform your perspective on giving and receiving at work.  Ms. Carolina Perez, Radiant Expansion

  12:00- 12:50 p.m.   Lunch & Browse   
  1:00- 2:00 p.m.  

Breakout Session III 

Track A: Intellectual Wellbeing- Intellectual wellness encourages us to engage in creative and mentally-stimulating activities. These activities should expand your knowledge and skills while allowing you to share your knowledge and skills with others. Intellectual wellness can be developed through academics, cultural involvement, community involvement and personal hobbies. As intellectual wellness develops, you are able to develop personal resources that work together with the other realms of wellness in order to be achieve a more balanced life. Dr. Jon Lasser, College of Education

Track B: Financial Wellbeing- Improve your stress and improve sleep by taking control of your finances. Receive an overview of important strategies and ways to take charge of your finances.  Michael Garner, University Federal Credit Union

Track C: Self-Care Yoga- This class focuses on poses that promote relaxation, restoration and rejuvenation. Restorative poses help relieve the effects of chronic stress, including weakness and fatigue brought on by our daily fast paced activities. Colleen Phelps, Wellcats

Which sessions do you plan to attend on Thursday, April 18th? (Please select at least two options for each breakout session, we will do our best to accommodate your preferences). 9:00am - 10:00am - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lynn Chang *
Which is your FIRST choice for Breakout Session I? *
Which is your SECOND choice for Breakout Session I? *
Which is your FIRST choice for Breakout Session II? *
Which is your SECOND choice for Breakout Session II? *
Lunch guaranteed only for those registered by Monday, April 15 @ 3pm.
Which is your FIRST choice for Breakout Session III? *
Which is your SECOND choice for Breakout Session III? *