Wednesday, March 13, 2019

(All classes on Wednesday meet at Davis Center 4th floor except Resilience Type A class which is at Campus Rec Studio, Patrick Gym)

8:00 AM 9:30 AM

Keynote Address: Practicing Happiness: The Science of Wellbeing

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Rosenfeld, M.D. 

Every single one of us can harness the power to shift our mindset and change our brains. To lead resilient and productive lives, understanding happiness is a key part of building and nurturing resilience. In our morning keynote presentation, by UVM faculty member Dr. Andrew Rosenfeld, we will discuss the definitions of happiness and the complexities around measuring happiness. By the end of the session, we will begin to demystify the secrets to living fulfilling and productive lives, and how to build resilience in our students and ourselves.

Coffee and breakfast muffins will be available starting at 7:45 AM

Length: 90 min.


9:30 AM 9:45 AM Break
9:45 AM 10:45 AM
  • The Body At Work: Ergonomics and Posture

    Presented by Wendy Mehaffey, Chiropractor

    Resolve your ergonomics problems by looking at the source: Your body, your posture and your movement habits. How you sit and move while working affects your entire body. We'll teach you to become aware of strain before it causes injury. You will also learn gentle movement and stretches that prevent RSI and back pain.

    Length:  1 hour


  • Resilience for All

    Presented by Jennifer Prue Ed. D, faculty member in the Secondary Education Department at UVM. She is a Faculty Fellow, Advising & First Year Experience.

    The goal of this learning experience is to explore what service providers need to maintain their resilience while working with students and their challenges.

    Length:  1 hour


  • Creating and Sustaining Inclusive Environments

    Presented by Christa Hagan-Howe

    There are endless arguments to have a diverse workforce and it also does not come without its challenges. In this hour long workshop, we will explore the resiliency required to build and exist in diverse environments—especially for folks with marginalized identities. This presentation will have a brief lecture, followed by group conversation that will help us to build inclusive workplaces that are mindful of the multiplicity of identities present. Attendees will leave with specific to-dos to make their offices, policies, and systems more welcoming of a variety of identities.

    Length:  1 hour


10:45 AM 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM 12:00 PM
  • Stress Relief: Juggling

    Presented by Luke Donforth, Academic Services Provider Senior

    It often seems that we have to juggle a variety of things in our life, but do you actually know how to juggle? This hands-on activity can be great way to pause, focus, and relax. Participants will make their own set of juggling balls, and leave with the basics of 3-ball juggling.

    Please email by March 6th if you have a latex allergy so we may provide you with alternative supplies.

    Length:  1 hour


  • What Does Working on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at UVM Look Like?

    Presented by Cheryl Herrick, Communications Specialist

    Are you working on diversity, equity and/or inclusion efforts in your unit or office? Come meet your peers from across the campus for a casual and creative exploration of what we are personally bringing into the work, and to create a piece of visual art that will translate into an image we can later share.

    Length:  1 hour


  • Diets May be Causing More Harm than Good

    Presented by Elaina Efird RDN, CD, CEDRD, CSSD

    The diet industry is a billion dollar industry. Every year more and more people decide to start the latest fad diet or start a restrictive meal plan to manage their weight. In most cases, we gain that weight back, but why? Come learn about how yo-yo dieting could be causing more harm than good.

    Length:  1 hour


12:00 PM 1:00 PM
  • LUNCH  (box lunch provided - please register)

    Box lunch available, for employees attending our EDU@UVM events

    Registration Required in Peoplesoft HR – Use CLASS CODE 399

    Must notify Event Services by March 6 if you have dietary restrictions


1:00 PM 2:30 PM
  • Radical Self-Care

    Presented by Lindsay Foreman, Mindfulness and Resilience Educator

    What if self-care was viewed in the context of our collective well-being instead of the context of individualism? How would that change our relationship to self-care, the type of self-care practices we engage in, and the outcomes for our own well-being and the well-being of our communities, institutions, and society. These are the questions we will explore in the workshop through conversation, reflective writing, and contemplative practices.

    Length:  1.5 hours


  • Juuling, Vaping & Other Trends in Substance Use

    Presented by Tom Fontana, BASICS Program Coordinator

    Whether you work with students or have kids of your own, it is good to know about trends in drug use. An increasing amount of teens and young adults choose not to use substances. Many more use moderately. But there are other troubling trends: nicotine use is on the raise & cannabis potency has risen dramatically. Come learn about Juuling and vaping, CBD and THC, and more. There will be plenty of time for conversation and questions

    Length:  1.5 hours


  • Supporting Survivors: Basic Advocacy for Responsible Employees

    Presented by Sarah Mell, Education & Outreach Coordinator; Judy Rickstad, Campus Victim's Advocate; Catarina Campbell, Coordinator of Program & Leadership Development - UVM Women's Center

    Responsible employees at UVM are trained in reporting processes and the ins and outs of Title IX/Clery Reporting, but in the moment when a student or colleague discloses an experience of violence it can often be difficult to know how to respond beyond mandatory reporting requirements. This workshop will provide opportunities to consider basic advocacy skills of listening, empathizing, supporting, and educating, as well as creating clear boundaries and considering self-care throughout the process..

    Length:  1.5 hours


  • Resilience of Your MBTI® Type Under Stress

    Presented by Oleh Kaarmik, Talent Development Specialist, PDT / DEPD

    Pre-requisite: Must have taken MBTI Discover Your Type administered by a certified MBTI practitioner (at UVM or elsewhere).


    When our daily challenges stop being energizing and start feeling like unwanted pressure, we lose the normal balance of our personality Type. Our exaggerated ‘stress behavior’ has a lot in common with what we were like as children, before we had developed the maturity of balance. This class will make us aware of this change and how it plays out in our interactions which is critical for restoring balance and keeping our greatest MBTI Type asset from becoming our blind-spot weakness.

    Length:  1.5 hours


2:30 PM 3:00 PM

Ice Cream Break

Livak Fireplace Lounge (Davis 4th floor)

Come join us for a mid-afternoon ice cream break sponsored by Staff Council! A chance to refresh and hang with colleagues. Ice cream from the Vermont Dairy bar will be served by your Staff Council reps.

Length: 30 min.

3:00 PM Various Times
  • What To Do?: Engaging Possible Intolerance (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

    Presented by Sherwood Smith, SED/DEPD

    This is a highly interactive session (cases with role plays) and discussion. Participants should have a basic understanding of the concepts of power and privilege or dominance and marginality for this session to be useful.
    1. Provide a framework for engaging with situations where there is the possibility that comments or behaviors are rooted in intolerance.
    2. Using role plays explore using the framework to address the concern
    3. Using groups' knowledge explore other alternative processes through discussion
    4. Additional resources for continued learning will be provided

    Length: 2 hours


  • Resilience for the type A Person (3:00 PM - 4:15 PM)

    Presented by Justina Reichelt, MBA, 500 hour RYT Assistant Director Campus Recreation, Stephanie Davis, Massage Therapist 

    Do you feel pressured by the expectations at work to be highly organized, ambitious, meet demanding deadlines, or feel your patience overstretched? The ability to spring back and find a balance for a dedicated worker can be in the process of letting go and a practice in self-compassion. Rather than seeking out tools for resilience, revive the resilience that is innate in us all. During this session, we will engage in a Restorative Yoga practice which is coupled with aromatherapy and healing touch. We will have a brief written reflection both before and after the practice.

    Length: 1.25 hours


  • The Neuroscience of Purpose: Living a Life with Meaning (3:00 PM - 4:30 PM)

    Presented by Michael Thompson

    Have you ever wondered why you do what you do? What is it that influences our choices, decisions and thoughts? Are you living a life that offers meaning and fulfillment?

    Michael Thompson first started studying the adolescent brain in earnest over 25 years ago when he was teaching high school health education. He has expanded his passion for the brain to include understanding the role our brains play in creating who we are. Michael’s goal is to bring neuroscience to the mainstream and help us all to understand how we are wired so we can affect change in our lives where we feel we need it.

    The Neuroscience of Purpose is an interactive presentation that will help to make connections to your past to live more fully in the present to create a better future. This presentation aims to help you to understand the basics of neuroscience and how neural networks are created, developed, maintained and changed.

    Length: 1.5 hours


  • Finding Calm in Your Day (3:00 PM - 4:30 PM)

    Presented by InvestEAP

    Everyone deals with stress; it is an inherent part of life and we often struggle to maintain a healthy response to stressful events. Understanding and reflecting on how stress effects the brain and body is essential to effectively managing stress. This interactive workshop provides several experiential stress management exercises that can be easily replicated in any setting. The value this workshop provides is a group experience that could be a stepping stone in a cultural shift toward change. Participants make a commitment to try one new stress management technique within the week.

    Length: 1.5 hours


  • Cultivating Joy: The Happiness That Doesn't Depend on What Happens (3:00 PM - 4:30 PM)

    Presented by Laura Engelken, Interfaith Coordinator

    Joy has been described as "the happiness that does not depend upon what happens." In this interactive session, explore and discuss the qualities of mind and heart that might contribute to the cultivation of joy within your own life. We will be reflecting upon the 8-pillars of joy suggested by His Holiness the Dali Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu in “The Book of Joy” from our own religious, spiritual and/or philosophical perspectives.

    Length: 1.5 hours



Thursday, March 14, 2019

(All classes meet on Thursday at Lafayette first floor except Resilence Type A class which is at Campus Rec Studio, Patrick Gym and Fleming Museum tour at the museum lobby

8:00 AM 5:00 PM

Mental Health First Aid in Higher Education

Presented by Jenna Emerson and Christa Hagan-Howe

8-Hour certificate training

This groundbreaking training gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. In just ten years, Mental Health First Aid has become a full-blown movement in the United States—more than 1 million people are certified Mental Health First Aiders, and that number is growing every day.

One in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.

Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. “Through this program, we hope to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems,” says Linda Rosenberg President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, which helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008. “When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they may need.”

Length: 8 hours


9:00 AM 10:30 AM
  • Career Interest Groups: Coming Fall '19

    Presented by Sarah Heath, Assistant Director

    The Career Center is thrilled to be launching our new initiative Career Interest Groups in the fall 2019. Career Interest Groups are dynamic networks of students, alums, employers, faculty and staff with common interests who provide guidance, resources, and opportunities to each other. The Interest Group model is a new organizing career development model that engages students not around the things that scare them (job searches, interviews & networking) but around the things that interest them. Staff will add great value as networkers and mentors within groups, and will be instrumental in helping students connect with their interest group(s) through referrals.

    Join us to learn more about how you can support student success through Career Interest Groups!

    Length: 1.5 hours


  • The Inside Scoop: Transportation and Parking Services

    Presented by Director Jim Barr, Transportation Manager Michael Altman, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator Abby Bleything, Enforcement Supervisor Ben Burns, Customer Service Supervisor, Mary Provost, Special Events Coordinator Anthony Rock

    Meet us and get informed on making wise transportation and parking decisions for yourself and your events. Obtaining enough parking/transportation knowledge to plan your special event; simple guidelines for visitor parking; using CATS and alternative transportation for free or at a reduced price; how to get perks, parking permit eligibility - how you pay, what you pay for, and why; parking enforcement – managing the chaos.

    Length: 1.5 hours


  • Financial Aid 101

    Presented by Donna Stevens

    Financial Aid 101 covers the basics of the Financial Aid Process. From the FAFSA to the Financial Aid Award and everything in between. Join us for this informative session and learn how the aid process works for our students and families!

    Length: 1.5 hours


  • Privacy in a Public World

    Presented by Tessa Lucey, Director of Compliance Services and Chief Privacy Officer

    Attendees will learn about what privacy means in both the work setting and in their personal lives. They will leave with some suggestions on what they can do to help protect their own privacy.

    Length: 1.5 hours


  • Employee vs. Independent Contractor Determination

    Presented by Erin Fitzgerald, Disbursement Center Manager; Natalie Guillette, Purchasing Services Director; Penny Cayia, Payroll & Tax Services Manager; Cindy Lee, Communications/Training Coordinator

    The process by which an individual is classified as either an employee or an independent contractor has been revised and strengthened to reflect the University's acceptance of the Internal Revenue Service's definition of independent contractors and guidance for proper classification of these individuals. Come learn what’s changed and why, and how this impacts your role as a department business manager, hiring manager, or if you regularly engage individual contractors.

    Length: 1.5 hours


  • Preparing for the UNTHINKABLE; An Active Shooter Event

    Presented by Bill Sioss

    Everyone sees the news and the events that happen in this country today. Due to the occurrence of these events, there have been trainings put in place and a national effort to recognize and alleviate these problems. This training will concentrate on talking about possible citizen exposure to these events.

    Length: 1.5 hours


9:30 AM Various Times
  • Being a Parent (and Employee) at UVM: For Parents of Infants to Middle Schoolers (9:30 AM - 10:30 AM)

    Presented by Staff Council and guests

    Understanding your benefits and resources as a parent at UVM can be a daunting task. We’ve assembled experts from across campus to provide you with information for all stages of parenthood, from child care resources to summer camps to planning for tuition remission. This event will include a question and answer session with our presenters; please feel free to participate!

    Length:  1 hour


  • Step UP: Bias-Bystander Intervention Workshop (9:30 AM-12:00 PM)

    Presented by Jilliene Johnson, Anne Valentine

    The aim of the session is to understand prosocial behavior and bystander intervention to help individuals increase their capacity to appropriately intervene in problematic situations, especially in the areas of bias, prejudice, discrimination, and harassment.

    Learning Outcomes:
    • To identify the 5 Step Decision Making Process
    • Increase awareness of bias, discrimination, prejudice, harassment, and microaggressions
    • Describe effective, fair interview practices
    • Develop strategies to intervene and know what resources are available on campus

    Length: 2.5 hours


10:30 AM 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM Various Times
  • Being a Parent (and Employee) at UVM: For Parents of High Schoolers and College Students (10:45 AM - 11:45 AM)

    Staff Council and guests

    Understanding your benefits and resources as a parent at UVM can be a daunting task. We’ve assembled experts from across campus to provide you with information for all stages of parenthood, from child care resources to summer camps to planning for tuition remission. This event will include a question and answer session with our presenters; please feel free to participate!

    Length:  1 hour


  • Understanding Immigration Basics for UVM's International Students (10:45 AM - 11:45 AM)

    Presented by Emma Swift, Associate Director - Office of International Education joined by colleagues from OIE

    For UVM's international students, immigration is a central part of their experiences in the USA, but one not always seen in their interactions on campus. Join this session to learn about who UVM's international students are, some of the high-level immigration rules that govern their status in the USA, and consider how you can set these students up for success in following their immigration rules in parts of your own work.

    Length: 1 hour


  • How Enrollment Changes Affect your Financial Aid Eligibility (10:45 AM - 11:45 AM)

    Presented by Jill King, Associate Director for Student Financial Services

    When a student drops, withdraws or fails a class it can have a very significant impact on their financial aid eligibility for not just the semester of the course(s) in question, but for eligibility for future semesters as well. We will discuss how various situations would affect eligibility so that you might better be able to advise students on a better course of action.

    Length:  1 hour


  • Working with Student Interns: How to Get Started and Strategies for Creating a Successful Experience (10:45 AM - 11:30 AM)

    Presented by Amanda Chase, Internship Coordinator in the UVM Career Center 

    Have you ever considered hiring a student intern to work in your department?

    This course will discuss the benefits of working with interns, strategies to create a high-quality internship experience, how to recruit and hire student interns, and considerations around payment and academic credit. There will be time at the end for questions.

    Length:  45 minutes


  • Banner 9 - Features and Navigation (10:45 AM - 11:15 AM)

    Presented by David Alles - Portal Developer

    Banner 9 offers new features that will help you work more efficiently. We will review these new features as well as go over how to navigate in the new interface.

    Length:  30 minutes


  • PeopleSoft Financials and Human Resource Upgrades (10:45 AM - 11:45 AM)

    Presented by Cole Thomas, Senior Business Analyst and Monika Hotaling, Sr. Administrative Analyst/Planner

    PeopleSoft upgrades in late March will be changing the look and feel of some pages in both the FSCM (Financials) and the HCM (Human Resources) modules. In this session, we will demonstrate the new “ClassicPlus” pages, explain Accounting Tags, and answer your questions.

    Length:  1 hour


12:00 PM 1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Various Times 
  • Greening UVM: A Walking Tour (1:30 PM to 3:30 PM)

    Presented by Corey Berman, Program Manager, UVM Recycling; Person TBD, Title TBD, UVM Dining, Sodexo; Michelle Smith, Green Building Coordinator, Capital Planning & Management, UVM; Gioia Thompson, Director, Office of Sustainability, UVM

    How does “being green” at UVM actually work, behind the scenes? How do our community’s aspirations for more sustainable energy use, food purchasing, transportation, waste handling, and building construction translate into campus life? Specifically: What does “green building” mean? How are food scraps collected for compost without making a stink? What is considered “real food” and how much of it do we buy? What options are there for getting to and navigating campus without a car? Learn from the experts as you take a walking tour of several campus areas to see how systems work to reduce our collective impact, and how these systems have evolved. The session starts with a brief overview and exploration of participants’ interests, follows with a 75-minute walking tour where questions can be answered throughout. Plan attire and footwear accordingly to walk around campus. 

    Length:  2 hours


  • Tour of the Fleming Museum of Art (1:30 PM to 2:30 PM)

    Presented by Ande Tagliamonte, Museum Educator and Alice Boone, Curator of Education and Public Programs

    Art can open minds and deepen understanding of the beliefs, histories, and experiences of people from different cultures. The Fleming Museum of Art welcomes employees to join us for a tour of our permanent galleries. The museum’s collection offers a unique opportunity to study visual cultures from early Mesopotamia through contemporary America through our nearly 25,000 objects. A peaceful retreat, the Fleming Museum provides visitors the chance to explore our world both near and far through our many fascinating exhibits, artifacts and programming. Recharge your curiosity with a visit to the Fleming Museum of Art!

    Length:  1 hour


  • Tour of UVM Central Utility Plant (1:30 PM to 2:30 PM)

    Presented by Sal Chiarelli, Director of Physical Plant; Michael Pelletier, University Engineer; Erica Spiegel, Assistant to the Director

    Get a behind the scenes tour of the University's Central Utility Plant where steam and chilled water are generated centrally in the heart of campus. Learn how our energy needs for heating and air conditioning campus buildings are met with this centralized, efficient, reliable and resilient system, and how remote building monitoring and automation results in energy efficient buildings. Tour attendees must wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and avoid wearing loose clothing as they will be walking through narrow spaces inside the facility.

    Length:  1 hour


  • Resilience for the type A Person (1:30 PM to 2:45 PM)

    Presented by Justina Reichelt, MBA, 500 hour RYT Assistant Director Campus Recreation and Stephanie Davis, Massage Therapist

    Do you feel pressured by the expectations at work to be highly organized, ambitious, meet demanding deadlines, or feel your patience overstretched? The ability to spring back and find a balance for a dedicated worker can be in the process of letting go and a practice in self-compassion. Rather than seeking out tools for resilience, revive the resilience that is innate in us all. During this session, we will engage in a Restorative Yoga practice which is coupled with aromatherapy and healing touch. We will have a brief written reflection both before and after the practice.

    Length:  1.25 hours



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Important Dates

EDU@UVM: Mar. 13 & 14, 2019

Registration Closes: Mar. 6, 2019


Workshop Locations

EDU@UVM is held on campus every year during Spring Break. Sessions take place at various classrooms on campus.


If you cannot attend a session you signed up for, please email with the course name to let us know. Due to heavy volume we will not be sending confirmations of your cancellation.


Registration is required for all sessions.

1. Carefully read the workshop descriptions to find the sessions that you most interest you.

2. Have all your course codes listed when you register.

3. Log into PeopleSoft Human Resources and go to:

Main Menu > Self Service > Learning and Development > Request Training Enrollment

Confirmation emails will be sent to the registrant after their registration is complete and will include the building and floor number. Class room numbers will be provided by our staff at the event location.

A reminder email will be sent one to two days before the event.