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Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
8:30am - 10:00am

Lynn Dunton

Lynn is a conflict management specialist and a principal of Mediation Partners of New England with three decades of working in higher education and not-for-profit organizations—in financial management, fundraising, and conflict resolution. Since 2013, she has served as ombudsperson at Middlebury College. She holds an MS in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College, and her work with Mediation Partners of New England encompasses the following areas: family and workplace mediation, group and team communication training, meeting and project facilitation, and personal conflict coaching.


TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018

8:00am - 10:00am

Keynote Breakfast

Thorny Conversations: Navigating your way through Conflict

Presented by Lynn Dunton

Dealing with difficult people and difficult situations is part of life. If you know how to have a thorny conversation or how to navigate your way through conflict, then you have valuable tools that will help you excel in your personal and professional life.

This keynote presentation focuses on you and how you deal with conflict. Self-knowledge about your habits, patterns, and preferences prepares you to effectively manage the tricky situations that life throws at you.

After we explore personal conflict styles, we look at factors that influence conflict: how the brain is “hard wired” to react to perceived threats, sociological factors such as identity, and the power of emotions.

Length: 30mins

Max number of participants: 150

10:30am - 12:00pm

Decisions, Decisions: How To Make the Right One When Right Isn't Always Clear

Presented by Tessa Lucey, Director of Compliance Services

Every day, we all make decisions based on a variety of factors. Sometimes, the decision is clear. There is only one right answer and it's easy to make. What happens, though, when there are two or more right answers? Which one do you choose? What happens when every decision seems to be wrong? And, what happens when the obvious right answer is also the hardest? This presentation will provide you with some tools that you can use to help navigate the decision-making process.

Length: 1 hr

Max number of participants:  none

10:30am - 12:00pm

Engaging the Elephant: Addressing Religion & Other Worldviews in the Workplace

Presented by Laura Engelken

Conversations regarding religion and other worldviews in the workplace can be challenging. Would you like to gain knowledge, attitudes, and practices that might help you: increase your comfortability and competency in encountering and engaging diverse worldviews, learn more about yourself, and create space for yourself and other colleagues to feel more “whole” in their work life? Join UVM Interfaith Coordinator, Rev. Laura C. Engelken, as she leads this informative and interactive workshop.

Length:  1.5 hours

Max number of participants:  30

10:30am - 12:00pm

Vulnerable, Fetus, Transgender, Diversity, Entitlement, Science-based, Evidence-based

Presented by Kate Jerman

Join Kate Jerman, LGBTQA Center Director, for a facilitated discussion about the ways that language shapes discussions, makes courageous conversations easier or more difficult, and frames our very lives.  This workshop will include a blend of pair, small group and large group conversations.

Length:  1.5 hours

Max number of participants: none

10:30am - 12:00pm

How inclusive is my office? Assessing our environment using UVM's Inclusive Excellence Framework

Presented by Dr. Jesse Suter, Interim Director, CDCI; Ben Wimett, Assistive Technology Access Specialist, CDCI;
Jeanne Nauheimer, Dissemination Coordinator, CDCI

Thinking about inclusion, accessibility, and Universal Design (UD) can be overwhelming. How do I know if my space is accessible? How much will it cost to fix? Who has time to do this work? The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion has undergone a self-assessment of our physical space to see how we measure up in accessibility and UD. In this workshop, we will share the process of auditing our space, barriers we found, simple corrective steps we were able to take, and a checklist to help other spaces across the university to the same. Beyond providing insights towards making UVM a more accessible campus, our workshop aims to help fulfill the Environment Pillar of the President's Commission for Inclusive Excellence.

Length:  90 minutes

Max number of participants: none

10:30am - 12:00pm

Getting to Win-Win

Presented by Taryn Austin, Director of Clinical Coordination, Invest EAP

This workshop introduces you to skills used in resolving differences. Our focus is on creating intention, being a listening presence, active listening and creating solutions collaboratively. A win-win solution is one which benefits all parties involved.

This workshop is useful for anyone who deals with differing opinions or conflict in any aspect of life. Employees, supervisors and managers in all divisions and at all levels of an organization can benefit from this workshop.

Length:  1.5 hours

Max number of participants: none

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Creating Trans-Inclusive Spaces in Higher Education Settings

Presented by Benjamin Kennedy

Over 65% of college students agree with the statement, "I am optimistic about my future." However, only 30% of transgender students agreed. Things don't just get better for these students; as professionals on a college campus, what are we doing to make UVM a better place for trans students? This interactive session is an introduction for folks looking to actively do the work to make our campus an inclusive, welcoming space for these students. The presentation is broken into three parts:

a) a brief overview of recent statistics and research supporting the importance of this work

b) specific tips and strategies for creating inclusive spaces and working with transgender students

c) a brief small group activity and discussion

Participants will leave with the knowledge of why this work is important and tangible tools in their toolbox for meeting the needs of these students. For those who don't work with students directly, these are transferable skills for inclusion that can be used anywhere in one’s life!

Length: 1.5 hrs

Max number of participants: None

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Straightforward Conversations:  Building Bridges with Employees

Presented by Mary Brodsky, Labor and Employee Relations, UVM

Having direct and honest conversations with one’s employees can be challenging. One of the important responsibilities of supervision is providing clear and honest feedback. Additionally, research has shown that employee engagement is key to both job satisfaction and productivity. Please join us as we discuss how to best conduct these discussions. We will use interactive case scenarios to help facilitate our conversations.

Length:  90 minutes

Max number of participants:  none

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Holistic Approaches in Workplace Culture using Our Common Ground

Presented by Sarah Glassman and Sarah Mell

We are all employees but we are also so much more - we have identities and experiences outside of our workplaces which shape us and provide a lens for who we are in and out of work. In this session, participants will explore what it means to create a workplace culture where all can show up as their whole selves. Using UVM’s Our Common Ground principles we will explore how to create spaces in which employees can show up authentically and productively. Particular focus will be on finding shared language and understanding around these concepts that will most support individual and workplace development.

Length:  2 hours

Max number of participants:  30

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Why Can’t I Say That?: Exploring Political Correctness

Presented by Sherwood Smith, Senior Executive Director DEPD & Director CCP

What is politically correctness? How is it defined? Who gets to say what is politically correct and why do they get that authority? This interactive session is designed to provide a historical background and suggest productive ways to engage the sometimes sensitive topic of "political correctness."

Come to the session with ideas and questions. Bring an example to be shared and be ready for an open, interesting and complex discussion.

Length:  2 hours

Max number of participants: 30

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Thorny Conversations Workshop

Presented by Lynn Dunton and Susanna Schweizer are founders and principals of Mediation Partners of New England and are members of the national, New England, and New Hampshire Associations for Conflict Resolution.

Have you ever put off a tough conversation because you don't know how to handle it? Do you fret when you are facing a difficult conversation whether it be with a work colleague, family member, a friend, a service provider, or just anyone?  Do you wish you could be more comfortable when dealing with tough situations?  Are you aware of how you deal with disputes or disagreements? 

If these questions “hit home” consider this workshop. This course guides you through a series of considerations that will provide insight into how to become comfortable and confident when having a thorny conversation. We will be looking at factors that get in the way of conversations such as anger, the ladder of inference, emotions, and identity. You will learn about your own conflict style and what steps you can take to maximize or minimize it in a given the situation. In addition, discussions will explore principles related to tough conversations such as how to listen, elements of a difficult exchange, contribution versus blame, reflecting/paraphrasing, re-drawing the conflict and the third story.  For those adventuresome among you, we hope to facilitate role-plays.  If you are timid or shy, it is fine for you just to observe. 

Length: 3 hours

Max number of participants: 30 maximum

1:00pm-4:00pm

Success Factors of Teams

Presented by Diane Ravenscroft

The Success Factors of Teams™ acknowledges there are interpersonal best practices which individually and collectively produce effective teams.  An effective team begins with each individual’s choices and the ways people interact, including leaders.  Are you performing at your most optimal but your team-mates getting you down?  Are you giving it your all, but your supervisor sounds negative and keeps raising the bar?  Are you leading people that just seem to have a different definition of success?  Come and learn about why the many success factors of teams matter to you, your department and UVM-at-large,  Explore success factors like communication, cooperation, collaboration, commitment, cohesiveness and coordination – and others; and yes, there’s over 50 factors and they all start with the letter C!  CU there.

Length:  3 hours

Max number of participants: none

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018

8:30am - 10:00am | 10:30am - 12:00pm

Body @ Work

Presented by Dr. Wendy Mehaffey, D.C.

Your body in the workplace.  Do you feel physical discomfort at the end of the day?  Ergonomics can assist you in freeing yourself from some of the musculoskeletal tension you feel each day. Feel great in the workplace and beyond!

Dr. Mehaffey developed an interest in natural approaches to healthcare at an early age after she suffered with migraine headaches as a teenager. The limited relief she received with conventional medicine left a strong impression on her – perhaps conventional medicine has limits and to achieve good health it may take steps towards a more natural solution. Dr. Mehaffey found her resolution within proper nutrition, chiropractic care and massage therapy and thus pursued a massage therapy certificate and a doctorate in chiropractic with a concentration in sports chiropractic a few years later.

Length: 1.5 hours

Max number of participants: none

8:30am - 10:00am | 10:30am - 12:00pm

Natural Stress Management

Presented by Dr. Glory Ledbetter, Resident Physician, Mountain View Natural Medicine

Natural stress management.  Do feel yourself carrying tension throughout the day?  Maybe you are overwhelmed when you slow down after a long day of work.  Come hear how you can naturally manage the stresses of everyday life.

Dr. Glory Ledbetter is the current resident physician at Mountain View Natural Medicine. Dr. Ledbetter grew up on a small farm in the mountains of Hancock County, Tennessee, where her love of all things natural began. There she learned the meaning of the phrase, “You are what you eat” and developed an appreciation of the need for connection to our food. She studied Theater and Biology at Carson-Newman University before attending the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating with her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters of Science in Human Nutrition. 

Length:  1.5 hours

Max number of participants:  none

8:30am - 10:00am | 10:30am - 12:00pm

UVM Wellness Community

Presented by Lauren Cartwright, Wellness Program Specialist, Human Resource Services and Operations, Benefit & Employee Operations, UVM
Eli Barrett, Coordinator for Fitness Programs, UVM Campus Recreation

Are you seeking community on-campus?  This session will be an interactive way to discover more about your opportunities to connect with the Employee Wellness community at UVM!  Join us as we discover points of connection.

Lauren Cartwright is the Wellness Program Specialist at UVM Human Resource Services.  She graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in Kinesiology.  After college, she pursued a successful coaching career in Texas assisting in developing athletic programming.  Lauren moved to Vermont after visiting many times due to the rich culture and wonderful people.  She has a passion for helping others reach their wellness goals in creative and meaningful ways.

Lauren joined the UVM family in the fall of 2017 and hit the ground running, seeking to assist in developing a top notch Employee Wellness program.  The program is continually expanding with fresh, innovative ideas.  Employee Wellness seeks to provide leadership, education & resource to promote healthy lifestyles and low health risks for the UVM community.

Eli Barrett is the Coordinator for Fitness Programs at UVM Campus Recreation. He first joined the team in 2014 after graduating from UVM with a degree in Nutrition and Food Science in 2014. During his first year with Campus Rec he also completed his 200HR Yoga Teacher Training and several other fitness certifications.

Eli spent a year as the head swim coach in Maine for an 85 swimmer youth team before returning to UVM Campus Rec in 2016. In August 2017 Eli earned his Master of Science degree in Executive Leadership from Champlain College. He is also an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer, and acts as Vermont's only Instructor Trainer, teaching and certifying participants in a variety of Red Cross classes.

Eli holds more than 10 fitness certifications, more than five Red Cross certifications, has a background in meditation, and is Reiki Master. He believes there is a wellness program for everyone. It is his passion to help people become educated in all forms of health, safety, and wellness.
Length:  1.5 hours

Max number of participants: none

8:30am - 10:00am | 10:30am - 12:00pm

Work/Life Nutrition

Presented by Elaina Efird, RDN, CD, CEDRD, The Kahm Clinic

Would you like to know how it is possible to consume healthy foods at work?  We will be discussing the impact nutritional choices can make.  During this session you will be provided with the knowledge and abilities to assist you in those daily choices.

Elaina Efird, RDN, CD, CEDRD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified eating disorder dietitian with a degree from Virginia Tech. She moved to Burlington from North Carolina where she worked at the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders at UNC Chapel Hill primarily in the inpatient and outpatient levels of care. Elaina worked closely with patients and their families to provide a family-based nutrition therapy approach during the recovery process.

Elaina also worked at both North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech with athletes at the division 1 level helping to create nutrition plans that enhanced athletic performance. Passionate about food, nutrition education and client centered care, the move to Burlington was a natural fit.

Length:  1.5 hours

Max number of participants: none

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Introduction to Zentangle

Presented by Carolyn Siccama

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is fun and relaxing, intensifies focus and creativity, and provides an increased sense of personal well-being as well as artistic satisfaction. Join Carolyn, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), and be introduced to the creative art of Zentangle and leave with a solid knowledge of the basic principles of the Zentangle method. Zentangle is for everyone -- you do not need to be an artist to create beautiful art. You will create an assortment of tangle patterns, using a simple step-by-step process, and finish one beautiful Zentangle tile of your own.

Length:  1 hour

Max number of participants:  12

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Diversifying and growing study abroad at UVM

Presented by Kim Howard

Students who study abroad are more likely than their non-study-abroad peers to graduate in four years and earn higher GPAs upon return. It also distinguishes them in the job market. As a national Generation Study Abroad commitment partner, UVM is striving to send 20% more semester-long students abroad annually by the end of 2020, and diversifying who goes. Come learn how you can motivate students to consider this invaluable opportunity.

Length:  1 hour

Max number of participants:  40

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Capital Projects Update: Investing in Our Future

Presented by Robert B. Vaughan, Director, Capital Planning and Management and Michelle M. Smith, Green Building Coordinator, Capital Planning and Management

What is happening behind the construction fence? This workshop will provide an update on all the exciting and current campus construction projects planned through 2019. Bring your questions and curiosities!

Length:  1 hour

Max number of participants: 30

1:00pm - 2:00pm

RUN/HIDE/FIGHT

Presented by Sue Roberts

Read these questions to decide if you should attend the UVM Police Services workshop:

Would you know how to decide whether to run, hide or fight in an emergency situation?  
Would you know what to do if you check your voicemail and heard a CATalert message? 
Do you understand why a CATalert message is sent? 
What if the CATalert notifies the campus community that there is an active shooter on campus? 
If the CATalert message instructs you to “Run-Hide-Fight” would you know how to respond? 
Join this workshop with UVM Police to learn the basics of developing a strategy for how you, as an unarmed citizen, can survive a life-threatening event.

Length: 1 hour

Max number of participants: none

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Remaining Eligible for Federal Aid - Satisfactory Academic Process

Presented by Alan Shashok

UThis student impacting discussion allows you to become familiar with the terms and the potential consequences a student’s enrollment decisions could have on their eligibility for both Federal and Institutional aid (other than merit scholarships) which may also influence their ability to remain at UVM.

Length:  1 hour

Max. none.

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Watch Your Waste

Presented by Cory Berman

UVM discards tons of materials annually. From trash, food scraps and electronics to hazardous chemicals, motor oil and batteries. This presentation will give you a behind-the-scenes look at who handles UVM’s discarded materials, how they’re dealt with and what happens to them after leaving our campus. We’ll watch some interesting videos and provide some tips to minimize your waste as well. Join us!

Length:  1 hour

Max number of participants:  50 max.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

8:30am - 9:30am

Introduction to Zentangle

Presented by Carolyn Siccama

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is fun and relaxing, intensifies focus and creativity, and provides an increased sense of personal well-being as well as artistic satisfaction. Join Carolyn, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), and be introduced to the creative art of Zentangle and leave with a solid knowledge of the basic principles of the Zentangle method. Zentangle is for everyone -- you do not need to be an artist to create beautiful art. You will create an assortment of tangle patterns, using a simple step-by-step process, and finish one beautiful Zentangle tile of your own.

Length:  1 hour

Max number of participants:  12

8:30am - 9:30am

PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 eProcurement Upgrade

Presented by Natalie Guillette

The PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 upgrade is scheduled for next month. Come to this session for a preview of the new look and feel for the eProcurement (requisition) module and an opportunity for Q&A.
Pre-requisite: Participants must currently have requisition access in PeopleSoft

Length: 1 hour

Max: none

8:30am - 10:00am

Onboarding and Successfully Training Student Employees

Presented by Mary McClements

Effectively training and onboarding student employees is vital to the quality of their co-curricular UVM experience and to your department, but it can come with unique challenges including following through with discipline issues. This course will review the basics of a robust onboarding practice and   challenge and offer suggestions while offering participants an opportunity to explore training as a process that begins with their hiring procedures and continues throughout employment. Participants will have the opportunity to review and update their own on-boarding practices using a conceptual framework.

Length: 1.5 hrs

Max number of participants: None

8:30am - 10:00am

UVM Reporter Training

Presented by Kelly Riel, Jennifer Papillo, Joe Russell

For individuals with reporting obligations under the Clery Act and Title IX, collectively referred to as “UVM Reporters.”, this class will instruct participants to understand how and why they have been identified as UVM Reporters, what sorts of incidents they must report, and the reporting process and protocols to follow should they learn about an incident.

Length: 1.5 hrs

Max number of participants:  None

8:30am - 10:00am

Plain English: Crafting Effective Communications for Non-Native English Speakers

Presented by Emma Swift

As UVM's international population grows, "Plain English" is an inclusive and effective way of writing. This workshop discusses best practices in writing for non-native English speakers, highlights strategies for where to begin, and offers time for practice and reflection.

Length: 1.5 hours

Max number of participants: None

8:30am - 10:30am

The Power of Positivity!

Presented by Margie Dunki-Jacobs

“What you think, you become; what you feel, you attract; what you imagine, you create.” - Adele Basheer

The Buddha pointed out if we want qualities like long life, happiness, status, or a good rebirth, we must do more than wish for those things, we must also engage with the path of practice that leads to them. Participants will explore how positivity can positively affect their lives in a positive way, and the health and wellness benefits that come with it.

Learn real life ways to transform your fear. Participants will learn techniques they can incorporate into their lives and immediately feel the power and benefits of positivity shaping their lives more optimistically. Books will be shared, door prizes awarded. Come with an open mind and have a great time.

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

Length:  2 hours

Max number of participants:  none

9:00am - 10:30am

Being a Parent @ UVM

Presented by Lauren Cartwright, Wellness Program Specialist, Human Resource Services and Operations, Benefit & Employee Operations, UVM
Connie Gavin, Invest EAP
Caitlyn Sisler
Kate Youlen
Staff Council Representative

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

Max: none

9:00am - 12:00pm

Maximize your team’s effectiveness (using Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®)

Presented by Oleh Kaarmik

This workshop is for teams wanting to develop their high performance potential using Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®).  Prerequisite:  Only available to those who have completed an MBTI class with Professional Development & Training or with an in-person certified MBTI instructor elsewhere.

This Myers Briggs workshop explains each of the communication preferences in an interactive, supportive and fun way. Most importantly, we help each team member to acquire insights about how they and their colleagues prefer to take in information and make decisions. Participation in this workshop will help teams and individuals understand how their personality preferences lead to differences in their work, communication, decision-making styles—and how they can "flex” those preferences to accommodate the styles of other team members—to capitalize on team strengths, address weaknesses, and enhance overall performance. 

Learning Outcomes:
• Explore how type differences shape team dynamics.
• Examine how you and your colleagues communicate and work as a team.
• Identify changes you and your team may need to make.
• Create an action plan aimed at improving team effectiveness

Length:  3 hours

Max number of participants: none

10:00am - 12:00pm

PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 Travel & Expense Upgrade

Presented by Erin Fitzgerald

The PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 upgrade is scheduled for next month. Come to this session for a preview of the new look and feel for the Travel & Expense module and an opportunity for Q&A.

Length: 1 hour

Max: none

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Greening UVM: A Walking Tour

Presented by Corey Berman, Program Manager, UVM Recycling; Caylin McCamp, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, UVM; 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 in the Davis Center, without making a stink? What is the “Living Machine” and how does it work? Learn from the experts as you take a walking tour of several campus buildings 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, and closes with a discussion. This session will happen regardless of the weather; bring appropriate shoes and outerwear!

Length:  2 hours

Max number of participants:  30

1:00pm - 2:30pm

EMS Basics

Presented by Heather Cochran, Assistant Director for Campus Event Services, University Event Services; Jen Mitiguy, Event and Scheduling Coordinator, University Event Services

Do you plan events, meetings or order catering on campus? This is an opportunity to do a hands-on walk thru of EMS and learn how to use the system and gain a better understanding of event planning logistics on campus. This session is geared toward new users or those who infrequently use the system and would like a refresher.

Length: 1.5 hours

Max number of participants:  15

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Advanced EMS

Presented by Heather Cochran, Assistant Director for Campus Event Services, University Event Services; Jen Mitiguy, Event and Scheduling Coordinator, University Event Services  

This will be an opportunity to dive in deeper into EMS and understand system short-cuts, how to book reoccurring events, how to add events to the campus calendar and make edits to existing event & service requests. This session is geared towards those who are already familiar with EMS and frequently use the system.

Length:  1.5 hours

Max number of participants:  15

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Important Dates

EDU@UVM: Mar. 13, 14 & 15, 2018

Registration Closes: Mar. 6, 2018

 

Workshop Locations

EDU@UVM is held on campus every year during Spring Break. The keynote is held in the Davis Center and the learning sessions take place at various classrooms on campus.

Cancellations

If you cannot attend, you may send a substitute by emailing EventRegistration@uvm.edu. If you are unable to find a substitute, please notify us in writing one week in advance. There is no cancellation fee.

Registration

Registration is required for all sessions.

Confirmation emails will be sent to the registrant after their registration is complete.

A reminder email will be sent the week before EDU@UVM and will contain location information.

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