The Professional Development and Teambuilding (PDTB) Committee hosted a tour of the new Harlan Greenhouse in the Science and Engineering Hall for DSA staff on Friday, December 1st. Greenhouse Manager Rachel Klein gave a tour of the greenhouse’s plants, displays, animals, and insects as well as some of the ongoing student research projects. The greenhouse is available for tours Fridays between 1:00 and 3:00pm and volunteers may be able to help with gardening tasks at these times. Follow @GWBiology to learn more about all that the Greenhouse has to offer!

Please contact any member of the Professional Development and Teambuilding Committee if you have questions or ideas for Forums, personal development activities, or fellowship activities: Ben Cerny (Center for Career Services), Toby Davidow (Planning and Outreach), JoEllen Finley (Center for Career Services), Kathy Gaitán (Finance), Sherry Leung (Center for Student Engagement), CJ Maduka (Center for Student Engagement), Robert Snyder (Planning and Outreach), Karen Troccoli (Colonial Health Center), and Jennie Whitlock (Planning and Outreach). 

Thank you for your attendance and participation at the DSA Staff Forum, Conference/Academic Presentations and Papers Showcase on Tuesday, December 12th! It was wonderful to hear about the following research, trainings, and interests colleagues are engaged in and learn from their continued experiences:

  • Reclaiming my Time: Work-Life Integration Through the Lens of Travel - Ron Alexander, Center for Student Engagement and Ethan Stubbs, Center for Student Engagement
  • Positive Leadership Certificate Program - Rachel Brown, Center for Career Services
  • The Freshman Transition: A Needs Assessment of First-Year Student Subjective Well-Being at the George Washington University - Kiran Edelstein, Student Support and Family Engagement
  • Advising Through Controversy: Balancing Student Desires, Institutional Needs, and the First Amendment - Anne Graham, Center for Student Engagement and Tim Miller, Center for Student Engagement
  • GW TRAiLS and Mental Health Services: A Unique Partnership - Sarah Harte, Colonial Health Center and Lin Philpott, Center for Student Engagement
  • Fraternity/Sorority Hazing: Trends on College Campuses and Best Practices for Eliminating Hazing - Travis Roberts, Center for Student Engagement
  • Student Body Presidents and Institutional Leaders: Navigating Power and Influence - Robert Snyder, Planning and Outreach
  • The Student Org Advisor Relationship and Student Success - Christina Witkowicki, Center for Student Engagement

We value your feedback on this Forum and are asking for your participation in a very brief survey accessible here that should take you now more than 3-5 minutes to complete.

Please save the date for the next Forum titled, “Generation Z”, to be held on Tuesday, January 23rd from 10-11:00am in Post Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus.  Also, for an optional Personal Development Activity focused on wellbeing in January - date to be announced.

The Unconscious Bias workshop with Caroline Laguerre-Brown will be offered to DSA staff as an optional professional development activity after the DSA Leadership Council participates this fall. This workshop will help illuminate how unconscious bias may affect student staff selection and will be offered in the late winter. Please look out for more information as this activity is scheduled and sign-ups become available!

Thank you for welcoming President LeBlanc and Provost Maltzman at this DSA Staff Forum  on Monday, October 30th! It was wonderful to hear about our new president’s vision for the university and engage the president and provost with your questions. We value your feedback on this Forum and are asking for your participation in a very brief survey that should take no more than 3-5 minutes to complete. As President LeBlanc mentioned, he would love to hear your big ideas for the university and opportunities to enhance the student experience. You can email his office at president@gwu.edu

 

Look Ahead to the December DSA Staff Forum: Conference/Academic Presentations and Papers Showcase

Please save the date for the next Forum titled, “Conference/Academic Presentations and Papers Showcase”, to be held on Tuesday, December 12th from 1-2:30pm in Marvin Center Room 407This will be an opportunity to learn from and with each other about conferences we have attended and professional and academic presentations and papers we have undertaken in an interactive, speed networking-type format. If you are interested in sharing your work at this forum or suggesting DSA colleagues for this opportunity, please contact Jennie Whitlock at jwhitlock@gwu.edu

Please contact any member of the Professional Development and Teambuilding Committee if you have questions or ideas for Forums, personal development activities, or fellowship activities: Ben Cerny (Center for Career Services), Toby Davidow (Planning and Outreach), JoEllen Finley (Center for Career Services), Kathy Gaitán (Finance), Keidra Lazard (Human Resources), Sherry Leung (Center for Student Engagement), CJ Maduka (Center for Student Engagement), Robert Snyder (Planning and Outreach), Karen Troccoli (Colonial Health Center), and Jennie Whitlock (Planning and Outreach). 

Thank you so much for your attendance and participation at our first DSA Staff Forum of the year on Wednesday, September 27th! It was a great success thanks to your input and energy. We value your feedback on this Forum and are asking for your participation in a very brief survey accessible here that should take you no more than 3-5 minutes to complete.

As a follow-up to the discussion at the Forum, please see the updated DSA Vision, Values, and Focus Areas; notes from the Values Discussions; and updated DSA organizational chart.

Mark your calendars for the remaining 2017-2018 DSA Staff Forums:

  • Monday, Oct. 30th, 3-4pm in Marvin Center 309. Topic: Discussion and Q&A with President LeBlanc and Provost Maltzman
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 1-2:30pm in Marvin Center 407. Topic: Conference and Academic Presentations and Papers Showcase
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, 10-11am in Post Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus. Topic: Generation Z
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20th,10-11am in Marvin Center 309. Topic: GW Student Panel
  • Monday, March 19th,1-2:30pm in Marvin Center 407. Topic: Assessment Results Showcase
  • Thursday, April 26th, 2-3pm in Marvin Center 309. Topic: Speed Networking with GW Leaders
  • Wednesday, May 9th, 11am-12pm in Marvin Center 309. Topic: To Be Announced

As a reminder, per the guidance of the DSA Leadership Team, all regular full-and part-time staff are expected to attend forums, while graduate fellows are welcome to do so as their schedules, interests, and supervisors allow. The committee is excited to host these forums and many more events for you this year!

Please contact any member of the Professional Development and Teambuilding Committee if you have questions or ideas for Forums, personal development activities, or fellowship activities: Ben Cerny (Center for Career Services), Toby Davidow (Planning and Outreach), JoEllen Finley (Center for Career Services), Kathy Gaitán (Finance), Kaithlyn Kayer (Human Resources), Keidra Lazard (Human Resources), Sherry Leung (Center for Student Engagement), CJ Maduka (Center for Student Engagement), Robert Snyder (Planning and Outreach), Karen Troccoli (Colonial Health Center), and Jennie Whitlock (Planning and Outreach)

Thank you to everyone who completed the End-of-Year Survey distributed by the PDTB Committee this past summer. Your feedback is vital in improving all of the events hosted by the committee over the upcoming academic year, including DSA Forums, personal development activities, and fellowship activities. The following is a brief summary of the survey highlights and the action steps taken by the committee to meet the needs of the division.

Multiple participants made the following suggestions for DSA Forum topics: a panel with student leaders, working with Generation Z students, what it means to be at a university who is welcoming a new president, a meet and greet and Q&A with President LeBlanc, a DSA Leadership Team panel, a discussion of DSA strategic planning and vision, and a staff networking event. The committee was able to integrate many of these suggestions into the plan for DSA Forums.

With regard to Forums and personal development activities, participants reported a desire to hear from experts within DSA and beyond on topics of interest and allow staff to present on topics about which they are passionate. Showcases facilitate this process and a number of personal development activities are proposed to utilize DSA and broad GW staff expertise, including wellness and stress management, MBTI or StrengthsQuest training, and a training on inherent bias.

DSA fellowship activities received extremely positive feedback from participants, with staff enjoying events like a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Nationals baseball game. Participants suggested additional sporting events and museum visits, along with happy hours and a parenting group. The PDTB committee is currently on the lookout for ticket grants and DC tours. If you have any ideas for activities that may be a good fit for DSA, email Jennie Whitlock at jwhitlock@gwu.edu.

In an effort to make continuous improvements to programs throughout the year, 5-minute surveys will be emailed to DSA staff after Forums, personal development activities, and fellowship activities. Please provide your feedback!

Dogs with Dogs

Thank you to everyone who attended a fantastic DSA PDTB-sponsored event filled with BBQ, lawn games, and some very happy dogs on Wednesday, July 19. Grillmasters Kevin and Robert cooked up hot dogs and cheeseburgers while other guests relaxed in the shade with their fuzzy friends. Dogs also had the chance to go off-leash in a dog-run with their owners. 

The PDTB committee has great things in store for the coming 2017-2018 year so stay tuned for the schedule of Forums and personal development and fellowship activities!

DSA at the Nationals

DSA colleagues and their guests enjoyed an evening at the Nationals game on Wednesday, June 14, thanks to a donation from the Washington Nationals Community Ticket Grant Program.  While our hometown team lost the game to the Braves, it was still a terrific evening for colleagues to enjoy each other’s company and to get to know each other better outside the office.

 

DSA Staff Forum Recap: Future of Higher Education and Student Affairs

Rita Kirshtein, Rebecca Sawyer, Kevin Kruger, and Peter Konwerski

The final DSA Staff Forum of the academic year on Monday, May 8th featured a panel discussion moderated by Peter Konwerski on the future of higher education and the profession of student affairs with:

  • Rita Kirshtein, Visiting Professor of Higher Education Administration in the GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development;
  • Kevin Kruger, President of NASPA; and
  • Rebecca Sawyer, Vice President of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (also, a GW alumna and former DSA colleague)

Personal Development Workshop Recap: Working Across Generations

Staff members sit around a conference room table.On Tuesday, May 23rd, Tim Miller, Center for Student Engagement, Anne Scammon, Center for Career Services and Ashley Trick, Center for Career Services co-presented a DSA personal development workshop on “Working Across Generations.”

As a Baby Boomer, Gen Xer, and a Millennial the presenters shared research, personal experiences, and insights about each of the generations. Also, they talked about Generation Z, which is already on our campus.

See the presentation slides and handouts for additional information.

RSVP Today: SafeZone Training - Wednesday, June 7th, 3 - 4:30pm

As a follow up to the February DSA Staff Forum on transgender student overview and support the PDTB committee invites you to the SafeZone Training on Wednesday, June 7th, 3 - 4:30 pm.

The training, which will be facilitated by Timothy Kane from the Multicultural Student Services Center, will help promote a common understanding of the language associated with the LGBTQIA community, provide participants with a common foundation for the understanding of developmental, social, and emotional experiences of LGBTQIA people, and provide opportunities for self-reflection of personal biases and/or issues on the topic of LGBTQIA people.

RSVP here to participate.  The location of the training will be included in a confirmation email sent to all registered participants.

RSVP Today: Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Baseball Game! - Wednesday, June 14, 4:05 pm

Thanks to the Washington Nationals Community Ticket Grant, the PDTB committee invites you and a guest to enjoy a DSA outing to the Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Baseball Game at Nationals Park on Wednesday, June 14th.  Complimentary tickets will be available for DSA staff members and one guest per staff member on a first-come, first-served basis.

Start time is 4:05 pm, and DSA staff who participate will be able to leave the office early to travel to Nationals Park in time for the game as their schedules allow. However, please check with your supervisor for approval before you sign-up to participate.

RSVP by Friday, June 9th at 5pm to participate.  All registered participants will receive a confirmation email closer to the date of the game with details of how to obtain the tickets.

In support of our team building efforts, DSA would like to put together a team to participate in the annual Dulles Plane Pull event on Saturday, September 23rd. The Dulles Plane Pull is a Special Olympics Virginia fundraiser, where teams of 25 are put against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound airplane 12 feet the fastest. Teams must raise a minimum of $2000 to participate; all proceeds help Special Olympics Virginia provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 27,000 athletes of all ages.  

Please let us know here if you are interested in participating by Friday, May 5th.  Contact Kathy Gaitán at kgaitan@gwu.edu  with any questions.