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.

Save-the-date for a DSA personal development workshop onPerformance Management on Wednesday, May 24rd,  11-12pm.

The workshop will walk through our annual review process, writing self-assessments and professional development plans, goal setting, and understanding key performance indicators. All new employees and new managers are strongly encouraged to attend. Please register here to participate in the workshop.

Save-the-date for a DSA personal development workshop on “Generational Differences in the Workplace”  on Tuesday, May 23rd, 3-4pm facilitated by Tim Miller, Center for Student Engagement and Anne Scammon, Center for Career Services.  Additional details will be coming soon, but please register here to participate in the workshop.

Running or walking is more enjoyable and easier to stick with when done with others. Join our walk/run club to enjoy the outdoors and make the move toward better health.

Each walk/run meet up will be roughly for 30 minutes (15 minutes out, 15 minutes back to the original meeting spot).  Please take a look at the calendar for May 2017.  Contact Sherry Leung at sherryleung@gwu.edu with any questions.

DSA Walk/Run Club May calendar
DSA Walk/Run Club May calendar

We are proud to announce the 2017 DSA March Madness Bracket Challenge Awards!

First up we have the "Best, Worst Guesser" Award which goes to Emily Kane, Colonial Health Center.  Emily finished in last place; with a 50/50 chance of being right each game, this could have been anyone, so don't feel too bad Emily!

The "How Did THAT happen, AIRBALL!" Award goes to Thomas Germain, Center for Student Engagement. Thomas correctly predicted more games than our winner, but still lost due to points. Thomas will surely be a tough competitor next year!

The "MVS aka Most Valuable Stealer" Award and bracket challenge Champion is Kristen Franklin, GW Housing. She stole 1st place right out of Thomas's hands! Kristen scored 6 more points than Thomas and is our champion!

Thank you to all who participated. We look forward to next year!

The DSA Staff Forum on Tuesday, April 25th featured a showcase of conference/academic papers and presentations by DSA staff. It also included a department spotlight presentation by the Colonial Health Center.  You are encouraged to contact the colleagues listed below to learn more about their work:

  • Diversity Coordinators at University/College Counseling Centers: The Benefits, Burden, and Blunders -  Zoeann Finzi-Smith (zfinzismith@gwu.edu), Mental Health Services, Colonial Health Center.
  • Student Body Presidents and Institutional Leaders: Navigating Power and Influence - Robert Snyder (rsnyder@gwu.edu), Planning and Outreach
  • The Freshman Transition: Mental Health Promotion - Kiran Edelstein (kirane14@gwu.edu), Student Support and Family Engagement.
  • Enhanced Interprofessional Communication and Practice Using the Communication Wheel - Julia Browne (juliabrowne@gwu.edu), Center for Career Services.
  • Outcomes Visualization - Michael McKenzie (mmckenzie@gwu.edu), Center for Career Services.
  • Co-Curricular and Curricular Spaces in the Outdoors - Lin Philpott (philpott@gwu.edu) and Myles Surrett (msurrett@gwu.edu), Center for Student Engagement.
  • Sharing Knowledge about the Public Health and Medical Services for the Cuban Population and Beyond! - Nicole Mintz (nicolemintz@gwu.edu), Center for Career Services.
  • A Mindset for Career Curiosity: Emerging Leaders Working in the Digital Space - Peter Konwerski (peterk@gwu.edu), Student Affairs. 
  • Discussion of the Strategies Used to Receive the National Career Development Association's Award for Service to International Students - Anne Scammon (ascammon@gwu.edu) and Lenore Webb (lwebb@gwu.edu), Center for Career Services

    DSA Foum April

Mark your calendar for the last DSA Staff Forum of the academic year on Monday, May 8th, 2-3pm in Marvin Center, Room 403.  The Forum will feature a discussion on current/future issues for higher education and student affairs with a panel including NASPA president Kevin Kruger, GW GSEHD visiting professor of higher education Rita Kirshtein, and others to be added. 

In support of our teambuilding 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, April 7th. Contact Kathy Gaitán at kgaitan@gwu.edu with any questions.