Developing International Partnership: The Power of Intercultural Learning
Jill Andel, Nawang Palkitl, & Elizabeth McNamara St. Cloud State University
This session discusses the development of an international partnership that started in fall 2014 between the St. Cloud State University Honors Program and Masinyusane, a nonprofit group that provides assistance to high-ability students in the township of South Africa. What started as a simple fundraiser has become an opportunity for personal growth for SCSU students, through a global perspective, cultural exchange between students from opposite ends of the globe and the establishment of a long-lasting meaningful, mutually beneficial relationship This session will provide participants the opportunity to learn from our experience and use our model as a prompt to create their own project in their institutions to enrich student experience.
All Dogs Allowed? Sustainable Practices for Emotional Support Animals
Katie Lane - Augsburg College Allie Quinn - Macalester College
Campuses are seeing significant increases in students with mental health disabilities and with them, an increase in requests for students to have emotional support animals (ESAs) in residence halls. Higher ed personnel face the challenge of adjusting their previous no pet policies to meet student needs and current laws. Participants will learn the difference between service animals and ESAs, applicable laws, and explore how campuses manage ESA requests - from a typical disability accommodation process to progressive pet-friendly residence halls.
CHOICES: A discussion about athletics and the culture of alcohol/violence
Julie Zaruba Fountaine & Lexie Generous College of St. Scholastica
St. Scholastica (CSS) has a strong athletics program which includes 25% of the student population. Partnering with athletics in the delivery of alcohol/violence prevention and intervention strategies provides the opportunity to influence the culture of drinking/violence at the College. During this session Student Affairs professionals from CSS will address the implementation of a multifaceted, collaborative, and strategic prevention strategy (CHOICES). The presenters will feature interactive activities that will help you and your campus develop a similar sustainable initiative.
Fit vs Finance: Overcoming the Struggles of Being a New Student Affairs Professional
Jared Scharpen - Minneapolis Community and Technical College Maxwell Poessnecker - Century College
As young, new higher education professionals continue to enter our field, the opportunity for an ‘ideal’ career dwindles. Subsequently, as the cost of education rises, the financial return of a promising career becomes stagnant. Fit, finances, fulfillment, and emotional stability represent just some life’s challenges after graduate school. This dynamic session will provide insight and strategies for navigating the entry-level experience as a young, new professional. Participants will gain tangible strategies to overcome professional struggles of finding a healthy fit.
Senior Student Affairs Officer Panel on Current Issues in Higher Education
Ann Garvey - Augsburg College Sue Oatey - Concordia College Moorhead Wanda Overland - St. Cloud State University Steve Lyons - College of St. Scholastica Megan Perry-Spears - College of St. Scholastica
Higher Education continues to evolve and change to meet new demands and opportunities. Colleges and universities are guided by their unique mission, public or private context, location, and student demographics, and all are affected by economic trends, and federal and state laws. Senior Student Affairs Officers will share their institution’s specific challenges as well as opportunities, and as a group will discuss the impact of current trends. We will provide time for general discussion with program attendees and questions.