Program for the 2016 PDI

Monday, January 11th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Small Fruits for the Colorado Garden
Presenters:
Alison O'Connor,Carol O'Meara
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
382 LSC
Description:
There are many types of small fruit that Colorado gardeners can grow. These include raspberries, strawberries, currants, gooseberries and grapes. This session will cover the basics of growing small fruit for backyard gardens and also include some troubleshooting tips.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goals of this session will be for individuals to become more familiar with growing small fruit in their gardens. This session is geared towards any gardener.
Session Resources:

10:45 AM

Session Title:
Who Wants $50,000 ?
Presenters:
Daniel Banuelos
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
10:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
382 LSC
Description:
CSUs Commitment to Campus initiative is more than meets the eye. We all benefit from being healthy and engaged. Find out how to make Commitment to Campus work for you; learn about opportunities campus wide that will engage your mind, body, and (Ram)spirit! This session is sponsored by the Administrative Professional Council. Join us for an interactive presentation of currently offered Commitment to Campus benefits and a chance to play "Commitment to Campus" Jeopardy!
Goals and Target Audience:
Our goal is provide information to CSU’s faculty and staff on the wonderful benefits that are available at this institution. Most benefits provided by CSU are underutilized. CSU is a great place to work and we want to help bring an awareness of what CSU is doing to value their employees.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Looking for Durable Plants for Your Flower Garden? Look to Plant Select ®!
Presenters:
Ronda Koski
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
300 LSC
Description:
Plant Select® is a unique collaboration among Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens, and members of the Rocky Mountain Region "Green Industry" (plant nurseries, greenhouses, and garden centers), and focuses on plants designed to provide more beauty with less work in landscapes throughout the high plains and intermountain regions. Session attendees will learn about the Plant Select® program and how to incorporate some of these plants into their urban landscapes.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goals of this session: 1) Inform attendees about the unique regional horticultural program known as "Plant Select®". 2) Describe how the plants in the Plant Select® program can help attendees to be more successful in their landscaping efforts. 3) Illustrate how the plants in the Plant Select® program can be adapted to small-scale urban environments where the traditional "back yard" may be quite small or non-existent. 4) Encourage attendees to visit the Plant Select® website, where they can obtain additional useful information about the plants in the Plant Select® program. The targeted audience: Any CSU employee who enjoys flower gardening!

3:30 PM

Session Title:
A Calm Within Guided Meditation
Presenters:
Debora Colbert
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
3:30 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
306 LSC
Description:
Are you having trouble finding balance in your life due to work and life stress? Recent clinical research on mindfulness practices has shown benefits that may offer an increased ability to transform stress, improve mental clarity, and help with concentration. This session is designed to explore mindfulness meditation and supportive yoga breath for your daily life. Over the last 20 years, numerous studies have shown these practices to have multiple physical and mental health benefits, which contribute to an overall increase in well-being. The session will begin with an overview of these benefits, offer background on mindfulness and yoga breath practice, and engage participants in "hands-on" practice of these techniques. Audience participation will be invited in a "learning circle" format. A "start where you are" philosophy is embraced and no previous experience is required. Practice sessions will range from 5-15 minutes, followed with time to share experiences and learn from each other. For those interested in continuing a daily mindfulness practice, we’ll offer tools you can take with you. We look forward to sharing this workshop together with you.
Goals and Target Audience:

Tuesday, January 12th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Mindfulness in Advising and Higher Education
Presenters:
Amy Quinn,Anne Van Arsdall
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
300 LSC
Description:
The practices of mindfulness have been demonstrated to provide beneficial effects for a multitude of different populations over the past decade of research. We will discuss some specific techniques of mindfulness that can be utilized in advisors’ and other higher education professionals’ daily lives as well as the students’ daily lives, in advising sessions with students and with work teams. Additionally, we will suggest specific practices to embody the spirit of mindfulness in these aforementioned four areas. We will also share how the Human Development and Family Studies Department and CSU in general utilizes mindfulness in research, workshops, and other methods. This session is intended for advisors and higher education professionals with a basic understanding of mindfulness practice.
Goals and Target Audience:
1. To acquire specific ideas on how to incorporate mindfulness into your advising/higher education practices 2. To acquire specific ideas on how to incorporate mindfulness into professional self-care practices 3. To learn how CSU is incorporating mindfulness in research, workshops, and other various methods
Session Title:
Navigating Professional Development on Campus
Presenters:
Marsha Benedetti,Ria Vigil,Debora Colbert
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
Longs Peak Room (LSC)
Description:
Professional development is a key part of our university community and yet it can be challenging to navigate what opportunities are available right on our own campus. This session will be facilitated by staff from the Vice President for Diversity, Training and Organizational Development and the Institute for Learning and Training. The goal will be to provide a guide to training topics available on campus and share what resources exist to provide training experiences for campus members. We will also facilitate a discussion about what other training opportunities participants are interested in having available.
Goals and Target Audience:
Target audience: Anyone who interested in learning more about professional development opportunities available on campus.

9:45 AM

Session Title:
Financial Readiness for Retirement
Presenters:
Dr. F. C. 'Ted' Weston, Jr.
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
386 LSC
Description:
This seminar is about your preparation and eventual readiness for retirement - specifically addressing the question "What can I generate from my assets as monthly income for the rest of my life?" Stated alternately, as planning for retirement is a work-in-progress, this seminar will address specifics for computing retirement income from both before and after-tax sources. Problems and pitfalls will be discussed. Preparation basics for retirement will be emphasized. This seminar is intended for those in the early or middle stages of retirement planning. This seminar is vendor and product neutral.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: Inform participants of the basics of retirement planning focusing on the question "When I retire, how much will I need and where will it come from?" Targeted Audience: Anyone interested in the basics of financial planning for retirement WITHOUT a vendor or product bias.
Session Title:
Personal Perspectives on Brain Injury - Living the Experience at CSU and Beyond
Presenters:
Sarah Beetch
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
304 LSC
Description:
Information on traumatic brain injuries and other forms of brain injures, including personal perspectives from current CSU students, will be provided to raise awareness about how these types of injuries can impact the experiences of attending college and engaging in different aspects of life at Colorado State University and beyond.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty and staff, students, community
Session Title:
Work - Life Balance: Taking Care of You
Presenters:
Jep Enck
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
382 LSC
Description:
Many times our jobs can tax us and cause burnout. In order to prevent such stress it is important to take care of yourself in ways that promote a healthy and fun balance between work and play. International speaker and life coach, Jep Enck, MS will provide an entertaining and introspective program to help participants identify strategies and behaviors that can assist in maintaining a healthful and productive career.
Goals and Target Audience:
Help participants identify strategies and behaviors that can assist in maintaining a healthful and productive career. A balancing survey will be administered to help customize the lessons. Audience: anyone who needs help balancing the demands of work/life balance.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Making decisions for your pet
Presenters:
Maria Gore
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
Longs Peak Room (LSC)
Description:
Our beloved pet's one fault is that they do not live long enough. When our pets are aging or ill we struggle to make the right decisions on their behalf. The Argus Institute at CSU is an excellent resource and place for support when facing these challenges. There are tools to help assess our pet's quality of life so that we can make the best decisions for them and for us. When we do have to say goodbye there are some ways to make that goodbye as gentle as possible. We will discuss ways that the Argus Institute can be a resource to you and your pet.
Goals and Target Audience:
Pet owners and those that support pet owners.

2:15 PM

Session Title:
Why Your ‘Already-Always-Listening’ is Getting In the Way of Listening to Others & Redefining Integrity as Whole and Complete.
Presenters:
Dr. Karl Zeller,Jessica Whitney, Capt, USAF
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
2:15 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
Based on the distinctions presented in the internationally taught Being A Leader course (beingaleader.net) and CSU’s Leadership On the court IU-381A3, we will introduce two distinctions that give power to people’s being in leadership and in life situations. We will begin by exploring an ontological constraint that gets in the way of our ability to lead: listening to others. As leaders we want to listen for and know the fundamental concerns of those we lead, so that they (and ourselves) are open to motivation and new futures. Unfortunately, we all have a perceptual constraint we call Already-Always-Listening (AAL) getting in the way. We are unaware of it, but it constrains and shapes our ability to listen, and it runs us. This presentation will help you start to discover and distinguish your AALs so that they no longer have power over you. Redefining integrity as neither ‘good nor bad’ but as ‘whole and complete’ opens a whole new world of opportunity for application toward increased workability and performance for oneself and for one’s organization. We human’s often fall short keeping our word, however, it turns out we can maintain our integrity by honoring our word. Applying this new definition increases the bottom-line: grades, job enhancement and profits.
Goals and Target Audience:
We are looking for those people who want to elevate their personal/organizational performance and workability. These topics are for leaders, for those who wish to more effectively exercise leadership, and for personal improvement.

Wednesday, January 13th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Facilitating Effective Meetings
Presenters:
Jason Huitt
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
We’ve all had the experience of sitting in a meeting that is simply taking too long. By some estimates up to 37% of our time is spent in meetings, and up to 50% of time spent in meetings is completely wasted. If only there were a way to be respectful of everyone’s time and to make a group more productive by keeping things moving… Enter parliamentary procedure! With a light application of professional meeting management rules, any meeting can be more organized and effective, while allowing a group to accomplish more in less time. At this session we’ll discuss this topic at a high-level, and conduct a mock meeting to give folks a chance to practice what they’ve learned.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session is aimed at staff, faculty and students who chair meetings as well as folks who simply attend meetings, and will cover the basics of organizing a meeting, facilitating discussions, making motions, voting, and record keeping.

9:45 AM

Session Title:
Fuel Your Brain- Not Your Stress!
Presenters:
Amanda Boostrom
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
300 LSC
Description:
Do you feel like your stress is getting the best of you? Does a busy day get in the way of choosing a healthful diet? What are the best foods to eat to help with energy and concentration? In this session, we will dive into nutrition tips to fight stress, talk about the best foods to fuel your brain, practice eating mindfully and discuss how to fit it all in during a busy day.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals of the session include increasing awareness of stress and its physical consequences, increasing knowledge of the best foods to eat to decrease stress, to provide tips and resources for planning a healthful diet into a busy day, and to motivate attendees to make positive changes in their diets. The target audience is anyone who struggles with fitting good nutrition into a busy and stressful day.

11:00 AM

Session Title:
You Deserve Joy: The KonMari Method in an Untidy World
Presenters:
Andrea Bazoin,Jessie Stewart
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
Longs Peak Room (LSC)
Description:
This session will use the international best-selling guide by Marie Kondo, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing,” as a springboard to a larger conversation around finding joy and worthiness in the midst of our modern culture of consumerism. We will examine the ways tidying one’s surroundings and respecting one’s possessions can be a metaphor, and even catalyst, for a radical unlearning of the ways we seek belonging and self-worth through consumption, collection, and exhibition of material objects.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the KonMari Method, critique their own role as a consumer, and develop a more mindful approach to their everyday lives. Participants will learn practical strategies to clearing clutter in their office, car, or home and have an opportunity to dig deeper into the emotional impact of clutter. The session will be interactive, with opportunity for discussion.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Mindfulness meditation in support of research and teaching
Presenters:
Asa Ben-Hur
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a non-judgemental awareness of what's happening in the present moment. It turns out that maintaining such an awareness is an extremely powerful tool: Cultivating it fosters the ability to stay focused, provides clarity about our moment by moment experience, as well as an acceptance of it. There is much recent research to support the use of mindfulness techniques for stress reduction, evidence for its positive effects on teacher efficacy and reduced burnout, increase in gray matter concentration in regions involved in learning, memory and emotional regulation, the positive correlation of those changes with psychological well-being, its effects at the molecular level, along with studies of brain activity that provide an understanding of the neural mechanisms of meditation. In this workshop we will explore the specific benefits of mindfulness meditation for our work in research and teaching, and discuss ways to apply it. We will begin with some practice to give participants who are new to mindfulness a taste of its effect on the body-mind. We will then discuss how to incorporate mindfulness in our daily lives and how to use it to enhance teaching and research. There are many barriers towards doing that, including the fear of how it will be received by students and colleagues. Dr. Ben-Hur typically starts each of his classes with a few minutes of mindfulness meditation and has found that students are receptive and sometimes even appreciative of it. He motivates them by explaining how this practice can help them through enhanced creativity and ability to maintain their focus and well-being in the face of the challenges of college. In the past decade mindfulness has gained acceptance and is making its way into classrooms all the way from kindergarten to college. Its potential is recognized even in the corporate world, where companies like Google are making mindfulness available to their employees (see e.g. http://www.mindful.org/google-searches/). Closer to home, Colorado State University has recently approved the formation of a "Center for Mindfulness" that Dr. Ben-Hur is engaged with. Dr. Ben-Hur is an associate professor at the department of computer science. He has studied meditation with Shinzen Young and has done teacher training in his Basic Mindfulness system (see http://www.basicmindfulness.org/). He teaches mediation workshops, incorporates meditation into the courses he teaches, and holds a weekly meditation group on campus.
Goals and Target Audience:
The target audience is educators and researchers on campus who are interested in using mindfulness meditation in their work.