Program for the 2020 PDI

Monday, January 13th

2:00 PM

Session Title:
TLC for your Nervous System: Tools to Manage Stress and Anxiety in Modern Times
Presenters:
Erin Bisenius
Category:
Other
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2020
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 382
Description:
As someone with a self-proclaimed "Chicken Little" nervous system, which responds to most situations with alarm, I will be discussing the best tools and practices I've found to manage stress, anxiety and negative thoughts. These include: an emergency breathing technique, meditation apps, heart rate variability (HRV) training, and neurofeedback. To put these tools/practices in context, we'll discuss the stress response, how it plays out in modern times, and why these tools/practices are effective.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goal: even if you already practice stress reduction techniques, my goal is for each participant to leave with one new idea/tool/practice to implement. Target audience: anyone looking for new ideas to manage stress and anxiety in his/her life.

Tuesday, January 14th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Volunteering with your pooch - Would you like to train your dog to be a therapy dog?
Presenters:
Tae Yamaki
Category:
Other
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 322
Description:
Have you seen therapy dogs at hospitals, schools, libraries, or nursing homes and ever wonder if your dog and you can do the job? Do you have well-behaved dogs who love people and think they may be good therapy dogs? There are a lot of different organizations nationwide which certify you and your dog as a therapy dog team and each one has somewhat different policies and processes. During this session, I will show you handful of reliable organizations that you can get certified within FortCollins/Loveland or Denver area and will share how to prepare for becoming a therapy dog team from my own experience of being a therapy dog handler for past 7 years with two of my dogs through two different organizations and volunteering in various places weekly.
Goals and Target Audience:
Anyone who is interested in becoming a therapy dog handler.

11:00 AM

Session Title:
Tips & Tricks for Employees: Navigating a Graduate School Application
Presenters:
Elizabeth Bowman,Grace Hall
Category:
Other
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 304-06
Description:
Considering pursuing a graduate degree with your Employee Study Privilege? Come learn from two enrollment counselors who work with CSU employees applying to one of our most popular programs for ESP students, the Online and Evening MBA program. We will touch on how to find a program that's right for you, typical application materials needed, a basic overview of the ESP, and tips and tricks for your application. While we will focus on the MBA program, these suggestions can be used to apply to your graduate program of choice! Please Note: This session will be geared towards those who already have a Bachelors degree.
Goals and Target Audience:
Target Audience: CSU employees with a Bachelors degree, wanting to learn more about how to utilize their study privilege for graduate education. Goals: Identify personal goals. Learn how to navigate a graduate application. Understand "where to go from here," and who to contact on your academic journey.

2:00 PM

Session Title:
Finding Equity Through Weight-Sharing
Presenters:
Emily Morgan
Category:
Other
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
Virgina Dale
Description:
This session explores equity through weight-sharing. Using principles of contact improvisation, a movement practice created in the late sixties/early seventies, we will find ways to balance and move with another person through the cultivation of personal awareness and attention to touch. Contact improvisation is a democratic form of movement - two people of any shape and size can find ways to move together equally. Please come in sneakers and clothes you are comfortable moving in.
Goals and Target Audience:
Anyone is welcome.

Wednesday, January 15th

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Understanding ELL Writing: Assessment Strategies and Best Practices
Presenters:
Leslie Davis,Kiley Miller
Category:
Other
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2020
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 304-06
Description:
In this workshop, faculty, TAs, and GTAs who are tasked with assessing writing will engage in conversation about how to best approach the writing of ESL students. Given the marked difference in their language use, it is important to consider the impact of privileging native English-speaking writers while penalizing writers who are learning standard, academic English. We will look at samples of assignments, rubrics, and student writing to better understand the rationale for why we should (or should not) emphasize grammar and/or language when assessing a writing-based task.
Goals and Target Audience:
During this session, we will: Discuss assessment practices as they regard language use Identify and discuss challenges and errors that are common among ELLs Connect the learning objectives of an assignment with what is being assessed Analyze a sample assignment, rubric, and graded paper from CO150 We invite those who assess writing, including faculty and teaching assistants.