Program for the 2021 PDI

Rooms

Monday, January 11th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Arachnology 101
Presenters:
Alicia Sprague
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2021
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/98313768208?pwd=YmVBWXkveWMrTFFnVzFyR0dDdTFKQT09
Description:
Are daddy longlegs really the most venomous spider in the world? Can scorpions glow in the dark? What is an arachnid, anyway? Join us for this interactive session as we answer all these questions and more! Participants will leave with a basic understanding of arachnid characteristics and orders. No prior knowledge or experience with biology necessary!
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: 1. Identify basic arachnid characteristics 2. Gain familiarity with the different orders of arachnids 3. Gain an appreciation for these wonderfully weird animals. Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about the natural world and the creepy crawlies that live in it.
Session Title:
Restoring Our Attention
Presenters:
Katya Stewart-Sweeney,Toni-Lee Viney
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2021
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/98040007263?pwd=UU1wWjBGb01lOXNSR01zQ29hY3grQT09
Description:
With permission from The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE), Katya Stewart-Sweeney and Toni-Lee Viney, will share a webinar by Beck Tench, "Restoring Our Attention" and facilitate a discussion after the viewing. Through her webinar, Beck Tench invites us to develop skills and a greater capacity for accessing personal wisdom; connect with others through compassion and friendship, improve the quality of our lives through awareness of life as we’re living it, and mitigate or minimize the harms of attention-driven digital culture. At a time of pandemic and civil unrest, many of us are glued to our devices, doom-scrolling with anticipation for the worst to come. How do we use technology wisely? In this webinar, she shares a look at the market forces that incentivize technology to distract and manipulate us. We’ll consider the consequences of chronic distraction across individuals and society as a whole. And then we’ll look to attention restoration theory (ART) for ideas about what to do differently. (excerpted from http://www.contemplativemind.org/archives/6040). Katya Stewart-Sweeney serves as Graduate and International Student Advisor for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has been with CSU since 2002. She has served on CSU’s Center for Mindfulness Leadership Team for the last five years. Toni-Lee Viney serves as the Manager for Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and has been a part of CSU since 2006. She has taught yoga for nine years and is pursuing additional training on yoga therapeutics. Toni-Lee recently launched a new yoga business called Best Day Ever Yoga where she supports clients with meeting their yoga goals, managing pain, and addressing women’s health issues.
Goals and Target Audience:
CSU employees

11:00 AM

Session Title:
Colorado State University Young Professionals (CSUYP)
Presenters:
Anselma Lopez,Riley Sheldon,Taylor Sidtore,Tyler Alvarado,Jennifer Sheahan
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2021
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/97872148999?pwd=WGd2M0tYaUJ6WDh3VTlIZlZRVDdrdz09
Description:
How to set yourself up for the next step in your career. What does the next step look like? How do you envision it and how do you get there? Let's figure it out together.
Goals and Target Audience:

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Waterwise Landscaping Tips and Tricks
Presenters:
Alison O'Connor,Amy Lentz
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/93058038958?pwd=YmRGMTlQbWkySTUrbUJPaUwvMXlrdz09
Description:
This session will cover practical ways you can boost water conservation in your lawn and landscape. Topics such as sprinkler irrigation, plant selection, and why to use mulch will be addressed.
Goals and Target Audience:
Open to any interested gardener; the goal is to provide information to decrease overall landscape water use.
Session Title:
Yoga Nidra
Presenters:
Kirsten Slaughter-Rice
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/98711453532?pwd=RHdWeUZ5eTVpQkhNVXBUdlBYdnlaZz09
Description:
Yoga Nidra is a form of guided deep relaxation done in a relaxed yoga posture that brings about “conscious sleep” through a guided meditation. The class will explore techniques to help participants release stress, settle the body, and encourage better sleep. Take a moment to move, find your breath, and find release. Recommended that participants have a yoga mat or towel and a blanket, towel, or pillow.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goal: To take a break and practice breathing and meditation techniques to reduce stress and promote relaxation Targeted Audience: Everyone is welcome. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required.

2:00 PM

Session Title:
How to Showcase Your Professional Value to Employers
Presenters:
Allison Robin
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2021
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/96670382997?pwd=OTVkUlA5U3RUZHdNQmRteGdQRSt5dz09
Description:
Regardless of where you are in your career, you may find it difficult to pinpoint your achievements, let alone boast about them. This session will walk you through the process of identifying your skills, accomplishments, and professional value. You’ll learn how to document your greatest selling points in a concise manner that emphasize the results of your actions, illustrating your value to employers.
Goals and Target Audience:
The target audience for this session is any person looking to (1) update or create a winning resume, (2) answer job interview questions with impact, (3) speak comfortably about his or her achievements, (4) campaign for a promotion or raise, or (5) complete a performance evaluation highlighting quantifiable results. At the end of the session, participants will be able to communicate their value to an employer via concise statements that highlight their skills and accomplishments and emphasize the measurable results of their actions.

Tuesday, January 12th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Reject diet culture and stop weight stigma
Presenters:
Kalyn Garcia
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2021
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/93218711686?pwd=MGw5b0pJQlZRSmRVMmxTSGRINVl2UT09
Description:
As we close out 2020, we have more access to food information than ever, yet dieting is more confusing than ever, and dissatisfaction with body size and disordered eating is on the rise. As we look toward a healthier future, we need to work together to change the conversation about dieting, weight and health. Join Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center registered dietitian nutritionist Kalyn Garcia for a discussion about weight inclusivity and how to reject diet culture and stop weight stigma.
Goals and Target Audience:
Target audience- CSU community Goals- Become more aware of weight stigma and its impact on health Learn how to talk about weight and health in an inclusive way Gain tips for rejecting diet culture
Session Title:
The Artistry of Parenting: Navigating Motherhood in Higher Ed Arts (during a global pandemic)
Presenters:
Nicole Asel,Madeline Jazz Harvey
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2021
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/98797022147?pwd=WnFtS2FtWkRLRWM1WG5YWW9ZRHl3Zz09
Description:
Performing arts educators engage in a transparent dialogue about the joys and challenges of motherhood and academia. From timing conception to fit the academic calendar, planning feedings between classes, to juggling toddlers during zoom meetings, Assistant Professors of Voice and Dance explore how their teaching and parenting inform and enrich each other. They candidly share their personal struggles while asking questions and proposing a new paradigm for sustainable life-work balance.
Goals and Target Audience:
Our target audience is fellow/prospective moms/parents in academia, supervisors of moms, administrators, and anyone who wants to have a better understanding of their parenting colleague’s experience. Our goal is to reframe the narrative regarding “mother as martyr” and “artistry above all else.” We seek to begin a dialogue about how to build an inclusive academic environment that fosters growth and collaboration between ALL of our identities.

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Your Personal Brand of Leadership
Presenters:
Brittney Wolf
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2021
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19:meeting_ZTYwOTQ1ZmMtNTE2NC00N2E0LWJiYmEtNmJiMDg2ZjczOTkz@thread.v2/0?context={"Tid":"afb58802-ff7a-4bb1-ab21-367ff2ecfc8b","Oid":"49e2ae49-876f-4deb-8a31-11d32749f166"}
Description:
This session will give participants the opportunity to explore what motivates them and learn ways to leverage their values and their strengths into a unique leadership style that allows them to lead with their whole selves.
Goals and Target Audience:
Gain a better understanding of your values, learn strategies for incorporating them into your work and understand what you need to be at your personal best. Learn how to use these tools to enable your brand of leadership that is authentically and uniquely your own. This session is aimed at supervisors or those interested in leadership topics.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Conversations Matter: Connect, Engage and Reflect
Presenters:
Rich Feller,Mark Franklin
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/96226760704?pwd=WVZoY3NoUGs0VVc4MlB2OHhYVkpsZz09
Description:
Proven, safe and structured interactive virtual program blending group conversations and individual reflection that promote team building and personal/career growth. For remote workers, coaching your staff and students, and events you lead. NOT a webinar, panel, or what you expect. Its unlike any virtual experience you’ve encountered.
Goals and Target Audience:
(1)Increase confidence and clarity about your "what's next" possibilities (2)increase empathy and permission to honor yourself and humanity through "safe and structured" storytelling (3) write a Clarification Statement and 1 inspired action after giving and receiving feedback and gratitude. The experience welcomes each campus member to honor their story and "what's next" while building community. Once played, participants can easily learn to facilitate the experience within their work units, affinity groups or leadership roles.
Session Title:
Restorative Yoga Practice for Stress Management
Presenters:
Toni-Lee Viney
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/91971359896?pwd=MTJKT2hIOG43KzZBclFvUzdCWjZRQT09
Description:
Focus on self care by treating yourself to a little yoga. You will be guided through a restorative yoga class which will focus on stress reduction. All levels are welcome to attend. Please have a yoga mat, two yoga blankets (or bath towels) available and wear comfortable clothes that facilitate movement. Toni-Lee Viney serves as the Manager for Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and has been a part of CSU since 2006. She has taught yoga for nine years and is pursuing additional training on yoga therapeutics. Toni-Lee recently launched a new yoga business called Best Day Ever Yoga where she supports clients with meeting their yoga goals, managing pain, and addressing women’s health issues.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session will offer attendees an opportunity to take a break and focus on self-care. This session is intended to target anyone who has an interest in a gentle movement-based, stress management practice. This class is appropriate for all levels, whether this is your first time doing a yoga class or you're a seasoned practitioner. Modifications will be offered to support people with diverse range of motion abilities.
Session Title:
Spider Biology
Presenters:
Alicia Sprague
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/92935497531?pwd=VGNOS1JGQWlXWkpaYzRFMEh5RzNuQT09
Description:
Do all spiders spin webs? Do spiders have a brain? What are the common species of spider in Northern Colorado? If you've ever been curious about spiders, this is the class for you! We'll cover basic characteristics of a spider, some of their coolest adaptations, and review why you can probably leave that spider in the corner of your bedroom alone (I promise, it doesn't want to end up in your mouth while you're sleeping).
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: 1. Identify basic spider characteristics 2. Review spider-specific adaptations 3. Cover some of the most common species in Northern Colorado Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about the natural world and the creepy crawlies that live in it.

Wednesday, January 13th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
EAP/CARE
Presenters:
Jan Pierce & Emma Chavez
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2021
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19:meeting_MmY5Y2EwNzAtZWRkNi00ZGNjLWFiM2MtZjIxNzc4YzMzZTZj@thread.v2/0?context={"Tid":"afb58802-ff7a-4bb1-ab21-367ff2ecfc8b","Oid":"49e2ae49-876f-4deb-8a31-11d32749f166"}
Description:
This session with offer the opportunity for employees to meet Jan Pierce, EAP Coordinator and Emma Chavez, Community Resources Coordinator. Jan and Emma will also inform employees about their EAP and CARE benefits, including any changes or additions to their respective programs.
Goals and Target Audience:
Educate employees about EAP and CARE Programs. Faculty, Staff, State Classified and Graduate Students

11:00 AM

Session Title:
Tips & Tricks for Employees: Navigating a Graduate School Application
Presenters:
Leslie Peterson,Ashley Mehaffie
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2021
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/93896718833?pwd=czlRNjAxZTdMa0hyTUYrd3h2YlJNZz09
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:
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.
Session Title:
Yoga and Meditation for Relaxation
Presenters:
Kirsten Slaughter-Rice
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2021
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/98633412567?pwd=ZTdLQ0NQWFNvUTVrNFNlSzl5aUVQUT09
Description:
This gentle yoga class will explore yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation to help participants let go of stress, tension, and tightness, calm the mind, and settle the body. We will practice basic yoga poses and explore the openness and release that comes from combining breath and movement. Participants will learn techniques they may incorporate into their daily life to decrease stress and cultivate relaxation. Take a moment to move, find your breath, and surrender stress or tension. Recommended that participants have a yoga mat or towel; other props, including a blanket, towel, pillow or blocks are optional.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: To take a break and practice yoga, breathing, and yoga! To practice yoga postures and breathing and meditation techniques to reduce stress and promote relaxation To learn poses and techniques that may be practiced throughout the day to reduce stress and cultivate relaxation Targeted Audience: Everyone is welcome. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Leading Change in Organizations | Administrative Professional Council
Presenters:
Dawson Metcalf,Kirsten Slaughter-Rice,Shawn Utecht,Yvonne Bridgeman,Jason Scott
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/99377020089?pwd=TjNkWmxzd3hQN2xrQTZCMjlocVk3UT09
Description:
This session will follow the "Leading Change" framework developed and popularized by Dr. John P. Kotter to better understand how Administrative Professionals can create sustainable and equitable change in our organizations and departments. Participants will also receive information about the Administrative Professional Council, the importance of shared governance in the decision-making process, and how one can become involved with the council.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: -To share a framework in which APs can approach creating change within their organizations/departments. -To explore the concept of shared governance and how it leads to a more equitable decision-making process. -To better understand the mission of the Administrative Professional Council at CSU, and the role it plays in forming new policies and practices at the institutional level. Targeted Audience: Administrative Professionals at CSU
Session Title:
Upgrade Your Virtual Playbook: Learn How to Boost Belonging and Elevate Engagement Via Playful Online Teambuilding
Presenters:
Sarah Stephens
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/99450844309?pwd=c0lZZ3VWbE5Zc0NUV2FnR3NJN3NnQT09
Description:
Join an experiential educator with over 10 years of facilitation experience working among emerging adults and adult learners in individual and team settings. They have led hundreds of creative, inclusive, playful, nourishing, and developmental activities, trainings, and meetings, both in-person and virtually, and are eager to share with you some of their best community building practices. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn by doing, playing, reflecting, absorbing, and conversing with others in mindful, uplifting, and transformative ways. This session is designed to present an intentional teambuilding sequence that can be replicated from beginning-to-end or could be divided up and integrated into new hire trainings, one-on-one interactions, weekly staff meetings, academic classes, and even virtual happy hour fun amongst family and friends! The versatility and practicality of the delivery methods, learning technologies, and gamification practices shared will allow attendees to pick and choose what best suits their community’s needs and their own. Ultimately, attendees will leave with some new resources to upgrade their virtual playbook in hopes to create more purposeful and joyful moments for Rams to feel more connected with each other in a time we could all use it.
Goals and Target Audience:
All are welcome! This session is introvert-friendly and is crafted to be accessible in a variety of ways.