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2014 Workshops

Below are the 2014 Values Day Workshop descriptions:

Contemplative Practice

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Rev. Vincent Pizzuto
  • Location: Carlton Union Building, Stetson Room

Contemplative practice is one of the most counter-cultural activities in which we can engage today because it requires that we do nothing at all (or better, 'no-thing'). We practice simply 'being' rather than merely 'thinking' or 'doing.' What happens when we put aside all of the 'scaffolding' which sustains our identity in the world? What happens when we begin to pay attention to thoughts, feelings, social and religious identifications? What—or better who—do we encounter when we allow ourselves to be silent? Indeed, the only way to discover the depths of contemplation is through practice, and thus, the focus of our break-out session will be to introduce simple contemplative practices common to virtually all religions and philosophical traditions.

Gender and Film

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Elisabeth Poeter, PhD, Mary Pollock, PhD, Susanne Eules, PhD, and Alexandra Rasdal
  • Location: Library 25L

Faculty and students in the gender studies program will engage in a discussion about gender constructions in domestic and international films, women's filmmaking, the gendered camera and the potential power of the visual media in representing and undermining gender norms. A selection of film clips will help to guide the discussion and introduce participants to the variety of themes and film genres related to gender and its intersections with race, sexuality and other defining social identities.

The Colors of Stetson: A Documentary Film, Followed by a Discussion of Race/Ethnicity on Campus

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Grady Ballenger, PhD, Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, and Alexandrina Andre '14
  • Location: Sage 218

After viewing viewing this documentary by Alexandrina Andre '14, Professors Shankar-Brown and Ballenger will moderate a discussion about issues of race and ethnicity on campus. Does the testimony of students in the film speak to workshop participants as they think about their experiences on campus and in DeLand? How different is the Stetson experience for students of color? How clearly do Stetson students and faculty understand "whiteness" and its privileges? How should issues of race and ethnicity be handled in the classroom or in personal relations? What steps could we take as individuals to build a culture of inclusion? What steps could we take as departments and as an institution to strengthen diversity in our campus culture and in our academic programs? Alexandrina, who is now enrolled in the film production program at Florida State University, will share a director's statement about her documentary. If possible, she will also join the discussion by Skype. This topic arguably addresses all three of the university's core values, but it centers on the intellectual and lived experience of students identifying across the racial/ethnic spectrum. Please join us for an engaging discussion and an opportunity for reflection based on "The Colors of Stetson"—a powerful documentary capturing the voices of Hatters and directed by a Stetson University alum.

The Legacies of the First World War 100 years Later: Modernity, Violence and Globalization

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Eric Kurlander, PhD, Paul Croce, PhD, Mayhill Fowler, PhD, Leander Seah, PhD
  • Location: Sage 257

Faculty members from the Department of History will discuss the legacies of the First World War one hundred years after its outbreak in August 1914. Themes will include:

  • The onset of 'modernity' (and post-modernity) in social, economic and cultural terms
  • The rise of political extremism and the ethnocultural violence after 1914
  • The End of (European) Empire and the emerging challenges of territoriality in a more global, multipolar world

Student Leadership Redefined

Strategies to Capitalize on Your Leadership Skills and Experiences That Will Assist You in Securing Your First Job!

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Christopher Kandus-Fisher, Ed.D.
  • Location: Sage 221

Workforce development conflicts, as it relates to post-secondary institutions ability to adequately prepare students prior to graduation has become a topic of national conversation. College readiness is the combination of skills, knowledge, and habits of the mind that is necessary to fully participate in collegiate level courses, and then later can be translated into one's ability to translate learned skills into workforce preparedness. According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (2013), and a recent study that they conducted regarding employers' views of student learning in college, employers seek graduates who have broad knowledge and skills, that emphasize cross-cutting outcomes, and are able to think critically, creatively solve problems and effectively communicate. Many of these skills are learned through the student's experiences with clubs and organizations. This session will allow students to realize that student leadership is not just something to add to their resume, but allow them to communicate the experiences as valuable skills for the future of the workforce.

Latina/o Farmworkers of Central Florida

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Pamela Cappas-Toro, PhD and Marcos Crisanto
  • Location: LBC 108 Rinker Auditorium

"The Farmworker Association of Florida was founded in 1983 in response to devastating freezes decimating the citrus crop in Central Florida and impacting farmworkers' livelihoods. The organization incorporated in 1986 and expanded statewide in 1992. F.W.A.F. now has five offices in diverse agricultural communities in Florida and organizes and outreaches to farmworkers in 15 different counties in the state. F.W.A.F.'s policy change efforts over the years have improved living and working conditions for Florida's estimated 300,000 farmworkers, and include passage of the historic Florida Right to Know Act, among other successes."

In this workshop, students will learn about F.W.A.F.'s long-standing mission to build power among farmworker and rural low-income communities to respond to and gain control over social, political, workplace, economic, health and environmental issues.

Universities' Contribution to Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System Through Prisoner Education Programs

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Ranjini Thaver, PhD, Nicole Marinescu, Emily Lang, Taylor Duguay, Honor Baslim
  • Location: LBC 123

The United States accounts for five percent of the world's population, but accommodates 25 percent of the world's incarcerated. The multifaceted reasons behind the exponential rise in incarceration rates over time boil down to the philosophical underpinnings of the corrections system in America, namely that of retributive justice, the onset of which aligns with the 'war on drugs' and getting 'tough on crime.' In light of this retributive justice framework, resources devoted to the criminal system focus primarily on punishing 'offenders' for their crime against the state and providing minimal opportunity for them to reintegrate into society. This has contributed to increased rates of recidivism, and in turn, to an even greater burden on the criminal justice system.

This crisis in the correctional system of the U.S. has led to a body of literature on how to transform the system towards one modeled on restorative justice. The central tenet of this form of justice is that former offenders are better able to reintegrate into society as productive citizens if they are provided the opportunities to do so while incarcerated. Studies overwhelmingly find that the most important indicator of a decline in recidivism rates is prisoner education. Educational programs provide benefits beyond job skills development; they also provide ex-offenders with a network of people and social opportunities that support them in restoring their sense of humanity and moral responsibility to function well in society. In other words, education is the cornerstone to prisoner rehabilitation and the restoration of the human rights of offenders and their families and larger communities.

The objective of this workshop, led by Stetson University students who have worked with prisoners at the Tomoka Correctional Institution, is to analyze the role of universities (with special reference to Stetson University) in forging relationships with prisons and other organizations to play this vital educational role in prisons. This program is a direct response to Stetson University's values commitment.

Consumption, Hungry Ghosts and Sustainability

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): James Mallett, PhD and Morris Seikyo Sullivan
  • Location: LBC 124

In economics there exists the concept of homo economicus, or, the economic human. This being is assumed to be rational and always prefers more to less. But what if always desiring more leads to greater stress and less happiness for both the individual and society as a whole? In this workshop we will cover Buddhist values regarding happiness, suffering and consumption. For example, in Buddhist cosmology there is a concept on hungry ghosts. These beings have a pinhole mouth and can never quench their hunger. So in this workshop we will explore if being aware of our consumption patterns could lead to less consumption, a happier life and a more sustainable global society.

Pay for Play: Does Putting Students in a Prisoner's Dilemma for Grades Effectively Teach the Concept?

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Alan Green, PhD
  • Location: LBC 122

The prisoner's dilemma is a fundamental game theory model with wide-ranging economic, social and political applications. The basic structure is a game in which players do best on the whole when they cooperate but have strong individual incentives to defect, often resulting in poor overall outcomes. The dilemma can be experienced in the classroom by having students play a multiplayer version for grades. If they all cooperate with each other, they will all do well as a group; however, individuals can defect and raise their own grade at the expense of their classmates' grades. The activity clearly engages students and challenges them to craft means of cooperation; however, it does offer rewards to those who seek individual gains above all else. Does such an activity encourage learning through engagement, or is it unethical to lower one student's grade because a classmate played selfishly?

The World is out to get you. So prove them wrong.

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): RC Stabile and Barbara Hawkins
  • Location: LBC 221

Tired of being pre-judged based on your age or experiences? Together we will discuss the preconceived notions of undergraduate-age students and the perceptions other generations have of them. We will examine why members of this generation are struggling to keep jobs and the added challenges they face. Through this presentation we hope to share ways to stand out and fight these generational stereotypes. Come ready to engage and defend why millennials are significant to the global community.

Where Do You Buy Your Coffee? The "Why" Behind Stetson University Dining Services' Sustainability Initiatives

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Lindsey Bishop
  • Location: LBC 222

This session is designed to explain the "why" behind Stetson University Dining Services' sustainability initiatives. From using seafood only from sustainable oceans to purchasing local food, Dining Services is committed to protecting the environment, reducing waste and decreasing our carbon foot print. These commitments are more than a strategic business practice–they honor our ethical values.

#yesallwomen: Understanding and Responding to Rape Culture

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Lua Hancock, Ed.D. and Susan Peppers-Bates, PhD
  • Location: LBC 223

This summer murders on a college campus spurred a social media phenomenon branded by #yesallwomen. This movement is one example of women giving voice to how sexism has impacted their lives. All of us are restricted and damaged by living in a world that allows systems and relationships based in misogyny. At this session, we will raise awareness as to the infiltration of sexism and sex violence and begin conversation about how we can all be part of positive change.

How Does a University Know If It's Sustainable?

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Tony Abbott, PhD
  • Location: Rinker Environmental Learning Center

Sustainability has become a significant concern at universities. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, established in 2006, has become the bellwether for sustainability assessment across the country. An administrative ethnography reveals diverse approaches to institutionalizing sustainability at six eastern schools of similar size (2,000 to 8,000 students) and operational scope (masters or liberal arts institutions):

  • Vassar College
  • Middlebury College
  • Appalachian State University
  • Furman University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Stetson University

The diversity of approaches underpinning sustainability at various institutions is striking. Programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Recycling
  • Student research abroad
  • Energy production and conservation
  • Food production and waste
  • Toxins
  • LEED building standards
  • Native plant policies

Pilgrimage as Spiritual Practice

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Phillip Lucas, PhD, Robert Sitler, PhD, and Chris Bell
  • Location: LBC 220

This panel discusses pilgrimage as a spiritual practice across cultures. Four to five panelists will each share some of their personal pilgrimage experiences. Phillip Lucas will also give an introduction to pilgrimage as a spiritual practice and show parts of his new documentary on Buddhist pilgrimage in North India. Chris Bell and Bob Sitler will share their experiences. We will save time for questions from the audience as well.

The State of Our Values Commitments

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Robert Sitler, PhD
  • Location: Carlton Union Building, Stetson Room

This session will provide a critical examination of the work of the Values Commitment Steering Team, including its successes and challenges during its first two years of operation. Ideally, the presentation will lead to thoughtful group discussion as to potential next steps and to learning from past mistakes so as to enhance our future work.

Information in the Modern World: Quality vs. Quantity

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Jason Martin, PhD
  • Location: duPont-Ball Library room 25L

During their long history, libraries have evolved from strictly preserving information to providing wide-ranging access to information. This has gone hand-in-hand with the "information revolution." Where once only elites produced and procured information, now anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can publish their ideas online and access a plethora of information. This explosion of information is both a blessing and a curse, with greater freedom of information comes greater responsibility to assess the quality of information. This session will explore what greater access to greater amounts of information means for today's college students and an informed citizenry.

Exploring Your Journey: The Spiritual Life Map

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Leila Roach, PhD, Nicole Pizza and Tyler March
  • Location: Sage Hall room 218

In this presentation, students will engage in an experiential activity that explores their spiritual journey throughout life. Students will work independently and collaboratively to construct and share their Spiritual Life Map. The Spiritual Life Map is a graphic representation of one's life using pictures and symbols. "Much like road maps, spiritual life maps tell us where we have come from, where we are now, and where we are going" (Hodge, 2005, p. 344). Throughout this process, students will recognize their strengths, challenges, significant figures and successful strategies they have used along the way.

A Roundtable Discussion About Diversity and Inclusion at Stetson University

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Joshua Rust, PhD, Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, PhD, Patrick Coggins, PhD, ALANA-IA Caucus
  • Location: Sage Hall room 221

Today about 30 percent of the U.S. population is made up of people of color. About the same is true of Stetson University students. Does Stetson University feel representative of the United States as a kind of multi-culture? And if not, why not? Please join a group of passionate faculty and staff and share your stories, observations and suggestions.

Opening the Mind and Heart: Educational Technologies at Your Fingertips!

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD and Brenna Burgess
  • Location: Sage Hall room 257

Educational technologies can be used to enrich learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Mobile learning tools can promote deeper learning, creativity, reflection, collaboration, and growth. Facilitated by Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown (Associate Professor in the Department of Education) and Ms. Brenna Burgess (Stetson student majoring in Theater and minoring in Education and Sociology), this interactive workshop will include engaging discussion and applied-learning activities. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different educational technologies, including innovative apps and websites, that support intellectual development, global citizenship, and personal growth. Each participant will receive a handout with several ideas and resources. Please join us on a learning adventure that will open the mind and heart!

Tobacco and Stetson's Values

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Terrance Harris, Grady Ballenger
  • Location: LBC room 108 (Rinker Auditorium)

The Tobacco and Stetson's Values Workshop will provide individuals an understanding of the process, including debates and weighing of competing values that led Stetson to be a smoke and tobacco free campus. Some of the benefits of that commitment include health of non-smokers, cessation support for students, faculty, and staff smokers; campus aesthetics, and consistency with the University's values including environmental concerns. Follow-up dialogue and questions will be offered to the audience.

"African and German? What an Interesting Mixture!"

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Elisabeth Poeter, PhD
  • Location: LBC room 122

This workshop focuses on the "other" Germany by moving beyond the association of the country and its culture with national socialism and the subsequent division into two separate states. We will watch a 10-minute short film on racism in reunified Germany, learn about one prominent Afro-German poet and writer, and address questions about immigration and national identity.

Microfinance in Theory and Practice

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Ranjini Thaver, PhD and Alan Green, PhD
  • Location: LBC room 123

Microfinance, made famous by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, is a program for economic development that involves small-scale loans targeted to people who are very poor, but who have entrepreneurial ideas. In this workshop, economics professors Ranjini Thaver and Alan Green discuss microfinance in the real world and in the classroom. Thaver has worked with microfinance projects in Tanzania as well as DeLand in multiple facets; Green has modeled her methods in a classroom simulation of a poor village. In it students represent poor farmers and experience both the transformative power of even small loans alongside the myriad difficulties that arise in effective implementation and enforcement.

The Sweet Spot: Finding the Intersection of Academic Interests, Career Goals and Community Needs

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Kevin Winchell
  • Location: LBC room 124

It is important to major in something that relates to the career you want. But, what if you could enhance both your academic expertise and career opportunities while also doing good in your community? Participants will learn about the benefits of community-engaged learning, identify examples across many majors, and obtain resources so they can begin integrating community-engaged learning into their journey at Stetson University.

Global Internship Panel: Students' Perspective on Interning Abroad

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Stephanie Ryan, Paula Hentz, Nick Saffan, Kimberly Foley, Jessica Godshall, and Joseph Davis
  • Location: LBC room 220

Interested in interning abroad but unsure where to start? A panel of students will share their international internship experiences and advice. Members from C.I.E.E. and The Education Abroad Network (T.E.A.N.) will also be on hand to share information about their internship programs. Global citizenship is an important part of Stetson University's mission and a global internship can help prepare students to be informed, active and engaged citizens of both local communities and the world!

Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): John Tichenor, PhD
  • Location: LBC room 221

What does it mean for a corporation to be socially responsible? The Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman stated that the one and only social responsibility of businesses is to increase profits for their shareholders. However, there is another perspective that believes there are larger social responsibilities than simply the financial bottom line. In this workshop, John Tichenor, PhD, will present the argument for measuring the "triple bottom line" that incorporates social and environmental bottom lines along with the financial bottom line.

Academic Integrity, Stetson University's Core Values and Life Beyond

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): David Dysart, PhD and the Student Honor Council
  • Location: LBC room 222

What is the Student Honor Council and why should I be interested? Come and learn the answer! In this session you will BE a member of the Council. Hear the various sides in a case of alleged academic dishonesty. Determine how it should be dealt with. How could it be avoided? What does academic integrity mean to my university and my future?

Student Ethics: What's Your Integrity Quotient (IQ)?

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Michelle Quinones
  • Location: LBC room 223

This workshop will include several interactive activities, leading off with a values continuum activity in which students will be asked to identify whether they agree or disagree with several statements. We will move further into a discussion on our core values and how they tie in with the Office of Community Standards and the core value of personal growth. A brief overview of our office and process will be provided. We will conclude the session with an overview of ethics, morals and integrity and end with a discussion of some scenarios.

Why Native Ecosystems Matter

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Cindy Bennington, PhD, Karen Cole, PhD
  • Location: Rinker Environmental Learning Center

As human population size increases, the area available for natural ecosystems declines, reducing critical habitat for wildlife, impacting the cycling of elements like water, carbon and nutrients, and directly and indirectly altering availability of essential resources to humans. In addition to negative impacts on both human and non-human inhabitants of Earth, habitat loss also results in fewer interactions between people and the natural environment, removing the context within which people can understand and value arguments for preserving biodiversity and the conservation of natural resources. In this workshop we will discuss the value of natural ecosystems to life on Earth. In particular, we will focus on the benefits of creating a citizenry educated about ecosystem conservation, using the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem Teaching Landscape, the ongoing restoration of a longleaf pine habitat on the grounds of the Rinker Environmental Learning Center, as an example of one way in which these values can be translated to a public that is increasingly removed from the natural systems that sustain life on Earth. The workshop will include opportunities for participants to tour the landscape, learning about current student/faculty projects, and to engage in hands-on activities related to the educational mission of the site.