Meeting

2018 Workshops

Finding Communities in College

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: duPont Ball Library 25L
  • Presenters: Christopher Bell, Belle Briatico, Nathan Bodger, Kaitlyn McEvoy, Morgan Hambleton

This student-led, faculty-facilitated workshop will provide students an opportunity to discuss how and where they have found a sense of community while attending Stetson University. Five student panelists will spend five minutes each explaining how they became involved in student organizations, Greek life, community projects, and study abroad programs. The goal of this workshop is to provide students an opportunity to learn and share methods for finding community and lasting friendships at Stetson, whether they are freshmen struggling in the first months of college or seniors interested in discovering new opportunities and social outlets.

Kognito At-Risk Suicide Prevention Training

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 317
  • Presenters: Leigh Baker, Kristine Proctor, Nicole Currie

Join Student Counseling Services for an interactive exploration of Kognito, an evidence-based, brief suicide prevention training program for university communities. Participants will learn how to: Identify signs of distress, Approach a conversation to determine need, and Refer to appropriate resources on campus, including counseling services. Any student, faculty, or staff member who is committed to supporting the mental health of the Hatter community is encouraged to attend.

Immigration Project: Language Rugs

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Hand Art Center
  • Presenters: Tonya Curran, Anni Holm

This project provides participants the opportunity to reflect about the different languages spoken in their household/community. The survey will provide a platform to initiate a discussion of language and cultural similarities and differences. During the rug making workshops, there will be rich opportunity to continue these conversations about language, culture and art and further learn about how they affect a community. Ideally, teachers will also partake in these workshops, offering a casual way to interact with and getting to know their student communities better. 

Tools for Efficient Studying and Learning

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 124
  • Presenters: Jordan Ruybal, Holley Lynch

Spending too much time studying, not getting the grades that you wanted, or looking for tools to get through your next round of exams? Come to our Tools for Efficient Studying and Learning Workshop to learn how to maximize your study time in order to retain more information and improve your course performance. After attending this workshop, you will be able to recognize the different levels of understanding (Bloom's taxonomy), identify and use best practices for studying and learning, and evaluate your own studying/learning habits and develop strategies for improvement.

Andrew Carnegie & Henry Flagler: Industrialists Who Helped Build Stetson University

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 213
  • Presenters: Debbi Dinkins, Susan Ryan

Stetson University partnered with two wealthy industrialists in the early part of the 20th century. These partnerships with Andrew Carnegie and Henry Flagler helped construct Stetson's physical landscape and the buildings they financed still stand and are used today. Andrew Carnegie built Sampson Hall, which began life as the Sampson Library. Henry Flagler financed and designed Flagler Hall, which was then known as the Science Hall. The stories of Stetson's partnerships with both Carnegie and Flagler and the stories of the men themselves provide a fascinating insight into Stetson University and Volusia County in the early 1900s.

Serving and Growing Through VITA

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 136
  • Presenters: Bonnie Holloway

Do you want to grow as a person and as a professional? Do you want to learn how to prepare your own tax return and to learn how the new tax law has changed things? Do you want to earn Experiential Learning Credit while serving your local community? If so, this is your Values Day session!

From Muslim Mystics to Muslim Superheroes: Storytelling as Ethics in Islam

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 223
  • Presenters: Sam Houston

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the power and purpose of storytelling in the Islamic tradition as a means of ethical formation and mystical insight. We will accomplish this by learning about profound stories in early and medieval Islam as well as how this tradition continues in today's Muslim superheroes such as Ms. Marvel. By attending this workshop, participants will not only gain a better sense of how Islam recognizes that we are‚ essentially story-telling animals, but they will also come away with a better understanding of the role of Muslim superheroes in shaping American Muslim identity today.

Community Standards and Honor Council: By the Numbers

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 122
  • Presenters: Barbs Hawkins, Lynn Schoenberg, John Banks

Join us for a discussion on community standards and honor council at Stetson! Community Standards staff and the student-led Honor Council will discuss and share data related to standards and academic integrity on the DeLand campus. The program will provide an opportunity for community members to become aware of where we are currently at with community standards at Stetson and what future work can be done to help enhance our community to better align with the Stetson values. Participants will be able to gain an understanding of actions they can take to enhance the Stetson community through a community standards/honor council lens.

You Voted for Who?: Tools and Techniques for Political Themed Dialogue

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 318
  • Presenters: Christina Chamberlin, Daisy Zhou

This workshop will discuss the issues surrounding politically-fueled dialogue and possible techniques for discussing political issues with others. Participants will learn about the sources of political values and potential biases among themselves and others. After a brief period of lecture presenting empirical research, participants will have the chance to practice suggested techniques for holding a politically-fueled conversation with empathy and productivity. While the subject of political issues can induce strong reactions, this workshop is meant to provide a safe space to those who wish to explore their own values and connect with others who may have differing political values.

Naikan: Gratitude as a Method of Self-Discovery

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 222
  • Presenters: Morris Sullivan

Naikan is a Japanese method of self-reflection that, while still relatively unknown in the West, is highly transformative. Unlike meditation, it doesn't involve sitting quietly with one's eyes closed; however, Naikan gives the practitioner a direct view into their relationship to the world in which they live and their relationships with others through the application of gratitude, grace, and self-reflection.

Harnessing the Power of Extended Metaphor in Contemplative Reflection

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Sage Hall 222
  • Presenters: Michele Randall, Tya Saunders

Contemplative writing has been described as circling back at something, like a bird, over and over, to explore it from every angle. Sometimes, even when we want to write about something, we find we can't. Sometimes we're just stuck. How do we move forward? When approaching a topic that is difficult or an issue the writer doesn't want to name on the page, creating extended metaphors can be highly effective. We will look at a few examples from literature then put our knowledge to practice. You will leave with a few beginnings or drafts and prompts to take home.

Arguing Both Sides Equally Well: Ethical Sophism in the Classroom

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 319
  • Presenters: Michael Barnes

The sophist Protagoras taught students to "argue both sides equally well," a practice that Socrates criticized as making the lesser argument appear the stronger. Socrates' criticism stuck, and we have since viewed sophism as synonymous with lying. This writing workshop will consider whether an ethical approach to the practice of sophism is possible in the classroom.

Open Forum: Drafting Stetson's Statement on the Principles of Free Expression

Make your voice heard! The principle of free expression is at the heart of many of the most contested and challenging issues facing our society today. University campuses, by virtue of their academic and civic missions, have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the often difficult and necessary discourse. We should aim to build our capacity for intellectual honesty and effective decision-making.

Last year, a committee of faculty and staff produced the Stetson's Statement on the Principles of Free Expression, a document that aims to articulate Stetson's position on the topic. This document is based on extensive research drawn from similar statements and policies elsewhere and has already been reviewed by many campus constituencies. Nonetheless, we are creating this forum for our entire campus community to learn about the work of the committee, process through some case studies regarding speech on campuses, and possibly provide some additional feedback before submitting the final draft to the President and Trustees.

 

Values, Identities, and Stories: Promoting Healing, Understanding, and Justice

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 220
  • Presenters: Rajni Shankar-Brown

In this interactive session, storytelling will be examined and engaged as a vehicle for healing, understanding, and promoting justice. Dr. Shankar-Brown will highlight connections between values and identities, and speak on the power of stories across disciplines. Examples of how storytelling can build community and diminish injustice in a world full of disparities will be shared. This workshop will weave together insights and narrative research, as well as discuss social inequalities in global, national, and local contexts. Participants will have opportunities to explore values, learn about intersectionality, and participate in individual and collective storytelling activities using diverse formats from reflective poetry to collaborative, impromptu oral expression.

Beyond Significance: What Happened in Africa

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 221
  • Presenters: William Andrews, Nicholas (Cole) Reeves

Fresh back from their Stetson-sponsored service-learning trip to Malawi (Africa), student Cole Reeves and professor William Andrews will lead a discussion that challenges us to expand our notions of both "significance" and "community". To whom does my significance matter? How does it matter? Is it conferred by others or does it spring from within? Do different cultures view significance and community differently? Along the way, they will share stories and videos of local heroes, people they met, tales they heard, culinary surprises, wild elephants, and roadway adventures.

Study and Intern Abroad with IES Abroad

  • Track: Community Building
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 135
  • Presenters: IES Abroad – Robin Pipkin

Join Robin Pipkin from IES Abroad to learn all about the various study and intern abroad programs offered by IES Abroad. As an affiliate program provider, Stetson students can study or intern abroad on over 140 programs around the world. Come hear how your college career can be [redefined].

More than MLK: Sharing Stories from the Stetson Civil Rights Movement Travel Course

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: DuPont Library 25L
  • Presenters: Belle Briatico, Rina Tovar Arroyo, Robin Kazmarek, Jordan McCormick

You may have heard of Martin Luther King Jr., but have you heard of Rip Patton, Janice Kelsey, and Allen Cason? This past summer, Stetson students and staff had the opportunity to engage in a week-long trip where they heard first-hand stories from the individuals who made the Civil Rights Movement a success. During this workshop, you will get to hear these incredibly inspiring stories and discuss the ways in which these stories of the past continue to shape the present.

Honor Council: what is it?

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 122
  • Presenters: John Banks, Rachel Wexler

Integrity is at the core of everything that we do. From work to school, integrity plays a vital role in the success and respect of a company, school, or an individual. Here at Stetson University, the Honor System Council is dedicated to upholding academic integrity on campus to ensure the value of a Stetson degree only continues to rise. This presentation will teach its participants about the importance of academic integrity and honesty.

Heart-to-Heart: Practices to Build Spiritual Community

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 123
  • Presenters: Morris Sullivan, Christy Correll-Hughes, Willie Barnes

What makes a spiritual community strong? How can interfaith dialog and diversity build a cohesive community? Can people from divergent traditions find common ground on which to lay a foundation for a strong, unified community? In this workshop, Stetson University's three chaplains‚ one Baptist, one Buddhist and one African Methodist Episcopal‚ will demonstrate how shared values and spiritual practices can make us stronger spiritually, both individually and collectively.

The Mechanics of Story-Telling: A Philosophical Perspective

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 124
  • Presenters: Joshua Rust

Not every sequence of events is a story. Your morning's walk to the CUB was probably not narratively compelling. But sometimes it is, and you have a story to tell. What distinguishes a story from a mere sequence of events, and what does good story-telling look like? Should we aspire to turn our lives into a story? Join me for a presentation and discussion of the mechanics of story-telling from a philosophical perspective.

How Strong are your Ethics?

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 220
  • Presenters: Frances Duvall

How strong is your moral compass? Are you aware of the ethics you practice every day without thinking about it? This workshop will challenge you to identify your ethical strengths, consider the origin of your ethical beliefs and raise your awareness level of how you practice ethics every day without thinking about it. Finally, how you apply those ethics to the Stetson Honesty Policy will be researched.

Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Facilitating Dialogue Across Difference

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 222
  • Presenters: Sharmaine Jackson, Susan Peppers-Bates, Julia Metzker

Finding the appropriate language to engage in conversations about issues related to diversity may be challenging for many faculty and students. To develop cross-cultural communication competency, this interactive workshop will provide practical strategies to faculty and students for use in and outside of the Stetson community. The workshop addresses techniques for creating an honest and open classroom environment where students are willing to engage in discussions about diversity. Furthermore, this workshop offers activities for helping participants develop greater awareness of their personal identities, biases and privileges.

Elevate the Conversation: Civil Discourse and Social Media

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 136
  • Presenters: Debbi Dinkins, Ashley K. Chase 

In the current and political climate, it is more difficult than ever to remain civil and respectful online. How do you balance honestly expressing your views without starting an argument or losing contact with people you have known for years? Is there a better way of engaging in meaningful dialogue through social media, or are you doomed to post animal videos for the rest of your life? This workshop will give you tips for expressing yourself online without diminishing your friend base or damaging your chances with future employers. Citing recent scholarly research and Stetson's own policies, we will navigate the treacherous world of social media with discussion and online participation (Bring your mobile device!).

Tragedy of the Commons

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Sage Hall 222
  • Presenters: Alan Green, Chris de Bodisco, Khushbu Mishra, Ranjini Thaver

Can you solve the tragedy of the commons? This fundamental concept is taught in economics, political science, biology and environmental science at Stetson. In this workshop participants will consider the concept through a simulation that puts you in the dilemma at both local and global levels. The simulation will offer a fresh look at issues such as immigration and climate change. Work with students and faculty from different disciplines and see who can best escape the tragedy!

Creative Journaling

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 014
  • Presenters: Brittany Metz

Enjoy the process of discovering yourself and playing with art through the pages of a book! Visual journals can be used to document, explore, tell a story, or express emotions. This workshop is an opportunity for self-exploration and creative improvisation. Take the opportunity to experiment with a variety of media and processes, including collage, painting, drawing and photo-transfer to create a visual journal. Explore non-traditional ways to communicate visually and take this practice with you when you leave!

Protecting Paradise

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 319
  • Presenters: Shelley Gentile, Jason Evans, Jane Durocher, Clay Henderson

Protecting Paradise will explore six key environmental issues affecting the state of Florida. Participants will consider these issues with regard to their own lives, interests and communities (including Stetson). This session is right for the "newbie" as well as the seasoned activist. For a preview of the issues, you can download "Trouble in Paradise" in advance at troubleinparadiseflorida.org. Live polling will be used so please come equipped with an internet enabled device.

Ekapol and the Wild Boars: Meditation and Spirituality in Everyday Life

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 221
  • Presenters: Jesse Fox, Leila Roach, Mark Young

Trapped in a Thailand cave for two weeks, Coach Ekapol taught his players meditation, helping them endure the trauma of their situation until they were rescued. A spiritual practice at its core, meditation is found within all the world's religious traditions. This session will explore the spiritual aspects of meditation and the benefits of integrating meditation into daily life. Panelists will provide background on their meditative tradition, followed by a short practice. Participants will discuss challenges they foresee and explore how they may develop their own practice.

Missing Out on Significance: The Corrosive Alliance of Market Forces and the Great Silent Majority of Students

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 318
  • Presenters: Paul Croce

We all know that professors and students are different in age and training—behold the graders and the gradees. But there is an even deeper fault line in the classroom, between professors and the best students in one cultural cluster, in contrast with all the other students. A narrow segment of students find the current educational path exciting, and they earn rewards for their skills and passions. But a silent majority of students do not share this passion. Can we broaden our education for significance to reach more students?

Study and Intern Abroad with CIEE

  • Track: Community Building
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 135
  • Presenters: CIEE: Council On International Educational Exchange – Soren Christensen

Studying or interning abroad is a once in a lifetime experience, come join Soren Christensen from CIEE to learn about our Affiliate programs offered all around the world. CIEE is the oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization offering extensive scholarship opportunities to help make your experience affordable. Stop by and learn more about an unforgettable academic experience abroad.