Faculty Staff Development Workshops

FSDW logo which lists all areas that are covered in these events, such as Social, Emotional, Occupational, Intellectual, Environmental, Financial, Spiritual, and Musical

 

Fall 2016 Faculty/Staff Development Workshop
October  11-13th

The workshops being presented are designed to provide more opportunities for employees to build upon skills and competencies. These informative sessions also serve as an opportunity to network with other faculty/staff members. Our sessions will highlight diversity and inclusion, conflict management, financial planning, healthy cooking demonstrations, physical/mental wellness activities and much more! We look forward to sharing available knowledge drawn from our own faculty/staff, as well as welcoming external experts to our campus to enrich these 3 days of learning.

 

Tuesday October 11th​

11:00am - 12:15pm --- Financial freedom: Strategies for Reducing Debt and Saving More
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

Looking for ways to bring your financial life under control? The net worth of the average American has declined 16% since 2000.* Many workers feel financially stressed: Typically they are in debt, lack an emergency fund, and do not save enough for retirement.  The goals of the meeting are to teach the most effective methods of paying down debts, and to help people understand how much money they may need in an emergency fund. This session will provide an overview of how to prioritize personal financial goals and will employ the latest findings in behavioral finance to help participants reduce debt and build savings.

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Presenters: Charla Coleman, Vanguard Education Specialist

 

12:30pm - 2:00pm (Keynote Lunch) --- Managing Conflict: Why Can’t We Get Along?

(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer)

This session will discuss factors that produce disputes and misunderstanding between individuals and groups, along with what can be done to overcome such conflict.  Drawing on psychological research, strategies and techniques for reaching mutually beneficial agreements and engaging in constructive dispute resolution will be covered. Registration REQUIRED- Lunch will be provided

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Presenter: Andrew Ward PhD, Professor, Psychology Department,  Swarthmore College
 

 

Wednesday October 12th

7:30am - 8:30am --- Get Me Bodied: Beyoncé inspired dance fitness
(Matchbox)

"A little sweat ain't never hurt nobody." This FUN, interactive and engaging class consists of aerobic and strengthening exercises, a small dance routine and a cool down and stretch…All while jamming out to Beyonce's greatest hits! No dance experience required, and all fitness levels are welcomed. Sneakers are required, and bottles water will be provided.

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Presenters: Kelly Adorno

 

9:00am - 10:30am --- Facilitating Meetings that Matter
(Scheuer Room)

Our time and energy are precious and finite resources. Many of us spend our workdays running from meeting to meeting only to wonder at the end of the day: What was it all for? Conscientious meeting facilitation is a simple yet meaningful way to support purpose-driven, well-organized meetings that meet clear outcomes (both professionally and interpersonally). Participants will come away with an understanding of the POP model, as well as insight into how to facilitate meeting dialogue and redirect off-topic discussion in service to accomplishing anticipated outcomes.

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Presenters: Lizza Robb, MSW; Senior Consultant, Director of Research; Redshift Leadership

 

10:30am - 11:30am --- Healthy Cooking Demonstration II
(Sharples Dining Hall)

Come make yourself a healthy lunch with our very own Executive Chef, Benton Peak!  Session will include healthy eating tips and knife skills.  Attendees will be preparing lunch for themselves during the session and are encouraged to ask questions throughout. Take-out boxes will be available. No prior experience required. Registration is limited.

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Presenters: Benton Peak, Executive Chef

 

** Please take a break and visit the Supplier Showcase in Upper Tarble!

1:00pm - 2:30pm --- Swarthmore Excursion: Fall Art Tour
(Parrish Hall- Lobby)

Join us as we continue to explore the beauty of our campus. Every day, we pass by remarkable art treasures. Come with us on a walking tour of some of the highlights of the Swarthmore College art collection. You’ll encounter new discoveries as well as information about the history, people and processes behind some of the creative works that surround us. We’ll also talk about how the College has acquired its current collection of art. Your daily walk through the halls and grounds will never be the same!

Please meet at 1pm sharp in the lobby of Parrish. Register soon!  Tour limit is 20.

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Presenter: Meghan Gebhard, Art Department

 

3:00pm - 4:00pm --- Get Me Bodied: Beyoncé inspired dance fitness
(Matchbox)

"A little sweat ain't never hurt nobody." This FUN, interactive and engaging class consists of aerobic and strengthening exercises, a small dance routine and a cool down and stretch…All while jamming out to Beyonce's greatest hits! No dance experience required, and all fitness levels are welcomed. Sneakers are required, and bottles water will be provided.

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Presenters: Kelly Adorno

 
3:00pm - 4:00pm --- So What Are you Reading?
(McCabe Library)

Join us for an informal discussion about books you are currently reading, ones you've read recently, or books you are planning to read! Here is a chance to share your literary likes and dislikes, and introduce others to authors and books they might not otherwise know about. Don't have a book to share? That's ok, come get some reading ideas!

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Presenter: Nabil Kashyap, Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Scholarship

 

Thursday October 13th 

10:00am - 11:15am --- Workplace Ergonomics
(Science Center 199)

Is your day taking a toll on your neck and back?  Do you feel tired and stressed by your work load?  Would you like to learn how to ease these tensions so you have energy left for you family and hobbies after work hours? In this workshop experience a way to move through your work day with less effort by finding ease in your posture.  Learn via the Alexander Technique how to make real change in the habits that are causing you pain and discomfort as you work. 

Andrea Bruno is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  She offers private and group classes in Swarthmore and Philadelphia and, she is the founder of an AT program for Veterans with chronic pain at an Integrative Medicine Unit in East Orange, NJ.

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Presenters: Andrea Bruno, Empowering Directions, The Alexander Technique

 

Noon - 1:30pm --- Ethical Blind Spots: Why We Often Fail to Do the Right Thing, Even When We Want to
(Science Center 199)

The aim of this workshop is to draw attention to the ways in which environmental and psychological factors in the workplace can often prevent us from living up to our values and moral sense, resulting in poor ethical decisions. The workshop includes an examination of a decision-making model designed to help us make reflective decisions when faced with a moral dilemma. A group exercise will be embedded in the presentation. Registration is limited.

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Presenters: Alan A. Preti, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Philosophy; Director, Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility; Rosemont College