Staff Development Week 2012

All sessions will be held in the Science Center (map [pdf]).

Stop by the Information Table in the Eldridge Commons during Staff Development Week!

REGISTRANTS: Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for sessions. Online registrations cannot be guaranteed after Walk-in entry begins.

WALK-INS (no prior registration): Welcome on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5 minutes before the scheduled session start time.

Tuesday, January 10th

Opening: All departments are encouraged to send representatives to attend
Event Info
Title Welcome

Keynote Presentation: Academia at Its Ethical Crossroads: The Role of College and University Staff Members in Preserving and Protecting the High Ground

Name Presenter: Marianne M. Jennings
Professor, Arizona State University
Time & Location 9:00–9:50 a.m. Science Center (SC) 101

During the past year national and international news stories have revealed fraud among professors in their research, conflicts of interest in the funding of centers and research projects, failures to report on-campus crimes and misconduct, and admissions in exchange for donations. Traditionally, the academy has held the moral authority to provide guidance for society on ethical issues. Within the academy, staff members and academic professional have been the source of leadership on that moral authority. A look at what has changed and what staff members can do to preserve and protect ethics in higher education.

General Session — Keynote Session
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Title Ethics and Academia: A Time for Introspection and Change; and Culture and Prevention: Working on the Barrel
Name Presenter: Marianne M. Jennings
Time & Location 10:00–11:30 a.m. SC 101

Take an employee with high ethical standards and exemplary integrity and put them in a culture of shifting ethical norms brought about by pressure and that employee will still shift to those norms because of the pressure. Self-preservation often trumps ethics and integrity. Prevention of ethical lapses and collapses requires a look at the culture. The apples are good, but the barrel changes them. Ethics training cannot fix the barrel. The barrel requires something much more difficult: introspection, modification in organizational behavior factors, and a willingness to listen to frontline employees when they express concerns. A look at the warning signs in colleges and universities that signal those problems with the barrel along with discussion of the antidotes that prevent ethical collapses brought on by the barrel

Mid-Day Session: Participants are encouraged to have lunch before or after this session.
Event Info
Title Office Yoga for the Busy and Overbooked!
Name Guest Presenter: Ajani McMullen-Williams, Certified Yoga Instructor
Time & Location 12:00–1:00 p.m. LPAC Troy Dance Studio

Break up your hectic workday with a revitalizing yoga workshop that addresses the needs of the person looking for wellness in business and life. Office yoga is designed to bring relief to tense muscles and overloaded minds with flowing postures and breathing exercises. During the workshop participants will be guided through visual meditations that enable them to escape from everyday life. They will perform stretches and poses that work deep into the muscle tissue, bringing relief to such issues such as lower back pain, carpal tunnel, and even tension headaches. Instructions will be given on proper breathing as bodies rest in poses that bring ease and balance to the body and mind.


Concurrent Sessions A: — Attend one session in this time slot
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Title Accessibility, Accommodations and Working with Students with Disabilities
Name Presenters: Leslie Hempling, Coordinator of Learning Resources and Student Disability Services; Michele Reimer, Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology; Susan Smythe, ADA Program Manager
Time & Location 1:15–2:45 p.m. SC L26

Each year, increasing numbers of students with disabilities enter college and arrange accomodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. At Swarthmore each year, we work closely with many students who have disabilities, including visual, hearing and physical disabilities, as well as "hidden" disabilities such as learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and mental health concerns. Whether you are an AA or faculty member, a Dean or supervisor of students, come learn the ways you can be better prepared to serve the needs of this growing student population.

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Title Up in the Air: Communication and the Generations
Name Presenter:Suzi Nam, Director of Admissions
Time & Location 1:15–2:45 p.m. SC L32

This workshop will introduce participants to communication issues facing the modern workplace. We will first begin with a fun and active exercise to get you moving! You will be asked to keep many 'balls' in the air and along the way you will learn what is needed to communicate in order to be successful. We will explore the effect that the different generations can have on working together more effectively, developing an understanding of their contexts, differences, and similarities.

Concurrent Sessions B: Attend one session in this time slot
Event Info
Title Using Book Arts to Spark Creativity and Collegiality
Name Guest Presenter: Meg Kennedy, Book artist and Calligrapher
Time & Location 3:00–4:30 p.m. SC 102

McCabe Library houses one of the finest Book Arts collections nationwide, often used in classes to illustrate different aspects of book history and book making. Staff and faculty can also use the collection as inspiration for their own creativity. This workshop provides an opportunity for 15 participants to tour the Book Arts collection, see examples of different types of artists' books (including flag books). This session will be a 90 minute hands-on workshop making a flag book with recycled materials led by local book artist, Meg Kennedy. No prior art experience necessary.

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Title Poetry for Occassions
Name Presenters: Nathalie Andersonn and Pamela Harris
Department of English Literature and Head of Reference, McCabe Library
Time & Location This event has been canceled.

Your mother is retiring after a thirty-year career; your brother's getting married; your sister's about to have her first baby — and you'd like to celebrate the occasion with a poem. Strategize with Professor Nathalie Anderson, who directs Swarthmore's Program in Creative Writing, and Pamela Harris, Head of Reference at McCabe Library.

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Title Understanding Film
Name Presenter: Sunka Simon, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies
Time & Location 3:00–4:30 p.m. SC 105

Looking for a deeper understanding of film? Want to discover the hidden narratives in films, unlock the symbolism and analyze cinematic techniques. Broaden your film critical vocabulary with Sunka Simon, Associate Professor of German Studies and Film & Media Studies.

Wednesday, January 11th

General Session
Event Info
Title The Morning After... A Profile of Campus Responsibility
Name Presenter: Sharmaine LaMar, Interim Vice President, HR
Time & Location 9:00–10:30 a.m. SC 199

The criminal and Title IX nightmare of the Penn State case is unfolding in the media with fever pitch. This session will re-examine this case from the perspective of the campus responsibility of administrators and other employees when the faced with a report of sexual misconduct, criminal and otherwise. The presenter will highlight the difference between what is "required" and what is "right" action for a college employee to take in not only reporting, but resolving a complaint of sexual misconduct. The program will include a discussion on the topic by panelists from key areas of the college.

Concurrent Sessions C: Attend one session in this time slot.
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Title Apple and Oranges: All about e-Books, Tablets, and e-Readers
Name Presenters: Lucy E. Saxon and Pamela Harris
Reference and Instruction Intern and Head of Reference
Time & Location 10:45–11:45 a.m. SC 105

Book readers of the world are abuzz about tablets, e-readers, and portable digital devices. Can tablets or eReaders really make us better readers, more productive workers, or more useful citizens? Could another gadget really improve satisfaction with life? This session offers a comparison of e-book and reading devices, with hands-on exposure to new devices, so that attendees can decide which device is best suited to their needs.

Event Info
Title Nourishment for the Mind: Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore
Name Presenter: Gil Rose, Director of Lifelong Learning and Lippincott
Professor Emeritus of Ancient and Modern Languages
Panelists: Nancy Carroll, Sue Lathrop, Mark Amstutz, and Amy Cheng Vollmer
Time & Location This event has been canceled.

A healthy, stimulating, satisfying life is a multi-faceted affair. Aside from the job and family responsibilities, what are we doing just for ourselves? Healthy eating and exercise promote our physical well-being. What about the mind?

A related question: is education just for the young, pretty much stopping in the early 20's? Learning the skills that go with the job can certainly be one kind of education. But what do we engage in that broadens and deepens our understanding, we who after all work at a liberal arts college?

For ten years now this college has been answering these questions by offering a rare, perhaps unique, opportunity to its employees and the larger community: a high-quality, liberal arts program on campus for adults, with strictly limited class-size, taught exclusively by senior Swarthmore professors, and free (within a limit) to staff employees. This is Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore, and this session, moderated by a panel, will introduce college staff to how it works, the kinds and format of courses offered, and the personal benefits that participants have derived. It can be a life-altering experience. Come learn about the Lifelong Learning Program and see what you have been missing.

Mid-Day Session: Food samples will be shared. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.
Event Info
Title Painless Cooking Class
Name Presenter: Satya Nelms and Paury Flowers, Wellness Coordinator and Student Activities Coordinator
Time & Location 12:00–1:00 p.m. Kohlberg Scheuer Room

Sure, some may love nothing more than whipping up a multi-course dinner from scratch every night after work, but for most of us the idea is downright painful! So what do you do? Shuffle off to grab a fancy (and expensive!) pre-prepared meal or worse hit a drive-thru window or dial-up delivery. This session will show you some painless meal ideas that won't stress you out! Bring your tastebuds and Bon Appetit!

Participants should contact presenters ahead of time with allergy concerns, as some of our recipes or workstations may need to be modified to accommodate you.

Concurrent Sessions D: Attend one session in this time slot
Event Info
Title 'Immunizing' Your Computer in Today's On-line World
Name Presenter: Nick Hannon, Information Security Analyst
Time & Location 1:15–2:45 p.m. SC L26

Participants will learn how easy it is for their computer (work or home, PC or Mac) to become infected and why the threat continues to increase. Legitimate sites, including social networking sites, can get you infected without even clicking on anything! We'll discuss why computer users need to be ever more vigilant in order to stay protected. Several specific methods to help reduce the probability of becoming infected will be described.

In addition, bring your laptop for the last thirty minutes, which will consist of an optional workshop to implement some of the recommendations presented on your devices.

Event Info
Title Challenging the "Right Fit" : A Fresh Look at Hiring
Name Presenter: Sharmaine LaMar and Carolyn Hatt, Interim VP, HR and Employment Manager
Time & Location 1:15–2:45 p.m. SC 102

This workshop is designed to give hiring managers and supervisors a fresh look at the hiring process. This session will equip managers with the tools and knowledge to make the right hiring decision by challenging them to understand how the hiring process has impact on the College. We will also explore the role that a more diverse workforce plays in fulfilling the Swarthmore College mission and departmental goals. Finally, the presenters will share strategies to prevent common mistakes hiring managers make in selecting the "right fit".

Concurrent Session E: Attend one session in this time slot.
Event Info
Title Visualizing Swarthmore with the Enrolled Student Survey
Name Presenter: Alex McClung, Assistant Director, Institutional Research
Time & Location 3:00–4:30 p.m. SC 105

The Enrolled Student Survey (ESS) offers a unique opportunity to see a snapshot of the Swarthmore student body not available from other sources. The ESS is a consortium-based survey that was administered to the entire student body in the spring of 2011. Most of our other institutional surveys are administered to only one class (e.g., annual surveys of incoming students or graduating seniors). The ESS is also offered relatively infrequently (every 4 years, last administered in 2007) and most importantly, much of the information it seeks to gather is not available from institutional data sources. While it offers these opportunities, the ESS also poses some interesting challenges in terms of the best ways to share and visualize survey results. Results of the ESS will be shared in an interactive fashion where both the survey items themselves and the tools and techniques used in their presentation and visualization will be discussed.

Event Info
Title Why is Swarthmore #3 in US News?... Deconstructing the Rankings
Name Presenter: Robin Huntington Shores, Director of Institutional Research
Time & Location 3:00–4:30 p.m. SC 104

Have you ever wondered why Swarthmore always comes out as number 3 in the US News Rankings? Why not #1 or #5? Didn't we used to be #1?! This presentation will reveal the behind the scenes machinations that result in our US News ranking: where the data come from; how the publisher collects and assembles it; how they defend their approach to the public; and what they do and do NOT reveal about their methods.

Thursday, January 12th

General Session: This is a three-hour workshop.
Event Info
Title The Passion Test™ — The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose
Name Presenters: Sabrina Martinez'92 and Kirsi Paalanen — certified instructors of The Passion Test and The Passion Test for Business
Time & Location 9:00–12:00 p.m. SC 199

Live a Life You Love [pdf]

Studies show those who achieve enduring success are all passionate about what they are doing. As late icon, Steven Jobs so aptly advised Stanford students: "You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." The Passion Test™ is a profound, yet simple process that helps participants to gain clarity about their own personal passions and purpose.

Participants will receive a copy of the book, The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose.

Mid-Day Session: Participants are encouraged to have lunch before or after this session.
Event Info
Title Let's Zumba!
Name Presenter: Nicole Tiberi; Licensed Zumba Instructor, Senior Herbalife Consultant
Time & Location 12:00–1:00 p.m. Upper Tarble, all campus space

ZUMBA fitness LLC is a latin inspired dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements. This class creates a dynamic, exciting, exhilarating, and effective fitness system. The class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using an aerobic/fitness approach to achieve a unique blended balance of cardio and muscle-toning benefits. This class is for dancers and non dancers alike. Target areas are gluteus, legs, arms, core, abdominal and most importantly the HEART! Come on! Let's Zumba!


GRAND FINALE!! Employee Showcase

Share Your Passion"

12:30–3:15 p.m.
Location: Eldridge Commons

The Science Center Coffee Bar will be open.