We are pleased to announce this year's All Campus Day sessions. Specific times and locations will be announced soon. Registration opens on July 15. Watch your mail for the registration link.
Resilience Lessons from The Fab Four
Presented by: Fernando Soto, Ph.D.
In the past seventy years, humanity has witnessed the emergence of incredible outliers and change-makers such as the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls and the British rock band The Beatles. These outliers separate themselves from the rest thanks to the partnerships and bonds formed within (e.g., Jordan-Pippen and Lennon-McCartney). In the case of The Beatles, one can argue that this bond is one of the reasons for their tremendous success and incredible legacy. However, what resilience lessons can we learn from them? Perhaps more importantly, how can we remember these lessons and apply them daily?
In this talk, heavily influenced by Mohan’s “Leadership Lessons with the Beatles: Actionable Tips and Tools for Becoming Better at Leading” and by Moore’s “The Resilience Breakthrough,” I will give examples of how Moore’s core resilience principles (e.g., relational, street, rock bottom, and resource resilience) can be captured by some Beatles’ song. At the end of the talk, when the audience listens to a song from our favorite Fab Four, they will be able to associate it with a resilience core principle. Hopefully, this will be a connection that, with a little help from our friends, we will be able to carry throughout the academic year to promote resiliency in our community at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
Tales From the Huddle: Addressing the Hidden Curriculum at Penn State Greater Allegheny
Presented by: Representatives from the Huddle
The transition to college life can be difficult for students to navigate. The experience, particularly for first generation college students, can be further complicated by the implicit social and academic messages that are considered to be universal by those familiar with the culture of higher education. These unspoken assumptions can be referred to as the hidden curriculum. This session will explore specific aspects of this hidden curriculum that students may be encountering at Greater Allegheny and what actions faculty and staff can take to support a successful experience for students.
OPP Team Event (Attendance limited to Office of Physical Plant Members)
Presented by: Daniel J. Cella and Brad Dinkfelt
Resilient Safety Culture
Presented by: Sgt. Jim Lane
Resilient Safety Culture is a phrase used in the construction industry. It refers to an organization's psychological, behavioral and contextual capabilities to anticipate, monitor, and respond to potential safety risks. The resilient safety mindset can easily extend beyond construction to a university campus environment. With the goal of establishing a safe environment for our community, this session will discuss our collective responsibility for asking questions, sharing information, and receiving guidance and direction.
The Learning Assistant Program at Greater Allegheny
Presented by: Beth Lindsey, Ph.D.
For the past 10 years, select STEM courses at Greater Allegheny have been using Peer Tutors or Learning Assistants (LAs) to facilitate student learning. Learning Assistants participate in a special pedagogy course to help prepare them to assist with group work and other portions of STEM courses that rely on interactive engagement. In this interactive presentation, i will describe the history and current state of the LA program, discuss the benefits to our campus community, demonstrate some of the pedagogical training activities that LAs participate in, and invite discussion about how LA programming could be expanded into other academic areas and student affinity groups.
After Cynicism: Returning to In-Person Experiences
Presented by: Allain Daigle, Ph.D.
As a Commonwealth Campus, one of our greatest strengths is our ability to closely connect with our students in person. After two years of remote and socially distance learning, advising, counseling, and other student engagement activities, the face-to-face classroom and office space has become a site of anxiety and exhaustion. Faculty and staff are burnt out from pivoting; students are shouldering unprecedented financial, mental, and educational barriers; everyone has a good reason to disengage and/or be frustrated. So what to do in the face of so many valid reasons for overwhelming cynicism?
While we've spent most of the last two years learning how to work in a remote capacity, this session will facilitate a discussion on the new challenge of returning to in-person. By considering ways that we can change our in-person teaching and service since the pandemic, we'll identify values and strategies that we can use to reinvigorate the spaces in which we interact with students and one another, and hopefully, recover the excitement that draws many of us to working on a college campus.*
*No promises that we'll find clear solutions. But, in coming together, we can share practices and focus on our communal strengths.
Grading for change: Alternative methods of assessment in STEM and social science
Presented by: Kate McLean, Ph.D. and Debbie Gaydos, M.A. J.D.
“Alternative grading” refers to a diverse group of practices that seek to tie student learning more closely to assessment. While encompassing both highly-structured (ex. standards based grading) and more dynamic, collaborative forms of assessment (ex. ungrading), so-called “alternative” methods have been broadly associated with increases in student motivation and faculty satisfaction, as well as improvement in classroom relationships. This presentation will introduce two methods of “alternative grading” – specification (“spec”) and standards based grading - and discuss their implementation within the social sciences and STEM, respectively. Alongside faculty commentary on “lessons learned” during initial forays into alternative assessment, we will also present student reflection data on their preferred learning strategies, and how learning is facilitated, or undermined, by different grading methods.
Enhancing Knowledge, Skills, Training and Values: Preparing Social Work Students for Professional Licensure in Pennsylvania
Presented by: Christopher Robinson, DEd, MSW, LSW and Kiara Mallet, MSW, LSW
Professional social workers play a critical role in creating and sustaining resilient communities worldwide. The primary mission of social work is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. Nationwide, social workers' overall employment is projected to grow by 12% between 2020 and 2030. Specialized social work practice areas with high projected growth rates include behavioral health, health care, school social work, and working with children, youth, and families. In the future, it is projected that each of these entry-level roles will require a professional license in the field. Licensed social workers provide professional expertise that extends far beyond the BSW and MSW. Professional licensure protects the public by certifying that social workers possess the proper knowledge, skills, training, and values to provide competent and ethical services in diverse communities. This interactive session will include an overview of the new BSW program at Penn State Greater Allegheny and its aim to establish a step-by-step roadmap for students to prepare for state licensure at the baccalaureate and advanced levels. Personal laptops, smartphones, and tablets are encouraged during the interactive portion of this presentation. Come, learn, and be ready to help us spread the work about this new degree offering.
Student Resilience and Academic Advising
Presented by: Erica Tachoir, Ph.D.
This presentation is an open and honest conversation with faculty and staff about the growing shift in student resiliency and how this has (and will continue) to affect advising and student progress in higher education. Come open to hear some hard truths about the fine line between the ethic of care and holding students accountable. A Power Point will be provided.