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WAICU 2018 Residence Life Conference

Concordia University Wisconsin welcomes you to this unique professional development opportunity. We hope you make the most of this day, networking with each other, sharing ideas and resources so you return to your campus refreshed to continue your journey.

Our Keynote Speaker

Eugene Pitchford III is a professor, scholar, leader, author, husband, father, and the #1 sports fan in America. He is passionate about helping educators become equipped to meet the challenging demands of being successful in a school environment. Eugene often speaks on urban education issues as well as motivational speaking for schools, community organizations, and parent groups. Currently, Eugene Pitchford is Professor of Education and Faculty Advisor to the Black Student union at Concordia University Wisconsin.

Sessions

Here is where you get to explore and expand your field of knowledge. Each session offers several choices of presentations. Please note that there is one presentation per session reserved for professional staff. We ask you to complete the survey following your session. Your feedback is appreciated!

Session #1 (12:40-1:15PM)
What is next for you in Student Affairs? [Professional Track]

Presenter: Andy Luptak, Title IX Coordinator, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 004

Have you asked yourself “Do I want to be a hall director for the rest of my life?” The better question is “Do I have a career path in Student Affairs?” This session will help you answer the latter question. Come and explore the opportunities in the field of Student Affairs. Find out about graduate programs and how a graduate degree will assist you in career advancement.

Complete survey here after session.
Transitions in Residence Life

Presenter: Brianna Boys, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 005

In Residence Life there are various transitions, whether that is going from a first year to a second year RA or becoming an Assistant Resident Director. These transitions can sometimes be difficult, but these times are great opportunities for growth and utilizing the supportive relationships within the Residence Life department. Explore how these transitions can assist in your professional growth!

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Creating a Community: Promoting a Social Environment

Presenter: Kate Miklosz, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 006

Do you ever feel like the community in your hall is lacking? Whether you have nine-person suites or singles, it’s crucial to promote an inclusive atmosphere so your residents will feel satisfied with their college experience. Explore how to implement easy ways for your residents to interact with you and each other. Hear about engaging programs as well as some your peer’s suggest that have been successful for them!

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Explore Strengths in the RA Role

Presenter: Nicholas Niswonger, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 007

This presentation will focus on strengths in the RA role. We will explore different styles of strengths and how those strengths can impact our interactions with our staff, residents and how best to utilize our strengths to the benefit of our community.

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It’s all in the Advertising

Presenter: M Dietrich, Ripon College
Location: CM 008

One of your greatest challenges as an RA is getting residents to your programs. Often this depends a lot more on how you publicize your program than it does on the contents of the program itself. Come explore ways to help you shake things up from your stale, go-to advertising methods and maybe even brag a bit about creative ideas your or your school have used in the past.

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Session #2 (1:20-1:55PM)
Exploring Leadership [Professional Track]

Presenter: Julia Cassell, Director of Residence Life, Concordia University Ann Arbor
Location: CM 004

What is leadership? In residence life we work with many different students and staff members. In this session, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges one might face in a leadership role. We will explore ways to be the best leader you can be while supporting others.

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Busy Bodies

Presenter: Emily Tetzlaff, Ripon College
Location: CM 005

Residents, studies, extracurricular responsibilities and just finding a moment to stop and breathe... We are busy people! Come explore some ideas on how to balance work, school and life while still being able to do it all.

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Careers in Student Affairs

Presenter: Andy Luptak, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 006

Have you considered the profession of Student Affairs? Has someone encouraged you to consider working in the field of Student Affairs? Do you enjoy working with college age students? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, this session is for you. You will explore the field of student affairs and learn about the large number of positions available in the professions.

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Time Management as an RA

Presenter: Noah Voss, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 007

This session is all about how you manage and value your time. It’s important to recognize where your time is going and to know the importance of saying “no.” Explore in this session ways to manage time and how to try new and unique ways of living fully without over commitment.

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Working with Other RAs

Presenter: Lindsey Bengsch & Emily Pearson, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 008

This session will focus on how to best work with other Resident Assistants in the different settings and dynamics of Residence Life. We will explore how to approach relationships with your staff members, following a biblical example and how working effectively with other Residence Life Staff can best prepare you to serve your residents.

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How to Build Community in Freshman Residence Halls

Presenter: Israel Mitchell & Katie Heiden, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 012

This presentation will focus on how to build community in freshman halls, using Chemnitz Country as an example. Come explore step by step ideas that can maximize resident’s experience in residence halls.

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Session #3 (2:00-2:35PM)
Signs of the times [Professional Track]

Presenter: Steve Taylor, VP of Student Life, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 004

How do you know you’re ready to move on? Do you know the signs? Our professional journey is often unclear, EXPLORE signs for timing your next professional move. EXPLORE what the future might look like and hear recommendations on how to best to find it.

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StrengthFinders: Residents, RA’s, Campus and Beyond!

Presenter: Hannah Lull, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 005

What are your strengths? How can you use your strengths to impact your community and beyond? Come explore your strengths as you learn more about StrengthFinders and how you can use your strengths as an RA, at your university, in your career and beyond!

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Professional Student Affairs Opportunities

Presenter: Marc Nylen, Oshkosh Placement Exchange
Location: CM 006

This exciting and dynamic session will introduce you to the Oshkosh Placement Exchange (www.theope.org) and allow you to explore graduate school opportunities in higher education administration, college student personnel, counselor education, counseling psychology and other graduate school options. Explore in an informed discussion related to careers in the field of student affairs, and how the experiences you presently have can easily translate into a future career in a college or university setting.

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Breaking the Ice and Keeping it That Way

Presenter: Andrea Bucci, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 007

It is always nerve wracking to come into a new school year and get a new set of residents that may not like you. All of us can experience anxiety or intimidation coming into a new hall and not being sure what relationships will look like. Come explore in this session different tools needed to create a relationship with every single resident in your hall.

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My Hipster Community – Creating a Sense of Floor Identity

Presenter: Santana Johnson, Alverno College
Location: CM 008

Each floor is a small diverse community. Come explore how you can facilitate the creation of a floor identity with your residents.

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Get with the Program!

Presenter: Halle VanHandel, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 012

Explore and be part of an interactive, roundtable discussion all about…programming! Whether it’s your thing or your sting, everyone has something to bring. We’ll cover the successes, the barriers, and all the in-betweens. Do it for the gram’, and join for the discussion!

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Session #4 (3:20-3:55PM)
How saying goodbye is just as important as saying hello [Professional Track]

Presenter: Dave Lantz, Resident Director, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 004

Within Student Affairs and Residence Life there is a valued focus on starting a new academic year well. Many budgets spend the majority of their resources in the fall semester. However, ending well with a staff, students and co-workers is an often overlooked and undervalued aspect of Residence Life. In this session we will explore ending well and saying goodbye in ways that lead to further growth for the students we lead.

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I Never Knew I Could do this Fulltime

Presenter: Steve Taylor, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 005

Explore how your role as an RA can get you to your next professional step. Identify your transferable skills and learn about careers in Student Affairs you never knew were possible.

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Community Matters

Presenter: Regina Perdue, Alverno College
Location: CM 006

We will start with a fun ice breaker that you can take with you anywhere! We will explore strategies to help establish a community, methods to maintain a growing community and conclude by discussing successes of a growing community. Specifically, we will discuss methods to build community on your floor through different relationship building strategies.

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The Gamora, the Drax, and the Starlord: Keeping up with a Dynamic Staff

Presenter: Maria Reber & Cris Magana, Ripon College
Location: CM 007

Every staff is diverse in its own ways. Whether it’s separate cliques of “Type A’s” and “Type B’s,” a mix of International students and some from just down the street, or staff full of uniquely contrasting personalities, there will always be some challenges in communication. Explore and discuss stories, ask questions, and identify ways we can each contribute to a productive staff environment.

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Hosts & Guests

Presenter: Nick Margrett, Concordia University Wisconsin
Location: CM 008

Leaders take the initiative in relationships. They are intentional about them. They see themselves as hosts, not guests and go out of their way to connect with people and provide for them. In this session, come explore ways to move from being a guest to being a host!

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Schedule

The 2018 day-of-conference schedule:

Start/End Activity Location
8:30-9:00am Registration Luptak Terrace Room
9:00-9:25am Case Study Participant Meeting Courtyard Conference Room
9:30-9:40am Welcome to WAICU 2018 Luptak Terrace Room
9:40-9:45am Conference Guide Luptak Terrace Room
9:45-10:00am Making the Most of your Conference Luptak Terrace Room
9:45-10:40am Ice Breaker & School Intros Luptak Terrace Room
10:40-11:25am Keynote Address Luptak Terrace Room
11:30-12:30pm Brunch Siebert Dining Hall
12:40-1:15pm Session 1 Chemnitz Classrooms
1:20-1:55pm Session 2 Chemnitz Classrooms
2:00-2:35pm Session 3 Chemnitz Classrooms
2:40-3:15pm Snack & Stretch Break & ResHall Show Rooms Chemnitz Lounges
3:20-3:55pm Session 4/Case Study presentations Chemnitz Classrooms
4:00-5:00pm Conference Awards & Send-off Luptak Terrace Room

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the WAICU Residence Life Conference, please contact Beckie Kruse, Director of Residence Life at Concordia University, at 262-243-4443 or via email at Rebecca.kruse@cuw.edu.