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More information about 2013 programming, but please take a look at what we offered last year:

 

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Programming Session I:

Surviving the Change: Helping Transfer Students Adjust

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Courtney Andros, Residence Hall Director; Julie Gorman, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B140

Transfer students sometimes provide a difficult challenge for those of us who work in a residence hall. They lack the institution specific and, often times, on campus living experiences that upper class students have, however they have prior higher education experience that freshmen students do not. What happens when transfer students struggle to adapt to a new institution and living environment? What happens when they are placed in living situations that may not be ideal? How can we, as people on the front lines in the residence halls, help transfer students adjust to the change and enjoy their new experiences?

Resident Assistant Council

Audience: All
Presenters: Jared Morgan, Colleen Holcomb, Eric Tokos, Resident Assistants, The College at Brockport
Location: Van Hoesen B212

Thought your duties as a resident assistant stopped there? Find out new and exciting ways to give back to the RA community.

Surviving the Wild World of Love

Audience: All
Presenters: Ashley Morrell, Residence Hall Director; Jon Kuhn, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B213

Show some love! But how? We all give and receive love differently from one another. Do you want an affirming letter from your significant other or would you rather have them do your laundry? What's the best way for others to show you love and how can you love others best? And how does this relate to being on a staff?

Outwiting Diversity Programming: Outlasting the Requirements and Outplaying Tradition

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Sara Koppenhaver & Christina Milan, Resident Assistants SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B223

Do you get frustrated trying to think of new, fresh diversity program ideas? Come and let us help you survive diversity program requirements with non-traditional program ideas, and learn how vague advertisement can help you outsmart the competition! We will show highly successful diversity programs that were a little different, as well as help you brainstorm new ideas for your school!

You Mean This Could be my Career?

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Mark Ewing, Assistant Residence Director, Syracuse University
Location: Van Hoesen B229

Whether they realize it or not, resident advisors are a part of a group of individuals who have established themselves as leaders. The role these students have, the responsibility and leadership required to be successful, are traits that employers desire. This presentation will highlight these traits, and offer examples on how to "sell" these traits when searching for jobs. A majority of the presentation will cover topics such as placement conferences, job tracts in Student Affairs, as well as graduate programs which will lead to a career in Student Affairs. Allowing the Resident Advisors to play an active role in this topic, it is hoped that they will feel more connected to the topic, have a better understanding of their ability to create a successful job search once they graduate, and have the tools to explore a career in Student Affairs.

CAST AWAY your Bad Bulletin Boards!

Audience: All
Presenters: Heather Palermo, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Corey 201-203

Trapped on an island of monotonous bulletin boards? Sick of them not receiving any recognition? Come learn quick, fun, and easy tips to make the most out of your bulletin boards! Not only will you have fun making them, but residents won't be able to resist interacting with your board!

Learn How to Market your RA position

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Idonas Hughes, Associate Dean for Student Development, Cazenovia College
Location: Corey 301-03

Learn how to best describe the RA position on a resume, and discover options to help finance graduate school.

Surviving Destroying Stereotypes

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Alycia Sciascia, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Corey 209

Come learn how we view stereotypes and explore why we do so. This session will focus on breaking down these stereotypes and how to deal with issues surrounding stereotypes in the residence halls.

Hold the Cheese

Audience: All
Presenters: Evan Bigam, Residence Hall Director; Jill Cole, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Corey Exhibition Lounge

This is a program for students who want to add cheese factor, but know when it is appropriate. This includes - reading your audience; how to use humor in a non-offensive manor; and utilizing this information for interviews, community building, programming, and role-modeling. Residence Life is all about being cheesy, but we want to ensure your residents' experiences can be cheestastic, without getting spoiled.

Community of Care

Audience: All
Presenters: Shedia Christopher, Residence Hall Director; Marion Huntley, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Corey Fireplace Lounge

Civility! This presentation will help college community members examine how they can work together and develop socially responsible citizens with the skills and values important to civility.

After Penn State

Audience: Professional
Presenter: Owen Conklin, Residence Hall Director, SUNY Delhi
Location: Corey 204-205

This program would be a discussion on the aftermath of the Penn State and Syracuse scandals. With major changes happening, including in sexual assault reporting, how has the media, institutions and students responded to the attention paid to this issue? The program will be run as a discussion to gauge how people have interpreted the events and how they are moving forward.

Surviving the "Parent Phone Call": Forming Positive Alliances with Parents

Audience: Professional
Presenters: Cynthia Lake and Sarah Unruh, Associate/Assistant Directors, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B103

Do you dread parental interaction? Do you cringe when you see that a parent has left you a message? This session will help you re-frame your parental communication and interaction by providing both developmental insights and strategies for having positive and constructive parental relationships. You know what? It's not about them--and it's not about you, either!

 

Program Session II

Catching Residents' Attention

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: William Hernandez, Residence Hall Director; Allison Best, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B103

The program is designed to view different alternatives to advertisements to catch residents' attention for programs and events as opposed to traditional fliers. We shall provide some examples used in previous programs as well as discuss methods of gearing advertisements towards your specific residents.

Live through residence life programming with healthy food options

Audience: All
Presenters: Katie Horan & Jacob Churchman, Resident Assistants, The Culinary Institute of America
Location: Van Hoesen B140

Teaching RAs how to use healthy products for programming instead of ordering the average pizza.

You Are Awesome! Hear You RAWR!

Audience: All
Presenters: Melissa DaCosta, Residence Hall Manager; Kyle Shea, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B212

A look at people, the goals that they have accomplished and how goals can bring you to exactly where you want to be.

Let's Make a Deal: ResLife Edition

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Alina Morbillo & Davon Clarke: Resident Assistants, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B213

Do you ever feel like being an RA is like being on a game show? Sometimes what lies behind the door is not always what you were expecting. Join us and see what is waiting for you behind the reslife curtain!

Why would you even want to be an RA?

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Julie-Jo Stanton, Residence Hall Director; Jules Karpinski, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B216

Participants will discuss residents' perceptions of the RA and how perceptions influence position motivation. Participants will also discuss their own perceptions of the environment in their building/on their floor and how, as an RA, they can help create the community they would like to see.

Sexual Assault: Going Beyond the Survivor

Audience: All
Presenter: Jonah Reardon, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B223

Sexual assault is a horrible experience that occurs far too often, severely affecting a survivor. However, in many cases, sexual assault can greatly impact the life of individuals who may be associated with a survivor. Many times these individuals can fall through the cracks...as told by my own story.

House Party

Audience: All
Presenter: Meg Hutchins & Caitlin Higgins, Resident Assistants, SUNY Cortland
Location: Corey 201-203

Struggling to overcome obstacles in your residence hall? Come to our house party to learn how to create a fun and interactive program focused on stereotypes and offensive language.

Beyond Binary

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Nicole Holtz, Residence Hall Director; Mariel Concepcion, SUNY Cortland
Location: Corey 209

Be brave, be educated, be uniquely you! Beyond Binary is an interactive workshop that aims to educate participants about the lived experiences of transgender people and explore gender identity.

The Cards You're Dealt!

Audience: All
Presenters: Jenna Siddon, Residence Hall Director; Lauren Herman, House Manager, SUNY Cortland
Location: Corey Exhibition Lounge

Have you ever played poker and had the opportunity to choose your hand? If you have, you either cheated or were playing by yourself. Similar to a poker game, you and your residents don't always have a chance to pick the cards you have been dealt. In this session, we would like to challenge you to reflect upon and share your experiences. You have the choice; you can either accept our mission or fold.

Kno! Kno! Ya Po Po

Audience: All
Presenters: Lima Stafford, Kevin Yarnell, Andre Venner, James Burton, Sarah Turon, Tim Blaise & Lauren Morlock, Resident Assistants, Lt. Chauncey Bennett & Officer Chris Austen, University Police, SUNY Cortland
Location: Fireplace Lounge

Want to learn how to get up close and personal with University Police? Learn how to make your residents feel more comfortable talking to and interacting with University Police instead of only seeing them as an authority figure. Learn how we can build a community with them!

Stand Out? Getting the most out of your Student Affairs Job Search

Audience: Professional
Presenter: Idonas Hughes, Associate Dean of Student Development, Cazenovia College
Location: Corey 301-03

This session is designed for anyone planning to do a future job search in student affairs, especially if you are planning to attend a national or regional conference. Gain 100 years of experience in under an hour!

 

Programming Session III

Ten Ways to Adjust to New RHD Supervision Style

Audience: All
Presenters: Ashley Ware, Residence Hall Director; Bethany Malley, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B103

This program will help student staff members learn ways in which they can adjust to a new residence hall director supervisory style. This program will also look at the adjustment period in the eyes of the residence hall director.

Let's be Professional about this: Residential Life and Beyond

Audience: All
Presenters: Deidrinelle Rouse, Complex Director; Jacob Gardner, Residence Hall Director, SUNY Oswego, Buffalo State
Location: Van Hoesen B140

This program will tackle several important issues that para- and professional staff members who work in residential life come in contact with. After all, we all live in the proverbial fish bowl we all call “life.” To put it more simply, the purpose of this program is to give you the necessary tools to utilize in your everyday; if the act of professionalism isn’t acquired as you are developing holistically then it will become different to conform later in life. It is well-observed that some college students do not have the right communication skills to communicate well in college and work environments. (prime example: high amount of roommate conflict) We will discuss practical basics of how professionalism is seen in the role you play as paraprofessionals.

Roommate Mediation: The first step to never hearing "I can't live here" again!

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Julie-Jo Stanton, Residence Hall Director; Brianne Flanick, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B212

Participants will learn the basic steps to completing a roommate mediation, including what to do before, during and after the mediation.

Build Me Up Buttercup

Audience: All
Presenters: Ashley Stockbridge, Resident Assistant; Amber Ingalls, Residence Hall Director, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B223

A body image program focusing on self-esteem and building a positive community support system within the residence hall

What's your channel?

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Zac Saeva, Sandy Evans, Resident Assistants, The College at Brockport
Location: Corey 201-03

This HIGHLY interactive presentation will discuss how the media and other factors skew an individual's self-perception. Many first-year residents strive for social acceptance and are more susceptible to negative influences. As resident assistants and members of a college community, knowing these are crucial in creating a positive environment.

Digital Nightmare

Audience: All
Presenter: Matt Juba, Residence Hall Director, SUNY Delhi
Location: Corey 301-03

This presentation will be about the dangers of cyber stalking and cyber bullying affecting our college campuses. It will present ways that can we work with students who are victims of this, and the legal implications, and how to prevent it from occurring in our communities.

Reach Out and Touch Someone

Audience: All
Presenter: Idonas Hughes, Associate Dean for Student Development, Cazenovia College
Location: Corey 209

Take a break and learn some basic massage techniques. This "hands on" program will teach you how to rub your friends the right way.

Job/Program Fair

Audience: All
Presenters: All schools
Location: Corey Exhibition Lounge

Come explore the options that visiting schools have for job openings, graduate assistantships, student affairs graduate programs, and other graduate or continuing education programs.

Well, this is different: Transitioning out of Residence Life

Audience: Professional
Presenters: Amanda Anderson, Acting Assistant Director of Student Conduct; Lyndon Huling, Assistant Director of Multicultural Life and Diversity, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B213

The presenters learned their own way that the job after being a residence hall director may not be as easy as you think it will be. The second job comes with different responsibilities, the possibility of paying rent, and defining a new identity for yourself as a professional in student affairs and as a person. Learn from our mistakes and become more prepared as you seek future opportunities beyond the RHD position and lifestyle.

The RD, The Educator

Audience: Professional
Presenters: Katy Bailey and Don Bigelow, Resident Directors, The College at Brockport
Location: Corey Fireplace Lounge

Overview of how Brockport has moved from programming model to a Residential Education approach. I would like to discuss the transition that has allowed resident directors to grow through administrative tasks, as well as working directly with an educational approach. This session will look at how our position as a resident director can be used to serve as an educator through community building, developing learning outcomes, and even assessment! Each participant will walk away with resources and tools to support their ability as an educator at their own institutions!

 

Programming Session IV

Beat the Clock- Time Management

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenter: Idonas Hughes, Associate Dean for Student Development, Cazenovia College
Location: Van Hoesen B103

We only get 24 hours each day; learn how to get a little more out of yours. Discover how you are currently using your time and receive suggestions for how to better utilize free time.

I Work Out!

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenter: Colin Wilson, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B140

"I Work Out!" is a presentation discussing the positive effects of exercise on the individual as well as on a community. We will begin by describing some of the positive effects exercise can have on the individual as well as the benefits a community can receive from exercising together. We will then go over some simple exercise descriptions and as a finale, we'll all do a mini workout to provide an example of how to lead a group exercise session.

Ride the NYC Subway

Audience: All
Presenter: William Seda, Resident Assistant, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B212

Come ride the NYC Subway! This experiential workshop explores issues of social justice through an interactive activity that promises thought provoking dialogue. Next stop?

STD Mafia

Audience: All
Presenter: Owen Conklin, Residence Hall Director, SUNY Delhi
Location: Van Hoesen B216

In this program, you will go through "STD Mafia," a sexual education program that shows participants how choices can affect their sexual outcomes and how gossip and misinformation can cause negative outcomes. It is based on the fun game of Mafia where the group is forced to try and eliminate people spreading dreaded STDs. STD Mafia will also educate people on the game Mafia and how it can be molded to fit other program styles.

Christian RA?! What Does That Even Mean?

Audience: All
Presenters: Brittany Mazurkiewicz and Jon Kuhn, Resident Assistants, SUNY Cortland
Location: Van Hoesen B213

As an RA, our position is supposed to come second only to academics. But as Christians, our faith is intended to come before all else. What happens when the equation does not add up? Sometimes, the outlook of Residence Life can be very different than that of the Christian worldview. Despite these differences, Res life and Christianity usually walk hand in hand, and it is our faith that allows us to be even better RAs. Come take an honest and transparent look at two RAs who manage their work and their faith every single day.

Student Affairs Panel

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Amanda Anderson, Calvin Ruthven, Amber Ingalls, James Hendrick, Lyndon Huling, Mary Kate Boland, SUNY Cortland
Location: Corey 301-303

Come attend a panel of a variety of student affairs employees at SUNY Cortland. Hear about why they chose to pursue the field, how they got into their current positions, as well as what they look for in hiring future employees!

Go Gaga for Res Life

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Samantha Brewer and Katelyn Maher, Resident Assistants, The College at Saint Rose
Location: Van Hoesen B223

Go Gaga for Res Life is about managing and maintaining all aspects of your life (school work, RA responsibilities, friendships, and family ties) while being an RA. The time management advice will be influenced by Lady Gaga's song, "Telephone."

Hunger Keeping Worlds Apart

Audience: Undergraduate
Presenters: Elissa Yotsuji and Kelly Follmer, Resident Assistants, Culinary Institute of America

Come experience what life would be like on the other side of the table! Learn what it’s like to dine as a member of a different societal class.

Zumba!

Audience: All
Presenters: Janelle Wingerter, Residence Hall Director; Brittany Mazurkiewicz, Ian White, Resident Assistants, SUNY Cortland
Location: Corey Exhibition Lounge

Tired of the same old "dance party" approach to building community in your residence hall? Come learn the basics and benefits of Zumba including a few new dances you can take back and share with your residents! There will be movement, so please come prepared with energy and excitement and JOIN THE PARTY!

The Prevalence of Autism in College Residence Halls: What to do as an RA/RD

Audience: All
Presenter: Rebekah Feller, Resident Assistant, The College at Brockport
Location: Corey Fireplace Lounge

In the 1980s, one in 10,000 children were born with Autism. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control reported that approximately one in 110 children in the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder with no sign of leveling off. With a new generation of students coming to college, autism in the residence halls is on the rise. This presentation will help RAs and RDs understand how to meet these students' needs socially, academically and emotionally. Ideas will also be presented on how to create inclusive programs in the halls. This presentation hopes to make Resident Assistants and Directors feel more comfortable acting as an aid to students who are on the Autism Spectrum while creating a comfortable hall environment.

Freshman to Senior in 3 months

Audience: Professional
Presenter: Sarah Williams, Director of Student Life, Johnson College
Location: Corey 209

Oftentimes at 4-year schools, professional staff feels that by the time they have groomed the perfect student leader, the leader will be graduating. Obvious time constraints create an even greater challenge for professional staff at 2-year schools to develop student leaders. This program will be a round table discussion with an emphasis on leadership development at both types of institutions.