August Institute 2013

Thursday, August 22nd & Friday August 23rd

8:30am – 9:00am
IT Lobby Breakfast refreshments and lots of tunes!

9:00am – 10:00am - Plenary Presentation
IT Theater "Prosperity in the Mohawk Valley:  Seeing is Believing" / Randy VanWagoner, President Mohawk Valley Community College

Randy VanWagoner has lived in the Mohawk Valley area for six years and has served on a number of community boards and been involved with a number of economic development initiatives that have provided him insight into how things are lining up to bring prosperity back to the Mohawk Valley.  He will connect the headlines from local news report to show the strength and promise of the local economy - you have to see it to believe it!

10:15am – 11:15pm - Concurrent Sessions
AB 265 Achieving the Dream Overview, the Northern Essex Community College Experience /   Bill Heineman, Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs; Tom Fallon, Dean of Institutional Research; and Rick Lizotte, Professor of English as a Second Language
Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a national student success initiative providing resources and support to more than 200 community colleges across the country.  Presenters from Northern Essex Community College, a fellow Strategic Horizon Network college and ATD Leader college, will provide an overview of Achieving the Dream, using their experience as an ATD college over the past six years, and demonstrate how MVCC might benefit from joining the ATD initiative.  This will be an interactive session with group activities.  Limit: 60

IT 116  All Occasion Cards / Deb Waterman
All Occasion Card Class: Join me for a fun and relaxing paper crafting class to make 5 all occasion cards that take 10 minutes or less to make.  No experience or materials required.  Limit: 12

IT 227  Advising in a Post-MA 050 World / Emily Hantsch, Alex Haines- Stephan, Ibrahim Rosic
Beginning with the spring 2014 semester, developmental math at MVCC will look very different.  MA 045 and MA 050 will be replaced with three new courses.  The new track based system will be a great benefit to our students but will likely cause some confusion and headaches during advising.  This presentation will begin with a brief history of the creation of the new courses and will then focus on helping participants understand how to advise students into the appropriate developmental math course.  Limit: 25

IT 117  Safety, Obligations, Seizures (SOS) / Tamara Mariotti, George Aylesworth, Ann Popeo
If you are meeting or teaching a course and an emergency situation arises, what do you do?  Do you know where the “areas of rescue” are?  Do you know what to do if a student has a seizure or other medical emergency?  This training is designed to understand campus safety procedures and how to assist students (or staff) with disabilities and medical needs.  Limit: 40

IT 216  Your In-flight Guide to the Trade Act and 599 @ MVCC / Patti Antanavige, Janet Visalli
There are over 100 students on campus who are part of the Trade Act program and several hundred more who are enrolled in 599.  Learn what these programs entail, what Adult Learner Services does for these students, and how you may be obligated to complete paperwork.  Limit: 40

IT 150  Sumo Robot Competition / Douglas Higgins, Rhona Patterson, Christy Stephenson
Robot Invasion! Please join us for a sumo robot competition.  Sumo robots is a competitive sport where two LEGO MINDSTORMS robots attempt to force one another out of a circular ring by pushing or disabling one’s opponent.  Teams of participants will have the opportunity to design and build a sumo robot to compete against other teams.  In addition, participants will learn how robots can be used to increase student interest in academics.  Limit: 20

IT 119  Thinking for Success / Dom Nicotera, LCSW
Double session: 10:15-12:30
This presentation is about the understanding of a cognitive behavioral theory approach to improving mental capacity.  The presentation examines how mindfulness techniques can help with mental health issues using specific meditation techniques to exercise control over our lives.  Material will be taken from Dr. Wayne Dyer’s works, What the Bleep Do We Know, the works of William Arntz, Betsy Chasse and Mark Vincent concerning Transcendental Meditation.  Limit: 40

11:30am – 12:30pm - Concurrent Sessions
AB 141 Achieving the Dream Breakout on Math / Bill Heineman, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.
Northern Essex Community College has improved the transition between developmental and gateway college-level math courses for students through an array of interventions with ATD support and will share the impact on student success.  Limit: 20

AB 143 Achieving the Dream Breakout on College Success / Clare Thompson, Associate Professor of Development Writing
Northern Essex Community College re-examined and redesigned its efforts with its college success seminar and related activities based on the resources available through the ATD initiative.  Limit: 20

AB 145 Achieving the Dream Breakout on Academic Advisement / Grace Young, Dean of Academic Advising, Articulation, Transfer and TRIO
The ATD initiative provided the resources and support necessary for Northern Essex Community College to make significant adjustments to their academic advisement efforts and see dramatic increases in student, faculty, and staff satisfaction as a result.  Limit: 20

AB 158  Achieving the Dream Breakout on Data / Tom Fallon, Dean of Institutional Research
Through extensive data analysis with the ATD initiative, Northern Essex Community College identified best practices it needed to implement as well as those efforts it needed to discontinue, in order to positively affect student success.  Limit: 20

IT 216  Training Session: Hazard Communication Program and an intro to the Global Harmonization Standard / George Aylesworth
Presented in compliance with the Hazard Communication Standard, the newly adopted Global Harmonization Standard and the New York State Right-to Know Law, an information and training session will be presented concerning the new labeling requirements, product identifiers, signal words, pictograms and precautionary statements.  The presentation will also include a discussion of the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s).  Training of on-the-job- specific chemicals will be all inclusive and will be conducted as necessary per department.  Limit: 40

JC 115  Yoga / Jerri George
Get inspired!  Join an hour long basic yoga class encompassing meditation, stretching, graceful flow of movement and energy, and relaxation.  No prior experience is necessary.  Wear comfortable clothing.  No shoes required.  Drink plenty of water before and after class and bring an open mind to the “practice”.  Yoga mats will be provided or you may bring your own.  Limit 20

IT 117  Update on International Activities at MVCC / Sandy Engel and Carolyn Pace
MVCC has a history of international projects of one kind or another going back a number of years.  What is likely to be happening this year (and maybe later) with the international festival and International Peace Day?  What’s up with study abroad and faculty exchange?  What else might be in the offing?  Limit: 40

IT 128  Wiki Construction / Sergey Staskevich
Have you ever thought about creating a webpage?  Or maybe just a simple landing page to answer common questions that you or your department gets, or maybe a syllabus/reference page for your students? Or maybe just a shared notebook space that you and your colleagues can use to keep notes on rarely used procedures that you might otherwise forget?  With MVCC’s new wiki engine you can create a page in under a minute and have it polished and looking great in 15!  The only previous experience needed is how to work a word processor!  No other computer skills are needed! Check it out at wiki.mvcc.edu.  Limit: 20

IT 119  FREE EBooks’ for Nook, Kindle & iPad / Krista Hartman, Colleen Kehoe-Robinson
Why pay for eBooks when there are thousands out there for FREE?  Let Krista and Colleen show you where to find these and give you tips on how to download them.  Bring your devices with you.  Limit: 40

IT 116  Box tops and Service Learning: an uncanny partnership! / Janice Lester Bell, Susan Smith
In this workshop, we will discuss how being a tightwad benefits education and community.  We will review how a tightwad initiated intrapersonal growth and interpersonal learning, as we trace the evolution of an individual extra credit exercise into community Service Learning. We will be pleased to collect any unclaimed box tops and show you how to get more pop for your box tops!  Limit: 25

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch
IT Lobby Casual boxed lunch, beverages and music!  

1:30pm – 2:30pm - Concurrent Sessions
IT 225  Teaching Squares 2013 Project Kickoff! (NFI cohort year 2) / Cheryl Plescia
A Teaching Square consists of four faculty participants (ideally from different disciplines) that visit at least one class taught by each Square Partner (a total of 3 visits).  They will then:  reflect on the classroom experience, share self-reflectively & positively with Square Partners, and finally, share self-reflective, positive Square observations with Project participants as a whole.  Limit 24
The Teaching Squares project offers us the opportunity to improve our own pedagogy by learning from our colleagues as they work in actual classroom situations.

IT 116  All Occasion Cards / Deb Waterman
All Occasion Card Class: Join me for a fun and relaxing paper crafting class to make 5 all occasion cards that take 10 minutes or less to make.  No experience or materials required.  Limit: 12

IT 227  Advising in a Post-MA 050 World / Emily Hantsch, Alex Haines- Stephan, Ibrahim Rosic
Beginning with the spring 2014 semester, developmental math at MVCC will look very different.  MA 045 and MA 050 will be replaced with three new courses.  The new track based system will be a great benefit to our students but will likely cause some confusion and headaches during advising.  This presentation will begin with a brief history of the creation of the new courses and will then focus on helping participants understand how to advise students into the appropriate developmental math course.  Limit: 25

IT 117  Safety, Obligations, Seizures (SOS) / Tamara Mariotti, George Aylesworth, Ann Popeo
If you are meeting or teaching a course and an emergency situation arises, what do you do?  Do you know where the “areas of rescue” are?  Do you know what to do if a student has a seizure or other medical emergency?  This training is designed to understand campus safety procedures and how to assist students (or staff) with disabilities and medical needs.  Limit: 40

IT 216  Your In-flight Guide to the Trade Act and 599 @ MVCC / Patti Antanavige, Janet Visalli
There are over 100 students on campus who are part of the Trade Act program and several hundred more who are enrolled in 599.  Learn what these programs entail, what Adult Learner Services does for these students, and how you may be obligated to complete paperwork.  Limit: 40

IT 150  Sumo Robot Competition / Douglas Higgins, Rhona Patterson, Christy Stephenson
Robot Invasion! Please join us for a sumo robot competition.  Sumo robots is a competitive sport where two LEGO MINDSTORMS robots attempt to force one another out of a circular ring by pushing or disabling one’s opponent.  Teams of participants will have the opportunity to design and build a sumo robot to compete against other teams.  In addition, participants will learn how robots can be used to increase student interest in academics.  Limit: 20

IT 119  Thinking for Success / Dom Nicotera, LCSW
Double session: 1:30-3:45
This presentation is about the understanding of a cognitive behavioral theory approach to improving mental capacity.  The presentation examines how mindfulness techniques can help with mental health issues using specific meditation techniques to exercise control over our lives.  Material will be taken from Dr. Wayne Dyer’s works, What the Bleep Do We Know, the works of William Arntz, Betsy Chasse and Mark Vincent concerning Transcendental Meditation.  Limit: 40

2:45pm – 3:45pm - Concurrent Sessions
IT 225  David Katz / Emotional Intelligence, Student Efficacy & Student Success (NFI cohort yr. 1)
Have you ever wished you could help to change your student’s or colleague’s attitudes?  YOU CAN!  The secret is that we all have a profound impact upon the emotional state of the people we work with every day.   In this workshop we will explore ways we as faculty & staff can increase the chances of student success and positive work relations by improving attitudes toward learning and work.  We will discuss how we can encourage a mindset that leads to stronger self-efficacy and a more persistent effort among our students and work mates.  Limit: 40

IT 216  Training Session: Hazard Communication Program and an intro to the Global Harmonization Standard / George Aylesworth
Presented in compliance with the Hazard Communication Standard, the newly adopted Global Harmonization Standard and the New York State Right-to Know Law, an information and training session will be presented concerning the new labeling requirements, product identifiers, signal words, pictograms and precautionary statements.  The presentation will also include a discussion of the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s).  Training of on-the-job- specific chemicals will be all inclusive and will be conducted as necessary per department.  Limit: 40

JC 115  Yoga / Jerri George
Get inspired!  Join an hour long basic yoga class encompassing meditation, stretching, graceful flow of movement and energy, and relaxation.  No prior experience is necessary.  Wear comfortable clothing.  No shoes required.  Drink plenty of water before and after class and bring an open mind to the “practice”.  Yoga mats will be provided or you may bring your own.  Limit 20

IT 117  Update on International Activities at MVCC / Sandy Engel and Carolyn Pace
MVCC has a history of international projects of one kind or another going back a number of years.  What is likely to be happening this year (and maybe later) with the international festival and International Peace Day?  What’s up with study abroad and faculty exchange?  What else might be in the offing?  Limit: 40

IT 128  Wiki Construction / Sergey Staskevich
Have you ever thought about creating a webpage?  Or maybe just a simple landing page to answer common questions that you or your department gets, or maybe a syllabus/reference page for your students? Or maybe just a shared notebook space that you and your colleagues can use to keep notes on rarely used procedures that you might otherwise forget?  With MVCC’s new wiki engine you can create a page in under a minute and have it polished and looking great in 15!  The only previous experience needed is how to work a word processor!  No other computer skills are needed! Check it out at wiki.mvcc.edu.  Limit: 20

IT 119  FREE EBooks’ for Nook, Kindle & iPad / Krista Hartman, Colleen Kehoe-Robinson
Why pay for eBooks when there are thousands out there for FREE?  Let Krista and Colleen show you where to find these and give you tips on how to download them.  Bring your devices with you.  Limit: 40

IT 116  Box tops and Service Learning: an uncanny partnership! / Janice Lester Bell, Susan Smith
In this workshop, we will discuss how being a tightwad benefits education and community.  We will review how a tightwad initiated intrapersonal growth and interpersonal learning, as we trace the evolution of an individual extra credit exercise into community Service Learning. We will be pleased to collect any unclaimed box tops and show you how to get more pop for your box tops!  Limit: 25

AUGUST INSTITUTE
BONUS!! / Friday August 23, 2013

AB 265  LGBTQ Safe Space Training from 9am – 1pm / Robert Chrisman & Melissa Barlett

If you would like your personal office space to be designated as a “Safe Space,” you must complete this 4 hour training program. Safe Space training is an introductory session geared toward individuals who wish to become identified as allies for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Community at MVCC. This workshop is interactive and will frame the role of LGBTQ allies on and beyond campus and introduce resources for shaping a fully inclusive community. Upon completion of the 4 hour training, individuals will receive a Safe Space sticker to display in their space, letting MVCC students and employees know that the space is safe and judgment-free.  Limit: 25

IT 225 Facilitator Training for MVCC Core Workshop 2pm – 3:30pm / Bill Hysell, Cheryl Plescia & David Katz
This session is designed for those who have agreed to help facilitate a core workshop on “Public Safety” that will be offered to the entire college community during the spring of 2014 in over twenty different time slots.  Attendees will be practicing their facilitation skills by running some of the the actual activities they will be delivering during the core workshop.  It will be a fun and strictly “hands on” learning experience!  Limit: 40

 


 


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