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Summer Institute chock-full of activities

May 1, 2012

With the Spring semester quickly winding down and faculty preparing final grades, this means that Summer Institute 2012 is just around the corner.

This year’s schedule has some bonus activities planned for both personal and professional growth to suit everyone’s tastes and schedules. All programs are optional and open to all.

New this year are two related workshops on Monday which were scheduled in order to avoid conflicts with the workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday. These bonus workshops will focus on the power of Strengths Quest and how it can be used in the professional setting.

“The Summer Institute is chock-full of 35 concurrent workshops offered during six separate time slots. The events are geared toward professional activities and personal growth,” said David R. Katz III, Coordinator of Faculty & Staff Enrichment, Professor of Political Science & History, and Chair of MVCC College Senate.

Tuesday’s activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with a half hour seminar hosted by the U.S. Postal Service on cost cutting measures each department can take. A Postal representative will discuss how items are mailed has big implications for our sustainability initiatives as well as the College’s budget.

Of great interest to all in the College community will be the speaker for the Plenary Session. Thomas Bailey, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, will discuss research and gaps on how community colleges can improve postsecondary success rates. Dr. Bailey is head of the Community College Research Center (CCRC), which provides policymakers, academics and colleges with the impartial information they need to establish programs and policies that can better serve students and create successful institutions.

The schedule of Summer Institute 2012 workshops are:

Monday 9:00am – 11:30am

  • An Introduction to Strengths - Liz Doherty, Jim Maio & Lew Kahler

Monday 1:00pm – 3:30pm

  • Utilizing Strengths with Students - Liz Doherty, Jim Maio & Lew Kahler

Tuesday 8:30am – 9:00am

  • US Postal Service Cost Savings Seminar, “Saving Today to Ensure Tomorrow” - Sam Fanizzi, Shipping Specialist USPS

Tuesday 8:45am – 9:30am

  • Morning Refreshments / Coffee, muffins and such, plus lots of tunes!

Tuesday 9:00am – 3:00pm

  • MVCCPA Benefits Fund
  • The Professional Association Benefits Fund will be sponsoring two events:
  • 1) Attorney John Calimano will be on campus for another “Will Day.”
  • 2) NYSUT benefits expert Laura Calhoun will be talking about other NYSUT benefits available and taking questions about the current benefits offered by the PA.

Tuesday 9:30am – 10:45am

  • Whose Bones Are These? - Diana Ayers-Darling & Don Kelly
  • Jewelry Emergency 101 - Christi Harrington, Maimun Kahn & Rosemary Spetka
  • The Waterless Rose - Mike Sorrentino
  • An Investigation into the Human Body - Eileen Bush, William Perrotti, Don Kelly, and Aaron Fried
  • Insurance 101 - Janice Owens, Investment Manager from Adirondack Financial Services
  • The Making of a Mixed Assemblage Artwork - Doug Hyldelund

Tuesday 11:00am – 1:00pm

  • Summer Institute Employees’ Showcase Opening - Displays of art work & crafts from MVCC employees.

Tuesday 11:00am – 1:00pm

  • MVCC Benefits Fair - an opportunity to meet with providers to obtain updated information and ask individual questions about the services.

Tuesday 11:00am – 12:15pm

  • Birds of a feather squawk talk for Blackboard common issues and best practices. – Jim Lynch
  • Break Out of Your Shell - Norma Chrisman, Ben Duerr
  • Learning can be fun, come and see how! - Annie Dousharm & Janet Fortnam
  • Web Content Management - Jen Rotundo & Chrono Ho
  • Advisement for Club Advisors - Kim Overrocker, Interim Director of Student Engagement & Outreach and Sandy Cummings, Student Activities Coordinator
  • Preparing your Promotion Packet - Non-Teaching Professionals - Sharon Zohne & Paul Halko

Tuesday 12:15pm – 1:00pm

  • Casual Lunch / Pizza, Wings, Veggies & Dip, Cookies, Beverages and music

Tuesday 1:00pm – 2:15pm

  • Plenary Session on Community College Improvement Efforts:  What the Research Tells Us and What We Still Need to Learn / Dr. Thomas Bailey Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Tuesday 2:30pm – 3:45pm

  • Plenary Institute Café - Conversation not presentation.
  • Using Visualization & Mental Imagery to Achieve Goals - Kathy Bernstein
  • Yoga Class - Jerri George
  • Strength & Conditioning for Health - Dave Warren
  • Will the REAL GAMES Please Stand Up! - Jeff Birt, Dale Horton & John Jaramillo
  • What is a grievance…understanding Article 15 - Dawson McDermott, Norma Chrisman, David Nackley, Sandy Cummings and Jim Vitale

Wednesday 8:45am – 9:30am

  • Morning Refreshments / Coffee, muffins and such, plus lots of tunes!

Wednesday 9:30am – 10:45am

  • Blue beryls, green garnets, and pink tourmalines: the exotic and wonderful world of colored gemstones. - Joe Woodrow
  • Digital Animation and Game Art - Scot Connor & Alex Piejko
  • Contemporary Drugs of Abuse - Michele Caliva RN CSPI Director of the Upstate NY Poison Center at Upstate Medical University
  • Tai Chi for a Healthy Life & Positive Influence on Teaching / Al Christensen, Instructor of Tai Chi Chuan
  • Play Your Stress Away - Robin Saxe
  • “Happy Thoughts”:  Celebrating Cary Grant through Primary Sources - Colleen R. Kehoe-Robinson

Wednesday 11:00am – 12:15pm

  • Learning Styles and Teaching Styles: What’s the Connection - Erin Severs & Alex Haines- Stephan 
  • Fall Learning Communities Collaboration Session - Jen Boulanger & Julie Dewan
  • Embracing & Understanding Diversity - Patrick L. Johnson
  • Seeing the World Without Leaving Utica - LaToya Richardson, Maimun Khan, Pattina Keniston and her students!
  • Nano-Technology “No Idea is too small for us!” / Robert Decker, Shahida Dar, Celia Domser, Sam Russo, Maggie Reilly, Don Willner, Melissa Barlett, Franca Armstrong and Marianne Buttenschon
  • Learn to soar with Blackboard - Team DL Open lab to finalize your Blackboard course.
  • Movin on Up!  The Promotion Process for Faculty - Elin Cormican

Wednesday 12:15pm – 1:45pm

  • Summer Institute 2010 Recognition Luncheon

Wednesday 2:00pm – 3:15pm

  • Employee Climate Survey Results - Mark Radlowski & Norayne Rosero
  • Blackboard 9 takes flight - Team DL
  • MOVIE with FREE POPCORN:  Batteries Not Included
  • Facilitation Training / Bill Hysell, Cheryl Plescia & David Katz

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