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2014 Faculty Retreat Registration

2014 Faculty Retreat Registration

Kites Fly Highest Against the Wind

Faculty & Staff Retreat
August 19, 2014

Time Event Location
7:45 - 8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast Shearman Fine Arts Annex Grand Gallery
8:15 - 8:45 Welcome/Introduction SFAA Theatre
9:00 - 9:45 Workshop Session 1 SFAA
10:00 - 10:45 Workshop Session 2 SFAA
11:00 - 11:45 Workshop Session 3 SFAA
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch/Networking Rowdy's Cafeteria
1:30 - 3:00 General Faculty Meeting/President's Awards SFAA Theatre
3:30 - 4:30 KBYS Radio Station Open House Radio Station / Ryan St.
(next to Raising Cane's)

Please review the following workshop descriptions and complete the webform below to register for the Retreat. Please choose only one workshop per session.

Workshop Descriptions

An All-Hazards Look at McNeese: What to Do at Your Next Policing Event
- Police Chief Bob Spinks and Lieutenant Mike Powell
Last year, University Police responded to nearly 3,400 incidents and crimes, making almost 200 arrests. The solvability rate of crimes that occurred on campus was nearly 85%, drastically above the national average of 20%. The police department also provided crime prevention presentations, responded to individuals dealing with a crisis who needed the resources of other helping agencies, and, of course, managed the University's 6,000 parking spaces. Learn more about policing at YOUR University, what to do in an emergency, and why being alert to suspicious behavior is a huge crime prevention tool. You can also sign up to experience the police department's use of force simulator this fall.

Ask a Librarian - Frazar Library Sharing Session
- Lonnie Beene, Jessica Hutchings, Jerome Marcantel, & Michael Sartori
Attendees will explore the library's updated website and learn about library resources and instructional offerings. Librarians will demonstrate new library tools for Moodle and share news about the library's renovation.

Attendance Module for Moodle
- Dr. Helen Ware
Attendees will learn how to use Moodle to track attendance in their physical classes, utilizing the built-in Attendance module. Please note that this workshop is not intended for instructors of web-based courses.

Choosing a New QEP: Steps Toward SACSCOC Reaffirmation
- Dr. Tom Dvorske
With McNeese's SACSCOC 10-year reaffirmation on the horizon, the time is upon us to begin exploring ideas for our next Quality Enhancement Plan. This session lays out the preliminary process McNeese will use to choose a topic, surveys topics that have been done over the years at other institutions, and solicits input from all participants on the positives and negatives we've encountered and pitfalls to avoid for this next project. 

Financial Literacy: We All Have a Role
- Taina Savoit
Come learn about Financial Literacy and discuss ways in which all employees can work together to assist our students in getting more educated on debt management and many other avenues.

How May I Benefit from External Funding/Grants?
- Stacy Leslie, Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, and Jeannie Robertson
How can I get funding for my research, my department, graduate students, traveling, equipment, etc.? To find out, faculty and staff are invited to learn about opportunities and the assistance provided in obtaining external funding as well as learning the processes and services provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration.

I Need a Story! Can You Find Someone This Afternoon to Talk About...?
- Candace Townsend
Reporters work on short deadlines and frequently they are looking for something to cover for tonight's newscast or tomorrow's newspaper. Learn tips for working with the media and how the Public Relations Office can help you tell the public about your publications, projects, research, and awards.

Services for Students with Disabilities and ADA
- Tim Delaney
Attendees will get a better understanding of how students register with Services for Students with Disabilities. Also, instructors will get an insight into what they need to know regarding accommodations and their responsibilities.

Students in Distress: How to Identify, What to Do, and How to Refer
- Raime Thibodeaux and Dr. Chris Thomas
At times, faculty and staff may have concerns about a student's behavior, verbal comments, or submitted writing assignments. In this informative session we will review mental health services available on campus, warning signs of student distress, how to handle behaviors that create a disturbance, and strategies for making an effective referral for a student of concern

Study Abroad
- Preble Girard and Taina Savoit
Faculty and staff will participate in a directed brainstorming session, complete a survey, and discuss ways that they think Study Abroad could be successful at McNeese.

The Up Side: Turning Stress Into Success!
- Francis Bellow
Stress is an everyday occurrence, but can stress be a good thing? In this presentation, we will discuss the basics of stress and stress management, keys to recognizing your personal stress cues, and tips and tricks to help manage those feelings of overwhelming anxiety. Turn your negative stress hindrances into motivation!

Understanding & Servicing Your International Students
- Preble Girard
This presentation will address frequently asked questions, cultural sensitivity, important immigration rules that professors and advisors should know, and recruiting and retaining international students to academic departments.

Understanding the Black Male in Higher Education
- Kedrick Nicholas, Dr. Michael Snowden, and Rose Henny
This presentation will share staggering statistics regarding black males in higher education and its economic impact on universities in Louisiana. Strategies regarding how to form valuable relationships with these students and how to ultimately help them matriculate through college will also be presented, in an effort to foster your understanding of the black male in higher education whether you are faculty and staff. This information is applicable to all subcultures of students in higher education.

Lunch Menu

Please also indicate if you will be joining us for a complimentary lunch. The menu is as follows:

  • baked ribs
  • seafood lo mein
  • hamburgers
  • roasted potatoes
  • mushroom rice
  • broccoli
  • grilled squash medley
  • baked potatoes

These items will be available on both hot serving areas of the cafeteria to alleviate long lines. The cold deli bar, salad bar, and dessert bar will also be available.

Registration Form