Professional Development

2014-2015 Professional Development Schedule

Past Research & Presentations

The American Adolescent: Understanding Today's Youth (April 24th, 2015)

About 15 years ago, Dr. Stephen St. Onge's supervisor suggested he read a book titled "A Tribe Apart" by Patricia Hersch (1998). The author informed him that adults are largely unaware of the struggles and stories impacting teens in America. His take-a-way: we need to listen more, listen better, and help find ways to connect young adults to our faculty and staff in meaningful ways. Following this, Dr. St. Onge has been studying the "American Adolescent" and shares his data and information on how to impact student learning through this presentation. Facilitated by Dr. Stephen St. Onge, HSU Director of Housing and Residence Life. 

Why We Do What We Do: Historical & Philosophical Perspectives on the Student Services Profession (Feb. 19th & 20th, 2015)

"The intent of student affairs has always been to connect people who need with people who care" (Chambers, 1987). But how did student affairs come to serve this role in higher education? How have both our students and our responsibilities changed over time? And what philosophies and values guide our work? This presentation will include an introduction to the early roots of student affairs, the evolving nature of the field, and principles on which best student affairs practices are based. Facilitated by Dr. Barb Snyder, Vice President for Student Affairs, The University of Utah & Dr. Kari Ellingson, Associate Vice President for Student Development, The University of Utah.

Systems Thinking: How Our Actions, Communications, and Experiences Affect Others in the Workplace (Oct. 27th & 29th, 2014)

Peter Senge refers to Systems Thinking as viewing the organization from a 20,000 foot perspective and understanding how the organization as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. He suggests that organizations are successful when members of an organization understand the implication of their individual work and or contributions on the whole system. Learn about how our actions, communication, and experiences affect our colleagues. Facilitated by Vikash Lakhani, HSU AVP for Enrollment Management.

Identifying, Responding to, and Referring Students of Concern (Sept., 2014)                                                                                                                                                                                                            

As a member of the Humboldt State University campus community, you are continually interacting with students. At times, you will have contact with students whose problems or behaviors will cause you concern, discomfort, or may interfere in the education of or services for other students. The difficulty is that most often, these types of situations do not go away. Join staff from the Counseling & Psychological Services Center, Dean of Students Office, and University Police for straightforward advice, techniques and suggestions on how to cope with, intervene, and assist troubled and/or difficult students. (Facilitators: Staff from the Dean of Students Office, Counseling & Psychological Services, and University Police).

Social Media - Best Practices & Effective Use (Feb. 28th, 2014) 

This workshop covered the social media basics at HSU and explored best practices for its use. (Facilitators: Courtney Haraldson and Jarad Petroske, HSU Marketing and Communications) 

Tribal Worldview and Context: The Native American Student Experience (Jan. 28th, 2014)

This workshop will identify and explore deeply how today's Native American students are connected to their family and community histories and places of origin. Concepts such as levels of acculturation, communication, connection and empathy will be introduced and discussed. Skill building will be offered to assist campus staff/faculty to make positive impact in the lives of Native American students. (Facilitator: Vincent Feliz, HSU Student Affairs)

Who Owns Community? (Dec. 6th, 2013)

As our organizational life becomes more complex and busy, the likelihood of fragmentation and isolation among campus members increases. Conditions such as these call for greater attention to nurturing a sense of community. However, it is not always clear where responsibility for leading the development of campus community resides. (Facilitator: Dr. Larry Roper, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Oregon State University)

The Role of Student Affairs in the Academy Now and in the Future (Dec. 6th, 2013)

Facilitated by Dr. Larry Roper, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Oregon State University

The GLBTQ Experience (Oct. 4th, 2013)

Facilitated by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, author of The Purple Golf Cart: Stories of an Unconventional Grandma and Our Place on Campus: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Serices and Programs in Higher Education, and Director Emeritus of the UCLA LGBT Center.

Introduction to Student Development Theory (Feb. 27th, 2012)

A lecture introducing Student Development Theory to faculty and student affairs staff at Humboldt State University (Facilitated by Daniel Davis, Research Associate/Instructor, HSU Department of Sociology)

Supporting and Serving a Diverse Student Population (Nov. 8th, 2011)

A video of Radha Webley's presentation on Supporting and Serving a Diverse Student Population. Presented in three parts.