2015 SA Professional Staff Retreat

4 August 2015
8 a.m. – 14:30 p.m.
Coastline Conference & Event Center, 501 Nutt St., Wilmington

Visit the Staff Retreat page for details.

2015–2016 Hawk Topics — coming soon!

Hawk Topics are one-hour discussions of issues of compelling interest to student-affairs professionals. Discussions are open to all. First-year students gather for Convocation

The PDC is currently planning this year's Hawk Topic program and other professional-development trainings.

The PDC invites suggestions for future Hawk Topics and trainings. Send suggestions to Bill diNome at 910-962-7138 or by email.


Past Events

2014–2015 Hawk Topics

Managing Student Employment

Striking a productive balance between experiential learning (on-the-job training) and strong job performance can be a challenge, especially when serving an off-campus constituency. This discussion raised questions and explored best practices for hiring and training students while balancing expectations and ensuring the primacy of the educational experience. Our background reading was "How to Make Students' Campus Jobs More Meaningful" (Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 Sep. 2014).

Resistance to Organizational Change

Silos, office politics, market realities, unclear metrics or objectives can all conspire to make lasting organizational change difficult or impossible. This discussion explored obstacles to lasting institutional change and how to overcome them; what prevents some organizations from realizing the innovation, reformation of outmoded practices or adaptations that keep organizations relevant and vital.The article, "Why Creating Organizational Change Is So Hard" (Gallup.com) provided the basis for discussion.

2013–2014 Hawk Topics

WTF: Connecting with First-Year Students

Mike Ruwe (University Learning Center) led a discussion of the challenges and rewards of working with First-Year students such as the story of the first “UNI 101” class in the United States; ideas about motivating students; “Guyland,” sociologist Michael Kimmel’s approach to assisting male students; and other ideas that Mike gleaned from the recent National Resource Center’s First-Year Experience conference.

Student Affairs Case Law

Holly Taylor, formerly of the Office of the Dean of Students, addressed pertinent court cases from 2013 regarding freedom of expression, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fourth Amendment (search & seizure), Title IX, and other topics.

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