Virtual via Zoom

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Conference Zoom has been removed for security purposes. Link will be sent via email. 

 9 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Corey Farris, Dean of Students
 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address: Student Life StoryMakers 
Morris Morrison

 10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Conflict of Interest Session
Stephanie Taylor, General Counsel

All Student Life employees must attend a conflict-of-interest session; a second session will be offered at 3 p.m. 

 11:00 -11:15 a.m. Break
 11:15 -11:45 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions: Choose one of these two sessions, see details below
  • Challenges Facing International Students Today
    • Amber Brugnoli, presenter
  • Student Life Strategic Compass Plan Update
    • Nathan Harlan, presenter
 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Break
 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Virtual Lunchroom with Optional Cooking Class

Have lunch with your colleagues in our virtual lunchroom. Our friends from WVU Dining Services will demonstrate how to make a “cake-in-a-mug” from a kit (kit available on Wednesday 12/9 at designated pick-up locations)

 1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout SessionsChoose one of these two sessions, see details below
  • Covid-19 Super Marathoners and Self-Care: The Importance of Practicing Ways to Complete the Stress Response to Prevent Burnout
    • Janie L. Howsare, presenter
  • Helping Student Athletes Navigate the College Experience
    •  Steve Uryasz, Brittney O'Dell and Dr. Dayna Charbonneau, presenters

 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. Break
 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Optional Training Sessions See details below
  • Conflict of Interest Session
    Mike Spooner, Associate General Counsel
    All Student Life employees must attend a conflict-of-interest session; this is a repeat of the session offered at 10:30 a.m.
  • Recovery Ally Training
    • Olivia Pape, presenter 

 3:30 p.m Conference Wrap-up  
Dean Corey Farris will wrap-up the conference and recognize Student Life's "Shining Stars," and the division's successes this year. 
Conclusion of Conference  

Session Details

Please find session descriptions and schedule details below:

 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  Morning Breakout Sessions

Amber Brugnoli | Associate Vice President and Executive Director for Global Affairs  

Across the United States, the issues international students must overcome to study here are greater than ever before, including a more complicated visa process, complex academic demands, travel restrictions and administrative uncertainty. Learn how these obstacles have affected the international student population at WVU and what the future impact might be.

Nathan Harlan, Executive Director, Office of Student Wellness 

Join Nathan and others from the division of Student Life for an update on progress towards creating a Strategic Compass Plan for the division. 

 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Janie L. Howsare, LICSW, MPA | Director of the WVU Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

What is self-care? What is its impact and the cost of stress on our psychological and physical systems? Learn how to complete the stress response to prevent burn-out and prevent poor health outcomes. A brief overview of the most effective practices will be covered. 

Steve Uryasz | Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director, WVU Athletics
Brittney O'Dell | Assistant Athletics Director/Student-Athlete Development, WVU Athletics
Dr. Dayna Charbonneau | Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology, WVU Athletics

Supporting special populations of students is challenging and rewarding. Student athletes experience everything "regular" students do, but also navigate unique influences on their academic and social lives. A senior member of the Athletic department will talk about working with this special group.

 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Optional Training Sessions

Olivia Pape | Director, Collegiate Recovery 

Help us to foster a culture of recovery at WVU by becoming a Recovery Ally! This training will provide you with information about addiction and the process of recovery, appropriate language and terms, local resources, stigma reduction and ways to get involved with the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program. We’ll discuss tips on having a conversation with someone who may be struggling with addiction or substance misuse. This training primarily focuses on substance use but will also provide information on eating disorders and disordered eating. Help our students - and faculty and staff - who are in recovery feel seen and celebrated!