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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
Mingle and Jingle with your colleagues to start the day.
Mountainlair Ballrooms
 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Conference Kick-Off
Corey Farris, Dean of Students
 9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Meet and Greet Your Colleagues
You may think you know everyone in Student Life, but do you? Adventure WV staff will get you connected with the team.
 9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break
 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carmen Burrell 
WVU’s Response to COVID-19 

Dr. Carmen Burrell, WVU Associate Professor and the Division Chief of Ambulatory Operations for Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the clinics, has been at the forefront of WVU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From determining health and safety protocols for the campus community to overseeing testing and vaccination clinics to speaking with concerned parents, Dr. Burrell has been an essential partner in providing care for our students. 

Today she will share with us lessons learned from the pandemic and her insights of what the future might hold as we continue to live with COVID-19.
 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions: Strategic Compass

Student Life’s Strategic Compass Plan is ready for launch, and teams have been identified who will guide all of us as we move the Division of Student Life forward. The four presentations are:
  • Wellness – Laurel Room
  • Support and Advocacy – Monongahela Room
  • Engagement, Learning and Leadership – Rhododendron Room
  • Normalized Practice, Operational Effectiveness – Mountainlair Ballrooms
Conference attendees may choose two of the four 20-minute presentations during this breakout session. Each presentation will be delivered twice and will focus on a specific area of our Strategic Compass. Sessions are from 11 a.m. – 11:20 a.m., and 11:25 a.m.– 11:45 a.m. Conference attendees will move from room to room for this session.
See presentation location
 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
While you’re enjoying lunch with your colleagues, take a moment to write a gratitude card (or two) and deliver Finals Week goodies to students in the Lair. Plus you can play Get to Know You Bingo and learn more about Student Life.  
Mountainlair Ballrooms
 1:15 - 2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Choose one of these three sessions:
Mountainlair Ballrooms

Presenter: Chris MacDonald | Executive Director of Housing
Location: Laurel Room

As we begin to implement our Strategic Compass, each department will be asked to demonstrate their pursuit of a progression in programs and services. A review of current programs/services and thoughtful consideration will inform what will make a difference and move us forward. Let's explore how we can all be "influencers" on the Student Life student experience and the role each team will play.

Presenter: Matthew Richardson | Director of the Center for Fraternal Values & Project 168
Location: Rhododendron Room

Project 168’s innovative approach to student engagement will provide opportunities for faculty and staff involvement as coaches. As a coach, you’ll spend a few hours each week (no more than 5) interacting with a small group of students to review and provide feedback on their choice of programming to complete Project 168’s requirements. This session will provide you with an overview of the program and training on the coaching process.

Presenter: Chelsea Thomas | Senior Leadership & Organization Development Consultant, WVU Talent and Culture
Location: Monongahela Room

How do you let your employees and colleagues know that you appreciate them? Is recognition a regular part of your daily activities? This session will provide you with best practices for meaningful recognition that’s timely, specific and frequent, an overview of the Shining STAR program and WVU’s virtual holiday toolkit. There will even be some hands-on work to get you started.

 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. Let's Hear from Students
Panel Discussion led by Sabrina Cave

As student life professionals, our work revolves around the student experience daily. Our students learn and grow from their interactions with staff across the division, no matter the job title or responsibilities. During this session, several student leaders will share their perspective on Student Life and the positive influences of our programming and other engagement activities.
Mountainlair Ballrooms
 3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Conference Wrap-up and Closing Remarks  Mountainlair Ballrooms
 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Social Fun Time

Explore campus greenspace, relax with a beginner yoga session or challenge your colleagues to bowling and billiards. The choice is yours during this afternoon’s session.
  • Bowling and Billiards – Mountainlair Games area
  • Greenspace Exploration – Meet in Mountainlair
  • Ballrooms Yoga – Mountaineer Room

5:00 -7:00 p.m. Post-conference dinner/social opportunity
Black Bear Burritos 
Black Bear Evansdale