Past Programs

Past Monthly Division Programs

April 1st, 2017 Program-
Speaker: Working Smarter
The style of this month’s program varies from other months in that we gathered together as a Division for a short time, then selected one of three breakout sessions that most interest attendees. The theme for this month’s program was Working Smarter.  Time is among our most precious and limited commodities. Each breakout session offered strategies for maximizing time and effort in the work environment.

Hi, Can I Borrow Some Time?

Presenter: Regan Durham, Senior Training and Development Consultant, Employee & Organizational Development

Being able to manage your time a critical skill for success in the workplace.  This skill allows you to spend your time on the most important tasks and projects first. Participants who attended this session were to be able to define priorities at work, identify tools for improved time management, and construct a planning system.

Eating the Elephant: Tips and Tricks for Project Success

Presenter: Carl Ivey, IT Project Manager, Student Affairs IT

Project Management can be a daunting topic. This session introduced a streamlined process to managing small to medium projects, identified key processes that contribute to project success, and provided tools, tips, and tricks helpful in successfully in managing projects, people, meetings, and time.

Market Smarter, Not Harder!

Presenter: Kelly VonDrehle, Communications Manager, Department of Recreational Sport

This presentation reviewed various social media platforms, how to maximize their functions, and reviewed what departments currently do and can do better.  This interactive session left the audience with a toolbox of techniques to promote their events relevant to our students. Presentation can be downloaded from here.

March 1st, 2017 - Self-Authorship: The Capacity for Inclusion, Global Leadership & Citizenship
Speaker: Dr. Marcia Baxter Magolda, Presentation
This session explores how the capacity for self-authorship – or the ability to internally define one’s beliefs, identities, and social relations – supports the ability to interact productively with diverse others. It explores the learning partnerships that enable adults to take multiple perspectives necessary to become global leaders and citizens and how professionals and educators within the Division of Student Affairs can develop their own self-authoring capacity.

February 1st, 2017 - Dear Colleague: Understanding Title IX Compliance
Speaker: Lori Williams, J.D.
The presentation will provide an overview of the Violence Against Women Act and Title IX with a particular focus on sexual harassment, including sexual violence. During the presentation, the speaker will discuss institutional and individual obligations as well as identify community and campus resources.

November 2nd, 2016 - Welcome to Aggieland Generation Z: Maximizing Student Success for the Next Generation
Speaker: Dr. Jean Twenge
Student Affairs practitioners need to understand how Generation Z differs from their predecessors and how to teach, mentor, and help them grow into well-rounded adults.  Dr. Jean Twenge will share trends and give insight into today’s young generation based on her research and books.  She will provide easily comprehensible scientific research to best understand and approach student needs.  Topics include confidence, development, and interpersonal relationships.

October 5th, 2016 - Understanding Student Spirituality
Speaker: Panel of Texas A&M Faculty
Our program for the month, Understanding Student Spirituality, features two Texas A&M University faculty members who teach and conduct research on topics of religion and spirituality. After each presents on their areas of focus, they will answer questions submitted by DSA staff through the September monthly program evaluation. 

September 7th, 2016 - Come Together: One Division. One Mission
Speaker: Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Daniel J. Pugh, Sr.
Dr. Pugh’s Presentation
Our focus for the year is One Division – One Mission. During this program you will hear from our very own Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Daniel J. Pugh, Sr. You will also have the opportunity to meet other staff members in the Division and learn about the Staff Development Team programs for the upcoming year. Please wear your departmental shirts and/or nametags.  Be sure to stay until the very end of the program as every attendee at the September program will walk away with something special in hand!

March 2, 2016 - High Impact Practices (HIPs) at Texas A&M 
The Staff Development Team offersed a presentation on High Impact Practices (HIPs) at Texas A&M.  The program will included a panel of students, advisors and members of the DSA Committee on Student Learning. The panel members will help us understand the definition, student experience and purpose of offering HIPs for Aggies. Attendees will also learn how to locate resources to submit a student engagement and experience (programs, organizations or employment) as a High Impact Practice at Texas A&M.  

February 3, 2016 - Reflections on Student Retention and Persistence
Dr. Vincent Tinto 

November 4, 2015 - Thriving in College: A Holistic Approach to Student Well-Being 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Laurie Schreiner
This session highlighted the characteristics of students who thrive in college—those who make the most of their experience intellectually, psychologically, and socially—with an emphasis on the campus experiences that help them thrive.  Specific ways of developing resilience and coping skills in students were explored as well.

October 7, 2015 - The Changing Landscape of Identity: Understanding and Supporting Students of All Gender Identities and Sexual Orientations
Guest Speaker: Robyn Ochs
Our teens and twenties are times of exploration, discovery and growth. For non-heterosexual students, this is a time when presumptive labels and sexuality are called into question. Robyn discussed her work with teens and young adults, and share some of her observations and the lessons she has learned. 

September 2, 2015 - State of the University and Division
Dr. Daniel J. Pugh, Sr., the new Vice President for Student Affairs addressed the Division of Student Affairs. 

April 9, 2015 - Title IX: What Lies in the Wake of Sexual Assault?
This program shared information focused on the aftermath of sexual assault for survivors, survivor supporters, and offenders, with some information regarding environmental factors. Attendees gained additional exposure to the real impact that extends beyond any single assault.
PowerPoint Presentation

April 1, 2015 - The International Student Experience 
Lesley Vaculin, International Student Advisor, and a panel of international students presented information about international students at Texas A&M, including demongraphics and policies and procedures. Following her presentation the international student panel shared their experiences as students in a foreign country.  Attendees were provided with factual demongraphic information, a better understanding of the international student experience and how they can better serve international student.  

March 4, 2015 - Purposefully Picking Our Priorities
In February we were presented with the new Division of Student Affairs strategic plan for 2015-2020 that provides a roadmap for where we aim to be as a division.  Now this interactive and self-reflective presentation assisted us in identifying and intentionally choosing what we allow to guide our lives professionally and personally as we work towards our personal and professional priorities.  Our presenter was Dr. Jennifer Strong, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications.  She drew on her research experience, knowledge of leadership education, and teaching practice to help us reflect on our lives and what defines our daily choices.  

February 4, 2015 - Launcing the Divison of Student Affairs Strategic Plan
This program was the official launch party for the unveiling of the Strategic Plan.  The new vision, mission and commitments as well as the goals and outcomes were shared.  The information shared during the meeting can be viewed on the Division of Student Affairs website. Pictures from the February program can be found at  

November 5, 2014 - Responding to Concerning Behaviors: Overview of the TAMU Special Situations Team and Other Resources
Guest Speakers, Dr. Cynthia Hernandez, Dr. Michael Benedik, Dr. Anne Reber, Chief Michael Ragan, Dr. Maggie Gartner and Dr. Anna Satterfield 
This program featured an overiview of how Texas A&M University responds to concerning behaviors exhibited by students, staff and faculty. Dr. Cynthia Hernandez provided an overview of the Special Situations Team (SST) and the Tell Somebody reporting process. A case study was presented and audience members were able to observe how members of the SST gather information and assess situations for possible threats. Information was provided to help member of the DSA identify what could constitute concerning behaviors so staff are equipped with knowledge as well as methods to respond to concerning behaviors. 

October 1, 2014 - Be the Change You Want to Be 
Guest Speaker: Jessica Pettitt
Jessica Pettitt is a diversity educator that brings very simple concepts that are really hard to incorporate into our lives.  Prepare to go on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events, and storytelling with large doses of humor. This will be a highly interactive program that will leave you with actual action steps to make REAL change in your life.  Jessica takes 10+ years in Student Affairs, 5+ years of national consulting work, and 2+ years of standup comedy stage to stage as part of her mission to inspire change, dismantle oppression, and recognize our privilege.  Through teaching, writing, and facilitating tough conversations, Jessica has figured out how to BE the change she wants to BE.  Now it is your turn!

September 3, 2014-  State of the Division
The Staff Development Team invites you to join the Division of Student Affairs at the September Division Program. You will have an opportunity to hear from Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Reber and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Karan Watson, meet other staff members in the Division, and learn about the Staff Development Team programs for the upcoming year.  

June 12, 2014 -- Risk Management and Higher Education
Guest Speaker: Professor Peter F. Lake 

May 13, 2014 -- Not Latino Enough: Narratives of Latino Students Grappling with Latino Identity Issues in College 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Vivian Santiago Dr. Santiago's presentation - please contact her for references

April 2, 2014 -- Leading Through Change: A Conversation with Dr. Mark Hussey about Change and his Role as Interim President

March 5, 2014 -- Stay Well. Do Well. More than just physical health. The effect of mental health on student success.
Guest Speakers:  Dr. Gartner and Dr. Dannenbaum Stay Well. Do Well. Presentation

February 5, 2014 -- All About Student Development Today, Serving our Student Veterans
Guest Speaker: Colonel Gerald "Jerry" Smith, Director of the Veteran Resource and Support Center
Colonel Smith's Presentation -- DSA Program

November 6, 2013 -- Taking Charge of Your Professional Development 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Stan Carpenter, Dean of the College of Education at Texas State University
Dr. Carpenter's Presentation -- DSA Program

Supporting Professional Development Through Supervision Breakout Session Presentation

October 2, 2013 -- Understanding Social Justice
Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington
Dr. Washington's Presentation
DSA 2.0 Diversity Funding Model

DSA 2.0 Diversity Funding Request Form

September 4, 2013 -- Current Trends and Issues
Guest Speaker: Michael O' Quinn, Vice President for Government Relations (Presentation Materials)

April 3, 2013 -- Social Media and Student Affairs , Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier (Presentation Materials)

March 6, 2013 -- College Mental Health: Understanding the Current Campus Climate (Presentation Materials)

February 6, 2013 -- Division of Student Affairs Campus Climate--Diversity in Action 2.0 (Presentation Materials)

November 7, 2012 -- Giving Voice to Conscience: Lessons Learned from the Inside 

October 3, 2012 -- High Impact Practices and Measuring Effectiveness, Dr. George Kuh.Follow-up: 10:45-11:45: Out of the Classroom Experience and Co-curricular Learning

September 5, 2012 -- State of the Division, General Weber and VPSA staff