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Keynote Address: Folks This Ain't Normal (TD2280)

Based on his book by the same title, this whimsical performance is filled with history, satire, and prophecy. While most Americans seem to think our techno-glitzy disconnected celebrity-worshipping culture will be the first to sail off into a Star Trek future unencumbered by ecological umbilicals, Salatin bets that the future will instead incorporate more tried and true realities from the past.

Ours is the first culture with no chores for children, cheap energy, heavy mechanization, computers, supermarkets, TV dinners and unpronounceable food.  Although he doesn’t believe that we will return to horses and buggies, wash boards, and hoop skirts, Salatin believes we will go back in order to go forward, using technology to re-establish historical normalcy.

That normalcy will include edible landscapes, domestic larders, pastured livestock, solar driven carbon cycling for fertility, and a visceral relationship with life’s fundamentals:  food, energy, water, air, soil, fabric, shelter.  We may as well get started enthusiastically than be dragged reluctantly into this more normal existence.  Rather than being an abstract, cerebral, academic look at ecology, food systems, and soil development, this talk is based firmly on a lifetime spent communing with ecology, economics, and emotion in their full reality, as a farmer.

Both sobering and inspiring, this performance empowers people to tackle the seemingly impossibly large tasks that confront our generation.  Historical contexts create jump-off points for the future–a future as bright as our imagination and as sure as the past.

Facilitated by:

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, Keynote Speaker

Infusing [more] life into work: Easy-to-adopt activities to gain more work-related positivity (TD2281)

In this interactive facilitation, attendees will learn and dialogue about strategies they can adopt to feel better about their life and work. Research has consistently shown that most workers are not engaged in their work and that most organizations fail to effectively address the engagement problem (e.g., Gallup 2017). Given that many engagement-related benefits result from building more positivity into workplaces (e.g., HBR; FastCompany), it makes sense to explore actions that can increase positivity and engagement. Our focus in this 60-minute session is on actions you – as an individual worker – can take. Strategies we’ll discuss include: one friend a day, 5-minute favors, take a walk, creative meetings, the 3-to-1 balancing act, and my yoga mat. (TD2281)

Facilitated by:

Robert (Bob) Kolodinsky, PhD (Professor, Management Department) 

Corey Reed, PhD (Clinician-In-Residence, Department of Graduate Psychology; Psychologist and Career Coach)

Panel Discussion: Shifting identities as working parents (TD2282)

As parents of young children and full-time employees at the JMU Counseling Center, the presenters will share their own personal and professional journeys of striving for harmony, balancing workload, and addressing salient issues. We hope to offer our JMU colleagues normalization, validation, and resources to support our shifting identities as working parents. (TD2282)

Facilitated by:

Ilene M. Magee, Ph.D., Associate Director for Training, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Center

Wendy H. Gerlach, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, Group Coordinator, Counseling Center

Traci Ballou-Broadnax, Psy.M., Resident in Psychology, Coordinator of Multicultural Student Outreach, Counseling Center

Colleen Slipka Tennyson, MD, FAPA, Associate Director of Psychiatry, Counseling Center

Paws Awhile for Love: JMU Staff Engage With the Community Through Therapy Dogs International (TD2283)

Therapy Dogs International (TDI) is an organization that certifies dogs and their handlers to volunteer to provide emotional comfort visits to people of all ages and in many settings. TDI dogs and handlers visit with K-12 schoolchildren; people in hospitals, nursing, and hospice facilities; public library patrons; and college students, among other kinds of people. TDI dogs can help reduce stress in all they meet; lift the mood of college students studying for finals; comfort the elderly in nursing facilities; and encourage young and anxious readers.

Four JMU staff members and their dogs all visit in various facilities throughout the Shenandoah Valley community under the certification of TDI. Liana Bayne (Libraries & Educational Technologies), Sumter Hazzard-Adolph (Ticket Office), Cindi Sandridge (Libraries & Educational Technologies), and Jennifer Steele (Fixed Assets & Surplus Property) will present on their experiences volunteering and engaging with the greater community through TDI with their dogs, Sage, Tres, Tumbleweed, and Indie. The presenters will share how they got involved with TDI and how volunteering enriches their lives and communities, both in and outside of work. The presenters will discuss balancing work time and volunteer time, and why volunteerism and community engagement are important to them. Attendees will learn more about both TDI and their colleagues in this cross-departmental, interdisciplinary presentation. (TD2283)

Facilitated by:

Liana Bayne, LET Administrative Assistant, Libraries & Educational Technologies

Sumter Hazzard-Adolph, Ticket Office Assistant, Ticket Office

Cindi Sandridge, Metadata & Adaptive Manager, Libraries & Educational Technologies

Jennifer Steele, Manager, Fixed Assets & Surplus Property

Essentialism (TD2284)

Have you ever felt the urge to declutter your work life? Are you frequently busy but not productive? Do you find yourself stretched too thin? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Essentialism is an approach to work and life that's worth exploring. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.  It is not a time management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. (TD2284)

This workshop is based on the book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown.

Facilitated by:

Jennifer Campfield, Director - Talent Development

Balancing Life Roles: A Look at Wellness, Self Care and Motivation (TD2285)

Self-care and wellness are commonly referenced regarding how to achieve a balance in our work and personal lives. Adults across every profession and life role have the potential to experience burnout and a loss in the passion and drive in our careers. In this practical and hands-on session, we will explore ways to enhance motivation in the pursuit of balancing life roles and sustaining careers. (TD2285)

Facilitated by:

Darius Green, Ph.D. Student, Department of Graduate Psychology

The Power of Saying No (TD2286)

In a world that continues to ask more of your time and resources, how do you stay “in control” of your commitments?  By saying NO.  Learning to say no allows you to identify your priorities, reduce busyness, become more engaged in the things you really want to do, and create more balance in your life.  There is freedom in realizing that you have power over the busyness. (TD2286)

Facilitated by:

Denise Miller, Graduate Assistant, Talent Development

The Magic of a Tidy Workspace (TD2269)

Want your workspace to feel clear, uncluttered and as ready as you are for action?  This workshop applies Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up proven method of decluttering to a JMU workspace, where the intended outcomes are inspiration, productivity and a community of campus colleagues to learn from and with. (TD2269)

Facilitated by:

Courtney M. Pelfrey, M.Ed., Advisor, Career and Academic Planning

Bonnie R, Fisher, Career and Academic Planning

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