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Student Affairs Retreat - May 11, 2022


9 - 9:30 am: Check-In, University Ballroom


9:30 - 10 am: Welcome, University Ballroom

  • VPSA Flaherty & President Glassman
  • EIU Enrollment Update, Josh Norman


10 - 11 am: Keynote Speaker, University Ballroom

Prakash Mathew, “Credible Leadership During Times of Change”


11 - 11:15 am: Break


11:15 am -12:15 pm: Breakout Session 1

Prakash Mathew Keynote Follow-Up, University Ballroom
This will be an informal opportunity to share questions and
thoughts on our keynote speaker's remarks.
Creative Funding & Grant Writing, Charleston/Mattoon Room
Bob Chesnut, Beth Heldebrandt, & Zach Newell

This session will prepare you to navigate the process of applying for an external grant. There will be tips on planning a budget and whom to contact internally before applying. Zach Newell and Beth Heldebrandt from Booth Library will discuss some of their successful grant efforts and answer questions about their experiences with the grant application process.
Learn to "StandOut": A Personal Exploration for Improvement, Arcola/Tuscola Room
John Marr

Based on Marcus Buckingham’s research, the StandOut assessment will identify your top two Strength Roles and offer practical ideas that you can incorporate into your work and personal life. In this session, we will share and discuss the assessment results, so please come prepared to engage in the conversation.


12:15 - 1:30 pm: Lunch including VPSA Voice, University Ballroom

  • Summary of Community Assessment Survey Results,
  • Charting the Future of Student Affairs, & EIU Big Picture
  • Headshots – Optional (Location TBD)


1:45 - 2:45 pm: Breakout Session 2

Helping Students in Crisis, Arcola/Tuscola Room
Eric Davidson, Bernadette Mangialardi, Jessica Milburn, Heather Webb, & Lindsay Wilson

Join us for a discussion covering the identification of a student in crisis, strategies for helping the student, and available resources in the area.
EIU Website Improvements, Effingham Room
Christy Kilgore & Lucas Lower

Learn about updates to EIU’s content management system and give feedback for improvements.
Reflection: VPSA’s Lunchtime Remarks, Charleston/Mattoon Room
Anne Flaherty

An informal opportunity to share questions and thoughts on the VPSA's lunchtime remarks.
Leadership Coaching with Prakash Mathew, 1895 Room
Prakash Mathew

By appointment


2:45 - 3 pm: Break


3 - 4 pm: Breakout Session 3

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Retirement, Charleston/Mattoon Room
Dustin Sloat from Edward Jones & Tari Fellers from SURS (virtual)

This session will provide a brief overview of the SURS system and the basics of financial planning, the importance of planning and saving early, managing credit card debt, buying a house, etc. There will be time for the presenters to answer your questions.
Mind and Mat(ter), Grand Ballroom
Sarah Daugherty, Zoie Kerr & Eva Chinchilla

End your day with relaxation and Zen. Join the Campus Recreation Group Fitness team as we guide you through basic beginner yoga, chair yoga, and mindfulness activities.
Reflecting on How Race and Racism has Shaped Your Life Experiences: A Guided Dialogue, University Ballroom
Steve Brantley & Nora Heist

After reading short passages from Debby Irving's "Waking Up White" and Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility", participants will be asked to discuss a few questions regarding how race and racism has impacted their life experiences.

Participants need only bring themselves and a willingness to listen and reflect.
Leadership Coaching with Prakash Mathew, 1895 Room
Prakash Mathew

By appointment


4 - 4:15 pm: Wrap-Up & Giveaways, University Ballroom

Nathan Wehr

4:30 pm: Optional Social Hour (Appetizers Provided), Dirty’s

10% to benefit the EIU Food Pantry


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Contact Information

Anne G. Flaherty, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

1031 Old Main
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920

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