Fall 2020 Kick-off Event
The Penn State Altoona Staff Advisory Council invites you to a kick-off event for the fall 2020 semester. The goal of the event is to invigorate and energize our college’s staff as we begin a new academic year.
Presented by the Staff Advisory Council and Chancellor and Dean Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry
Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.
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1:00–1:10 p.m. | Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor and Dean
1:10–2:00 p.m. | Stephanie Salasek, Certified trainer for Emotional Intelligence
Ninety percent of top performers have high Emotional Intelligence (EI) and it is responsible for 58% of job performance. IQ and technical skills are required to get the job, but it is the EI that separates employees. This workshop includes the EI definition, the business case, the twelve competencies, and strategies to improve EI for all employees.
Practical Meditation Tools and Tips for Tough Times
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Mary Anne Colledge, Yoga and Meditation Instructor
We will explore skills to address anxiety, disembodiment, and feeling as if we control nothing. Using pranayama (breathing techniques), body awareness, emotional awareness and a guided meditation known as R.A.I.N, we will practice ways of returning to one’s own center.
Exploring Deep Self-Care through Mindfulness and Compassion
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | Blake Colaianna, Ph.D. Candidate in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State
We often show up in professional spaces pretending that everything about our lives is just fine. In this workshop, we’ll admit that things are not always fine, and then discuss how mindfulness can help us do something about it. Mindfulness and compassion practices have been shown to alleviate stress and emotional struggles, while also improving our health, well-being, and relationships. We’ll explore some science on how the brain processes stress, and then practice various in-the-moment mindfulness strategies. By the end, we’ll understand how to treat ourselves (and each other) with a little less judgment, and a bit more kindness.