Saint Louis University

Professional Development Series Current Academic Year

Below are the following Professional Development Events for the Spring 2015 semester:November

This session focuses on religious diversity and will be facilitated by Dr. David Oughton from SLU's Department of Theological Studies. Dr. Oughton teaches a Religions of the World course and is active in inter-religious dialogue on local and global levels.

December

The Division's professional development event for December is a webinar entitled: Hands Up... Let's Discuss - Redefining Black /Brown Men and Masculinities. More information on the webinar, which discusses implications for working with Black and Brown men in higher education, can be found on ACPAs website.

January

January's first Professional Development event is a session continuing with a commitment to enhancing the NASPA/ACPA professional competencies regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. This month's session will be a panel discussion with members of our campus community, including staff from the Center for Service and Community Engagement and Campus Ministry. Panelists will be discussing and reflecting on how our Catholic, Jesuit identity fosters a promotion of justice and service. Panelists will also reflect on meaningful community engagement where our care for the whole person is exemplified.

The second development event in January is a Brown Bag lunch focused on social media strategies. Do you ever find yourself wondering which social media tool is best for what purpose? If you are already managing a stable of accounts, do you have trouble coming up with content to post, or wonder how often is too often? Do you know how to measure the return you're getting for your time investment online? Bring your stories of social media success and frustration, along with a bite to eat, for a lunch hour discussion on creating strategies to effectively engage our students on social media.

February

Interview season is upon us! This session will provide all Division staff members with involvement in various aspects of recruiting and hiring processes with an opportunity to learn what other departments are doing and brainstorm ways to enhance practices, particularly in regards to maintaining our commitment to hiring for SLU's Jesuit mission. Round table topics will include: Pre-Hire/Needs' Assessment, Recruitment/Marketing, Screening, On-Campus Experience, and Hiring Graduate Assistants. The session will include 20 minute round tables; feel free to attend one, two, or all three segments as your schedule allows.

March

Join us for an engaging and developmental program exploring the Transgender spectrum. This will be a wonderful introduction for professionals working with transgender people and anyone who is curious about transgender issues, including family and friends of transgender people in our community and at Saint Louis University. This is a session continuing with a commitment to enhancing the NASPA/ACPA professional competencies regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

April

In support of the Division's strategic priorities for a healthy mind, body and spirit, please save the date for the following professional development sessions:

Yoga
Campus Recreation is offering a complimentary yoga session on Wednesday, April 8th from 12pm-1pm. Reduce stress with this ancient form of exercise and meditation, which focuses on flexibility, strength, balance, and serenity. Movement of the breath through the various positions helps increase your mind/body connection. This class will be held in the Mind/Body room of the Simon Recreation Center, which is located on the lower level. Register by emailing Khannie at dastgahk@slu.edu. If class maximums are met, additional sessions may be offered. Participants do not need to be members of the Simon Recreation Center to participate but must present photo ID for entrance to the building and non-members must sign a guest waiver.

Relaxation/Visualization
Join us on Wednesday, April 22nd from 12pm-1pm as we practice a relaxation and visualization technique that is used the help calm our mind, relax our body, and visualize achieving specific goals. This session will be led by Khannie Dastgah and will be held in the Mind/Body room of the Simon Recreation Center, which is located on the lower level. Khannie has used this technique with her athletes at St. Joseph's Academy and Clayton Shaw Park Tideriders Swim Team. Participants do not need to be members of the Simon Recreation Center to participate but must present photo ID for entrance to the building and non-members must sign a guest waiver. Register by emailing Khannie at dastgahk@slu.edu. If class maximums are met, additional sessions may be offered.

May

The professional development committee invites you to pause and reflect by "walking a sacred path." From 10am on Monday May 4th through 5pm on Wednesday May 6th, a labyrinth will be available in the Simon Recreation Center main level Multipurpose Room. Participants do not need to be members of the Simon Recreation Center to participate but must present photo ID for entrance to the building. Non-member access is for labyrinth use only and does not include full use of the Simon Recreation Center.

About Labyrinths
Labyrinths can be found from ancient Egypt to Crete to Celtic, Scandinavian and Native American cultures. Historically, the labyrinth had two functions: to simulate a Christian's pilgrimage to Jerusalem or to be an act of repentance. For the pilgrim, walking the labyrinth symbolized the quest and search to become closer to God. For the penitent, the labyrinth was walked on one's knees as a form of penance.

Two of the most popular labyrinths are located in cathedrals, Chartres Cathedral in France and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Labyrinths have become popular in recent years.  Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has only one path which leads to the center and out again. The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for the pilgrims. Walking a labyrinth is a spiritual exercise. This method of prayer invites one to use one's body, through the means of walking the labyrinth path, to help one's spirit to come to tranquility and stillness. This "walking meditation" is very much aligned with St. Ignatius of Loyola's encouragement to use all of one's senses when praying.

The Campus Ministry Labyrinth was purchased in 1998 to provide the SLU community with an opportunity to experience this spiritual exercise of "centering prayer." Walking the labyrinth is a prayer experience which is open to men and women of all faiths.
The SLU labyrinth is based on the design of the labyrinth in the Chartes Cathedral which was created around 1220. The Chartes Cathedral design is an eleven circuit which is divided into four quadrants. The SLU labyrinth is a portable labyrinth made of white parachute silk, on which the paths are silkscreened in blue. The paths are marked out by small, blue fleur-de-lis.

 

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