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11-11:50 a.m. Breakout Sessions

1-1:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions

2-2:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions

3-3:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session Descriptions: 11 - 11:50 a.m.

LEADING YOUR TEAM AWAY FROM NEGATIVE GROUP DYNAMICS                 LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1

·         Dr. Richard Cheatham, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Texas State University-San Marcos
 
It is important to recognize that conflict can occur within any group. This session will help you understand the impact that negative influences can have on a team and learn strategies for managing them effectively. Discover ways to work together to build upon common goals and break away from negative influences.
 
 
SUSTAINABILITY AT TEXAS STATE: WHAT’S IN STORE FOR US?                   LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1
·         Ms. Nancy Nusbaum, Associate Vice President, Finance and Support Services Planning, Texas State University-San Marcos
·         Dr. Richard Earl, Professor, Department of Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos
·         Ms. Nicole Fisher, Sophomore & Organizer of Sustainability Exploration, Texas State University-San Marcos
 
Texas State University knows what it means to be green. Come meet some of the students, faculty and staff who work daily to secure environmental, economic, and social sustainability on our campus. Learn more about the numerous ways that you can address sustainability both in the classroom and community.
 
 
TRANSFORMING LIVES: THE HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE                     LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1
·         Dr. Joanne H. Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs, Texas State University-San Marcos
·         Dr. Eugene Bourgeois, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, Texas State University-San Marcos
 
Every day, college students across the country have the opportunity to enhance their intellectual and professional development, interact with diverse people and cultures, develop a commitment to community involvement, and continue to develop as citizens of strong character. At Texas State, leadership development takes place both inside and outside of the classroom. Come and learn from two of our top administrators about what they are doing at Texas State to achieve a holistic leadership development experience for students.
 
 
RAISE YOUR VOICE FOR CHANGE: EFFECTIVE STUDENT ADVOCACY             LOCATION: LBJ 3-10.1
·         The Honorable Christopher Jones (’05), Deputy Mayor, City of San Marcos & Former Student Body Vice President, Texas State University-San Marcos
·         Heather Bolz Schipske (‘05), Former President, Student Foundation, Texas State University-San Marcos
·         Andrae Turner (‘07), Former President, Interfraternity Council, Texas State University-San Marcos
 
Successful leaders are often described as the catalysts for change. You need the vision and integrity to “light a fire” within yourself and others. Join us for an exciting panel of former student leaders who will share advice on how to find your voice in advocating for positive change at Texas State and in other communities.
 
 
BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS                                                                            LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1
·         Dr. Robert Konopaske, Associate Professor, Department of Management, Texas State University-San Marcos
 
Building effective teams is instrumental towards maximizing everyone’s potential. This session will guide you through team building strategies that will help unify, develop trust, build confidence and create a collaborative climate for transformational change within your organization. 
 
 
BACK TO BASICS: REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT                                   LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1
·         Mr. Mark Carter, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos
 
There is much debate about energy sources and how they affect the environment.   This session will educate you about the complex and environmentally-expensive process that we use to get electrical energy from coal and the simple, sustainable alternatives available to support our daily energy needs. Presentation includes a screening of the student-produced solar drying video "Wear the Sun" funded by the student-initiated and student-managed Environmental Services Fee.
 
 

Breakout Session Descriptions: 1 - 1:50 p.m.

 
THE GULF OF MEXICO: PRESERVING A TEXAS LEGACY                                  LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1
·         Dr. Gary Jeffress, Professor of Geographic Information Science, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 
It just wouldn’t be Texas without the Gulf of Mexico. It is the ninth largest body of water in the world. It is an important waterway, ecosystem, and source of economic development. This session will explore the challenges of sustaining it and what is being done to preserve this valuable natural resource. 
 
THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY-LBJ 3-5.1                                            LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1
·         Mr. Ruben Becerra, Owner, Gil’s Broiler
 
There continues to be global concern about energy demand and consumption. The future will depend greatly on renewable resources and energy efficiency. The new buzz word is sustainable energy. Come hear from a green energy entrepreneur about current and future initiatives in our community and what you can do to get involved.
 
ETHICS AND INTEGRITY: PILLARS OF LEADERSHIP                                           LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1
·         Mr. Tom Sullivan, Director of Student Life, St. Edward’s University
·         Capt. Brenda Bustillos, Chief of Nutrition Care Division, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital
·         Dr. Patricia Pattison, Professor, Department of Finance and Economic, Texas State University-San Marcos
 
As leaders, we make decisions every day that will have tremendous impact on others. Come discover what ethics and integrity means to our panelists and the individuals who have inspired them. Learn valuable lessons about ethical leadership and how you can apply them in your daily life.
 
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE                                                LOCATION: LBJ 3-10.1
·         Ms. Leslie Bulkley, Resident District Manager, Chartwells
·         Dr. Tina Marie Cade, Professor, Department of Agriculture, Texas State University-San Marcos
·         Ms. Hildreth England, Registered and Licensed Dietitian & Owner, Sersano Nutrition
 
The food we grow and consume can tell us much about our society. It is important to reflect on what is in our food, where it comes from, and who has access to it. Our panelists will share their perspectives on what it takes to grow, purchase, and prepare the kinds of food needed to keep ourselves and communities healthy and strong. Learn how you can participate in important sustainable food initiatives.
 
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 101                                                                          LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1
·         The Honorable Kimberly Porterfield, Council Member, City of San Marcos & Director of Community Relations, Texas State University-San Marcos
·         Mr. Glen Baumgart, Development Officer, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas at Austin
 
Volunteering is an excellent way for you to put leadership theories and skills into action. Many leaders feel the calling to transform the lives of people for the benefit of society. For those who are interested in taking action, this workshop will provide you with the answers you’ve been looking for. Join us as we explore how you can make a difference in your community through volunteerism and how it can enhance your leadership development.
 
WHO AM I AND WHERE AM I GOING: VALUES, VISION, AND LEADERSHIP           LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1
·         Ms. Glynda Groth Putnam, Director of Engineering Student Life, University of Texas at Austin
·         Ms. Emily Chen, Senior & Coordinator of LeaderShape-Texas, University of Texas at Austin
 
Leadership is more than just conducting better meetings or hosting well-attended campus or community events with good food. It means understanding ourselves and leading with our heart and mind to make a difference. This interactive session will guide you in clarifying your values, understanding your leadership style, and developing a personal vision statement that will help you change the world.
 
 

Breakout Session Descriptions: 2 - 2:50 p.m. 

 
THE GULF OF MEXICO: PRESERVING A TEXAS LEGACY                                      LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1
·         Dr. Gary Jeffress, Professor of Geographic Information Science, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 
It just wouldn’t be Texas without the Gulf of Mexico. It is the ninth largest body of water in the world. It is an important waterway, ecosystem, and source of economic development. This session will explore the challenges of sustaining it and what is being done to preserve this valuable natural resource. 
 
DEVELOPING MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP                                                       LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1
·         Ms. Jaya Soni, Leadership Program Coordinator, Multicultural Information Center, University of Texas at Austin
 
Successful leaders always care about people first. Multicultural leadership is more than celebrating diverse cultures and ideas. It is about creating an inclusive environment where everyone values community success. This session will help raise your understanding of what multicultural leadership is and how it is helping to transform organizations into dynamic, multi-faceted communities of the future.
 
EMPOWERING WOMEN TO ACT                                                                              LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1
·         The Honorable Susan Narvaiz, Former Mayor, City of San Marcos
·         Ms. Peggy Venable, State Director, Americans for Prosperity
·         Ms. Seleena Smith, Adjunct Instructor & Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology, University of Oklahoma
 
Throughout history, women have served as leaders. They have been philanthropists, elected officials, scholars, and entrepreneurs to name just a few. This group of diverse women will share their experiences and what they have learned while serving as leaders in their communities.
 
PUTTING YOUR MASK ON FIRST: TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF                             LOCATION: LBJ 3-10.1
·         Ms. Evelina Solis, Certified Life Coach & Founder and President of Sol2Soul
 
If you have ever flown on a plane and listened to the safety instructions, you have probably heard the attendants stress that it is important to put your oxygen mask on first before helping the person to the right or left of you. Your leadership journey happens in much the same way. You need to take care of yourself before you can lead others. This workshop will help you learn ways to sustain yourself as a leader and encourage others to do the same. 
 
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 101                                                                             LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1
·         The Honorable Kimberly Porterfield, Council Member, City of San Marcos & Director of Community Relations, Texas State University-San Marcos
·         Mr. Glen Baumgart, Development Officer, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas at Austin
 
Volunteering is an excellent way for you to put leadership theories and skills into action. Many leaders feel the calling to transform the lives of people for the benefit of society. For those who are interested in taking action, this workshop will provide you with the answers you’ve been looking for. Join us as we explore how you can make a difference in your community through volunteerism and how it can enhance your leadership development.
 
THE ANATOMY OF A LEADER: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE                                 LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1
·         Ms. Lisa Furler, Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies, Texas State University-San Marcos
 
Today we know that anyone has the potential to become a leader. Leadership can be challenging to define and it can sometimes be even harder to identify who is a leader. This interactive session will examine leadership theories and examples of current and past leaders. Come join us as we discuss how the anatomy of a leader has changed over time.
 
 

Breakout Session Descriptions: 3-3:50 p.m.

 
THE GULF OF MEXICO: PRESERVING A TEXAS LEGACY                                       LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1
·         Dr. Gary Jeffress, Professor of Geographic Information Science, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 
It just wouldn’t be Texas without the Gulf of Mexico. It is the ninth largest body of water in the world. It is an important waterway, ecosystem, and source of economic development. This session will explore the challenges of sustaining it and what is being done to preserve this valuable natural resource. 
 
 
FOSTERING INCLUSIVITY WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION                                        LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1
·         Ms. Jaya Soni, Leadership Program Coordinator, Multicultural Information Center, University of Texas at Austin
 
No matter what type of organization you are a part of, building an inclusive team is an important responsibility for any leader. This session will introduce you to the concept of inclusion and the challenges that leaders face in creating an inclusive environment. Learn how to maximize the diverse qualities of each group member and make your organization stronger and more productive. 
 
 
EMPOWERING WOMEN TO ACT                                                                               LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1
·         The Honorable Susan Narvaiz, Former Mayor, City of San Marcos
·         Ms. Peggy Venable, State Director, Americans for Prosperity
·         Ms. Seleena Smith, Adjunct Instructor & Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology, University of Oklahoma
 
Throughout history, women have served as leaders. They have been philanthropists, elected officials, scholars, and entrepreneurs to name just a few. This group of diverse women will share their experiences and what they have learned while serving as leaders in their communities.
 
PUTTING YOUR MASK ON FIRST: TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF                             LOCATION: LBJ 3-10.1
·         Ms. Evelina Solis, Certified Life Coach & Founder and President of Sol2Soul
 
If you have ever flown on a plane and listened to the safety instructions, you have probably heard the attendants stress that it is important to put your oxygen mask on first before helping the person to the right or left of you. Your leadership journey happens in much the same way. You need to take care of yourself before you can lead others. This workshop will help you learn ways to sustain yourself as a leader and encourage others to do the same. 
 
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 101                                                                             LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1
·         The Honorable Kimberly Porterfield, Council Member, City of San Marcos & Director of Community Relations, Texas State University-San Marcos
·         Mr. Glen Baumgart, Development Officer, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas at Austin
 
Volunteering is an excellent way for you to put leadership theories and skills into action. Many leaders feel the calling to transform the lives of people for the benefit of society. For those who are interested in taking action, this workshop will provide you with the answers you’ve been looking for. Join us as we explore how you can make a difference in your community through volunteerism and how it can enhance your leadership development.
 
THE ANATOMY OF A LEADER: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE                                 LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1
·         Ms. Lisa Furler, Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies, Texas State University-San Marcos
 
Today we know that anyone has the potential to become a leader. Leadership can be challenging to define and it can sometimes be even harder to identify who is a leader. This interactive session will examine leadership theories and examples of current and past leaders. Come join us as we discuss how the anatomy of a leader has changed over time.