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Breakout Session Descriptions

Breakout Session 1: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Session 2:  2:05 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Breakout Session 3:  3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

 

 

Breakout Session 1 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

CIVIL DISCOURSE: HOW TO HANDLE CONFLICT CONSTRUCTIVELY
LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1

Presented by: 

  • Shannon FitzPatrick, Esq., Attorney for Students, Dean of Students Office, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Milena Christopher, Esq., Staff Attorney, Dean of Students Office, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Sylvia Holmes, Esq., Staff Attorney, Dean of Students Office, Texas State University-San Marcos

Handling conflict in a mature and appropriate manner is important for student leaders. Being able to listen, engage in a dialogue, and find a common ground is essential to the success of your organization or group. This interactive session will introduce student leaders to the concept of discourse as opposed to debate and provide perspectives and tools on how to effectively handle conflict. 

 

PATRIOTISM, COMMUNITY, AND DISSENT
LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1

Presented by: 

  • Ms. Annalisa Turner, Master's Degree Candidate in Applied Philosophy and Ethics, Texas State University-San Marcos

 

Dissent is the heart of social and political change, and change is at the heart of the American democratic system. Dissent is patriotic and virtuous because it encourages constructive criticism of the prevailing system in order to make it more just. Blind patriotism without an ethical framework and commitment to the community is an obstacle to being a good leader. This session questions many American’s views on patriotism and the role of dissent and civil disobedience in our society.

  

LEADING WITH INTEGRITY
LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1

Panelists: 

  • The Honorable Daniel Guerrero, Mayor, City of San Marcos
  • Dr. Ronald C. Brown, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Dr. Sherri Benn, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Texas State University-San Marcos
As leaders, we make decisions every day that will have a tremendous impact on others. The manner in which we make these decisions reflect on our character and effectiveness. Come discover what ethics and integrity mean to our panelists, and the tools they use to make ethical decisions and role model those behaviors for others. Learn how you too can apply these valuable lessons about ethical leadership in your daily life. 

 

HOW TO WORK WITH THE MEDIA: A LEADER'S PERSPECTIVE
LOCATION: LBJ 3-10.1

Presented by

  • Dr. Timothy Mottet, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Texas State University-San Marcos
Whether receiving positive or negative attention, leaders are often in the media’s spotlight. It is important not to allow the media to unduly influence or hamper your effectiveness as a leader.  Learn how to maintain your integrity, communicate the facts and work with the media to help you achieve your goals.

 

PAY IT FORWARD: BEING A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE LEADER
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.6

Panelists

  • Ms. Manda Anderson, Academic Advisor II, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Mr. Ricardo Zavala, Community Youth Development Program Coordinator, City of Austin
  • Ms. Emily Reiser, Master's Degree Candidate in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin & 2011 Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award Winner
A higher education degree is a privilege that comes with obligations beyond securing a job. Leaders have a responsibility to support and improve their community. Panelists in this session will share how they’ve committed to being socially responsible leaders beyond graduation.  They will also share ideas about how to get involved and contribute your time, talent and treasure to something about which you are passionate.

 

PERSECUTION, TOLERANCE AND CHURCH VS. STATE
LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1

Presented by: 

  • Dr. Bob Fischer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Texas State University-San Marcos
The right to the establishment and free exercise of religion is an important component of the First Amendment. This session will share insight on our nation’s historical foundations and the basis for the separation between church and state. Like the constitution, which sought to prevent persecution and promote tolerance, leaders must seek to understand, embrace and promote religious diversity in our country.

 

FAITH-BASED LEADERSHIP
LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1

Presented by: 

  • Dr. James Elshoff, Lecturer, Department of Criminal Justice, Texas State University-San Marcos
Leadership does not have to exist separate from one’s faith. In fact, connecting faith-based values with leadership values can be a way to better work with those around you. Strong leaders often lead with integrity based on their spiritual beliefs. Regardless of your faith background or community, there are commonalities that can be applied to effective leadership. Join the conversation and think bigger than your own personal belief and world view!

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Breakout Session 2 - 2:05 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

PROTEST AND PICKETING: FREEDOM FOR ALL OR A FREE-FOR-ALL
LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1

Panelists: 

  • Chief Art Acevedo, Austin Police Department, City of Austin
  • Dr. Vincent Luizzi, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Mr. Joschua Kristofer Harvey-Beres, Founding Member, Occupy Texas State, Texas State University-San Marcos
The First Amendment grants every American the right to gather for peaceful protesting. Why do some peaceful protests quickly become violent? There is a precarious balance between the rights of those assembled versus the government's desire to ensure peace and safety. Panelists will share their perspectives and experiences with protesting as they relate to the First Amendment’s right to assemble. Learn how to effectively assemble to achieve the change you and your organization desire.

 

TRANSLATING LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE INTO THE WORKPLACE
LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1

Presented by: 

  • Mr. James Mulhall, Installation Manager, Tokyo Electron America
You spent a good portion of your college career focusing on leadership development through your co-curricular involvement. Now what? The effective student leader should understand that these experiences are transferable to their future careers. This session will demonstrate how to communicate the value of your leadership experience and how these skills can be adapted for the workplace.

 

STAY IN H.A.R.M.'S WAY: THE KEYS TO BALANCED LEADERSHIP
LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1

Presented by:

  • Mr. Christopher Collins, Speaker, Author, and Consultant, Great Minds Think Alike, Inc.
Juggling academic expectations, hectic schedules, late night pushes to meet deadlines, and attending meeting after meeting can leave student leaders feeling like they are trapped in a whirlwind. Without the proper balance, leadership can be harmful to our grades, social calendars, and more importantly, our physical and mental health. This session will explain why we stay in H.A.R.M.'s way, and how to cope with these issues to be successful leaders.

 

RESPONSE ABILITY: ADDRESSING BYSTANDER BEHAVIOR
LOCATION: LBJ 3-10.1

Presented by: 

  • Mr. Alex Snowden, Coordinator for Student Engagement and Greek Affairs, LBJ Student Center, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Ms. Jade Martinez, Master's Degree Candidate in Student Affairs in Higher Education & Graduate Research Assistant, LBJ Student Center, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Ms. Amanda Hamilton, Master's Degree Candidate in Student Affairs in Higher Education & Graduate Intern for Greek Affairs, LBJ Student Center, Texas State University-San Marcos
Most of the problem behaviors in this world involve bystanders who are afraid to get involved, succumb to peer-pressure, or fail to recognize the behavior is a problem. The Response Ability Project is an educational initiative to empower individuals to go beyond bystander behavior and intervene in problem situations. This session will encourage students to act with integrity and avoid being a bystander by giving them the power and resources to intervene and make the difference.
 

THE ROLE OF THE UNIVERSITY IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.6

Presented by: 

  • Dr. Jo Ann Carson, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Texas State University-San Marocs
Colleges and universities have always played an important role in fostering democratic ideals. They protect academic freedom, provide a platform for free speech, and encourage people of all ages to explore and get involved. Students come from all over the world for higher education in America to experience the diversity of study, thought and opportunities for creativity. Attend this session for a greater understanding of the richness and value of the American university and the power, privilege and responsibility afforded to those with access.
 

SEX, DRUGS, AND POWER
LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1

Presented by:

  • Dr. Patricia Pattison, Professor, Department of Finance and Economics, Texas State University-San Marocs

 

Leaders will continually face challenges, both subtle and obvious, that test their character and integrity. History has demonstrated that many powerful leaders have fallen from favor after giving in to vices such as sex, drugs, and power. Learn how to stick with your ethical principles and morals so you can stay on the path to leadership success.
 

BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS
LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1

Presented by:

  • Dr. Rob Konopaske, Associate Professor, Department of Management, Texas State University-San Marcos
Building effective teams is instrumental to maximizing your group'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.

 

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Session 3 - 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

 

LEARNING FROM FAILURE: THE ONLY WAY TO SUCCEED
LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1

Presented by:

  • Dr. Paige Haber, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology, Texas State University-San Marcos
Society has programmed us into believing that failure  has no value but great leaders learn  as much from their failures as from their successes. It can help spark creativity, teach us valuable life lessons, make us stronger, and increase our chances of succeeding in the future by refocusing our vision and goals. This session will help you understand how to stay flexible and motivated when faced with the possibility or reality of failure.
 

TAKING OUR RIGHTS FOR GRANTED
LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1

Presented by: 

  • Dr. Janet Hale, Senior Lecturer, Department of Finance and Economics, Texas State University-San Marcos
Many young Americans believe that they live in a democratic society and enjoy greater freedoms than previous generations. Unfortunately, the rapid advancement of information technology, increased focus on national defense and terrorism, and substantial influence of consumerism and globalization may have actually resulted in loss of or weakening these rights. This session will open your eyes to the frailty of freedom and what student leaders can do to make sure their First Amendment and other civil rights are protected.
 

FOSTERING INCLUSIVITY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION
LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1

Presented by: 

  • Ms. Jaya Soni, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin & Product Consultant, Tk20, Inc.
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 team/organization stronger and more productive.
 

OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT: STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
LOCATION: LBJ 3-10.1

Panelists

  • Dr. Elizabeth Palacios, Dean of Students, Baylor University
  • Ms. Allison Sibley, President, Student Organization Council, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Mr. Vincent Morton, Associate Dean of Students, Texas State University-San Marcos
The “right of the people peaceably to assemble” is at the heart of any student’s right to create groups and organizations on college campuses. But student leaders must understand that this privilege includes obligations such as registration and risk management requirements. This session will help participants to understand the rights and responsibilities of student organizations and the process for developing relationships with the university administration to define, understand, and improve their First Amendment rights.
 
 
STUDENT LEADERS IN THE TRENCHES: DEALING WITH FIRST AMENDMENT ISSUES
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.6
 
Panelists:
  • Mr. Ryan Elliott, President, Texas State Extreme Sports, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Ms. Tiffany Roemer, Student Body Vice President, Associated Student Government, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Mr. Michael Guzman, Former National President, Students Right to Carry on Campus
The First Amendment is not an abstract concept to be debated by legal scholars or attorneys in a court room. It is a living, breathing right that Americans encounter every day especially on a college campus. Leaders face opportunities and sometimes struggle as they try to exercise these rights. Members of this panel will share their challenges and successes from a student perspective.

 

@TXST_EXPOSED: HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONSIBLY
LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1

Presented by:

  • The Ebony Players, Texas State University-San Marcos
Today’s leaders must struggle to keep pace and consider the impact of rapidly changing information technology on their organization and its members. Social media can be beneficial but it is not without risks. With great power comes great responsibility. This session will help student leaders understand the use of social media in ways that benefit their organizations, and exercise their rights to freedom of expression.

   

STRESS-FREE EVENT PLANNING
LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1

Presented by:

  • Ms. Melinda Harrod-Keller, Vice President, Stelos Alliance
Student leaders are often asked to take on the responsibility of hosting an event or program. No matter the size or complexity, there are some critical elements for any successful event. Get advice from an experienced event planner who can teach you how to make any program look and feel like it was executed by a professional.