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Northwest Missouri State University

Personal and Professional Development Opportunities



Title of Presentation


Jan. 17 DEFINE YOUR VISION AND MISSION: Keys to Collaboration Dr. Julie Connor
Jan. 25  Build to Compete & WIN! Marvin Carolina, Jr
Feb. 6 Goal-Based Networking: How to Turn your Social Life into Profitable Relationships Jeff Beals
Feb. 17 RESPOND Rachel Mayfield
Feb. 19 Character Counts...Doesn't it? Karel Murray
Feb. 20 RESPOND Rachel Mayfield
Mar. 13 HIRT: Hostile Intruder Response Training - Owning your Survival Michael Ceperley
Mar. 29 Working on a team, what does that really mean? Rachel Brooks
Apr. 9 The Job is more than just a $alary! Career Services

Northwest Faculty/Staff




Presentation 1

J Connor

Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.
Dr. Julie Connor, LLC.

Date:              Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time:              11:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm
Length:           60 Minutes
Location:         Student Union Ballroom

Clear mission and vision statements reflect your beliefs and core values. They guide the words you speak, decisions you make, goals you create, and events you plan. Create a powerful vision and mission aligned with your personal principles.

Presentation 2
"Build to Compete & WIN!"

M Carolina

Marvin Carolina, Jr
Team Carolina

Date:               Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time:               11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm
Length:            75 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

Build to Compete & WIN! is a workshop to provide a roadmap for transition from college to pursuing employment in corporate America.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand their workplace competition.
  • Understand skills needed to best compete in corporate America.
  • Better understand what corporate America is looking for in employees.
  • Possess skills to successfully transition into corporate America (internships or full-time).
  • Be able to define what success in corporate America means to them.

Presentation 3
"Goal-Based Networking: How to Turn your Social Life into Profitable Relationships"

Steven Sewell

Jeff Beals, Speaker, Sales Strategist & Executive Consultant
Jeff Beals & Associates

Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Session times: 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Networking has never been more important, yet most professionals don’t do a great job of it. The successful professionals are the ones who cut through all the noise in today’s frenzied world and find ways to build trusting relationships with clients, colleagues and persons of influence. Now is the time to get out and meet new people! This session will introduce you to “goal-based networking,” a technique that sharply focuses your communication efforts.  You will learn what to say, when to say it and to whom you should say it.  You will learn how to synthesize social media with traditional networking.  Once you master goal-based networking, your colleagues will be left wondering just how you became so well connected both locally and within your profession.

Presentation 4

Same Presentation, Two Opportunities to Attend!


Date:               Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time:               10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Length:            All day (Lunch provided)
Location:          Station Center
Date:               Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time:               2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Length:            All day (Lunch provided)
Location:          Station Center

Due to the length commitment of this presentation, it will count as attending two training sessions.


R Mayfield

Rachel Mayfield, Counselor
University Wellness Center
Northwest Missouri State University

Wellness Services is offering a training called RESPOND; a program that is designed to assist the campus community in identifying students with mental health concerns. We are expanding this training and are now offering RESPOND to Students! It is an 8 hour training and is held here on campus from 8am-5pm, with lunch provided by Maryville Partners in Prevention (MVPIP).

RESPOND is a program MU developed after gathering feedback from several schools in Missouri. Schools ranged from a small rural state school to Mizzou with 35,000 students. The program is designed to teach the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) how to recognize and respond to mental health concerns. It is designed with the intention that it will be facilitated by mental health professionals.

The course is organized around the acronym RESPOND. 

Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, an overview of signs associated with mental health problems. We define mental health problems broadly. The remainder of the course is focused on how to effectively respond with basic listening and empathy, risk assessment at the lay level, support, referral, and taking care of self (including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference). We address issues such as how FERPA works when mental health concerns exist, HIPAA where appropriate, and very briefly Title IX and confidential sources. The course is designed to be interactive about 70% of the eight hour day.

*Please be sure to bring your Bearcat ID card in order to record your attendance at this session

Presentation 5
"Character Counts...Doesn't it?"

Alice Foose

Karel Murray, DREI
Our Branch, Inc

Date:               Monday, February 19, 2018
Time:               11:00 am, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

This session is an intense examination of personal values and the practical application of principles that ultimately define what we know as "ethics." Participants will actively explore ethical dilemmas and apply various decision making models to arrive at a conclusion that fits their value system.

Presentation 6
"HIRT: Hostile Intruder Response Training - Owning your Survival"

M CepMichael Ceperley, Emergency Management Coordinator
Environmental Health and Safety
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:             Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time:             11:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:30 pm
Length:          60 Minutes
Location:        Student Union Ballroom

This course will provide you with a general understanding of a hostile intruder’s mindset and why these types of events happen.  Pre-incident indicators will be identified and discussed, as well as valuable response options which will allow you the opportunity to take a more active role in your safety.  Strategies for disrupting an intruder’s plans and techniques for preparing defenses will be identified and the importance of putting response actions into motion as quickly as possible will be reinforced.  If you are ever faced with a hostile intruder event, how you will respond then, will be determined on how you prepare now.

Presentation 7
"Working on a team, what does that really mean?"


Rachel Brooks, Coordinator of Equity
Office of Equity and Accessibility
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time:               9:30 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

Teams are complex in nature. When we ask for people to work in teams do we ever ask ourselves, well what does that really mean and how can we better prepare ourselves to be contributors, and function at a high level within team dynamics.


Presentation 8
"The Job's more than just a $alary!"


Career Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Monday, April 9, 2018
Time:               10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Length:            60 minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

Congratulations! After all your hard work, you have received a job offer! The salary offered is attractive but before accepting, there are a few things to consider. Those “things” are bundled together in what is referred to as a benefits package.  The contents of the benefits package can make two seemingly similar job offers vastly different in value.

During this session, Career Services will share pointers on how to better understand and evaluate employment offers. Informed employees are more engaged and satisfied in their careers.

DYK … according to the Department of Labor, benefits combined are worth about 30 percent of a total compensation package.