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Student Affairs & Undergraduate Studies Sponsored Professional Development Series, 2017-18

The Student Affairs & Undergraduate Studies Professional Development Committee invites you to participate in the following series of programs this academic year. Please hold these dates and times in your calendar. Closer to the date, an invitation will be sent through email that provides more information on presenters and format for the session. New this year: each session will provide an opportunity for one of our offices to share quick highlights and updates through a brief presentation.  

September 7, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. |  Big XII Room, Kansas Union​ | Campus Safety in a Concealed Carry Era 

​​Speakers: Chief Chris Keary and Deputy Chief James Anguiano, University of Kansas Office of Public Safety​

As of July 1, 2017, Concealed Carry is permitted on the University of Kansas campus under Kansas’ Personal and Family Protection Act. As we have prepared for this law change, many conversations have been had about the significance of this law and how it affects KU staff, faculty and students. As student affairs professionals, it is important for us to understand our roles and responsibilities under the law and university policy. This presentation will be conducted by Chief Chris Keary and Deputy Chief James Anguiano with a focus on the “what now?” Tips and strategies will be discussed regarding safety and protection for staff members as we work with and support students. Additionally, the presentation will focus on de-escalation techniques to assist when presented with an emergency situation. Please join us as we continue to educate each other on concealed carry and campus safety at the University of Kansas.

September 15 at 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. | Alderson Auditorium tentative time & location | Dr. Samuel David Museus, professor of Higher Education at Indiana University

October 25, 2017, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Big XII Room, Kansas Union | ​Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students: Students of Color, LGBTQIA s  students, and Students with Disabilities 
  • Mauricio Gomez Montoya, Associate Director for Academic Enrichment Programs in the Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Saida Bonifield, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Policies and Special Programs in the Office of Diversity and Equity
  • Deb Meyer, Associate Director of the Academic Achievement and Access Center
November 16, 2017, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Big XII Room, Kansas Union | ​Marketing (When you don’t have a pro) 
January 31, 2018, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Kansas Room, Kansas Union | Supporting First Nations Students 
  • Dan Soulier, KU Student Housing Complex Director
  • Melissa Peterson, Tutoring Coordinator with TRIO Supportive Education Services and co-adviser for First Nations Student Association
  • Tina Tourtillot, Retention Technician, Haskel Indian Nations University
  • February 21, 2018, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Big XII Room, Kansas Union | The KU Suicide Prevention Project and Your Role in the Safety Net
    • ​​Jane Faubion, Counseling & Psychological Services
  • April 25, 2018, 10: 30 – 11:45 a.m. | Big XII Room, Kansas Union | Improving Your Personal Finance Game 

2016-2017 Schedule

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students - Veterans, Non-Traditional Students and International Undergraduates

September 15, 2016 | 10:30-11:45AM | Big XII Room, Kansas Union


  • April Blackmon Strange, Director Student Veteran Center
  • Charles Olcese, Director International Student Services
  • Aaron Quisenberry, Senior Associate Director Student Involvement & Leadership Center

Student Activism and Campus Climate 

October 12, 2016 | 10:30 - 11:45AM | Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union


  • Dr. Shawn Alexander, Associate Professor, Director of Langston Huges Center, African and African American Studies
  • Dr. Tammara Durham, Vice Provost for Student Affairs

First Amendment and Speech on Campus

November 3, 2016 |  10:30 - 11:45AM | Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Presenter: Dr. Lee Bird, Vice President for Student Affairs at Oklahoma State University

Assessment: Myths, Tips, & Real Life Examples

January 25, 2017 | 10:30 - 11:45AM | Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Keynote Presenters:

  • Dr. Kevin Joseph, Director Student Affairs Assessment
  • Dr. Cynthia Goudeau, Director Undergraduate Studies Assessment

Assessment Showcase Panel Presenters:

  • Aramis Watson, KU Student Housing
  • Kelsey Fortin, Watkins Health Services
  • Lance Watson, Student Conduct & Community Standards
  • JJ O'Toole-Curran, KU Memorial Union
  • Jen Brockman, Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center

Student Affairs online: Are 140 characters enough?

February 22, 2017 | 10:30 - 11:45AM | The Jay, Kansas Union

Presenter: Mauricio Gomez Montoya, Associate Director for Academic Enrichment Programs in the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Civic Engagement as Student Affairs Professionals

March 30, 2017 | 10:30 - 11:45AM | Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union


  • Jennifer Alderdice, Former KU Alumni Association
  • Debbi Johanning, KU Alumni Association
  • Derek Kwan, Lied Center of Kansas
  • Jamie Shew, Douglas County Clerk

The Legislative Process and KU's Role

April 20, 2017 | 10:30 - 11:45AM | Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

  • Kelly Reynolds, Director of State Relations - Office of Public Affairs

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