Student Group Leadership Conference 2011

The Student Group Leadership Conference was designed to provide all student group leaders (presidents, vice presidents, treasurers, secretaries, public relations directors and new member educations) from all student organizations (funded groups, Greek letter organizations, non-funded groups and student governments) with a comprehensive training program to prepare them for their roles during the upcoming academic year. By having all of the student group leaders together, the Student Group Leadership Conference became the ideal arena to promote the core values of Kean University’s student organizations which include, but are not limited to, collaboration, inclusion, common purpose, ethical decision-making, university pride, knowledge of their organizational mission and purpose and the ability to produce goal-orientated, innovative and cost-effective programming for the Kean University student community.


Conference Goals

The goals for the program were to:

  • To provide newly elected student leaders with a common comprehensive foundation of leadership training;
  • To provide an opportunity for student leaders to engage with other student leaders, staff and faculty in a cohesive learning environment;
  • To provide an opportunity for student leaders to learn critical skills as leaders and advocates for their organizations;
  • To give student leaders the tools to build, strong, responsible, goal-focused organizations;
  • To show leaders how to lead an organization with insight, effectiveness and integrity.

The ultimate goal of the Student Group Leadership Conference is to provide student group leaders with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully lead and strengthen both their organizations and memberships for the betterment of the Kean University student community.



Conference Schedule

9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.

10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

10:20 a.m. – 11 a.m.

11 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

2: 15 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

3: 10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

3: 20 p.m. – 4 p.m.

4: 05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

4: 50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Student Group Assignments

Group A

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

  • Accents/International Club
  • Accounting Club
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • American Sign Language Club
  • Asian Culture Club
  • Association of Latin American Students
  • Beta Kappa Sigma
  • Biotechnology Club
  • Catholic Newman Club
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Circle K International
  • Coptic Orthodox Christian Fellowship
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Daejayon-Green World
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Early Childhood Club
  • F.O.C.U.S. (Students for the Obtainment of Climate and University Solutions)
  • Global Graduate Business Club
  • Graduate and Part-time Student Council
  • Greek Senate
  • Haitian Student Association
  • Human Rights Club
  • Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers
  • Kean Dance Theatre
  • Kean University's Gay Alliance Reformation
  • Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc.
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • marine Conservation In Action
  • Math Club
  • Middle Eastern South Asian Association
  • Mu Sigma Upsilon
  • Nu Sigma Tau
  • Nu Theta Chi
  • Omega Phi Chi
  • Omega Sigma Psi
  • Operation Smile
  • Pagan and Wiccan Society
  • Pan-African Student Union
  • Physical Education Club
  • Portuguese American Club at Kean
  • Psychology Club
  • Rho Theta Tau
  • Sigma Beta Chi
  • Spanish/English Partners in Communication
  • Steppers of a Free Nation
  • Student Organization Class of 2012
  • Student Organization Class of 2013
  • Student Organization Class of 2014
  • Theta Phi Alpha
  • University Activities Board
  • Zeta Phi Beta

Group B

Thursday, May 26, 2011

  • African Students Association
  • Alfa y omega internacional student association
  • Alliance of E.O.F. Students of NJ
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Athletic Training Club
  • Beta Kappa Psi
  • Campus Crusade for Christ - KU Chapter
  • Chinese Student Association
  • Club Colombia
  • Design Gallery: A Creative Group at Kean.
  • Divine Worshippers of Christ
  • Educators of Tomorrow
  • Elite
  • Filipinos Uniting Nations at Kean
  • Film Club
  • Finance and Economics Society (Delta Alpha Epsilon)
  • Gamma Psi Epsilon
  • Historical Society
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Jewish Culture Club
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kean Theatre Council
  • Kean University Council for Exceptional Children
  • Kean University Pool Association
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Metalsmith Student League
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Nu Delta Pi
  • Nu Sigma Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Otaku Anime Society
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Physical Therapy Club
  • Psi Sigma Phi
  • Recreation Major Club
  • Resident Students Association
  • Returning Older Students Association
  • Sigma Beta Tau
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Theta Chi
  • Soliloquy
  • Speech, Language and Hearing Association
  • Student Chapter of the American Meteorological
  • Society & National Weather Association
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association
  • Student Organization of Kean University
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • The Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor
  • Society in Education
  • The Starving Artist Society
  • West Indian Culture Club
  • Women's Circle

Group C

Kean Ocean: Date: TBA

  • Kean Ocean Accounting Club
  • Kean Ocean Business Management Club
  • Kean Ocean Christian Ministry
  • Kean Ocean Criminal Justice Club
  • Kean Ocean Culture Café
  • Kean Ocean Education Club
  • Kean Ocean Fourth Estate
  • Kean Ocean History Club
  • Kean Ocean Pre-Law Society
  • Kean Ocean Psychology Club



Conference registration is closed.




The 2011 Student Group Leadership Conference Planning Committee is looking for student leaders to assist in presenting workshops at this year's Student Group Leadership Conference.

Do you feel you are an exceptional student group leader and want to share your methods and secrets? Presenting workshops and training other students is a great way to establish your legacy and leave your mark at Kean University by preparing Kean University's emerging and established leaders.

If you are interested, please submit your program/workshop proposal by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.



  • The 2011 Student Group Leadership Conference is required for all funded group, Greek letter organization, non-funded group and student government executive board members (approximately 300 student leaders). Each workshop may have approximately 15-35 attendees.
  • The 2011 Student Group Leadership Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (GROUP A) and Thursday, May 26, 2011 (GROUP B). All prospective facilitator must be available both days to present to both groups.
  • Workshop blocks are scheduled for 40 minutes, but each facilitator should prepare a presentation for 30-35 minutes.
  • Conference rooms will be equipped with laptops and projectors. Various multimedia equipment is also available.
  • The primary goal of the Student Group Leadership Conference is to provide student group leaders with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully lead and strengthen both their organizations and memberships for the betterment of the Kean University student community.

To submit your workshop proposal, please complete the Cougar Link Student Group Leadership Conference 2011 Call for Programs Form by clicking here or by visiting  You must login with your KeanGOOGLE username (without the “”) and password to access and submit the online form.




Leading By Example

Michael A. Tripodi, Esq., Ethics Liaison Officer

11 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. - University Center Little Theatre

As a student leader, there are many students who look up to you. Being a leader requires ethical decision making and leadership. This workshop will allow student leaders to identify their values and the consequences of their actions if they betray the trust of the students they serve.

Learning Outcomes: Identify personal ethics and demonstrate ability to make ethical decisions. Challenge members and the organization to grow and strive for excellence. Demonstrate ability to find resources and services on campus. Demonstrate ability to know proper protocol. Demonstrate accountability for oneself and organization. Articulate values to others which contribute to ethical leadership. Demonstrate an individual work ethic which encompasses completing tasks consistently, accurately, and with exceptional effort. Apply organization norms and rules fairly without showing favoritism. Contribute to a positive organizational environment through active participation and cooperation with others. Articulate the Student Code of Conduct guidelines to group members in defining individual and group actions.

Required for All



Goal Setting And Inspiring A Shared Vision

Janice Murray-Laury, Vice President for Student Affairs, Katrina Boseman, Office of Student Affairs, and Lamont Rouse, Office of Accredidation and Assessment

BLOCK 1A: 11:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. - University Center room 228

This workshop will provide an understanding of how to plan your semester for success by introducing goal setting practices and strategies for inspiring a shared vision within your organization’s executive board and general body.

Learning Outcomes: Develop a group mission statement and a vision. Develop programs and activities that are consistent with the goals and mission of the organization. Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively towards a common purpose. Articulate vision and mission of group/organization to members and others. Articulate a series of steps/processes and strategies to achieve end results. Determine, procure, optimize all resources (human, material, and financial) needed to achieve goals. Create an action plan, allocate resources and responsibilities. Design a plan to establish a lasting legacy and enduring vision based on the organization’s mission and purpose.

Required for Presidents


Connecting Your Members Through Cougar Link

Scott K. Snowden Jr., and Joseph Roman, Student Life & Media Services

BLOCK 1B: 11:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. - University Center room 226A

Kean University’s Cougar Link system allows student groups to communicate with and track members online. From messaging your members with ease, sharing photos and promoting your events, Cougar Link can help your organization prosper. This workshop will teach executive board members how to take full advantage of Cougar Link and allow their organizations to grow. Topics to be discussed include tracking attendance at events and meetings, creating events, starting online discussions, customizing the look and feel of your organization’s profile, creating forms, messaging all members and more.

Learning Outcomes: Utilize with ease all aspects of the Cougar Link student involvement management system. Articulate the benefits and use of the Cougar Link system to group members.


Time Management: Personal Productivity and Effectiveness

Sandra Espinal, Center for Leadership and Service (May 25) and Manuel Donelson, Undergraduate Admissions (May 26)

BLOCK 1C: 11:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. - University Center room 226B

365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, or 31,536,000 seconds per year. Time is forever moving forward. Are you prepared to handle it? Time management is essential to any student, but is even more crucial for student leaders. How are you managing your time? This workshop will help you examine your schedule to assist you in prioritizing and making the best use of your time.

Learning Outcomes: Utilize time management techniques for achieving balance between education, work, leadership responsibilities, and leisure time.


Successful Event Planning

Daniel Peck and Tom Skic, Student Chapter of the National Weather Association / American Meteorological Society

BLOCK 1D: 11:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. - University Center room 337A

Does your organization put on events? No event can be a success without proper planning. This workshop will teach you how to properly plan an event at Kean University, starting with the idea, completing the paperwork, hosting the event to following up with an assessment of your event. Event planning requires organization, teamwork, and most importantly, TIME! Don’t wait, learn to properly plan your events today.

Learning Outcomes: Develop comprehensive event plans to increase event success rates. Assess campus resources in planning and holding events. Demonstrate ability to visualize what you want to achieve. Demonstrate ability to finance projects realistically. Implement strategies for successful programs. Analyze and adjust plans as needed.


Walk, Talk, And Look Like A Leader

Latysha Gaines, Office of Residence Life, and William Chalmers, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

BLOCK 1E: 11:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. - University Center room 337B

You only get one first impression – don’t ruin it. Being a leader requires taking personal responsibility for yourself and your organization. How student leaders live their lives will impact how they are perceived and how much their organization can achieve. This workshop is designed to allow student leaders to reflect on their appearance, conduct and verbal and non-verbal communication at meetings, events and in their everyday lives.

Learning Outcomes: Increase confidence level when working with others, networking, speaking in public, and presenting to others. Demonstrate proper etiquette and protocol expected of a student leader. Demonstrate appropriate appearance, conduct, verbal and non-verbal communication while serving in the role of a student leader. Exhibit effective interpersonal communication in a variety of settings. Take personal responsibility for oneself and the organization when serving as a leader at Kean. Receive and reflect on constructive feedback from others. Demonstrate acknowledgement and validation of the feelings, opinions and contributions of others.



12:30 p.m. – 1:25 p.m., University Center Food Court

Lunch is provided to all conference attendees and facilitators in the University Center Food Court.



Managing The Risk Within Your Organization

Sharon Pezarras, Business Services

BLOCK 2A: 1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. - University Center room 228

Risk management is the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks followed by coordinated application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events or to maximize the realization of opportunities. Anyone who has ever planned an event knows that nothing ever goes according to plan. Are you as prepared as you could be if something doesn’t work out? This workshop will help you identify and formulate a possible action plan to manage risks within your organization and understand the implications for your organization if things do not go according to plan.

Learning Outcomes: Utilize risk management knowledge when planning and promoting events. Comprehensively assesses all physical, reputation, emotional, financial, and facilities risks associate with the events or activity. Comprehensively explores and examines actions that can be taken to mitigate each risk. Consults with relevant “campus experts” in the planning of events and activities. Effectively communicates risk management plans to other constituents of the organization and/or event. Implements events and activities according to the pre-established risk management plans.

Required for Presidents


Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT): A Record of Your Involvement

Beverly Desch, Center for Leadership and Service and Janice Johnston, Career Development and Advancement

BLOCK 2B: 1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. - University Center room 226A

This workshop is designed to teach you about the importance of developing and maintaining a Co-Curricular Transcript as an awesome supplement to your professional resume and academic transcript. The CCT documents student learning and development outside of the classroom. It chronicles campus and community involvement, such as, volunteering, student club membership, honors and awards, leadership training and highlights learning outcomes from involvement activities.

Learning Outcomes: Learn how to develop a CCT and the process for getting co-curricular activities approved. Understand the value of developing a CCT. Become familiar with campus resources available for developing a CCT and resume. Feel confident in sharing CCT and resume information with members and other students.


Dealing with Change

Samir Abdul, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 2C: 1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. - University Center room 226B

Change is all around us. Sometimes dealing with change can be difficult. Sometimes change is a good thing. Tired of hearing “this is the way we’ve always done it”? This workshop will not only address how to become an agent of positive change, but how to embrace change within your life and organization.

Learning Outcomes: Apply a new perspective on viewing change. Demonstrate innovative solutions and activities for effectively dealing with change challenges. Articulate to members and others that change can be positive and an opportunity to thrive. Feel more comfortable dealing with change at the university and within the organization.


Getting Funding For Your Organization

Office of Student Government

BLOCK 2D: 1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. - University Center room 337A

The full-time undergraduate student government funds up to 20 campus organizations annually. Each fall semester, groups have the opportunity to apply for funding status for the upcoming academic year. This workshop explains the process of becoming a funded group and outlines the criteria established by the student government that all groups must meet to receive funding.

Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate knowledge of process, requirements, and deadlines for becoming a funded group. Utilize knowledge for becoming a funded group by submitting an application to the student government for funding.


Bank Your Money On It

Emmanuel Saget, Wells Fargo, NA

BLOCK 2E: 1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. - University Center room 337B

Where are you keeping your organization’s money? If your organization has money, how are you ensuring you have a fair, accurate and transparent record of your finances? Any organization that has its own finances is strongly encouraged to establish an official organizational bank account. This workshop is designed to teach your organization to have a transparent financial system and use your organization’s bank account effectively to write checks and make deposits.

Learning Outcomes: Establish a bank account that meets the needs of the organization’s mission and goals. Understand the need to have a fair, accurate, transparent financial system. Understand current banking guidelines in opening group accounts.


Let My People Grow: Recruitment and Retention

Gabryelle Brooks, Beta Kappa Sigma Black and Latina Sorority, Inc.

BLOCK 2F: 1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. - University Center Greek Lounge

General body members are the foundation of any organization. A leader without followers is just a person taking a walk. This workshop is designed to assist your organization in the recruitment of dedicated members who will ensure a lasting legacy for your organization. Participants will learn ways to retain and strengthen the involvement of their new and current members through inclusion and shared governance of the organization.

Learning Outcomes: Develop a plan for retaining and strengthening the involvement of new and current members. Utilize effective team building techniques to strengthen membership.



Leading Your Organization: President to President

Dare Thompson, Student Organization of Kean University

BLOCK 3A: 2:15 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - University Center room 228

This workshop will provide student group presidents with the insight on how to manage a group from the top of command downward. Discussions will cover the integration of ideas and leadership types to fit a common vision, conflict resolution, and adherence to Robert’s Rule of Order for operational practices. Presidents of student groups are encourage to share best practices and shared concerns.

Learning Outcomes: Utilize an agenda for effective and efficient meetings. Demonstrate ability to follow an agenda and stay focused on items. Demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary procedures as a method of organizing meetings. Articulate the way the organization will be run to all members. Take appropriate actions and complete needed tasks before, during and after meetings. Demonstrate knowledge of the role of each executive board position.

Required for Presidents


Second-in-Command: The Vice President

Benito Nieves, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 3B: 2:15 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - University Center room 226A

Vice Presidents serve an important role within any organization, but that role can vary from organization to organization. In general, Vice Presidents are responsible for committee assignments and keeping the membership engaged in the governance of the organization. This workshop will focus on ways to identify and tap into the strengths and talents of the general membership so that they too can play a role within your organization. Being a Vice President also requires being able to assume the duties and responsibilities of the President at any given time, but until that time, the Vice President assists the President in the management of the organization. This workshop will also explain the importance of a shared vision for your organization.

Learning Outcomes: Identify the role of the vice president within the organization. Articulate Vice President responsibilities to members and others.

Required for Vice Presidents


Secretaries: More Than Taking Notes

Jennifer Fong, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 3C: 2:15 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - University Center room 226B

As Secretary you are keeper of your organization’s records. These records include correspondence, agendas and minutes. The Secretary is also responsible for maintaining the Student Group Structure and Purpose statement, which is your organization’s most important document. Any document produced by the organization’s Secretary and approved by the membership is considered a legal document and thus must be as accurate as possible. In addition, as Secretary you are responsible for member relations and notifications. This workshop will explain the importance of accurate documentation in minutes, agendas and attendance so that your organization is organized!

Learning Outcomes: Identify the role of the secretary within the organization. Articulate secretarial responsibilities to members and others. Demonstrate ability to produce and distribute minutes of organization meeting in a timely manner. Demonstrate ability to manage organization membership and correspondence duties effectively.

Required for non-funded Group and Greek Organization Secretaries


Order of Operations: The Funded Group Requisition

Lester Bosea and Olushola Brown, Student Organization of Kean University

BLOCK 3D: 2:15 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - University Center room 337A

Paperwork can seem puzzling is unfamiliar; the key is exposure. Funded Group student leaders will be provided with a detailed walkthrough of program proposal procedures and a clear idea of what a completed document package contains. The Secretary and Treasurer of Student Organization will discuss what ‘backup’ is needed and how each document is important to the role of successful planning.

Learning Outcomes: Develop a concrete method to completing a Funded Group Requisition form. Utilize experience offered from two student leaders with extended exposure to backup documents. Gain knowledge of university scheduling modules and planning procedures. Exercise work field paperwork policies and follow-up practices. Understand assessment and learning outcomes after an event’s completion.

Required for Funded Group Treasurers and Secretaries


Dollars And Sense: The Treasurer

Danyelle Brooks, Beta Kappa Sigma Black and Latina Sorority, Inc.

BLOCK 3E: 2:15 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - University Center room 337B

As the treasurer of your organization you are responsible for your organization’s finances. Each organization is different, the banquet and this amount may vary, but one thing will always remain constant: you are spending someone else’s money! This workshop is designed to provide an overview to your role as a treasurer and focuses on accountability, transparency and organization. In addition, several key avenues for funding will be discussed including fundraising, joint programming and special project grants from the Kean University student government.

Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate ability to plan, implement and evaluate a budget. Demonstrate accountability with funds. Demonstrate knowledge of the economy as a framework within, which decisions are made by individuals and groups. Articulate the role of the treasurer to members and others. Develop a program and submit an application that meets the Student Organization guidelines for special project money.

Required for non-funded Group and Greek Organization Treasurers


Public Relations In The Electronic Age

Scott Snowden, Student Life & Media Services and Jonathan Lopez, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 3F: 2:15 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - University Center Greek Lounge

Is your organization the best kept secret at Kean University? Marketing your organization is more than just hanging flyers on bulletin boards and spamming your friends on social networking sites. This workshop is designed to explain the importance of an overall marketing plan and strategy for your organization. How do you want your organization to be seen? What is the message you want to project? It is all up to you. Learn how to market and publicize your organization, events and, most importantly, your mission utilizing the Kean University resources at your disposal. Take your organization’s marketing and branding to the next level.

Learning Outcomes: Utilize campus resources for marketing and publicizing group activities in order to increase group membership and attendance at events. Utilize branding as a way to distinguish the organization. Create distinctive publicity for activities and events that follow media and publications guidelines.

Required for Public Relations Directors


Educating The Future: New Member Educators

Alex Louis, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 3G: 2:15 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - University Center room 345

New Member Educators of the Kean University Greek community will be provided with leadership training and education essential for the success of their New Member Education Program. This workshop is designed to help you with new member education activities, duties, and the amount of time the activities will take and their purpose.

Learning Outcomes: Develop skills in recruitment techniques and strategies, improved communications and effective organizational programming will result in increased numbers of involved members. Develop programming which will reflect the morals, ideals and principles established by local, state and national organizations that they represent. Demonstrate an active role in promoting and stressing the importance and relevance of high academic achievement; implementation of an academic monitoring process which encourages the maintenance of high academic achievement that includes assessment, mentoring and referrals. Provide and promote membership development opportunities to new members.

Required for Greek Organization New Member Educators



3:10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m., University Center 2nd Floor

Light snacks are provided to all conference attendees and facilitators on the University Center 2nd Floor.



Leading Through Service

Abibat Balogun, Annie Ramos and Gabriela Zanatta-Perdomo, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 4A: 3:20 p.m. - 4 p.m. - University Center room 228

Participation in community service opportunities with Kean University’s community partners provides a great opportunity to enhance your members’ educational, personal, and professional development in a safe and structured atmosphere. This workshop will outline the process for you and your members to become registered, well-trained, effective volunteers and assist your organization in planning community service projects.

Learning Outcomes: Recognize responsibility of leaders to become active citizens on campus, in their respective communities, in the workplace and in global society. Develop a plan for group participation in at least one community service project. Articulate how leaders and members of a group can make a positive difference through participation in service activities. Recognize the relationship between philanthropy, volunteerism, community service and service learning. Demonstrate knowledge of the registration process volunteer and service activities. Utilize the Kean Service Corps as a resource in presenting and developing community service opportunities to members. Demonstrate knowledge of the service impact areas available to Kean students. Articulate the benefits of volunteering. Articulate the need to reflect on volunteer, community service, and charitable collection and fundraising events as part of the experience. Demonstrate ability to work with a group and accomplish a common goal. Demonstrate ability to draw connections between personal life, academic courses and social issues.


What’s Available? Room and Space Reservations for Student Groups

Mary Wuethrich, Conferences and Events and Sheila Philbert, University Center Administration

BLOCK 4B: 3:20 p.m. - 4 p.m. - University Center room 226A

This workshop will outline the Kean University Room and Space Reservation Process. Need to schedule a room or reserve a table for a bake sale? Kean University is implementing a new online room reservation process that will make it easier for student groups to schedule their meetings.

Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate knowledge of Kean University room, space reservation, process and policies by utilizing on-line reservation system.


Manage Your Stress, Don’t Let Your Stress Manage You

Felice Nathans M.S.W., L.C.S.W. (May 25) and Lori Barnett, M.S.W, L.S.W. (May 26), Kean Counseling Center

BLOCK 4C: 3:20 p.m. - 4 p.m. - University Center room 226B

Being a student leader is a lot of responsibility. In addition to managing your organization, you must also manage your personal life. Life isn’t always as easy as we would like and there comes a time to ask yourself how ‘you’ are doing. Many factors can lead to stress in your life and in your organization. It is almost expected, but you can learn to manage stress instead of your stress managing you. This workshop is designed to help you manage ‘you’ and will teach you to identify stress indicators and techniques to manage your stress.

Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate a healthy lifestyle. Utilize healthy stress relief activities. Define your limits. Establish priorities. Utilize resources on campus to assist in managing stress.


Funded Groups 101: Student Organization Policies and Procedures for Funded Groups

Ilianna Jimenez, Student Organization of Kean University

BLOCK 4D: 3:20 p.m. - 4 p.m. - University Center room 337A

Student Organization funds approximately 20 student groups. These organizations receive university funding to put on programs and activities that benefit the Kean University student community. As an executive board president and treasurer of a funded group, there are many policies and procedures that must be followed to ensure your organization has a prosperous academic year. This workshop is designed to prepare all funded groups for the upcoming academic year and provide an overview of the services available to funded groups.

Learning Outcomes: Improved understanding, appreciation and responsibility to adherence of established Student Organization of Kean University policies and procedures. Articulate Student Organization of Kean University policies and procedures to group members and others.

Required for Funded Group Presidents and Treasurers


Making A Statement: Group Structure and Purpose

Sandra Espinal and Jennifer Fong, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 4E: 3:20 p.m. - 4 p.m. - University Center room 337B

Your organization’s Student Group Structure and Purpose Statement is your organization’s guiding document. It establishes your organization’s official name, purpose, executive officers, officer duties and responsibilities, membership requirements and amendment procedures. Your Student Group Structure and Purpose Statement defines what your organization is and how it is run. This workshop will explain how to interpret, understand, and if necessary, amend your Student Group Structure and Purpose.

Learning Outcomes: Develop a well outlined group structure and purpose that defines the organization and its structure.



How Did Hazing Get Started?

Alex Louis, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 5B: 4:05 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - University Center room 226A

Despite the fact that much progress has been made, one of the most damaging instruments to the fraternity/sorority system is the employment of a program of education which includes hazing. This unproductive and hazardous custom persists today because some believe it is a “TRADITION”, but the truth is hazing has no rightful place in the fraternity/sorority system. This workshop will teach the different types of hazing and the consequences it has on Greek life at Kean University and legally.

Learning Outcomes: Develop educational programming related to the ramifications of hazing that will be on-going, and reinforced and monitored by the membership of all organizations. Develop programming reflecting the morals, ideals and principles of the organization which reflect the responsibility to the student body, university personnel and the community. Establish a universal intake program that reflects the common responsibilities, expectations and obligations of all Greek Organizations. Establish a process to prevent, monitor and assume accountability, when necessary, for infractions of any organizational, institutional or law enforcement issues. Establish a protocol which assures immediate notification of any incidents to the appropriate levels of authority in the timeliest manner. Articulate to members and others in the community what constitutes hazing.


A Net That Works

Luis Ayala, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 5C: 4:05 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - University Center room 226B

Student leaders will often miss out on networking opportunities if unprepared. This workshop teaches the strategies of effective networking and how to utilize built connections. The workshop will detail the potential benefits of effective networking and how a student leader can capitalize on those benefits with the best outcome.

Learning Outcomes: Learn the strategies on how to network to an effective goal and establishing a 30 second business pitch. Develop skills in competent and strategic communication. Strengthen domain knowledge of conversational-starters. Develop rapport building skills in person to person relationships.


Communication and Delegation: If You Want It Done Right, You Don’t Have to Do It Yourself!

Latysha Gaines, Office of Residence Life, and William Chalmers, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

BLOCK 5D: 4:05 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - University Center room 337A

Together everyone achieves more. This workshop will focus on the importance of teamwork and working together through effective group communication and delegation. Participants will learn about delegation of tasks to executive board members and the inclusion of general body members while maintaining an appropriate level of mutual respect and appreciation for the roles each person plays in the larger organization.

Learning Outcomes: Articulate reasons to delegate to others. Demonstrate ability to successfully delegate projects and tasks to others in the group. Establish timelines with checkpoints and accountability. Set objectives that define responsibility, level of authority and deadlines. Articulate how collaboration improves productivity.


Conflict Resolution: Listen, Learn, Speak

Nicole Rodriguez, Office of Student Conduct and Catricia Shaw, Office of Residence Life

BLOCK 5E: 4:05 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - University Center room 337B

A conflict within your organization can be detrimental to your board and inhibit your organization’s success. This workshop looks at conflict and ways to mediate and move your organization forward. The workshop will include different techniques to resolve conflict within your group, executive board and members.

Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate the ability to problem solve and connect appropriately with campus and community resources. Demonstrate ability to understand all sides of the situation. Effectively apply active listening skills. Demonstrate respect for other’s viewpoints. Apply skills to resolve conflict in a productive manner.


What’s Your Style?

Ashley Anderson, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 5F: 4:05 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - University Center Greek Lounge

This workshop teaches student leaders to learn their own communication styles and tendencies, plus how to appreciate and work with the styles and tendencies of others. This workshop focuses on the diversity of relationships and situations, and helps student leaders learn to be flexible when connecting with others.

Learning Outcomes: Identify personal leadership style. Demonstrate how to work with others effectively in a group setting. Identify each member of the group/organization leadership style and strengths in delegating assignments. Articulate personal leadership ideals, values and goals.



Student Leader Forum

Student Group Leaders

BLOCK 6B: 4:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - University Center room 226A

There is no better teacher than experience. Hear from experienced Kean University student leaders as they share their wisdom, guidance and complications as they led their student organizations.

Learning Outcomes: Utilize wisdom and guidance from experienced student leaders in leading an organization.


The Transition From Student to Student Leader

Benito Nieves, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 6C: 4:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - University Center room 226B

Assuming a leadership role is a lot of responsibility. The transition from being a student to a student leader can be complicated and challenging. This workshop is designed to prepare new student leaders for the transition, educate them on their new responsibilities and their conduct as they learn to represent their organization.

Learning Outcomes: Utilize the skills and tips for transitioning from a student to a leader.


Greek Life 101: Greek Policies And Procedures

Alex Louis, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 6D: 4:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - University Center room 337A

For chapter presidents and executive board members, this one day workshop brings the leaders of the Kean University Greek community together to begin building a sense of community on campus. The workshop will go over policies and procedures for leadership development initiatives and will include topics such as the leading with your letters, developing relationships with Greek advisors, changing campus culture, image is everything, and alcohol and the impact on campus culture.

Learning Outcomes: Improved understanding, appreciation and responsibility to adherence of established Greek Senate regulations and protocol. Articulate Greek Senate policies and procedures to group members and others. Demonstrate a decrease in punitive actions and sanctions as a direct result of an improved understanding, appreciation and adherence to established regulations and protocol. Demonstrate a formal commitment to on-going training in leadership development, group development, team-building and cooperative relations with the community.

Required for Greek Organization Presidents


Concern Corner: Student Group Needs and Feedback

Jennifer Fong, Center for Leadership and Service

BLOCK 6E: 4:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - University Center room 337B

Student Group Leaders will be prompted to discuss their leadership expectations for the upcoming academic year in an open forum setting. Whether the subject is expectations of operations, service, collaborations, advertisement procedures, or even program limitations, leaders should voice their ideas! Students are expected offer both inquiries and solutions on shared topics of interest.

Learning Outcomes: Utilize an opportunity to gather ideas and develop planning for areas of student group expectations. Practice experience-to-action outcomes for maximum benefits. Practice proactive measures towards functioning a student group before snags in execution occur.


Being Diverse: Your Identity And Your Role On Campus

Stacy Schiller, Holocaust Resource Center / Diversity Council

BLOCK 6F: 4:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - University Center Greek Lounge

Kean University has been named amongst the top 5 colleges and universities in the nation for its diversity by Diversity, Inc. magazine. As a student leader at a diverse university, you have an obligation to meet the needs of and appreciate a diverse student population. This workshop will discuss concepts of identity in regards to age, race, sex, religion, sexual identity, gender expression and class and how examining your own perspective on diversity and leadership plays a role in meeting the needs of our diverse population.

Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate knowledge, awareness, and understanding of how identity plays a role in leadership. Describe one’s role as leaders in diverse communities. Examine the concept of collaboration across identities for a stronger campus organization.



5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., University Center room 228

An optional dinner is provided to all conference attendees and facilitators in University Center room 228.


2011 Conference Planning Committee

  • Katrina Boseman, Office of Student Affairs
  • Beverly Desch, Center for Leadership and Service
  • Sandra Espinal, Center for Leadership and Service
  • Stephanie Faser, Office of Student Government
  • Dr. Jeffry Fasick, School of Environmental and Life Sciences
  • Jennifer Fong, Center for Leadership and Service
  • LaTysha Gaines, Office of Residence Life
  • Alex Louis, Center for Leadership and Service
  • Kerrin Lyles, University Center Administration
  • Scott Snowden, Student Life and Media Services

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