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GLCA Conference for Administrative Assistants

At Denison University


Saturday, September 30 2017–Sunday, December 16 2018
Starting at 8am


100 West College St., Granville, OH 43023
Burton Morgan

Engagement in the Academic Workplace
September 29, 2017 at Denison University

Today’s academic administrative environment is evolving faster than ever. Technological advances combined with changes in professional and student relationships have made our workplace more complex with a different set of challenges and rewards. Join with us as we explore our roles as administrative assistants and the many ways in which we can grow in the academic workplace as professionals and mentors.



7:00 pm

Welcome Reception and Planetarium Show

Enjoy a wine and cheese reception at 7:00pm with a Planetarium Show, hosted by the Denison Physics & Astronomy Department, beginning at 7:30pm.
10:05 am - 10:20 am

15 Minute Break

1:40 pm - 1:55 pm

15 Minute Break

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast & Mingle

Burton Morgan Atrium
9:25 am - 10:05 am

“Moving from Passion to Compassion: The Art of Appreciating the Best in Ourselves and Others”

Laura Russell

Assistant Professor of Communication

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Each day presents opportunities to discover meaning within ourselves as well as within others. When cultivating our passions, we evoke an empowering energy that enhances our intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational relationships. This interactive presentation will focus on introspective and relational practices for living optimistically and compassionately.
11:00 am - 11:40 am

“Building Professional Relationships”

Sarah Gepper

Assistant Director of Human Resources

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Building effective relationships is an important skill in the workplace. It is also a vital component of both your own personal work engagement and those of your colleagues. Join us as we discuss the tools and actions needed to navigate and sustain healthy and successful professional relationships.
11:40 am - 1:10 pm

Lunch & Picture

Curtis Provost's Room, Picture on Curtis Stairs
1:10 pm - 1:40 pm


Cheryl Johnson - Internet Security and Phishing Quiz in Knapp

Did you know that it is estimated that the worldwide economic impact of phishing is over 5 billion dollars these days? Come see how good you are at spotting phishing-fake websites, e-mails and popup messages. Hone your crime fighting skills and help bring these thieves down! Win prizes!!

Stephanie Agosta - “Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace” in Knapp

Sometimes the boundaries between your work life and personal life are unclear. This is especially true in this age of technology and 24/7 connectivity. In today's culture, it's tempting for workplaces to pull employees into workaholics.There is nothing wrong with wanting to work hard and be successful but finding that balance can be difficult. Learn the signs of how your health can suffer when work infiltrates into your personal world.

Christy Plaugher - Guided Meditation in Knapp Performance Hall

Meditation can be an invaluable tool for creating health and well-being, as well as personal and spiritual growth. Some people will learn practices they can use on their own, but for others, meditating with a guide may be most effective. Even those with a regular meditation practice can benefit from various forms of guided meditation.

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

“Mad Men and Working Girls: Talking Back to Media Representations of Workplace Culture”

Bill Kirkpatrick

Associate Professor of Communication

Burton Morgan Knobel Hall
From Rosalind Russell matching Cary Grant wisecrack-for-wisecrack in "His Girl Friday," to Lily Tomlin feeding rat poison to her boss in "9 to 5," the politics of workplace culture have been an evergreen theme in American film and television. This talk will look at some of the most common images and indelible characters from popular culture about the workplace and ask: what can we learn from them that might help us understand office dynamics today? And more importantly, how can we challenge problematic and limiting representations of workplace culture, using media theory to "talk back" to the stereotypes and media-fueled attitudes that prevent us from doing our best work?
2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

“MOVE!” in Burton Morgan Knobel Hall

Senior Dance Major

Burton Morgan Knobel Hall
Take a short break from the day to get out of your chair and MOVE! Have a little fun and get your blood flowing in this 20 minute guided "dance" movement.
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

“Departmental/Divisional Networking and Common Issues”

Burton Morgan Knobel Hall
Groups of department or divisional assistants will have the opportunity to network and discuss common issues in a guided discussion format. Get to know those in like-positions at our sister colleges and find out how they handle the challenges of their daily work.
3:30 pm - 3:35 pm

Closing Remarks

Burton Morgan Knobel Hall
10:20 am - 11:00 am

“Our Students Today: A Changing Student Demography”

Julie Tucker

Assistant VP for Student Development

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Over the last decade the landscape within higher education has shifted dramatically. This session will discuss the changing demography of our student body, specifically how our student population has changed over time. In addition, we will engage in a discussion about how those changes impact our work.
8:45 am - 9:25 am

“Gender & Personality Differences in the Workplace: How to Assume a Consistent Positive Attitude and Exude Positive, Productive Energy”

Nan Carney-DeBord

Associate V.P. Director of Athletics & Recreation

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
We will discuss how to find your "True Color" and communication styles in email; text; and in person. We will also talk about the difference between a problem-solver vs. problem-avoider and Be vs. Do: on how to be that 'go-to' person.
8:30 am - 8:45 am

Welcome by Provost, Kim Coplin

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall



Reserve Your Spot

Includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Location & Venue

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Denison University

Denison is located in Granville, Ohio, 25 miles east of the state capital Columbus. The area provides an exciting array of activities, including concerts, performing arts, museums, professional sports, parks, outdoor recreation, galleries, and dining.

100 W College St, Granville, OH 43023

Nearby Accomodation

Cherry Valley Lodge

cherry valley lodge

Kings and Double Queen rooms are available. Please request the conference block room rate.

299 Cherry Valley Rd SE, Newark, OH 43055

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