Working Through Crisis - Workshop Materials

Get on the Same Page: Creating Shared Expectations with your Mentors and Colleagues

Presenter: Demetra Schoenig, Director of Academic Enhancements, The Graduate School
Materials from August 2020 Graduate School Orientation Presentation

Description: Even with a program handbook for the degree and a syllabus for each course, navigating one’s learning and professional development experience in Graduate School requires initiative and dialogue with your faculty mentors and peers. In this workshop, we will discuss three critical skills to cultivate as you take on the challenge of getting (and staying) on the same page with your colleagues. Each participant will draft a personal “Shared Expectations” discussion document to use in dialogue with their faculty mentor or lab group, with the opportunity to receive individual feedback on it following the session.

Nutrition 101

Presenter: Jocie Antonelli, RD, Program Director of Nutrition Services
Materials from June 2020 workshop

Description: We’ve all heard the expression, “you are what you eat”. That’s because what you eat forms the foundation for overall health and wellness. And on top of that, what you eat can also play a big role in cognitive performance as well. Join ND’s registered dietitian, Jocie Antonelli, as we discuss key nutritional principles to enhancing your health, your mood, and your academic performance. Tips will also be shared on how to fuel for the long days in the office/lab and grocery shopping on a budget.

The Science of Goal Achievement

Presenter: Megan Brown, Ph.D., Director, Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., Center for Student Well-Being
Materials from May 2020 workshop

Description: Setting goals is half the battle. But how do we follow through and achieve them? At this session, students will learn about the fuel and barriers of motivation as well as an evidence-based approach to attack goals by removing obstacles so you are set up for success. Participants will leave this session with a plan to attack their next important goal.

Embracing Uncertainty

Presenter: Peter Barnes, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Center
Materials from May 2020 workshop

Description: The ability to better predict, plan, and prepare for the foreseeable future are abilities that give human beings an adaptive advantage in gaining some level of control over our environment and our futures. However, none of us have a “crystal ball,” and life can often challenge us with a great deal of uncertainty. This workshop is designed to help you learn how to be more embracing of uncertainty.

Concentration and Focus Skills

Presenter: John Lubker, Ed.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, The Graduate School
Materials from May 2020 workshop

Description: You are going to be distracted. In this workshop, you will learn how to recognize and eliminate potential environmental and personal distractions; create an optimal environment for studying; re-focus when you do get distracted; make a plan to stay focused in distracting environments. Your ability to attend to the important tasks at hand and sift through the unimportant distractions can positively increase your productivity as a grad student.

Finding a New Normal: Working Remotely While Caregiving

Presenter: Dominique Vargas, Graduate Associate, Kaneb Center
Materials from May 2020 workshop

Description: Amid the intense cultural changes implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, many of us have suddenly become full-time caregivers, teachers, coaches, counselors, and nurses for our children, younger siblings, or even aging parents while also making the difficult shift to online learning and remote work. How can we care for others, teach effectively, and maintain personal wellbeing in this time of disruption?

Imagery & Relaxation Skills

Presenter: John Lubker, Ed.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, The Graduate School
Materials from April 2020 workshop

Description: There are many things going on in the world that are stressing us out. Getting a handle on your stress can help you emotionally, physically, and mentally. In this workshop you will learn relaxation and imagery exercises; powerful tools for dealing with stress and anxiety; and techniques for dealing with stressors before, during, and after they present themselves.