Saturday: Contemplative Practices for 21st Century Higher Education

Saturday attendees are invited to join us for a Networking Reception with cash bar on Friday evening, from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Fairview Park Marriott.
Friday, April 7, 2017 
5:30pm-7:00pmNetworking Reception (cash bar) Open to Friday AND Saturday attendees.

Contemplative Practices for 21st Century Higher Education At-A-Glance: Saturday (4/8/17)

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 
7:30am-8:30amMorning Contemplative Practices
Qigong with Dr. Doug Lindner
Yoga with Dr. Sylvia Vitazkova (bring your own mat)
Meditation with Rick Bowles
8:00am-11:00amRegistration Open
8:00am-8:50amContinental Breakfast
8:50am-9:00amWelcome
9:00am-10:00amOpening Keynote - Mr. Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, Gallup: Challenges for Higher Education
10:00am-10:20amBreak
Concurrent Sessions
10:20am-11:50amContemplative Pedagogy and Teaching Mindfulness Courses
Prof. Sandra S. Seidel, Assistant Dean, University of Virginia

The Power of Mindfulness: An Analysis of the Effects of Mindful
Communication Training on Graduate Teaching Instructors

Kaila Dawn Todd, Graduate Teaching Instructor/ Assistant Forensics and Debate Coach, University of Central Missouri
Zachary McGee, Graduate Teaching Instructor/ Assistant Forensics and Debate Coach, University of Central Missouri
Kelsie Howard, Graduate Teaching Instructor, University of Central Missouri
Brenton Mitchell, Graduate Teaching Instructor/ Assistant Forensics and Debate Coach, University of Central Missouri
10:20am-11:50amSustain the Sustainer: A resilience retreat for those involved in sustainability and conservation
Dr. Sylvia K. Vitazkova, Co-Owner and Co-Director, InBodied Living LLC
Giulia Manno, Coordinator Recycling Programs, Keep America Beautiful, George Mason University alumna and former staff member, Retreat co-organizer
Margaret Lo, University Sustainability Director, Retreat co-sponsor, George Mason University

The Role of Mindfulness in First-Year Writing
Prof. Ilknur Eginli, Miami University of Ohio
10:20am-11:50amBuilding Resilience Among Faculty and Students: The University of Virginia School of Nursing Compassionate Care Initiative
Tim Cunningham, RN, D.PH, Assistant Director of the Compassionate Care Initiative, University of Virginia School of Nursing
Dr. Regina DeGennaro, DNP, CNS, RN, AOCN, CNL, University of Virginia School of Nursing
Dr. Dorrie Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean, University of Virginia School of Nursing

What Is Healing Presence and How Can It Be Taught?
Robert Gordon, MSOD, MA, MS, LGPC, Adjunct Faculty, Maryland University of Integrative Health
Heidi Most, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. AC. (NCCAOM), Doctor of Acupuncture candidate, Maryland University of Integrative Health
10:20am-11:50amThriving Together: Making Well-Being An Institutional Priority
Prof. Nance Lucas, Executive Director, Center For The Advancement Of Well-Being, George Mason University
Lewis Forrest, George Mason University
Shernita Parker, George Mason University

Campus Perspectives of Mindfulness and Well-being
Ashley Whimpey, Research and Academic Assistant, Center for The Advancement of Well-being, George Mason University
Jen West, George Mason University
Ryan Selove; George Mason University
11:50am-1:00pmLunch
1:00pm-1:40pmPoster Sessions
Understanding the Moderating Role Connectedness Has on the Relationship Between Wellbeing and Civic Engagement
Nour Elshabassi, Research Assistant, George Mason University
Rachel Shor, Doctoral Student in the Clinical Psychology, George Mason University
Prof. Lauren Cattaneo, George Mason University
The Mindful Campus: Organizational Structure and Culture
Linda Coutant, Ed.D. candidate, Appalachian State University
Acceptance: Mindfulness and Meaning Making Practices
Sean Douglas, Master Resilience Trainer
Western Science and Eastern Practices - Connecting With Breathe
Ann Hague, RN, BC-VA, CRN, Atlantic University
1:00pm-1:40pmPractice Sessions
Contemplative Practice: Reflective Writing
Prof. John Alexander, Associate Director of Sciences, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI), University of Virginia
Seeing with the Possiblity of Being Changed: Drawing as Meditation
Bradford Grant, Professor of Architecture, College of Engineering and Architecture, Howard University
Mindfulness Practice
Prof. Oliver Hill, Department of Psychology, Virginia State University
1:40pm-2:40pmAfternoon Keynote - Holly Rogers, M.D., Counseling & Psychological Services, Duke University: Making Mindfulness Part of the Higher Education Mission
2:40pm-3:00pmBreak
Concurrent Sessions
3:00pm-4:30pmTeaching Undergraduate Students Mindfulness Approaches to Conflict Transformation
Mary Elizabeth Lynch, J.D., Senior Fellow, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University
Chelsie Kuhn, Well-Being Programs and Special Events Coordinator, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University

Mindfulness and Compassion Inside and Outside the College Classroom: Pedagogy & Practice
Prof. Dorothe Bach, Associate Director, University of Virginia Center for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Juliet Trail, Managing Director, University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center
3:00pm-4:30pmAppalachian State University's Still Point faculty/staff organization: Who we are and what we do?
Linda Coutant, President, Still Point faculty/staff contemplative organization, Appalachian State University
Dr. Elaine Gray, Still Point Vice President, E-portfolio Director, Appalachian State University
Dr. LaShanda Sell, Still Point member, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Appalachian State University

Mindfully Plural: Cultivating Spiritual Wellness and Compassion Across Traditions
Joel Harter, Associate Chaplain for Protestant Life, Elon University
3:00pm-4:30pmEthical Diversity and the Contemplative Process in STEM
Richard S. Bowles III, Ph.D., Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Merck & Co., Inc.(retired), Consultant
Prof. Agnes Curry, Philosophy, University of St. Joseph
Prof. Douglas K. Lindner (Retired), Virginia Tech

Implementing A Coaching Culture In Higher Education Institutions
Dr. Marcal Graham, Associate Director, University of Maryland Educational Opportunity Center
Dr. Grace Klinefelter, Dean, School of Business, Virginia International University
3:00pm-4:30pmMindfulness Pedagogy in Undergraduate Education
Prof. Alan Forrest, Department of Counselor Education, Radford University
Prof. Patricia Shoemaker, School of Teacher Education and Leadership, College of Education and Human Development, Radford University
Angela Cardenas, M.S., Instructor, Department of Counselor Education, Radford University

Paths to Stillness: The Contemplative Journey of Students of Color
Prof. Stephanie R. Briggs, English, Community College of Baltimore County
Prof. Renee A. Hill, Philosophy, Coordinator of the Oasis, VSU's Mindfulness/Meditation Center, Virginia State University
Prof. Michelle Chatman, Crime, Justice, and Security Studies program, University of the District of Columbia
Prof. Cheryl Talley, Psychology, Director, Virginia State University Center for Excellence in STEM Education, Virginia State University
Prof. Zewelanji Serpell, Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
4:30pm-5:30pmOpen Discussion including the C-HEARTS proposal
5:30pm-7:30pmNetworking Session (cash bar)