Spring Conference

Spring Conference

The 2017 Spring Conference was held at the Altoona campus on Thursday, May 25. Thank you to all that attended.

8:00 am Bus departure from the Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus
9:30 am Arrival & Registration, Misciagna Theatre
10:00 am Welcome and Remarks, Misciagna Theatre
10:30 am - 12 noon Keynote Speaker, Misciagna Theatre
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch, Port Sky
1:45 - 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions
2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Breakout Sessions
3:35 pm - 4:00 pm Closing remarks, Misciagna Theatre

About the Keynote Speaker, Erik Medina
Join Erik Medina, VP, The Futures Company and the TRU Youth MONITOR, as he takes you on an all-new multimedia journey below the surface of today’s young people, uncovering invaluable insights into the ways they think and behave, what they value and perceive, and how their current mindsets impact their decision-making today and in the future.

Drivers such as the economy, demographics, lifestyle, technology, and the environment impact global, macro trends seen across industries. Erik Medina will share insights into these macro trends, their impact on higher education, and what's needed to ensure future prosperity with the next generation of college students. With more than 20-years in marketing, Erik has a diverse background in numerous industries including consumer packaged goods, technology and education.

As Vice President of TRU Youth MONITOR subscription services, Erik’s chief role is to build marketing and product strategies that bring The Futures Company’s unparalleled expertise among teens and young adults to companies and brands in order that they better understand and connect with young consumers. Erik has oversight for the TRU Youth MONITOR Study—the key tracking and segmentation study relied on by more than 100 of the world’s leading youth-oriented brands and the TRU Youth MONITOR Presentation – a thought-leadership showpiece that brings Millennials to life and enables deeper understanding of this segment. Erik received his B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University and earned his MBA in Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Breakout Sessions

Dr. Bhushan Jayarao
Yoga is the ancient Indian set of physical, mental, and breathing exercises that have now found their way into every exercise routine in the world. Yoga focuses on the whole body health and wellness as well as mental fitness for lifelong benefits. In the session today our Instructor Dr. Bhushan Jayarao will cover some the following:

  • Basic exercises and breathing techniques that can be used at any location including during the workday for a few minutes every day.
  • A more active set of exercises that you can watch and make note of for future use or participate to become familiar with (if you are planning to participate please wear loose comfortable clothing). Handouts will be provided for your use later.
  • If time permits we will end with a demonstration of a relaxation technique.

Parts two and three will require sitting on the ground as well as laying down. If you want you can bring a sheet or a yoga mat if you have one.

FaceAge Session
Professor Andrew Belser
Dr. Belser, the director of FaceAge, will show clips of this film-based project that is being used to connect generations. He will lead a discussion and some exercises on how the themes of FaceAge - compassion, empathy, connection - can be applied in a workplace environment.

Conversation and White noise
Matt Stumpf
Matt is on a mission to motivate people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds to enter into meaningful conversations.  His desire is to constantly motivate the people around him into conversations that engage, include, and empower people to reach out into the uncomfortable.

Pennsylvania and the Underground Railroad
Jared Fredrick
Located along the border of the Mason-Dixon Line, Pennsylvania served as a corridor to freedom as escaped slaves embarked on the perilous trek from the South to liberty in Canada. This engaging presentation featuring period photos, original documents, and film excerpts will highlight the achievements and obstacles of anti-slavery advocates in the Keystone State in the years leading to the Civil War. Equally important, the story speaks of ongoing struggles in society regarding race, the rule of law, and the balance of power in government.

World Cafe
Panel Discussion
Some of the best kept secrets in the world of diversity are revealed by this panel.

Follow Up with Erik Medina
Erik Medina
Ask our guest speaker follow up questions during a panel discussion in a smaller setting.

Get to Know Workday
WorkLion Project Team
This session includes a detailed look at Workday, Penn State's new HR-Payroll system that includes benefits, time-tracking, payment elections, and much more! Workday will be accessible through the new WorkLion Portal, a personalized access point to all things Penn State HR. Learn more about how various employee types will use Workday and interact with the WorkLion Portal.

Healthy Workday
Melissa Hendricks and Meghan Kronenwetter
With time limitations and added stress how do you make healthy food choices at work? This session is for people of all ages. Join us to learn how to make the best food decisions for you.

Experience A Day in the Life
Ethan Dixon
Have you ever wondered what it must be like to navigate our campuses with an impairment? Ethan, a Boy Scout leader for over 20 years, takes you on an interactive journey to encourage us to change our perceptions.

About the Spring Conference
Each year in late Spring, A&BS holds its Spring Conference, an event that gives employees a chance to get together, learn, and relax after a long school year. Portions of the conference have become popular traditions that attendees look forward to, including videos, the breakout sessions, and the food. The conference has been held at several campuses including Altoona, Behrend, Berks, and University Park.