Break Out Session Descriptions
Attend one session in the morning and one in the afternoon
Morning Break Out Sessions: 10:45am-12:00pm
Legal Issues for Student Organizations
Presenter: Kellie Peterson, MSU Office of Legal Counsel
Session Description: An overview of compliance issues and potential liabilities for student organizations.
Practical tips for avoiding legal issues and coming out on top when they cannot be
avoided. Also learn how your club can minimize risk when necessary.
Presenter Bio: Kellie, a native of Butte, Montana, is a graduate of Gonzaga University and the University of Montana Law School. Prior to joining MSU, she worked for a small firm in Arizona specializing in Education, Municipal, and Indian Law. She joined the University in 2015 and enjoys the challenge of proactively addressing the University’s legal needs.
Ideation for the Student Leader
Presenter: Blackstone LaunchPad student leaders and staff
Session Description: The Blackstone LaunchPad offers venture coaching and other services to help students ideate, innovate, and create. These skills are applicable to the student club leader, and can be used to expand club membership, plan a new annual event, create a club brand identity, or bring new life to the club leadership's brainstorming process. This session will include venture coaches from the Blackstone LaunchPad giving context, going through our ideation process, and then turning it over to the student leaders to practice. At the end of the seminar, student leaders will be well equipped to take the Blackstone LaunchPad process and use it to improve their clubs.
Managing Conflict: Your Survival Guide to Successful Conflict Resolution
Presenter: Virginia Bratton
Session Description: This workshop will review types and origins of conflict, approaches to conflict
resolution, and communication techniques and practical steps to manage conflict. Take
away tools you can apply in your student organization to help you to avoid the dysfunctional
side of conflict while capitalizing on the functional side of conflict to achieve
Presenter Bio: Virginia K. Bratton joined MSU in 2007. She teaches undergraduate courses in organizational behavior, human resource management, and leadership. Her research focuses on business ethics, pay equity, and performance appraisals, and she has published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Journal of Vocational Behavior, as well as other journals. Dr. Bratton has designed and delivered workshops to business practitioners, faculty, staff, and
administrators on a variety of HR topics including topics such as business ethics, conflict management, and stress reduction. She recently co-authored a book with Connie Strittmatter, Teaching Plagiarism Prevention to College Students: An Ethics-Based Approach.
Event Planning: Know the Road
Presenters: Chelsey Wilson, Shannon Barton, Micah McFeely, & Lizzy Thompson
Session Description: Your student organization can host fun and engaging events without burning out your
leaders. From event location, to campus policies and procedures, to catering and more
- come to this session to ensure that you know the road – including the possible road-blocks
that your organization may run into and the resources that exist on campus to ensure
your club has a successful event.
Chelsey Wilson is the Student Engagement and Leadership Advisor for the Office of Student Engagement at MSU. She is a two-time alum of MSU, earning a BS in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and College Teaching. She has worked for the Division of Student Success at MSU for 5 years, where she has experience branding, advertising, implementing, and assessing campus events and engagement programs. She serves as a
resource for students looking to host events on campus and can help you find new and innovative ways to market your events.
Shannon Barton moved to Montana in August 2016 for an internship with Montana State Sports Facilities. Shannon then graduated in December 2016 from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor's degree in Sport and Entertainment Management. She now works for MSU Conference and Event Services as their Conference Housing & Event Coordinator.
Micah McFeely is the current Vice President of the Associated Students of Montana State University. With her prior experience as a VOICE Center Advocate, Sustained Dialogue Facilitator, Safe Zone Trainer, and Resident Advisor, Micah became passionate about serving students further by running for ASMSU last spring with her running mate, Kylar Clifton. There is nothing that makes Micah more happy than happy, healthy, engaged Bobcats and she works towards those efforts every day.
Lizzy Thompson, a sophomore here at MSU studying Civil Engineering. She has worked in the OSE office for over a year now, originally as the ASMSU Campus Entertainment Associate and now as the ASMSU Student Campus Entertainment Director. Her position allows her to work with students and offices all over campus, while having the opportunity to play an important role in her peers’ experiences here on campus. Planning and carrying out events that let students relax, connect with old friends and new, and feel at home is what makes her job so rewarding!
Zero to Sixty; Increasing Group Participation Through Effective Facilitation
Presenter: Shannon Stober
Session Description: Few things are more frustrating for a leader than feeling as if your group members are unable, or unwilling, to participate in your efforts. In this rapid-fire session, leaders will be introduced to a variety of learning theories and facilitation strategies designed to increase and sustain high levels of participation throughout the year. Consider it ten sessions rolled into one, a highlight reel, drawing out best practices from a broad spectrum of subjects!
Presenter Bio: With over 10 years of experience working with youth, young adults, and emerging leaders from a variety of sectors, Shannon Stober, often referred to as a speaker extraordinaire, is one of Montana’s premiere personal development facilitators and trainers. Each year, Shannon reaches hundreds of individuals through workshops, retreats, speaking, and coaching engagements. Shannon is an Alumna of Fort Lewis College, earning Cum Laude Honors while studying Communication, Psychology, Sociology, and Gender Issues. Shannon completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps *VISTA and went on to serve as the Statewide Training Officer for the Governor’s Office of Community Service. Since that time she served as a Program Manager for Montana Campus Compact and invested eight years working with Montana Conservation Corps, earning the title of Director of Programs while spearheading nationally recognized leadership development programming. She is now the owner of Verve Exchange Consulting, where she focuses her efforts on delivering high-impact learning experiences full-time.
Understanding Your Personal Leadership Style
Presenters: MSU Leadership Institute
*NOTE: This personal leadership development session is also offered during the afternoon break-out session.
Session Description: How do you effectively lead teams to success, and especially your student organization? Understanding your role as team leader is one way. Through a highly interactive workshop, including student organization leadership scenarios, attendees learn how to utilize multiple leadership styles. Developed by Harvard’s Daniel Goleman, known for his expertise on Emotional Intelligence, this session provides insights, tips and tricks on which leadership style is most beneficial in the day-to-day challenges that come with leading a student organization. Goleman says “The best leaders don’t know just one style of leadership – they’re skilled at several, and have the flexibility to switch between styles as the circumstances dictate.”
About the Leadership Institute: The MSU Leadership Institute inspires students to become leaders who serve as catalysts for positive change. Leading the session are two dynamic student associates who included Sunirp Rehal and Elizabeth Vinson – and the Leadership Institute director, Carmen McSpadden.
Keynote Presenter: Emma Naliboff Pettit
Keynote Topic: Cross Boundaries. Create Community.
Keynote Bio: As a Program Director for the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, Emma Naliboff Pettit works directly with students, staff, faculty, and administrators on issues surrounding race, class, gender, sexual orientation, interfaith cooperation, and intercultural competency. Emma works particularly on mentoring students, developing the Sustained Dialogue retreats, and making color-coded spreadsheets. Emma comes to Sustained Dialogue from an extensive dialogue and social justice background. She facilitated and participated in Intergroup Dialogues as an undergraduate, with a group of Muslims and Jews in Los Angeles in the NewGround project, and during six months in Israel with Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Yafo. She is a proud alumna of Mount Holyoke College and earned her MA at the George Washington University.
Afternoon Break Out Sessions: 1:15pm-2:30pm
3 R’s: Recruitment, Retention & Recognition
Presenter: Marianne Brough
Session Description: Recruitment, retention and recognition of members (and leaders) are often three areas clubs struggle with. Come learn strategies to help you succeed in these area, in addition to learning from other clubs in a fun, rotating-roundtable format!
Presenter Bio: Marianne Brough is the Director of the Office of Student Engagement. She moved to Bozeman and became a Bobcat three years ago. She serves as the advisor to the Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU), the elected student voice of MSU. She works with student leaders 24/7 (no…seriously) and uses recruitment, retention and recognition strategies on a daily basis to insure teams are operating at their optimal level.
Club Funding: Show me the $$$!
Presenter: Mandy St. Aubyn
Session Description: Come learn more about student organization funding, how to build a budget, fundraising
ideas and more! Also hear from other clubs who have been successful at fundraising
and learn best practices.
Presenter Bio: Mandy St. Aubyn is the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Engagement and has worked at MSU since 2008. She works to support the 250+ student organizations at MSU. She serves as the staff advisor for the Student Organization Funding Board, allocating approximately $160,000 to student organizations. She provides club leaders with tools and resources to help them be successful in their role in addition to supporting club advisers. She received a BS in Psychology from the University of North Dakota and her Master’s in College Counseling and Student Development from St. Cloud State University.
Marketing Like a Boss
Presenters: Julie Kipfer, Amy Kanuch, Dylan Weber, Nick Zetterberg & Laurynn Olson
Session Description: MSU staff will present on the importance of creating a marketing and communication
strategy for your student organization. Topics include, advertising outlets, proper
use of the MSU name and logo, best practices in social media, and identify creative
and affordable ways to market your events.
Julie Kipfer is the Director of Marketing and Creative Services, has spent the past 15 years developing strategic communication and marketing efforts to increase MSU's visibility and enhance its reputation. She leads the university's marketing campaigns and oversees use of the MSU trademarks on commercial products.
Amy Kanuch is the Community Relations specialist for Montana State University. She is responsible for community outreach and promoting positive awareness of MSU by building partnerships at the campus and community levels. She represents MSU on local boards and committees and collaborates on various MSU community events. In addition, she manages the Pure Gold recognition program, publishes the Bobcat Bulletin and oversees the design approval process for the university merchandise program.
Dylan Weber, Social Media Strategist, attended Montana State University and graduated with the Class of 2017 with a degree in Marketing. He previously worked with student entrepreneurs at the Blackstone LaunchPad at Montana State and regularly volunteers with community organizations. Dylan is the main resource for social media and related communications on campus.
Nick Zetterberg, is a second-year student here at MSU. He is currently studying criminology and computer science. His position within the Office of Student Engagement is the ASMSU Student Public Relations Director. He runs ad campaigns for events, runs social media, and designs marketing plans for events.
Laurynn Olson is the Communications and Event Specialist for the MSU Office of Student Engagement at Montana State University. She has worked for the Division of Student Success for 3 years, where she has experience branding and advertising campus events and services to MSU students. In her time at MSU she has coordinated Catapalooza, Can the Griz, Service Saturdays, the fall and spring Involvement Fairs and the Day of Student Recognition.
Experiential Learning: Best Practices for Turning Real Life into Real Learning Presenter: Shannon Stober
Session Description: All leadership experiences represent an opportunity to learn and grow, and experiential learning offers us the model needed to maximize that opportunity. In this session participants will be introduced to the experiential learning cycle, frameworks for understanding the experiential learning process, and tools to use in leading yourself and others through the experiential learning process. These skills will allow leaders to effectively debrief club events, team activities, and individual experiences in a productive and forward-thinking manner.
Presenter Bio: See morning session “Zero to Sixty”
Understanding Your Leadership Style*
Presenters: MSU Leadership Institute
*Same session offered in Morning Break-Out, please see description and bio under the morning descriptions.
Optional Networking Gathering: 3:15pm-4:30pm
Networking, Appetizers & Pizza
Bridger Brewing, 1609 S. 11th Ave. (near Town and Country)
An optional networking event will be hosted after the official close of the conference from 3:15-4:30pm at Bridger Brewing. This is a great way to connect with your fellow club leaders to continue the great conversations from the conference, relax and have some fun! Appetizers and pizza will be provided and you will have an opportunity to win gift cards and prizes!