Learning is part of our DNA.

Our programs incorporate real-world challenges that student affairs professionals face on a daily basis. Staff interested in participating in the Division's programs can register at OrgSync.

2017 Divisional Programs

2017-18 programs are under development. Contact Edel Jesse (ejesse1@udayton.edu) for more details. 

Runway Training

Visit the Runway Training website to see the training calendar and register for courses. 

Additional Programs for Leaders and Supervisors

Student Development leaders and supervisors are encouraged to consider attending programs through the Center for Leadership. To register, contact HR Learning & Development at 229-2541 or visit the site

Nov. 8: "IMPROVing Interpersonal Communication." | 8:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m. | Audience: leaders and supervisors

Leaders with a mastery of the various facets of communication are becoming increasingly rare. Acquiring these skills can be overwhelming, and can leave some thinking they may just not have what it takes. This course will use the proven methods of improvisation training to identify weaknesses and create new strengths. 

Nov. 29 | Develop Resilient Students: Foster Grit, Life Skills & Stress Management | 2 - 3:30 p.m. | RecPlex Meeting Room B | Audience: all staff

Program Description

The American College Health Association says one in six college students have been diagnosed with, or treated for, anxiety within the past year – in fact, anxiety is now considered the number one mental health diagnosis among college students. How does resilience play into this – and how does it play out on today's college campuses? You'll also learn about the components of Cornell University's model Resilience Program, as well as how they are integrating nature and reflection prescriptions into their health and mental health efforts. These practical approaches to student development can be adapted to your specific campus' needs.

Learning Outcomes
  • An understanding of resilience in the context of the higher education environment so you can implement specific strategies to most effectively develop necessary life-skill sets in your students.
  • Foundational concepts on the adaptability and mechanism of the human stress response, how this response is mismatched with the environment of the modern world and why this causes such challenges for today's students – meet them where they are at so you can teach them the skills they need for managing themselves properly.
  • The various components of resilience and how they impact your students' ability to respond effectively to stress – you'll be able to communicate the importance of focusing human and fiscal efforts in this critical area to key constituents.
  • A suggested framework for public health programs to facilitate resilience among students on campus.

Dec. 6: Generation Z & Digital Technology: Recruit, Retain and Engage a New Generation of Students | 2 p.m.  to 3:30 p.m. | Audience: all staff


Savvy college enrollment divisions know that the best way to reach potential students is to join them in their comfort zone. Effective use of technology and social media in outreach efforts will attract Generation Z students. Failure to attract them will result in lower enrollment, declining retention rates and potentially serious financial ramifications.

Gen Z students expect and demand faculty and administrators to integrate technology more intentionally throughout their campus and academic experiences. Meeting their needs will improve overall satisfaction, enhanced learning, academic success and degree completion.

Join our expert presenter Dr. Edmund Cabellon as he shares his insight into the art of using a variety of digital technology and communication tools to recruit, engage and retain your students.

  • Implement strategies using technology to assist enrollment management meet the needs of Gen Z students and their families– increase your enrollment, retention and revenue.
  • Build partnerships cross-divisionally to strengthen new and existing technology – improve marketing and communication outreach to recruit, enroll and retain the Gen Z students.
  • Identify methods for addressing the diverse technological needs of your students and faculty– ensure consistent integration of technology in and out of the classroom to enhance learning outcomes and academic success.
  • Utilize social media to reach potential students in their comfort zone – ensure institutional budgetary support is available to implement creative technological outreach efforts that will attract this tech savvy generation.

Circle of Learning: Administrative Support Staff

The purpose of the Circle of Learning is for administrative staff to share interests, create new knowledge, collaborate, enhance skill sets, network, and build community. To register for programs, visit the Student Development Staff page on OrgSync. All Circle of Learning programs includes lunch.

Fall 2017 circle of learning sessions

The November 15 session, we will have a Runway overview with Sondra Harris and Brian Page. If you are in Runway for any reason, this will be the session for you. Sondra and Brian will review some quick tips as well as answer any questions staff have about Runway.  

The December 13 session will include a Christmas celebration and a tour of the Nativity in Roesch Library.   

RSVP to the Google invite if you plan to attend the session. Contact April Graham if you have any questions. 

First Year Ongoing Orientation Programs

First session: Welcome and tour of the division, within 2 weeks of hire. Facilitated by department or office.
Focus: Developing awareness of the different departments and resources within the division.

Second session: Overview of Division of Student Development, held in the spring and fall semesters (attend one).
Focus: Increasing involvement within the division and short evaluation.

The Division of Student Development offers a 1.5-hour new staff orientation program twice per year to welcome new staff and offer important information to help them be successful in their new roles. Register for the upcoming breakfast orientation sessions on September 21, 2017 and April 18, 2018 on OrgSync. The orientation program includes:
  • Networking with other staff members and student development leaders
  • Information on the departments and offices that comprise the Division and the students we serve
  • An introduction to the Diversity Strategic Plan and how the multicultural framework is used within the Division
  • An introduction to the assessment tools and resources available, budget planning, administrative resources, OrgSync platform, and news digest to help staff be successful
  • An opportunity to learn about the University's Catholic, Marianist values and the values and mission of the Division as well as how the Commitment to Community is an important component of the Division's work
Third session: Overview of campus community initiatives, staff spring and fall forums (email from human resources).

Focus: Expanding knowledge of University and strategic initiatives, including evaluation of acclimation and engagement.