Don’t Cancel that Class is designed to offer education and training in the classroom beyond the subject matter. These are already taking place in Student Affairs with these presentations to student organizations, training for student leadership, and student programming in the resident halls. Presentations are an option for faculty as a replacement lecture in lieu of cancelling class.
As part of the university’s strategic plan, learning is taking place inside and outside the classroom. This is another opportunity to integrate life skills with the content knowledge of the classroom. It offers a chance to reach more of our student population while meeting the three underlying goals of the strategic plan. These presentations are already utilized by a small percentage of the student body; therefore, it would be efficient to offer them in that classroom as well. Given our student demographic, many students come to MSUB, earn a degree, and leave without ever benefiting from the services available to them, which are included in their student fees. As their student fees fund this, it is important they are given additional awareness regarding access to these services.
This interactive program goes into great depth regarding the use of online social networks including current trends of users and how this impacts the collegiate journey. Participants also gain a better understanding of the good, bad and ugly related to site uses and postings, while being offered support and information on how to stay safe while using online social networks.
We live in a world where you must be bold without boundaries in order to create change. This interactive program encourages participants to expand their leadership skills and abilities by utilizing improvisation games and techniques. Through the use of improv techniques participants will learn how to turn leadership of yesterday into inspiring and motivating actions for tomorrow. And in inspiring themselves, participants will be able to take the information and motivate their teams, groups, or businesses.
In a society of first impressions how you initially meet, greet and interact with individuals is extremely important, but often overlooked. Many times the individual lacks the confidence and the topics needed to make small talk and network effectively, but this interactive presentation gives participants all they need to mix, mingle, and make the most of those networking opportunities. From proper handshakes to the etiquette of accepting a business card, this presentation showcases the art of the networking, making small talk, and making a good impression.
"I have a goal." We have all said it, but do we know what to do after we say it? Do we know how to successfully reach our goal? How often do we come back to that goal because we are not able to meet it? With the support of this interactive program participants will gain a better sense what goals are, how to appropriately set them, and how to hold themselves accountable. Utilizing the SMART goal setting approach participants will leave more fulfilled and ready to take on the new challenges in their life.
Suicide is a tough topic that many people will avoid when approached by someone who may be feeling "blue" or depressed. This is in great part to the fact that we don't know how to talk to someone who may be suicidal or what questions to ask. There are right questions to ask and conversations that can be had with individuals that can help save a life. This interactive program provides participants with information about suicide and how to use the intervention tool known as QPR (Questions, Persuade, Refer) to potentially save a life and get help for an individual.
College can be a whirlwind of experimentation and choices. It leads one to question how those choices are made when the moment is at hand. This interactive program dissects how participants make decisions through the understanding of ethics and individual values. Additionally, participants will better understand the red flags in their day to day lives that can impact those choices and how those values impact their final decision.
Have you ever been concerned about a situation and wanted to help, but didn’t. You’re not alone. Step Up is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates student on helping others. Teaching people about the determinants of prosocial behavior makes them more aware of why they sometimes don’t help. As a result they are more likely to help in the future. Step Up has been adopted from the University of Arizona’s C.A.T.S. Life Skills program.
Media seems to be a whirlwind of stories highlighting the most recent sexual assault, Universities being investigated and students in an uproar. It’s disappointing to think that this media might lead us to believe that these sexual assaults are rare incidents that make the news. In reality, every 2 minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. This program will challenge students to debate the societal norms that allow for a culture for sexual assault and violence by giving power and control to populations and oppressing others. It also encourages students to determine their role in prevention and shaping the future of this devastating topic.
The American College Health Association National College Health Assessment II time and time again identifies sleep and stress in the top five academic impacts for college students. This program utilizes modern technology to engage students into a discussion about sleep hygiene and stress management as college students. It also gives students an opportunity to analyze their own habits and work to improve those behaviors.
Triniti is a Billings native that explored a couple of colleges before deciding to finish her degree at Montana State University Billings. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion with a minor in Psychology. Triniti is recognized by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Triniti is the Health Educator in Student Health Services and the advisor for the student organization HEROES (Health Educators Reaching Others and Encouraging Success). In addition to her roles as an advisor and health educator, Triniti is the team lead for the MSUB Employee Wellness Committee as well as a member of many other professional committees at MSUB. She is also currently the Montana State Coordinator for The BACCHUS Network, a national non-profit organization for peer education. Triniti is actively involved in the community through public health campaigns and volunteering for other organizations including the United Way, Yellowstone AIDS project, Billing Jaycees and others. Triniti is passionate about encouraging students to get involved and volunteer. She believes that it is the best way to network and get familiar with campus and community resources.
Jeff hails from Washington State where he graduated from Richland High School in 2001 and went on to attend Central Washington University. During his time at CWU he was actively involved in residence life serving as a resident assistant for 3 years and later becoming a student government representative for 2 years. He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education. Jeff attended graduate school at Colorado State University and graduated in 2009 with his Masters of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education. After graduation from CSU Jeff started his professional journey at Montana State University Billings where he serves as the Interim Director for Housing & Residential Life. In addition to his primary duties within Housing & Residential Life Jeff also works with the training of orientation leaders and co-coordinates MSUB Parent and Family Programs. Jeff has served in a variety of national board roles and has presented nationally and regionally on several leadership topics. Living by the motto “Step Up, Work Hard, and Make a Difference” Jeff continuously strives to make an impact on the development of students during their collegiate experience. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor recreation including bike riding, hiking and camping; and likes to cook and read to get rid of stress.
Alison graduated from Muskingum University, in Ohio, with a Political Science degree. She then went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in College Student Affairs at Eastern Illinois University. During her graduate work she won the Outstanding Graduate Advisor award, finished her thesis on International Students and was an active member of campus life. Alison is currently in her second year as the Petro Hall Director and continues to expand her professional understanding through memberships to national organizations and personal research. She enjoys aiding students in their educational journey and is constantly challenging students to grow and develop. Alison is extremely interested in diversity issues and equality; she currently is the organizer of MSUB’s Tunnel of Oppression, Safe Zone Training and is working on creating a Sexual Violence Advocacy program for MSUB student survivors of sexual abuse.
Darla Tyler-McSherry is the Director of Student Health Services at Montana State University Billings. She earned her B.S. in Health and Physical Education and M.S. in Health and Human Performance at The University of Montana. Darla is the Immediate Past President of the Rocky Mountain College Health Association, and the State Coordinator for The Network for Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues. Additionally, she is the Coordinator for the Yellowstone County DUI Task Force. She served as the Health Educator at MSU Billings for 17 years before moving into the Director role. Darla is passionate about college health and proud of the quality of care and services provided by the Health Services team. In her spare time, Darla enjoys running, biking, walking her dogs, fishing and camping with her husband, and reading.