STAR-ND Walk-In Conference

STAR-ND will host a Walk-In Conference on January 19, 2017, at McKenna Hall!  

This event provides an opportunity for colleagues from around our division to present sessions and facilitate discussions so we may share resources, best practices, and challenges of our work in student affairs. The conference is meant to create dialogue across departments and encourage innovative methods for engaging our students. Attendees will mainly be from the Division of Student Affairs, but we may also have attendees from Saint Mary's, Holy Cross, and other campus collaborators.  Register HERE for this event.  A detailed schedule and program descriptions can be found HERE.

Keynote Address:   "The Neuroscience of Being Your Best Self: What Good Sleep, Moderate Stress, and Positive Emotion can Teach us about Leading (and Living) Well" with Dr. Jessica Payne

Dr. Jessica Payne holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and the University of Notre Dame, where she is currently Associate Professor of Psychology and Nancy O'Neill Collegiate Chair. She is also the Director of the Sleep Stress and Memory (SAM) Lab at Notre Dame. Payne’s research focuses on how sleep and stress independently and interactively influence human memory, emotion, creativity, and performance. She teaches various courses in Psychology and Neurobiology, including a popular course entitled “The Sleeping Brain” for which she won Harvard University’s Bok Center Award for teaching excellence and Notre Dame’s Frank O’Malley award for undergraduate teaching and service. She also recently won the Laird Cermak Award for her contribution to memory research, and the Early Career Award from the Psychonomic Society, which is “the home for scientists who study how the mind works”.

Payne is also interested in applying her research findings to business organizations, striving to help leaders understand how to work with, rather than against, the natural abilities of the human brain. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times, Businessweek and MSN, Scientific American, the Huffington Post, CNN, USA Today, Bloomberg Business Week, National Geographic, and many other media outlets.

In 2011-2012, Payne was the H. Smith Richardson Jr. Fellow at Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Greensboro, NC. She continues to help CCL incorporate neuroscience and sleep research into their leadership programs. Dr. Payne also serves on the Advisory Board of the Neuroleadership Institute, and on the Medical Advisory Board for Humana, Inc, a fortune 500 company that markets and administers health insurance with a focus on holistic wellness.

Dr. Payne’s postdoctoral fellowship was split between Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard University’s Psychology Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Arizona, a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology from Mount Holyoke College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego.


9:00am - 9:30am Check-in and Registration

9:30am - 10:30am General Session :  Office of Student Enrichment

10:45am - 11:30am Breakout Session I

11:45am - 12:45am Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm Keynote Address: Dr. Jessica Payne

2:15pm - 3:00pm Breakout Session II

3:15pm - 4:00pm Breakout Session III

We are going Green for this event! To that end, please bring your own water bottles and do your best to minimize paper consumption over the course of the conference.  Your assistance is appreciated in our efforts to move toward greater environmental sustainability.  We look forward to seeing you on the 19th!

General Session: Office of Student Enrichment

Marc D. Burdell is the Director for LSES (Low Socioeconomic Status) support at the University of Notre Dame. As program director within the Division of Student Affairs, Burdell will oversee the creation of a student life enrichment program under the Fighting Irish Initiative, a groundbreaking initiative that will fully fund the cost for low-income students to attend Notre Dame — including tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses. Burdell was most recently director of alumni programs at the Notre Dame Alumni Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1987 in the Arts and Letters Program for Administrators at Notre Dame and joined the Alumni Association team in 2006.  Burdell and his wife, Jeanette, a 1987 Saint Mary’s College graduate, have three children: Michael, ND ’10; Courtney, ND ’13; and Geoffrey, ND ’15.

Consuela Wilson has been with the university for the past 8 years. She has spent most of her time here as an inclusion specialist and career counselor in The Career Center but has recently moved into an assistant director role in The Office of Student Enrichment. She hails from Southern California and obtained her undergraduate degree from The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She has her masters in education from IUSB. She is a lover of books and considers herself to be a lifelong learner. Her passion and mission are to instill and encourage hope in others.


Mission: Together with the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Enrichment is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment so that every new generation of the Fighting Irish finds a home, reaches their full potential, and flourishes at the University of Notre Dame. 

Goals: This office hopes to build relationships with high-achieving and under-resourced students through personal support, social enrichment and growth programs, and economic support. 

Programs & Services: The Office of Student Enrichment offers programs such as Peer Mentoring, Financial Literacy, and Navigating College Life at Notre Dame to all undergradaute students. This office is also responsible for administering and providing benefits for eligible undergraduate students who qualify for the Student Experience Fund (formerly the Rector Fund) and the Opportunity Fund (formerly the LSES Fund). 


Breakout Session I Topics & Bios

Called to Be Friends and Allies: Serving the LGBTQ Students at Notre Dame presented by: Maureen McKenney

Program Description: Ever wonder what supporting students who identify as LGBTQ looks like within the Notre Dame community? Have you taken the time to consider the role you play, as a member of the Division of Student Affairs, in cultivating a campus climate where the dignity and inclusion of all students is fostered? Join the conversation as we discuss the importance of creating a campus environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive of LGBTQ students.

Maureen has been a member of the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Notre Dame for eight years, first as a member of the Student Activities Programming team, now as the Assistant Director for LGBTQ Student Initiatives in the Gender Relations Center. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Aquinas College and an M.Ed. in counseling/student affairs from Northern Arizona University. Maureen first found her passion for work in student affairs as a Resident Assistant and has since found true joy in the world of student leadership development, particularly in working with marginalized students.

Values & Well-Being: One simple step towards increased happiness presented by: Mimi Beck & Megan Brown

Program DescriptionIn her book, The Upside of Stress, Kelly McGonigal describes writing about values as one of the most effective psychological interventions ever studied. This experiential session will use a combination of creative and meditative activities to allow participants to identify their most deeply held values and reflect on how these values affect their work and their well-being.

Mimi is the Program Director for Graduate Student Life at the University of Notre Dame. She serves as the primary Student Affairs liaison to the Graduate School, focusing on improved quality of life, communication, advocacy, community-building, assessment, and strategic planning for post-baccalaureate students across four divisions and thirty-eight academic programs. Mimi’s previous experience includes residential life at Notre Dame and campus ministry at St. Mary’s University and Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her BA in Religious Studies from the University of the Incarnate Word, and her MTS in liturgical and systematic theology from Notre Dame.

Megan Brown is a staff psychologist at the University Counseling Center. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University. Megan is an avid student of Positive Psychology which is the "scientific study of strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive."Megan Brown is a staff psychologist at the University Counseling Center. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University. Megan is an avid student of Positive Psychology which is the "scientific study of strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive."

High Functioning Depression presented by: John Johnstin, Brenda Hunt, Peter Barnes, and Eric Styles

Program Description: High functioning depression has become a hot button topic on college campuses and in research literature. Join us for an in-depth conversation that will provide a description and information about available services for our students.

Brenda Hunt currently serves the Univesity as an Assistant Director in the Office of Community Standards. Brenda holds a B.A.A in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Administration from Central Michigan University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership/Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University.

John is a two-time graduate of Central Michigan University (CMU), with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration. While pursuing his studies at CMU, John served as a residence hall director for seven years. During that time, he was involved with campus organizations that support survivors of sexual aggression and mentoring college age men. Next, John moved to Dallas, Tx and began working at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). During his time at UTD, he served as an Assistant Director of Student Organizations. In addition, John also served as co-chair of Welcome Week(s) and Homecoming. After three years in Dallas, the opportunity at Notre Dame has brought John back to the Midwest.

Eric, a Chicago native, has been involved in ministry for many years in parishes, middle and secondary schools, and universities. He has a BFA in Electronic Media and African American Studies minor from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He earned an MA in Applied Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago that combined social philosophy and theology. Shortly after graduating from college, Eric worked as Parish Liturgy Coordinator at Saint Benedict the African (East) Catholic Church in Chicago and a House Manager for The Theatre School of DePaul University. He was heavily involved in retreat work with Charis Ministries an outreach of the Jesuits for people in their twenties and thirties. He subsequently joined the Society of Jesus and was in formation for the priesthood for seven years. After leaving religious life, he found his way to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona and worked as Campus Minister for Liturgy and Faith Formation.

Peter Barnes obtained his Degree from the University of Memphis in 2003 in Counseling Psychology. His clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise are cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies; depression; anxiety; stress management; men’s issues; multicultural issues; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. Peter enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter, playing the bass guitarist for the Phineas Gage,  watching LSU and New Orleans Saints football, traveling, movies, cooking (especially New Orleans cuisine), and reading.

There's Power in the Name: Talking about Jesus with Students presented by: Allie Greene & Mike Urbaniak

Program Description: As a Catholic higher education institution, we share a commitment and a responsibility to witness to the life and teachings of Jesus and challenge students to grow in their faith at Notre Dame and beyond. We follow in the footsteps and the instruction of Holy Cross founder Blessed Basil Moreau: “While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for heaven.” This mission compels all who a part of this division to bring Jesus into the work we do with students; it is not enough to let it happen only within the walls and programs of Campus Ministry. Bringing faith and the name of Jesus into a student’s experience can seem awkward, however, and that discomfort may prevent us from doing so. Yet, it is our privilege and duty at Notre Dame to make Jesus known. In doing so, we aid in the formation of whole persons, minds, and hearts which yearn to find purpose, meaning, and love. This seminar seeks to explore the resistances of doing this and to learn practical ways to explicitly name and grow in relationship to Christ, with students and also with our colleagues.

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Mike completed his bachelor's in theology from Notre Dame in 2010. After working for a year as an intern in Campus Ministry, he went on to earn his master of divinity also from Notre Dame in 2014. Mike currently serves as the Assistant Director of Leadership Formation, overseeing the Anchor Leadership Program and Anchor Senior Internship, helping to develop student leaders as people with hope to bring to our campus and our world.

Allie is in her first year with Campus Ministry as the Assistant Director of Liturgy, focusing on prayer and liturgy in the residence halls. Allie enjoys collaborating with exceptional colleagues in the Division of Student Affairs and has a special interest in educating students in the Holy Cross tradition. Prior to this role, she served as a Campus Ministry Intern at Notre Dame, taught high school religion in New Orleans, and lived in-residence as Rector of Ryan Hall. Allie earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Saint Mary’s College and an M.Ed. from Notre Dame through the ACE Teaching Fellows program.

Breakout Session II Topics & Bios

Bystander Behavior in Senior Student Leaders presented by: Christine Pajewski

Program Description: Bystander behavior is at the heart of our institutions of higher education; the bystander effect and appropriate intervention techniques directly affect our students in terms of their learning, personal development, and engagement with the institution. In order to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can actively live and learn, we must know what our student leaders do and do not do in situations involving high-risk choices and when faced with situations involving sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence. The purpose of the conducted study was to determine whether holding a position of leadership in college has an effect on the likelihood that an individual would intervene in situations of sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence. The results and implications are what can drive us as student affairs practitioners forward in order to make a difference with our students, even if it is just one.

Christine is a member of the Residential Life team within the Division of Student Affairs, currently serving as a full-time assistant rector in Flaherty Hall. She holds a B.S.Ed. in Kinesiology from the University of Virginia and an M.Ed. in counseling/student affairs from Clemson University. Christine first found her calling to student affairs in the student leadership roles she held and has since enjoyed the holistic student development aspect of residential life as well as student leadership development.

Gen Z: Mobile, Visual, Private and Bellweathers presented by: Peggy Hnatusko

Program Description Generation Z is coming to college! Are we ready for their 8-second attention spans? This session will focus on their zappy characteristics and social mediums they are using to communicate.

Peggy Hnatusko is currently the Director of Student Activities for Programming, a position she had held since 2007. In this role, she has oversight of the Student Activities Programming Department and Legends of Notre Dame. She currently advises Student Government's Executive Cabinet and Senate, the Graduate Student Union and on a volunteer basis, Mariachi ND. Peggy has a M.S. in Recreation and Park Administration with an emphasis on College Union Administration from Western Illinois University and a B.S. from Bradley University double majoring in Elementary and Special Education. In 2011, Peggy received the faculty award, The Father John (Pop) Farley, C.S.C. Award. Peggy and her husband, Russ, are adoptive parents to Kyle age 12, who is in sixth grade at Schmucker Middle School.

Beyond Title IX Compliance: Doing the Right Thing by Our Students: presented by: Matt Lahey, Christine Caron Gebhardt, and Heather Ryan

Program Description This presentation will discuss a multi-year process at the University strategically addressing the issue of sexual violence.  Topic areas will include community partnerships, campus awareness and education efforts , bystander intervention initiatives , c ampus climate studies,  reporting, investigation processes, support systems for complainants and respondents, and cultural changes.  We will also discuss the role of the Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention, and the Gender Relations Center.  Lastly, we will touch on the University’s resolution agreement with, and discussions and interactions with the Office for Civil Rights , and we will identify and discuss potential future Title IX challenges.

Matthew D. Lahey is Associate General Counsel for the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Lahey’s practice primarily involves legal oversight and guidance regarding all staff-related employment issues and proceedings, Title IX compliance, Clery Act concerns, employment contracts and related contractual issues, and certain employee benefits matters.  Prior to joining the University, Mr. Lahey was a Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago. Mr. Lahey was a member of Schiff Hardin’s Labor & Employment Group for 13 years, where he counseled employers of all sizes.  Mr. Lahey is a graduate of the University of NotreDame and earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.    

Christine Caron Gebhardt has been the Director of the Gender Relations Center and co-chair of the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention for five years. Ms. Caron Gebhardt comes from a background of moral formation, education and church ministry.  Ms. Caron Gebhardt was an adjunct at Vanderbilt University, and a professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University in Washington State. She offered courses on Social Ethics, Catholic Social Teaching, Biomedical Ethics, Death and Dying, Human Sexuality, and Marriage & the Family. She has served as an Ethics Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, where she provided education and ethical consultation regarding patient rights, death and dying, reproductive issues such as genetics and health care access.  Ms. Caron Gebhardt received her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and her Master's and PhD from Vanderbilt University in Theological Ethics with a focus on Biomedical Ethics. 

Heather Ryan serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, overseeing the impartial administrative investigation process and facilitation of resources for students reporting and responding to allegations related to sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and other forms of sexual harassment.  Ms. Ryan joined the University as an Assistant Director in the Office of Residence Life in October 2011.  In that position, Ms. Ryan served as a University Conduct Officer and assisted in the conduct process review and transition from the Office of Residence Life to Office of Community Standards.  Prior to joining the University, Ms. Ryan worked within higher education for 11 years at Western Washington University, the University of Michigan, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a master’s degree in Higher Education with an Emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University (MI) and a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University.

Let's Stop...Just for a Minute presented by: Jennie Phillips & Val Staples

Program Description: Everybody seems to be constantly on the go these days. Whether it is on to the next meeting, project or class, we are in constant motion. What would happen if we stopped... just for a minute? This session will lead with a focus on the effects of physical activity on mental health followed by the subject of slowing down and stopping for a minute to regain our footing, balance, and peace in a constantly connected world. We will ake time in this session to slow down and stop and note how it not only feels for us but how it may benefit the lives of our students as well.

Jennie Phillips is a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Butler University where she played varsity tennis and a Master's degree from Miami University. Jennie has been at Notre Dame for over 20 years and has experienced RecSports' continued growth in both facilities and programs. She is currently a member of the National Intramural and Recreation Sports Associaton, Indiana Recreational Sports Association, American College of Sports Medicine and National Athletic Trainer's Association. Jennie recently became a certified American Red Cross instructor as well. Her twin sister, Jocie Antonelli, serves at the Dietitian for Campus Dining.

Valerie Staples is a licensed clinical social at the University Counseling Center at the University of Notre Dame. She received her BS from Manchester University and MSSW from the University of Louisville. Valerie has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 1987 beginning at the H.O.P.E Program at Memorial Hospital where she was the director from 1989-1999. She worked in private practice prior to coming to the counseling center in 2001. Valerie is a founding member of the Eating Disorders Task Force of Indiana, a member of NASW and the Academy for Eating Disorders Professionals. She is the principle investigator for the collaborative research project between the UCC, Washington University, Rutgers and Stanford and is a member of CSAP on campus. Valerie has presented at numerous local, regional and national conferences.

Breakout Session III Topics & Bios

S.W.A.T: Special Wishes and Thanks presented by: Amber Monroe

Program Description: S.W.A.T. is a peer-to-peer program created to boost morale and help others feel appreciated and valued. You will be given basic tools to create your own S.W.A.T team (even if it's a "team of one"). This is a unique method to recognize those in your department and/or division in a fun, easy, and spontaneous way.

Amber Monroe serves as an Assistant Director in the Office of Community Standards and has been at Notre Dame since February of 2016. She most recently served as Associate Director/Title IX Investigator for The Office of Student Ethics at Indiana University, where she worked for the previous nine years; four4 as Title IX Investigator and five as Residence Manager. Before working at Indiana University, Amber worked in Residential Life and Housing at various schools throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. The S.W.A.T. program was created by Monroe while working at the University of Missouri--St. Louis. Due to the high-stress work environment, Amber created an easily-applied and adaptable recognition program to boost morale and create peer recognition for the "un-sung Heroes" of the division. The program spread quickly, and S.W.A.T. teams began popping up in other Departments/Divisions and Academic Units throughout the university.

Advising Minoritized Identities presented by: Consuela Wilson & Yvette Rodriquez

Program Description This session will explore the unique experiences of college students who present or identify themselves as being a part of a minoritized population. We will explore the concerns of these students, how these issues are perpetuated, and Notre Dame resources in which to assist. In this session, we hope to assist student-facing individuals recognize classist, sexist, racist, etc. micro aggressions within policies, procedures, and individual behavior. This session is aimed at having an open discussion and sharing knowledge/resources that will propel student affairs individuals in their work toward promoting a sense of belonging to all Notre Dame students.

Yvette Rodriguez came to Notre Dame after finishing her Master’s degree in the higher education student affairs program at Iowa State University in May, 2016. As a graduate assistant she worked in multicultural programming. As a part of her assistantship, she coordinated a learning community and facilitated an interracial conversation group. Previous to these experiences, she worked full time as an Admissions Counselor at Iowa State University which sparked her interest in serving students and families from many diverse backgrounds in a higher education setting.

Consuela Wilson has been with the university for the past 8 years. She has spent most of her time here as an inclusion specialist and career counselor in The Career Center but has recently moved into an assistant director role in The Office of Student Enrichment. She hails from Southern California and obtained her undergraduate degree from The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She has her masters in education from IUSB. She is a lover of books and considers herself to be a lifelong learner. Her passion and mission are to instill and encourage hope in others.

How to Accommodate Students with Disabilities presented by: Brian Guarraci & Scott Howland

Program Description: A review of the process for providing accommodations for students with disabilities. We would also discuss the recent trend giving rise to animals on campus, and explain the difference between service and assistance animals.

Brian Guarraci is Assistant General Counsel for the University of Notre Dame. His primary practice areas include litigation and risk management, student affairs, campus safety and security, the Clery Act, and advising University departments on statutory, regulatory, and policy matters. Mr. Guarraci is a 1999 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology, with highest honors. Mr. Guarraci received his juris doctor degree from Duke University School of Law in 2002.

Since 1995 Scott has been the Program Coordinator of the Sara Bea Disability Services office and is the first person to hold this position. Prior to Notre Dame, he worked at the University of Iowa and St. Ambrose University. Scott has a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Bowling Green State University.

How to help Emerging Adults Navigate Grief and Loss presented by: Liz Detwiler

Program Description: The presentation will explore how adolescent development theories combined with research in the human experience of loss might help us understand and respond to the unique ways in which adolescents and young adults experience grief and loss.

Liz serves both Student Affairs as the Rector to the Walsh Community (currently living in Pangborn due to the Walsh Hall renovation) and Campus Ministry as the Assistant to the Anchor Leadership Program. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, a Certificate in Pastoral Care from Saint Xavier University and a BA in Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Liz's previous experience includes Campus Ministry positions in various higher education settings, social justice education and immersions for college students, retreat work for different demographics, spiritual direction, and hospital chaplaincy in the ER/Trauma/ICU.