Professional Development

My Professional Development

I enjoy attending conferences and workshops because there is so much to be learned from my colleagues.  I also have had the opportunity to become an involved leader in many other ways both on and off campus.


Dragon Leadership Program Mentor

The Dragon Leadership Program (DLP) provides practical and relevant opportunities for students to develop leadership skills both in and out of the classroom.

MSUM offers a rich variety of leadership experiences and learning opportunities. The DLP showcases all the ways students can participate in skill development to complement their academic coursework. The opportunities highlighted in the DLP show deliberate and meaningful collaborations among campus departments working together to actively engage students as a leader. This powerful skill set will increase our students marketability and professional readiness so that when they graduate, they are an attractive candidate to employers.


Association of College Unions International Conferences

ACUI dates back to 1914 when it was founded in the Midwestern United States by six students and one faculty advisor from Case School of Applied Sciences at Cleveland (now Case Western Reserve University), University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Purdue University, and University of Wisconsin.

The Association of College Unions International supports its members in the development of community through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services.

I have attended Regional Conferences from 2008 – present as a professional staff and from 1998 – 2000 as a student.  I have also attended the International Conferences from 2008 – present.  Each conference brings opportunities to network and learn about a variety of topics from employment programs and technology to facility management and diversity among campuses.  I have presented at many regional conferences on many technology related topics.  I also have served as a Regional Conference Planning team member from 2008 – 2013.


EMS Conferences

Event Management Software by Dean Evans is the primary tool I use day in and day out for scheduling spaces in the Student Union and our campus.  I have been fortunate enough to attend two conferences for EMS.  One in 2012 and one in 2014.  During the 2012 conference I was asked to present on behalf of Minnesota State University Moorhead for the energy and revenue savings we had from joining our HVAC system to EMS.  I was a part of the team to make this connection possible for MSUM.  The joining of the two programs allowed our HVAC to be driven by the schedule of classes and events happening in each building.  Copies of my presentation can be found here:


ASA Technology Council

Served: 2013 – Present

The Academic and Student Affairs Technology Council is an ongoing council with an advisory role to the vice chancellor of academic and student affairs and the Academic and Student Affairs Coordinating Commission.

The council will be the principal group responsible for advising the vice chancellor of academic affairs on all academic technologies that are piloted, adopted, and/or licensed for system wide use.


MSUAASF Membership Coordinator

Served: 2010 – 2013

ASF stands for Administrative Service Faculty. It is the collective bargaining association representing non-teaching faculty who serve in professional positions at the seven state universities within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Members of this unit work in academic and student-oriented departments such as academic affairs, admissions, alumni relations, athletics, business office, career services, disability services, early childhood center, financial aid, first year programs, health & wellness, international student services, diversity and inclusion, public safety, records, residence hall operations, student activities, student success center, student union, theatre arts, women’s center and many other areas.

As the Membership Coordinator, I was responsible for explaining the benefits of the Labor Union to new ASF employees as well as keeping our roster up to date and meeting with many members relating to topics regarding their status.  I worked to help employees make the best decision they could on whether or not to become full versus fair share members.  I served a a Steward for ASF during my time as the Membership Coordinator and continue to do so to this day.


MnSCU Supervisor Training

The MnSCU frontline leadership programs are designed to help supervisors develop the knowledge and skills they need to be a successful leader at their college, university or institution and in the MnSCU system.  The courses and trainings I have completed are:

  1. Science of Supervision eLearning course: Twelve (12) modules focused on policies, procedures and contracts.
  2. Science of Supervision in person program: One-day application course focused on managing leaves, discipline, investigations, ethics and creating a harassment-free work environment.
  3. Art of Supervision program: Three-day interactive program focused on the application of the MnSCU Leadership Competencies.