Breakout Sessions

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Select one workshop from each of the following breakout sessions. 

Breakout Session #1 Options (10:10 - 11:00 a.m.)

Thriving Through Change

Participants will learn strategies for increasing positive emotions in response to change. Facilitators will review common neurobiological and psychological responses to change and discuss ways to manage difficult emotions while building resiliency and thriving through change. The presentation will include a review of the literature and techniques for practical application.

Presenters: Satinder Gill and Rachael Davenport

Presenter BIO: Satinder Gill, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Clinical Director of ASAP. Dr. Gill’s areas of interest include evidence based and culturally responsive interventions, neuropsychological assessment and disabilities, and teaching and training. As Clinical Director, Dr. Gill utilizes a social justice framework to ensure the highest quality provision of services to UC Davis staff and their families through collaborative efforts with clinic staff and campus partners. Dr. Gill has a background in educational administration and leadership and has trained staff and faculty in violence prevention and risk management, crisis and conflict resolution, and organizational health and wellness.

Presenter BIO: Rachael Davenport, M.A. is a pre-doctoral intern at the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) and is currently completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Health Psychology. Rachael holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Education, from UC Davis. Previous experience has included working in private practice and medical settings, with both children and adults. Her areas of clinical interest are health and wellness, stress management, and grief.

AggieSystems Panel

The goal of the panel discussion is to spotlight the improvements and best features of the new campus systems, highlight some best practices as well as to unravel some of the challenges.

Moderator: Jim Hewlett

Panelists: Jennifer Thompson, Lia Scott, Megan Glide Villasenor, Anissa Nachman

BIO Moderator, Jim Hewlett has been with the university for over 21 years, as an employee in Accounting & Financial Services and, currently, Procurement and Contracting Services. For most of his career, he has been a trainer (classroom and online), writer, and website content developer. He enjoys identifying ways to improve business processes and working with staff to help them incorporate and integrate best practices in their departments.  When not working, Jim enjoys hosting his own show on the campus radio station, KDVS, performing in community theatre, and spending time with his cat, Roger! Jim is excited about this year's ADMAN conference; change is always happening, and finding new ways to embrace it and support one another through it can result in a more productive and happier life!

BIO AggieTravel Panelist, Jennifer Thompson is a Travel and Entertainment Analyst in Accounting and Financial Services primarily focused on AggieTravel. In this role, Jen conducts classroom training, develops resource materials and provides customized department training. She has a wide-breadth of knowledge about UC Davis from previous positions at Plant Pathology and Nematology, UC Davis Extension, and the California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab starting in the late 1990's. Jen joined Accounting and Financial Services in 2014 from the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

AGGIETRAVEL: AggieTravel is the next generation of travel and entertainment expense reporting for UC Davis! Concur Technologies, a division of SAP, brings UC Davis an automated, mobile and connected travel and expense management software. As of December 2016, the entire campus is live and active in AggieTravel.

BIO AggieBuy Panelist, Lia Scott has been a part of the UC Davis community since her mother came here for graduate school.  In her decades long association with UC Davis, she has been a performer, a volunteer, a student, a student employee, and now a career employee.  Lia joined Accounting & Financial Services (A&FS) as part of the project team for DaFIS, and has held various roles in A&FS ever since.  In recent years she has been responsible for implementing new catalogs in UCD Buy, before taking on the project of bringing the next generation of e-procurement to UC Davis.  The successful rollout of AggieBuy in November, 2016, was the culmination of two years effort to bring savings and efficiency to UC Davis through better e-procurement.  When she is not at work, you will find Lia with her menagerie of horses, goats, dogs, and more.

AGGIEBUY: AggieBuy is the new generation of e-procurement for UC Davis. AggieBuy is a group of SciQuest modules that cover the procure-to-pay process. It is a joint project between UC Davis and UC Procurement's e-Commerce Center of Excellence (eCOE). AggieBuy went live to the campus on November 7th, 2016. A second phase of AggieBuy, in progress, will provide the ability to request high-value orders requiring bidding/competitive pricing, will have improved/streamlined user interface for procurement/payment, will allow for service procurement, will have the ability to procure non-catalog items, will allow receipt export to KFS, and will have the ability to process trade-ins.

BIO AggieService Panelist, Megan Glide Villasenor is the Assistant Director of Customer Service and Strategic Initiatives a the Shared Services Center. She has almost 11 years of University of California experience, including time working at both the Davis and Berkeley campuses. She was an inaugural member of the SSC, and helped with the implementation of both the original case management system and the new AggieService system. She has a Master of Science in Business Administration and is committed to continuous improvement of business operations and customer service.

AGGIESERVICE: The AggieService case management system tracks all human resource and payroll transactions for clients of the Shared Services Center, Division of Social Sciences and College of Engineering. Even if you are not a client of these units, all UC Davis employees can use AggieService to ask a question, report a problem or get access to a live person for help with Talent acquisition and recruitment, Reclassification and compensation, Payroll and Benefits.

BIO AggieBudget, Anissa Nachman is a Director in Budget and Institutional Analysis, where she oversees Administrative Unit budgets and Budget Operations. Anissa has been with UC Davis since 2011. Previously, she served as Legislative Director and Budget Consultant for the California State Senate and Budget Analyst for the California Department of Finance. Anissa has a B.S. in Economics from Colgate University and a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley.

AGGIEBUDGET: The AggieBudget Project provides a budget, financial reporting, and financial forecasting solution for campus-wide use that will improve the efficiency and transparency with which all campus units conduct essential resource planning and management activities. Near the conference date, the Budget and Labor Planning Modules Pilot should be near ready to begin.

Breakout Session #2 Options (2:45 - 3:45 p.m.)

Power of Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation are mind and body practices that for 1,000’s of years have been used to increase calmness, reduce illness, and enhance overall health and well-being. Research has found evidence that the practices can reduce blood pressure, heart disease, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and much more.  It has been found to increase work engagement, concentration, attention, productivity and satisfaction.  
When  thinking  of meditation, some imagine a bald man sitting in a robe in a cross-legged “pretzel like” position.  In fact, meditation is a very easy to learn. Meditation techniques, especially in the U.S.,  have become more and more available for people of all ages and physical levels, and, fortunately, don’t need to involve any “pretzel like” movements.
Come learn about the neuroscience of meditation, the latest research, benefits and methods, plus enjoy a guided meditation as well!

Presenter: Beth Cohen

Instructor BIO: Beth Cohen, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical/organizational psychologist, national speaker and certified meditation instructor who has taught mindfulness meditation to approximately 12,000 individuals in workplaces across the United States.
Dr. Cohen is a trauma and violence prevention expert. She works with universities, local and state governments after mass events such as mass murder and terrorism. She has spent 28 years assessing needs, designing interventions, and working with staff, management and senior leadership in both the public as well as the private sectors to create organizational culture change to include employee health and wellness.    
Dr. Cohen is currently the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) interim manager at UC Santa Barbara, and worked as the director of the UC Davis ASAP for 9 years. She also worked as a senior psychologist/consultant on the new UC Davis Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being Program, and is an educator/senior consultant for the Center for Human Services at UC Davis.

A Look Ahead at UC Davis Strategic Technology Plans

This session will present several campus experts discussing systems they oversee or involved in that are used daily. You will hear about what is coming up in the near future (next 18 months) and how that may impact you and how you might prepare or be in the know. You will hear about a variety of different systems from administrative systems to student support systems to a new learning management system. This includes knowing what is coming up for UC Path, Canvas, Banner, and other systems.

Presenters: Doug Berman, Carolyn Nordstrom, Radhika Prabu, Todd Van Zandt.

Presenter BIO: Doug Berman is the Associate CIO for Information and Educational Technology and leads the Enterprise Student Applications group at UC Davis. Doug has 25 years of professional experience in higher education administration, information technology management and consulting. He began his career in the Office of the Registrar at Columbia University and worked for Columbia Law School managing academic services. He also worked for Ellucian for many years managing Banner system implementation projects. Doug was the Registrar at Harvard Law School, an Assistant Vice President at Merrimack College and the Director of Student Systems at the University of Colorado before coming to UC Davis in January 2017.

Presenter BIO: Carolyn Nordstrom is Executive Advisor to the CIO, assisting with strategic planning and IT governance, and acting as a liaison from the CIOs office to a variety of stakeholder groups on campus.   Carolyn  has deep qualifications, built during a career in public-sector technology. Until starting at IET, she was deputy director of the Child and Adult Technology Support Division in the California Office of Systems Integration. Before that, she was chief of the Enterprise Project Management Office for the California Lottery. Earlier, she spent more than five years working as a manager in Advisory Services for KPMG, a global professional services firm, where she provided management and IT consulting services on big, complex and high-profile state IT projects. She has fielded assignments in areas ranging from business process analysis, procurement, and project management, to organizational change management, strategic planning, and alternatives analysis. Carolyn earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in applied behavioral science, with an emphasis in organizational planning and management.  After graduation, she worked for several years as a Program Representative at University Extension and as an Academic Advisor in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.

Presenter BIO: Radhika Prabhu is the Executive Director for Administrative IT in Finance, Operations and Administration.  She is an experienced leader in information technology management and has led several campus-wide system implementations at UC Davis.  Radhika actively seeks process improvements and identifying solutions to meet business needs. Radhika has Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and holds her Master’s degree from Texas A&M University in Management Information Systems.  Prior to joining UC Davis, Radhika worked at Ernst and Young Consulting where she was project lead for enterprise web application projects.

Presenter BIO: Todd Van Zandt is part of the IET Academic Technology Services team and serves as the campus Learning Management System (LMS) Program Manager. In this role, he is currently overseeing the campus’ move from SmartSite to UC Davis Canvas. Mr. Van Zandt completed his undergraduate work in Managerial Economics at UC Davis, and has over 20 years of service working in Information Technology at the University of California. After an eleven-year stint at UC Merced where he was part of opening the tenth UC and establishing IT services for the campus, he recently returned to UC Davis to pursue his passion of academic technology. He has background in IT user services, academic technology, and IT training.