Staff Development Day

Explore the educational sessions that will be offered during Staff Development Day on May 26, 2017. Questions? Email Karla Knight for more information.

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Sessions

How to Use Databases to Research Family History

Presenter: Dorothy Mays, Olin Library
Location: Olin Library, Room 210

Are you interested in your family history or genealogy? The Olin Library has a subscription to, a goldmine for genealogy researchers. This session will provide the basics in getting started using, plus some easier tricks using Google to search old records that may shed insight into your family history.
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Stretch and Breathe with Yoga and Meditation

Presenter: Kristin Dawn Urban-Watson, Guruv Yoga
Location: Alfond Sports Center Dance Studio, Room 139

Class integrates the postures, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation to harmonize you on every level. It is a delicious, mindful, and moving class.
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Social Security 101: Everything you wanted to know

Presenter: Blanca Taylor, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
Location: Bush 176 (Room change!)

When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits? How does early retirement affect your benefits? Do you qualify for disability, survivors, and spouse benefits? How do you get the most from your benefit? What is the future of Social Security? When should you file for Medicare?  Learn how to use My Social Security online account and other online services.  You should go to to create a My Social Security account and print out your Social Security Statement before attending the workshop.
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Cornell Museum (in Sixty Minutes)

Presenters: Amy Galpin, Curator and Elizabeth Coulter, Dale Montgomery Fellow
Location: Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Come to this session to learn about the permanent collection at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and enjoy tours of our new summer exhibitions, Patrick Martinez: American Memorial and Sea and Sky: Watercolors and Drawings by Paul Signac. Find out about the rich history of our collection, how we go about selecting exhibitions and acquisitions for the collection, and learn about our programming for the Rollins community and families and friends in Central Florida.
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9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Sessions

Photo Editing with Photoshop

Presenter: Linda Watson, Marketing & Communications
Location: Olin Library, Room 220

Learn photo editing, retouching, color correction and more.
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History of Rollins / Olin Library Archives Open House

Presenters: President Emeritus Thaddeus Seymour; Wenxian Zhang, Head of Archives & Special Collection
Location: Galloway Room

Learn more about the history and traditions of the first recognized college in Florida from a master storyteller, then join him for a tour/open house of Rollins’ Archives in the Olin Library.
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Short Snips for Starting an Urban Garden and Maintaining Flowering Shrubs

Presenters: Mary Edwards, Facilities Management; Ann Francis, Environmental Studies
Location: Urban Farm behind Elizabeth Hall

This basic workshop covers a broad spectrum of gardening rules and topics, to include flower and vegetable gardening, tree and shrub care, managing pests, soil and water management, Right plant, Right place and Right time.
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Financial Health

Presenter: MaryKate Dwyer, Financial Center Manager, 5/3 Bank
Location: Bush 208

A representative from 5/3 Bank will discuss budgeting and saving money, boosting your credit score, strategies to slash your debt, protecting your identity, and basic estate planning.
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10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Sessions

Mindful Tai Chi

Presenter: Ty Arnold, Vital Life Yoga
Location: Faculty Club

An introduction to basic energy exercises, mindfulness, and Tai Chi principles of movement. A gentle, simple, low impact activity with many mental and physical benefits (reduction of stress anxiety and depression, improvement of mood, increased energy and aerobic capacity, as well as strengthening muscles).

Experience the gentle movement of Tai Chi Forms and create your own home practice. Improving balance, posture, stability, coordination, and flexibility through awareness and mindful control of the body positioning in space.
Wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. A water bottle is recommended.
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10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sessions

The Marshmallow Challenge

Presenter: David Zajchowski, Human Resources
Location: Bush 176

This fun and interactive session encourages staff members and teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity – all of which lie at the heart of fulfilling the mission of Rollins College. Participants will engage in a fast and powerful activity that will help improve a team’s capacity to generate ideas, build relationships with colleagues and emphasize the importance of diverse perspectives.  This activity has been conducted by tens of thousands of people in every continent, from the CFOs of the Fortune 50 to students at all levels. The lessons learned are universal.  Are you ready for the challenge?
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Travel: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Presenters: Ed Bustos & Brandy Fransen, International Admission
Location: Bush 212

The Rollins College International Admission team travels all over the world, sometimes for weeks at a time. We will be covering online sources, books, as well as recommendations on where to eat, what to pack and where to go. This session will be an opportunity for both beginners and travel veterans to refresh their resource bank as well as newcomers to start with what works. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own favorites to add to our “best of list” that will be available to everyone afterward.
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Stretch and Breathe with Yoga and Meditation

Presenters: Lua Hancock ‘97, Guruv Yoga and Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success, Stetson University
Location: Alfond Sports Center Dance Studio, Room 139

Class integrates the postures, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation to harmonize you on every level. It is a delicious, mindful, and moving class.
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Rally Wellness Program

Presenter: Rachel Brinton, ICUBA
Location: Bush 202

Learn all about the Rally Wellness Program. Covered employees and spouses can earn up to $450 ICUBA Dollars and Unlimited Rally Coins for achieving wellbeing goals each year! ICUBA Dollars are redeemed for a variety of gift cards to top selling merchants.
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Weight-Lifting 101

Presenter: Shawn Pistor, Athletics
Location: Alfond Sports Center – Daryl’s Fitness Center

See how to use and set the machines in just seconds.  Learn the basics (baby steps towards a healthier you).  Tips on how to make lifting and aerobic training fun.  You don’t need to be in the gym for 2 hours to improve your health!
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