by Joy Ulrich (Director of Career Services, Ambrose University)
On March 16th 2016 Ambrose University hosted the Southern Alberta CACSD Regional Meeting, inviting all Student Development professionals from faith-based institutions to gather together for a day of sharing and learning. There were 22 participants from 6 institutions (Ambrose University, Alberta Bible College, Prairie College, Burman University, The King’s University, and Rocky Mountain College).
The agenda for the day was kept simple with school and area updates in the morning and round table discussions in the afternoon. Lunch was served in the cafeteria and many participated in school & residence tours afterwards. The discussions were focused around topic areas and involved idea, experience and information exchanges between the participants, facilitated by a table leader. The topics included:
Student Tracking Systems (Alison Exner)
Spiritual Formations (Terry Fach)
Residential Issues & Concerns (Shannon Weiss)
Student Success/Engagement (Lisa Moran)
Mental Health: using psychological assessments with students (Cory Pytlarz)
Career & Employment Services (Joy Ulrich)
Addressing students use of pornography & masturbation (Van Williams)
Supporting students with disabilities (Andrea Hensen)
It was a day filled with re-connections with colleagues and significant conversations. It reminded us that we are all in kingdom work serving God and students; seeking to bring life, wholeness and wellness into our respective institutions.
The event ended with Prairie College volunteering to host the 2017 CACSD Regional Meeting, were we hope to see even more of our student development co-workers.