DINE DISCUSS DASH is a new professional development model TRACKS is trying for Winter 2018!

These meetings will be: short bursts of | new knowledge | presented in high frequency--modeled after high-intensity training in the exercise world.

Meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays* from 5:25-6p in SCB 2002--bring your dinnerinteract with university and local business professionals to gain insight and explore various topics!

*Some Thursday presentations will be hosted for 1 hour; please check schedule for noted events.






Topic Resources and Documents:

How to Talk so Your Professor Will Listen


David Lairmore, Doctoral Psychology Intern with GVSU UCC

This interactive program will provide education about reasons to approach an instructor and ways in which one can successfully interact with the instructor. The program also provides information on how to prepare for a meeting with an instructor and how classroom preparation and behavior influence the professor's opinion of and attitude towards students.

Questions for Great Conversations

How to Talk to Employers


Megan Riksen, Assistant Director with GVSU Career Center

Knowing how to prepare, introduce yourself, and hold a conversation with a professional in your field of interest can feel intimidating. Hear from our experts about the best ways to start the conversation that could possibly land you the job! This session will include information on preparing for the career fair as well.

How to Talk to Employers

Goal Setting

2.20.18 & 3.27.18

Nelson Van Elderen, Affiliate Professor Marketing Department

Discuss the importance of setting goals, formulating a structure and plan to achieve them, and how to spot and overcome obstacles that come up while on the path to achieving your goals!


Making Social Media Work for You:

Cleaning Up Your Social Media Image

2.27.18 & 4.3.18

Adrienne Wallace, Assistant Professor for Advertising & Public Relations

Learn helpful tips and resources that can help you clean up your social media image while working toward establishing a strong personal brand.


Building Your Personal Ethics Statement

3.13.18 & 3.20.18

Kelley Monterusso, Director of Communications & External Relations 
Grand Valley State University – Kirkhof College of Nursing

Participants will develop individual statements reflecting the personal values and morals they aspire to exhibit as students and professionals.  The statement is meant to serve as a solid foundation for decision making, communications, relationship development, conflict management and more.


Time Management*


Eric McCurdy (2.1) & Chelsey Morgan (3.15), Doctoral Psychology Interns with GVSU UCC

This interactive presentation will provide education about time management. The program highlights how all the hours in a standard week are accounted for, the basic principles of time management, and goal setting strategies and concludes ends with a discussion of ways to overcome procrastination.

Blank Time Management Chart

Example Time Management Chart

Important Career Questions and Personal Characteristics*


Dave MacDonald, Business Owner of Dr. Dave TM Consulting, LLC.

Curious about Dave MacDonald's background? Visit:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidrmacdonald

In this interactive discuss, you will develop your personal brand/characteristics and explore ways to reflect it within the workplace.

Join Dave MacDonald as he guides you through the process Steelcase HR Division has used for career development process in employee fit and function.

Learn how to create a "success profile" that will include 5 key things that are believed to be essential for determining a fit between an individual and a given role.

1. Motivational fit (values/preferences/motives)

2. Dimensions of ’normal’ personality     

3. Dimensions of ‘derailing’ personality

4. Problem-solving ability

5. Knowledge/skill


Transitioning from College to the Work World/Graduate School*


Jamie Furda, Post Fellow with GVSU UCC

The program will consist of information concerning the common stressors of transitioning from college, and discuss strategies to manage transitioning from GVSU to the working world or graduate school.


How to get an Internship for Credit


Tami Kraker, Senior Academic Advisor Seidman Undergraduate Advising

Learn how the process and requirements needed to complete an internship for credit. For more information visit: http://www.gvsu.edu/careers/internship-credit-57.htm


Stress Management*


Kerry Beduna (2.15) & Eric McCurdy (4.12), Doctoral Psychology Interns with GVSU UCC 

This interactive program will provide education about stressors and stress management - more specifically the consequences of stress, common stressors that exist in college life, and a basic stepwise approach to self-care and stress management techniques.


How to Give a Great PowerPoint Presentation*


Matt Roberts,  Instructional Design Specialist with GVSU IDeL

Learn what elements make for a great presentation using PowerPoint, how to relay your information without losing your audience attention, and explore resources and tips that will help you prepare and execute your presentation.


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