Perspectives: The Complete Graduate Student

The health and well-being of our students is a foundation for academic and life success.  This interactive seminar series is designed to provide graduate and professional students with some PERSPECTIVE on both research and practical strategies that support student goals.  Join us over lunch provided by the Graduate School to learn from the experts how to support your health and well-being now and in the future. All sessions are from 12:30 -1:30 PM in 102 Mann Library (lunch provided at 12:15).

Perspectives Spring 2016

Perfectionism - Friend or Foe?  | Thursday, February 11   |   Would you describe yourself as one with "perfectionist tendencies?"  Do you have a friend that calls you a perfectionist?  Learn the characteristics and definition of being a perfectionist, how this can impact your performance as a graduate student, and more importantly, how you can make a change. Presenter: Wai-Kwong Wong, Cornell Health Counseling and Psychological Services. RSVP by February 9

Sexual Culture at Cornell: What Does That Even Mean? | Tuesday, February 23   |   Take a roller-coaster ride through the history of our sexual culture in American and at Cornell. We will consider how social norms around sex and sexuality are shaped, changed, and navigated on and off campus. Additionally, we’ll discuss how the new Title IX and New York State mandates involving sexual violence education and prevention play into our sexual culture, both individually and societally. Presenter:  Jessie Bonney-Burrill, Public Health Fellow, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives. RSVP by February 19

The Necessities of Personal Safety | Thursday, March 10   |   During this interactive session, you will be challenged to think about methods and skills that you need to be safe. Find out about the many resources and services available to help ensure that you are part of a safe and caring community. Presenter: Crime Prevention Officer Beverly Jean Van Cleef, Cornell University Police Department (CUPD).  RSVP by March 8

Your Personal Vision Statement | Tuesday, March 22   |   Your priorities determine how you spend your time. How can you better define and articulate your academic and personal goals in a way that helps you make time decisions? Through a series of exercises, you will have time to reflect, discuss, and analyze what is most important to you. By the end, you will leave with a written personal vision statement. Presenter: Janna Lamey, Assistant Dean for Student Life.  RSVP by March 18

Your Greatest Asset: Using Your Mind to Succeed (A Perspective Workshop)  |  Monday, April 11 | 12:00- 2:00 PM | 229 ILR King-Shaw Conference Center    |   Our thoughts impact how we interact with people, including ourselves.  Join Dr. Whitlock in understanding how negative thought patterns can develop, and more importantly, learn the tools on how to alter your perspective so that your thoughts are more positive and productive.  Presenter:  Janis Whitlock, Research Scientist, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. RSVP by April 8

Thinking of Spring?  Enjoy and Take an Active Break  |  Tuesday, April 26  |  Meet at the Big Red Barn   |   Exercise can improve the ability to learn and remember, along with being a proven method to decrease stress levels.  We will join together to network, walk around scenic Beebe Lake, and end with continued conversation over lunch.  Wear walking shoes and dress for rain or shine.  Presenter:  Janna Lamey, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life.  RSVP by April 22

Previous Perspective Sessions were as follows: 

  • Finding Happiness through Doing Rather than Having -  Amit Kumar, PhD student in Social Psychology
  • Four Keys to Making Your Own Happiness - Karen "Casey" Carr, LCSW, Assistant Dean of Students, Office of Student and Community Support
  • Fueling Your (daily) Performance - Clint Wattenberg, MS, RD, and Randy Patterson, PhD, Cornell Healthy Eating Program
  • Graduate Students Can Notice and Respond - Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, MA, Gannett Health Services
  • Taking an Active Break -  Janna Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life
  • The Art of Eating Healthy as a Graduate Student -  Clint Wattenberg, RD; Randy Patterson, PhD and A.J. Rubineau, MD - Panel Presentation from the Cornell Healthy Eating Program
  • How to make more time in your day?  -  Jan Allen, PhD, Graduate School Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
  • How to Navigate Social Connections and Relationships - Janna Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Student Life, Graduate School and Jan Talbot, MS, CHES, Health Educator, Gannett Health Services
  • Perfectionism – Friend or Foe? -    Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD, Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Personal Safety - What you need to know... -  Beverly Jean Van Cleef, Crime Prevention Officer, Cornell University Police Department (CUPD)
  • Practical Strategies to Manage Your Time -  Janna Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life
  • Positive Thinking = Positive Productivity, Part 1 and 2 -  Janis Whitlock, PhD, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Research Scientist
  • Sleep for Success - Rebecca Robbins, PhD Candidate, Field of Communications
  • Stress Management - Jan Talbot, MS, CHES, Gannett Health Services and Janna Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life
  • Waiting for the “Right” Time – all about PROCRASTINATION - Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD, Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services
  • What Does Exercise Have to Do With It? -  MJ Bert Adams, Cornell Fitness Centers
  • When Challenges Occur in Your Academic Program - Janna Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Student Life and Monica Jones, PhD, Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services
  • When in doubt, breathe out:  Take time to chill out - Jan Talbot, MS, CHES; Gannett Health Services and Andrea Gerding, MPS, LCSW, Gannett Health Services
  • Your Personal Vision Statement - Janna Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Student Life