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 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 (lunch provided at 12:15; please make sure you RSVP your attendance below).

Perspectives - Spring 2018

Relationships, Relationships, Relationships |  Friday, February 2  |  102 Mann Library  Our lives are full of different types of relationships in both the personal and professional realm, but do you know the characteristics of a healthy relationship versus one that has dynamics of being unhealthy?  Knowing the difference can be key to a successful, productive, and happy life.  Learn strategies for how to identify strengths and weaknesses in every relationship and what options you have.  Presenter:  Jessie Bonney-Burrill, BA, Senior Public Health Fellow, Skorton Center for Health InitiativesRSVP by January 29

Fueling Your Daily Performance with Exercise and Nutrition | Wednesday, February 28 | G01 Biotech  Learn the art and science of exercise and healthy fueling for optimal physical and mental performance using a wellness approach to understanding your body's needs.  Whether you are just getting started, want to include more exercise and nutrition into your daily routine, or are an experienced athlete/dietician, this session is for you.  All participants will leave with an understanding of their own fitness and nutrition goals, best practices to achieve their goals, and resources to support them.  Come with your individualized question for group discussion. Presenters:  Sarah Wilson-Potter, MS, RDN, Cornell Healthy Eating Program and MJ Bert Adams, MS, Cornell Fitness Centers.  RSVP by February 23

When Challenges Occur in the Mentoring Relationship  | Monday, March 12   |  401 Warren Hall   We all experience ups and downs as part of life. It can be especially difficult for graduate students when challenges occur in mentoring relationship with PIs and mentors/advisors.  During this interactive session, we will apply a resiliency model and practical tools to real-life scenarios to better understand how we can prevent such challenges from harming our relationships and potentially derailing our professional goals.  Presenters: Janna Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life and Sarah Rubenstein-Gillis, LMSW, Cornell Health Counseling and Psychological Services.   RSVP by March 9

Changing Your Degree Path:  Personal, Career, and Academic Considerations  |  Tuesday, March 29 | 701 Clark Hall   As graduate students, it is normal for priorities to change over time and, as a result, to reassess how your graduate program fits in with your career goals, interests, values, and personal life.  If you are a PhD student considering changing your program to a master's degree or leaving your program early, join us to discuss:

  • Reasons why PhD students may want to consider changing or leaving their degree program
  • Cornell policies and practices that can inform your decision
  • Approaches for researching the career implications of changing your degree program
  • Strategies to successfully navigate potentially difficult conversations with your advisors and prospective employers
  • Resources within and outside of Cornell to support you during this decision-making process.

Attendance and information shared during the session will be kept confidential.  Presenters:  Janna Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life, Gaeun Seo, PhD, Career Development Specialist: Graduate and International Advisor, Eve Abrams, LCSW, Cornell Health Counseling and Psychological Services.  RSVP  by March 26

Perfectionism- Friend or Foe?  |  Tuesday, April 3  |  175 Warren Hall   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, PhD, Cornell Health Counseling and Psychological Services.  RSVP by March 30

Security Workshop: 5 Ways You Can Protect Your Devices, Your Work, and Your Personal Information  |  Tuesday, April 19  |  701 Clark Hall |   Good security doesn’t have to be hard to understand or difficult to implement. Learn some of the simple steps that you can take to improve your security and privacy awareness in a digital world. Bring your laptop, smartphone, and questions for a hands-on workshop led by a team of campus computer security experts. Sign up and attend to receive a free Cornell laptop webcam privacy cover!  Presenter:  Meryl Bursic, Senior Security Engineer, Cornell University IT Security Office and members of the IT@Cornell  team.   RSVP by April 16

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