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; please make sure you RSVP your attendance below.

Perspectives – Spring 2019

Your Personal Vision Statement

Wednesday, February 6  |  12:30- 1:30 pm  |  Lunch at 12:15  |  G01 Biotech Building

Starting 2019 is a perfect time to reflect on your personal vision.  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


Stress from a Contextual Perspective: Making Meaning Out of Coping

Thursday, February 28 |  12:30-1:30 pm  |  Lunch at 12:15  | G01 Biotechnology Building

Stress and the cumulative nature of stress can have a detrimental impact on the mind and body. In addition, different cultural and familial values can inform one’s decision to express stress in different ways, and whether to express stress and seek help accordingly. This presentation will cover the nature of stress, its impact on the mind and body as it relates to an academic performance from diverse lenses. The presentation will include recommendations on coping. Presenter: Lavanya Devdas, Ph.D., MSW, Psychologist, Cornell Health


Mental Health Introduction

Wednesday, March 6 |  12:30-1:30 pm  |  Lunch at 12:15  |  701 Clark Hall

This session is to serve as an invitation to talk about mental health…  We will cover common stressors that impacts mental health, importance of resilience and finding community, and what help looks like at Cornell.  We will share data from the Graduate Student Experience Survey as it relates to mental health.  You will leave with a better understanding of what you can do to help improve and support your mental health and others.  Presenters: Janna Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Student Life, Graduate School and Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, MA, Mental Health Promotion Program Director, Cornell Health


Power Analysis as it Relates to our Consensual Relationships

Thursday, March 14  |  12:30-1:30 pm  |  Lunch at 12:15  |  102 Mann Library

This session will allow for an in-depth discussion about the various consensual relationships that graduate students may have and to talk about elements of power inherent in them.  Through a series of case studies, participants will have a purposeful and frank discussion about the complexities and realities of power differentials in interpersonal relationship and how this intersects with both personal and professional relationships.  In light of the recently revised CU Consensual Relationship Policy, this session will initiate a conversation about how graduate students may interact with this policy.  Presenters:  Lara Hamburger, Campus Educator, The Advocacy Center; Laura Weiss, Sexual Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, Cornell Health; Pam Strausser, Senior Consultant, Academic Human Resources; and Janna Lamey, Assistant Dean for Student Life, Graduate School


Navigating Relationships by Understanding the Impact of Communication: Interpersonally and Professionally (Reschedule)

Monday, April 8  |  12:30-1:30 pm  |  Lunch at 12:15 |  700 Clark Hall | RSVP for Navigating Relationships by Understanding the Impact of Communication: Interpersonally and Professionally

Communication is the foundation in every relationship that we have.  Come to learn more about your own communication style and preference, along with learning more about those around you.  Learn the difference between passive, passive-aggressive, aggressive and assertive communication styles.  Finally, determine how to best negotiate your needs in the different relationships that you have, whether that may be learning how to speak up, learning how to set limits or a combination.  It doesn’t matter if your relationship of focus is personal or professional, strengthening your ability to communicate can help every relationship flourish.  Presenter: Jessica Massaro, LCSW-R, Behavioral Health Consultant, Cornell Health


FEAR… of Public Speaking?

Tuesday, April 9  |  12:30-1:30 pm  |  Lunch at 12:15  |  102 Mann Library | RSVP for FEAR… of Public Speaking?

Have you noticed a fear-response (sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, among others) when asked to give a presentation?  Or, have you wondered if there are strategies to improve your ability to better control your “nerves”?  Come learn about the fear-response cycle, fear promoting thoughts, and, most importantly, what strategies you can do to break the fear response cycle and challenge negative self-talk.  Both long-term and short-term strategies will be provided, along with participating in a progressive muscle relaxation technique.  Presenter: Jennie Bernstein, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Cornell Health


Previous Perspective Sessions:

  • Changing Your Degree Path:  Personal, Career, and Academic Considerations – Jannaa Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Student Life, Gaeun Seo, PhD, Graduate and Professional Career Advisor, and Eve Abrams, LCSW, Cornell Health Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Finding Happiness through Doing Rather Than Having – Amit Kumar, PhD student in Social Psychology
  • FIve Ways Your Can Protect Your Devices, Your Work, and Your Personal Information – Meryl Bursic, Senior Security Engineer, IT Security Office
  • 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
  • Relationships, Relationships, Relationships  Jessie Bonney-Burrill, BA, Senior Public Health Fellow, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives
  • 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 Challenges Occur in Your Mentoring Program  Janna Lamey, MSEd, Assistant Dean for Student Life and Sarah Rubenstein-Gillis, LMSW, Cornell Health 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