“It’s great to have the mix of people learning and networking together,” so said one of the participants at the 5th annual DU Learning Symposium. Over 90% of the faculty, staff and administrators attending agreed that the event promoted a culture that values building community at Drake. “Just having the opportunity to meet, talk, and connect with folks whose own paths don’t often cross mine is the best thing about the Symposium.”
The event was held Friday, Aug. 18, at the Sheraton in West Des Moines.
This year’s theme, Building Community, was addressed by over 30 presenters in a wide variety of modes and methods. The keynote address was delivered by Scott Raecker, Executive Director of The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center. One participant commented, “Great session! This was an interactive session done right! The activities we worked on were meaningful and well-timed. I actually appreciated that my table was full of others from my College so that we were able to have meaningful discussions that were directly applicable to our daily work.”
Other comments about the day:
Feedback also included ideas to improve the symposium and increase participation. All feedback was reviewed and discussed by the Provost’s Council and the planning committee. Some interesting changes are in the works for next year.
Be watching this space for the Call for Proposals in the spring of 2018.
Contact Drinda Williams, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost, if you have questions.