Delta Days 2014

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Delta Days 2014

The Mines Community is invited to attend the following Presidents' Committee on Diversity 2014 Delta Days Events.
All events are free to the Mines Community, but an RSVP may be required.

Mon JAN 20
        MLK Day Breakfast
Please join us for the annual MLK DAY Breakfast. The program will begin at 7:50 a.m. and will include remarks, the presentation of the MLK, Jr. Recognition Awards and comments from Dr. Derrick Hudson.
  Guest Speaker: Dr. Derrick Hudson
Assistant Professor
Liberal Arts & International Studies
  TIME: Light breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30 am
Program will begin at 7:50 am and end by 9:00 am
  LOCATION: Student Center Grand Ballroom
  RSVP: Accepts only by the end of the day on Wednesday, January 15 at
  MLK Day Birthday Cake
Birthday cake will be served to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in the Student Center Atrium.
  TIME: Cake will be served 11 am to 1:30 pm
  LOCATION: Student Center Atrium
  No RSVP Required
Tues JAN 21
  Game of Life
The Game of Life is an interactive activity to learn about people from a variety of backgrounds. This will provide you with an opportunity to experience the life of someone else! Similar to the board game, the goal is to see who can do the best at life. Are you up for the challenge?
  Presenters: Katie Schmalzel, Residence Life Coordinator
Sean McGinley, Mines Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering
  TIME: 5-6:30 pm
  LOCATION: Student Center, Ballroom A-B
  No RSVP Required
Sandwiches and refreshments will be served.
Wed JAN 22

The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace
Sponsored by Halliburton as part of the SWE/Halliburton Professional Development Series

CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN MEN & WOMEN: Miscommunications or Missed Opportunities?

We've figured out a lot of things about how to be more successful and efficient in our professional life, but one area that continues to be a challenge is workplace communication. Our communication styles are shaped by many things, including gender, and we’re usually unaware of how these influences affect the way we speak and interact with other people. Consequently, miscommunications between men and women can strain relationships, cause stress, generate mistrust, affect job performance, and result in missed opportunities. It's not a matter of expecting people to communicate exactly the same way, but rather to gain a better understanding of the differences in gender-specific communication styles.

This presentation will give you some insights into both male and female communication styles by:
  • Exploring the question “Do men & women communicate differently?”
  • Discussing what men & women “really” think of each other’s communication styles
  • Learning effective communication strategies when working with the opposite sex
  PRESENTER: Deb Lasich
Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
  TIME: Buffet Lunch begins at 11:45 am
Presentation is from 12:15-12:45 pm
  LOCATION: Friedhoff Hall, Green Center
  RSVP: Accepts only by Thursday, January 16 at
Thurs JAN 23
Your Generation or Mine? Managing the Generation Mix

Presented by internationally known speaker and author, Dr. Audrey Nelson (
This presentation identifies the primary four-generation mixes that compose the workforce: Silent, Baby-boomer, Generation X and Generation Y. A profile of their characteristics, what matters most to them and how to manage and work with them will be offered. Because most, if not all, work places are composed of several generations, inter-generational conflict is inevitable. This talk will help you:
  • Understand the profile of the Silent, Baby Boomer, X and Y Generation
  • Recognize what matters most to each generation
  • Identify cross generational complaints
  • Learn how to manage the generational mix in a manner that is conducive to a healthy work environment
  Guest Speaker: Dr. Audrey Nelson
  TIME: Presentation will begin at 4:00 pm
Book signing will be from 5:30-6:00 pm
  LOCATION: Student Center, Ballrooms A-B
  No RSVP Required
Refreshments will be served starting at 3:30 pm
Fri JAN 24
  Cracking the Codes (Film & Discussion)
Come explore the system of racial inequity in acclaimed film Cracking the Codes by Shakti Butler. What are the causes and consequences of the way our system is constructed? We'll connect to history, culture, and identity to our internal biases and our external relationships. Buffet lunch will be served and discussion will be led by LAIS professor Cortney Holles following the film.
  Moderator: Cortney Holles
LAIS Associate Teaching Professor
  TIME: Buffet Lunch begins at 11:30 am
Film and discussion from 12:00-1:30 pm
  LOCATION: Student Center, Ballroom B-C
  RSVP: Accepts only by Monday, January 20 at
  Hip Hop & Salsa Dance Night
Sponsored by the CSM National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Food! Fun! Music! Dancing! Everyone is invited to attend.
  TIME: 7:30-9:30 pm
  LOCATION: Student Center, Ballroom A-C
  No RSVP Required


Thank you to the following corporate sponsors for their generious support and financial contributions to Delta Days:



British Petroleum

Thank you to all of our campus sponsors, with special thanks to:

• Graduate Studies Office •
• Student Activities & Special Programs Office •
• MEP Office • Student Life Office •
• CSM Alumni Association • WISEM Office •
• CASA Office • Admissions & Financial Aid Office •
• Human Resources Office • ISSS Office •
• Applied Mathematics & Statistics Department • CSM SWE Chapters •
• CSM NSBE & SHPE Student Chapters • GSG •



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