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UNG LEADS Day - August 10, 2020

Celebrate Your Colleagues!

On August 10, 2020, UNG will virtually host the second annual UNG LEADS Day (Learning, Engagement, Achievement, Development, Service) as a celebration of the upcoming academic year. Learn how to register for UNG Leads Day.

Virtual UNG LEADS Day Experience

Join your peers virtually for the following exciting events:

  • A virtual Faculty-Staff Convocation Ceremony
    • Live-streamed State of the University address by President Bonita Jacobs
    • Virtual presentation of the faculty and staff awards
  • Conference-style virtual professional development sessions for all faculty and staff

UNG LEADS Day Schedule

Time Title Delivery Method
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Welcome & Convocation 
State of the University Address
Livestream the Welcome & Convocation Address
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Session 1 Microsoft Teams Session 
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Session 2 Microsoft Teams Session 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch break w/ Interest Group Meet-n-Greet  Microsoft Teams Session 
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Session 3 Microsoft Teams Session 
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Faculty & Staff Awards Announced on ung.edu
How to Register for UNG Leads Day

Register for the Whole Day at Once

When you register for the main event, which includes the registration process for convocation, lunch, and the awards ceremony, you will also be prompted to choose the presentation you would like to participate in for each of the three sessions. Don't worry, you can always change the presentation you have registered for later.

  1. Register for UNG LEADS Day in UNG Connect.
  2. After you register, you will be redirected to register for your first session.
  3. After your first session is confirmed, you will be redirected to register for your second session.
  4. After your second session is confirmed, you will be redirected to register for your third and final session.

You will receive an email with a unique Microsoft Teams link to access each of your sessions. You will receive a reminder email a few days prior to the event with the links again.

Not able to attend all sessions?

You can register for events individually, including Convocation, virtual lunch meet-and-greets, and the Faculty/Staff Awards.

Have Questions About UNG LEADS Day or the Registration Process?

Email ungconnect@ung.edu

When you register for the main event, you will be automatically prompted to register for all sessions.

If you are unable to attend the full day, you can register for sessions individually. Explore the Session 1 presentations below, or check out the Session 1 overview in UNG Connect.

You can only choose one presentation per session. Session 1 starts at 10:00 a.m.

Being Student-Focused in Times of Crisis; What We Learned About UNG Students

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged faculty, staff, & students, but not always in the same way. Come learn about the student experience as UNG transitioned to remote operations in Spring. Topics for discussion include the challenges students faced with access to technology, changing demands in and out of class, unexpected experiences, front-line expectations and reflections on being a student during a public health crisis.

Register for Being Student-Focused in Times of Crisis; What We Learned About UNG Students

Best Practices in Remote Instruction - Mindset

The rapid shift from face-to-face classes to remote instruction, followed by a fully online summer schedule, caught many offguard. Not surprisingly, our students struggled to adjust. As we look to the upcoming year, remote instruction will remain necessary. This session is specifically designed to help instructors identify strategies to promote an academic mindset, resiliency, and student self-efficacy even in virtual environments.

Register for Best Practices in Remote Instruction - Mindset

Best Practices in Teleworking

Teleworking can be an effective alternative to on-site work and supports social distancing. This session will provide strategies to help employees successfully telework by providing telework "do's" and "don'ts" and helpful tips in maintaining communication with colleagues, supervisors, students, etc.

Register for Best Practices in Teleworking

COVID & Diversity

Although the COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone, this public health crisis has disproportionately affected low income families, communities of color, and other underrepresented groups. This session examines some of the ways public health crises affect (impact) UNG's commitment to increasing diversity and explores ways to mitigate the negative impact.

Register for COVID & Diversity

COVID & How Pandemics Play Out

COVID-19 is not the first public health crisis in United States history and likely will not be the last. In this session attendees will learn from UNG Assistant Professor Supriya Reddy, a specialist in Public Health, about pandemics and their effect on society.

Register for COVID-19 & How Pandemics Play Out

Fear, Anxiety, & Agoraphobia

Even among individuals who have not previously struggled with anxiety, the COVID-19 crisis has elevated fears and anxieties surrounding social distancing, wearing masks, and sheltering in place. These feelings of fear and concern are likely to impact behaviors of our colleagues and our students, resulting in increased agoraphobia. This session will teach attendees coping strategies to manage responses to fear, anxiety, and agoraphobia and how to encourage and help others.

Register for Fear, Anxiety & Agoraphobia

Strategic Plan Update

UNG continues to move forward with a new Strategic Plan. Come learn about the status of the new plan and how you can contribute to its implementation in your daily work. In this session, presenters will provide a broad overview of the plan, next steps in implementation, and answer audience questions.

Register for the Strategic Plan Update

When you register for the main event, you will be automatically prompted to register for all sessions.

If you are unable to attend the full day, you can register for sessions individually. Explore the Session 2 presentations below, or check out the Session 2 overview in UNG Connect.

You can only choose one presentation per session. Session 2 starts at 11:00 a.m.

Addressing Academic Integrity in a Virtual Learning Environment

Did it seem like there were more challenges with academic integrity after UNG transitioned to remote learning? This session will provide discussion on strategies to both encourage and enforce Academic Integrity within the virtual environment and discuss how Academic Integrity is addressed at UNG.

Register for Addressing Academic Integrity in a Virtual Learning Environment

Creating a Culture of Philanthropy at UNG

Philanthropy’s role in public higher education continues to grow in importance as dollars from state appropriations shrink as a percentage of overall budgets and increases in tuition stretch the ability for many families to play. At UNG, all employees play a role in creating a culture of philanthropy, yet many are not aware of the opportunities that exist or how to get involved. Working with the UNG Foundation, UNG Alumni Association, as well as advisory boards within the colleges, the Corps of Cadets and Athletics, there are many ways that employees can help create a culture that embraces the importance and impact of philanthropy on the present, and future, of UNG.

Register for Creating a Culture of Philanthropy at UNG

Faculty/Staff Experiences Through the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged faculty, staff, & students, but not always in the same way. This panel session explores the impact of the crisis on faculty and staff at UNG. Discussion topics include adjusting to teleworking, remote instruction, access issues, new ways to collaborate, frontline responsibilities and reflections on the experience of sustaining university operations in a public health crisis.

Register only for Faculty/Staff Experiences Through the Pandemic

Making Meaningful Student Connections in an Online World

The transition to remote learning challenged students and faculty in spring 2020. Student engagement is a specific challenge in online instruction, yet with remote instruction, faculty find themselves on the front line for student needs. Attend this session to learn strategies for promoting meaningful connections for students in virtual environments. The use of social media as a vehicle for student engagement will be discussed.

Register for Making Meaningful Connections in an Online World

To Mask or Not To Mask

As our nation struggles to reconcile perspectives surrounding CDC guidelines and individual rights. COVID-19 has created political lines and created political rifts. This session will cultivate an understanding of different perspectives related to COVID-19 response and discuss strategies for faculty and staff to help our students to navigate these differences.

Register for To Mask or Not To Mask

State Budget Implications for UNG

The COVID-19 pandemic quickly and radically impacted state budgets. This session will provide attendees with information about UNG's budget and answer questions about the longer term effects of a reduced state appropriation in fulfilling UNG's mission.

Register only for State Budget Implications for UNG

Staying Well

Wellness is important even when things are "normal." But what happens in times of extreme stress, such as during a pandemic? This session focuses on wellness, self-care and mindfulness and will include some strategies and resources that faculty and staff can use to "stay well" while teleworking and in times of extreme stress.

Register for Staying Well

When you register for the main event, you will be automatically prompted to register for all sessions.

If you are unable to attend the full day, you can register for sessions individually. Explore the Session 3 presentations below, or check out the Session 3 overview in UNG Connect.

You can only choose one presentation per session. Session 3 starts at 1:00 p.m..

Best Practices in Remote Assessment

Assessment of student learning is important in every environment. However, assessment strategies need to be adapted for the mode of instruction. This session will provide an overview of best practices for assessment in virtual environments. Attendees will then identify practices that might work best for their courses.

Register for Best Practices in Remote Assessment

Employing IR Resources and Dashboards for Decision-Making

How has UNG’s overall enrollment changed over the last few years? By campus? By degree level? By academic major? By race and ethnicity? These questions (among many others) are frequent across such a large and unique institution like UNG. However, what if I told you that the answers to not only these questions but many more were readily available with only a few clicks of your computer mouse? In this session, you will be exposed to Institutional Research’s new data-driven dashboards as well as provided a brief tutorial on how to efficiently navigate these visually-appealing resources.

Register for Employing IR Resources and Dashboards for Decision-Making

Financial Planning Through Crisis

Times of crisis can be financially devastating to anyone while some may be newly recognizing the needs for financial planning. In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the rules governing retirement accounts were relaxed to help ease financial burdens, but is it a good idea to use retirement funds during this crisis or future crises? This session provides information about rules for accessing retirement funds early and tips on making wise decisions for financial planning and retirement.

Register for Financial Planning Through Crisis

Racism, Social Injustice, and the Role of Higher Education

This presentation addresses the forms of systemic oppression that impact minoritized populations due to racial bias and discrimination. In our current context of ongoing global uprisings and national debates on racism, this session explores the role of higher education institutions in confronting racial inequality.

Register for Racism, Social Injustice, and the Role of Higher Education

Returning To Campus; What You Need to Know

In April/May, 140 faculty and staff were assembled in workgroups to create plans for how to return employees, and eventually students, to campus safely. This session will discuss some of the considerations for these plans and will outline some new safety protocols in place at UNG as well as outline some contingency plans if we need to move to remote operations again.

Register for Returning to Campus; What You Need to Know

Strategic Enrollment Plan

In 2019, university leadership worked with enrollment consultant agency Huron, to develop an undergraduate Strategic Enrollment Management(SEM) Plan for 2020-2025 to compliment the universities overall strategic plan.

The opening lines of the SEM vision statement reads: “The University of North Georgia aspires to develop a student focused model to cultivate leadership-oriented, academically capable students to enroll in UNG’s undergraduate education pathways. UNG wishes to attract, enroll and retain the following audiences - first-time students, cadets, transfer students, adult learners and veterans - that reflect the diversity/demographics of our region.” During this session Dr. James F. Conneely, the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management will explain the current national higher education landscape that drives enrollment considerations.

Register for the Strategic Enrollment Plan Presentation

UNG Connect

COVID-19 has made our usual way of working with students obsolete for now. With UNG Connect, you can create a check-in process for your department or individual office that keeps you and students organized and safe. In this presentation I will show you how to utilize UNG Connect forms to create a check-in system for when students come to your department or office. This process encourages students to wait somewhere safe until their turn so that your waiting room and the hallways are kept clear.

Register for the UNG Connect Session

Where are the meetings?

The meetings will be done virtually through Microsoft Teams and a virtual town hall for the Opening and Closing of the event.

How do I access UNG Connect?

You can find the registration by logging into UNG Connect and entering your UNG credentials. Select the UNG LEADS event in the center area of the home page.

How do I change which Breakout Session I am signed up for?

Begin by navigating to the session you are currently signed up for and select “Cancel”. Then navigate to the intended Breakout Session and select the new session.

Do I have to install Microsoft Teams?

No, you will be able to connect to the sessions through a modern web browser (ex. Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari) by navigating to the link provided for the session.

Can I view the sessions on a mobile device?

Yes, you can view it through the Microsoft Teams App which is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

How do I know my registration is confirmed?

Confirmation for all sessions are emailed and displayed on the event page when the user returns to the event in UNG Connect. The awards ceremony is like all other events where you should sign up for it to receive the link.

How do I see what sessions I have signed up for?

Login to UNG Connect and navigate to the My Events on the left side of the home page. This will show any events that you have registered for.

Where can I find the link to the meetings?

You can find the link in the confirmation email and on each of the individual breakout session pages on UNG Connect.

Can I sign up for multiple sessions during each breakout session?

No, each breakout session will fill the allotted time slot.

Do I need to register for breakout sessions?

Yes, to receive the meeting link for the breakout session you must be registered for the specific session you are trying to attend.

What is the maximum number of people in each event?

The presidential opening ceremony and the awards ceremony have no maximum number of attendees; however, the lunch and breakout sessions have a maximum of 240 attendees each.

How do I register for the breakout sessions?

Select the desired breakout session, sign in to UNG Connect using your UNG credentials, and click register.

How can I add the event to my calendar?

This is on the event page just under the graphic at the date/time list. It has an "Add to Calendar" link. It is also an option within the confirmation email.

Still Have Questions or Need Assistance?
Email ungconnect@ung.edu for any help or questions regarding UNG LEADS Day or the registration process.

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