OSU First Lady, Brenda Drake & Kathy Stoessor
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J. Shakoor key-note speaker in 2002. Photo meeting Ms. Drake in 2017 was a highlight

 

   

POSIPOWER WORKSHOPS FOR COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 

 1. Time and Stress Management for Students

 2. Hello, My Name is...Making Friends on Campus

 3. Study Strategies for Academic Success

 4. What Do I Really Want To Be? 

 5. Being A Student Is Not Enough

 6. It's Not A Chit-Chat

 7. You Wore THAT To The Interview?

 8. PosiPower Resume Writing Skills

 9. I Really Do Need An Education- Avoid Burn-out

10. Positive Action Equals Positive Results

11. Budgeting Strategies for the 21st Century

12. Balancing Acts-I Need To Get A Part-Time Job

13. The Great Balance-Parenthood, Work & School

14. Civil Rights Childhood - Historical Presentation   (2002 Feb. 4, University Women's Club Lunch and Lecture, "Civil Rights Childhood," Jordana Shakoor, 11:30 a.m. lunch, 12:30 p.m. program, Faculty Club, admission, registration required)

 

COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY STUDENT WORKSHOP SUMMARIES

1.  Time and Stress Management for Students

College is a time of unprecedented transition and stress in most lives.  Many students juggle the financial pressure of living away from home; social pressure of new relationships and friendships; emerging professional pressure of first jobs, internships, and applying to graduate and professional schools; with the academic pressure to perform well in class.  This interactive course is designed to give students practical tools for maintaining a positive attitude, managing time, reducing stress, staying organized, and still achieving their goals while having fun!  Participants will learn the following:

  • The positive and negative effects of stress
  • Effective time management techniques for studying and in their personal lives
  • Budgeting tips to reduce financial stress and pressure
  • The importance of staying positive especially when life throws us a curve ball
  • How negative people bring us down and create stress
  • Ways to reduce stress and improve time management by maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • 25 ways to manage stress

2.   Hello My Name is…Making Friends on Campus 

It doesn’t matter if a student was the most popular person in their high school or has been a wallflower their whole life.  Either as an incoming freshman, transfer student, exchange student, or just looking for a new social circle, most students will wonder how they will make friends and where they will fit-in on campus.  This highly interactive course is designed to give students positive techniques for making new friends.  Components of this class include:

  • How to introduce yourself when you’re the “new kid on the block”
  • Breaking the ice when everyone is new
  • The art of small talk
  • Getting along with new roommates, classmates, teammates, and workmates
  • Navigating new friendships
  • Maintaining a positive self-image during times of change
  • Is anybody out there? - Where to meet new people

3.   Study Strategies for Academic Success 

All students want to perform well in school.  However, at some point any student may struggle to achieve their desired grades.  It may be a specific class or subject, the transition to upper level course work, or studying may have always been difficult.  All students have to ability to improve their academic performance.  The goal of this interactive workshop is to provide positive techniques for obtaining better grades throughout the course and at test-time.  Participants will discover:

  • How to maximize time spent in class through effective note taking
  • What did I write? - How to make the most of your notes
  • Underlining and outlining - retaining the most of the assigned reading
  • Time management for academic success
  • Setting the stage, creating a study plan for the course and at exam time
  • Stress relieving techniques to help stay focused
  • Tips for scheduling classes for success
  • The importance of staying positive during challenges
  • I need help - advise for seeking help from tutors, gas, and professors

 4.   What Do I REALLY Want to be? 

It might not seem like a big deal at the time, but choosing a major is one of the most pivotal decisions in a person’s life.  The undergraduate major for which one receives a degree will affect the person’s future career, entrance into graduate and professional programs, earning potential (at least in the short term), and often their social and networking circles.  Many students will change majors 3-5 times before they graduate, which takes a toll on valuable time and financial resources.  Still, when some graduate they find themselves with a degree that is difficult to market when trying to enter their desired career.  While others graduate without knowing what they want to do with their lives.  The purpose of this interactive course is to help students begin to focus on what they really want to be and how to choose the appropriate major for their true career goals.  Participants will learn:

  • The variety of majors, minors, and courses of study their institution offers
  • Resources, techniques, and things to consider for narrowing down the options to a short list of majors and career paths
  • The importance of meeting with academic advisors, major advisors, and career services offices to determine whether a particular major is a good fit for their career goals
  • Techniques for getting exposure to a career of interest before committing to a major
  • Resources for finding internships and volunteer opportunities to continue exploring a potential career
  • The importance of maintain a positive self-image and self-confidence when choosing a major and embarking on a career

5.   It’s Not a Chit Chat - Interviewing Tips 

In today’s tough job market effective interviewing skills are more important than ever.  Competition is fierce and having good grades and a great resume is no longer enough to land a great job.  Students have to be prepared to demonstrate their superior communication skills, great presentation, sound judgment, and winning personality during an interview.  When an employer is considering an interviewee they are not only pondering, “Can this person do the job?” but sometimes moreover, “Would I want to work with this person 8-9 hours a day?” In this interactive course participants will discover:

  • The importance of researching the potential employer before the interview
  • How to prepare oneself for an interview by creating an agenda in advance and knowing what they bring to the employer
  • The importance of mock interviewing and practicing anticipated questions
  • How to frame the answers to “easy” and “hardball” interview questions
  • When to talk and when to listen
  • How to read non-verbal clues during an interview
  • 20 Big Do’s and Don’ts
  • What to wear and making a suitable visual impression
  • How to follow-up and “close the deal”
  • The importance of projecting positivity during the interview

 6.   Being a Student is Not Enough-Volunteering, Resume Enhancing Strategies

The recent recession has resulted in unprecedented job-loss and more competition than ever for entry-level positions.  New graduates and current students need more than good grades to impress employers and be competitive in their job search.  They need practical experience in their chosen field and it’s always helpful to have contacts.  The purpose of this interactive course is to give students practical tips for adding meaningful experiences to their resumes.  Components of this class include:

  • Why it is important to have a “well-rounded” college experience  
  • How to find volunteer opportunities, internships, part-time jobs, student leadership activities, and other resume enhancing experiences
  • What employers look for in a resume
  • How to present your past experiences on a resume to “tell a story”
  • The benefits of networking on-campus and with members of the community
  • Breaking the ice - the art of introducing yourself to peers and professionals

7. PosiPower Resume Writing Skills 

A good resume is perhaps the most important component of getting a job.  It usually sets the stage for getting an interview and starting the entire employment process.  Many students feel like they haven’t done anything to place on a resume.  Some students feel like they have done so much that they do not know what to edit down from the resume.  Then, there are a good number of students who are wondering how to get started.  This interactive course is designed to expose students to a variety of resume styles that meet different needs and to allow them to begin writing a resume of their own.  Participants will discover:

  • Best practices for formatting
  • 10 Do and Don’ts for any resume
  • Ideas on how to showcase their experiences whether they are plentiful or few
  • Effective writing styles
  • How and when to edit
  • Proofreading tips
  • How to use your resume to draft an effective cover letter

8. I Really Do Need an Education… Coping Skills for Burnouts 

By the time students enter college, most have completed at least 12 years of school.  It is common to feel burn-out, like one just can’t sit through another class or study for another test.  However, in today’s job market a college education is increasingly vital and students must press-on to garner the rewards of a degree and the increased financial gain and security that results from their years of hard work.  This highly interactive course is designed to give students encouragement and techniques to reduce stress, stay sane, relax, focus, keep studying, and complete their education.

  • 25 ways to reduce stress
  • How to manage the stressors that come with change and preparing for college graduation
  • Staying positive when so many things seem out-of-control
  • Goal setting and focusing on a positive future
  • 10 simple relaxation techniques
  • Setting the stage to study - effective time management techniques
  • Ways to recognize when it may be more than just burn-out

9. The Great Balancing Act - Parenthood, Work, & School 

Being a parent is a full-time job with no days off.  Most adults spend more of their “waking hours” at work than they do at home.  Completing a college degree is a job by itself.  Every one of these adventures can create a tremendous amount of stress on its own.  When tackled simultaneously the road can be overwhelmingly, but the results are greatly rewarding.  The purpose of this interactive course is to provide tips on successfully managing the financial burdens, emotional stress, and physical demands of balancing work, parenthood, and school.  Components of the class include:

  • Budgeting tips for raising a family on stretched resources
  • Positive parenting techniques for stressful times
  • How to maximize your time in each arena
  • 10 relaxation techniques for at home, school, and work
  • Organization strategies for each arena and combining all three
  • 10 PosiPower tips for keeping it fun and enjoying everyday

10. Positive Action = Positive Results -Goal Setting Strategies 

The objective of this workshop is to create relevant change in students’ lives by teaching positive thinking concepts.  Participants learn how to change negative attitudes into positive ones that will increase productivity in school and their personal lives.  PosiPeople create a more energized, cooperative, and cohesive environment at home, at work, in teams, and at school.  These individuals enhance their many communities and networks.  This highly interactive course is designed to demonstrate how student’s positive action will create positive results academically, socially, and in every aspect of their lives.  Participants will learn:

  • 10 ways to feel positive everyday
  • How to let go of self-destructive habits
  • Techniques for setting and achieving personal and professional goals
  • Positive conflict resolution techniques for school, work, and peer relationships

11. You Wore That To the Interview? 

An interview is a time to for a candidate and potential future employer to “size each other up” and decide, “is this a person or organization with whom I want to spend the majority of my day?”  On both sides, part of that decision will be based on the verbal and non-verbal responses given to the interview questions, but the other part of that decision will be based on presentation. This interactive course is designed to highlight the importance of deciding whether an employer is a good fit by looking at the surroundings and non-verbal “culture” of the organization and the equal importance of physically presenting oneself for an interview in attire that is suitable for the profession.  Participants will discover:

  • Tips on proper interview attire for the business and legal communities and other traditionally conservative careers
  • Advice on proper interview attire for casual and creative workplaces
  • The benefits and pitfalls of a positive self-expression
  • When in doubt, how to find out what is expected
  • “Do I really want to work here?” - Ways to determine whether a certain workplace environment is right for you

 12. Budgeting Strategies for the 21st Century Student 

These days almost everyone is trying to “make do” with less money and resources than they were accustomed to spending in the past. The challenge to create a budget can be overwhelming and is not exactly glamorous. However, by making quick and easy changes to multiple aspects of their lifestyles students can be financially healthier, feel positive, less stressed, and better prepared for their futures.  Components of this highly interactive course will include:

  •  How much am I spending? - Strategies for figuring out how much you are spending on everything in your life
  • Where can I make cuts? - A look at where things can be cut without feeling deprived
  • How to get everything I want for less? - Tips on when and where to buy for the die-hard consumer
  • I need more money now! - Ways to earn extra money and obtain part-time jobs in the current economy

13. Civil Rights Childhood - Historical Presentation

Author- Jordana Shakoor Anderson   -  Soloist – Paul G. Anderson

 “Two voices blend in this poignant memoir from the civil rights era in Mississippi – a father’s and a daughter’s.“He was Andrew L. Jordan, a son in a dirt-poor family of sharecroppers near Greenwood.  Jordana Shakoor is his little girl who grew up to write this book. In her southern childhood she is just becoming aware of her people’s dreadful predicament of loving their homeland but of hating its mistreatment of blacks. Like virtually all southern black families, the Jordans endured humiliation and fear of white reprisals. The voices in this book tell a story whose theme is familiar to legions of African Americ ans. Yet its particular voices, until now, have gone unheard. Though this is told by a child born in the segregated South, it also is the story of her family's  triumph over a dark heritage, a story of a Civil Rights Childhood that casts away a centuries-old tradition of insult and denial to embrace instead a Civil Rights heritage of freedom and love.”  (from book jacket to Civil Rights Childhood, University Press of Mississippi, 1999). Paul G. Anderson, husband of Jordana, is an accomplished singer, actor and publisher.   A trained bass-baritone singer, Anderson has extensive performing arts experience. He has appeared in numerous music festivals and theatrical performances both serious and comedic.  During this presentation, Anderson will sing powerful “freedom songs” depicting the era. The learning objectives in this training are:

  • To learn first- hand accounts what it was like for the Jordan family in Mississippi during the civil rights movement
  • To discuss how each participant was affected by race relations between blacks and whites while growing up
  • To learn about Black-American workers and caregivers; and how the civil right era affects them today.
  • To  understand the struggle of blacks to overcome negative stereotypes
  • To promote respect, patience, tolerance, and understanding in the workplace
  • To gain an understanding about the effects of prejudice and discrimination against   blacks.
  • To improve relationships between blacks, whites and all people. 

 

WORKSHOPS FOR MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COURSE LIST

1.  Be a Posi-Teen and Maintain a Positive Self-Image

2.  Time and Stress Management for High School Students

3.  12 Strategies for Academic Success

4.  10 PosiPower Ways to Bully-Proof Yourself & Friends

5.  10 Things Your Parents Told You That Are True

6.  Preparing for College

7.  Money Management Skills for Teens

8.  Easy Ways to Eat and Be Healthy

9.  Leadership and Teamwork: Navigating Relationships with Peers & Adults

10.  Civil Rights Childhood - Historical Presentation

 

HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT WORKSHOP SUMMARIES

1. Be a PosiTeen  - Being Happy with Who You Are 

Being happy with oneself is a lifelong journey, filled with times of feeling more and less of a positive self-image and self-pride.  There are times in life when this journey is filled with challenges.  The first of these shaky times for many is during the teenage years.  Teenagers experience tremendous physical, mental, and emotional changes within themselves not to mention increasing responsibility at home and in school during a short amount of time.  During this time of change, there will be triumphs and perceived failures, confusion, self-doubt, realizations, and joy.  It is tempting for students to hear adults talking about being a teenager and give it an eye roll.  This interactive course is designed for students to begin fostering a positive self-image to help them meet the challenges that life will throw their way as teens and through other times of tremendous change in their life’s journey, including retirement. 

  • The importance of being positive and having a positive self-image
  • Times of tremendous change in our lives and why they fill us with self-doubt  
  • Everyone has set-backs, nobody fails
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with True Friends 
  • “Hi,  my name is…” how to make and be a friend
  • Be your own biggest cheerleader
  • Simple ways to make big changes in your life
  •  How to choose a mentor 

2. Time and Stress Management for Teens 

High school is a time of unprecedented change and stress.  Many students balance extra-curricular activities, friendships, new relationships, first-jobs, applying to college, and not least of all the academic pressure to perform well in class.  This interactive course is designed to give students practical tools for managing time, reducing stress, staying organized, and still achieving their goals while having fun!  Participants will learn the following:  

  • The positive and negative effects of stress
  • Effective techniques for balancing studying, extra-curricular activities, and friends
  • Getting and staying organized to minimize time and stress
  • The importance of staying positive especially when life throws us a curve ball
  • How negative people bring us down and create stress
  •  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and making positive choices during stressful times
  • 25 ways to manage stress 

3. 12 Strategies for Academic Success 

All students want to perform well in school.  However, at some point any student may struggle to achieve their desired grades.  It may be a specific class or subject, the transition to upper level course work, or studying may have always been difficult.  All students have the ability to improve their academic performance.  The goal of this workshop is to provide techniques for obtaining better grades throughout the year and at test-time.  Participants in this interactive course will discover: 

  •  How to maximize time spent in class through effective note taking
  • What did I write? - How to make the most of your notes
  • Underlining and outlining - retaining the most of the assigned reading
  • Time management for academic success
  •  Setting the stage, creating a study plan for the course and at exam time
  •  Stress relieving techniques to help stay focused
  • Tips for scheduling classes for success
  •  I need help - advise for seeking help from teachers, tutors, and classmates 

4. 10 PosiPower Ways to Bully-Proof Yourself & Friends 

Bullying and its devastating effects is a problem in high schools and middle schools.  With today’s technology it can take on many forms from in-person put-downs, threats, and physical violence to cyber bullying through the use of computers and text messaging.  All of it is hurtful and preventable.  The objective of this interactive course is to show the negative effects of bullying on the perpetrators, victims, and bystanders; positive ways to protect yourself and friends from bullies; and positive conflict resolution techniques for a variety of situations.  Participants will learn: 

  • Types of bullying and how to spot them
  • Having a positive self-image prevents bullying
  • Bullying has a negative effect on everyone involved and the school community
  • The importance of seeking help for yourself and others when bullying occurs
  • Positive conflict resolution techniques for peers 

5. 10 Things Your Parents Told You That Are True 

There are certain admonitions that parents and grandparents have passed down for centuries like, “Treat others as you would like to be treated,” and “A penny saved is a penny earned.”  Though they may sound contrite, and we all lose sight of them at times, these sayings are true.  The objective of this course is to explore 10 age-old principles to live by and the reasons why they are true.  Components of this interactive course include: 

  • Why our parents and grandparents are usually our most important role models 
  •  How to build mentoring relationships
  • There is no such thing as failure in life only set-backs
  • How to listen to your own voice and instincts when making decisions
  • Tips for leading a positive life1
  • 10 things your parents told you that are true 

6. Preparing for College 

Preparing for college can be confusing and overwhelming for high school students as well as their parents.  When should I apply?  Where should I apply?  To how many schools should I apply?  Is it better to go in-state or out-of-state, private or public, in a city or a rural area?  What should I write in a personal statement or scholarship essay?  Who should I ask to write a recommendation letter?  Does it look better to be involved on lots of activities or be a leader in one or two?  These are just some of the hard questions with which students and their families are faced.  The objective of this interactive course is to give students and parents techniques for making the decisions that best fit their unique needs, goals, and personalities.  Components will include: 

  •  Practical tips for preparing for and taking entrance exams
  • Keeping track of dates and deadlines of when to apply
  • Methods for choosing the right school for you
  • How to research a school when you are unable to go for a college visit
  • Hidden costs to keep in mind when selecting a school
  • Finding scholarships and other ways to cut costs
  • Advise on making sure your recommendation letters are actually helping you
  • 10 Do’s and Don’ts for personal statements and essays
  • Resume boosters - enhancing your resume by showing interests outside the classroom 

7. Money Management for Students 

These days just about everyone is trying to make do with less money than they had in the past.  With smaller allowances and increased competition to find a part-time job, teenagers are no exception.  This course is designed to demonstrate the value of savings, the benefits of practicing sound financial judgment at a young age, and how to spend less while still having fun.  Components of this class include: 

  • The benefits of saving and conservative spending practices
  •  Strategies for figuring out where you are spending your allowance or paycheck
  •  Easy ways to cut back your spending without feeling deprived
  • Tips on when and where to buy for the die-hard consumer
  • Ways to earn extra money and obtain part-time jobs in the current economy 

8. Easy Ways to Eat and Be Healthy 

Unhealthy eating and obesity has become an epidemic in America.  According to many news sources, children and teens may be the first generation in the U.S. to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to the health problems that are caused by being overweight.  The objective of this class is to provide students with practical ways to eat healthier, increase exercise, and relieve stress to live a longer and healthier life.  Components of this course include: 

  •   Reasons to eat healthier, increase exercise, and reduce stress
  •  Easy ways to eat healthier at home, at school, and on the go
  •  Incorporating exercise into an overloaded schedule
  • Discussing the harmful effects of smoking, alcohol, and drug-use
  • Stress relief techniques that you can do anywhere 

9. Leadership & Teamwork: Navigating Relationships with Peers & Adults 

How to be a leader and work in a team are vital skills for teens to utilize now and in their adult lives.  The objective of this course is to show how maintaining a positive self-image and encouraging others while using positive communication skills is important at home, school, and in the workforce.  Students will learn: 

  • The importance of maintaining a positive self-image
  • Positive conflict resolution techniques
  • How to keep an open-mind and listen to others
  • The benefits of collaboration and teamwork
  •  Effective communication skills
  •  The importance of encouraging and supporting others
  •  Following your own voice and instincts
  • How to positively deal with a situation when you can’t change the rules 

10. Civil Rights Childhood - Historical Presentation

Author- Jordana Shakoor   - 

“Two voices blend in this poignant memoir from the civil rights era in Mississippi – a father’s and a daughter’s."  He was Andrew L. Jordan, a son in a dirt-poor family of sharecroppers near Greenwood.  Jordana Shakoor is his little girl who grew up to write this book. In her southern childhood she is just becoming aware of her people’s dreadful predicament of loving their homeland but of hating its mistreatment of blacks. Like virtually all southern black families, the Jordans endured humiliation and fear of white reprisals. “The voices in this book tell a story whose theme is familiar to legions of African Americans. Yet its particular voices, until now, have gone unheard. Though this is told by a child born in the segregated South, it also is the story of her family's  triumph over a dark heritage, a story of a Civil Rights Childhood that casts away a centuries-old tradition of insult and denial to embrace instead a Civil Rights heritage of freedom and love.”  (from book jacket to Civil Rights Childhood, University Press of Mississippi).

  • To discuss how each participant was affected by race relations between blacks and whites while growing up
  • To learn about Black-American workers and caregivers; and how the civil right era affects them today.
  • To  understand the struggle of blacks to overcome negative stereotypes
  • To promote respect, patience, tolerance, and understanding in the workplace 
  • To gain an understanding about the effects of prejudice and discrimination against blacks. 
  • To improve relationships between blacks, whites and all people.