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January 2013




Luck Out: A New Perspective for a New Year Meet Mark: The New Senior Coordinator for Staff Development Instructor Spotlight: Mike Healy Sleep to Learn: Why Rest is a Powerful Educational Tool AE Spring 2013 Classes and Seminars

The 2013 Annual Housing Conference Committee decided on the theme “Lucky Number 13” as a reimagining of what has been traditionally thought of as an unlucky number. Daysha Moes, the former Senior Coordinator for Staff Development, did a great job of showcasing symbols of luck from around the world in the conference program booklet. A lot of the symbols were things we consider to be everyday items (i. e., a key, a ladder, the number 8). However, the symbolism presents a powerful message about how the meaning we assign to things—circumstances, people, items, etc.—can impact our outlook. Many of the items shared by Daysha were considered lucky because one or more cultures were able to see the hidden positive potential in seemingly mundane things. This year, challenge yourself to actively look for and find the hidden positive potential in both the challenges and opportunities you face.

MEET MARK: THE NEW SENIOR COORDINATOR FOR STAFF DEVELOPMENT The new Senior Coordinator for Staff Development, Mark Whitesel, jumped right in on January 2, 2013 and helped oversee the Annual Housing Conference. Mark has been a part of the SDSC family for a while, previously working as the Senior Coordinator of Student Conduct. As the Senior Coordinator for Staff Development, one of the Mark’s job functions is to oversee the Adult Education Program. Here is a little about Mark: Where were you born? I was born in Anderson, Indiana What is your educational background? BA from Anderson University in Religion and minor in Business Administration; MA from Ball State University in Educational Leadership with emphasis in Higher Education; PhD from The University of Georgia in Counseling and Student Personnel Services; Dissertation: Residence Life Staff Attitudes Toward StudentAthlete Status and Race

What is your current occupation? Senior Coordinator for Staff Development and Student Conduct. I’ve also been Chairman of the Board for a not-for-profit organization in Atlanta called Church on the Street for the past 5 years to the present. This is a volunteer position and is very close to my heart as it reaches out to the homeless population in downtown Atlanta. What is your favorite TV show or movie? Favorite TV show is Seinfeld; Favorite Movie is The Godfather series What are most looking forward to in working with the Adult Education Program? I am looking forward to getting to know all of the people taking part in classes and lending whatever support I can. I believe the Adult Education Program is one of the best things University Housing provides.

INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: MIKE HEALY Where were you born? I was born in Boston Massachusetts and grew up in a small community south of the city. What is your educational background? My educational background includes two undergraduate degrees - English Literature, Management and Business, a master's degree in Marketing, and a doctorate in adult education at UGA. In terms of my mindfulness practices, I am certified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, have attended many retreats and conferences on mindfulness and am certified to teach Integral Hatha Yoga. I enjoy learning. What is your current occupation? My current occupation is instructor of mindfulness-based programs, yoga and marketing.

What experience have you had working with adult learners? My experience working with adult learners is mostly in residence life. I believe in lifelong learning and adult education is important to this end. Whether taking classes for a degree/certificate program or simply something to broaden your horizons, I believe it is important to continue learning. What are your plans for yourself in the future? I would like to continue working in higher education serving in housing and student life. I also plan on continuing research and volunteering with not-forprofits to give back to the community. I also have a creative side and enjoy writing children’s stories and would like to write fiction. I see many vacations in my future and most importantly, spending time with family.

What is your favorite TV show or movie? I enjoy documentaries about various artists - visual and music especially. What interests you in working with adult learners? I enjoy working with adult learners who want to learn how to live life more fully. It is rewarding for me to see them learn and grow. What is your favorite part about teaching? The favorite part about teaching, although not necessary, is seeing someone's AH HA moment. What are your plans for yourself in the future? I plan to spend more time teaching mindfulness in various ways and venues. Seeing people realizing greater health and happiness through their own mindful and compassionate efforts is how I want to spend my time.

University Housing’s Adult Education Program is committed to learning by offering staff the opportunity to participate in an enriching and dynamic curriculum that supports continuing education, professionaldevelopment, and job skill enhancement.

SLEEP TO LEARN: WHY REST IS A POWERFUL EDUCATIONAL TOOL BY GINNY M. JONES I attended the breakout session “Who Needs Sleep Anyway?” led by Liz Prince and Angie Ruhlen at the Annual Housing Conference this year, and it really stirred up some conviction in me. I am the first to admit I have poor sleeping habits. Oftentimes, I am up until the wee hours of the morning reading, watching TV, and/or spending time on Pinterest. The next day I find myself groggy and counting down the time until I can take a nap—if I am lucky enough to have time for a nap! This cycle repeats itself each day with me vowing to do better the next day. During the breakout session, the presenters spoke briefly about the effects of sleep on memory. They suggested that a good night’s sleep could help you better remember things you learned during the day. As a student, I welcome any opportunities I have to improve my memory. So I decided to investigate the presenters’ claim a little further, and I found some interesting information not only on sleep’s ability to improve our memories but also its ability to improve learning in general. Research suggests two things about sleep and cine at Harvard University. A lack of sleep preattention, which can prevent learning in the night’s rest can help a person consolidate work?

memory, according to the Division on Sleep Medivents a person from the ability to focus his or her most efficient way. On the other hand, a good memory and increase learning. So how does it all

Scientists are still investigating exactly how sleep (or a lack thereof) influences memory and learning in the way that it does. In order to do so, scientists examine the three main functions of memory and learning: acquisition, consolidation and recall. The Division of Sleep Medicine explains the three functions this way, “Acquisition refers to the introduction of new information into the brain. Consolidation represents the processes by which a memory becomes stable. Recall refers to the ability to access the information (whether consciously or unconsciously) after it has Image courtesy of been stored.” Consolidation is the function of learning and memory where sleep is directly involved. During the day, we encounter new information (acquisition), a good night’s rest consolidates our memory of that information, and we are better able to recall information the next time we need it. Sleep also has indirect effects on memory and learning. Lack of sleep can cause a whole host of physical and mental challenges. A popular Spanish advertisement slogan for Pikolin, a mattress company, was "a mi plin yo duermo en Pikolin." Despite a clever use of rhyme, the phrase that translates to, “I am not worried, I sleep on a Pikolin [mattress]” also has some scientific merit. Studies have shown that people who are sleep deprived experience more stress, depression and weight gain. Stress and depression, in particular, present barriers to learning by keeping you preoccupied. The traditional thought that everyone needs 8 hours of sleep each night may be misleading. It is important to tailor your sleep to what you need and not a prescribed number of hours. Most adults need somewhere between 6-10 hours of sleep per night. The UGA Health Center offers this advice on determining if you are getting the right amount of sleep, “If you are frequently tired or irritable during the day and find yourself sleeping more than an extra 2 hours per night on weekends, then you are probably not getting enough sleep during the week.”



University of Georgia University Housing Office of Staff Development & Student Conduct Adult Education Program Creswell Hall Athens, GA 30602 Phone: 706-542-8191 E-mail:

TUESDAY GED Preparation (Social Studies) with Ginny Jones January 15-April 16 Adult Education Classroom, SDSC, Creswell Hall 10 a.m.-noon ew N y THURSDAY Da

Typing Skills with Valeria Jones January 15—April 2 Creswell Computer Lab 2-3 p.m. FRIDAY English as a Second Language with Larry Tucker January 18-April 12 Adult Education Classroom, SDSC, Creswell Hall 2-4 p.m.

We welcome any comments or feedback you may have. Additionally, if you have received this newsletter electronically and would prefer to receive a paper copy or you would like to contribute an article to a future edition of The Adult Ed Update, please email us.

Computer Skill Development with Dr. Tawana Mattox January 19-April 5 Miller Learning Center, Room 370 3-4 p.m.

In addition to our class schedule, we will also offer a few exciting seminars in the spring. ew n N tio ca Lo

YOGA with Stacy Connell Tuesday, February 7 , 11 a.m.—noon 1516 Multipurpose Room

RETIREMENT PLANNING with UGA Human Resources Thursday, February 21, 11 a.m.—noon SDSC Adult Education Classroom

ATLANTA CYCLORAMA & CIVIL WAR MUSEUM Atlanta, GA Saturday, March 30, 8:30—4 p.m. We will depart from the SDSC parking lot.

The last day to signup for a class or seminar is Friday, January 18. Please stop by the SDSC office or email us at if you are interested in signing up.

University Housing provides comfortable, affordable and secure on-campus housing options in residential communities where the academic success and personal growth of residents are encouraged and supported.

Adult Ed Update January 2013  

Adult education update newsletter published by University Housing at the University of Georgia

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