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Retreat Speakers

Welcome and Announcements: Doug Foxgrover, Melissa Thomas, and Karyn Jeffrey

Doug Foxgrover is the Academic Computing Coordinator for the Natural Sciences and Curator for the College's Weather Data Base.

Melissa Thomas is the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean of the College.

Karyn Jeffrey is the Associate Director of Human Resources.


Opening Comments by Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers is Vice President and Treasurer of the College


Keynote Speaker: Tracy Knofla
Famous for her lively speaking style, mixing humor and inspiration, Tracy Knofla will give the keynote address at the All-Staff Retreat on “Thriving in Chaos.” She will also chair two breakout sessions: “Creativity” and “Trends and Observations from the Road.”

Tracy and her business partner, Mark Geller, founded High Impact Training in 1995 to offer training to students and staff in higher education. The company gradually expanded to include audiences in the business and non-profit worlds as well. Tracy received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Southern Connecticut State University and has worked as Coordinator of Student Activities at Indiana University and as Director of Therapeutic Recreation at several long-term care facilities in Connecticut.

Breakout Session Presenter: Tom Glasser on "Managing Change"
Tom Glaser, MS, is a Licensed Psychologist with almost 20 years of experience. He earned a Master?s degree in Counseling and College Student Development from Mankato State University in 1986. With experience in employee assistance counseling, management, and managed behavioral care, he now works as counseling psychologist at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and in private practice. Special interest areas include Buddhist psychology, sexuality, transitions, trauma resolution, and wellness promotion.

Breakout Session Presenter: Peter Dimock on "Midlife Quest
Peter Dimock graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work with a Master of Social Work Degree in 1976. For the last 30 years he has worked as a clinical social worker in a variety of mental health settings including private practice. He is currently a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota the School of Social Work where he teaches courses in substance abuse and clincal practice methods with individuals, couples, families and groups. He continues to maintain a small private practice and also provides c onsultation and supervison for individual professionals and agencies.

Members of the 10:00 a.m. Panel of Carleton Administrators: Joel Cooper and Richard Strong on "The Road Ahead: Changes at Carleton"

Joel Cooper is the director of ITS and has been at Carleton four and a half years. He has worked supporting information technology in higher education for over 20 years.

Richard Strong is Carleton's Director of Facilities Management and Planning.

Members of the 11:00-11:45 Panel of Carleton Administrators: John Ramsay, Fred Rogers, Paul Thiboutot, and Hudlin Wagner.

John Ramsay is the Associate Dean of the College and the Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies.

Fred Rogers is Carleton's Vice President and Treasurer.

Paul Thiboutot is Dean of Admissions.

Hudlin Wagner is Carleton's Dean of Students.

Luncheon Speaker: Lisa Wendt
At the All-Staff Retreat luncheon, Lisa Wendt, who is a specialist in well-organized homes, will turn her attention to the office in her talk on “How to Make Your Employer Love You: The Organized Employee.”

In 1999, Lisa Wendt founded her company “Sort-it-Out,” dedicated to creating organized homes that begin at the front door and continue throughout—from attics to basements and everything in between. This year she renamed her business “Homes That Work,” a name better fitting her vision of creating homes that are beautiful in function as well as form. She will discuss learning shortcuts for getting more done in less time, increasing productivity with “guiltless” filing, being aware of co-workers’ learning styles, and discovering calendar options that work best.