Character Day 2016

 

Last week we held an event in partnership with the Leadership Honors Program and the McNair Scholars Program known as Character Day.  Character Day is a global initiative celebrated all around the world with the goal of helping people with character development.

Character Day at UT Arlington was 1 of 90,000 events in 124 countries.

The Maverick Transfer Connection scheduled Character Strength Sessions throughout the day with featured speakers from the McNair Scholars Program, School of Social Work, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and Leadership Honors Program.  These speakers discussed how they have developed their own character strengths and the importance of character in our every day lives.

The schedule went a little something like this…

9:30AM: Bravery and Curiosity with Natalie Stephens, McNair Scholars Program

Natalie Stephens on Character Day
Natalie Stephens from the McNair Scholars Program discussed the character strengths of Bravery and Curiosity. Students and staff enjoyed an online quiz on Kahoot.it.

10:30AM: Hope and Perspective with Dr. Diane Mitschke, School of Social Work.

Dr. Diane Mitschke, a Professor in the School of Social Work, discusses the character strengths of Hope and Perspective. Dr. Mitschke included her experiences working with refugees.
Dr. Diane Mitschke, a Professor in the School of Social Work, discusses the character strengths of Hope and Perspective. Dr. Mitschke included her experiences working with refugees.

11:30AM: Love of Learning with Dr. Peggy Semingson, College of Education

Dr. Peggy Semingson, a Professor in the College of Education, discussed the character strength of the Love of Learning. She provided some great quotes about learning and life.
Dr. Peggy Semingson, a Professor in the College of Education, discussed the character strength of the Love of Learning. She provided some great quotes about learning and life.

12:30 make that 1:00PM (slight room scheduling glitch): Film Screenings

The day also featured the screening of a couple of short films: The Science of Character and The Adaptable Mind.  These films focus on how character strengths can be developed and how character is important to moving forward in our technological age.

Take a few minutes to watch The Science of Character if you missed the screening.

Both films along with others are available for viewing online at letitripple.com/characterday.

Discussion materials from film screening of The Science of Character.
Discussion materials from the film screening of The Science of Character, a short film by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain.

3:30PM: Gratitude and Fairness with Dr. Becky Garner, College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Dr. Becky Garner on Character Day
Dr. Becky Garner discusses the character strengths of gratitude and fairness. Dr. Garner also included some great tips for working on “bounce back ability” and resilience.

4:30PM: Leadership with Tanya Garcia, Leadership Honors Program

The Leadership Honors Program concluded Character Day with the last Character Strength Session. The speaker, Tanya Garcia, is a student and discussed how her experiences have led her to develop the important character strength of Leadership.  She also discussed how students can get involved in the Leadership Honors Program.

Tanya Garcia, a Theatre Arts Major and active participant within the Leadership Honors Program, discusses the Leadership Honors Program and how she fell in love with leadership.
Tanya Garcia, a Theatre Arts Major and active participant within the Leadership Honors Program, discusses the Leadership Honors Program and how she fell in love with leadership.

Overall, the day was awesome!  The sessions were well attended and people enjoyed themselves.  I’m already looking forward to next year!

If you’re interested in learning more about your personal character strengths visit the VIA Institute of Character website and take the VIA Survey of Character Strengths for FREE!

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Points of Transition: Ya’Ke Smith

This semester the Maverick Transfer Connection has had the privilege of hosting a series of talks we call Points of Transition.  The theme of the series centers around change, transition and the transfer student experience.

This week Assistant Professor and Filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith provided an inspiring and motivational talk in which he discussed his personal college and film-making experiences. The Shorthorn released a short article with information about the talk and Ya’Ke Smith. Read it here and join the conversation on Twitter @UTATransfer and #UTATransfer.

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Points of Transition: Nada Atieh

This semester the Maverick Transfer Connection is hosting a series of talks we call Points of Transition.  The theme of the series centers around change, transition and the transfer student experience.

In January, UTA Alumna Nada Atieh gave a thought provoking talk in which she urged students to focus on the big picture of life beyond the university. The Shorthorn released a short article with information about Nada Atieh. Read it here and join the conversation on Twitter @UTATransfer and #UTATransfer.

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