A Conversation on Student Resilience 

Hosted by the Division of Online and Strategic Learning

March 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

L.A. Pittenger Student Center Ballroom

Registration Closed 



re·sil·ience \ ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s 
an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change


sym·po·sium \ sim-ˈpō-zē-əm 
a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject, especially a meeting at which several speakers talk on or discuss a topic before an audience


The goal of the symposium is to bring together campus faculty, staff, and administrators for a day-long deep dive into the latest practices and research related to resiliency on 21st century campuses.

The keynotes and panelists will share their knowledge and experiences about current and future resiliency efforts to help all members of the campus community gain more awareness about student success initiatives and what you can do to participate. Participants will be actively engaged during the symposium in facilitated discussions, Q+A sessions, icebreakers, and networking opportunities. 

Dr. Timothy Hess, Elizabeth Peeler, and Scott Wise are keynote speakers for the symposium. Two panels will lead you in discussions on how to help students overcome life's hurdles on the long road to success.

Cindy Cash, instructional consultant, will lead guests through different ways in which laughter yoga can be used as a classroom technique for encouraging resilience. 

What’s College About If Not For Creating Flourishing Lives?

A summary of the conception and diagnosis of positive mental health, from languishing to flourishing

Keyes is professor of sociology at Emory University where he holds the Winship Distinguished Research Professorship. He was a member of a MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development, and co-chaired the First Summit of Positive Psychology held in 1999. Keyes is a founding member of the Society for the Study of Human Development, participated in the National Academies of Science Keck Future's Initiative on The Future of Human Healthspan, and was a contributing author to the World Health Organization's publication entitled Mental Health Promotion Worldwide.

During the break, guests can join Cindy Cash in an optional session of laughter yoga. 

Information sharing from campus leaders about university resilience-related services available for faculty and students.

  • Courtney Jarrett, associate director of Office of Disability Services
  • Matt Moore, assistant professor, Department of Social Work
  • Michelle Morrison, assistant director of student services, Division of Online and Strategic Learning
  • Elizabeth Peeler, health educator, Office of Health, Alcohol, and Drug Education

No One Told Me The Road Less Traveled Was Littered with Failure, Loss, and A Brain Infection

Overcoming adversity and failure is the strength of every successful entrepreneur

Wise is founder of A Pots & Pans Production, the parent management company for Scotty’s Brewhouse and Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company. With 15 restaurants in Indiana, future plans are to grow the company to more than 150 sites across the country by 2022. Company sales are currently over $50 million, and Scotty’s employs more than 2,000 employees. Scotty is a community philanthropist and consistently commits his time and effort along with monetary and food donations to causes in every city in which his restaurants are based.

A panel will help us start thinking about approaches and programs that could potentially help Ball State students build their capacity for resilience.

  • Timothy Hess, staff psychologist and associate director for clinical services, Campus Life
  • Adam Kuban, associate professor, Department of Journalism
  • Larry Markle, director, Office of Disability Services
  • Janay Sander, associate professor of educational psychology, Department of Educational Psychology
  • Matthew Shaw, dean, University Libraries
  • Ted Ward, director of student and program services, Division of Online and Strategic Learning
Cindy Cash, instructional consultant, will lead guests through different ways in which laughter yoga can be used as a classroom technique for encouraging resilience. 
Discuss long- and short-term ideas on instilling resilient practices into the learning process at Ball State. Brainstorm our goals for next year's conference.


Contact Angelia Yount, instructional consultant, if you have any questions or would like more information.


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