Workshop Registration

Session I: 9:00 - 9:50 am

Leading a Superhero Team
President Joseph I. Castro & First Lady Mary Castro
The greatest superheroes are SUPER because of the strong heroes around them.  Join President & First Lady Castro as they discuss how to rally people around a specific cause, inspire others to be SUPER and join the team, align the entire team under one vision, and execute heroic endeavors as one SUPER team.

The Character of a Hero: A Discussion of Moral Courage
Major Boyce Buckner
Using his personal story as a Cadet at West Point and his 16-year career in the U.S. Army, as well as his experiences at Fresno State and David Brooks', The Road to Character, LTC Boyce Buckner & the group in attendance will take a journey to discuss moral courage, vignettes of moral courage, the state of moral courage in today's society and how we build moral courage in our people of tomorrow. This presentation is to be an interactive and engaging discussion in hopes that the entire team walks away with a new perspective on moral courage, inspiration to improve ourselves and each other and ways to help foster moral courage and character development in our heroes of the future!

 Sec-UR-ity: You are at the Center
Orlando Leon
There are a lot of catchy phrases to help us understand our role in privacy and security in today's world when the physical and the cyber worlds are so integrated.  "If you won't share your toothbrush, why would you share your password."  "If you won't share your ATM pin, why would you share your password?"  "Passwords are like dirty socks.  If left laying around, they will create a stinky mess."  "If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is (not true)."  Come learn some practical tips on how to be a privacy advocate and practice good information security hygiene.  Bring your tough questions and topics and hear real situations your peers and colleagues struggle with.

 Walk-Man: The Guardian of Health
Dr. Mark Baldis
Walk-Man is the latest superhero whose superpower is walking for health. He battles his archenemy, the evil Couchpotato. Come learn about walking the Walk Man way and how to include walking on the job while getting paid.

 Pride In Purpose
Coaches Jeanne Fleck & Troy Steiner
Finding your purpose is one of life’s greatest pursuits, yet can feel overwhelming to know where to begin.  Join Fresno State coaches Jeanne Fleck & Troy Steiner as they discuss the importance of discovering purpose in everything you do and how this practice can lead to a more fulfilling life.

 Heroes In the Community – Not All Heroes Wear Capes!
Valerie Vuicich
What super-powers do you possess as a volunteer? How can your efforts transform our campus and community? This session will discuss the public and personal benefits of volunteering. Leave your capes behind and join in the conversation!

 Session II: 10:00 - 10:50 am

The Power of the Written Word
Larry Salinas
Join Larry Salinas as he shares lessons from one of the most impactful books in his life, A Simple Act of Gratitude, which catalogs a man’s journey from depression to wholehearted living as he commits to send one handwritten thank you card every day to someone for an entire year.  Larry will share how simple acts of gratitude can drastically change one’s future.

 Heroes and Villains: Innovation Strategies to Improve Your Communication
Dr. Colin Stewart
Throughout this workshop you will learn how improv comedy can be used to improve your communication skills with others. This interactive workshop will include improv games, material, and discussion that you can start utilizing immediately, turning you into a communication hero. 

 Eating Like a Superhero
Chris Garcia
Learn how to make simple, easy, and healthy meals for your whole family, even as busy professionals.  From delicious meals to filling snacks, Chris Garcia will teach you manageable tricks to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

 A Sneak Peek: The President’s Cultural Competency Certificate Program
Dr. Francine Oputa
“Cultural Competency is not a destination; it is a journey.”  President Castro would like to acknowledge faculty and staff that are taking specific steps on that journey by awarding them with the President’s Cultural Competency Certificate. Interested?  This fun, engaging and interactive workshop will provide a glimpse into the content areas of this program.  The facilitator will also provide information on how to be a part of this and receive your certificate next academic year.  Increase your cultural competency and growth while being a part of the inaugural group receiving this recognition.

 Filtering Through Fake News
Kathleen Rhodes Schock
Have you ever shared a story on social media, only to discover that the information was misleading or false? Between confirmation bias, Internet rumors, propaganda and fake news, it can be difficult to sort fact from fiction. In this interactive workshop, Fresno State Director of Communication Kathleen Schock will share practical tips on how to sniff out bias, see through agendas and find information you can trust.

Writing to Save Ourselves: Some Notes on Tending the Creative Fire
Dr. Larissa M. Mercado-López
In this session,Dr. Larissa M. Mercado-López will share the process of writing her first children's book, Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer!, as well as the challenges of pursing creative writing as an assistant professor while raising a family. Dr. Mercado-López will discuss and encourage conversations about the importance of nurturing creativity as an aspect of wellness and work-life integration.

 Session III: 1:30-2:20 pm

 Be a PR Power Ranger: How to Build Your Sponsor Team and Wrangle Social Media for a Kick-Butt Fundraising Event
Jenny Toste & Micheline Golden
Micheline and Jenny have decades of PR and news experience in Fresno, and they are sharing "PR gold" for making your fundraising event a success! Learn how to share the stories that connect with your audience and get the sponsors and media coverage you need to take your event to the next level.


Simple Home Automation – Using Technology to Build a “Smarter” Home

Lars Newlander & Llarehn Wint
Building a "Smarter" home is fun. In this session you'll learn how easy it is to set lights in your house to turn on when you enter or leave, tell your thermostat to increase or lower the temp while you are away, or even have your doors automatically lock at the end of the night.

 Women in Leadership
Dr. Lynnette Zelezny
Join our Fresno State Provost as she shares wisdom and insights about her leadership journey.

The Superpowers to Be Your Own Hero
Devon Fullner & Katie Williamson
You never know when a villain may strike, but you can always be prepared!  Devon Fullner & Katie Williamson will discuss practical tips and strategies for staying safe and aware in all circumstances.  Learn the tools you should always have in your superhero tool belt so you can have the confidence in any situation to be your own hero.

Superhero Social (Honorary Reception for Service Award Recipients)
In honor of reaching this important milestone, the STAR Day committee and members of Cabinet invite you to attend this private reception.  Celebrate with fellow superheroes, participate in exclusive photo opportunities and share with fellow honorees accomplishments over the years. *Open to service award recipients only*

Zumba®
Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Forget the workout, just lose yourself in the music and find yourself in shape at the original dance-fitness party. Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you'll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It's easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating.

 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Closing Ceremony: The Magic of Elder
Come join us as we close the day with an exciting performance from The Magic of Elder. Be prepared for an impressive display of visual and mind-bending magic!