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CoSIDA Podcasts & Webinars
50 minutes | Oct 27, 2022
Collaboration Culture: Developing An Effective And Creative Team Environment In Your Department
What do employees really want from their workplace culture? It’s essential to build a culture of collaboration and engagement (versus specialization) in college athletic communications, especially as we continue to navigate through the effects of the pandemic, limited resources, and the departure of colleagues which puts strain and stress on your efforts. Hear from these three professionals who have built and are building departments to face the challenges today and how you can best empower your colleagues and staff to succeed. Prioritizing employee experience is critical to the long-term success of any organization, and see how these athletic leaders are accomplishing this. Panel Lisa Campos, University of Texas San Antonio Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Ali Paquette, Middlebury College Assistant AD/Director of Athletic Communications Moderator Tony Neely, University of Kentucky Assistant AD for Athletic Communications and Public Relations
51 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Empowering Student Employees With Meaningful Workplace Experience
In this challenging time of shortened staffs and resources, our four presenters have a frank discussion on how to bolster your office staff and office content production with techniques and strategies to successfully find, teach, engage and mentor your student assistants. As students split their time between school, work, friends and sports, they want to see or understand the ways they make a difference. By engaging and mentoring your student employees, you provide vital real-life work experiences that can be beneficial to your department - and to them for the rest of their lives. Presenters: JD Campbell – Indiana University, Senior Assistant AD For Men's Basketball and Special Projects/CoSIDA Executive Board member Pearllan Cipriano – Shippensburg University, Sports Information Graduate Assistant Ken Sweeten – Southern Connecticut State University Associate Director of Athletics/Athletic Communications Presenter/Moderator: Adam Ledyard – East Texas Baptist University, Assistant AD for Communications
69 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
Replay: Member Open Forum Q&A for Name Change
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 CoSIDA leaders and members of the strategic branding identity working group held an open forum/Q&A for members interested in learning more about the CoSIDA organizational name change and the voting which will take place August 31, 2022.
18 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Ashleigh Jones | Through My Lens
Ashleigh Jones is wrapping up her third year with DePauw Athletics, where she joined in August of 2019 as the Assistant Director of Athletics Communications. Prior to joining the Tigers, she was the lead operations coordinator and assistant coach for Pink Elite Basketball from 2014 to 2019 while also working with ATI Physical Therapy. With Pink Elite, she helped coach one of eight teams to state qualifiers and her expansive marketing insight helped lead the program to a sponsorship from Adidas in summer of 2019. Her background in sports information includes working as a graduate assistant at North Central College (IL) in 2017-18 and as an athletic event staff member, which included events such as the Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. Ashleigh joins 2021-22 CoSIDA Intern Brandon Jones to talk about her experience as a Black woman and a young professional in athletics communications on this episode of Through My Lens.
22 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
Adele Burk | Through My Lens
Adele Burk has been on the staff at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) since 2013 and was promoted to her current position of Associate Director of Championships & Compliance in July 2021. She provides administrative support for conference championships, compliance assistance to conference members, manages use of logo marks and licensing, and serves as administrative liaison to the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee. Her previous roles with the NESCAC include serving as Assistant Director from 2016 to 2021 and Director of Media Relations from 2013 to 2016. Prior to joining the NESCAC, she served as Sports Information Director at Oswego State (NY) and a Sports Information Assistant at her alma mater Gustavus Adolphus (MN) after a short stint as a school teacher. Burk sits down with 2021-22 intern Brandon Jones to discuss her career path and what drew her to collegiate athletic communications on this episode of Through My Lens.
19 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Cindy Potter | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
Cindy Potter is CoSIDA President and Senior Deputy Director of Athletics at Columbia College (Mo.). She discusses her favorite parts of working in collegiate athletics communications as well as the importance of work-life balance in the industry. She joins 2021-22 CoSIDA intern Brandon Jones for the finale of the Executive Session podcast series with the 2021-22 executive board. Potter is the first CoSIDA President from an NAIA institution and the fifth woman from any division to serve in the role. When she received the presidential gavel in June 2021 from Sam Atkinson, is was the first time in CoSIDA history that one College Division president passed the gavel to another. In June 2022, she will again make history when the gavel is passed to Jessica Poole — the first time two women have served as President in consecutive years. She first served on the CoSIDA Board of Directors as a College Division Representative from 2011-2014. Potter was a 2008 CoSIDA Rising Star Award winner and also received the 2020 Warren Berg Award. At #CoSIDA22 she will receive the Bud Nangle Award, which is presented to a CoSIDA member or an individual outside of CoSIDA who embodies the ideals of intercollegiate athletics by showing ethics, integrity, compassion and/or bravery in a singular act or under an unusual or stressful personal or professional situation.
12 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
Jessica Poole | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
Jessica Poole is CoSIDA’s First Vice President who will take over as President this summer. At Chicago State, she is Senior Associate AD of External Operations and Revenue Generation. Poole sits down with 2021-22 CoSIDA intern Brandon Jones to discuss her favorite parts of being a CoSIDA board member among other topics in the industry.
15 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
John Paquette | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
John Paquette is the Senior Associate Commissioner of Sports Media Relations for the Big East Conference. Within CoSIDA, Paquette is the Second Vice President and Co-Liaison to the Professional Development & Education Committee. He joins 2021-22 CoSIDA intern Brandon Jones to discuss his favorite parts of the collegiate athletic communications industry as he enters the "back nine" of his career.
20 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Kevin Trainor | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
Kevin Trainor is CoSIDA's Third Vice President in 2021-22 and the executive board liaison to the Advocacy Committee and the Professional Development Committee. At the University of Arkansas, he is the Senior Associate AD for Public Relations & Former Student-Athlete Engagement. In this episode of Executive Session with CoSIDA intern Brandon Jones, he discusses both the positives and negatives of intercollegiate athletic communications and his experience of singing the national anthem at a Razorback baseball game.
10 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
Sam Atkinson | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
Sam Atkinson, CoSIDA's Past President, is the Associate Athletics Director for Communications at Gallaudet University. On this episode of Executive Session Podcast, he discusses his favorite aspects of the athletic communications industry as well as what needs to be improved while also mentioning the importance of family. Atkinson served as CoSIDA President during the 2020-21 academic year, and steadily led the organization during one of the most difficult years at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Atkinson has been honored by CoSIDA with the Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award (2014) and Mary Jo Haverbeck Trailblazer Award (2020). Hosted by 2021-22 CoSIDA Intern Brandon Jones.
12 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Jeff Hodges | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
Jeff Hodges, CoSIDA's Secretary and Special Awards Committee Chair, and the Assistant Athletics Director of Communications at the University of North Alabama, discusses what drew him to CoSIDA, the great connections he's made in the organization, and the new awards he's created outside of CoSIDA among other topics. Hodges was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1997 and has also been recognized by the organization with the Warren Berg Award (1997), 25-Year Award (2009), President's Award (2016) and Arch Ward Award (2017). He took over the roll of CoSIDA secretary in 2002-03, after previously serving as a college division representative from 1992-95. He's joined by host Brandon Jones, 2021-22 CoSIDA Intern.
14 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Tommy Chasanoff | Through My Lens
Tommy Chasanoff, Assistant Athletics Director of Sports Information at University of the Cumberlands, is in his fifth year at the university. The four-time Paralympic Medalist was elevated to his current position as Assistant Athletics Director in July of 2020. In September of 2020, Chasanoff became the first Patriot to be named NAIA Sports Information Director of the Year in addition to being voted as the Mid-South Conference’s SID of the Year in 2018 and 2020. Prior to joining the Cumberlands athletics staff, Chasanoff worked as an assistant sports information director at University of Tampa for two years. He joins CoSIDA intern Brandon Jones for a podcast conversation as part of the Through My Lens series.
19 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Mike Robles | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
Mike Robles, CoSIDA’s College Division Representative for the West Region and the Director of Communications for California Community College Athletic Association, sits down with 2021-22 intern Brandon Jones for this week’s episode of Executive Session. He discusses his favorite parts of the athletic communications industry throughout his career as well as the importance of board members having an equal voice.
12 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Katie Mucci | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
Katie Mucci, CoSIDA’s At-Large Representative and Assistant Commissioner for New Media and Technology at the Missouri Valley Conference, discusses the difficulty of navigating an athletics communications office during the pandemic, changes the industry needs to make, and more. Mucci was the 2021 CoSIDA Rising Star Award winner in the University Division and also received the President's Award in 2020 for her prior service leading the New Media Committee.
14 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Dan Ruede | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
Dan Ruede, CoSIDA’s College Division Representative for the Northeast Region and the Associate Director of Athletics for Strategic Communications at the University of New Haven, discusses the importance of his family in his career, his love for traveling, the need for more staffing in the athletic communications industry, and more. He's joined by CoSIDA intern Brando Jones.
11 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Mary Beth Challoner | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
On this episode of Executive Session, CoSIDA’s Central Region College Division Representative Mary Beth Challoner joined 2021-22 intern Brandon Jones to discuss her unique perspective on the athletics communications Industry. University of Toronto’s Manager of Events & Marketing also reminisces on her time spent as a collegiate hockey player and other aspects of her personal life.
19 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Keonte' Herrera | Through My Lens
Louisiana native Keonte' Herrera joined LSU as an Assistant Communications Director in September 2021 as the primary contact for softball and volleyball. Prior to his return to his home state, Herrera covered six championship runs between volleyball, track and field, and men’s basketball at Texas State in his two and a half years in San Marcos. Herrera has also worked with Division II programs Texas A&M - Commerce, Texas A&M - Kingsville, and St. Edward’s University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Southeast Louisiana in 2014 and his M.Ed. in Coaching, Sport, Recreation, and Fitness Administration from Angelo State University. Herrera has a great softball resource in his household, as his wife Priscilla (Velasquez) Herrera was a four-year softball letterman and Conference-USA MVP at East Carolina University. He joins CoSIDA intern Brandon Jones for a podcast conversation in as part of the Through My Lens series.
20 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Lenny Reich | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
In the second episode of the Executive Session Podcast, Brandon Jones is joined by Lenny Reich, CoSIDA At-Large Representative from the University of Mount Union, who discusses executive board membership, his personal journey, the ever-changing profession of college sports information, and what he is thankful for. Reich is in his 14th year at Mount Union, currently serving as Assistant AD and Sports Information Director. He's in his 25th year in the athletics communications business overall, previously serving at Capital University. Among his accolades, he was the 2019 recipient of the Warren Berg Award by CoSIDA, given for outstanding contributions to the profession. He is a past president of D3SIDA (Division III Sports Information Directors Association), past chair of the Ohio Athletic Conference SID Task Force, the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Central Region Committee, and was part of the NCAA Sportsmanship and Game Environment Working Group, where he worked in conjunction with the Disney Institute to help design the "GameDay the DIII Way" program.
14 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
Danielle Percival | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones
Danielle Percival | Executive Session, with Brandon Jones by CoSIDA
62 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Checking in On Your Wellness, with Dr. Kaye Cole and former member Scott Day
ON-DEMAND Teachable Tuesday Webinar presented by Capital One Checking in On Your Wellness Your emotional, mental and physical health. Panelists: Dr. Kaye Cole – University of Iowa Athletics, Mental Health Therapist and Consultant Scott Day – Sean's House SL24: Unlocke The Light, Director of Communications and Operations / Former CoSIDA member and SID Moderator: Mike Kern – Missouri Valley Conference, Associate Commissioner As we turn the page from the crossover fall and winter seasons and into the new year, we held this webinar to discuss issues facing SIDs around your emotional, mental and physical health. The panelists gave guidance on self-care strategies and ways to help you ask for help if you are struggling with anxiety, depression, frustration, anger, failure to prioritize, and more. These topics were covered and insights were offered for: • helping you recognize warning signs of anxiety, burnout, frustration and depression ... what constitutes burnout? • stop grinding and wearing "the grind mentality and massive hours of work" as a badge of honor • sharing advice and strategies on empowering you to address these issues with colleagues, superiors, family and friends • the danger of viewing yourself through the prism of your job and the dangers of defining yourself primarily through your job • how to do "radical self-care" and truly take charge of your life, not allowing the job to dominate your actions and thinking; the importance of being agressive and radical about taking care of yourself - all the time • taking inventory of your coping strategies, whether they be healthy and unhealthy coping strategies, and how to examine them, set your own personal goals, and push forward in a positive direction ... silencing your inner critic, • setting priorities • how to break through the difficulties of talking to a supervisor about your mental/physical health concerns, and ways to open up a conversation about it • how to help others if you sense they are struggling, or, how to talk to them if they reach out to you and tell you that they are concerned about their mental health • how do you calm yourself/decompress during the holiday season? • the importance of having a "safe space, a corner of safe people" to trust and open up to • how to stop comparing yourself to others and looking to others for validation; presenter Scott Day attributed this quote to college men's basketball coach Shaka Smart, who he worked with at VCU: "Comparison is the thief of joy. Dr. Cole is on the University of Iowa athletics staff as its mental health therapist and consultant and works closely with student-athletes and staff on issues of mental health (depression, performance anxiety, panic disorders, other mental and emotional conditions.) Day previously was a CoSIDA member and athletic communications administrator, serving at the University of Delaware, University of Richmond, VCU and Monmouth. Day speaks openly and honestly about his riveting and personal struggles with depression, weight gain and suicidal thoughts. He currently serves as communications and operations director for the Unlocke The Light Foundation which is dedicated to unlocking the students' light by providing resources for those struggling with depression, self-injury and suicide.
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