Don't Cancel That Class

Are you expecting to miss one or more of your class periods this semester due a professional or personal reason? Instead of canceling the class, consider the "Don't Cancel that Class" initiative, which will host your class in your absence by presenting on the topic of your choice. Don’t plan to miss a class but would still like a guest speaker to come in? This program is for you too!

Numerous campus offices have joined together to implement the "Don't Cancel that Class" initiative. This initiative will serve as a centralized place for you to request a presentation. To request a presentation please complete the Don't Cancel That Class: Request Form

Please note that presentations are not guaranteed but are based on the availability of the presenters and most require two weeks advance notice. A confirmation email will be sent to you 2-3 business days after you submit your request.

Presentation choices:

Academic Success Center

  1. Time Management: Strategies for effectively understanding time management, particularly as it relates to study skills.
  2. Exam Preparation: Strategies to be used throughout the semester to prepare for test, suggestions for reducing test anxiety, and tips for test day.
  3. Study Skills Overview: Discussion of basic study strategies such as note-taking, reading, and information application to general courses.

Global Programs (for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences courses only)

  1. Introducing Study Abroad Programs: Descriptions of the different study abroad programs the CALS Study Abroad Office has to offer including current program options and future options to consider.
  2. Steps to Studying Abroad: Step-by-step guide to choosing a program that best fits each student's goals and completing the program application process.
  3. Scholarships: We don't want money to keep anyone from studying abroad. Learn more about the scholarships available through our office and different ways to fund each international experience.
  4. Why Study Abroad?: Discussion of the academic, professional, and personal benefits of studying abroad.
  5. Market Your Experience: We are confident that each study abroad experience will be "so much fun" and everyone meets "so many cool people", but we'll help each student better communicate their experience when interviewing for jobs and/or applying for higher education so that they will stand out above the crowd.

Graduate College Career Services (for graduate student courses only)

  1. Building Your Professional Network: Regardless if you are looking at a career in academia or industry, networking with people inside and outside of your field is essential. This interactive workshop provides an understanding of why a professional network is necessary and how to get started in building your contacts.
  2. Preparing for Behavioral Based Interviews: Many companies and organizations include behavior-based questions as a major portion of the interview process. Students are prepared for the technical questions. However, are you ready to answer in a short and concise manner, "Tell me a time when you had a conflict with a lab partner and how you resolved this?" A quick start on why these questions are used and interactive time to practice answers.
  3. Résumé vs. CV: What is the difference? Graduate students often confuse a résumé and CV. They each have different purposes and are used for different target audiences. A brief review of the differences and tips to get started.
  4. LinkedIn: Why would I need a LinkedIn Profile?: Academia and industry are using LinkedIn to build professional relationships, collaborations, and find future employees. LinkedIn is the largest social media platform used by industry today and used by 80% of recruiters to find prospective job candidates. This workshop will look at WHY any subject area could benefit from a LinkedIn profile and HOW to build a starting profile.

College of Engineering Career Services (for CoE courses only)

  1. Resumes: This seminar will teach students how to build an effective resume that is likely to impress employers and lead to an interview. We’ll cover content that should be included, the importance of highlighting skills that employers are seeking, formatting best practices and how to tailor a resume to a particular position.
  2. Interviewing: This seminar will cover the different types of interviews, methods for effectively answering questions, and how to follow-up with employers after an interview.
  3. Cover Letters: This seminar will help students to understand the importance of a well-written cover letter and how to produce one. Students will learn the purpose of a cover letter, what should be included, and how to analyze a job description to capture the attention of a prospective employer.
  4. Professional Networking: This seminar will stress the importance of professional networking when seeking employment. Students will learn the basics of networking and how it can be done in face-to-face meetings and using LinkedIn.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Services (for LAS courses only)

  1. Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Learn the basics of writing common job application documents that will capture employers’ attention and get you the interview.
  2. Career Fair Preparation/Networking: Maximize your next career fair experience or networking opportunity. Learn how to introduce yourself, research prospective employers, dress professionally, and follow up to make the most of your connections.
  3. Maintaining a Professional Online Presence: What does your online presence say about you? Learn tips and tricks to improve your social media presence, as well as online deal-breakers from the employers' perspective.
  4. Interviewing Tips: Calm your nerves by learning the ins and outs of interviewing. We'll discuss different types of interviews, appropriate dress, common questions, and what to say when you just don't know the answer.

Margaret Sloss Women's Center

  1. My prounouns are...: an introduction to gender and pronouns. Why we share pronouns, how to share pronouns, and why they matter.
  2. Feminism: What is feminism. How feminism has changed over time and why feminism is still relevant.
  3. Gender is a drag: A discussion of gender of identity and gender expression through the art of drag and performance.

Recreation Services

  1. Recreation Services Overview: Recreation Services Staff will review resources and services available in Recreation Services.

Student Counseling Services

  1. Diversity Dialogues: This presentation is facilitated by SCS staff to help facilitate discussion and exploration around issues of diversity within our community. Examples include power, privilege, and microaggression.
  2. Mind-Body and Biofeedback: This is a general introduction to our mind-body and biofeedback services at SCS. Participants will learn about these important resources, benefits of these skills, and ways to access them on campus.

Office of Student Financial Success

  1. Know Before you Owe: Student Loans 101. Learn about the various student loan options, the basics of borrowing, repayment plans, forgiveness options, and more!
  2. Your Credit Score: The Magic Number Explained. Learn about the importance of a credit score and credit report and how it may influence some major decisions in the near future. Students will leave the session knowing where they can check their credit score and report for free!
  3. How not to move back in with your parents: The Basics of Budgeting. Learn how to create a budget and stick with it! Financial independence can be achieved after graduation by making some adjustments to your financial choices now.

Student Wellness

  1. What's for Dinner: (Peer Wellness Educators, 45-60 minutes) - Peer Wellness Educators lead this interactive program where students will engage in learning how to make food and eating a priority in their busy schedules.
  2. Sleep Hygiene: (45-60 minutes) - Peer Wellness Educators lead this interactive program which will debunk common sleep myths, describe positive sleep hygiene habits, allow participants to identify their current sleep hygiene habits and set goals to improve their sleep.
  3. Party Like a Cyclone: This interactive program will have students engage in interactive activities to learn about strategies they can use to reduce their risk of alcohol related consequences when going to or throwing a party. Students will also learn how to recognize signs of alcohol poisoning and harmful drinking in others and will learn strategies on how to help someone in need.
  4. Green Dot Student Overview: The program introduces the basic elements of Green Dot while using some skill building activities to engage participants in immediate action. The basic elements of the presentation are used to provide a new framework of bystander intervention, generate campus-wide buy-in and begin the process of behavioral change.

Thielen Student Health Center

  1. Thielen Student Health Center Services and Resources: (Thielen Student Health Center Staff, 20-40 minutes) Learn more about the services provided and resources available at the Thielen Student Health Center. Staff is also available to discuss a career in the medical field. All presentations allow time for Q&A and can be tailored to your needs.
  2. Sexual Health: Learn more about inclusive sexual health and college students. Focused on safe sex practices, risks, birth control options and other topics selected by your group. The presentation by TSHC staff is informational without being judgmental. All presentations allow time for Q&A and can be tailored to your needs.
  3. First Aid: One of the nurses from TSHC will present on basic first aids tips as well as resources and kits to keep on hand when medical attention isn’t always necessary. In addition they can discuss helping someone with alcohol poisoning and low/high blood sugar until medical help arrives. All presentations allow time for Q&A and can be tailored to your needs.