Upcoming Lunch & Learns

Wednesday, April 29 – Zoom Webinar

iBrain: Learning in the Age of Distraction

One of the most precious and valuable resources that students have today is their attention. In this energizing and engaging presentation, Erin Walsh will explore the brain science of attention, memory and multitasking in the context of a digitally connected world. Learn more about the distraction economy, the seeking brain, and practical strategies for building focus as students shift their attention between homework, YouTube, texting, and each other.

Erin is a parent, speaker, educator, and writer. Erin has enjoyed bringing science and tips to families and educators alongside her father Dr. David Walsh for nearly 20 years. They started together at the National Institute on Media and the Family and then more recently founded Mind Positive Parenting before creating Spark & Stitch Institute™ in 2019. In addition to writing articles for several other organizations including Bolster Collaborative and Psychology Today, she co-authored the 10th Anniversary Edition of the national bestseller Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.

This webinar style event will take place from 12:00-12:50 pm.  Please register in advance.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  If you need captioning for this event, please contact Kelly Fang at kfang@macalester.edu no later than Monday, April 27.


Past Lunch & Learns

March 25, 2020 – Cancelled

February 6:

Technology & Self Care

Is your mobile device causing you more anxiety than it’s worth? Is your social media a source of loneliness or a way to connect? There is a lot of discussion about the role technology has, or should have, in our lives. Julia Hutchinson, Hamre Center Assistant Director for Counseling Services, will provide space, questions, and information to help us examine the role we want technology to have in our health, wellness, and relationships.

October Lunch & Learn:

Identifying and Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder

Does the upcoming daylight-saving time have you feeling sad?  For some of us, changes in our mood and behaviors during the winter months can mean something more.  Join us at our next WHAM Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, October 23 to learn an overview of the symptoms that are commonly experienced by someone diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and how those symptoms differ from routine changes in mood and behavior in relation to seasonal changes. Behavioral health treatment and resources can assist individuals in preventing, minimizing, and responding to SAD symptoms. Those resources will be reviewed as well as when and how individuals can access them.  Our speaker will be Mary Holland, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Behavioral Health Supervisor for HealthPartners.

September Lunch & Learn:

Hands-Free Law

Join us on Wednesday, September 18 for the first Lunch and Learn of the semester. Our guest will be Lisa Kons, Traffic Safety Programs Manager with the Minnesota Safety Council. Lisa will help us learn more about the new hands-free law: the history of how it finally came to be, what it covers and doesn’t cover, and what are the best/safest ways to comply if we need to use our phone for navigation or making hands-free calls while driving.