Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Topics for Emotional Intelligence conference cover primary, secondary education, business and government

KINGSVILLE - February 20, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

KINGSVILLE (February 20, 2007) — Professional development for educators, businesspeople and government employees takes top priority at the 2007 Institute for Emotional Intelligence at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Thursday and Friday, Feb. 22-23, in the Memorial Student Union Building.

Best-selling author Margo Murray leads off an impressive list of speakers at this forum for educators, researchers, practitioners and leaders to share research and practical applications in emotional intelligence (EI) in primary/secondary, higher education and organizational settings.

The theme for this year’s Institute is “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: A Vision of Excellence.”

On both days, keynote speakers will address participants at 8:30 a.m. On Thursday, Feb. 22, Dr. Darwin Nelson, professor of educational leadership & counseling at A&M-Kingsville, gives the presentation, “How to Change Your Emotional Mind.” Nelson is part of the university’s Emotional Intelligence Research Initiative (EIRI), dedicated to the research, study and development of person-centered assessment and education intervention models for high achievement and personal well being of students and educators. Since 1980, more than 40 doctoral level studies have been completed using EI assessments created, developed and researched by Nelson and Dr. Gary Low, professor for educational leadership and counseling.

On Friday, Feb. 23, Low will speak on “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: A Vision of Excellence” by Low.

Panels scheduled for K-12 education, higher education and business and government

Following the keynote addresses are panels running through the morning and afternoon. Three panels will take place simultaneously for the run of the conference—one for K-12 education, one for higher education and one for business and government.

Topics for the K-12 education panels will be “Incorporating Emotional Intelligence with High School Curriculum in South Texas,” “Emotional Intelligence: The Implications for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students,” “Emotional Intelligence and Beginning Teacher Candidates,” “The Personal Responsibility System – Its Current and Future Applications,” “Infusing EI with Innovative Education Practices,” “Successful School Leaders Finding Priority in Emotional Intelligence,” “Correlations between EI (MSCEIT) and the Academic Performance of At-Risk High School Students,” “Coaching with Emotional Intelligence in Educational Environments” and “Emotional Intelligence in Texas Public Education.”

Higher education panel topics are “Emotional Intelligence Initiatives at Coastal Bend College,” “Doctoral Research Panel,” “Putting Emotional Intelligence Skills in the College Environment,” “Emotional Intelligence and Communicating Classroom/Workshop Civility: Leadership by Example,” “Emotional Intelligence: A Learning Community Concept to Enhance Student Success,” “A Comparison of Emotional Intelligence Levels of Hospitality Undergraduate Students to Hospitability Industry Professionals,” “A New Measure of Emotional Intelligence: The Performance of the Personal Excellence Inventory in Professional Populations,” “Integrating EI-Centric Assessment and Interventions with Students and Special Programs: Upward Bound Math and Science, College Assistant Migrant Program and McNair Scholars Program” and “Incorporating EI in Adult LART Education.”

Business and government panels are “Utilizing Equipped for the Future (EFF) as a Conduit for Emotional Intelligence Education with Adult Learners,” “Measuring and Using Workplace Emotional Intelligence to Influence Leadership,” “Emotional Choices,” “A Transformational Model of Emotional Intelligence: Achieving Meaningful Change with Business Clients,” “Coaching with Emotional Intelligence,” “First Skills: Building an Emotionally Intelligent Presence,” “Ethics and Self-Efficacy as a Business Model,” “Relationship Skills Map” and “Living with Emotional Well Being.”

Murray’s keynote address discusses societal change

Following Thursday’s panels, Murray will give keynote presentation, “Mentoring with EI: A Strategy for Positive Societal Change.” Her best-selling book, Beyond the Myths and Magic of Mentoring: How to Facilitate an Effective Mentoring Process, shared more than 30 years of experience and lessons learned by Murray as a line and staff manager, as a conductor of academic work in business and behavioral sciences and as a constructor and manager of human performance systems.

Thursday closes with an evening social and poster presentations from doctoral students.

The conference concludes on Friday with a closing session hosted by Nelson and Low.

Registration for the two-day Institute is $125, which includes all tracks of the regular conference, breakfast, lunch and snacks.

For more information on the 2007 EI Institute call 361-593-2901, 361-593-2203 or 361-318-7414.


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