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Loralei Premo

Loralei Premo '07
Biology Major

Communications and SPC Administrator, Drinking Source Water Protection Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (Ontario)

"Most natural science classes at LSSU offer students as much hands-on experience (lab hours) as lecture hours, which ensures that the university experience prepares us for the real world careers, whether you work at a desk or out in the field, or both. There are endless advantages and opportunities available to LSSU students due to its location on an international border.

I found my career path on campus when my advisor posted a job for the Bi-national Public Advisory Council (BPAC), a group dedicated to and overseeing the clean-up the St. Mary's River. I was able to gain experience and network on both sides of the border, ultimately finding full-time employment before I graduated with my biology degree."

Parents at Lake State

Gender Communication

March is National Women’s History Month, celebrated on campuses, in offices and in K-12 classrooms everywhere. What better time to talk about some of the gender communication differences between males and females? It can help you interact more positively and productively with your student.

Understanding communication styles and preferences, based on gender, can increase positive interactions and decrease misunderstanding. There are some general rules of thumb when it comes to verbal and nonverbal communication. Of course, not all men will communicate one way and not all women will communicate another. These are just some general differences that you may see.

Women’s Speech

  • Women speak less often and talk less time per turn
  • Women often state ideas tentatively, using qualifiers and disclaimers
  • Women wait their turn to speak so talk can be shared among equals
  • Women’s talk focuses heavily on people, feelings and daily events
  • Women tend to rely on requests
  • Women ask questions to invite others into the conversation and show interest in others’ ideas

Women’s Nonverbal Behaviors

  • Women establish more eye contact
  • Women use more facial expressions to convey emotion
  • Women rely on more closed body positions
  • Women use fewer gestures
  • Women touch others less, value touch more and are touched more by others
  • Women use more nonverbal cues of intimacy, like what a communicator is feeling, to include and nurture others

Men’s Speech

  • Men talk more frequently and longer per turn
  • Men state ideas assertively and forcefully
  • Men interrupt or speak over others to assert themselves and their role
  • Men’s talk focuses on actions, events and themselves
  • Men often give orders
  • Men ask questions that challenge the speaker or assert their own position

Men’s Nonverbal Behaviors

  • Men establish less eye contact
  • Men use fewer facial expressions to convey emotions
  • Men rely on more open body positions
  • Men use more gestures
  • Men touch others more, value touch less and are touched less by others
  • Men use more nonverbal cues of power or status to indicate a degree of influence or control

Bridging the gender gap through increased understanding can lead to a better connection with your student.

Sources: The Supervisor’s Journal 2005-06 by Laura Dicke, PaperClip Communications; “Gender and Communication in the Not-So-9 to 5 Student Affairs Workplace,” NASPA presentation, 2000.

Psychology Driven...

Mary-Ellen

Mary-Ellen
Psychology

"LSSU is a relatively small school and I believe for this reason I have received a better education. The close atmosphere as opposed to a larger university has provided me with an opportunity to become acquainted with my professors. The professors therefore have an opportunity to assist with problems fairly easily, especially in upper level classes. The classes are fairly small also which provides one on one conversations which is very helpful."

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