INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE in the Fall 2018 Humanics Retreat at Camp
El-O-Win, Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26.
At the start of each fall semester, Humanics@FresnoState hosts an overnight
orientation and retreat to allow students and faculty to get to know one
another and become familiar with the expectations for Humanics courses–SOC
144 (Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy, & Community Organizing), 186S (“CBO
Governance, Administration, & Financial Literacy”) and SOC 184S (“Grant
Writing & Evaluation”).
The retreat will take place on Saturday, August 25 (starting at 1 pm) &
Sunday, August 26 (culminating at 3 pm) at *Camp El-O-Win* (52710 Dinkey
Creek Road, Shaver Lake, CA 93664). All participants are strongly advised
to review the attached *Orientation Packet *which includes important
details and maps (gentlemen will be staying in the Iroquois Tents, and
ladies will be staying in the Arapaho Cabins at the campsite).
COST to participate is $20 for Student Scholars (payable in advance at the
Humanics Program Office in SS226A) and $30 for Alumni, Staff, Faculty, and
guests. This is your share of the costs FOR LODGING and THREE MEALS.
Individuals are responsible for arranging transportation to the retreat.
We recommend participants review the attached “6 Powerful Steps to Leave
Your Comfort Zone” and handouts on “Collaboration” and “Constructive and
Destructive Group Behaviors.” If, for some significant reason, enrolled
students are unable to make the retreat, there will be an alternative group
assignment for them.
Scholars are encouraged to bring casual clothes and pen and paper to take
notes (or a laptop/netbook/tablet) as well as toiletries. *For meals, let
us know ASAP if you are a vegetarian or have any food allergies so
accommodations can be made (email Jane Martin at **email@example.com
< firstname.lastname@example.org>** and cc **email@example.com
< firstname.lastname@example.org>** by 1 pm on Thursday, 8/23).*
We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of team-building, project
orientation, networking, and fun.
Dr. Jendian & Dr. Simmons
P.S. Each participant (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests) must
fill out the attached 2-page University Off-Campus Event Form. Please
print out and bring to SS211 no later than 4 pm on Friday, 8/24).
45 minute drive from Fresno/Clovis
– Take Hwy 168 East to Dinkey Creek Road. Turn right.
– Stay on Dinkey Creek Road for about 12 miles.
– When you see the orange target painted on a rock, you are close to our
– The road bends to the left and you will see a 35 mph sign (white with
– Our dirt road is just ahead on the right.
– The road forks right away – stay left.
– When the road forks again – stay left.
– The next fork is our road straight ahead and the main dirt road bends
hard to the right.
If you miss our road you will go uphill. Remember you are working your way
down to the river so if you go uphill, turn around.
– Camp is straight down this road. There is a road to the left but do
– You will go through our gate and will pass some cabins. When you get
to the large building, the dining hall & kitchen, STOP for check-in.
– There is a bathroom at the parking lot (looks like an outhouse but we
call it a BIFFY – Bathroom In Forest For You). It has an RV type toilet
so it flushes by stepping on a foot pedal and holding it down (water shuts
off as soon as you remove your foot).
– After checking in, please drive slowly *(5 mph)* to your assigned
unit, unload and move cars back to the main parking lot past the Dining
Hall. *BACK YOUR CAR IN!*
Camp is at 5,500 feet so nights are in the 30’s while days are in the 80’s.
· a towel
· basic toiletries (toilet paper is provided)
· bring insect repellent–mosquitoes could be an issue
· VERY casual attire–the night is much cooler (sweatshirt/long pants)
· warm pajamas and a sweatshirt
· a water bottle
· an OBJECT that reflects your personality (NOT a photo!)
· paper and pen to take notes
· a sense of discovery and a “work to win” attitude!
· sleeping bag and blanket unless bag is very warm (if no bag, a
bedroll made from several blankets can be used)
· small pillow (optional)
*Shoes and Socks* must be worn by everyone – including adults. *No sandals,
shoes must be enclosed toes and heels.*
NOTE: Because El-O-Win is down in a valley, cell phones RARELY or almost
never work at camp and there is NO WiFi available.
*Snacks and Food:*
Camp El-O-Win will provide all meals and snacks. Please DO NOT bring
personal snacks, gum, etc. The goodies attract furry food lovers that are
more messy and destructive than cute. Having food in the tents or cabins
puts all campers in a risky situation. Make sure group snacks are secured
with other food items in bear boxes by the campsite.
Hope the semester starts off well for you all! 🙂
HUMANICS@FresnoState Fall 2018 Retreat Agenda
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25
1:00-1:30 pm: Check In/Get settled in Cabins or Tents/Explore Facilities
and Retreat Site/Meet Fellow Scholars & Alumni
1:30 pm Opening Session (Dining Hall): Who is here? Why are we here?
2:15 pm Challenging yourself—Comfort Zone vs. Learning Zone (Dr. J)
Team Building Exercises with Dr. S & Dr. J
3:15 pm Managing Conflict
4:15 pm Team Dynamics-Bridge Building
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Nature Walk
7:30 pm Humanics Jeopardy
8:30 pm Campfire (What object did you bring that reflects your
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
7:30 am RISE & SHINE
8:00 am BREAKFAST
8:30 am Morning Nature Walk
9:30 am Team Participation Activity with Sarah Cupery Ottley
10:30 am Team Communication & Team Charters
Scope of the Projects—Dr. Simmons
12:00 pm LUNCH; Discuss Mentor Project & Roles of Mentors/Coaches
1:30 pm Fundraising for Humanics@FresnoState (development team)
Making the most of your membership in the Association of Fundraising
Professionals (AFP) Collegiate Chapter
AFP Conference 2019 (San Antonio, March 31-April 2, 2019)
Fall 2019 Calendar Dates to Remember
2:00 pm Reflections on the Retreat and Final Thoughts
3:00 pm Hike or Swim on your own (See you back in Fresno)