Program Highlights-Professional Development Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Program Highlights

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September 24, 2014
Success Starts With Me: Strategies for Success in Your First Year, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, Cohon University Center
Transitioning to a new role and responsibilities can be a challenge. Understanding expectations, knowing what resources are available and feeling a part of the organization are all very important. This session will provide participants with strategies to navigate a new role, department and institution.

September 30, 2014
Assertive Communication Part One, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Connan, Cohon University Center
Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop, Part One of a three-part series, will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others.

October 2, 2014
New Hire Orientation, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Connan, Cohon University Center
Are you new to the university? Do you have a new staff member within your organization? The New Hire Orientation program is designed to welcome new staff members formally to the university. New employees are encouraged to attend within their first thirty days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits. 

October 7, 2014
Starting at the Beginning: Creating Good Research Questions, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Wright, Cohon University Center
The hardest part of research is getting started. Often we have a general idea of what we want to know, but difficulty getting from there to a set of questions that will guide our exploration. In this session, participants will learn how to take a general idea and shape it into a set of research questions that are specific, manageable, relevant and actionable. This program will discuss the various types of research questions and the methodologies best suited to each type. Offered by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.

October 8, 2014
Get Up and Go: Self-Motivation, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan, Cohon University Center
You have the drive to be successful in your role, but even the best of us can fall into a motivational slump. This workshop will provide participants with information on what influences motivation and ways to maintain or improve motivation. Feeling a little sluggish? Come and get motivated!

October 14, 2014
Assertive Communication Part One, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Connan, Cohon University Center
Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop, Part One of a three-part series, will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others.

October 22, 2014
Get Up and Go: Motivating Others, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Connan, Cohon University Center
This workshop will examine the ways to energize a group as members work toward a common goal. Identifying group motivational strategies and the ways to direct a group's motivation, participants will gain an improved understanding of how to engage and inspire others.

October 23, 2014
Do That Again: Documenting Work Processes to Ensure Continuity and Success, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, Cohon University Center
Through the course of your work, you and your colleagues engage in numerous tasks and processes. Recording and analyzing these procedures can be instrumental in successfully repeating efficient processes and improving inefficient ones. In this workshop, participants will identify the benefits of documenting tasks and processes and develop strategies to thoroughly record the steps necessary for continuity and continued success.