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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Calendar Highlights

July 24:

Professional Development Workshop: Building Effective Teams. 1 - 4 p.m., Rangos 1 & 2, Cohon University Center. Let's Go Team! Are you looking for ways to introduce, inspire and strengthen your team? This active session will walk you through a series of enrichment activities that can be utilized to build the cohesion of your group. Whether you are a supervisor wanting to build your staff organization, a committee chair charged with leading an initiative or a staff member wanting to encourage others, this session will provide practical and energizing strategies to build your team. Register online.

July 27:

Science Fiction Lecture Series. 5 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center. Popular authors Bruce Coville and Tamora Pierce will be discussing the cultural phenomenon of young adult science fiction and fantasy. The event launches a new series of lectures by authors of young adult literature in conjunction with Parsec, Pittsburgh's Premier science fiction and fantasy organization, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Free admission. Learn more.

July 30:

Professional Development Workshop — Project Planning: Developing a Winning Plan. 1 - 3 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. So you are tasked with completing a project — where do you start? How do you set a timeline? How will you measure your progress? In this workshop, we will examine techniques to find answers to fundamental project-planning questions. You will learn to identify the various elements of a project plan and develop an action plan to foster the success of your project. Whether you have one project or many, this session will introduce project-planning strategies that will support you in your work. Register online.

Edna JacksonEdna Jackson Celebration. 4:30 – 6 p.m., Posner Center. President and Mrs. Suresh invite you to join them for a farewell and appreciation celebration for Edna Jackson (right). As of Aug. 1, Jackson will assume the position of director of the Office of the Dean at Carnegie Mellon Qatar. Jackson has served the Provost’s Office for 26 years, working as an executive assistant and then director of the Provost’s Office. Please join members of the university community to thank her for her immeasurable service to the Pittsburgh campus and to wish her well in her new role.

July 31:

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Summer Undergraduate Research Program Symposium. 9 a.m. - noon, Mellon Institute Conference Room. The HHMI Poster Session also will take place from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Mellon Institute Library and 4th Floor Foyer. At both the poster session and symposium, undergraduates from Carnegie Mellon will present the research they have been conducting in the sciences. Learn more.

August 4 & 6:

Professional Development Workshop — Questions Times Two: Turning your Research Questions into Great Survey Questions. 1 - 3 p.m., Rangos 3, Cohon University Center. On the first day of this workshop, 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. We will discuss the various types of research questions and the methodologies best suited to each type. On the second day of the workshop, participants will learn how to develop survey instruments and consider issues such as item wording, item formats to avoid and response alternatives, in addition to learning how to tell good items from bad items. Offered by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.  Register online.

August 5:

Professional Development Workshop — Supervision Primer. 9 - 11 a.m., Rangos 3, Cohon University Center. Whether you are a new or seasoned supervisor, this session is sure to get you energized, focused and ready for the challenges supervision offers. This session will serve as a primer to your work supervising staff and will provide an overview of the supervision courses offered through the year. Register online.

August 7:

Professional Development Workshop — New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rangos 3, 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 30 days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits. Register online.

August 13:

Professional Development Workshop — Time Allocation: The Solution to Time Management Obstacles. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Singleton Room, Roberts Hall. Ever wonder, "Where does the time go?" Ever feel like you are playing catch-up? It might be time to gain some skills to better allocate your time. In this interactive workshop, you will assess your current time management skills to identify possible "time wasters." Then you will learn tools and techniques that will allow you to improve your productivity by staying focused on important tasks. Register online.

August 21:

Professional Development Workshop: Who Am I? An Introduction to Supervisory Styles. 1 - 3 p.m., Room 322, Tepper School of Business. Gaining awareness of your strengths and areas for growth as a supervisor is critical to your success in this important leadership role. During this session, participants will complete an assessment that identifies their strengths in supervision. Utilizing case studies, participants will identify ways to rely on their strengths in addressing common supervisory challenges. Participants will also develop a professional development plan targeted at the skills needing enrichment. Register online.

August 26:

Professional Development Workshop: Coming Soon ... Learning Management System. 9 - 10:30 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Want to take your professional development to the next level? This session will provide an overview of the learning management system being launched this fall. Whether you are registering for a workshop or wanting to gain information on a particular topic, this session will walk you through some of the exciting new resources that will soon be available to staff.  Register online.

August 28:

Professional Development Workshop — Maximize Your Productivity: Create a Priority Plan. 1 - 3 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Ever feel like there is not enough time in the day? Often we have so much to do and we find it difficult to get everything completed. Prioritization is the key to ensuring the right things are accomplished at the right time. In this workshop, we will examine strategies to determine what tasks need to be completed first. Then, each participant will develop a prioritization plan using valuable prioritization tools. Register online.

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