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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Calendar Highlights

June 1:

Professional Development Workshop: Administrative Staff Professional Roundtable Discussion. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Administrative staff members support many of the essential functions of the university. This roundtable will provide staff members serving as executive assistants, administrative coordinators and administrative assistants with the opportunity to meet one another, share best practices and discuss aspects relevant to the demands of their positions. The roundtable is facilitated by two administrative professionals who understand the challenges and rewards of this important role on campus. Register online.

June 5-28:

Bedtime Stories at Future Tenant, 819 Liberty Avenue. Sponsored by the Heinz College, Bedtime Stories is a group exhibition of artists working in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture and sound. There is a time of night when we lie alone and the external clatter of our waking life is subsumed by the personal language of our dreams. Bedtime Stories explores art as an oneiric experience in which fears, loneliness, memory, eroticism and loss inhabit the state between wakefulness and sleep, conscious thought and dreams. Participating artists are: Aaron Blum, Olga Brindar, Ashley Cecil, Eric S. Dickson, Gary Duehr, Charles Johnson, Michael Koehler, Victoria Mills, Josh Mitchel, Wanda Spangler-Warren, David Stanger, Christopher Ruane and Sherry Rusinack.

June 9:

Professional Development Workshop — Fruits of Your Labor: Exploring the Impact of Your Productivity. 9 to 11 a.m., Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Productivity is a result of many things. You work hard and put your heart into your work. How often do you reflect on your achievements and successes? In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to evaluate the impact of your productivity and the strategies that contribute to your success. You will learn from your own actions and those of others ways to create repeatable strategies and maximize your productivity. Register online.

June 10:

Make the Case for Your Research. Noon to 1 p.m., Hunt Library, 106B (IDeATe Studio A). Refreshments will be provided. Make the case for your research with four “moves” that create a compelling narrative and highlight the importance and innovation of your research, especially when communicating to a non-specialist audience. These well-proven strategies can help you structure the abstract, introduction and literature review of journal articles and papers in the sciences or humanities. They can also be applied in other contexts, including conference presentations, application materials and grant proposals. Visit the Global Communication Center for more information.

Professional Development Workshop — FocusU: A New Learning Tool. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
. Want to take your professional development to the next level? With the FocusU learning management system, you can now create a learning plan, register for a workshop, gain information on a particular topic, and track your professional development activities. This session will explore how this tool can maximize your professional development and introduce you to some exciting new resources. Register online.

June 13:

Staff Picnic at Kennywood Park, presented by Staff Council. CMU employees can purchase two Funday tickets for $15 each (valid only on June 13) and additional Funday tickets for $22 each (limit 10). Pavilion 7 will be reserved for the CMU community. The children's prize giveaway and ice cream distribution will be at 1 p.m. at Pavilion 7. Ticket sale times and dates are as follows:

  • June 2, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 3, Mellon Institute, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 3, Cohon University Center,  4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • June 5, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 10, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 11, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 12, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

You must have your own CMU ID to purchase tickets. Cash only.

June 16:

Carnegie Mellon BrainHub presents Bob Glushko, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and an entrepreneur who founded four companies in electronic publishing and e-business. Glushko will give a BrainHub lecture on the "Discipline of Organizing," a synthesis of ideas from library and information science, computer science, informatics, cognitive science and business that enable user interactions and customization of content. 4 p.m., Gates Hillman 6115.

June 17:

Improve the Flow of Your Writing. Noon to 1 p.m., Hunt Library, 106B (IDeATe Studio A). Refreshments will be provided. Have you ever been told that your writing is “choppy” or does not have any “flow”?  You will benefit from this workshop. Learn how to improve the logical flow between sentences and paragraphs, called the "Known/New Contract." This crucial rhetorical principle will help an audience or reader follow the progression of your ideas and arguments, whether in the sciences or humanities. As the subject matter you are writing about grows in complexity, following this principle becomes increasingly important. Visit the Global Communication Center for more information.

June 23:

Professional Development Workshop: A Supervisor’s Guide to Building Capacity and Capability Among Your Staff. 9 to 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Capacity is the ability or power to do, experience or understand something. Capability is applying that experience and understanding in an effective manner. When capacity and capability are joined together individual performance thrives. This session will examine the ways a supervisor can build and encourage his or her staff members to maximize these abilities. Register online.

June 24:

Professional Development Workshop — Tackling Complex Decisions: Strategies for the Experienced Decision-Maker. 9 to 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Difficult decisions can test even the best decision-makers. Developing your decision-making process is the key to navigating opportunities and challenges presented by difficult decisions. In this workshop, participants will explore strategies to tackle complex decisions. Using case studies and participants’ own decisions, you will explore a decision-making model and identify real-life solutions to improve your decision-making process. Register online.

June 30:

Professional Development Workshop — FocusU: Creating Your Learning Plan. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
. Looking to build a portfolio for your professional development? Our new learning management system provides you with an opportunity to capture your professional development activities in one place. Learn how to track your professional development activities, build your learning portfolio, and set and track goals to focus your professional development. Register online.

July 2:

Professional Development: New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Connan Room, 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 formally welcome new staff members 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. Register online.

July 7:

Professional Development Workshop: Let Them Catch You Doing Something Great! 9 to 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. You believe you are doing great work. You want to be able to articulate the contributions you are making to your organization. You want to be challenged and grow, and you understand the importance of accurate and constructive feedback. Discover the ways you can tie your efforts to the mission, vision and values of your organization and further align your role with your organizational goals. Bring the best you have to the table! Register online.

July 8:

Professional Development Workshop: What is the Problem? Techniques for Everyday Problem-Solving. 1 to 4 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. You encounter many situations each day; some can surely be classified as problems. In each problem you can find opportunities for progress. In this workshop, we will learn to identify opportunities in our everyday problems, develop a plan to resolve them, and create a plan for continual growth. Register online.

July 9:

Professional Development Workshop — FocusU: A New Tool for Your Supervisory Toolbox. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Your work as a supervisor can be complex and challenging. Fostering the professional development of your staff may seem too daunting. Our new learning management system can help. In this interactive session, we will explore how FocusU can assist you in managing the professional development of your staff. Register online.

July 16:

Professional Development Workshop — Realize Your Influence: Strategies for Administrative Professionals. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. In your administrative professional role, you have a unique opportunity to influence others in your department and across campus. Have you realized your full potential? In this workshop, participants will explore their relationships and strategies to magnify their influence. Whether you want to leverage your influence within your department or across departments, join us to develop strategies to increase your impact. Register online.

July 21:

Professional Development Workshop: Success Starts with Me — Strategies for Success in Your First Year of Employment. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, 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. Register online.

July 22:

Professional Development Workshop: Set Up for Success — Onboarding Strategies for New Employees. 1 to 3 p.m., Room 322, Tepper School. The recruitment and selection process is completed and the new staff member is hired. Now what? How can the new staff member best acclimate to the new role, responsibilities and organization? This session looks at the important aspects of the onboarding process — how it influences a new employee’s success, communicates expectations and moves the employee toward being a contributing member of the organization. Register online.

July 23:

Professional Development Workshop — Process Documentation: Put Your Plans to Work. 9 to 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, Cohon University Center. Process documents are only as good as what you do with them. You could simply file them away, never to see them again. Or you could use them to cross-train, find improvements or delegate the process. In this workshop, we will explore how to utilize your process documents as a vital tool to the success of your role or department. Register online.

July 28:

Professional Development Workshop — That’s Not What I Wanted to Hear: Customer Service for the Unhappy Customer. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Customer service is often seen as making a customer happy. Have you experienced a situation when you needed to tell a customer something he or she did not want to hear? These situations necessitate a unique set of customer service skills. In this workshop, we will apply customer service techniques to deliver honest information while helping the customer through the unsatisfactory situation. Register online.

July 29

Professional Development Workshop: Speakers Bureau Training. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Are you interested in improving your presentation skills and the impact you are having? Individuals interested in sharing their expertise in a content area, interested in preparing a workshop for a conference or who find their role to include a presentation or training component may want to complete the Speakers Bureau Training. This full-day program will include topics on participant assessment, program design, presentation delivery, and developing learning resources, along with preparing, practicing and presenting. Register online.

July 30:

Professional Development Workshop — FocusU Administration: Maximizing Its Use for Your Organization. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
. Are you interested in using FocusU to help deliver training? In this session, participants will explore the administrative uses of FocusU and be introduced to the process and considerations for using the system. Join us to learn how FocusU can assist you in your training efforts. Register online.

August 4:

Professional Development Workshop: Kick Start the New Year. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. The new academic year is about to start. Are you ready? This motivational session will encourage participants to examine the opportunities in the year ahead and chart their course for enthusiasm, energy and success. Take a couple of hours for you and get pumped up and ready for the road ahead. Register online.

August 6:

Professional Development: New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Connan Room, 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 formally welcome new staff members 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. Register online.

August 7:

Professional Development Workshop: Department Initiator Roundtable Discussion. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Having trouble with a particular part of Workday? Made a great discovery on a Workday functionality you would like to share? Interested in learning about how the implementation of Workday is going thus far? Willing to share ideas, problem-solve and give feedback on the Workday system? All Department Initiators are invited to attend this roundtable and join in the conversation. Register online.

August 18:

Professional Development Workshop: Emerging Leader — Are You One? 9 to 11 a.m., Club Room, Whitfield Hall. When you look ahead at your career … is being a leader in your future? This session will explore how we are all leaders. Participants will leave with a strategy on ways to build and utilize the skills they possess. Participants will also identify ways to take advantage of opportunities to “rise to the occasion” and demonstrate their leadership capabilities. Register online.


 

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