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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Calendar Highlights

June 23:

Professional Development Workshop — Set Up for Success: Onboarding Strategies for New Employees. 9 - 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. 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

June 28:

Laughter, Humor and Play To Reduce Stress and Solve Problems. 9 - 10 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Professional comedians shouldn’t be the only people to use smiling, laughter, humor and play as part of their daily routine. These skills are valuable for everyone. A good smile has long been a key tool for anyone who needs to influence others. Laughter is now shown to improve our pain tolerance. Humor and play can be the building blocks of problem-solving. Together they can improve our happiness and effectiveness. In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits of these skills and ways you can incorporate them into your life and work. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider. Register online

Professional Development Workshop: Digital Learning Series. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Are you working to leverage digital learning as part of your organization's learning strategy? Creating digital learning experiences that connect with learners and positively impact their learning experience requires an intentional and systematic approach. The Digital Learning Series is a daylong workshop in which we will explore eLearning best practices, eLearning authoring tools, and strategies to create your eLearning course. If you are interested in creating digital learning experiences for your learners, please join us and learn how to plan and execute a successful eLearning program. Register online.

SEI-Mellon Institute Blood Drive. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., SEI Room 1201. Walk-ins are welcome! You also can reserve a time by visiting and enter group code CU040010 or contact Brenda at Mellon Institute at or Rob at the SEI at All donors will receive a free tee shirt.

June 29:

Professional Development Workshop — Competency Highlight: Managing Conflict. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Developing core competencies allows us to be agile and adjust to the significant changes taking place in our institution and the world around us. This session introduces you to the Professional Development Services Competency Model and highlights Managing Conflict — one of the core competencies identified in the model. You will have an opportunity to explore the Managing Conflict competency, identify resources, and create a professional development plan that will help you build competency in this area. Register online.

July 7:

New Hire Orientation. 12 - 4 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 30 days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits. Register online.

July 12:

Staff and Community Blood Drive. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rangos 2, Cohon University Center. All donors will receive a free "Donor-Rita-Ville" t-shirt. To schedule an appointment go to and enter group code CU040004 or contact Debra Jamies Bailey at Walk-ins are welcome. 

Professional Development Workshop: Effective Delegation. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Delegating responsibilities to your staff allows them to use and further develop their skills and knowledge, and frees you to focus on other tasks and goals. Effective delegation requires a balance between empowering your staff to take responsibility and providing an appropriate level of guidance and quality control. In this session, participants will learn how to clearly communicate instructions and performance standards, as well as how to ensure follow-through and accountability. Register online.

July 13:

Building Mental Fitness for Optimal Brain Power. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. For a long time, the scientific community believed we are born with a certain number of brain cells and neural pathways that once damaged, could not be repaired. In reality, our brains are much more flexible. Depending on our lifestyle, we can destroy or weaken connections or we can create new, stronger ones. By doing challenging mental exercises to keep our brains fit for optimal power, we can slow down or somewhat prevent cognitive decline. Join us to learn about the types of behaviors and activities that can strengthen neural pathways and improve your mental fitness. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider. Register online.

July 14:

Safezone Training. 2 - 4 p.m., Pake Room, Cohon University Center. SafeZone is a network of allies (faculty, staff and students) committed to providing a safe and affirming environment for all at Carnegie Mellon, including those in the LGBTQ community. The goals of the program are to: identify members of the Carnegie Mellon community who have pledged to provide a safe and supportive contact for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students, faculty and staff; provide educational opportunities that prepare students, faculty and staff to serve as resources for the campus community; and to provide a visual statement of support and safety for the LGBTQ community. Find out more.

July 19:

Professional Development Workshop: Manage Conflict Before It Manages You. 9 - 11 a.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. This program will provide participants with information about conflict in the workplace, the different ways in which people approach conflict, strategies to resolve conflict and the ways in which conflict can be beneficial to an organization when it is managed effectively. Register on

July 20:

Professional Development Workshop: What’s the Rule? Grammar Basics for Professional Writing. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. When do I use “who” or “whom?” Do I end a sentence with a preposition? What exactly is a dangling participle? Participants in this interactive workshop will review the basics of grammar while examining the most common grammar mistakes. Register online.

July 21:

Professional Development Workshop: Workday/HR/CMUWorks Service Center Campus Meeting. 9 - 10:30 a.m., Rangos 3, Cohon University Center. Department Initiators, Activity Pay Managers, Time Keepers and ALG members — please join us for the next campus meeting. Representatives from Human Resources and the Service Center will share timely update information, process improvements, training initiatives, upcoming events and pertinent resources. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop — Success Starts with Me: Strategies for Success in Your First Year of Employment. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.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 26:

Professional Development Workshop — Leadership Begins Within: Developing Self-Awareness and Engaging Reflective Practice. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Gaining a deep understanding of yourself, your habits and your assumptions is an important part of building skills as a leader. This session identifies sources and strategies for building self-awareness, and explores the importance of reflective practice in leadership development. You will leave with an action plan/approach to increase your intentional reflective practice. Register online.

July 27:

Professional Development Workshop: Assert Yourself. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others. Register online.

Professional Development Workshop: Using Change as a Motivator. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Room, Cohon University Center. Change is inevitable. For some that realization is a challenging concept. But change does not have to be something to fear and avoid. It can be a motivating and exciting experience. In this workshop, we will explore the impact change has on your motivation, identify how to stay motivated through change, and develop a strategy to use change a source of growth. Register online.

July 28:

Professional Development Workshop — Project Planning: Creating a Winning Plan. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, 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.

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