Carnegie Mellon University

Program Offerings and Highlights
September/October 2018

Build Skills. Connect. Achieve Your Potential.

We invite you to explore concepts and competencies through the experiential, interactive workshops offered by the Office of Human Resources and our learning partners.

Program Highlights

Happy business people putting fist on top of each others'
A Day in the Life Networking Event
Sept 5; 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Learn more about the Day in the Life job shadowing program by interacting with former participants of the program.

Couple reviewing their finances
Financial Planning for Life
Sept 19; 1:30–2:30 p.m.
In this workshop we will discuss how to create a structured financial plan, set appropriate milestones, and make adjustments along the way.

 

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Collaborative Problem Solving: Exploring Your Approach
Sept 18; 9–11 a.m.
Learn how to develop a plan to engage others in your problem-solving approach, understand their perspective and facilitate a group solution.

 

Program Listings by Date

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Business Continuity Plan Exercise Workshop using the Fusion Framework, 9 a.m. to noon; Connan Room, Cohon University Center
This workshop is designed for Business Continuity or Disaster Recovery Plan Owners and Administrators. The first part of the workshop will be an overview of the Fusion Framework, highlighting new capabilities that make managing your plan easier and more user friendly. The second part will be a group tabletop exercise in which participants will collaborate in designing a “disaster” that their fellow teammates will respond to and exercise using their business continuity plans. Workshop attendance will count as a BC Exercise for your plan. This program is offered by Enterprise Risk Management.

SEO and Website Analytics, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
Almost everyone uses internet search engines to quickly find information online. This workshop aims to provide a foundational working knowledge of SEO to make your website search engine friendly. Learn what SEO is, how keywords help SEO, how to measure web analytics and what not to do. Though the principles and tools discussed in this workshop will help you with any website you create, we will focus on the new design templates for the university’s content management system (CMS). You are welcome to bring your computer to this session, but it is not required. This program is offered by Marketing & Communications.

A Day in the Life Networking Event, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Learn more about the Day in the Life job shadowing program by interacting with former participants of the program. Attendees will introduce others to their position and share how they are contributing to their department and the university. This program is offered by the Day in the Life Committee.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Success Starts With Me: Strategies for Success in Your First Year, 9 to 11 a.m., Rangos 3, Cohon University Center
Transitioning to a new role and responsibilities can be a challenge. Understanding expectations, knowing what resources are available and feeling like a part of the organization are all very important. This session will provide you with strategies to navigate a new role, department or institution. ①

SPARCS Proposal Training, 9 a.m. to noon, Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Monday, September 10, 2018

SPARCS Approvers Training, 2 to 2:30 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Approver Training aims to immerse department approvers in the new system. The training will provide a checklist of suggested items to review and where to find this information in SPARCS. Each session will be tailored to the college or department’s specific department review process, focusing on helping the department approvers find the information in SPARCS. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Giving Feedback: Strategies, Practice and Action, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, Cohon University Center
“We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve.”—Bill Gates Feedback can improve workplace performance and relationships, but it is challenging to give. What can you do to improve the quality and frequency of feedback you give others? In this session, you will practice delivering feedback, improve the clarity of the feedback you give and identify strategies to ensure follow-through after feedback has been received. ②

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Workday Activity Pay Manager Training, 9 a.m. to noon, Location TBD
The Activity Pay Manager processes all payments outside the day-to-day payroll functionality. This includes awards, adjunct faculty, private instruction and one-time payments. Activity Pay may also include the charging instructions associated with these transactions. This session provides a detailed overview of the Activity Pay process and introduces valuable resources to help navigate the process. Individuals serving in the Activity Pay Manager role must complete this training prior to gaining access to these functions in Workday.

Special Topic Series 2: Responsible Investing, noon to 1 p.m., Webinar
Responsible Investment is an approach to investing that aims to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions, to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns. Learn how the RI industry has evolved over the years, current trends driving its growth and ways for you to consider incorporating RI practices into your investments strategies.

Friday, September 14, 2018

SPARCS In-Depth Budget Training, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
This training session takes an in-depth look at using the SPARCS budgeting tool and entering information from the budgeting tool into the SPARCS cost grids. In the session, you will be provided with a funding proposal and budget and will enter the budget into the SPARCS budgeting tool. Then, you will transfer the information into SPARCS cost grids using provided best practices. You are encouraged to bring your own budget. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Lifetime Income: Market-Proof Your Retirement, noon to 1 p.m., Webinar
Am I overexposed to market losses? Will I outlive my money? Am I confident that I can retire on my terms? In retirement — and the years leading up to it — protecting your savings becomes just as important as growing it. Join this webinar and see how you can market-proof your retirement.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Managing Transitions: Creating a Roadmap for Success, 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Change and transition are all around us, from campus construction to changes in office protocol. Whatever the size and scope, changes in your work environment may require you to discover new resources, understand new expectations, and develop new relationships. This workshop is designed to help you develop strategies and approaches to effectively adapt to job and workplace transitions. ②

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SPARCS Proposal Training, 2 to 5 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Administrative Professional Roundtable, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Administrative staff members support many of the essential functions of the university. If you are serving as an executive assistant, administrative coordinator or administrative assistant, come meet one another, share best practices and discuss aspects relevant to the demands and opportunities of your position. ①②③

Financial Data Warehouse 101, 1 to 4:30 p.m., 100-D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on navigation, common terminology and techniques used in the Financial Data Warehouse. Participants will also learn how to copy, edit, filter and run a query and export the data results to Excel. This class is required to obtain access to the Financial Data Warehouse. This program is offered by the Finance Division.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Coaching in the Multigenerational Workplace, 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
"Coaching promotes creativity, breakthrough performance and resilience." —Ron Cacioppe
Your generation may influence your expectations, needs and goals at work and the way you interact with people from different generations. What is your coaching style, and how can you bridge generational differences to effectively equip others with the tools, knowledge and opportunities to develop professionally? In this session, explore practices and resources that enable you to promote success in yourself and others. ②

Special Topic Series 1: Estate Planning Basics, noon to 1 p.m., Webinar
Ensuring that our assets will pass to loved ones and causes that are near and dear is important to most of us. Discover the basic estate planning components and strategies to ensure that your wishes are met.

Oracle GL Journal Entry, 1 to 4 p.m., 100D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on how to create, approve and post a journal entry in the Oracle financial system. Participants will also learn how to find journal entries and create reversing journal entries. This class is required to be granted access in the Oracle financial system to create journal entries. This program is offered by the Finance Division.

She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing, 3 to 4 p.m., Webinar
You can discover saving and investing strategies developed especially for women and how you can put them into action.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Special Topic Series 2: The 411 on 529 College Savings Plans, noon to 1 p.m., Webinar
You can learn how 529 college savings plans work and how to invest in one for a child, grandchild, yourself or another loved one.

Digital Accessibility: Creating Accessible PDFs, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format that has captured all the elements of a printed document as an electronic image that you can view, navigate, print or forward to someone else. It is widely accepted as the standard format for displaying and sharing documents online. Are you responsible for creating digital content that is available online as a PDF? Learn to design your digital materials to foster a more technologically inclusive environment in our diverse campus community, so that persons with disabilities can access your PDF documents online using software, e-readers and mobile and other devices. In this interactive workshop, learn to apply the principles of digital accessibility to your specific needs. Participants will have the opportunity for assisted hands-on work on their digital projects to make them accessible. ②

Thursday, September 27, 2018

SPARCS Proposal Training, 9 a.m. to noon, Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Oracle Purchase Order Training, 1 to 4:30 p.m., 100-D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on how to create, approve and print a purchase order in the Oracle financial system. Participants will also learn how to create a receipt, do a return, and modify an approved purchase order. Throughout the class, there will be a high level of policy and procedure review from the Introduction to Purchasing class. This class is required to be granted access in the Oracle financial system to create purchase orders. This program is offered by the Finance Division.

The Starting Line: Why and How Retirement Saving Should Begin Now, 3 to 4 p.m., Webinar
You can learn how to evaluate and manage debt, find additional ways to save, create a budget and begin to plan for retirement.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Mental Health First Aid, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
In the Mental Health First Aid public education program, learn risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, build understanding of their impact and hear an overview of common supports. This eight-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect individuals to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). To register, sign up online. This program is offered by University Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Green Dot Overview Talk, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Room 4307, Gates/Hillman Complex
The program is designed to help faculty, staff, and administrators understand the expanded definition of “bystander” and to equip them to integrate these key behaviors with their current job functions to establish two norms: (1) sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking won’t be tolerated, (2) everyone does their part to keep the campus free from violence and fear of violence. This program is offered by University Health Services, the Office of Title IX Initiatives and the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New Hire Orientation, 9 a.m. to 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 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. ①

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Financial Planning for Life, 10 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
Financial goals are the specific long- and short-term objectives you hope to attain through financial planning and management efforts. Your financial goals might include financial security, travel, education planning, retirement planning, and estate planning. In this workshop we will discuss how to create a structured financial plan, set appropriate milestones, and make adjustments along the way. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider.

Friday, October 5, 2018

SPARCS In-Depth Budget Training, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
This training session takes an in-depth look at using the SPARCS budgeting tool and entering information from the budgeting tool into the SPARCS cost grids. In the session, you will be provided with a funding proposal and budget and will enter the budget into the SPARCS budgeting tool. Then, you will transfer the information into SPARCS cost grids using provided best practices. You are encouraged to bring your own budget. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Monday, October 8, 2018

SPARCS Approvers Training, 2 to 2:30 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Approver Training aims to immerse department approvers in the new system. The training will provide a checklist of suggested items to review and where to find this information in SPARCS. Each session will be tailored to the college or department’s specific department review process, focusing on helping the department approvers find the information in SPARCS. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Sandwich Generation: Balancing Your Personal Life with the Needs of Your Older Parents or Loved Ones, 10 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
Many of us reach a point in life when parents or elderly relatives begin to require more of our time and attention, and at times our financial support as well. Balancing work, family and care-giving responsibilities can present some challenges, and there are no simple solutions. This workshop provides an overview of information to help you cope with your personal life while dealing with your family’s needs. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Workday Department Initiator Training, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Location TBD
As a Department Initiator, you are responsible for initiating HR transactions for faculty and staff members and students within your organization, including hiring, job changes, leaves and terminations. This session introduces the Department Initiator role and its function in Workday. Through instruction and hands-on exercises, learn to navigate the basic screens in Workday necessary to Department Initiators and find out about the many resources available to help you navigate the role. Individuals serving in the Department Initiator role must complete this training prior to gaining access to these functions in Workday.

Writing for the Web, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
People read and digest words on web pages unlike any other medium. For this reason, your messaging needs to be tailored to your site visitors’ preferences and habits. In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively write for the web, best practices and tools to check your writing. Though the principles and tools discussed in this workshop will help you with any website you create, we will be focused on the new design templates for the university’s content management system (CMS). You are welcome to bring your computer to this session, but it’s not required. This session is offered by Marketing and Communications.

Financial Data Warehouse 101, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 100-D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on navigation, common terminology and techniques used in the Financial Data Warehouse. Participants will also learn how to copy, edit, filter and run a query and export the data results to Excel. This class is required to obtain access to the Financial Data Warehouse. This program is offered by the Finance Division.

SPARCS Proposal Training, 2 to 5 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Leadership Begins Within: Developing Self-Awareness and Engaging Reflective Practice, 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference 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. ②

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Workday Activity Pay Manager Training, 9 a.m. to noon, Location TBD
The Activity Pay Manager processes all payments outside the day-to-day payroll functionality. This includes awards, adjunct faculty, private instruction and one-time payments. Activity Pay may also include the charging instructions associated with these transactions. This session provides a detailed overview of the Activity Pay process and introduces valuable resources to help navigate the process. Individuals serving in the Activity Pay Manager role must complete this training prior to gaining access to these functions in Workday.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Collaborative Problem Solving: Exploring Your Approach, 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
When a problem impacts a group, a multi-perspective approach is often necessary to solve it. How do you identify others who can contribute to a solution, solicit their perspectives and create a collective solution? In this workshop you will examine a collaborative problem process in order to develop a plan to engage others in your problem-solving approach, understand their perspective and facilitate a group solution. ③

SPARCS Proposal Training, 9 a.m. to Noon, Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Oracle GL Journal Entry, 1 to 4 p.m., 100D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on how to create, approve and post a journal entry in the Oracle financial system. Participants will also learn how to find journal entries and create reversing journal entries. This class is required to be granted access in the Oracle financial system to create journal entries. This program is offered by the Finance Division.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Green Dot Bystander Training, 9 a.m. to Noon, Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
Green Dot Bystander Training is a three-hour program that introduces the basic elements of Green Dot, focusing specifically on the vital role university employees play in establishing and reinforcing the culture that students and colleagues exist within. The program is designed to help employees understand the expanded definition of “bystander” and to equip all university employees with key behaviors to integrate within their current job functions that establish two norms: (1) power-based personal violence won’t be tolerated, (2) everyone — including faculty, staff, and administrators — does their part to keep the campus community free from violence and fear of violence. This program is offered by University Health Services, the Office of Title IX Initiatives and the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mental Health First Aid, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
In the Mental Health First Aid public education program, learn risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, build understanding of their impact and hear an overview of common supports. This eight-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect individuals to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). To register, sign up online. This program is offered by University Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services

What’s the Signal? Mastering Nonverbal Communication, 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Nonverbal communication is embedded in how everyone communicates, but there are differences in expectations for nonverbal communication depending on someone’s culture and the context of the interaction. How can you identify the signals you are sending others? How can you build awareness of the signals you are receiving from others in order to respond appropriately? Master nonverbal communication by identifying and practicing the signals you want to send others and learning how to interpret the signals others are sending you. ①②③

Special Topic Series 1: Tax Reform, noon to 1 p.m., Webinar
For the first time in 30 years, there has been a tax overhaul. The new provisions may impact you in many ways. This webinar will break down the new tax plan and help you understand how it may affect your financial and estate planning.

Postcards from the Future: A Woman's Guide to Saving and Investing, 3 to 4 p.m., Webinar
Fewer years in the workforce. Longer life spans. Women saving for retirement face unique challenges. You can learn what it takes to overcome these challenges and help make your retirement dreams come true on schedule.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Oracle Purchase Order Training, 1 to 4:30 p.m., 100-D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on how to create, approve and print a purchase order in the Oracle financial system. Participants will also learn how to create a receipt, do a return, and modify an approved purchase order. Throughout the class, there will be a high level of policy and procedure review from the Introduction to Purchasing class. This class is required to be granted access in the Oracle financial system to create purchase orders. This program is offered by the Finance Division.

Digital Accessibility: Crafting Your Website for Accessibility, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Are you responsible for creating digital, electronic, multimedia or other content that is available online? Learn to design your digital materials to foster a more technologically inclusive environment in our diverse campus community, so that persons with disabilities can access your electronic resources—including websites, audio and video content—using software, e-readers and mobile and other devices. In this interactive workshop, learn to apply the principles of digital accessibility to your specific needs. Participants will have the opportunity for assisted hands-on work on their digital projects to make them accessible. ②

Friday, October 26, 2018

SPARCS In-Depth Budget Training, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
This training session takes an in-depth look at using the SPARCS budgeting tool and entering information from the budgeting tool into the SPARCS cost grids. In the session, you will be provided with a funding proposal and budget and will enter the budget into the SPARCS budgeting tool. Then, you will transfer the information into SPARCS cost grids using provided best practices. You are encouraged to bring your own budget. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Creating an Environment for Effective Group Decision Making, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
How are group decisions made? What does an effective group decision making environment look like? In this workshop, you will explore the advantages and disadvantages of group decision making and evaluate the various ways in which group decisions are made. You will apply this information to your situation and develop strategies to foster the characteristics of a successful decision making environment for your workplace. ③

SPARCS Proposal Training, 2 to 5 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. This program is offered by the Office of Research Systems & Operations.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A Day in the Life Networking Event, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Learn more about the Day in the Life job shadowing program by interacting with former participants of the program. Attendees will introduce others to their position and share how they are contributing to their department and the university. 

Learn more about A Day in the Life

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Financial Planning for Life, 10 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
Financial goals are the specific long- and short-term objectives you hope to attain through financial planning and management efforts. Your financial goals might include financial security, travel, education planning, retirement planning, and estate planning. In this workshop we will discuss how to create a structured financial plan, set appropriate milestones, and make adjustments along the way.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Sandwich Generation: Balancing Your Personal Life with the Needs of Your Older Parents or Loved Ones, 10 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
Many of us reach a point in life when parents or elderly relatives begin to require more of our time and attention, and at times our financial support as well. Balancing work, family and care-giving responsibilities can present some challenges, and there are no simple solutions. This workshop provides an overview of information to help you cope with your personal life while dealing with your family’s needs. 

Learn more about the Employee Assistance Program

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Business Continuity Plan Exercise Workshop using the Fusion Framework, 9 a.m. to Noon; Connan Room, Cohon University Center
This workshop is designed for Business Continuity or Disaster Recovery Plan Owners and Administrators. The first part of the workshop will be an overview of the Fusion Framework, highlighting new capabilities that make managing your plan easier and more user friendly. The second part will be a group tabletop exercise in which participants will collaborate in designing a “disaster” that their fellow teammates will respond to and exercise using their business continuity plans. Workshop attendance will count as a BC Exercise for your plan.

Learn more about Enterprise Risk Management

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Financial Data Warehouse 101, 1 to 4:30 p.m., 100-D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on navigation, common terminology and techniques used in the Financial Data Warehouse. Participants will also learn how to copy, edit, filter and run a query and export the data results to Excel. This class is required to obtain access to the Financial Data Warehouse. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Oracle GL Journal Entry, 1 to 4 p.m., 100D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on how to create, approve and post a journal entry in the Oracle financial system. Participants will also learn how to find journal entries and create reversing journal entries. This class is required to be granted access in the Oracle financial system to create journal entries.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Oracle Purchase Order Training, 1 to 4:30 p.m., 100-D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on how to create, approve and print a purchase order in the Oracle financial system. Participants will also learn how to create a receipt, do a return, and modify an approved purchase order. Throughout the class, there will be a high level of policy and procedure review from the Introduction to Purchasing class. This class is required to be granted access in the Oracle financial system to create purchase orders.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Financial Data Warehouse 101, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 100-D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on navigation, common terminology and techniques used in the Financial Data Warehouse. Participants will also learn how to copy, edit, filter and run a query and export the data results to Excel. This class is required to obtain access to the Financial Data Warehouse. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Oracle GL Journal Entry, 1 to 4 p.m., 100D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on how to create, approve and post a journal entry in the Oracle financial system. Participants will also learn how to find journal entries and create reversing journal entries. This class is required to be granted access in the Oracle financial system to create journal entries. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Oracle Purchase Order Training, 1 to 4:30 p.m., 100-D, Cyert Hall
This hands-on computer class provides detailed instruction on how to create, approve and print a purchase order in the Oracle financial system. Participants will also learn how to create a receipt, do a return, and modify an approved purchase order. Throughout the class, there will be a high level of policy and procedure review from the Introduction to Purchasing class. This class is required to be granted access in the Oracle financial system to create purchase orders.

Learn more about the Finance Division

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

SEO and Website Analytics, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
Almost everyone uses internet search engines to quickly find information online. This workshop aims to provide a foundational working knowledge of SEO to make your website search engine friendly. Learn what SEO is, how keywords help SEO, how to measure web analytics and what not to do. Though the principles and tools discussed in this workshop will help you with any website you create, we will focus on the new design templates for the university’s content management system (CMS). You are welcome to bring your computer to this session, but it is not required.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Writing for the Web, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
People read and digest words on web pages unlike any other medium. For this reason, your messaging needs to be tailored to your site visitors’ preferences and habits. In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively write for the web, best practices and tools to check your writing. Though the principles and tools discussed in this workshop will help you with any website you create, we will be focused on the new design templates for the university’s content management system (CMS). You are welcome to bring your computer to this session, but it’s not required.

Learn more about Marketing & Communications

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Success Starts With Me: Strategies for Success in Your First Year, 9 to 11 a.m., Rangos 3, Cohon University Center
Transitioning to a new role and responsibilities can be a challenge. Understanding expectations, knowing what resources are available and feeling like a part of the organization are all very important. This session will provide you with strategies to navigate a new role, department or institution. ①

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Giving Feedback: Strategies, Practice and Action, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, Cohon University Center
“We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve.”—Bill Gates Feedback can improve workplace performance and relationships, but it is challenging to give. What can you do to improve the quality and frequency of feedback you give others? In this session, you will practice delivering feedback, improve the clarity of the feedback you give and identify strategies to ensure follow-through after feedback has been received. ②

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Managing Transitions: Creating a Roadmap for Success, 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Change and transition are all around us, from campus construction to changes in office protocol. Whatever the size and scope, changes in your work environment may require you to discover new resources, understand new expectations, and develop new relationships. This workshop is designed to help you develop strategies and approaches to effectively adapt to job and workplace transitions. ②

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Administrative Professional Roundtable, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Administrative staff members support many of the essential functions of the university. If you are serving as an executive assistant, administrative coordinator or administrative assistant, come meet one another, share best practices and discuss aspects relevant to the demands and opportunities of your position. ①②③

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Coaching in the Multigenerational Workplace, 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
"Coaching promotes creativity, breakthrough performance and resilience." —Ron Cacioppe
Your generation may influence your expectations, needs and goals at work and the way you interact with people from different generations. What is your coaching style, and how can you bridge generational differences to effectively equip others with the tools, knowledge and opportunities to develop professionally? In this session, explore practices and resources that enable you to promote success in yourself and others. ②

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Digital Accessibility: Creating Accessible PDFs, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format that has captured all the elements of a printed document as an electronic image that you can view, navigate, print or forward to someone else. It is widely accepted as the standard format for displaying and sharing documents online. Are you responsible for creating digital content that is available online as a PDF? Learn to design your digital materials to foster a more technologically inclusive environment in our diverse campus community, so that persons with disabilities can access your PDF documents online using software, e-readers and mobile and other devices. In this interactive workshop, learn to apply the principles of digital accessibility to your specific needs. Participants will have the opportunity for assisted hands-on work on their digital projects to make them accessible. ②

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New Hire Orientation, 9 a.m. to 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 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. ①

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Leadership Begins Within: Developing Self-Awareness and Engaging Reflective Practice, 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference 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. ②

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Collaborative Problem Solving: Exploring Your Approach, 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
When a problem impacts a group, a multi-perspective approach is often necessary to solve it. How do you identify others who can contribute to a solution, solicit their perspectives and create a collective solution? In this workshop you will examine a collaborative problem process in order to develop a plan to engage others in your problem-solving approach, understand their perspective and facilitate a group solution. ③

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

What’s the Signal? Mastering Nonverbal Communication, 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Nonverbal communication is embedded in how everyone communicates, but there are differences in expectations for nonverbal communication depending on someone’s culture and the context of the interaction. How can you identify the signals you are sending others? How can you build awareness of the signals you are receiving from others in order to respond appropriately? Master nonverbal communication by identifying and practicing the signals you want to send others and learning how to interpret the signals others are sending you. ①②③

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Digital Accessibility: Crafting Your Website for Accessibility, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
Are you responsible for creating digital, electronic, multimedia or other content that is available online? Learn to design your digital materials to foster a more technologically inclusive environment in our diverse campus community, so that persons with disabilities can access your electronic resources—including websites, audio and video content—using software, e-readers and mobile and other devices. In this interactive workshop, learn to apply the principles of digital accessibility to your specific needs. Participants will have the opportunity for assisted hands-on work on their digital projects to make them accessible. ②

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Creating an Environment for Effective Group Decision Making, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
How are group decisions made? What does an effective group decision making environment look like? In this workshop, you will explore the advantages and disadvantages of group decision making and evaluate the various ways in which group decisions are made. You will apply this information to your situation and develop strategies to foster the characteristics of a successful decision making environment for your workplace. ③

After each of the session descriptions offered by Human Resources, you will see a number that corresponds with the course challenge level: New to the Topic, Working Knowledge of the Topic, ③ Well Developed Understanding of the Topic. You may register for a course based on your current experience level, or you may opt to take the courses in sequence to build your skill in a particular competency area.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

SPARCS Proposal Training, 9 a.m. to Noon, Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

SPARCS Approvers Training, 2 to 2:30 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Approver Training aims to immerse department approvers in the new system. The training will provide a checklist of suggested items to review and where to find this information in SPARCS. Each session will be tailored to the college or department’s specific department review process, focusing on helping the department approvers find the information in SPARCS. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

SPARCS In-Depth Budget Training, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
This training session takes an in-depth look at using the SPARCS budgeting tool and entering information from the budgeting tool into the SPARCS cost grids. In the session, you will be provided with a funding proposal and budget and will enter the budget into the SPARCS budgeting tool. Then, you will transfer the information into SPARCS cost grids using provided best practices. You are encouraged to bring your own budget. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SPARCS Proposal Training, 2 to 5 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

SPARCS Proposal Training, 9 a.m. to Noon, Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

SPARCS In-Depth Budget Training, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
This training session takes an in-depth look at using the SPARCS budgeting tool and entering information from the budgeting tool into the SPARCS cost grids. In the session, you will be provided with a funding proposal and budget and will enter the budget into the SPARCS budgeting tool. Then, you will transfer the information into SPARCS cost grids using provided best practices. You are encouraged to bring your own budget. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

SPARCS Approvers Training, 2 to 2:30 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Approver Training aims to immerse department approvers in the new system. The training will provide a checklist of suggested items to review and where to find this information in SPARCS. Each session will be tailored to the college or department’s specific department review process, focusing on helping the department approvers find the information in SPARCS. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

SPARCS Proposal Training, 2 to 5 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

SPARCS Proposal Training, 9 a.m. to Noon, Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

SPARCS In-Depth Budget Training, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
This training session takes an in-depth look at using the SPARCS budgeting tool and entering information from the budgeting tool into the SPARCS cost grids. In the session, you will be provided with a funding proposal and budget and will enter the budget into the SPARCS budgeting tool. Then, you will transfer the information into SPARCS cost grids using provided best practices. You are encouraged to bring your own budget. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SPARCS Proposal Training, 2 to 5 p.m., Room 1042, WQED Building
The SPARCS Proposal Training is a two-part course designed to immerse you in the SPARCS proposal system. In the first half of the session, you will hear a presentation discussing the new system, updated workflow, funding proposal fundamentals and budgets to assist you in becoming more efficient with the system. In the second half, you will enter a funding proposal into the system. The SPARCS team will provide a test proposal, but you are encouraged to bring a proposal to enter. 

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Mental Health First Aid, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center
In the Mental Health First Aid public education program, learn risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, build understanding of their impact and hear an overview of common supports. This eight-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect individuals to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). To register, sign up online. This program is offered by University Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Green Dot Overview Talk, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Room 4307, Gates/Hillman Complex
The program is designed to help faculty, staff, and administrators understand the expanded definition of “bystander” and to equip them to integrate these key behaviors with their current job functions to establish two norms: (1) sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking won’t be tolerated, (2) everyone does their part to keep the campus free from violence and fear of violence. This program is offered by University Health Services, the Office of Title IX Initiatives and the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Green Dot Bystander Training, 9 a.m. to noon, Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
Green Dot Bystander Training is a three-hour program that introduces the basic elements of Green Dot, focusing specifically on the vital role university employees play in establishing and reinforcing the culture that students and colleagues exist within. The program is designed to help employees understand the expanded definition of “bystander” and to equip all university employees with key behaviors to integrate within their current job functions that establish two norms: (1) power-based personal violence won’t be tolerated, (2) everyone — including faculty, staff, and administrators — does their part to keep the campus community free from violence and fear of violence. This program is offered by University Health Services, the Office of Title IX Initiatives and the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Workday Activity Pay Manager Training, 9 a.m. to noon, Location TBD
The Activity Pay Manager processes all payments outside the day-to-day payroll functionality. This includes awards, adjunct faculty, private instruction and one-time payments. Activity Pay may also include the charging instructions associated with these transactions. This session provides a detailed overview of the Activity Pay process and introduces valuable resources to help navigate the process. Individuals serving in the Activity Pay Manager role must complete this training prior to gaining access to these functions in Workday.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Workday Department Initiator Training, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Location TBD
As a Department Initiator, you are responsible for initiating HR transactions for faculty and staff members and students within your organization, including hiring, job changes, leaves and terminations. This session introduces the Department Initiator role and its function in Workday. Through instruction and hands-on exercises, learn to navigate the basic screens in Workday necessary to Department Initiators and find out about the many resources available to help you navigate the role. Individuals serving in the Department Initiator role must complete this training prior to gaining access to these functions in Workday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Workday Activity Pay Manager Training, 9 a.m. to noon, Location TBD
The Activity Pay Manager processes all payments outside the day-to-day payroll functionality. This includes awards, adjunct faculty, private instruction and one-time payments. Activity Pay may also include the charging instructions associated with these transactions. This session provides a detailed overview of the Activity Pay process and introduces valuable resources to help navigate the process. Individuals serving in the Activity Pay Manager role must complete this training prior to gaining access to these functions in Workday.

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