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December 14:

To Your Credit. 9 to 10 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Credit is an important part of personal finance. In this session, learn to define credit and its importance, describe the purpose of a credit report and its use, order and analyze your credit report and identify ways to build and repair your credit history. This program is offered by PNC Bank. Register.

Professional Development Workshop — Master the Juggling Act: Tools for Managing Multiple Administrative Projects. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. As an administrative professional, you are constantly managing multiple projects. The success of each project depends on the strategies and tools you use to plan, organize and track them. In this session, share your strategies to manage projects and learn new tools and strategies to help plan, monitor and progress your projects to success. Register.

December 15:

Mental Health First Aid. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact and offers 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 persons 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 sign up, please register online. This program is offered by University Health Services.

December 20:

Professional Development Workshop: Kickstart the New Year. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. The new year is about to start. Are you ready? This motivational session will encourage you to examine the opportunities in the year ahead and chart your course for enthusiasm, energy and success. Take a couple of hours for you and get pumped up and ready for the road ahead. Register.

January 4:

Living Simply: Simplify Your Life. 10 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. In today’s digital age, we are exposed to a vast number of choices in nearly all facets of life, including what we read, watch, listen to and purchase. The increasing complexity of consumer choices and online social media activities can make us feel distracted, confused and stressed. In this session, find out how to prioritize and simplify your life by adopting a digital mindfulness approach. This program is offered by GuidanceResources, the CMU employee assistance provider. Register.

January 9:

New Hire Orientation. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rangos 1, 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.

January 10:

Professional Development Workshop — Engage: Motivating Others through Your Influence. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Are you wondering how you can influence others to have a positive outlook, be engaged in their work and know they are a part of something worthy of their time? In this workshop, we will examine the ways to energize a group as members work toward a common goal. By identifying group motivational strategies and the ways to direct a group's motivation, you will gain an improved understanding of how to engage and inspire others. Register.

January 11:

Professional Development Workshop — Staying the Course: Navigating Interruptions. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. You have set your priorities, developed a plan for success and jumped into your work — nothing can stop you. But even the best laid plans are subject to interruptions. In this workshop, you will develop a strategy to identify your common interruptions and develop a plan to minimize the impact they have on your success. Register.

January 16:

Professional Development Workshop — Thinking Collaboratively: Exploring the Six Thinking Hats Approach. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Carnegie Mellon is an increasingly diverse place made up of people with different backgrounds, worldviews and goals. As the university changes in response to the new strategic plan, it is important to be open-minded and open to new ideas and ways of thinking. Rather than responding quickly and critically, using techniques to increase open-mindedness and consideration of alternate ideas and viewpoints can enable you to more creatively approach problems. This session will introduce Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats approach to creative collaborative problem-solving. Register.

January 18:

Professional Development Workshop — The Speaker’s Mission: Essential Skills to Engage and Inform Your Audience. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rangos 1, Cohon University Center. Are you looking for dynamic strategies for speaking, presenting or training others? Your role may require you to share your expertise in a content area, prepare a workshop for a conference or event or provide training seminars or sessions. Explore a comprehensive review of design and delivery methods to target the needs of your audience and keep them engaged. This full-day program will include topics on participant assessment, targeted program design and learning resources, and you will have the chance to prepare, practice and present. Register.

Professional Development Workshop — Raising the Bar: Strategies to Improve Administrative Processes. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. As an administrative professional, effectiveness and efficiency are critical to your success. Do your administrative systems and processes allow you to be at your peak performance? In this workshop, explore techniques to amplify efficient processes and improve inefficient ones. You will learn steps to quickly document, and then evaluate, administrative processes to ensure you are operating at your optimal level. Register.

January 23:

Professional Development Workshop: Manage Conflict Before It Manages You. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. This program will provide you with information about conflict in the workplace, 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.

January 25:

Professional Development Workshop — Get It Right: Problem-Solving to Address Recurring Problems. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Some problems seem to persist even after you implement solutions to address them. If you are experiencing a recurring problem, you should join us in this workshop. You will explore strategies to identify and target specific causes of a problem, develop a plan to create relevant solutions and create metrics to monitor the success of the resolution. Register.

January 30:

Student Privacy and Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) Workshop. 9 to 10:30 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Do you work with students’ personal information? Learn how you can safeguard our students’ information and find out about Carnegie Mellon University student privacy rights and the federal Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA). This program is offered by the Registrar’s Office. Register.

Professional Development Workshop: Increase Your Productivity with Cloud Computing. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. What is cloud computing? This session will introduce you to cloud computing and several different tools that utilize this technology. You will recognize how some of these tools can help increase your personal productivity. You will learn about some of the security risks associated with using cloud technology and ways to minimize the risks. Finally, you will develop your own action plan for increasing your productivity using cloud computing. Register.

January 31:

Professional Development Workshop: The Influence of Culture on Communication. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. How do your communication preferences impact how you communicate across cultures? How has culture influenced the ways you communicate and your expectations of others? Learn more about your own style of communication and about different communication styles around the globe. Practice strategies you can use when communicating in cross-cultural situations. Register.