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June 20:

Professional Development Workshop: Email Me! Proficient, Polite and Persuasive Messages. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Have you ever had an email you sent get misinterpreted? Have you ever received an email that didn’t include all the details you needed? Have you ever worried that an email wasn’t formal enough or was too formal? This workshop will explore how to avoid pitfalls within email communication and how to master using email as an efficient communication tool. Register.

June 21:

Fitness Center Tour. 7:45 - 8:15 a.m., Fitness Center Desk, Cohon Center. Want to exercise in the Cohon University Center, but you're unsure where to start? Join the Staff Council Wellness Committee for tours of the fitness facilities. Bring your CMU ID to get in.

June 25:

Fitness Center Tour. 12 - 12:30 p.m., Fitness Center Desk, Cohon Center. Want to exercise in the Cohon University Center, but you're unsure where to start? Join the Staff Council Wellness Committee for tours of the fitness facilities. Bring your CMU ID to get in.

June 26:

Professional Development Workshop: Speaking with Confidence. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Do you feel confident when presenting, speaking up in a group meeting, or communicating with new people? Are you getting your message across in a way that others can easily follow? Feeling confident as a speaker is the first step in making sure you are connecting with your audience. This workshop will help you practice strategies to improve clarity when sharing information and will introduce strategies to help you be a more persuasive and engaging speaker. Register.

Carnegie Mellon Women's Association: End of Year Meeting. 12 -1 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon Center. The meeting agenda includes a review of the past year, a vote for new executive board members and a discussion of future plans for the organization. Please bring your own lunch. Learn more and become a member.

June 27:

Fitness Center Tour. 12 - 12:30 p.m., Fitness Center Desk, Cohon Center. Want to exercise in the Cohon University Center, but you're unsure where to start? Join the Staff Council Wellness Committee for tours of the fitness facilities. Bring your CMU ID to get in.

July 3:

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 30 days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits. Register.

July 4:

Fireworks

July 4 Campus Celebration. 5 - 10:15 p.m., CFA Lawn and the Mall. Join us for a dynamic and family friendly celebration on campus complete with fireworks, live music, Rita's Italian Ice and more!

  • 5 -8 p.m. - BBQ in Merson Courtyard (included with student meal plan, or available for purchase to the public with cash or credit)
  • 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Live music
  • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Rita's Italian Ice
  • 9:35 p.m. - Fireworks

Questions? Send email to pclife@andrew.cmu.edu.

July 10:

Professional Development Workshop — Cultural Awareness: Curiosity, Knowledge and Empathy. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Are you looking to strengthen your contribution to making CMU a more welcoming community? In this workshop, you will explore three elements that will help expand your cultural awareness as well as your confidence in being more welcoming: curiosity, knowledge and empathy. You will leave the workshop with a personal plan to implement these elements into your work life. Register.

July 12:

Green Dot Bystander Training. 1 to 4 p.m., 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 Community Health & Well-Being. Register.

July 17:

Professional Development Workshop: Focus Your Writing. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Writing is something we all do on a daily basis, from emails to memos. If you feel as though your writing sometimes lacks focus, this session will help you use techniques to reduce miscommunication and help you feel more confident that your message will be read as intended. You will review strategies for writing and revising that will help your message be more clear and concise. Register.

July 18:

Learning to Say No. 1 to 2 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Saying “no” can often be difficult. It can arouse feelings of guilt or fears of displeasing others. However, the word “no” is one of the most important words in our language. By saying “no” we define who we are, what we are willing or not willing to do and what we permit others to do to us. The ability to say “no” is a critical skill that many have never developed or fear to use. This workshop will address the skills involved in learning to respectfully say “no” in order to build and maintain healthy self-esteem. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider. Register.

July 19:

Professional Development Workshop — Time to Plan: Time Management for Administrative Professionals. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. As an administrative staff professional, you handle incoming requests, juggle multiple schedules and find solutions to problems — all while completing your routine tasks. The dynamics of an administrative staff position require a distinct and intentional approach to prioritizing and managing tasks. Through the activities and conversations in this workshop, you will learn new tools, develop new strategies and share your practical techniques for prioritizing tasks and planning your time. Register.

July 24:

Professional Development Workshop — Master the Project: Strategies for Non-Project Managers. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Are you responsible for completing projects, but you are not a project manager? Managing projects without the skills to succeed can be frustrating and discouraging. If you are looking to develop a systematic method to address your projects, join us as we explore project management skills and discover how they can simplify your process for managing projects. In this interactive workshop, you will develop a structured system to plan milestones and timelines, initiate action items, implement follow-up strategies and track the progress of your efforts. Register

July 26:

Professional Development Workshop: Digital Learning Series. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Danforth Conference 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 day-long workshop where 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.

July 31:

Professional Development Workshop: Design Thinking for Creative Problem-Solving. 9 to 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Do you want to learn strategies to be creative and innovative? As Carnegie Mellon is known for its collaborative and innovative environment, how can you tap into your creativity to tackle everyday problems? In this session, you will discover how design thinking can be used as a dynamic approach to craft innovative solutions to workplace challenges. Register.