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Personal & Professional Development Day 2015

Personal & Professional Development Day

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Personal and professional Development Day at PLU on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.Human Resources is pleased to present Personal & Professional Development Day on Tuesday, February 3. All faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to participate in a wide variety of workshops to improve skills both on and off the job.  Workshop descriptions are below.

Workshops marked with an asterisk have space limitations, reply is required.
A reply is strongly encouraged for all other sessions.

Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt
Presenter:
AJ Martinez, TIAA-CREF
Room: AUC 133
Learn strategies for spending within your means and saving for a rainy day, as well as the importance of cash flow, and tips for managing “good” and “bad” debt.

Budget 101*
Presenters:
Gretchen Howell, Human Resources; Drew Eli and Gemma Dulay, Business Office
Room: Library Basement, Room B
Learn Banner Web Finance, including: how to access and view information, tracking S&P budgets, tracking wages, and budget literacy. It will also include a review of the Human Resources salary budget process and reports. This class is limited to 16 participants; reply required due to space limitations.

The Anatomy of a Computer*
Presenter:
Darren Moore, User Support; Josh Page, School of Business
Room: Library 331
Get a better understanding of how a computer works with hands-on deconstruction and rebuilding of a computer. Instructors will explain a bit about the function of each component and tips for handling when putting things back together. No prior computer knowledge necessary. This class is limited to 10 participants; reply required due to space limitations.

Understanding the Cycle of Change
Presenter: Jan Paul, First Choice EAP
Room: AUC 134
This training will address the 4 stages of change, reasons why change is difficult, how to better cope with change, and how your EAP can assist you in doing so.

Within Reach: Transitioning from Career to Retirement
Presenter: AJ Martinez, TIAA-CREF
Room: AUC 133
Learn how to make final preparations for retirement and checklists to help plan for the first day of retirement. Evaluate where you are now and plan your retirement story. Receive information on accounting for your Social Security, taxes, healthcare, insurance, and estate planning.

Engaging Your Audience with Prezi*
Presenter: Layne Nordgren, Instructional Technologies
Room: Library Basement, Room B
Interested in taking your presentations beyond PowerPoint? Learn to use Prezi to add motion and organizational structure to engage your audience. Review exemplary Prezis and create your own Prezi presentations, zooming in around your topics and graphics, without making your audience seasick. This class is limited to 16 participants; reply required due to space limitations.

Braise, Glaze, and Pan Sauce: Cooking with Beer and Cider
Presenter: Erick Swenson, Dining & Culinary Services
Room: AUC CK West
Anything wine can do, beer can do better. Learn how to braise chicken using beer, make a stout glaze for your corned beef, and finish a dish with a cider beurre blanc sauce.

Empowerment Self-Defense
Presenter: Michelle McVadon, Fight the Fear Campaign
Room: AUC Scandinavian Cultural Center
Learn about intuition, boundary setting, and risk assessment.  Develop power and confidence through assertive language and posture.  Practice physical and tactical responses to threat and attack. Be aware, be safe!

WordPress Isn’t Rocket Science: How to Make it Work for You*
Presenters: Sam O’Hara and Julie Winters, Marketing & Communications
Room: Library Basement, Room B
Whether you’re a just starting out or you’ve used WordPress before, Julie and Sam are here to guide you along the way to becoming a pro! Bring your questions, and we’ll focus on your PLU department site. This class has reached its limit. Registrations are still being taken for the wait list and notifications will be sent if a space becomes available.

Sustainable Gardening
Presenter: Karen Fischer, WSU Pierce County Master Gardener
Room: AUC Scandinavian Cultural Center
Would you like a yard with pretty flowers and shrubs that you don’t have to weed all the time, that won’t double your water bill, and that doesn’t require an arsenal of pesticides? It isn’t a fairy tale.  With native and drought tolerant plants, you can keep your yard maintenance to a minimum and still enjoy lots of color and even fruit.

Rules of the Playground
Presenter: Carol Bowser, J.D., Conflict Management Strategies
Room: AUC 133
We learn a lot of rules on the playground – share your toys and be nice. Some of them carry over to the workplace, but some of the assumptions that underline the playground don’t. Bring your shovel and pail and we’ll talk about the dos and don’ts, the assumptions and expectations of the spoken and unspoken rules of the workplace.

Intermediate Excel*
Presenter: David Rebar, User Support
Room: Library Basement, Room B
Go beyond the basics of Excel and learn new features of the program that can help you to better organize and present your data. Topics will include creating running totals, using pivot tables and utilizing IF statements in your formulas. Previous experience working with Excel is required. This class has reached its limit. Registrations are still being taken for the wait list and notifications will be sent if a space becomes available.

Telling the PLU Story
Presenters: David Gunovich, Melody Ferguson, and Emily McCann, Office of Admission; Donna Gibbs, Marketing & Communications
Room: AUC 134
Join the Office of Admission and Marketing & Communications to get the inside scoop on telling the PLU story.

Backups and Data Security at PLU*
Presenters: David Domask and David Rebar, User Support
Room: Library Basement, Room B
Learn about backup solutions at PLU including Netstor and Google Drive and best practices for storing your sensitive data. Topics will include data encryption options, appropriate use of cloud storage, and types of data that may need additional security. This class is limited to 16 participants; reply required due to space limitations.

The Secret Sauce for Creative and Powerful Problem Solving
Presenter: Carol Bowser, J.D., Conflict Management Strategies
Room: AUC 133
You know that a huge part of life is being able to handle problems as they arrive. This may entail trying to troubleshoot with a colleague or gracefully navigate through a hot-button conversation. Learn how to take an innovative and creative approach to critical thinking and problem solving, while maintaining your values, integrity, and honor.