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2018 Personal & Professional Development Opportunities

2018 Personal & Professional Development Opportunities

- Wednesday, February 28 & Thursday, March 1 -

Human Resources is pleased to present Personal & Professional Development Opportunities for 2018.  Sessions will be held between the hours of 8am and 5pm on Wednesday, February 28 & Thursday, March 1.

All faculty and staff are invited to participate in a wide variety of sessions designed to enrich both your personal and professional life. Continue below for details on the sessions being offered this year.

Due to space limitations, a reply is required for all sessions.

Wednesday, February 28

Pancakes & Coffee Kick-Off

Join us for a delicious way to start the 2018 Personal & Professional Development Opportunities. Brought to you by the Wellbeing Team, we invite you to enjoy complimentary pancakes (gluten-free available), sausage (vegetarian available), and your favorite morning beverage before your sessions of the day.

Other food items will be available for purchase from the regular breakfast menu offerings.


Sponsor:  Wellbeing Team
Room:  AUC Commons

Adaptability is the New Change

Adaptability is the new change and whether you like it or not, change is going to happen. This presentation will show you how to become more adaptable to it.

  • Learn the 3 Stages of Change and How to Embrace It
  • Discover the 4 Levels of Competence for Learning New Processes and Developing New Habits
  • Embrace the 5 Keys to Embracing Change and How to Stop Resisting It
  • Turn Fear of Change into Excitement for Change
  • Become more adaptable to change

Books will be available for purchase after the session.

Presenter:  George Carroll, Motivational Speaker
Room:  AUC Regency Room

Trello Basics: Managing Tasks & Projects

UPDATE: This session is now full. You may still sign up and will be placed on the waitlist. You will be contacted if a seat becomes available.

Juggling tasks, projects, and deadlines can be both fun and challenging. Trello provides a simple, yet flexible framework for collecting, organizing, and managing tasks and projects. Trello functions as an online version of a whiteboard with sticky notes. We’ll explore Trello’s basic features including checklists, comments, due dates, file attachments, and notifications. And we’ll examine Trello’s collaborative functions and ability to integrate with other productivity tools.

Presenter:  Layne Nordgren, I&TS
Room:  Library 331
Capacity:  17

Renewal Strategies for Staying Motivated

Without purposeful renewal, work and life have a tendency to lead us to exhaustion, negativity, and burnout. In this interactive session, participants will identify signs of burnout and identify strategies for staying renewed and engaged in work and in life.

Presenter:  David B. Ward, Ph.D., MFTH
Room:  AUC Regency Room

Within Reach: Transitioning from Career to Retirement

In this session you will explore:

  • Final preparations for retirement and checklists to help plan for the first day of retirement
  • Evaluating where you are now and planning your retirement story
  • Accounting for Social Security, taxes, healthcare, insurance, estate planning

Presenter:  Mary Rorvik, TIAA
Room:  AUC 133

Paying Yourself: Income Options in Retirement

In this session you will learn about:

  • Simplifying retirement income
  • The basic rules that govern the most common retirement accounts
  • When to tap into different assets
  • The flexible income choices TIAA offers

Presenter: Mary Rorvik, TIAA
Room:  AUC 133

Thursday, March 1

Cybersecurity Awareness & Protecting Your Data

UPDATE: This session is now full. You may still sign up and will be placed on the waitlist. You will be contacted if a seat becomes available.

Learn about best practices for protecting both personal as well as university data and find out what steps PLU is taking to better protect your accounts. We will talk about identifying what types of data to be most concerned about and what resources are available to address some of these security concerns.

Presenter:  David Rebar, I&TS
Room:  Library 331
Capacity:  17

Creating Inclusive Work & Office Spaces

This session focuses on how implicit bias can influence the physical spaces in which we work and teach. Where we do our work and interact with students and colleagues–including the arrangement of furniture, the pictures on our desks, the artwork hanging on the wall, the books on our shelves, or pamphlets on our tables–communicates messages about who is and is not welcome in those spaces. Accordingly, workshop attendees will learn how to conduct an audit of their work and office spaces and quick-to-implement strategies for altering those spaces to combat the influence of implicit bias.

Presenter:  Dr. Jennifer Smith, Dean of Inclusive Excellence
Room:  AUC Regency Room

Our Lutheran Heritage

This presentation will cover the history, development and values in Lutheran Higher Education and our shared mission at PLU. Knowing this helps understand the place we work and the ideals that guide staff and faculty in their work. In this interactive presentation, you will be invited to participate with your questions and experience at PLU.

Presenter:  Dr. Marit Trelstad, University Chair of Lutheran Studies
Room:  AUC 201

Hands-On Sushi Making Experience

UPDATE: This session is now full. You may still sign up and will be placed on the waitlist. You will be contacted if a seat becomes available.

What can you do with a bowl of homemade sticky rice, a bamboo mat, and the freshest seafood around? In this introductory class, you will get a hands-on sushi making experience. We’ll go over how to make the perfect sticky rice, work with nori sheets, make different types of fillings, and assemble sushi rolls. After this experience, you’ll be able to dazzle your friends and family with the ability to roll your own sushi!

Presenters:  Jason Sipe, Sous Chef, Campus Restaurants
Room:  AUC, CK East
Capacity:  30

Building Your Stress Management Tool Kit

It’s not just you – calm was in short supply in 2017, and 2018 may hold more of the same. Given that so much seems out of our control, now more than ever is the right time to take an inventory of your strengths and your resiliencies. Join this session to learn more about identifying your axis of control, and to learn more about how you can maximize your inherent strengths, while learning more about how to best balance the other areas of your life.

Presenter:  Patrick Rice, MA, LMHC, CEAP, First Choice EAP
Room:  AUC Regency Room

Basics of Visual Design

UPDATE: This session is now full. You may still sign up and will be placed on the waitlist. You will be contacted if a seat becomes available.

Want to improve your flyer-making, web-design, or digital-sign-creation skills? Learn the basic rules of visual design to make clearer, cleaner, eye-catching documents. Increase your ability to identify good and bad design, and incorporate those ideas in your own projects.

Presenter:  Misty Berlin, I&TS
Room:  Library Design Lab
Capacity:  12