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2019 Personal & Professional Development Opportunities

2019 Personal & Professional Development Opportunities

- Tuesday, February 26 & Wednesday, Febuary 27 -

Human Resources is pleased to present Personal & Professional Development Opportunities for 2019. All sessions will be held between the hours of 8AM and 5PM on Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27.

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, registration is required for all sessions.
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Tuesday, February 26

Pancakes & Coffee Kick-Off

Join us for a delicious way to start the 2019 Personal & Professional Development Opportunities. 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.


Room: AUC Commons

See the Positive – Be the Positive: Living a Healthier, Happier, and Less Stressed Life

Sometimes it seems the world conspires to toss monkey wrenches into our lives and we end up feeling frustrated, exhausted, and overwhelmed. Wouldn’t it be great if despite the challenges, we could find joy, be optimistic, and laugh anyway? This fun and funny keynote will present simple tips for recharging your batteries, converting negative energy into positive, and learning happy life lessons from those who know best – young children and dogs.

Presenter: Leigh Anne Jasheway
Room: AUC Regency Room

Breakout Session: PLAY Your Way to a Healthier Life

This interactive session will build on the morning keynote, using games and creative play to reconnect you to your more joyful 5-year-old self. If you’re ready for recess, this is the breakout for you.

Presenter: Leigh Anne Jasheway
Room: AUC 133

Screencasting--Using Screencast Videos to Get Your Point Across

This workshop will train you how to create videos to inform, educate, or promote your content. Whether your goal is to have videos to help train new employees to your area, placing a video on your website to explain a complex subject, or to have a short clip to recruit students to your department, this introductory workshop is for you.

Presenter: Tommy Skaggs, Instructional Technologies
Room: Library Design Lab
Maximum Capacity: 18

Halfway There: A Retirement Checkup

Join us for a mid-career financial checkup to evaluate your current savings, formulate a plan to reach your savings goals, and learn how to manage what is competing with retirement savings—college savings, short-term savings, etc.

Presenter: Jason Casey, TIAA
Room: AUC 201

University Assembly

Room: Leraas Hall

Wednesday, Febuary 27

The Growing Importance of Cybersecurity

Learn about best practices for protecting both personal as well as university data and find out what options are available 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.

Presenters: David Rebar and Melanie Kingsley, User Support and Josh Page, School of Business
Room: AUC 201

Estate Planning Basics

Attorneys from Gordon Thomas Honeywell will discuss the importance of Wills, and other estate planning documents that might be even more important. The significance of estate/gift taxes, revocable living trusts and probate will be explained. They will also address documents and plans that will make things easier not only for you, but also for your parents, and your kids.

Presenter: Attorneys Julie Dickens and Lisa Kremer, Gordon Thomas Honeywell
Room: AUC Room TBD

The Unselfish Act of Self-Care

Join us as we explore how to take care of our selves and our communities.

Presenter: Tolu Taiwo and Dawn Cuthbertson, Center for Gender Equity
Room: AUC Room TBD

The Science of Happiness

Learn how to bring more happiness to your personal and professional life. Research supports that happy people feel better, do better, and live better. While this is great news, it still begs the question, why? And more importantly, how? During this session, we will explore the history and research behind this concept of happiness, how it relates to the various facets of your life, and what intentional activities you can do to increase your life satisfaction and fulfillment. There are many pathways to happiness, so let’s get your journey started!

Presenters: Wendy Averett, First Choice EAP
Room: AUC Room TBD

The Spiritual Practice (Paradox?!) of Sustainable Joy in a Suffering World

Through individual, partner, and group exercises and reflection, we’ll dive into questions such as How can we experience joy when at the same time so much suffering exists? How might we live more joyfully in sustainable and sustaining ways? with the goal of developing/nurturing practices to deepen joy within ourselves and our communities.

Presenters: Jen Rude, Campus Ministry
Room: AUC Room TBD

Seeking Joy (and Health) Through Motion, Movement and Mindfulness

This session will help you appreciate how the simple act of moving can transform health, mood, focus and productivity. Come join us to better understand why counting your daily steps is only part of the story. Designed to educate and inspire, we will share tips, tools and resources that can help you move toward more health and vitality.

Presenter: Karen McConnell, Terri Farrar, Charlie Katica, Mallory Mann, Alissa Underhill, Department of Kinesiology
Room: AUC CK