Professional Development Calendar

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Month of January

Navigating Fresno State

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Quality Veterans Resource Center On Your Campus
Wed., Jan 24, 10 - 11 a.m., University Student Union 310Explore the types of services a quality center should offer and Discover the financial impact on campus and community.

 Success Coaching: A Holistic Approach For At-Risk Students
Wed., Jan 24, 12 - 1 p.m., University Student Union 310 Learn how to measure and increase institutional readiness and capacity, as well as how to effectively engage at-risk students in the campus climate.

 Get Started and Save For the Future
Thurs., Jan 25, 9 -10 a.m., University Student Union 310Understand the benefits of enrolling in the CSU Tax Sheltered Annuity Program - 403(b), a voluntary pre-tax savings plan, by finding out how to reduce your taxable income and supplement your CalPERS retirement account. 

 Leadership & the Environment
(CSU's Got Talent webcast)

Thurs., Jan 25, 10 - 11 a.m., Library 4168
Join Dr. Joshua Spodek, Adjunct Professor at NYU, columnist for Inc., five Ivy-League degree holder, and host of the Leadership & the Environment: Live Better by Your Values podcast, as he uses the issues of our time to illustrate and practice leadership in challenging situations in the style of King, Mandela, Gandhi, and Thoreau. Joshua sidesteps guilt, blame, doom, gloom, and judgment in favor of personal growth, living by your values, and, by the way, reducing pollution and greenhouse emissions. Based in solid science (remember Joshua’s PhD in physics). Prepare to feel part of a movement, actually change your life, and help leave the world cleaner than you found it. For more information on Dr. Joshua Spodek, click here.

*If you prefer to participate in this webinar at your desk, you can join for free at  Please note, you must also register via PeopleSoft for this to count towards your professional development.

Social Media
Thurs., Jan 25, 1 - 2 p.m., Library 3212
Do you do social media for a Fresno State department or group - but it's not your full-time job? Learn the latest on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and LinkedIn with tips for posting, finding content, growing your followers, and managing accounts with a minimal amount of time.

Minors on Campus: Maintaining Safety & Minimizing Risk
Tues., Jan 30, 10 a.m. - noon, Library 2108
The demand for high-quality academic, enrichment and athletic programs for minors continues to grow. In response, many colleges and universities are expanding the ways in which they serve minors and their communities through fee-based programs, mentoring and volunteer opportunities and partnerships with K-12 schools. Much of this growth has occurred quickly and organically. As a result, existing policies may focus on important basics such as liability releases, background checks and suspected child abuse and neglect reporting. But these policies may fall short and fail to address the more practical risks regularly facing program staff.  Ensuring appropriate and consistent policies and practices will mitigate risk and safeguard program quality and institutional reputation.

Leadership Development

Leadership Lunch Series
Mon., Jan 29, noon - 1 p.m., Library 2134
As part of our commitment to leadership and professional development, the President's Task Force for Leadership Development will host a series of brown bag lunches where we will gather for informal conversations on leadership concepts and competencies.  These brown bag lunches are open to all faculty, staff, and administrators.

Principles of Supervision
Tues. & Wed., Jan 30 - 31, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Lib 2134
This workshop will focus on developing supervisory skills in a higher education environment. Through learning, discussion, practice and reflection, participants will gain a greater awareness of their own supervisory skills and learn strategies to more effectively lead others. The workshop will guide learners through five modules focused on:
* Managing Yourself
* Promoting Communication
* Managing the Work
* Understanding Your Management Style
* Creating a Positive and Productive Work Environment
This course is delivered in a two-day, five-part format.  It requires attendance at two full days and will require some independent work and follow up with an 'accountability partner.' Participants must commit to attending both days to complete the training.
Breakfast, lunch, snacks, a workbook and a supervisor toolkit will be provided 
Enrollment is limited to 20 participants 

Developing a Healthy U

Activity Classes
Join fellow employees for workout classes during the noon hour and after work!

Circuit Training
Mon. & Wed., beginning January 17, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.,

Enhancing Your Technical Skills

Keynote speaker, Jon Corippo, the Director of Academic Innovation at CUE.


The Organizational Excellence Calendar represents professional development opportunities from across campus. This calendar and its workshops are supported by: Human Resources, Center for Faculty Excellence, Healthy U, Student Affairs and many more.