Professional Development Calendar

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Month of November

Navigating Fresno State 

Social Media
Tues., Nov 14, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Education 140
Join Jenny Toste for a round table discussion about social media best practices and how to best communicate events and programs happening in your departments. 
Travel Policy Refresher & Concur Training
Tues., Nov 7, 2 - 4 p.m., Lib 2127
Have questions about travel policies and how to use Concur? Get your questions answered here!  Computers will be provided for hands-on training.
Ultimate Event Planning 101
Wed., Nov 8, 9 - 10 a.m., Lib 3212
This workshop is designed to provide an understanding of the ins and outs of event planning, from the invitation list, to food, vendors, decorations and more. Whether planning a birthday party, reunion or large scale event, we will provide tips and tricks to make your event a success!
Seconds 2 Survive
Wed., Nov 8, 2 - 3 p.m., ED 140
Seconds 2 Survive is a program designed to help individuals plan, prepare, practice and perform so that they are empowered to make life saving decisions in the critical first seconds of an emergency.
Careers in Student Affairs
Thurs., Nov 9, 3 - 5 p.m., Education 140
Review career pathways and employment classifications in Student Affairs. Light refreshments will be served.
Get Started and Save for the Future
Mon., Nov 13, 9 - 10 a.m., Peters 192
Understand 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.
FERPA Training
Mon., Nov 13, 2 - 3 p.m., Lib 3212
Learn why FERPA is important and how to protect the privacy of students' education records.
Fighting Food Insecurity at Fresno State
Tues., Nov 14, 9 - 10 a.m., Lib 2108
An estimated 20-30% of our students experience some level of food insecurity. This workshop will help you understand levels of food insecurity, ways to best support food insecure students, and resources available on campus. 
Homeless to Higher Ed
Thurs., Nov 16,  2 - 3:30 p.m., North Gym 118
Jessica Sutherland shares how her organization, Homeless to Higher Ed, supports individuals experiencing housing displacement and food insecurity.
Application Materials for Gainful Employment in Higher Education
Thurs., Nov 16,  3 - 5 p.m., Education 140
Review resumes and curriculum vitae and application materials for positions in Student Affairs and Higher Education Institutions. Light refreshments will be served.
CalPERS Retirement
Wed., Nov 29, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., UBC, Peters Rm 192
Wed., Nov 29, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., UBC, Peters Rm 192
This workshop is recommended for members with 10 years or less away from retirement. The presentation will include how retirement benefits are calculated; deciding on the best date to retire; benefit options; taxability of retirement benefits; retirement application process; CalPERS health benefits and post-retirement issues.
Dream Students at Fresno State: Challenges, Opportunities, Allies, and Advocacy
Wed., Nov 29, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Vintage Room
Discover the challenges undocumented students face in institutions of higher education, national and state policies impacting undocumented students, opportunities that together we can create to serve undocumented students, and how to be an ally and advocate for undocumented students.  
Professional Development in Student Affairs
Thurs., Nov 30, 3 - 5 p.m., Education 140
The workshop will showcase a panel to discuss professional development opportunities in Student Affairs. Light refreshments will be served.

Developing a Healthy U

Coleman Fellows Workshop Series
This workshop series is open to students, faculty and staff. Seating is limited so be sure to register. The Coleman Fellows Program consists of more than 20 Fresno State faculty members who incorporate elements of entrepreneurship into non-business courses.

Who Are You Going to Call? Employees, Family, Independent Contractors?
Wed., Nov 1, 10 - 11 a.m., Lyles Center Classroom

Winning With A Healthy Lifestyle
Fri., Nov 3, 10 - 10:50 a.m., Family Food Science 105 -
Meals - The Second Time Around (Meal Prepping and Leftovers)

Fri., Nov 17, 10 - 10:50 a.m., Family Food Science 105 - Making Smart Choices When Dining Out
Led by Dr. Lisa Herzig, this 8-week program offers nutrition coaching and exercise planning to help cultivate living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Mindful Meditation
Thurs, Nov. 30, 10 - 11 a.m., Library 3212
Life's challenges and demands can knock us off balance and leave us feeling overwhelmed. Because of this, it is difficult to develop the mindset of slowing down and getting centered, grounded and focused. As a consequence, one may experience anxiety, health issues, losing track of what is important, and a decrease in concentration abilities.  This class is interactive so please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

Enhancing Your Technical Skills

Google Keep is your digital notebook for every facet of your work day. Take notes with your voice to capture ideas, bookmark interesting links while researching a topic and easily share with others in your department. Use pictures, check tasks, build a to-do list, and much more.  Learn how to create, share, and collaborate with people while all your data synchronizes across all your devices, so your notes and lists go with you wherever you are.
OU Campus Training
Thurs., Nov 9, 9:30 - 12:30 p.m., Library 2127
Learn how to navigate OU Campus and post text, photos, graphics, and tables to your campus websites. Bring your own laptop.

OU Campus Open Lab
Fri., Nov 3, 11 - 1 p.m., Library 2130
Fri., Nov 17, 11 - 1 p.m., Library 2130
Open Labs are "drop-in" so you can come anytime between the hours listed above to get one-on-one web assistance. Bring your own laptop.

How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts
Tues., Nov 28, 10 - 11 a.m., Library 2134

We all use Google at work for Gmail and Calendaring, but what happens when you have one or maybe two other Google accounts?? How do you manage going back and forth between a work and a personal account without accidentally sending your co-workers an e-mail intended for friends or family? Well good news, there are some simple tricks that you can use that will make moving between your accounts less stressful. Come learn how take control of your Google accounts and make using them a breeze!
Intro to Google Photos
Thurs., Nov 30, 3 - 4 p.m., University Center 123
If you use a smartphone, then you probably take advantage of having a high quality camera in your pocket wherever you go. But with taking all those photos, it is easy to build a large archive of pictures that can be overwhelming to manage.  Learn how Google Photos can help you organize and share photos, as well as easily backup photos, so you can access them on any device at any time.


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.