Professional Development Calendar

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Month of September

Navigating Fresno State 

Peaceful Problem Solving in a Multicultural Environment
Mon., September 10, 9:30 - 1 p.m., Vintage Room

Presented by Negin Tahvildary, this workshop provides participants with a greater understanding of how we can, and why we should, work together to continue building a strong and inclusive Fresno State Community.  Part of the President's Cultural Competency Certificate Program.*

*The President's Cultural Competency Certificate Program consists of: (a) 3 required on-campus seminars (3rd required seminar is for new certificate seekers beginning fall 2018), (b) 2 on-campus elective seminars, (c) 1 required PCHRE forum keynote presentation, and (d) 2 on- or off-campus seminars preceded by (e) a mandatory National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Welcome Diversity Workshop. Non-certificate seekers are welcome to attend all seminars.

For additional NCBI workshop dates, and to register, visit:

Concur Travel & Expense System
Tues., September 11, 2 – 4 p.m., Library 2127

Learn in a hands-on lab environment about Concur Profile Settings, how to assign an Expense Delegate, how to create a Request for Pre-Approval of travel, and how to create an Expense Report for reimbursement.

Strengths-Based Study Habits
Wed., September 12, 9 - 10 am, Lib 2206

Water Book Club
Chapter 1:  Wed., September 12, 12:10 - 12:50 pm, Lib 2108
Chapter 2:Wed., September 26, 12:10 - 12:50 pm, Lib 2108

Increase your water literacy by joining the Fall Water Book Club! All campus students, faculty and staff are invited to participate and read the book Chasing Water: A guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability together. Free Books while supplies last! Bring your lunch and have a casual chat about water!

Seconds 2 Survive
Thurs., September 13, 2 - 3 p.m., Library 3212

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.

Working with Deaf Individuals: From Students to Professionals
Mon., September 17, 1 - 3 p.m., Vintage Room

Masculinity Crisis: 5 Impactful Strategies to Support, Engage and Empower Men on Your Campus
Tues., September 18, 11 am - 12:30 pm, Lib 2108

College men are in crisis due to a lack of positive male role models, declining academic success, poor conduct, social media attacks and stereotyping. To overcome those obstacles, ensure your institution provides strategies and programs that make men feel valued, safe, a sense of belonging and supported throughout their educational experience. 
What real changes must my institution make to be more responsive to male student’s needs?
What can YOU do to be more than an ally and truly advocate for their success?
This webinar is your opportunity to gather your colleagues across campus and engage in a valuable discussion about how you can support and serve your male students. Join our expert presenter and in just 90 minutes you and your staff will be able to increase the satisfaction and success of your male students through engagement and retention efforts that meet their unique needs.

Benefits & Open Enrollment Workshops
Thurs., September 20, 9 - 10 a.m., Peters Building Room 194

Learn more about the health plans, new 2019 premium rates, dental and vision plans, CSU tax shelter annuity plan, voluntary plans and flexible spending plans. The benefits team will be available to assist you with Open Enrollment questions.

Book Discussion - Conversations on Inclusion, Respect and Equity
Thurs., September 20, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.., USU 312-314

Join us as we discuss Sally Kohn's book The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity. This book challenges readers to consider how they feel toward, and interact with, people whom have opinions and beliefs diametrically opposed to their own.

Even if you don't read the book, come along and enjoy a light lunch and interesting conversation.

September 20 - Chapter 6 and Conclusion

Watch Sally's TEDtalk -"

Welcoming Diversity
Sat., September 29, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Vintage Room

The award-winning NCBI Welcoming Diversity workshop consists of a series of incremental, participatory activities that empower individuals of all ages and backgrounds to take leadership in building inclusive communities in their workplaces and neighborhoods.
Workshop objectives include:
- Celebrate similarities and differences
- Recognize the misinformation that people have learned about various groups
- Identify and heal from internalized oppression - the discrimination members of an oppressed group target at themselves and each other
- Claim pride in group identity
- Understand the personal impact of discrimination through the telling of stories
- Learn hands-on tools for dealing effectively with bigoted comments and behavior
NCBI stresses that every individual is important. As a result, we address a wide range of diversity issues during the workshop, including race, ethnicity, gender, social class, age, sexual orientatio
n, religion, disability, job, and life circumstance. Diversity includes EVERYONE!


Administrative Academy 

Farm Tour
 Mon., September 24, 9 - 10:30 a.m., Jordan Ag Lobby
Mon., September 24, 10:30 - 12 p.m., Jordan Ag Lobby

Academy Buddies Meet & Greet
Tues., September 25, 11 - 12 p.m., Library 2206



Leadership Skills for Managers and Department Chairs

Principles of Supervision Alumni
Thurs., September 6, 12 - 1:30 p.m., Library 2134


Enhancing Your Technical Skills 

OUCampus Training
Tues., September 4, 11 - 1 p.m., Library 3212
Tues., September 18, 11 - 1 p.m., Library 1222

Learn how to navigate OUCampus and post text, photos, graphics, and tables to your campus websites.


Developing a Healthy U 

Fresh Fruit Walk
Tues., September 25, 10 - 2 p.m., 1-mile Bulldog Trail Route & Speakers Platform

Join us on Tuesday of Healthy Campus week with students, staff, and faculty for our ribbon cutting/press conference promoting the marked Bulldog Trails! Fun surprises await! No need to RSVP-just show up and celebrate our newly marked walking paths. Part of Healthy Campus Week, September 24-28.

Fri., September 28, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m., Memorial Garden

It's back! Come enjoy the last day of Healthy Campus Week with Zumba. The first 50 employees who show up get a free T shirt. Enjoy your lunch time with a 30 minute fun dance workout that will be sure to get you feelin' healthy! Part of Healthy Campus Week, September 24-28.


See Wellness  tab for Fall 2018 fitness classes. 


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.