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Professional Development Calendar

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March 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all in-person wellness and activity classes sponsored by Organizational Excellence have been canceled and/or postponed until further notice. 

Enhancing Your Technical Skills

OU Campus Training

Tues., March. 17, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Library 2127

Learn how to navigate OU Campus and post text, photos, graphics, and tables to your campus websites. Please bring your own laptop to the training.

OU Campus Training Open Lab

Every Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Library 1222

Learn how to navigate OU Campus and post text, photos, graphics, and tables to your campus websites. Please bring your own laptop to the training.

Navigating Fresno State

Q.P.R Suicide Prevention Training

Wed., March 4, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Student Health and Counseling Center

Learn to recognize and respond to the warning signs of suicide. In this training you will learn: common misconceptions about suicide, warning signs and risk factors, how to talk to, persuade and refer a person to appropriate campus and community resources. All attendees will receive a certificate for participation, two-three weeks following training completion.

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This training is open to current Fresno State students, staff and faculty. 

Social Security Workshop

Tues., March. 10, 10 a.m. - noon, University Business Center 192

Tues., March. 10, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., University Business Center 192

Explore why it could be better to wait to claim Social Security, and how claiming early can result in permanently reduced benefits.  Discuss strategies to create a comprehensive plan designed to make the most of all your assets and benefits, and help you take the first step toward creating your plan.

HR and Employee Panel: Open Forum

Wed., March 11, 11 a.m. - noon, USU 311

Join our open forum and get your questions answered directly by our experts.  Our panel will engage in dialogue pertaining to IRP's, career growth and transitioning to new roles on campus. Listen to staff with direct knowledge and experience.

Undocumented Student Ally Training (Part 2)

Thurs, March. 12, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m, Library 2134

Wed., March 25, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Library 2134

Part 2 of a two part training for faculty/staff/ and administrators on Undocumented students. Through this training, allies will: increase their knowledge and effectiveness to serve Dreamers on campus; increase their awareness of the needs, concerns, challenges, and opportunities for Dreamers; create a welcoming and supportive environment for all Fresno State students.

Seconds to Survive

Wed., March 18, 11 a.m. - noon, Library 2134

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.

Social Media Workshop

Wed., March 18, 11 a.m. - noon, Library 3212

Accessibility on Social Media

Accessibility is not only important, it is mandatory for the University as a publicly funded organization. This presentation will explore how to create alt text and add captions to your social media posts.

CPHS Workshop: Research Ethics & the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects

Wed., March 18, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Thomas 117

90-Minute Workshop for Faculty, Staff, Students and Community Members to learn more about Research Ethics and the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS).

Conversations on Inclusion, Respect, and Equity

Thurs., March 19, 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., USU 312-314

To gauge on an ongoing basis a sense of the campus climate regarding inclusion, respect and equity, the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity (PCHRE) offers Conversations on Inclusion, Respect and Equity.  This event is held the third Thursday of each month and is facilitated by members of the PCHRE who are also a member of the Fresno State National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) team. Conversations on Inclusion, Respect and Equity serves as a proactive way to keep a pulse on issues or concerns related in inclusion, respect and equity on campus.

University Registrar Basics

Fri., March 20, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Library 2134

All new or returning faculty/staff are welcome! On the agenda will be topics like preferred name, FERPA, registration deadlines and important dates, drop/withdrawal process, incomplete contracts, grading deadlines, and grade changes. Learn about the deadlines, policies and procedures in order to successfully assist students. Other topics of interest or questions are welcome.

Concur Travel & Expense Training

Fri., March 20, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Science Building 176

In this workshop, employees will 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. 

Historical Overview: Power, Privilege and Oppression

Mon., March 23, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Library 2206

The purpose of this seminar is to analyze how power operates through policies, systems, and structures; and develop a historical context for understanding oppression, privilege, power, resistance, and social change.  Participants will also reflect on one’s own multiple identities within history and society and examine how power and privilege can hinder community building in the workplace.

Happiness is an Inside Job

Tues., March 24, 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., Library 2134

Adjust your mindset from receiving external validation to finding inner happiness in the workplace.

Can You Hear Me?

Wed., March 25, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Library 4115

How to Connect With People in the Virtual World" presented by Dr. Nick Morgan, Founder and CEO, Public Words.

VetNet Ally

Fri., March 27, 8 a.m. - noon, Library 2134

VETNET ALLY is a faculty and staff awareness program designed to: 1. Educate members of the campus community about the needs and concerns of military service members and veterans. 2. Foster a supportive campus atmosphere, and 3. Establish a network of visible allies on campus for veterans and service members.

Leadership Lunch and Learn

Student and Life Success

Mon., March 16, 12 - 1 p.m., Library 2134

All of us want clear, simple answers to life's complex questions, yet life is full of uncertainty. This is particularly important to understand when college students face complicated issues that challenge their very core during their university years. How can we help students (and ourselves) deal with ambiguity while dealing with difficult situations, or while we teach/learn critical thinking skills?  Join Dr. Michael Thomas, Associate Dean for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, as he explores these questions and more. Pizza and salad will be served!

Leadership Skills for Managers and Department Chairs

Dare to Lead

Thurs., March 19, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Library 2134

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, this Dare to Lead™ full-day workshop will focus on developing the four skills sets of brave leadership - rumbling with vulnerability, living into our values, braving trust and learning to rise. A resource manual will be provided, and approximately 30 minutes of pre-work must be completed. Open to all employees. Lunch will be provided

Administrative Academy

Farm Tour

Tues, March. 17, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m,, Jordan Ag Research Center Lobby

Fresno State has the largest on-campus farm in the nation.  This walking tour will be comprised of visiting the animal science units which include:equine, swine, sheep, beef, poultry and dairy unit.  During the tour, you will learn about each unit as well as the field crops, orchards, vineyards and other farm enterprises with the possibility of driving out these production areas and seeing the world's largest producing ag region at work.

Foundation/Auxiliary Tour

Fri, March. 20, 11 a.m. - noon, Foundation Boardroom

Join us for a tour of Foundation and Auxiliary!

Developing a Healthy U

Winning with a Healthy Lifestyle

Every Friday, 10 - 10:50 a.m., Family Food Science 105

Led by Dr. Herzig, this 10-week program offers nutrition coaching and exercise planning to help cultivate living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Activity Classes

Couch to 5k
Monday and Wednesday
5:10 - 6 p.m.

(Front of the Library)

Build Endurance and speed as we gradually train for a 5k race at the end of the semester. For runners of all abilities!

Monday and Wednesday
12:10 - 1 p.m.

(South Gym 133)

A mind-body practice that combines gentle stretching exercises, controlled breathing, relaxation techniques and restorative poses.

Greatest H.I.I.Ts
Tuesday, 12:30 - 1 p.m.
Thursday, 12:20 - 12:50 p.m.

(ED 360)

The greatest H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts meet the greatest hit songs from every decade, making this class a fun way to raise your heart rate, get a great workout, and listen to some great music. These "Greatest H.I.I.T.S." can't be beat!

Friday, 12:30 - 1 p.m.
Library (various rooms)

Mindfulness includes meditation, relaxation, and other ways to de-stress and enjoy the present moment. You do not need a change of clothes; we will be working the mind, not the body.



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.


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