Professional Development Calendar

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Month of November

Navigating Fresno State 

Concur Travel & Expense System
Mon., Nov. 5, 9 – 11 a.m., Library 2127

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. 

QPR: Suicide Prevention Training
Mon., Nov. 5, noon – 1:30 p.m., Library 2206

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college students between the ages of 18 and 24, but it is preventable. We offer Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) training to help you recognize and respond to the warning signs of suicide. By attending a QPR training, you will learn:

    Common misconceptions about suicide
    Warning signs and risk factors
    How to talk about suicide (Question)
    How to persuade someone to get help (Persuade), and
    How to refer a person to appropriate campus and community resources (Refer)

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

Medicare 101
Tues., Nov. 6, 9 - 10 a.m., University Business Center PB 192

You will have the opportunity to learn about the different parts of Medicare, eligibility requirements for Medicare, and when to enroll. In addition, you'll learn how your CalPERS retiree health coverage works with Medicare, and the differences between your current and retiree CalPERS health coverage.

Seconds 2 Survive
Fri., Nov. 9, 10 - 11 a.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.

Spirion Training
Wed., Nov. 7, 9 - 10 a.m., Library 2206
Thurs., Nov. 15, 2 - 3 p.m., Library 2206

Each session will include an overview of the background behind Spirion, helpful tips and tricks, and Q&A sessions.

Water Book Club
Chapter 8: Wed., Nov. 7, 12:10 - 12:50 pm, Library 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!

A Walk In Their Shoes: Providing "A Successful Meaningful Access" to Students with Disabilities in Higher ED
Fri., Nov. 9, 10 - noon, Vintage Room

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.

This program 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.

For NCBI workshop dates, and to register, visit:


Leadership Lunches 

Becoming A Person of Influence
Wed. Nov. 7, noon - 1 p.m., Library 2134

Join Michael Thomas, interim Associate Dean for the Jordan College of Agriculture and Technology, for an engaging and interactive session exploring how to become a person of influence.

Pizza and salad will be served.


PCHRE Certification

Welcoming Diversity
Sat., Nov. 17, 8:30 - 4:30 p.m., 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 orientation, religion, disability, job, and life circumstance. Diversity includes EVERYONE!


Enhancing Your Technical Skills 

OUCampus Training
Wed., Nov. 7, noon - 2 p.m., Library 2127

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


Developing a Healthy U 

Winning With A Healthy Lifestyle
How to Handle Food Cravings and Emotional Eating:  Fri., Nov. 2, 10 - 10:50 a.m., Family Food Science 105
Living and Winning: Fri., Nov. 9, 10 - 10:50 a.m., Family Food Science 105

Led by Dr. Lisa Herzig, this 7-week program offers nutrition coaching and exercise planning to help cultivate living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Thriving through the Holidays
Tues, Nov. 28, 1 - 2 p.m., Library 3212

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.