Professional Development Calendar

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Month of October

Navigating Fresno State 

Travel Policy Refresher and Concur Training
Fri., Oct 133 - 5 p.m., Science 176
This refresher course will review the current travel policies and procedures, as well as the online Concur Travel & Expense Management system.

Project Management
Mon., Oct 168 - 12 p.m., Library 2134 (Part I)
Mon., Oct 238 - 12 p.m., Library 2134 (Part II)
This workshop is open to anyone who wishes to learn or brush up on their project management skills, learn skills and concepts for using project management in the workplace and gain a better understanding of project management principles. This is a two-part workshop with attendance at both days highly recommended (registering for Part I will reserve your spot for Part II). Continental breakfast will be served at both sessions.
Conference Proposal Workshop: How and where do I start?
Mon., Oct 1610 - 11 a.m., Library 3212
An important part of the work completed in academia is sharing our scholarship and achievements with others. This can take place when we present at conferences or applying for awards. How do you prepare yourself? How do you share your story? What is the reviewer looking for? Where do you apply? This workshop will answer all those questions and more.

Communication Skills that Support a Respectful and Civil Workplace
Mon., Oct 16, 8:30 - 10 a.m., Vintage Room
Mon., Oct 16, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Vintage Room

Mon., Oct 16, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Vintage Room
Learn communication skills used to create and uphold a respectful and civil place to work.

Coleman Fellows Workshop Series
Sponsored by the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Coleman Fellows Workshop Series are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.  Seating is limited.  Click here to register for any of the workshops below.
Work Life Balance Myth
Tues, Oct 17, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Lyles Center Classroom
Led by Nancy Ervin
#Handled: Tips for a Happy and Successful Life
Wed, Oct 1811 - 12 p.m., Lyles Center Classroom
Led by Betsy Hays
Positioning Yourself for Success in All Things from Career to Financial
Mon, Oct 233 - 4 p.m, Lyles Center Classroom
Led by Portia White
Idea to MVP
Tues, Oct 241 - 3 p.m., Lyles Center Classroom
Led by Mario Soberal

Social Media

Tues., Oct 241 - 2 p.m., Library 2108
Join Jenny Toste, Social Media Coordinator, for a round table discussion about social media best practices, tips for improving your social media sites, and an overview of which sites attract what audiences.

FISH Philosophy in the Workplace
Wed., Oct 259 - 10 a.m., Library 3212
FISH Philosophy is a model created by the Pike Place Fish Market to help make individuals happy in the workplace. In this workshop learn how you can, "Play," "Make Their Day," "Be There," and "Choose Your Attitude," to help create a positive work environment.

Happiness & Fulfillment
Thurs, Oct 26, 8 - 8:50 a.m., Library 2206
Science & Technology
Thurs, Oct 26, 9 - 9:50 a.m., Library 2206
Humanity & Social Justice
Thurs, Oct 26, 10 - 10:50 a.m., Library 2206
Technology & Connections
Thurs, Oct 26, 11 - 11:50 a.m., Library 2206
TED had a week of talks that can offer each of us individually a toolkit for personal learning, growth, empowerment. Fresno State will compile talks and activities around issues relevant to the campus. There are nine
themes: Enhancing Student Learning, Commitment to Student Transformation and Success, Developing our Community, Mind and Meaning, Resource Development, Engaging with the Region, Health and Wellness, Erase Boundary Between "Me" and "Us." Be a Part of the Future Now.

Get Started and Save for the Future
Thurs., Oct 269 - 10 a.m., USU 309
This session will assist you in understanding the benefits of enrolling in the CSU Tax Sheltered Annuity Program - 403(b), a voluntary pre-tax savings plan. Find ways to supplement your CalPERS retirement by exploring how much to save by accessing the tools and calculator on the Fidelity Investments website.

Developing a Healthy U

Winning With A Healthy Lifestyle
Fri., Oct 2010 - 10:50 a.m., Family Food Science 105 - A "Piece" of Mind
Fri., Oct 2710 - 10:50 a.m., Family Food Science 105 - Meal Planning
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
Wed., Oct 1812 - 1 p.m., Library 2108
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.

Examining Microaggressions and their Impact on Campus Climate
Mon., Oct 3010 - 12 p.m., Vintage Room
Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional that communicates hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward individuals based on one's race, gender, class, sexuality, language, immigration status, phenotype, accent, or surname. This interactive workshop will examine the impact of microaggressions on campus climate and provide tools to effectively address them when they occur. Workshop goals: (1) Recognize when microaggressions are occurring in the workplace; (2) Understand the psychological effects on individuals and their harmful impact on campus climate; (3) Learn strategies and tools to successfully interrupt/address microaggressions when they occur; (4) Become a more effective ally to others.

Enhancing Your Technical Skills

Intro to Photography: The Basics
Tues., Oct 179 - 10:30 a.m., Center for Faculty Excellence
Are your photos often times blurry? Too dark? Too light? This workshop will deal with basic camera features and how they affect your photographs. Also, there will be a discussion on how lens selection affects your photos. This course seeks to deal with these issues in a practical, easy to understand matter and to be applicable to all camera types.

OU Campus Training
Thurs., Oct 19, 9:30 - 12:30 p.m., Library 2130
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., Oct 20, 11 - 1 p.m., Library 2130
Fri., Oct 27, 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.
This class will help you to move your photography up a notch. The instructor will discuss and demonstrate various composition tips, including horizon placement, rule of thirds, leading lines, s-curves, and other topics in regards to better photographic compositions. There will also be a discussion about light and it’s properties as it relates to photography.


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.