November Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

Registration is open to all Staff and Faculty and is available online at the following link: or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Facilitate Difficult Conversations

Mon Nov 4, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Room 122 LRC

Participant discussion in response to short vignettes related to critical teaching moments in classrooms and raises issues of free speech/hate speech, classroom climate, pedagogy, confronting oppressive behavior and a host of other topics related to learning environments. Participants will understand that each individual’s story will contribute to different perspectives and reactions; Have a new awareness of unintentional consequences to classroom actions and words; Have a better understanding of how other faculty handles awkward or upsetting classroom moments and begin to develop strategies to address the unexpected in the classroom.

Interview Roundtable

Mon Nov 4, 2013

11 AM – 1 PM

Room 1142 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

This is a “come to the table” interactive session focused on interviewing. With a goal of building your confidence, comfort and success in an interview, this roundtable will address questions, dialogue, challenges and concerns, and will include “mock interview” moments. This is the “everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask” roundtable session. Please bring your lunch, dress comfortably and be ready to respond to questions, provide feedback and discuss all the do’s, don’ts, why’s and what it takes to succeed in your next interview. **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Leading From the Middle

Mon Nov 4, 2013

1:30 – 4:30 PM

Room 2263 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Stuck in the middle?–leading from where you are. Are you a mid-level manager and with ideas for positive change, but feel like you don’t have the positional power to make those changes? This interactive workshop with provide opportunities to explore the possibilities and strategies for assessing the risks, acting with courage, changing your work environment, and leading change from the middle. **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Sexual Harassment Awareness

Tue Nov 5, 2013

9 – 10:30 AM

Room 103 Sneden

GRCC is committed to providing an academic and work environment that respects the dignity of individuals and groups. It is GRCC policy to prohibit harassment of one employee by another employee and/or supervisor on the basis of sex. This training provides a necessary tool for preventing sexual harassment. Sexual Harassment Awareness Training will help you understand the effective ways to identify and handle sexual harassment complaints when they occur.

Happiness Club

Thu Nov 7, 2013

12-1 PM

Room 1142 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Join others who are interested in making changes to their thoughts and attitude to become a happier person. The Happiness Club will provide an opportunity to meet and network with others who are committed to improving the quality of their life by injecting happiness into everyday living.

Higher Education Young Professionals Leadership and Networking

Thu Nov 7, 2013

1 – 3 PM

Room 314, Bicycle Factory, GVSU GR Campus

Is higher education “youth-friendly?” As a new generation of professionals emerges in higher education, we need open dialogue about taking initiative, being innovative and encouraging young talent. Join a panel of your peers to hear networking tips and career success stories followed by a reception.

De-Stress: The Art & Science of Managing Stress

Thu Nov 7, 2013

3 – 4:30 PM

Room 103 Sneden

In this 90 minute workshop, you will learn what’s really happening in your brain when you get stressed out and some easy (even fun!) ways to manage. You will discover some of your personal stress triggers, how to prevent triggering and how to manage in the moment. You’ll also get some new insight into how the culture and context of your workplace impacts your stress level and some strategies specifically for managing your stress at work.

Effective Communication Skills

Part 1: Fri Nov 8, 2013

Part 2: Fri Nov 15, 2013

9 – 11 AM

Room 103 Sneden

THIS IS A TWO-PART COURSE. Participants must commit to both parts:  This highly interactive program will teach techniques for effective, active listening and the importance of non-verbal communications. This program will include video and role plays.

Cook Healthy & Delicious the Mediterranean Way

Fri Nov 8, 2013

1:30 – 3 PM

Room 130 ATC

Part of the Kent County Health Department-Adult Nutrition Series: Discover the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet and how to make it part of your lifestyle. The class will take you on a journey around the Mediterranean by sampling delicious menu items and introducing you to new recipe ideas.

Generational Diversity in the Workplace

Tue Nov 12, 2013

11:30 Am – 1:30 PM

Room 122 LRC

Never before have we had four generations of people together in the workplace. Because of this shift in employee demographics, the need to create safe places to discuss generational differences is vital. Essential to the Generational Diversity in the Workplace workshop are interactive activities, videos and small group dialogue exploring the relationship between different generations.

Bias Incident Protocol Training

Tue Nov 12, 2013

3:30 – 5 PM

Room 1008A Seidman Building, GVSU GR Campus

What is a biased incident? Do they happen at GRCC or GVSU? What do I do if I experience or witness one? The Team Against Bias (TAB) is a diverse group of faculty, staff and students at GVSU. The group was created to review information regarding bias incidents and implement strategies to educate and engage the campus community. TAB is committed to making certain that all faculty, staff and students know what a bias incident is and how to use their protocol for reporting such incidents. This training is both interactive and practical. This workshop presented by Members of the GVSU Team Against Bias (TAB). **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Safety & Security on Campus

Tue Nov 12, 2013

10 – 11:30 AM

Room 204 Sneden

Appropriate reactions to campus emergencies are presented by Officer Tony Myers, including a wide range of emergency scenarios. Practical tools for reacting in the case of emergencies are shared.

A2: Why We Can’t Wait: Compliance and Accessibility

Wed Nov 13, 2013

3:15 – 4:15 PM

Room 103 Sneden

Accessibility Advocates (A2) workshop training. Through the lens of social justice and the words of Civil Rights Activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the father of the Disability Rights Movement, Ed Roberts, this session will establish and motivate a pro-active spirit in making course content, classrooms and the campus environment accessible for all individuals regardless of ability level or diagnosis. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

1) Understand the history of oppression with regards to ability level and the disability rights movement. 2) Learn the difference between retroactive and pro-active accommodation.

3) Know the clearly defined difference between being compliant and being accessible

What Daddies Do Best

Thu Nov 14, 2013

12 – 1 PM

Room 2264, Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendae Campus

Like football, fatherhood is about winning. But it’s more than just scoring points. It’s about winning the hearts and minds of your children and leaving a rich legacy of love for future generations. This group of GVSU and GRCC dads meets twice a semester to talk about topics related to fatherhood.

Juicing 101

Fri Nov 15, 2013

10 – 11:30 AM

Room 130 ATC

Come learn about the health benefits of juicing. This session will introduce healthy options for participants who are interested in increasing fruit and vegetable intake. The facilitator will cover both the benefits and precautions inherent to the consumption of any fresh produce.

Budget 101

Tue Nov 19, 2013

10 – 11:30 AM

Room 103 Sneden

Understanding where the college receives its revenues and how that money is spent is important for all GRCC employees. This course will enable employees to answer basic questions from friends, co-workers, and community about the College’s money and how it is used. Strategies for using saving College money will also be discussed.

Cancer Warriors Network

Wed Nov 20, 2013

3 – 4:30 PM

Room 2270, Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Nearly 14 million cancer survivors are celebrating birthdays this year. This statistic illustrates that growing numbers of people are surviving cancer. However, a cancer diagnosis is frightening and affects not only the person diagnosed with cancer, but caregivers and loved ones. If you’re facing a cancer diagnosis, have a loved one battling cancer, or you are through with treatment and on the road to recovery, join us to connect with others who have traveled this journey, who can be a source of comfort and hope. This meeting is an opportunity to bring together GVSU and GRCC families and friends, who have been impacted by cancer to gain information and support through speakers and cancer resources available on the site.

Time Management for Peak Performance

Wed Nov 20, 2013

1 – 3 PM

Room 147 ATC

Time is money, the saying goes, and frequently it gets lost in disorganization and disruption. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make the most of their time by getting a grip on their office space, organizing their workflow, and learning how to use their planner effectively.

Institute for Healing Racism

Thu Nov 21 from 8:45 AM – 5 PM

Fri Nov 22 from 9 AM – 3:30 PM

Room 108 Sneden

THIS IS A TWO-DAY WORKSHOP: The Institute for Healing Racism is a powerful and thought provoking venue that brings together diverse groups of people to explore and address issues of race and racism. Participants have the opportunity to examine how the dis-ease of racism affects all people and develop skills to detect institutional racism in our daily environments (i.e. home, workplace, community, organization and business).

Alzheimer and Dementia Support Group

Thu Nov 21, 2013

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Room 2243, Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Alzheimer’s disease is known for placing a great burden on the caregiver. The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical, and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group is open to the entire campus community; students, faculty and staff members, and the public.

Leadership Your Team Will Follow

Thu Nov 21, 2013

9 AM – 12 PM

What are the hallmarks of a great leader? To begin, a great leader is one who understands the importance of capitalizing on the strengths of their team. They also know the importance of creating a healthy and positive work environment by fostering clear and open lines of communication. Finally, great leaders rally their team to align their personal and professional visions with your overall department / organization goals.

In this interactive workshop, you will discover:

1) What makes you a great leader and where are your growth opportunities.

2) How conducting a SWOTS analysis of your department/organization is imperative for goal attainment.

3) Ways to empower your team, help them realize their potential, and foster great working relationships 4) Admission of weakness doesn’t equate to failure, but rather provides a platform for modeling professional growth and empowerment.

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