November 2014 Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

Staff Development learning opportunities are available to all staff and faculty. Register online or call Staff Development at ext. 4285 if you need assistance.

Retirement Income-Transitioning from accumulation to distribution – PNC Bank Lunch & Learn

Wed Nov 5, 2014 from 12-1 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall

Part of the PNC Bank ‘Community Development Banking Lunch & Learn’ series. “Retirement Income: transitioning from accumulation to distribution.” Have you thought about how you will transition your retirement nest egg to retirement income? Join us to learn ideas about how to plan for sustainable income in retirement. **PNC Bank will be providing a complimentary lunch to all attending this presentation. **As part of the PNC Bank Workplace Banking Lunch & Learn Series, PNC will be providing a complimentary lunch to all attending this presentation.

Facilitated by: Members of PNC Bank, Workplace Banking team

Crucial Conversations – The Key to Positive Relationships – SESSION FULL

Thu Nov 6, 2014 from 9-11 AM in Room 120 Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC)

Many people either avoid having a difficult conversation or handle it poorly. What if you could have a conversation that accomplishes your goal while leaving the other person with a positive impression? This program will focus on how to create a positive atmosphere for any difficult, important or crucial conversation.

Topics include:

  • The power of words, tone and body language
  • How to stay focused on your goal
  • How to read the other person during the conversation
  • How to keep going when you are angry
  • How to eliminate abrasive speech and speak with persuasion

Facilitator: Kathy Pyatt, Pyatt & Associates

Higher Education Young Professionals Leadership and Networking – Session topic is “Navigating Boundaries: Balancing Professional & Community Engagement”

Thu Nov 6, 2014 from 12-1:00 PM in Room 2201 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus.

As a new generation of leaders emerges in higher education, open dialogue about taking initiative, being innovative and encouraging young talent has become a need. Young professionals at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College have organized a variety of programs that are designed to help young professionals have a successful and satisfying career in higher education. These programs will allow young professionals to learn, develop and network with other young professionals within their community. Join us along with a panel of your peers every month at GVSU, to hear excellent networking tips and career success stories.

How to Read People When Growing Your Career

Thu Nov 6, 2014 from 9-11:00 AM in Room 302E, DeVos Center, GVSU Pew Campus in GR

Positive interactions require understanding and appropriately responding to all messages being communicated, through body language, expressions, verbal cues and behavioral patterns. Reading people is also a necessary skill for career development. Interviewing, collaborating, negotiating, presenting, conducting meetings and effectively communicating with supervisors, colleagues and subordinates, all require your ability to successfully read others. This workshop explores ways we can develop our ability to read and effectively respond to others verbal and nonverbal cues and the positive impact this skill can have on our careers.

Facilitated by: Kim Monaghan, KBM Coaching & Consulting

The Sugar Blues

Fri Nov 7, 2014 from 10-11:00 AM in Room 202 GR Mtec

Do you know how much sugar the average American consumes daily? How about yearly? Excess sugar can lead to weight gain, painful joints and diabetes. Learn about hidden sugars, how sugar effects your health and ways to swap everyday sugar with this presentation.

Facilitated by: Allegro Coaching

Making Retirement Work – Monthly topic “Retirement Residence”

Mon Nov 10, 2014 from 12:30-2:00 PM in Room 302E DeVos Center, GVSU Pew Campus, GR

Are you contemplating retirement within the next 5 years? Does the thought of starting a new chapter in your life scare you? Will you stay where you are and how will you age? In addition to the financial aspect of retirement, there are many other challenges. Join others who are searching for ways to make the transition from a career to retirement go smoothly.

Why We Should Change the Way We Work

Tue Nov 11, 2014 from 9:30-11 AM in Room 118 Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC)

Today’s organizations work hard to stay current with the latest upgrades to technology and equipment, assuring that their employees have the resources they need to be successful. The missing piece is often that many leaders and their companies continue to operate their most precious “assets” – their employees – using badly dated thinking, outmoded concepts and really old-school beliefs. As the data from neuroscience continues to mount, why is this crucial evidence-based information still being so widely overlooked?

Many of the most provocative developments in understanding the way the brain works have direct application to today’s workplace, changing the way we manage, communicate and create. This presentation will highlight six key ideas from the growing body of neuroscience that have direct implications for the way we work and manage. Participants will gain a new perspective on why today’s companies need to rethink motivation, manage personal and cultural stress, understand emotions in the workplace, cultivate creativity, learn mindfulness, and foster true collaboration.

Facilitated by: Denise VanEck, Thought Design LLC

Bias Incident Protocol Training

Tue Nov 11, 2014 from 3:30-5 PM in Room 1008A Seidman Center, GVSU GR campus

Part of the GVSU Excellence Series – 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.

Workshop presented by Members of the GVSU Team Against Bias (TAB).

The Engaging Leader

Thu Nov 13, 2014 from 1-3 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall

This session emphasizes ‘engagement’ as coaching others, communicating, giving effective feedback, handling performance issues, and delegating. Through exercises and discussion, participants will leave with practical tools and tips to begin to be more effective leaders immediately. Learning Objectives: To learn how to obtain more/improved productivity from direct reports as well as how to motivate others in order to improve the overall work-life experience.

Presented by Kathy Pyatt, Pyatt & Associates

Creative Ways to Use Root Vegetables

Fri Nov 14, 2014 from 1-2:30 PM in Room 130, Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC)

Part of the Kent County Health Department-Adult Nutrition Series: Introduce new flavors to your cold-weather dishes! Use hearty root vegetables like parsnip, rutabaga, beets, carrots and potatoes in fun, new ways.

Facilitated by: Dawn Davies, Public Health Educator, Kent County Health Department

Cancer Warriors Network

Mon Nov 17, 2014 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 2264 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer? Do you feel alone and overwhelmed? A cancer diagnosis is frightening and affects not only the person diagnosed with cancer, but caregivers and loved ones. If you are facing a cancer diagnosis, have a loved one battling cancer, or you are through with treatment and on the road to recovery; connecting with others who have traveled this journey can be a source of comfort and hope. A new topic will be discussed each month. These network meetings are 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. Don’t try to navigate the cancer journey alone, please consider joining us.

Organic Foods – Are they safer and more nutritious?

Tue Nov 18, 2014 from 2-3 PM in Room 118 Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC)

Part of the Kent County Health Department Nutrition Series: Is it really worth spending the extra money on organic products? What is the difference between organic foods and their traditionally grown counterparts? How do you decide which is best for you when considering nutrition, quality, taste and cost? Do you know where to find locally grown produce? This presentation has all of the answers you are looking for to help you make an educated decision for yourself.

Facilitated by: Dawn Davies, Public Health Educator, Kent County Health Department

Social Contracts…An Intentional Approach

Tue Nov 18, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM in Room 122, Learning Resource Center (LRC)

Whether you are leading in a classroom, a small group meeting, or managing a project, the Social Contract approach will assist you in an intentional process of building and defining inclusive principles, guidelines and consequences for social behaviors. Do not play the expectation guessing game in regard to appropriate social behaviors. Instead, attend this workshop, which will: Introduce a model of an intentional, inclusive Social Contract approach; Practice the model by developing your own Social Contract; Share wisdom with other teachers, community organizers, and professionals; and take back the model to your community.

Facilitated by: Tamber Bustance, The Bob & Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center

What Mommies Do Best

Tue Nov 18, 2014 from 12-1:00 PM in Room 1012 James H. Zumberge Hall, GVSU Allendale campus

Being a Mom is the hardest and best job that you will ever do! Working mothers today confront not only conflicting demands on their time and energy, but also conflicting ideas about how they are to behave: they must be nurturing and unselfish while engaged in child rearing, but competitive and ambitious at work. Meet with other GVSU and GRCC Moms around interesting topics of discussion to both young moms and more experienced moms. Faculty, staff and students are all welcome. Lunch will be served.

Time Management

Thu Nov 20, 2014 from 9-11 AM in Room 124 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 work flow, and learning how to use their planner effectively.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants will learn:

  • What time-management and peak performance is and why it is important
  • How to organize themselves and their workspace for peak efficiency.
  • To identify the right things to be done and develop plans for doing them.
  • Keys to delivering quality work on-time, in-scope & within budget.

Presented by Kathy Pyatt, Pyatt & Associates

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Fri Nov 21, 2014 from 10-11:00 AM location TBD

Did you know that working for GRCC may qualify you for loan forgiveness on Direct Loans? The PSLF Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers. By working at GRCC, you may qualify for this amazing program. Come learn more about this program and eligibility requirements.

Facilitated by: Ann Isaacson, GRCC Director of Financial Aid

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Wed Nov 26, 2014 from 12-1:00 PM in Room 1247 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Are you caring for an elderly loved one? Do you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. The Alzheimer’s and Caregiver Support Group is open to the entire campus community: students, faculty and staff members, and to the public. It’s facilitated by Cindy Beel-Bates, associate professor of nursing, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections consultant. Join us: You don’t have to go it alone!

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