March Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

Workshops are open to all Staff and Faculty. Registration is available online at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Real Change: a brain-based approach to healthy change management

Tue Mar 10, 2015 from 9:30-11 AM, in Room 125 Science

The paradox of change is this: the human brain craves change and yet often reacts to it with resistance. Theories and systems abound related to managing change, yet it remains a challenge for almost every organization and team. In this workshop, Denise VanEck takes a different approach, beginning with understanding how the brain experiences and adapts to change and exploring brain-friendly ways to manage a change process in an organization. Facilitated by Thought-Design.

Advancing Your Career (3 week interactive sessions in Room 1142 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale)

  • Mon Mar 16, 2015 from 12-1 PM
  • Mon Mar 23, 2015 from 12-1 PM
  • Mon Mar 30, 2015 from 12-1 PM

Whether you expect to transition soon or not for several years, setting and achieving career advancement objectives increase your chances for professional success. In this workshop, we’ll explore success strategies for goal setting, professional development, interviewing, networking, building strong interpersonal skills and tips for increasing your transition potential. Since this workshop will be presented in 3 lunchtime sessions you’re encouraged to bring your lunch to enjoy during the program. This program is interactive and requires a minimum of 10 participants. Presented by Kim Monaghan, Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff.  **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Facilitating Difficult Conversations

Tue Mar 17, 2015 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center conference room)

Facilitating Difficult Conversations is an experiential look at the process of facilitating difficult dialogue, focusing on the qualities of the facilitator and the nuances of group dynamic that impact the process. Participants will examine their conflict management style; develop cultural communication and facilitation skills to address difficult conversations, and practice processing difficult conversations. Workshop facilitated by Tamber Bustance.

Higher Education Young Professionals Leadership and Networking

Tue Mar 17, 2015 from 7:30-8:30 AM in the U-Club, DeVos Center, GVSU GR 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. March Topic: Young Professionals Going From “Today” to “Tomorrow” – A Networking Event with Higher Education Leaders. This interactive session will allow young professionals to engage in meaningful dialogue with leaders in higher education from the West Michigan area. Seek advice about career goals that will hopefully leave you feeling more informed and energized about your future.

The Role of Insurance in Your Financial Plan (Lunch & Learn)

Tue Mar 17, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 125 Student Center

Part of the PNC Bank ‘Community Development Banking Lunch & Learn’ series. Complete title: “The Role of Insurance in Your Financial Plan.” PNC Bank representatives will discuss the importance of a financial plan that includes life insurance. **PNC Bank will be providing a complimentary lunch to all attending this presentation**

What Mommies Do Best

Wed Mar 18, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 1012 Zumberge Hall, GVSU Allendale campus

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 Moms around interesting topics of discussion to both young moms and more experienced moms. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome. This program is co-sponsored by GVSU Women’s Center and GVSU Women’s Commission.

Change Your Mental Talk

Thu Mar 19, 2015 from 10:30-11:30 AM in Room 234 Student Center

Let’s face it – we all have conversations with ourselves internally. When the mind focuses on only negative self-talk, we begin to believe this and limit our true potential when it comes to overall health. How can you harness the power of positive thoughts? What does research show about health and happiness? If you can get your mind right, your body will follow suit. Learn the best rules for being happy, positive, and radiating joy to others in our daily lives. Facilitated by Allegro Coaching.

Cancer Warriors Network

Thu Mar 19, 2015 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 2201 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.

Institute for Healing Racism

  • Day 1 – Thu Mar 19 from 8:45 AM – 5 PM in Room 118 ATC
  • Day 2 – Fri Mar 20 from 9 AM – 3:30 PM in Room 118 ATC

THIS IS A TWO-DAY COURSE: 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). Facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens from the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center.

Leadership / Followership

Wed Mar 25, 2015 from 10 AM – 12 PM in Room 125 Science

Leadership is the process of an individual influencing a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Effective leadership requires people to fulfill their roles as leaders and as followers. However, there are many different styles of leading and following and not all of them are effective. This course will examine different styles of leadership and followership in order to promote more effective leadership processes. Facilitated by Zoe Carmichael.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Wed Mar 25, 2015 from 12-1 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.


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