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Vol 56 No. 13 | Oct. 2004
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Workshops for Faculty and Staff

The following is a list and description of upcoming workshops organized by Staff Personnel Services. The workshops are available to faculty and staff.

Thursday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.–noon, “Emergency Preparedness,” facilitated by Sgt. Scott Brown of University Police. This workshop will explore how the university, your community, the state, and the federal government responds to disasters. Participants will learn about how the campus has prepared itself for disaster response and how those plans fit with the city and state's plans. The workshop will also explore the role of personal preparedness in disaster response and provide participants with tips on how to create their own plan and disaster response kit.

Friday, Oct. 22, noon-1:30 p.m., “Adult Children of Aging Parents,” will be held in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Room 108, and be facilitated by Professor Jeanne Bader from gerontology. Anyone caring for an aging relative or parent is invited to this monthly open forum.

Friday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-noon, “Assertive Communication for Managers and Supervisors” (Part 2), facilitated by Jose Rodriguez, professor in communication studies. Even if you didn't attend Part I, you may still attend. The workshop covers things such as if you've ever wondered what you could do to diffuse potentially hostile situations more elegantly or pondered how you might find more effective ways of communicating with others when you find their behavior inappropriate or unacceptable, along with other related topics. Those attending will have the opportunity to participate in "real-life" scenarios designed to help you see, hear, and feel what it is like to communicate more assertively.

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 9-11 a.m., “Position Description” workshop, facilitated by Staff Personnel Services. This workshop is designed to assist staff and managers in writing a position description. Topics covered during this workshop include why we need position descriptions, who prepares and approves position descriptions, when are they prepared, what format is used, factors to consider, how to structure duty statements, and steps in writing position descriptions.

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 10-11:30 a.m., “ Purchasing” workshop , facilitated by Purchasing Services. The workshop includes instruction on initiating requisitions, placing and receiving orders, invoice payments, PeopleSoft purchasing, CSU systemwide contracts, and other purchasing options. This class is different from the training offered through the CMS office.  

Friday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-noon, “Time Management” workshop, facilitated by Tricia Kochevar from Hidden Art Enterprises. This workshop is offered to department coordinators, managers, and other staff who juggle multiple tasks. The goal of the class is to help you enhance your personal and professional organizational skills. Some of the topics covered are goal setting, daily task list, project management plan, paper flow organization, causes and cures for procrastination, dealing with interruptions, and time logs.

Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 9-11 a.m., “Managing Change Effectively” workshop, facilitated by Toni Aquino from the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. This workshop will address change as a journey that unfolds in fairly predictable phases and will examine the dynamics that staff experience when change is rapid and unexpected. It will discuss effective responses to maintain hope, courage, and optimism and positively influence outcomes. This is an interactive workshop and staff are encouraged to discuss their experiences in managing work/life changes and share their insights and coping strategies.

Wednesday, Nov. 3 (or Nov. 10), from 9 a.m.-noon, “Travel” workshop, facilitated by the Accounts Payable Department. The workshop is open to all faculty and staff who travel on university business. It is designed to provide information for making travel arrangements and completing the paperwork for yourself, supervisors, co-workers or guests of the university. It is an interactive workshop and time will be provided for questions.

You may register online or for more information, call Jill Knight at 562/985-1764.

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