Upcoming PDC Events

PDC Events 

 

--February--

 

FRED Talks - William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes"

A FRED Talks Series Discussion Forum
Facilitated by Christopher Taverna, PDC
Friday, February 27, 2015, 12:00pm-1:00pm
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
Register here

FRED Talks provide an opportunity for members of the campus community to come together to watch and discuss videos from the popular TED Talks series.


--March--

Microsoft Word - Level 1
A Technology for the Office Series Workshop
Presented by Christopher Taverna, PDC
Monday, March 2, 2015, 10:00am-11:00am
W207 Thompson Hall
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In this workshop participants will gain a basic understanding of how to use Microsoft Word. Topics covered in this workshop include: creating documents, spelling/grammar checking, and formatting options.


Microsoft Excel - Level 1
A Technology for the Office Series Workshop
Presented by Christopher Taverna, PDC
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 10:00am-11:00am
W207 Thompson Hall
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This workshop will provide participants with a basic introduction to Microsoft Excel, including how to create spreadsheets, basic formulas, and formatting.


Microsoft PowerPoint - Level 1
A Technology for the Office Series Workshop
Presented by Christopher Taverna, PDC
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 10:00am-11:00am
W207 Thompson Hall
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In this workshop participants will gain a basic understanding of how to use Microsoft PowerPoint. Topics covered in this workshop include: creating slideshows, organizing and formatting slides, and presentation tips.


Conversations at the PDC
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 8:30am-10:00am
PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library

Join the Professional Development Center staff and other campus colleagues on Thursday mornings for a chance to connect and chat with each other. Sometimes the best ideas come from an informal gathering and we wish to provide an opportunity for some "scheduled serendipity."


Designing Effective Writing Assignments
A PDC Associates Series Workshop
Presented by Susan Spangler, Associate Professor, English
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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Workshop participants will: 

  • Analyze current writing assignments from their courses 
  • Consider rhetorical elements of realistic writing assignments 
  • Revise current writing assignments to reflect those rhetorical elements 
  • Discover ways to teach students to interpret assignment constraints 
In small groups, participants will share current assignments. After a gallery walk featuring rhetorical elements to consider when writing, participants will have work time to revise their assignments. We will have a large-group discussion to offer ways to teach students selected rhetorical elements.


 Introduction to Omni Update
A Technology for the Office Series Workshop
Presented by Andrea Wasiura, ITS Web Administrator
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 3:00pm-4:00pm
W207 Thompson Hall
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In this session we will cover everything that is necessary to be a basic editor of content in Omni-Update. We'll learn how to log in, make edits to existing pages, create new pages and sites, upload/insert images into pages, link to uploaded documents and publish content to the live web.


 Conversations at the PDC
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 8:30am-10:00am
PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library

Join the Professional Development Center staff and other campus colleagues on Thursday mornings for a chance to connect and chat with each other. Sometimes the best ideas come from an informal gathering and we wish to provide an opportunity for some "scheduled serendipity."


Paying Yourself: Income options in retirement
A Retirement Education Series Workshop
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 9:00am-10:30am
S204(A,B,C) Williams Center
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You've made a lot of sacrifices in order to put away enough money to retire. When it's finally times, do you know how to get the money back? There are lots of considerations, rules and tax implications that make these decisions very important and more complex. Relax. We can help.
In this session you will:

  • Learn the basic rules that govern the most common retirement accounts
  • Gain perspective on when to tap into different assets
  • Discover the flexible income choices TIAA-CREF offers

Ditching the Dull - Dynamic Design Strategies For Teamwork in the Classroom (Part two - Creating Trust in the Teamwork)
A PDC Associates Series Workshop 
Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presented by Roslin Smith, Assistant Professor, Communication
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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Objectives:
  • Outline main reasons for creating trust in a team 
  • Reflect on several ways to incorporate trust into classroom 
  • Explore various team building activities that encourage learning processes How to use teamwork in the evaluation process 
  • Participate in short trust building exercises
  • Have fun during this learning experience! 
A PowerPoint will be used as a springboard to activities and participants will be split into small teams for this hands-on learning experience.


 Conversations at the PDC

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:30am-10:00am
PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library

Join the Professional Development Center staff and other campus colleagues on Thursday mornings for a chance to connect and chat with each other. Sometimes the best ideas come from an informal gathering and we wish to provide an opportunity for some "scheduled serendipity."


Grant Writing: Tips and Strategies for Developing a Grant Proposal
Presented by Anny Castilla-Earls, Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders and Sciences and Katrina Fulcher, Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders and Sciences
A PDC Associates Series Workshop
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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This workshop will describe the grant writing process and provide participants tools and resources for grant writing . The main focus of this workshop will be on the development of successful writing skills that helps grant writers sell their ideas. Concepts from Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die (Heath & Heath, 2007) will be discussed with the audience. 
Learning Objective: After participating in this activity participants will demonstrate an understanding of successful (marketable) grant writing strategies.


FRED Talks - Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

A FRED Talks Series Discussion Forum
Facilitated by Christopher Taverna, PDC
Friday, March 27, 2015, 12:00pm-1:00pm
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
Register here

FRED Talks provide an opportunity for members of the campus community to come together to watch and discuss videos from the popular TED Talks series.


--April--

Apps Showcase
A Show Your Work Series Workshop
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm
E335 Thompson Hall
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We will begin by demonstrating our chosen apps as well as answering questions about them. After the demonstration you will have the chance to share which apps make a difference for you. We will also have time to assist you in getting your smartphone or tablet configured and answer any general mobile device questions you may have.
Come join us!


Rethinking Assessment through the Tuning Project: Lessons from a Faculty-Led Initiative
A PDC Associates Series Workshop
Presented by David Kinkela, Associate Professor, History
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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For the past three years, I have been involved with the American Historical Association's Tuning Project, which is a national effort to define what history majors should know upon graduating from college. Funded by the Lumina Foundation, this project does not aim to standardize curricula in history, but seeks to frame common goals-and reference points for measuring progress toward those goals-for post-secondary history education. Moreover, tuning is a faculty-led project that attempts to draw on the unique strength of individual programs and departments across the nation. Yet, tuning is not specific to history and can be incorporated within any discipline. 
This workshop will underscore the potential for tuning to recast assessment into a process that is meaningful and faculty-led. As one of the sixty participants in the Tuning Project, I have spearheaded our department's efforts to "tune" our program. At its core, tuning can help departments better define themselves to various constituents and stakeholders within the beyond the academy and can led to meaningful faculty-led assessment. This session will be used to share what we have learned (and continue to learn) about tuning to our campus community. It will define "tuning" to participants unfamiliar with the process and will highlight the value of participating in this faculty-led initiative.
Learning objectives: - define Tuning and to recognize its potential impact on assessment - identify key characteristics within their own program that draws on the tuning processes

 Getting to Inbox Zero

A Technology for the Office Series Workshop
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
W207 Thompson Hall
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Do you feel overwhelmed by your email inbox? Do important emails get lost in inbox clutter? If you would like to learn new strategies to help deal with email overload, then this workshop is for you. Participants will learn techniques for handling incoming information and how to best use the tools available within GMail to better manage their inbox.


From Global to Local, and Keep them Local: Strategies to Recruit and Retain International Students Part II: How to Retain International Students?
A PDC Associates Series Workshop
Presented by Guangyu Tan, Assistant Professor, Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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Learning Objectives: 1) The audience will learn the challenges that international students are facing once they are enrolled. 2) The audience will learn what can be done to help international students overcome the challenges and thus retain them. 
Methods: 1) I will have a panel of international students and faculty discuss their personal experiences: challenges they have faced; strategies they used to acculturate to the new way of living in the United States. 2) I will involve the audience to brain storm what the institution can do to retain the international student


 Using Case Studies in the Classroom
A PDC Associates Series Workshop
Presented by Scott Medler, Assistant Professor, Biology
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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Case-based learning has a long history of being used in areas including law and medicine, and more has been used in STEM education. Case studies provide a great tool to focus more deeply on complex issues, as well as serving as a way to engage students in discussions. There is a major effort in STEM education to move away from traditional lecturing-based teaching, and case studies provide one tool to add variety to classroom learning. 
In this seminar, I will provide an introduction to the case-based method and its history in STEM education. I will also actively engage participants with a case study of my own, to highlight some of the ways that cases can be used in the classroom. My target audience is primarily STEM educators, but also any others who are interested in learning about using case studies in their own classrooms. I am also interested in learning from and sharing ideas with educators who have already used this approach in their own classes. I have been using case studies in my biology courses for at least 10 years. This fall I attended the NSF National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the University at Buffalo. 

 Conversations at the PDC

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 8:30am-10:00am
PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library

Join the Professional Development Center staff and other campus colleagues on Thursday mornings for a chance to connect and chat with each other. Sometimes the best ideas come from an informal gathering and we wish to provide an opportunity for some "scheduled serendipity."


What's New in Google Apps? Google Classroom and Hangouts
A Technology for the Classroom Series Workshop
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 10:00am-11:00am
W207 Thompson Hall
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This workshop will provide participants with a look at two new additions to Google Apps: Google Classroom and Google Hangouts. Google Classroom helps keep class assignments organized. Hangouts is a video chat system built into Google Apps.


 Conversations at the PDC

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 8:30am-10:00am
PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library

Join the Professional Development Center staff and other campus colleagues on Thursday mornings for a chance to connect and chat with each other. Sometimes the best ideas come from an informal gathering and we wish to provide an opportunity for some "scheduled serendipity."

FRED Talks - Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
A FRED Talks Series Discussion Forum
Facilitated by Christopher Taverna, PDC
Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:00pm-1:00pm
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
Register here

FRED Talks provide an opportunity for members of the campus community to come together to watch and discuss videos from the popular TED Talks series.


Microsoft Word - Level 2
A Technology for the Office Series Workshop
Monday, April 20, 2015, 10:00am-11:00am
W207 Thompson Hall
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In this workshop we will look at the citation management features of Microsoft Word, as well as how to format your document to automatically generate a Table of Contents, Bibliography, and Footnotes or Endnotes.


Microsoft Excel - Level 2
A Technology for the Office Series Workshop
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:00am-11:00am
W207 Thompson Hall
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In this workshop we will look more in depth at some of the features of Microsoft Excel, including formulas, conditional formatting, and styles.


Microsoft PowerPoint - Level 2
A Technology for the Office Series Workshop
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10:00am-11:00am
W207 Thompson Hall
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In this workshop we will look at creating PowerPoint templates for a consistent look across all slideshows. We will also look at using SmartArt, animations, and transitions.


Conversations at the PDC
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 8:30am-10:00am
PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library

Join the Professional Development Center staff and other campus colleagues on Thursday mornings for a chance to connect and chat with each other. Sometimes the best ideas come from an informal gathering and we wish to provide an opportunity for some "scheduled serendipity."


Conversations at the PDC
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 8:30am-10:00am
PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library

Join the Professional Development Center staff and other campus colleagues on Thursday mornings for a chance to connect and chat with each other. Sometimes the best ideas come from an informal gathering and we wish to provide an opportunity for some "scheduled serendipity."


--May--

Conversations at the PDC
Thursday, AMay 7, 2015, 8:30am-10:00am
PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library

Join the Professional Development Center staff and other campus colleagues on Thursday mornings for a chance to connect and chat with each other. Sometimes the best ideas come from an informal gathering and we wish to provide an opportunity for some "scheduled serendipity."


FRED Talks - Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?
A FRED Talks Series Discussion Forum
Facilitated by Christopher Taverna, PDC
Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:00pm-1:00pm
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
Register here

FRED Talks provide an opportunity for members of the campus community to come together to watch and discuss videos from the popular TED Talks series.


Conversations at the PDC
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 8:30am-10:00am
PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library

Join the Professional Development Center staff and other campus colleagues on Thursday mornings for a chance to connect and chat with each other. Sometimes the best ideas come from an informal gathering and we wish to provide an opportunity for some "scheduled serendipity."


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