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  • JAN
    04
    4. Search Committee Training
    9:00 AM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • JAN
    11
    1. Microsoft PowerPoint Training
    9:00 AM

    This 2 hour class is designed for the beginner/intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint user. We will be focusing on presentation basics, slide styling, transitioning slides, inserting, and animating content. We will also focus on making effective and professional presentations by simplicity. For those interested, I will demonstrate the power of a powerpoint conversion tool (ispring) for converting .ppt to online ready trainings with interactive quizzes and narrations. Basics of PowerPoint (Course Outline): presentation basics (save, save as, page sizing, positioning); Slide styles (title, section header, all picture, all text, half-half, Free form); Transitions (page transitions types, timing, on click); Inserting (text box, shapes, tables, graphs, pictures, equations, video, audio); Formatting (text, shapes, pictures, etc.); Animations (types of animations (Entrance, exit, emphasis, motions), Timing; Online trainings (Ispring add-on); Converting powerpoint (flash or HTML); Quiz making.

  • JAN
    17
    1. Conversations About Diversity Workshop
    9:00 AM

    We have conversations every day! Then, why is it so difficult to have conversations about diversity and inclusion? These conversations are not easy because they may challenge, among other things, our ideals, values, and backgrounds. This program is designed to assist you in having these conversations by: (1) sharing some communication techniques and best practices to have effective diversity and inclusion conversations; (2) providing ideas on how to deal with stereotypes during these conversations; (3) sharing some tips for handling your emotions during these conversations; and, providing a safe environment to practice having these conversations.

  • JAN
    18
    1. Fiscal Fitness Workshop
    9:00 AM

    This seminar helps you shape up your financial life to ensure you meet your short, mid and long term financial goals. This seminar includes helpful budgeting and money management tips and demonstrates how credit impacts your future.

  • JAN
    23
    ECS1: Presenting at Work Workshop
    8:30 AM

    This workshop explores skills for a more effective delivery in meetings, conferences and general public events. It is appropriate for both beginners and experienced speakers who are seeking a refresher. We'll begin by establishing a benchmark for each participant. Then, we will discuss the physical elements - eye contact, voice and other non-verbal skills - that promote a greater sense of dynamism, confidence and credibility while presenting a message. As time allows, we may also touch on the effective use of visual aids and taking questions from an audience. The sessions are designed to be highly participatory and fast moving. There will be numerous exercises and some video recording designed to reinforce skills learned.

  • JAN
    25
    2. Performance Planning & Evaluation Program (MGRS)
    9:00 AM

    Performance Planning and Evaluations are a shared responsibility for both managers and staff, and are a key component of performance management development. Performance management is an ongoing process that facilitates the planning, coaching and evaluating employee performance. This program will review the process, evaluation tool, and goal setting.

  • JAN
    26
    Tech Cafe 1: Security
    10:00 AM

    Did you know the University is constantly under attack by CyberCriminals? If so, did you know that every single employee at UMass Lowell has been targeted directly? Come learn the latest tools and skills you can use to defend yourself and the University from the fastest growing criminal category in the world, and hear what UMass Lowell IT’s Information Security team is doing to help keep you, your privacy and the University’s data safe at this Tech Cafe workshop. Afterwards, IT will have technical experts on hand to answer any questions you might have.

  • JAN
    31
    3. Performance Planning & Evaluation Program (Staff)
    9:00 AM

    Performance Planning and Evaluations are a shared responsibility for both managers and staff, and are a key component of performance development. This program will highlight the performance evaluation process and share strategies for you to take an active role in this process.

  • FEB
    02
    CD1: Play to Your Strengths
    9:00 AM

    Not everyone approaches the same job the same way. We each bring our own strengths to our work responsibilities. Studies have shown that using your strengths in work leads to greater job satisfaction. Learn how to identify and put into practice your strengths.

  • FEB
    05
    4. Search Committee Training
    2:00 PM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • FEB
    06
    3. Performance Planning & Evaluation Program (Staff)
    9:00 AM

    Performance Planning and Evaluations are a shared responsibility for both managers and staff, and are a key component of performance development. This program will highlight the performance evaluation process and share strategies for you to take an active role in this process.

  • FEB
    07
    UB1: Budget Overview/Basic Finance
    9:00 AM

    This session provides you with a budget overview and basic finance.

  • FEB
    08
    2. Performance Planning & Evaluation Program (MGRS)
    9:00 AM

    Performance Planning and Evaluations are a shared responsibility for both managers and staff, and are a key component of performance management development. Performance management is an ongoing process that facilitates the planning, coaching and evaluating employee performance. This program will review the process, evaluation tool, and goal setting.

  • FEB
    14
    UB2: Campus Budget & Accounting Practice
    9:00 AM

    This session will help you on how to manage your general operating budget and fund balance budgets.

  • FEB
    15
    CD2: Resume Writing
    9:00 AM

    Whether it has been 5 days or 25 years since you last wrote a resume, this workshop provides participants with actionable advice on writing a resume that reflects both your career goals and the needs of the employer.

  • FEB
    21
    UB3: Manage Your Budget
    9:00 AM

    This session provides you with all you need to know about your Research Budgets.

  • FEB
    23
    ECS2: DiSC - Understanding Behavioral Styles Workshop
    9:00 AM

    Appreciating and valuing different work and communication styles. Learn about yourself and your behavioral styles in the workplace and strategies to be more effective when working with your team.

  • MAR
    01
    ECS3: Managing Challenging or Difficult Situations Workshop
    9:00 AM

    Coping with difficult situation is a tough job at best, but the fact is that we all come in contact with these feelings and consequences that result from repeated encounters with difficult situations are most often cited as a major cause of work-related stress. In order to maintain a respectful and health workplace, it is crucial that we be able to identify and manage these challenging situations in the workplace.

  • MAR
    06
    4. Search Committee Training
    9:00 AM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • MAR
    07
    CD3: LinkedIn Lab
    9:00 AM

    Join us for a hands-on session on using the world’s most powerful online networking platform, LinkedIn. From developing your first profile to using some advanced features, this program provides the tools to make the most of your LinkedIn network.

  • MAR
    15
    1. Motivating & Engaging Your Staff
    9:00 AM

    Are your employees thriving and contributing their best at work? Work pressures seem to thwart leader’s efforts to create an environment where employees can grow and flourish in new ways. In this interactive session, you’ll learn current theories in self-motivation and self-determination at work, much based off the research by Ed Deci and popularized by Daniel Pink in his best-selling book Drive. You’ll explore concrete ways to foster that self-motivation by first deciding when and how to be hands-off (giving employees autonomy), and then when and how to be hands-on (giving appropriate support), called Task Enabling.

  • MAR
    20
    2. Understanding Your Credit Score Workshop
    9:00 AM

    This seminar demystifies one of the most important numbers in your life. You will learn what makes up your credit score, what is not considered in a credit score and helpful hints on how to manage credit.

  • MAR
    21
    ECS4: DiSC - Understanding Your Style & Conflict
    9:00 AM

    Fight or flight? In reality, there are more than just two responses to conflict. Each of us, and each DiSC style, reacts to conflict in a unique way. We have our own goals, our own fears, and our own ways to get what we need. This module helps participants understand their reactions to conflict and how these reactions affect those around them. It also helps them discover more constructive ways to deal with conflict. PLEASE NOTE: Prerequisite - DiSC: Understanding Behavioral Styles (Part 1)

  • MAR
    22
    CD4: Learn How to Interview Like A Pro
    9:00 AM

    Learn how to tell the story behind your resume. An interview is a chance for you and the interviewer to dive into your experience and the stories that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and traits you have. This workshop provides participants with insight on interviewing strategies. Come prepared to practice as well.

  • MAR
    28
    5. Step-Up to Leadership Workshop
    9:00 AM

    People we admire are sometimes described as born leaders or born to lead. In this training, we will examine the characteristics of effective leaders and work through activities and exercises that help attendees develop these qualities in themselves. The Objectives of this Workshop are as follows: describe key qualities of effective leaders; apply effective decision-making techniques; communicate assertively while still demonstrating empathy; demonstrate high levels of personal accountability and describe factors that contribute to people's motivation levels.

    The Workshop Agenda: Being Decisive (Conducting root cause analysis; Evaluating alternative solutions) - Communicating Assertively (Assertive vs aggressive understanding the difference; Showing empathy while delivering difficult messages) - Demonstrating Personal Accountability (Performing an accountability self-assessment; Practicing mindset shifts toward higher accountability) - Motivating Others (Understanding the 5 factors that influence motivation).

    Please note: this program is appropriate for aspiring Managers.

  • MAR
    29
    2. Leading Today's Student Employees Workshop
    9:00 AM

    In this workshop, we will explore: setting supervisory relationship boundaries with student staff; maximizing effectiveness as supervisors by leveraging elements of performance coaching and strategies for approaching difficult performance feedback conversations.

  • APR
    05
    4. Search Committee Training
    2:00 PM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • APR
    06
    6. Managing Change Workshop
    9:00 AM

    To lead effectively during times of change requires knowledge and skill. Knowledge includes understanding what happens to people, including yourself, during times of change as well as knowing and applying best practices to help team members adjust, adapt and eventually accept the change. This workshop will address these key points.

  • APR
    19
    1. The Role of Progressive Discipline Workshop
    10:00 AM

    Implementing progressive discipline is a difficult but important decision for any manager or supervisor when addressing performance related matters. This program will provide and explain the essential elements of proper discipline and its place in addressing workplace issues.

    Please note: this program is intended for Supervisors and/or Managers ONLY.

  • APR
    24
    3. Home Buying Process Workshop
    9:00 AM

    This seminar helps move you into your new home. In this seminar, you will learn how to qualify for a mortgage and what you should expect through the home buying process from your financial institution, realtor and attorney.

  • APR
    26
    2. Knowledge, Skills and Awareness: Develop Your Cultural Competence
    9:00 AM

    Developing cultural competence means that we move toward a deeper understanding and acceptance of ourselves and others. This session will provide participants with the opportunity to explore: personal values and experiences, how these personal experiences impact behavior and relationships with others, and the ways in which University policies and practices contribute to creating an inclusive and positive work environment. Continental Breakfast & Lunch will be provided.

  • MAY
    01
    7. Introduction to Mindfulness
    9:00 AM

    How the Science and Practice of Awareness Supports Well-Being and Performance...This program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. Individuals who employ the techniques of mindfulness in their work are able to monitor moment-to-moment effectiveness, respond promptly and appropriately to difficulties as they arise, and remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Participants will be introduced to meditation practices that will teach them how to be more focused, creative and resilient in all aspects of their lives.

  • MAY
    03
    4. Search Committee Training
    9:00 AM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • MAY
    15
    ECS5: Emotional Intelligence Workshop
    9:00 AM

    Enhance your self-awareness and make emotions work for you to build more productive relationships, professionally and personally. In this course, you will develop and enhance skills that will positively impact your work and tap into a whole new level of achievement in your career. How you will benefit: recognize the impact that EI abilities have on your professional development and career; assess your own EI abilities; and create an action plan for continued EI self-development.

  • MAY
    23
    Tech Cafe 3: Office 2016/OneDrive
    10:00 AM

    If you're still using Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013, you should come see what the latest version of the world-standard productivity toolset has for you. Come learn ways to seamlessly collaborate and share documents with team members, colleagues at other institutions, contracted service providers and any other group you can think of. Get tips and tricks for how to make the upgrade easier and get productive fast on the latest software. Join HR and IT as we host the first in a series of workshops we're calling Tech Cafe. Come for the coffee and donuts, but stay for the tech. Afterwards, IT will have technical experts on hand to answer any questions you might have.

  • JUN
    05
    ECS6: Your Positivity Advantage
    9:00 AM

    Want to flourish at work? Whether you are an optimist, pessimist or somewhere in between, come explore the many practical and science-backed principles of authentic positivity to ignite your enthusiasm, satisfaction and happiness at work. Learn how to flip the negativity (like the daily frustrations or that difficult person) through adopting a new optimistic and resilient mindset. Awaken awareness of the automatic negative thoughts that impact one’s attitude. Take a journey to investigate the meaning you experience at work and let it inspire you to perform at your very best. Enjoy an exploration of unearthing the positives as well as discovering ways to savor them. Walk away with a tool kit of simple-to-use skills you can adopt immediately to absorb and spread positivity as a way to enhance your well-being at work and at home.

  • JUN
    06
    4. Search Committee Training
    2:00 PM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • JUN
    12
    3. Understanding Title IX Workshop
    9:00 AM

    Learn the far-reaching implications of what gender equity at UMass Lowell means for you: equal access to all programs and scholarships; prevention of sexual violence including domestic violence; reporting responsibilities of employees who believe sexual assault or harassment may have occurred; resources and options available for possible victims; the definition of consent to sexual activity; the differences between a police investigation, Title IX investigation, and a student conduct hearing; the role of the Title IX Coordinator; and more.

  • JUN
    21
    ECS7: Managing Conflict in the Workplace Workshop
    9:00 AM

    Workplace conflicts can happen all too often and be a barrier to our working effectively and collaboratively. In this program we will identify the upside and downside of the 4 primary conflict styles and explore how to manage conflict effectively, including the four key elements of a learning conversation.

  • JUL
    09
    4. Search Committee Training
    9:00 AM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • AUG
    01
    4. Search Committee Training
    2:00 PM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • AUG
    15
    8. Leading Effective Meetings
    9:00 AM

    In this workshop, participants will review how to plan and conduct successful interactive meetings, identify the different types of meetings, review how to structure a meeting to obtain the most effective results, determine ways to keep meetings focused and on track and practice the skills needed to keep groups focused and on task.

  • SEP
    05
    4. Bystander Awareness Training
    9:00 AM

    Active Bystanders play a key role in valuing diversity and creating an inclusive workplace. As an Active Bystander, you can make the difference by speaking up, making room for silenced voices and minimizing difficult situations. This program will provide you with the skills to empower you to take this challenging but important role.

  • SEP
    06
    4. Search Committee Training
    9:00 AM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • SEP
    13
    4. The Science of Happiness (Day 1 of 2)
    9:00 AM

    This is a two-day course. Participants are required to attend both sessions (September 13th & September 27th).

    Day 1: The course starts with the idea that happiness and health are fundamentally about strong social connections and being immersed in a strong social community. We’re going to zero in on things that build strong social ties and communities — things like compassion, empathy, how to read people’s emotions, gratitude, charity, generosity and giving.

    The course emphasizes two main (scientifically-proven) keys to happiness: Strong social ties, and a sense of purpose or connection to the greater good. (From Science-Happiness-UC Berkeley)

  • SEP
    18
    9. Maximizing Team Creativity Workshop
    9:00 AM

    This workshop will help participants: rediscover their creative ability; develop a creative attitude and learn to see every problem as an opportunity and identify road blocks that prevent creative thinking.

  • SEP
    19
    9. Time Management Principles
    9:00 AM

    Work, family and personal life responsibilities can feel overwhelming and it sometimes seems as if a 24 hour day simply isn't long enough to get everything done. Unfortunately, no one has yet found a way to add a 25th hour to the day, so we're all forced to do the best with the time we have. By following the principles discussed in this workshop, you may still never get everything done, but you should feel more in control of your busy life.

  • SEP
    25
    3. The Hard Stuff is the Soft Stuff
    9:00 AM

    You’ve probably experienced how easy it is to bark out orders or instructions, but so much harder to inspire employees to be their best. The hard stuff is really the soft stuff. In this workshop, you’ll learn ways to help employees reach their full potential and thereby view themselves as essential to the business. You’ll learn to build your employees’ self-worth by demonstrating appropriate authenticity, vulnerability, serving others, giving respect, reducing fear and learning from mistakes. You’ll also explore an area of growth for you to better utilize the soft stuff with your employees. Through interactive workshop activities and discussions, you’ll delve into these concepts and learn how to apply them to your own leadership experiences. By doing so, you’ll then experience the wonderful benefit of improving not only team dynamics, but also work creativity, innovation and performance.

  • SEP
    27
    5. The Science of Happiness (Day 2 of 2)
    9:00 AM

    Day 2: Continuation of Day 1.

    Reminder: This is a two-day course. Participants are required to attend both sessions (September 13th & September 27th).

  • OCT
    04
    4. Search Committee Training
    2:00 PM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • OCT
    09
    7 Habits of Highly Effective People
    8:30 AM

    This program is based on the proven principles found in Dr. Stephen R. Covey¿s best-selling business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  This program helps your organization achieve sustained superior results by focusing on making individuals and leaders more effective.  Participants gain hands-on experience, applying timeless principles that yield greater productivity, improved communication, strengthened relationships, increased influence, and laser-like focus on critical priorities.  This 10.5-hour program will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9, 16 and 23.  Participants must commit to the entire sequence of dates and times to receive a certificate.

  • OCT
    10
    6. Postcards from the Future
    9:00 AM

    A woman's guide to financially ever after. Financial knowledge for women nearing retirement, retirement strategies that work, steps to getting finances on track to help reach ideal retirement in 10 to 15 years, the unique characteristics of retirement plans from 403(b)s to IRAs to annuities.

  • OCT
    16
    7 Habits of Highly Effective People
    8:30 AM

    This program is based on the proven principles found in Dr. Stephen R. Covey¿s best-selling business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  This program helps your organization achieve sustained superior results by focusing on making individuals and leaders more effective.  Participants gain hands-on experience, applying timeless principles that yield greater productivity, improved communication, strengthened relationships, increased influence, and laser-like focus on critical priorities.  This 10.5-hour program will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9, 16 and 23.  Participants must commit to the entire sequence of dates and times to receive a certificate.

  • OCT
    23
    7 Habits of Highly Effective People
    8:30 AM

    This program is based on the proven principles found in Dr. Stephen R. Covey¿s best-selling business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  This program helps your organization achieve sustained superior results by focusing on making individuals and leaders more effective.  Participants gain hands-on experience, applying timeless principles that yield greater productivity, improved communication, strengthened relationships, increased influence, and laser-like focus on critical priorities.  This 10.5-hour program will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9, 16 and 23.  Participants must commit to the entire sequence of dates and times to receive a certificate.

  • OCT
    24
    ECS8: Welcome to Fierce Conversations
    9:00 AM

    While no single conversation is guaranteed to change the trajectory of a career, a company, a relationship or a life - any single conversation can. A fierce conversation is one in which we come out from behind ourselves into the conversation and make it real. Learn and apply the 7 principles of fierce conversations to overcome barriers to meaningful communication, increase clarity and improve understanding and handle strong emotions.

  • NOV
    01
    4. Search Committee Training
    9:00 AM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.

  • NOV
    06
    7. Self-Care & Dealing with Holiday Stress
    9:00 AM

    In this workshop, participants will learn to identify factors that contribute to holiday stress; determine coping strategies that promote well-being throughout the season; practice techniques for keeping expectations realistic; make a self-care plan and learn relaxation techniques.

  • NOV
    14
    8. Money At Work
    9:00 AM

    Foundation of Investing: understanding the role of investing, protecting against various risks, augmenting traditional savings programs to help accelerate retirement savings, the products and the tools available to manage a growing portfolio.

  • NOV
    15
    ECS9: Managing Up Workshop
    9:00 AM

    Are you looking for tips on how best to talk with your manager(s) about your working relationship and what needs to get done? Do you need help with juggling demands from multiple managers and discussing the realities of your workload? The relationship between an employee and his/her supervisor is a critical one. In this workshop, you will learn tools and techniques to better understand your manager's goals and preferred work style. This is a great workshop for those who want to increase their effectiveness by maximizing their relationships with their supervisor(s).

  • DEC
    05
    4. Search Committee Training
    2:00 PM

    In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.