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Current Programs: Spring 2016

Eligibility

All full-time and part-time staff and faculty at Smith along with the other Five Colleges are encouraged to enroll in these programs.

Registration

Registrations will be accepted throughout the semester on a space-available basis. Select your workshops, check with your supervisor and submit your registration in one of three ways:

Waitlist Policy

When a class is full, participants will be waitlisted in the order in which their registration was received. Participants are notified once space becomes available. If there is an adequate number of waitlisted participants, we will offer the class again as soon as feasible.

Feedback

In order to better evaluate our professional development programs, we ask that you complete a Workshop Evaluation Form after attending one of the sessions. If you have questions, please contact Avril Russell in Human Resources at (413) 585-2271 or e-mail hrdev@smith.edu.

Leadership

Supervision Certificate Series (558):
    Understanding Your Leadership Role
    Crucial Conversations
    Performance Management
    Legal Issues in Supervision
    Inclusive Leadership

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester. This program requires supervisor approval, and ends with a culmination lunch to celebrate achievement.

This program is comprised of five workshops focused on the basic elements of leadership and supervision. Anyone looking to improve their supervision skills is welcome to register. In order to receive certification, you must complete all five workshops:

  • Understanding Your Leadership Role

    Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

    The role of "Supervisor" can be challenging on many levels. Learn how to remain resilient while adapting to your changing leadership role.

    Wednesday, February 10, 9 a.m. to noon
    Campus Center, room 204

  • Crucial Conversations

    Margaret Arsenault, Assistant Director,
    UMass Workplace Learning & Development

    A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Practice engaging in these conversations in a safe learning environment.

    Wednesday, February 24, 9 a.m. to noon
    Campus Center, room 204

  • Performance Management

    Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College and Jenny Silver, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Smith College

    As a supervisor, you recognize, coach, develop, and lead your team. Learn how to navigate through performance management by using these skills to develop the talent of those you supervise.

    Wednesday, March 9, 9 a.m. to noon
    Campus Center, room 204

  • Legal Issues in Supervision

    Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College and Jenny Silver, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Smith College

    Learn the common laws and legal issues that arise during supervision.

    Wednesday, March 23, 9 a.m. to noon
    Campus Center, room 204

  • Inclusive Leadership

    Dwight Hamilton, Chief Diversity Officer, Smith College

    Identify bias and privilege, to uncover the difference between diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

    Wednesday, March 30, 9 a.m. to noon
    Campus Center, room 204

Lighting Up Introverted Students, Inside & Out of the Classroom (560)

Amma Marfo, M.Ed, author of "The I's Have It: Reflections on Introversion in Student Affairs" and "Light It Up: Engaging Introverted Student Leaders"

The topic of introversion has been an increasingly popular one since the release of Susan Cain's wildly popular Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. However, many educators and other personnel that work with students have yet to learn what that means for the processes, services, and learning experiences that students go through on campus.

Amma Marfo has spent several years exploring how colleges and universities work for introverts, and will be sharing that knowledge — as well as how to utilize it in your interactions with students — with you. By the end of the session, you'll have a clearer idea of what introversion is (and what it isn't), what it looks like when working with students, and how to ensure that your common practices are engaging all students — introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts alike.

Monday, February 1, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room

TED on Tuesdays (548):
    Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
    The Power of Vulnerability
    The Power of Introverts

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

  • Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

    Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Bring your lunch, and enjoy the experience. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

    Tuesday, February 9, noon to 1 p.m.
    HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont

  • The Power of Vulnerability

    Brenè Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. Bring your lunch, and enjoy the experience. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

    Tuesday, March 8, noon to 1 p.m.
    HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont

  • The Power of Introverts (548)

    In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Bring your lunch, and enjoy the experience. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

    Tuesday, April 12, noon to 1 p.m.
    HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont

Professional Development

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop (551)

Serena Harris, HR Specialist, Smith College and Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

Producing a good resume and a well written cover letter is a basic requirement for a successful job search. Join HR in a workshop that covers the basics of what Hiring Managers look for in a resume and cover letter. If you are interested in applying for any internal Smith College position, this is a great way to get your materials ready for application.

Thursday, January 28, noon to 1:30 p.m.
HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont

Extraordinary Customer Service (555)

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

The customer service landscape has changed with the onset of new technology and changing demographics. Come learn the skills necessary to provide extraordinary customer service, along with how to de–escalate tough situations.

Tuesday, January 26, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Essentials for Student Supervision (557)

Rebecca Shaw, Associate Dean Students / Director of Residence Life, Smith College

What makes supervising students different from supervising staff? Come engage in a workshop specifically focused on the important factors of supervising student staff, and how to be successful in your management position.

Monday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Campus Center, room 103/104

Lunch and Learn (561):
    Interviewing Tips and Tricks
    Getting Things Done!
    Leading Effective Meetings

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

  • Interviewing Tips and Tricks

    Do you know how to sell yourself in interview? Have you found yourself freezing up? Have you ever had a question where you have not been able to work out what the interviewer was asking — or you could give an answer, but didn't know if it was the right one? Bring your lunch, and learn the top 10 tricks that recruiters use to interview potential candidates. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

    Wednesday, February 3, noon to 1 p.m.
    Campus Center, room 204

  • Getting Things Done!

    Visit the basic elements of David Allen’s "Getting Things Done." This is a time–management method, developed by productivity consultant David Allen. The GTD method rests on the idea of moving planned tasks and projects out of the mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items. This allows one to focus attention on taking action on tasks, instead of on recalling them. Bring your lunch, and learn about GTD! Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

    Wednesday, March 2, noon to 1 p.m.
    Campus Center, room 204

  • Leading Effective Meetings

    Why do meetings have such a bad rap? Because too many of them are poorly organized, overly long, and rudderless — drifting this way and that according to the moods of the dominant personalities in the room. Bring your lunch, and learn ways to be more effective when leading your meetings. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

    Wednesday, April 6, noon to 1 p.m.
    Campus Center, room 204

Financial Wellness

Budgeting Essentials (553)

UMassFive College Credit Union

This budgeting overview presents five basic steps to better money management in an easy–to–understand manner. Learn how to set realistic financial goals, create a budget, and understand how to use credit wisely. This workshop also includes over 200 money saving tips you can start using right away.

Tuesday, March 1, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Maximize Your Orange Money (559)

Mary Ellen Gordon, CRPC, CEBS, CFS, financial adviser
Voya Financial

Learn about the power of your "Orange Money" in our Smith Retirement plan. You will learn ways to take stock and work toward your goals, all while preparing for the future.

Friday, January 29, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Campus Center, 103/104

Retirement Basics (543)

David Carboni, DKC Retirement Associates, LLC, CFP

This 90–minute workshop will provide you with the resources you need to answer basic retirement questions and provide you with starting point for thinking about your own retirement savings plan.

Thursday, February 4, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Campus Center, Carroll Room

Physical Wellness

Gentle and Restorative Yoga (540)

Judy Messer, Certified Exercise Coach

Enjoy a restorative break for your body and mind: soothe your neck, shoulders, and eyes; unlock your hips and back; and release stress. Then return to work with more energy, clarity, and calm. No special exercise wear is required, but don't wear tight clothing or jeans that day. It is not necessary to come to every session. You can go to one session, or all; come and go as you please! Please bring a yoga mat to each session.

Mondays, January 11–April 18, 12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.,
except January 18, March 7, and March 14
Neilson Browsing Room

Walk and Box (541)

Judy Messer, Certified Exercise Coach

Walking and boxing are both wonderful ways to connect with your breathing, alleviate stress, and gain strength. In this class you'll combine self–paced speed walks with individually structured, challenging but safe upper–body training. You'll also involve your core and the lower body to balance and stabilize your stance. You'll progress with the basic boxing upper–body strikes to achieve physical and emotional strength. Equipment needed: sneaker and fabric speed–bag boxing glove wraps or traditional fabric boxing wraps. It is not necessary to come to every session. You can go to one session, or all; come and go as you please!

Tuesdays, January 12–April 5, noon to 1 p.m.,
except March 15
Indoor Tennis and Track Facility

First Aid and CPR (556)

Mary Ann Richardson

Note: Space is limited to 10 participants for each workshop. You only need to attend one of the workshops offered to be certified.

When you complete this course, you'll receive certification in first aid and CPR. In the first–aid portion, you'll learn the basics of how to behave in a variety of emergency scenarios. In the CPR section, you'll become adept at cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and will discover what to do if someone goes into cardiac or respiratory arrest. Learn how to save a life: sign up today!

Thursday, March 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Emotional Wellness

Balancing Work and Family (554)

Harvard Pilgrim, Smith College Healthcare Provider

Juggling the demands of children, home, a partner, work, and community can be overwhelming. This workshop focuses on how to manage these many important responsibilities. By reducing our stress level, learning how to set priorities, delegating, and managing time more efficiently, we are able to achieve a better balance. Topics covered in this workshop include examining our expectations, personality dynamics that interfere with reducing our stress and managing our time.

Thursday, March 3, noon to 1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Winter Wellness (549)

E4Health, Smith College EAP

Winter is the time of the year where we are more prone to catching a cold or the flu. This seminar will teach participants about the immune system, ways to combat winter illnesses and strategies for staying healthy all year long.

Tuesday, February 2, noon to 1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Emotional Eating (550)

E4Health, Smith College EAP

Many of us find that we eat when we are feeling angry, sad, lonely or tired. In this workshop, we'll learn about some of the triggers for emotional eating and the relationship between mood and cravings. We'll also explore some questions that will help to heighten awareness of our own eating behavior. For those who would like to move away from emotional eating, there will be identified next steps, best practices and supportive resources.

Wednesday, March 23, noon to 1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Slow Looking (538)

Christian McEwan, author of World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, now in its sixth edition, and Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews, which came out in April 2015 with Bauhan Publishing

The nineteenth century artist John Ruskin encouraged all his students to draw, even if they weren't especially good at it. "The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to SEE something, and tell what [they] saw in a plain way." For most of us, such clarity of focus has become increasingly rare. There is so much to see, and it passes by so fast, on the tiny screens of our digital cameras and the larger ones of our personal computers, on TVs and videos and flashing billboards, that simply looking has become a luxury. This two hour workshop will give us the time to do just that — exploring the glories of the Smith Art Museum at our own slow pace, writing and making notes — and then gathering to share what we've discovered. In the dark of the New England winter, the warmth and color of the paintings will be especially precious.

Friday, February 12, 10 a.m. to noon
in the Smith College Art Museum

NEW - Technology Training

BASICS: Google for Work (547) and (562)

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per session.

This 90–minute workshop will provide you with the basic tools to use of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and Google Docs. This workshop is designed for individuals with minimal computer experience who are not comfortable using the Google for Work cloud technologies.

Monday, February 29, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (547)
Seelye B2 Lab

or

Friday, March 25, noon to 1:30 p.m. (562)
Seelye B2 Lab

Beginners Excel (545)

Heather C. Sharpes-Smith, Instructional Designer, MFA, M.Ed

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per session.

This two–session course leads you through the basic elements of Microsoft Excel. In this session you will learn the basic principles of spreadsheet creation, basic math in Excel, cell formatting, creating charts, along with tips and tricks for easier use. You must be able to attend both sessions in order to register.

Tuesday, February 16, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and
Tuesday, February 23, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

Intermediate Excel (546)

Heather C. Sharpes-Smith, Instructional Designer, MFA, M.Ed

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per session.

This two–session course leads you through intermediate elements of Microsoft Excel. In this session you will learn conditional formatting, sorting and filtering data, creating tables and lists, and advanced IF functions. You must have basic knowledge of Excel and be able to attend both sessions in order to register.

Tuesday, March 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and
Tuesday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

Introduction to Social Media (544)

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

Do you feel left out when friends, family, or coworkers talk about their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn? If you have yet to create a social media presence, and you would like to learn more about your options, this workshop is for you. This session is a basic introduction to social media for those who wish to learn more about the ways social media has affected our lives. Come learn new terms, navigate through sites to get a better understanding, and explore the world of social networking.

Friday, February 5, noon to 1:30 p.m.
HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont

25 Live Demonstration (542)

Kathy San Antonio, Events & Scheduling Sys Admin, Smith College

This demonstration will show you how to navigate the 25 Live Scheduling System. In addition, it will review tips and tricks for easier use for requesting space and resources for all of your events.

Thursday, March 31, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Excel and Financial Data (539)

Sarah Moriarty, Director of Administrative Technology, Smith College

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester.

This session leads you through using Excel to sort, filter, balance spreadsheets, and analyze financial data to enable you to use current built–in Excel Financial Functions. These functions perform many of the commonly used financial calculations, such as the calculation of yield, interest rates, investment valuations and asset depreciation.

Wednesday, March 2, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Seelye B2 Lab