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January Human Resources Programs
December 18, 2007, Volume 54, No. 16

Professional and Personal Development

Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources! You can pre-register for programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click “Course Catalog” at the top of the page), or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Brown Bag Matinee—“Focus Your Vision”; January 10; noon–1 p.m.; free. Take a virtual vacation from your desk as you travel with former National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones in this video presentation. Focus Your Vision creatively uses the striking photographic work of Jones to teach us the importance of direction and purpose as we set goals to accomplish in our personal and professional lives. You will learn seven concepts that are key to focusing successfully through this innovative and unusual training film.

Minutes Writing Course; January 17; 9 a.m. –noon; free. Improve your ability to write good, effective minutes for meetings in this course. Learn why minutes are taken at meetings, what formats and styles are appropriate for recording minutes, and benefit from a quick writing skills review. Minutes etiquette, including when minutes should be written and sent, will also be covered.

American Management Association—Strategies for Developing Effective Presentation Skills; January 22 and 23; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75.This two-day program will provide you with the skills to deliver clear, informative, memorable and convincing presentations. Learn by doing as you receive ongoing, personalized feedback on three live presentations (which will also be videotaped). Subjects to be addressed include determining your objectives in giving a presentation, balancing verbal and nonverbal messages, developing and organizing presentation content, rehearsing and using notes, reducing and channeling nervousness, using visual aids, handling questions and more.

Unlocking the Secrets of Penn’s Library; January 24; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. Discover the ways the Penn Library can work for you. Learn how to access over 10,000 electronic journals and reference sources, get personalized research assistance, or simply take out the latest New York Times bestseller. This informational session includes a 30-minute walking tour of Van Pelt Library. Participants are also welcome to attend just the informational session.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Tuition Benefit Information Session; January 25; noon–1 p.m.; free. Penn’s tuition benefits were recently cited by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the reasons that we are a “Best Place to Work”. This session will show you how to request and make the most of these benefits. A Q&A session will address any questions that remain about using your tuition benefit for yourself, your family or your dependents.

Maintain, Don’t Gain
Post-holiday weigh-ins for participants in the Maintain, Don’t Gain holiday weight management program will take place on January 7 and 8 at the following times and locations:

SEAS: January 7, 10–11:45 a.m.

Wharton: January 7, 12:15–2 p.m.

Business Services: January 8, 10–11:45 a.m.

Nursing: January 8, 12:15–2 p.m.

For more information about the program, please visit the Maintain, Don’t Gain homepage at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/maintaindontgain.asp or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@hr.upenn.edu.

—Divison of Human Resources

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