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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs

May 10, 2011, Volume 57, No. 33

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 register for programs by visiting the online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Total Organization Webinar; June 1; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. Staying organized in the work place can be challenging, especially when you have an abundance of emails, paper and computer files to manage. So how do you stay on top of your work with so much information overload? Well now you can learn how! This webinar will teach you practical approaches to organizing your work space, all of which is done right at your desk. By the end of this webinar, you’ll have a newly organized desk and computer desktop that is conducive to your specific needs.

The Penn Perspective; June 8–9; 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; $75. Do you ever wonder what it takes to keep the University running so well for so long? Well now you can find out. This two-day event will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how Penn operates. You’ll hear from senior leadership about the University’s future plans, challenges and finances. You’ll also learn about sustainability, art and athletics at Penn; what student life is like on our campus; and how the Division of Safety enhances the quality of life and security in our community. You’ll even get an insider’s look at the University archives—a repository for documents and artifacts dating back to Penn’s founding in 1749. It’s also an excellent opportunity to network with fellow members of the University and get a better understanding of your role at Penn.

FOCUS: Achieving Your Highest Priorities; June 15; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. Learn how to complete your most important tasks of the day so you accomplish not just some things, but the right things. This program will show you how to manage all of the information that comes your way—from emails and phone calls to multiple projects, meetings and deadlines. You’ll develop a planning system that’s tailored to your individual needs so you can lead a happier, more productive life. We’ll even show you how to overcome the challenges of procrastination and frequent interruptions so you can easily manage your day and minimize your stress.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library; June 15; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. Discover the ways the 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 session includes a 30-minute walking tour of Van Pelt Library. Participants are welcome to attend just the informational session.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Career Check-Up Workshop; June 17; noon–1 p.m.; free. When was the last time you evaluated your current job situation? It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks required of you, but it’s also important to assess your professional role on an annual basis. This workshop will give you the opportunity to evaluate your current responsibilities and determine whether you’re challenged, satisfied, or in need of acquiring some new skills. You’ll also have the chance to develop a plan for moving forward in your career.

Brown Bag Matinee—Focus Your Vision; June 22; 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’ll learn seven concepts that are key to focusing successfully through this innovative and unusual training film.

Tuition Benefit Information Session; June 23; noon–1 p.m.; free. Tuition benefits are an important advantage of being a faculty or staff member at Penn. This program will show you how to request and make the most of these benefits. A Q&A session will address any questions you have about using the tuition benefit for yourself, your family or your dependents.

Brown Bag Matinee—The Abilene Paradox; July 13; noon–1 p.m.; free. Have you ever said “yes” to a proposed group decision when you really wanted to say “no”? This video will show you how common—and costly—it is to support group plans that you really don’t believe in. You’ll also learn how to create a work environment where people are free to disagree and encouraged to voice their true opinions.

Penn’s Quit Smoking Program

The School of Medicine’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA) is running monthly information sessions about their new smoking cessation research study: MAPS for Quitting Smoking. Visit the HR online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog and choose “Health Promotions” from the Browse by Category section.

MAPS for Quit Smoking Program Orientation Session; June 6, July 7; noon–1 p.m.; free. The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA) will teach you about biological factors that can help you quit smoking. Eligible participants will be reimbursed for their time and efforts and receive nicotine replacement therapy, online training support and smoking cessation counseling at no cost.

Technical Tips…at Your Fingertips

Improve your technical skills with these online workshops. Human Resources is offering a series of webinars that’ll teach you tips and shortcuts for programs like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Learn the latest tools and techniques right from your own desktop. You can register for programs by visiting the Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalogand selecting “webinars” from the Browse by Category menu. Or contact Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400 for more details.

Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox Using Microsoft Outlook; June 7; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. If you’re looking for ways to manage your email inbox and avoid email overload, this webinar is for you. You’ll learn techniques and shortcuts that’ll save you time and help you get maximum results from your email. Topics include customizing and setting flags, creating categories to organize your inbox, using tasks and the calendar, organizing and archiving your messages and more.

Microsoft Excel 2007 Techniques; June 14; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. Microsoft Excel is chock full of features that can help support your work objectives—and this webinar will show you how to use them. You’ll learn advanced features such as data entry, manipulation and presentation; enabling multiple users to share workbooks and track and edit changes; and creating templates. This webinar is ideal for individuals who are familiar with Excel and want to enhance current skills and understanding of the application.


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