Program for the 2012 PDI

Tuesday, January 10th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
The Hidden Role of the Metric System in the United States: What You May Not Know!
Presenters:
Donald Hillger
Category:
Outreach
Date:
Tuesday, January 10th 2012
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
Metric is inevitable for the United States! History tells us that countries have only switched to metric, none the other way (except for temporary reversions). The U.S. remains in the midst of its metric transition as measurement changes are made in various sectors of the economy. Therefore, this information is especially important for teachers/instructors, who should also know our metric history and its current status. The U.S. “missed the boat” in the 1970s when the rest of the English-speaking world converted to metric. That was a time when the metric system was being taught in schools, and metric was intended to replace our former units in most aspects of daily life. However, the lack of firm deadlines for conversion has hindered progress towards metric. Therefore, the U.S. remains the only major industrial nation not using the metric system. The voluntary (slow) path that the U.S. chose to follow is why we are still struggling with metric transition. Most people are surprised when they learn of the large number of consumer products, services, and standards that already use metric units, but that are mostly hidden to the average/casual observer.
Goals and Target Audience:
This lecture presents the current status of the metric system adoption by the U.S., where the change is currently taking place, and where it will likely take place in the future. Most Americans do not realize the extent of metric usage in the world, how widely metric is already used in the U.S., and that metric is inevitable for the U.S. Faculty and staff - as teachers, instructors, and leaders - should be knowledgeable of the history and status of the U.S. transition to metric. This PowerPoint lecture, with imbedded humor, explains what resources are available to help them, and it encourages participants to support the metric transition of the U.S.

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Become a Citizen Scientist and Help the National Weather Service
Presenters:
Nolan Doesken
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 10th 2012
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (www.cocorahs.org) is a citizen science organization that started right here at Colorado State University. Now, volunteers from all 50 states measure and report precipitation and report their data to the CoCoRaHS web site. Local water officials, regional flood managers and even the National Weather Service use the data every day to help compliment their radar and satellite data; improving their prediction and analysis capabilities and helping to save lives. Come learn how the NWS collects and measures precipitation, and learn how you can spend two minutes a day to help these scientists better understand the variable nature of precipitation.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal of this session is to increase awareness of CoCoRaHS in the community. This program began as a local effort after the Fort Collins Flood of 1997 devastated the CSU campus, but has now spread to all 50 states. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join and the targeted audience is anyone who has an interest in the weather and/or an interest in helping scientists.

11:00 AM

Session Title:
Educator as Mentor to the First Generation College Student/ First Generation Multi-Cultural Student
Presenters:
Ajean Ryan
Category:
Diversity
Date:
Tuesday, January 10th 2012
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
My career in the fine arts would not have been possible without the assistance, guidance and dedication of a handful of mentors who were teachers in my life. From grade school, I was encouraged by my teachers but had much resistance from my parents to study the fine arts. Based strongly around my Korean background with its emphasis on math and science, I would have been lost to find my path without these mentors. I would like this session to address issues of how to assist and mentor students due to cultural expectations and/or lack of support from their families due to being a first generation college student. In my experience, the students who lack support from their families, both financially and personally, suffer from alienation, depression, anxiety and engage in destructive and harmful behavior.
Goals and Target Audience:
Educators who are interested in assisting with these students' special needs. Educators who are willing to mentor these students and perhaps share commonalities as far as cultural and or economic/social backgrounds.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Using Social Media and Instructional Technology Effectively
Presenters:
Mike Palmquist
Category:
Web 2.0 / Social Networking
Date:
Tuesday, January 10th 2012
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
In this session, we'll explore some common approaches to using social media and instructional technology to support teaching and learning and then consider how we might turn to more effective uses of these resources in our classroom. The session is intended to be interactive, with comments, observations, and questions encouraged.
Goals and Target Audience:
Instructors at CSU who use, plan to use, or have thought about using technology in their courses.

2:00 PM

Session Title:
Toastmasters - Shaping the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
Presenters:
Margaret Saldana,Stacey Williams,Heather Slane,Mark Koeneker,Renee White,Other Resource Masters Club members
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 10th 2012
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
Toastmasters International is a non-profit, educational organization that teaches communication and leadership through a worldwide network of clubs. This session will demonstrate a typical club meeting complete with prepared speeches, table topics, speech evaluation, and a general evaluation report. For many people, public speaking can be frightening or a challenge to their comfort level. Our Toastmasters Club (Resource Masters) is like a family in which each member can grow and develop in a safe and friendly environment. Toastmasters is about helping members set and achieve their own personal goals and accomplishments.
Goals and Target Audience:
Does the thought of public speaking make you break out in HIVES?! BEE our guest at the Resource Masters Professional Development Institute 2012 Session. Learn how Resource Masters Toastmasters can help you develop your public speaking skills in a safe and friendly environment. Vision: Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. Through its member clubs, people throughout the world can improve their communication and leadership skills, and find the courage to change. Audience: Faculty, staff, and students (18 years or older) who are interested in shaping their lives and challenging themselves through communication.

Wednesday, January 11th

8:00 AM

Session Title:
Managing Your Professional Online Presence
Presenters:
Shana Gillette
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
Start Time:
8:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
Shana Gillette will moderate a session that will include panel members from professional organizations and information technology companies. Panel members will review key pointers to establishing, maintaining, and monitoring an online professional presence/reputation through websites and online profiles.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: Learn how to manage your online presence Audience: Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and staff

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Financial Readiness for Retirement
Presenters:
F. C. 'Ted' Weston, Jr.
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
This seminar is about your preparation and eventual readiness for retirement – specifically addressing the question “What can I generate from my assets as monthly income for the rest of my life?” Stated alternately, as planning for retirement is a work-in-progress, this seminar will address specifics for computing continuing retirement income from both before and after-tax sources. Problems and pitfalls will be discussed. Preparation basics for retirement will be emphasized. This seminar is intended for those in the early or middle stages of retirement planning. This seminar is vendor and product neutral.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: Understanding basics of what income will be needed at retirement plus how this income can be achieved. Targeted audience: Anyone in the early or middle stage of retirement planning.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Ethics - Not Just for Students
Presenters:
Judith Barth
Category:
Management/Supervisory Skills
Date:
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
Ethics is a small word, but a BIG issue. Is ethical behavior just a matter of choosing right from wrong? Or is it something more? What is your responsibility as a leader to set ethical standards? If it is your responsibility, how do you go about doing that? What are the models of ethical decision making? How do they apply? This highly interactive workshop will explore all these topics. Specific topics to be discussed are: Values, Morals, Ethics (differences and similarities); Models of Ethical Decision Making; Ethical Decision Making Tools; Leadership's Roles and Responsibilities in Ethical Decision Making; Practice in and debriefing on ethical decision making relating to current supervison/management issues.
Goals and Target Audience:
All CSU employees, especially those at all levels in supervisory or administrative roles.

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Financing Your or Your Dependent's College Education
Presenters:
Connie Jaime-Lujan
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
2012
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
This session will provide information and resources that will assist employees in financing a college education for them or their dependent(s). It will include information on determining college costs, available resources including financial aid, College Opportunity Fund, tuition scholarship program for eligible family members of CSU employees, the employee study benefit and scholarship tips.
Goals and Target Audience:
Any employee who is seeking information on financing a college education.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Science or Fiction: The Truth Behind Popular Diets
Presenters:
Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RD
Category:
Safety and Health
Date:
2012
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
Nutrition is more than just nourishment; it's a multi-million dollar industry and it's up to the consumer to sort facts from myths. This class will examine 10 of the most popular diets currently followed by everyone from celebrities to your doctor, and determine which really make you healthier, slimmer, younger, or more energetic.
Goals and Target Audience:
All adults will benefit as the session will: -Increase awareness of a healthful diet -Determine how to judge a popular diet, book or program -Discern science from untrue claims made by diet authors -Discuss realistic habits and lifestyle changes to improve nutrition and health -Provide legitimate resources for additional nutrition information

2:00 PM

Session Title:
Graduate Assistant Department Invoicing
Presenters:
Charlotte Shanahan
Category:
Administrative Topics
Date:
2012
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
Procedures and information for Graduate Assistant Lists and invoices, billed through Accounts Receivable Operations.
Goals and Target Audience:
Department Graduate Student Coordinators or College Business Officers & Accountants/Acct Techs for departments that do Graduate Assistant Billings

3:00 PM

Session Title:
Managing Rogue Receivables
Presenters:
Trish Torrez
Category:
Administrative Topics
Date:
2012
Start Time:
3:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
203/05 LSC
Description:
Business and Financial Services manages receivables and compliance issues for accounts billed through the central billing system, Banner. There are department receivables, not billed through Banner, that are managed by campus departments. This session will assist departments in managing and collecting their outstanding receivables, explain what central billing resources are available to them, and to make sure the University's receivables remain in compliance with accounting rules.
Goals and Target Audience:
Department accounting techs or office managers who maintain receivables outside of Banner.