Program for the 2013 PDI

Monday, January 14th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Edible Flowers for Colorado Landscapes
Presenters:
Alison O'Connor,Carol O'Meara
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2013
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
228 LSC
Description:
We've all grown tomatoes and peppers, but what about other edible plants that you can grow in your garden? Join Alison and Carol to learn about growing zucchini (for the blossoms!), why adding daylilies to your salad brings a new twist and other blooms that can add new flavors to your palate. They will also cover the eight rules of edible flowers and how to grow and harvest these plants.
Goals and Target Audience:
This class is for all interested gardeners. They will take home information about how to grow edible plants in their gardens, as well as the "rules" about growing them.

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Personal “Life” Writing for the Busy Professional
Presenters:
Sue Doe
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2013
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
221 TILT Building
Description:
Focusing on invention strategies, this session introduces personal “life” writing and memoir, suggesting how to use both old and new technologies to accomplish your life writing goals. In this session you will get started on ideas such as these: How do world events relate to my life? How does my life relate to the world? What are the five most significant and “reportable” events of my life? How might family "artifacts" become an archive for writing? How do I find an angle on my personal writing that is both manageable and interesting to others? What are some tools that will make my writing easier to do and more accessible for others to read? You will leave the session not only with ideas to get started but strategies for maintaining good habits of writing and mechanisms for circulating your work. NOTE: Participants should bring pen, paper, and other writing technologies (laptop, ipad, etc.) as they are able.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty and Staff

11:00 AM

Session Title:
Curiosity 101
Presenters:
Michele Faris
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2013
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
214-16 LSC
Description:
Todd Kashdan is internationally recognized as an expert on the topic of Curiosity. This workshop will summarize his research and how it applies to you. How can cultivating this character strength improve your life through encouraging optimism, increasing satisfaction and improving interpersonal relationships.
Goals and Target Audience:
Understand the dynamics of curiosity and self assess their level of curiosity.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
No Gain, Maintain! Competency based healthy weight maintenance
Presenters:
Barbara Wallner
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2013
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
228 LSC
Description:
Learn how educational competencies can be used to learn to maintain healthy weight. You will receive information about key areas that you can monitor and adjust to be healthy and promote a better lifestyle.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: 1. Raise awareness of competency based learning. 2. Provide tips and tools to maintain healthy weight. 3. Provide a preview of future workshops/studies. Anyone interested in attending is welcome and should benefit.
Session Title:
Powerful Questions from Curiosity and Levels of Listening
Presenters:
Debra DeVilbiss,Reuel Hunt
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2013
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours, 50 Minutes
Room:
230 LSC
Description:
You will learn professional coaching skills based on International Coach Federation (ICF) core competencies. This is a highly interactive training which will model these skills and allow participants to practice in an environment where nobody gets to be wrong. You will learn the three levels of listening and how to use the skill of powerful questions. You will practice creating a coaching presence using your natural skill of curiosity. Note: If you choose to attend, please commit to the full three hours.
Goals and Target Audience:
To empower employees to use coaching skills in everyday interactions. Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to name, recognize and practice the three levels of listening Participants will understand how questions can be powerful and have increased awareness of their impact Participants will create a coaching presence by practicing curiosity to create powerful questions

2:00 PM

Session Title:
Colorado State University: A Look at Our Past
Presenters:
Christopher Wolf
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2013
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
213-15 LSC
Description:
This presentation is designed to give the audience a good historical overview of Colorado State University from its humble beginnings as the state's land grant college to its importance today as a major research university.
Goals and Target Audience:
Anyone

3:00 PM

Session Title:
Who Wants $50,000?
Presenters:
Dan Banuelos,Deborah Yeung,Jennifer Strange,Dave Mornes
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2013
Start Time:
3:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
214-16 LSC
Description:
CSUs Commitment to Campus initiative is more than meets the eye. We all benefit from being healthy and engaged. Find out how to make Commitment to Campus work for you; learn about opportunities campus wide that will engage your mind, body, and (Ram)spirit! This session is sponsored by the Administrative Professional Council. Join us for an interactive presentation of currently offered Commitment to Campus benefits and a chance to play "Commitment to Campus" Jeopardy!
Goals and Target Audience:
Our goal is provide information to CSU’s faculty and staff on the wonderful benefits that are available at this institution. Most benefits provided by CSU are underutilized. CSU is a great place to work and we want to help bring an awareness of what CSU is doing to value their employees.

Tuesday, January 15th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Finding Your Inner Voice and Using It Effectively
Presenters:
Maggie Graham
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2013
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
210 LSC
Description:
Do you say "yes" and then later wish you’d said "no"? You're not alone! Spend some time identifying the dimensions of your inner voice and exploring avenues of healthy expression for it. We'll differentiate between requests, boundaries and manipulation. Together, we'll generate key questions to ask yourself before setting a boundary. There will also be time to practice the art of saying "no."
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: Explore patterns that tend to trigger struggles for many people around assertiveness. Identify and practice avenues for healthy self-expression. Recognize the difference between a request, a boundary, and manipulation. Build assertiveness skills. Intended audience: People who want to increase their assertiveness skills.
Session Title:
Using the Employee Study Privilege or Tuition Scholarship Program for Eligible Family Members
Presenters:
Jackie Swaro
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2013
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
228 LSC
Description:
The Commitment to Campus initiative has brought enhancements to the Employee Study Privilege and Tuition Scholarship Program for Eligible Family Members. This session will cover the Privileges and Benefits afforded to employees and eligible family members including an overview of the application process and associated deadlines. The recent enhancement to include reciprocity of these programs at CSU-Global and Pueblo will also be discussed.
Goals and Target Audience:
All Interested employees; HR representatives

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Financial Planning for Retirement
Presenters:
F. C. 'Ted' Weston, Jr.
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2013
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:
Anyone in the EARLY OR MIDDLE STAGES of retirement planning. Goal -- answer the question 'What can I generate from my assets as monthly income for the rest of my life?'
Session Title:
Immerse Yourself in Colorado Water History
Presenters:
Patricia Rettig
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2013
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
213-15 LSC
Description:
The importance of water cannot be underestimated in Colorado, and knowing water history can help citizens understand present circumstances and prepare for the future. This session will feature a presentation of some highlights of Colorado water history followed by an introduction to CSU's Water Resources Archive.
Goals and Target Audience:
Audience is anyone interested in learning some basics of Colorado's water history. The goals are to have the audience learn some of the facts and become intrigued enough to want to know more. An additional goal is to increase awareness of the Water Resources Archive, a unique resource available for public use.

11:00 AM

Session Title:
The Media and You: What You Need to Know to Survive
Presenters:
Mike Hooker,Emily Wilmsen,Jennifer Dimas
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2013
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
214-16 LSC
Description:
Been tongue-tied dealing with the media? Do you wish you had said something different after seeing your name in print? Working with the Fourth Estate doesn't need to be difficult or painful. Come learn from the pros how to prepare for an interview and get your message across to newspaper and TV reporters. Presenters from the CSU Public Relations office include veteran journalist Mike Hooker - a 17-year veteran of CBS 4 in Denver; former Denver Post reporter and editor Emily Wilmsen; and Jennifer Dimas, a longtime public relations professional.
Goals and Target Audience:
The session is intended for faculty members, researchers and others interested in media relations. The session will cover a basic understanding of: - What makes news - The value of working with journalists - How to work with journalists - Tips on preparing for an interview

1:00 PM

Session Title:
"WHAT IF..." - Finding new ideas and solutions instead of limiting boundaries
Presenters:
Auli Summerhays
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2013
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
Virginia Dale - LSC
Description:
This interactive session is designed to awaken curiosity to find new ways of looking at objects, processes, and attitudes. The participants will engage in refreshing idea exchanges, personal and group discovery, and creative questioning.
Goals and Target Audience:
All those ready to stretch their minds and imagination.
Session Title:
Creative Solutions to Pesky Pet Problems
Presenters:
Jennie Willis
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2013
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
228 LSC
Description:
In this two hour session, we will go over the "Top 10" behavior problems in cats and dogs, how to recognize warning signs and how to understand the motivation behind the behaviors. For each problem, we will learn basic training and conditioning principles for changing behavior and use our collective creativity to apply those solutions in your home! Bring your enthusiasm and deductive reasoning skills as we learn how to improve behavior for our pets!
Goals and Target Audience:
Any interested person with a pet or an interest in behavior

3:00 PM

Session Title:
A Calm Within Guided Meditation
Presenters:
Debora Colbert,Margit Hentschel
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2013
Start Time:
3:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
230 LSC
Description:
Are you having trouble finding balance in your life due to work and life stress? Recent clinical research on mindfulness practices has shown benefits that may offer an increased ability to transform stress, improve mental clarity, and help with concentration. This session is designed to explore mindfulness meditation and supportive yoga breath for your daily life. Over the last 20 years, numerous studies have shown these practices to have multiple physical and mental health benefits, which contribute to an overall increase in well-being. The session will begin with an overview of these benefits, offer background on mindfulness and yoga breath practice, and engage participants in "hands-on" practice of these techniques. Audience participation will be invited in a "learning circle" format. A "start where you are" philosophy is embraced and no previous experience is required. Practice sessions will range from 5-15 minutes, followed with time to share experiences and learn from each other. For those interested in continuing a daily mindfulness practice, we’ll offer tools you can take with you. We look forward to sharing this workshop together with you.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal of this session is to find balance from within that can be taken into everyday life. All are welcome.
Session Title:
Understanding University Employee Benefit Programs - Privileges and Benefits
Presenters:
Jackie Swaro
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2013
Start Time:
3:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
228 LSC
Description:
The Human Resources Benefits Office will provide a comprehensive overview of Benefits & Privileges provided through University employment. The presentation will include Health, Dental, Life (AD&D), Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts as well as a brief overview of Retirement, Employee Study Privilege and the Tuition Scholarship program for eligible family members.
Goals and Target Audience:
All Interested employees; HR representatives

Wednesday, January 16th

1:00 PM

Session Title:
An Overview of University Sponsored Retirement Benefits and Financial Planning Income Strategies
Presenters:
Kevin Gorell
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2013
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
224-26 LSC
Description:
The Human Resources Office will provide an informative overview of University Sponsored Retirement Plan Benefits coupled with a presentation to facilitate an understanding of the retirement Financial Planning process. A financial advisor from a University sponsored retirement plan vendor will provide up to date income strategies focusing on saving early and developing a steadfast plan to enjoy a satisfactory retirement.
Goals and Target Audience:
Interested employees; HR representatives
Session Title:
Whatever Happened to the United States Adoption of the Metric System?
Presenters:
Donald Hillger
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2013
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
210 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.

2:00 PM

Session Title:
Fostering Creativity
Presenters:
Marvin Withers
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2013
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
230 LSC
Description:
This session will cover several research based techniques for boosting creativity as well as personal examples. It is based on the book Imagine by Jonah Leher and the personal experiences of the presenter gained over 50 years as a drummer, guitarist and songwriter.
Goals and Target Audience:
Maybe you need to find a better way to complete a task at work. Maybe you are ready to begin that novel you have been dreaming of writing. Whatever the reason, we all need to be creative at times. The goal of this presentation is to show that there are several things that we can each do to boost our chances of making that creative leap and breaking through the barriers that may be holding us back.

3:00 PM

Session Title:
Tools to making a successful, lasting, and loving relationship
Presenters:
Jennifer Krafchick,Toni Zimmerman,Amy Quinn
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2013
Start Time:
3:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
214-16 LSC
Description:
Intimate relationships are among the most important and meaningful relationships of our lives, but they take work. Many couples do not know what to do in order to improve their relationships. In fact, over 50% of marriages end in divorce, but there are steps that couples can take to reduce their chance of becoming a divorce statistic. Join these award winning faculty members from the Marriage and Family Therapy program at CSU in learning about different techniques and tools that you can immediately apply to your current or future relationships. These are research-based practical skills that will help to improve the quality of your relationship. Research findings from the world renowned relationship expert, Dr. John Gottman, will be presented and resources will be shared to help your relationship. All types of relationships are honored in this presentation.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: Based on the research from John Gottman, participants will learn the 7 principles to making relationships work. They will also learn concrete skills that they can use to reduce their risk of divorce or their relationship ending, conflict, and relational dissatisfaction. Target Audience: Any CSU employee who wants to improve the quality of their current or future marriage or intimate relationships.