Program for the 2014 PDI

Monday, January 13th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Animal Research FAQ's
Presenters:
Denise Ostmeyer,Lon Kendall
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
102 Eddy Hall
Description:
Did you know that CSU utilizes over 100,000 animals each year for teaching and research? Where do all of these animals live? How do we take care of them? What kind of research is being done with them? Can’t we just use computer simulations instead of live animals? During this session presenters from the department of Laboratory Animal Resources will present an open and honest discussion about the work being done with animals at CSU.
Goals and Target Audience:
Animal research is a controversial and sometimes hidden topic. Any member of the CSU community who is interested in knowing more about animal research will have the opportunity to learn the facts and ask any questions that they might have.

9:45 AM

Session Title:
Explore Colorado Water History in New Ways
Presenters:
Patricia Rettig
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
104 Eddy Hall
Description:
The importance of water cannot be underestimated in Colorado. Come to this session to learn some state water history and where to find resources for more. The 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 freely available for public use.

11:00 AM

Session Title:
New vs. Old: Conference & Event Planning On-Campus
Presenters:
Lauren Ankarlo,Elodie Vigneron,Candace Hufford
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
102 Eddy Hall
Description:
Make new friends, but keep the old. Find out what venues are "new" on-campus after all the construction, and what "old" venues can still be utilized. We'll explore some new trends within the Conference & Event industry, and some old tips and tricks that you should still keep in mind when you're planning an event.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session targets anyone who might be curious about the new construction and spaces on-campus. Also, if you're in charge of coordinating or organizing a conference (on or off-campus), this session will give you great tips and tricks of the trade while talking about industry changes.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Workplace Coaching Skills: Powerful Questions and Levels of Listening
Presenters:
Debra DeVilbiss,Reuel Hunt
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
3 Hours
Room:
206 Yates Hall
Description:
How would it be if you could think through a project or situation with an un-biased listener who asked insightful questions emerging from their curiosity and intuition and who fully listened without judging you or thinking they needed to solve your problem for you? How different would your workplace be if you could provide that open pondering space for your co-workers or direct reports? What creativity would that unleash? In this session, you will learn the core coaching skills of asking powerful questions using your natural curiosity and intuition, and deeply listening without judgment. This highly interactive session is co-led by two seasoned professional coaches trained by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and certified through CTI and the International Coach Federation (ICF). They will create a “fail-free” zone to learn about and to practice these skills. Reading a book or attending a lecture is only scratching the surface of the power of coaching skills; the best way to “get” them is to experience them. You will leave with a different perspective on workplace communication and new skills for creative solutions. Note: if you choose to attend, please commit to the full three hours.
Goals and Target Audience:
To empower employees, supervisors and managers with tools to create a respectful climate for open communication.

Tuesday, January 14th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
"I'm not racist, but...": Topics of Power & Privilege and Why They Matter
Presenters:
Emily Ambrose,Bobby Kunstman,Hermen Diaz
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
103 Eddy Hall
Description:
Often, we have conversations which tip-toe around difficult topics, or offend people and don't know why. This session begins to explore social identities within a U.S. context, naming dynamics which are always present and with us - but often unrecognized by those in positions of privilege. At a fundamental level, we will unpack the Matrix of Oppression and offer a beginning dialogue (and why it matters) for those who may not have been in spaces where these conversations are happening.
Goals and Target Audience:
Target Audience: Members of the CSU community who have little/no experience with concepts of social justice, social identities, social power, and privilege. Goals: - To familiarize participants with basic definitions/concepts of social identities. - To explore concepts of social power and how it presents itself. - To understand initial topics of social justice.
Session Title:
Gardening Myths, Folklore and Old Wives Tales: Debunking with Science
Presenters:
Alison O'Connor,Carol O'Meara
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
A102 Clark Building
Description:
Should you add coffee grounds to acidify your soil? Does a banana peel in your planting hole add additional potassium? Does recycling your grass clippings add to thatch? Learn the truth behind these myths and others at this informative session, taught by Carol O'Meara and Alison O'Connor from CSU Extension.
Goals and Target Audience:
For all interested participants; the goal of this session is to enhance gardening knowledge and foster successful gardening.
Session Title:
You CAN Negotiate: Ethical Negotiation Skills and Career Advancement
Presenters:
Ellen Fisher,Kathy Partin,Lorie Smith
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
Event Hall - Morgan Library
Description:
Do you hate to negotiate? Are you looking for a new job or simply trying to improve the one you’ve got? Does the thought of asking your boss for a raise or a promotion make you want to run and hide? This session will cover the basics of every day negotiation and provide practical skills for improving your ability to negotiate at home and at work. Opportunities to hone these skills will be provided through interactive exercises designed to highlight various aspects of negotiating deals in real-world situations. Potential pitfalls and strategies for avoiding them will also be discussed.
Goals and Target Audience:
Graduating MS and PhD students, junior faculty, and staff are welcomed and may benefit from the discussions. The goals are: • To provide an overview on the basics of negotiation • To provide strategies, tips, and a practical guide for improving negotiating skills • To develop and hone negotiating skills through interactive learning strategies • To discuss challenges and solutions to negotiating at home and at work

10:45 AM

Session Title:
"Introduction to Time Travel -or- How to Send Your Files to the Future"
Presenters:
Shea Swauger
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
10:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C146 Clark Building
Description:
Remember that paper you wrote in 1992? The one stored on a Floppy Disk? Chances are good that recovering that file will be difficult if you don’t have the right hardware and software. The same forces that made your files from the past hard to read now will eventually make your current files hard to read in the future. Come learn about how you can recover the past as well as how to preserve your digital files so that they last well in to the future.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session is designed to inform a general audience with no previous background or experience as to the basic principles of digital preservation and recovery.
Session Title:
Whatever Happened to the United States Adoption of the Metric System?
Presenters:
Donald Hillger
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
10:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C144 Clark Building
Description:
The adoption of the metric system 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 US 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 US “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 US remains the only major industrial nation not using the metric system. The voluntary (slow) path that the US 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 US, 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 US, and that metric is inevitable for the US. Faculty and staff - as teachers, instructors, and leaders - should be knowledgeable of the history and status of the US 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 US.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Advanced Coaching Skills: Self-Management, Action and Accountability, and Acknowledgement
Presenters:
Debra DeVilbiss,Reuel Hunt
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
3 Hours
Room:
206 Yates Hall
Description:
Really good coaching does two things: it deepens the learning and forwards the action. The core skills of powerful questions and levels of listening are methods of deep inquiry, but how do you move into action? In this session, we will practice those core skills and introduce new skills to help you acknowledge others, self-manage, get the other person into action and hold them accountable. This highly interactive session is co-led by two seasoned professional coaches trained by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and certified through CTI and the International Coach Federation (ICF). They will create a “fail-free” zone to learn about and to practice these skills. Reading a book or attending a lecture is only scratching the surface of the power of coaching skills; the best way to “get” them is to experience them. You will leave with a different perspective on workplace communication and new skills for creative solutions. You will benefit most from this class if you have previously attended the Powerful Questions and Levels of Listening session either this year or in previous years. Note: if you choose to attend, please commit to the full three hours.
Goals and Target Audience:
To empower employees, supervisors and managers with tools to create a respectful climate for open communication.
Session Title:
WHAT IF... - refreshing your mind for enhanced creativity
Presenters:
Auli Summerhays
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
Event Hall - Morgan Library
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 mind and imagination.
Session Title:
Why does my pet DO that?
Presenters:
Jennie Willis
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
C142 Clark Building
Description:
Why does my dog bark at Uncle Ned when he comes over? Why does my cat pee on the carpet? Why does my puppy jump and bite me when I come home? Why can't my cats just get along? This two hour dynamic session will begin with information on how animals learn and how their biology influences natural behavior. We will using examples from the audience to explore different topics that are of interest to many pet owners. Expect to get up and move around and talk to your neighbor as we gain a better understanding of our companion animals.
Goals and Target Audience:
1)To give pet owners tools to think about and change their pet's behavior at home. 2)Learn and practice some steps to changing behavior in pets (and people too!) Target audience: Any interested current or future pet owner

3:15 PM

Session Title:
Developing the Student Scholar: Paving the Way for Scholarships and Fellowships
Presenters:
Mary Swanson
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
3:15 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C144 Clark Building
Description:
Every year, government organizations and private foundations award millions of dollars to undergraduates and graduates studying at US institutions. This session will help faculty and students identify relevant funding opportunities and prepare relevant applications. We’ll discuss a number of scholarships and fellowships, the application and nomination process, and the resources available to applicants through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry (OURA).
Goals and Target Audience:
This session will provide an overview of OURA’s Nationally Competitive Scholarship and fellowship program. It is designed to help faculty identify and encourage prospective candidates.

Wednesday, January 15th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Money Personalities
Presenters:
Laurel Kubin
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C142 Clark Building
Description:
Some people are spenders, others are savers. Personal and family financial decisions are influenced by attitudes, personality types, past experiences, and family dynamics. Awareness and self-reflection can bring clarity and balance to both your psyche and your financial portfolio. With clarity and balance come a sense of control and well-being. In this session, participants will learn more about their personal money style and gain tips on how to communicate with others of different styles.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goals of this session are to : Provide opportunity to self-identify each participant's money style Exchange tips for successful communication among different money styles The target audience participants are adults wanting to balance their use of money to be consistent with their personal and family values.

9:45 AM

Session Title:
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High Overview Presentation
Presenters:
Marsha Benedetti,Margaret Saldana,Tracy Hutton,Christy Conrad,Nicole Olsen,Carolyn Haack
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
102 Eddy Hall
Description:
This is an overview presentation of the Crucial Conversations training that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotion, or risky topics at all levels of the organization. The training provides participants with skills on how to: • Speak persuasively, not abrasively • Foster teamwork and better decision making • Build acceptance rather than resistance • Resolve individual and group disagreements
Goals and Target Audience:
The presentation is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Crucial Conversations training. In-house trainers will provide an overview of this highly engaging and interactive program and assist you in the next steps to bringing this training to you department!

1:00 PM

Session Title:
A Calm Within Guided Meditation
Presenters:
Margit Hentschel,Deb Colbert
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
C146 Clark Building
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.

2:15 PM

Session Title:
General eThority Topics
Presenters:
Clinton Brown,Melissa Hein
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
2:15 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C142 Clark Building
Description:
This session will be a general overview of eThority as well as a Q&A on different eThority topics.
Goals and Target Audience:
Anyone who is looking to use eThority as part of their everyday job.

3:30 PM

Session Title:
Free is better: Accessing free e-books and more from your public library
Presenters:
Amy Hoseth,Michelle Wilde,Kristen Draper
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
3:30 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
Computer Classroom 173 Morgan Library
Description:
Want free e-books? How about free online music and movies? All that and more is available from the Poudre River Public Library District. Now, through an innovative and groundbreaking program, the CSU Libraries and PRPLD have partnered to offer public library cards to CSU faculty, staff, and students at the Loan and Reserve Desk in Morgan Library. In this session we'll provide information about the partnership and show you how to find e-books, music, movies and more for easy download to your e-reader, iPod, laptop, or other device.
Goals and Target Audience:
Session Title:
New Strategies for Balancing Your Work and Life
Presenters:
Jennifer Krafchick,Toni Zimmerman
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
3:30 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
A102 Clark Building
Description:
In today’s society it is rare for work hours to be restricted from nine to five, with laptops and smart phones, we are able to work from any space that has a good connection. What about that other connection in our lives that may need more than a Wi-Fi hotspot- our families? Some breadwinners find it difficult to balance work and family life successfully, often seeing spillover from one domain into another. Whether work interferes with family or family distracts from work, find tools to improve interactions with both and finally find the balance you need. Join these award winning faculty members from the Marriage and Family Therapy program at CSU in learning about different approaches to the balancing your work and your life. All types of families are recognized in this presentation.
Goals and Target Audience:
To provide strategies to help CSU employees balance work and life responsibilities.