Program for the 2014 PDI

Monday, January 13th

9:45 AM

Session Title:
“Reaction Discussions”: Encouraging Critical Thinking about Readings in On-Line and In-Class Small Groups
Presenters:
Ashley Harvey
Category:
Critical Thinking
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
A102 Clark Building
Description:
I will present an innovative teaching technique: an online and in-class “Reaction Discussion” format that I have successfully used in over 25 large undergraduate and small graduate or undergraduate courses. Reaction Discussions promote student engagement by encouraging critical thinking and structuring small and large group discussions. In these reaction discussions, students are assigned alternating roles as primary or secondary reactors. Primary reactors post a reaction to the readings (i.e., what they agreed with/disagreed with; what was new or memorable) on RamCT prior to coming to class, and secondary reactors come to class prepared to respond to the primary reactors and continue the conversation that was started on-line. In this session, I will describe the procedures/forms for implementing Reaction Discussions in large or small undergraduate or graduate courses. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a mock Reaction Discussion.
Goals and Target Audience:
To provide instructors of large undergraduate (~100 students or less) or small graduate/undergraduate classes with a tool to encourage critical thinking and small group discussion about required readings.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
An Overview of University Sponsored Retirement Benefits and Financial Planning Income Strategies
Presenters:
Jackie Swaro,Evan Patterson, CFP
Category:
Administrative Topics
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
A102 Clark Building
Description:
Human Resources 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:
Academic Faculty, Administrative Professionals and Classified personnel enrolled in a University retirement plan.

Tuesday, January 14th

8:30 AM

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.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Using the Employee Study Privilege or Tuition Scholarship Program for Eligible Family Members
Presenters:
Jackie Swaro,Jerry Becker
Category:
Administrative Topics
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
A102 Clark Building
Description:
Academic privileges under Commitment to Campus are afforded to employees through the Employee Study Privilege and Tuition Scholarship Program for Eligible Family Members to help promote personal advancement and success. This session will introduce a panel of University representatives, as well as employees who have benefited from the academic privileges offered to employees and eligible family members. This presentation will be a review of benefits (approx. 50 min) and a question and answer session (approx. 30 min) to address the most common inquiries.
Goals and Target Audience:
CSU Academic Faculty and Administrative Professional staff with Regular, multi-year research or Special appointments of 50% time or greater and all non-temporary State Classified staff with appointments of 50% time or greater.

3:15 PM

Session Title:
Our Proposed Interactive Online General Catalog: What’s Your Vision?
Presenters:
Fionna Bright,Carole Makela,H. Thomas Hoehn
Category:
Curriculum Development
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
3:15 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
A102 Clark Building
Description:
CSU has an interactive online catalog in the works. How might your department/college/faculty/research/students best be represented in it? What needs might it serve/how would you like to be able to use it? An information-gathering, brainstorming session about the future E- Catalog.
Goals and Target Audience:
Request for input from colleges, departments, and SAUs for how an interactive General Catalog could best serve their related to providing quality information and be a tool for recruitment and marketing. We want to hear your ideas on content and format as well as to plan focus groups.

Wednesday, January 15th

9:45 AM

Session Title:
University Travel Policies and Procedures, Accounts Payable in the Kuali Financial System
Presenters:
Jackie Riba,Terri Bedan
Category:
Administrative Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
A102 Clark Building
Description:
This session will cover the policies and procedures concerning university travel at university expense. Topics covered will include the university travel form, non-employee travel, group travel and travel advances. This session will also cover how to create disbursement vouchers in the Kuali Financial System (KFS) and the creation of vendors in KFS.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal of this session is to increase knowledge concerning university travel and the accounts payable functions in KFS. The targeted audience is university travelers and travel preparers and department personnel who create disbursment vouchers and vendors in KFS.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Special Course Fee Review
Presenters:
Erin Mercurio,Summer Leaming,Barb Gustison,David Leathers
Category:
Administrative Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
A102 Clark Building
Description:
A complete overview of special course fees. This session will cover the purpose of special course fees, types of special course fees, department responsibility, and how to manage year end surplus or deficits. This session will also provide examples of completing special course fee annual review forms.
Goals and Target Audience:
College Fiscal Officers College Staff who manage special course fees

3:30 PM

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.