Program for the 2016 PDI

Monday, January 11th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Overview of Retirement and Wellness Programs
Presenters:
Human Resources Staff
Category:
HR & Employee Concerns
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
324 LSC
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 process. It will also provide basic strategies focusing on saving early and developing a steadfast plan for retirement. Additionally learn about our wellness programs through FitLife and CafeWell.
Goals and Target Audience:
Interested employees; HR representatives

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Mobilizing Your Canvas Course - A Mobile Design Checklist
Presenters:
Shaun Beaty
Category:
Instructional and Informational Technology
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
As students keep leveraging mobile devices for learning, it is essential that course content is mobile friendly. This session will offer considerations and best practices for mobile design and on-the-go delivery of your Canvas course(s).
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty, administrators, graduate students and anyone that designs, develops or provides course content through the Canvas LMS.

2:15 PM

Session Title:
The Science of Learning: Infusing Memory Research into the Classroom
Presenters:
Lauren Bates
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
2:15 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
The Science of Learning centers on research-based strategies to promote effective studying among students. This information will help you (or your students) maximize the time spent on studying course material. We will go over some strategies that can be utilized to ensure students are emphasizing quality of study over quantity (i.e., hours spent studying). We will also discuss examples of how these methods can be used in a classroom setting.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session benefits a wide array of individuals in academia. Its information is helpful for students who are looking to harness more effective study strategies, advisors who are looking to provide academic advice to their students, as well as instructors who may want to implement some of these effective learning and memory techniques into their classroom.

3:30 PM

Session Title:
Overview of Employee Self-Service (navigating the system and convenience options)
Presenters:
Human Resources Staff
Category:
HR & Employee Concerns
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
3:30 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
Human Resources recently released an expansion to Employee Self-Service; an innovative resource designed to provide you with the ability to receive high quality service at any time of the day or night. The web-based resource makes available to you via the Campus Administrative Portal (CAP) the ability to view and manage many elements of your employment information in a secure and confidential environment through your eID login credentials. Join Human Resources on how to securely access CAP to perform tasks quickly, without completing complicated forms, calling or faxing. This session will offer a comprehensive list of the available features and the best way to navigate the system.
Goals and Target Audience:
Interested employees; HR representatives

Tuesday, January 12th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Agents of Engagement: Student-Centered Academic Success Programming
Presenters:
Darrie Matthew Burrage,Stacey Clark,Lory-Ann Varela
Category:
Curriculum Development
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
TILT Learning Programs, in part, is in the business of helping students sustain or reinvigorate their excitement for learning – inspiring lifelong learning. This vision prompts the question: How can we further advance toward this goal both inside and outside our classroom walls? We have learned that student-to-student interaction is an integral piece of CSU’s academic success aspirations and initiatives. In this discussion-based session, we will spend some time sharing how Learning Programs has embraced peer education in its pursuit of inspiring lifelong learning, as well as have session attendees talk through how they can incorporate these practices into their own academic success efforts.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goals of session include: (1) promoting the academic success efforts Learning Programs has engaged, (2) have participants explore how they may incorporate these various practices in their own efforts, and (3) generate potential collaborations for how Learning Programs can best serve the larger campus community. Although the particular target audience for session includes university faculty and staff, students are also welcome to attend.

9:45 AM

Session Title:
Leave Management (Parental Leave, FML, Disability)
Presenters:
Human Resources Staff
Category:
HR & Employee Concerns
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
Review of the various leave and benefit programs available to State Classified staff and Academic Faculty / Administrative Professionals (AF/AP) including sick leave, annual leave, Family and Medical Leave, Short and Long Term Disability and enhancements to Parental Leave (AF/AP). After attending the PDI session, employees should be able to identify employee leave and benefit programs available to both State Classified and AF/AP employees, as well as understand how the various leaves coordinate with each other.
Goals and Target Audience:
Interested employees; HR representatives

2:15 PM

Session Title:
Why Your ‘Already-Always-Listening’ is Getting In the Way of Listening to Others & Redefining Integrity as Whole and Complete.
Presenters:
Dr. Karl Zeller,Jessica Whitney, Capt, USAF
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
2:15 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
Based on the distinctions presented in the internationally taught Being A Leader course (beingaleader.net) and CSU’s Leadership On the court IU-381A3, we will introduce two distinctions that give power to people’s being in leadership and in life situations. We will begin by exploring an ontological constraint that gets in the way of our ability to lead: listening to others. As leaders we want to listen for and know the fundamental concerns of those we lead, so that they (and ourselves) are open to motivation and new futures. Unfortunately, we all have a perceptual constraint we call Already-Always-Listening (AAL) getting in the way. We are unaware of it, but it constrains and shapes our ability to listen, and it runs us. This presentation will help you start to discover and distinguish your AALs so that they no longer have power over you. Redefining integrity as neither ‘good nor bad’ but as ‘whole and complete’ opens a whole new world of opportunity for application toward increased workability and performance for oneself and for one’s organization. We human’s often fall short keeping our word, however, it turns out we can maintain our integrity by honoring our word. Applying this new definition increases the bottom-line: grades, job enhancement and profits.
Goals and Target Audience:
We are looking for those people who want to elevate their personal/organizational performance and workability. These topics are for leaders, for those who wish to more effectively exercise leadership, and for personal improvement.

Wednesday, January 13th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Facilitating Effective Meetings
Presenters:
Jason Huitt
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
We’ve all had the experience of sitting in a meeting that is simply taking too long. By some estimates up to 37% of our time is spent in meetings, and up to 50% of time spent in meetings is completely wasted. If only there were a way to be respectful of everyone’s time and to make a group more productive by keeping things moving… Enter parliamentary procedure! With a light application of professional meeting management rules, any meeting can be more organized and effective, while allowing a group to accomplish more in less time. At this session we’ll discuss this topic at a high-level, and conduct a mock meeting to give folks a chance to practice what they’ve learned.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session is aimed at staff, faculty and students who chair meetings as well as folks who simply attend meetings, and will cover the basics of organizing a meeting, facilitating discussions, making motions, voting, and record keeping.

9:45 AM

Session Title:
Feel the Love: Building Emotional Employee Commitment
Presenters:
Zachary Mercurio
Category:
Management/Supervisory Skills
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
In a poll conducted by Gallup just this past year, only 3 out of every 10 employees in the U.S. said they felt engaged in their jobs and committed to their organizations. The implications of the endemic lack of organizational engagement and commitment are personal, organizational, economic, and social. In response to this problem, an integrative literature review methodology was used to analyze and synthesize the existing organizational commitment literature. Findings indicated that focusing on building affective, or emotional, commitment is an important core activity for building employee commitment. This session intends to provide useful lessons for supervisors and managers along with scholars in the field who are interested in the question: How does your organization foster a deep emotional connection between your employees/people/volunteers and your organization? Findings from the integrative literature review along with practical recommendations for managers and leaders in practice will be shared. This article was published in the Human Resource Development Review: Mercurio, Z. A. (2015). Affective Commitment as a Core Essence of Organizational Commitment An Integrative Literature Review. Human Resource Development Review, 1534484315603612.
Goals and Target Audience:
1.Present practical recommendations for managers and leaders to develop emotional commitment in their organizations based on a modern study of organizational commitment. 2. Present the findings from a published integrative literature review on organizational commitment. 3. Inform and guide interested scholars in future studies on commitment. Target Audience: Supervisors, leaders, managers, and faculty.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Mindfulness meditation in support of research and teaching
Presenters:
Asa Ben-Hur
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a non-judgemental awareness of what's happening in the present moment. It turns out that maintaining such an awareness is an extremely powerful tool: Cultivating it fosters the ability to stay focused, provides clarity about our moment by moment experience, as well as an acceptance of it. There is much recent research to support the use of mindfulness techniques for stress reduction, evidence for its positive effects on teacher efficacy and reduced burnout, increase in gray matter concentration in regions involved in learning, memory and emotional regulation, the positive correlation of those changes with psychological well-being, its effects at the molecular level, along with studies of brain activity that provide an understanding of the neural mechanisms of meditation. In this workshop we will explore the specific benefits of mindfulness meditation for our work in research and teaching, and discuss ways to apply it. We will begin with some practice to give participants who are new to mindfulness a taste of its effect on the body-mind. We will then discuss how to incorporate mindfulness in our daily lives and how to use it to enhance teaching and research. There are many barriers towards doing that, including the fear of how it will be received by students and colleagues. Dr. Ben-Hur typically starts each of his classes with a few minutes of mindfulness meditation and has found that students are receptive and sometimes even appreciative of it. He motivates them by explaining how this practice can help them through enhanced creativity and ability to maintain their focus and well-being in the face of the challenges of college. In the past decade mindfulness has gained acceptance and is making its way into classrooms all the way from kindergarten to college. Its potential is recognized even in the corporate world, where companies like Google are making mindfulness available to their employees (see e.g. http://www.mindful.org/google-searches/). Closer to home, Colorado State University has recently approved the formation of a "Center for Mindfulness" that Dr. Ben-Hur is engaged with. Dr. Ben-Hur is an associate professor at the department of computer science. He has studied meditation with Shinzen Young and has done teacher training in his Basic Mindfulness system (see http://www.basicmindfulness.org/). He teaches mediation workshops, incorporates meditation into the courses he teaches, and holds a weekly meditation group on campus.
Goals and Target Audience:
The target audience is educators and researchers on campus who are interested in using mindfulness meditation in their work.