Program for the 2019 PDI

Monday, January 14th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Financial Readiness for Retirement
Presenters:
Dr. F.C. Ted Weston, Jr.
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 300
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 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:
Inform participants of the basics of retirement planning focusing on the question "When I retire, how much will I need and where will it come from?" Targeted Audience: Anyone interested in the basics of financial planning for retirement WITHOUT a vendor or product bias.

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Facing Your Fears: A Glimpse into the Awesome Mystery of Dying
Presenters:
Judith Dekle,Mindy Rickard,Lisa Beth Paradise
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 312
Description:
The 40th Anniversary of the Professional Development Institute at Colorado State University inspires us to think about other milestones that should be celebrated. One of those is a milestone that we all experience - and that is the process of dying. This session will provide participants the opportunity to think about their own death and that of those they love, those they work with, and the students they teach and support. Whether facing their own death or knowing how to support someone else with the experience of death or the loss of a loved one, it is a relief to be prepared with the knowledge of the dying process.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session will provide information about the natural changes that may accompany dying, gently describe physical changes, and suggest how best to provide comfort. Participants will be encouraged to think and talk about the natural process of dying. The target audience for this presentation is faculty, staff, and students at CSU. Everyone will experience their own death and in the meantime will be involved in the death experienced by those they love and care about, those they know intimately, and those that they know only casually. No matter the nature of that relationship, it is comforting to know that we are prepared.
Session Title:
Maximizing Your Strengths
Presenters:
Torin Kaletsky
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 306
Description:
Many have taken assessments to determine their strengths, but what they actually learn are their personality types or themes of talent. After this session, you will know in clear terms how to find your strengths and steer your work time toward doing those activities that strengthen you while avoiding those that weaken you. It will feature how to capture your strengths, how to clarify them and how to confirm them. It will cover how to check in with yourself to ensure progress toward using your strengths more often. It will also cover having a conversation with your supervisor to get them on board with your strengths. This will help you maximize your productivity and satisfaction at work. This session is based on the book Go Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham.
Goals and Target Audience:
Learning Outcomes 1. Describe how to capture, clarify and confirm their strengths. 2. Demonstrate how to create a Strong Week Plan to free their strengths more and more each week. 3. Prepare a conversation with their supervisor to change the course of their job toward their strengths and away from their weaknesses. Audience Any level professional or graduate student

11:00 AM

Session Title:
"Thanks Kiddo" Navigating the Professional World as a Young Professional
Presenters:
Kelsey Stamm,Elizabeth Bowman
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 304
Description:
Navigating the professional world as a young professional has its challenges. How do you ask for a promotion? How do you respond when someone calls you "kiddo"? How do you ask for a mentor? Kelsey and Elizabeth will share their experiences and invite young professionals to share theirs as well.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session is targeted at new, young professionals (0-5 years of experience). Our goal is to identify common barriers and struggles/ young professionals all face and discuss strategies to not only be taken seriously, but to also propel our careers forward.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Bicycle Friendly Driver
Presenters:
Aaron Buckley,Jamie Gaskill
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 374
Description:
The Bicycle Friendly Driver program is a 1 1/2 hour interactive class, taught by Bicycle Ambassadors aimed at educating all drivers on the best and safest ways to share the road with people on bicycles. Developed by FC Bikes in collaboration with Bike Fort Collins the class addresses: -Why sharing the road is the safest alternative for both motorists and bicyclists -What's legal and what's not legal, for both motorists and bicyclists -Common crashes and how to avoid them -Why bicyclists "take the lane" and what motorists should do in response -How to navigate bicycle related infrastructure such as: sharrows, bike boxes, and green lanes.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals and Target Audience: The target audience for this course would be individuals interested in learning more about driving, or pedaling safely in their daily lives.
Session Title:
Why the Classified Personnel Council Matters to You
Presenters:
Megan Skeehan
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 300
Description:
Are you a State Classified employee? Did you know there is an entire Council that works to promote, improve, and protect your role within the CSU shared governance model? We invite you to come learn more about the Classified Personnel Council (CPC) and its representatives – what we do, how we do it, and how we can be of service to you. This session will bring you up to date on the actions and activities of your Council, and highlight the many ways State Classified employees can get involved at CSU. Moreover, it will give us a chance to hear from you – what issues are most relevant and important to you, what questions can we help answer, and what ideas do you have to make CSU a better place for State Classified employees? In short, how can we help? CSU depends on a strong, dedicated, and informed Classified Personnel Council to ensure State Classified views, ideas, and concerns are respected in University decision-making. And we cannot fulfill this mission without YOU. Please join us for this informative and interactive session.
Goals and Target Audience:
Information about the practice of shared governance at CSU. Ideal for State Classified employees or any employee curious to learn more about shared governance at CSU.

2:00 PM

Session Title:
Athletics 101: An Overview of College Athletics
Presenters:
Steven Cottingham,Shalini Shanker
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 372
Description:
An overview of the college athletics landscape including governing organizations and laws, hot topics (concussions, student athlete welfare and compensation), the business of college athletics (e.g., apparel deals, tv rights, sponsors), and CSU specific athletic topics. Note: We provided a version of this in the 2017 PDI.
Goals and Target Audience:
Provide a general audience some basic understanding of the issues, laws and organizations affecting college athletics so they improve their understanding as university stakeholders and interested citizens.
Session Title:
First-time Homebuyer Education: working with a REALTOR® and lender
Presenters:
Tony Ho,Joan Woodruff-Owens
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 378
Description:
Are you intimidated, confused, or stressed out by the mere thought of purchasing your first home? This session will equip first-time home buyers with a broad understanding of the homebuying process, debunk some of the common myths related to homebuying, and provide participants with the fundamental knowledge to begin their homebuying experience with more competence and confidence. A REALTOR® and a lender will engage audience members in active polling participation via a cellphone app. Participants will: • learn about the common mortgage loan types • be able to identify the components of a mortgage application • learn how to effectively work with a REALTOR® and lender • learn the basics about common real estate forms and contracts • create a budget exercise for the future purchase of a home
Goals and Target Audience:
Potential or current first-time homebuyers are all welcome! (Graduate Students, Faculty, Administrative Professionals/State Classified Personnel)
Session Title:
Why We Do Not Measure Up! The Metric System in America
Presenters:
Don Hillger
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 304
Description:
Even though the United States has resisted the worldwide change to the metric system, its adoption is inevitable for Americans! 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 measurements change in various aspects of business and life. This information is especially important for teachers/instructors, who should also know the history and current status of metric in the US. 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 a firm deadline and the voluntary nature of our conversion has hindered progress towards metric. Therefore, the US in effect remains the only major industrial nation not using the metric system. The slow (voluntary) 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, most of which are 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 here, 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 not ignore, but support the metric transition of the US.

Tuesday, January 15th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Colorado State Young Professionals
Presenters:
Anselma Lopez,Ben Burnham,Ali Raza,Mitch Trebesh,Taylor Sidore,Nick Pheifer
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 376
Description:
CSUYP is a group whose goal is to empower Young Professionals at Colorado State University by cultivating relationships, providing professional development, and engaging through community. CSUYP continues to grow and develop and are always interested in new ideas and encourage anyone to join and brainstorm ways to strengthen and grow our organization.
Goals and Target Audience:
Anyone
Session Title:
FFC @ CSU: Fight Moves for the Workplace
Presenters:
Megan Skeehan,Melissa Burt
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 306
Description:
The FFC @ CSU uses and builds upon the book Feminist Fight Club to help create a structure of shared language and strategies to identify and address problematic behavior. One of the key parts of the book is using fight moves to disrupt the “enemy” (problematic behaviors), these are not actually “fighting” moves, but rather clever and intersectional ways to help change the culture of how women and people from other marginalized groups are treated in professional spaces. This session will focus on a few “enemies” and fight moves to address the issues from the book, as well as discussing some of the fight moves that the FFC @ CSU have created over the last year that are specific to experiences in higher education.
Goals and Target Audience:
Any CSU employee - this session is meant for all people regardless of their gender identity or experience.
Session Title:
Great Plants for Colorado Landscapes
Presenters:
Alison O'Connor,Amy Lentz
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 386
Description:
This session will focus on plants that should be successful in your Colorado landscape, including native and non-native species. Information about specific trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals will be presented, along with their cultural conditions.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal of this presentation to help gardeners be more successful in Colorado by offering plants that have proven to do well in most landscapes. The target audience is home gardeners.
Session Title:
Need a Better Commute? Travel Training Meeting
Presenters:
Aaron Buckley,Aaron Fodge,Erika Benti
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 308-10
Description:
This session provides best practices for commuting to CSU with minimal or no use of a personal automobile. The session will include a presentation about transit, bicycling, and carpooling along with a targeted break-out to identify routes to the University. Parking and Transportation Service will also introduce new employee programs including Emergency Ride Home, Commuter Parking 10-Packs, Pace bike share, and Zipcar. Attendees will receive maps of the local transit and bike system.
Goals and Target Audience:
Employees considering a change in how they commute to campus seeking to: 1. Reduce their personal cost of transportation (fuel, insurance, maintenance, depreciation of their vehicle) 2. Avoid searching for available parking on campus 3. Improve their physical and mental health by commuting by bicycle, transit or carpool. 4. Enjoy the social nature of commuting by transit, bicycle, or carpool.

10:00 AM

Session Title:
How to Get Involved with Advancing Gender Equity - a new model for CSU
Presenters:
Cori Wong
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 322
Description:
The Women & Gender Collaborative is now offering a structured way to support, develop, and increase meaningful involvement among diverse and passionate employees who wish to serve on committees to advance gender equity across campus. This session will introduce the Systems-Based Leadership Development through Service model, which will be used to inform various programming and recommending efforts through the Women & Gender Collaborative and increase opportunities for employees to learn, work, and grow together to support inclusive culture change.
Goals and Target Audience:
staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators

11:00 AM

Session Title:
Arachnology 101
Presenters:
Alicia Sprague
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 374
Description:
Have you always been interested in creepy-crawlies, or does anything with more than 6 legs fill you with dread? Either way, join me to learn more about these wonderfully weird animals! In this interactive session featuring live arachnids, we'll learn what an arachnid is, explore the different orders of arachnids, and bust some myths about these incredible arthropods.
Goals and Target Audience:
All are welcome! Goals include: learning what an arachnid is, identifying basic arachnid characteristics and orders, and (hopefully) reducing our fear of these wonderfully weird animals.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
A Calm Within Guided Meditation
Presenters:
Margit Hentschel,Allie Berger
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
Morgan Library Event Center
Description:
Are you having trouble finding a healthy life balance and feel 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 to take with you. We look forward to sharing this workshop with you.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal of this session is to reconnect with your inner balance and how to recall it in everyday life. Everyone is welcome.

2:00 PM

Session Title:
Flow With Me: All Levels Yoga
Presenters:
Toni-Lee Viney
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 386
Description:
Focus on self care by treating yourself to a little yoga. You will be guided through a gentle yoga class which will focus on helping you to ground yourself as we move into the next semester. All levels are welcome to attend. Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes that facilitate movement.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session will offer attendees an opportunity to take a break and focus on self care. This session is intended to target anyone who has an interest in practicing yoga, whether for the first time or a seasoned practitioner.
Session Title:
Lessons Learned from 10 Years and 10,000 Miles on the Road
Presenters:
Alan Fenn
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 308-10
Description:
After years of bicycle commuting, come to hear some of the things this year-round bicycle commuter has discovered. Learn about how to get started on your bike commute, how to keep going, and dealing with various challenges (it's not all fame and glory). This session is intended for novice, occasional bike commuters, and those curious about bike commuting.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: to provide useful information on bike commuting, including route planning, recommended equipment, advantages and disadvantages, safety, and bike etiquette. Audience: Casual or novice bicyclists and those who are thinking about alternative transportation options.
Session Title:
Reframing our Relationship with Feedback: White Women & Racial Justice
Presenters:
Emily Ambrose
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 376
Description:
Receiving tough feedback can be rough - and necessary. We can get defensive, feel challenged, and ultimately shut down. Using frameworks from Tara Mohr, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Brene Brown, this session focuses on our personal journeys reframing our relationship with feedback, specifically regarding feedback around privilege. How do we stay open? How do we process and consider what we've heard? How do we implement lasting behavior change? This isn't easy, and we'll tackle these questions together.
Goals and Target Audience:
By attending this workshop, participants will: - Explore personal experiences with receiving feedback - Participate in scenarios for learning - Understand the core of feelings which can emerge when receiving feedback - Learn tools to engage with feedback about privilege Target Audience: All are welcome, and the session will center the experiences of people who identify as women and as white.

3:00 PM

Session Title:
The Incredible Event: How to Plan It at CSU
Presenters:
Brittney Wolf
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
3:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 306
Description:
Events are an essential part of the higher education experience, but trying to navigate through all of the different events offices on campus can be challenging. This session will break down each of the different units involved in the event planning process at CSU as well as covering some tools that are useful in the event planning process.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session is for anyone new to campus event planning, or anyone interested in learning some new tools and methods to make the planning process more efficient and effective.
Session Resources:

Wednesday, January 16th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Researchers: Join The Conversation
Presenters:
Kate Jeracki,Jeff Dodge
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 300
Description:
Everyone can be part of The Conversation. Present your research to a global audience, become a recognized expert, boost your journal readership, and hone your communications skills, too. CSU's partnership with The Conversation has been outstandingly successful for more than 80 authors on campus. And learn about a new opportunity to present your science on Rocky Mountain PBS as well. Follow The Conversation at @ConversationUs or sign up for the newsletter at theconversation.com
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty, post-docs and grad students. Introduce them to the opportunities to write for The Conversation and how to get started.

11:00 AM

Session Title:
Facilitating Effective Meetings
Presenters:
Jason Huitt
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 306
Description:
Back by popular demand! By some estimates up to 37% of our time is spent in meetings, and up to 50% that time is 100% worthless. In a democratic setting, meeting facilitators can make or break the productivity of the discussion. With a light application of professional meeting management protocol, 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 provide actionable intelligence for both meeting attendees and meeting leaders.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session is aimed at staff, faculty and students who chair meetings as well as folks who simply attend meetings, covering the basics of organizing a meeting, facilitating discussions, making motions, voting, and record keeping.
Session Title:
Intaction: How to Journey from Intention to Action
Presenters:
Joy Nyenhuis
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 304
Description:
Intaction? Yes! What is intaction, you say? It's a new word to describe what it takes to turn intentions into action. Join us for this workshop where we will explore what holds us back from taking action and discover strategies and methods to turn intentions into action. Whether you have a personal or professional intention, one or a list, start off 2019 with intaction!
Goals and Target Audience:
Anyone who has intentions to make progress on personal or professional actions, goals, or dreams will have fun in this interactive session.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
How to Showcase Your Professional Value to Employers
Presenters:
Allison Robin
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 376
Description:
Regardless of where you are in your career, you may find it difficult to pinpoint your achievements, let alone boast about them. This session will walk you through the process of identifying your skills, accomplishments, and professional value. You’ll learn how to document your greatest selling points in a concise manner that emphasizes the results of your actions, illustrating your value to an employer.
Goals and Target Audience:
The targeted audience for this session is any person looking to (1) update or create a winning resume, (2) answer interview questions with impact, (3) identify and speak comfortably about his or her achievements, (4) campaign for a promotion or raise, or (5) complete a performance evaluation highlighting quantifiable results. At the end of the session, participants will be able to communicate their value to an employer via concise statements that highlight their skills and accomplishments and emphasize the measurable results of their actions.
Session Title:
Introducing Feminist Frameworks - A learning opportunity for CSU Employees
Presenters:
Cori Wong
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 308-10
Description:
Looking to learn more about gender and feminist theory? Would you like to deepen your understanding of critical concepts and build a stronger foundation for your intersectional feminism? The Women & Gender Collaborative is excited to offer two new online, non-credit courses, "Understanding Identity Dynamics" and "Women Supporting Women," which are perfect for those who wish they could "take a class" on feminism without taking a class for credit. In collaboration with CSU Online and Commitment to Campus, these courses will be available at a 50% discount to eligible employees. This session will provide an overview of the content and answer related questions about key concepts.
Goals and Target Audience:
faculty, staff, supervisors

2:00 PM

Session Title:
How to Receive Criticism and Make it Work for You
Presenters:
Compsych/EAP Presenter
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 300
Description:
Receiving criticism is an important and valuable skill. To achieve success in any endeavor we must be able to tolerate critical feedback and learn from it. However, receiving criticism is difficult for most people. Upon receiving criticism we feel vulnerable and become defensive and thereby miss opportunities to benefit from feedback. This workshop will help you explore why we become defensive, deliver tips for knowing when your “hot button” has been pushed and how to accept and integrate useful criticism. The training will also instruct though examples and/or role plays.
Goals and Target Audience:
• Identify emotions that get triggered when one is criticized • Describe how feedback can feel like an attack on your identity * Identify ways to respond effectively to criticism • Describe methods used to protect your ego • Identify ways to acknowledge that you heard the feedback • Describe the types of probing questions you can ask to reap benefits from the criticism