Current Programs: Fall 2013
All full-time and part-time staff and faculty at Smith along with the other Five Colleges are encouraged to enroll in these programs.
Registrations will be accepted throughout the semester on a space-available basis. Select your workshops, check with your supervisor and submit your registration in one of three ways:
When a class is full, participants will be waitlisted in the order in which their registration was received. Participants are notified once space becomes available. If there is an adequate number of waitlisted participants, we will offer the class again as soon as feasible.
In order to better evaluate our professional development programs, we ask that you complete a Workshop Evaluation Form after attending one of the sessions. If you have questions, please contact Lily Kane in Human Resources at (413) 585-2268 or e-mail email@example.com.
Life Enhancement (All Staff)
437: Nutrition Awareness and Weight Loss Management
Joanne Keaveney, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Our 12-week program begins Friday, September 20 and continues each following Thursday covering topics ranging from Mindfulness Eating, Stress and the Immune System, Weight Training, Good Fat vs. Bad Fat and Dining Out. Weekly weigh-ins are optional and you will have the opportunity to get your Cholesterol and Glucose tested the day of our October 10 session. Limited space remains so act quickly.
Friday, September 20; Thursdays, September 26–December 12, from noon to 1:00 pm
Campus Center 102
444: Gentle and Restorative Yoga (Class Max 25)
Arden Pierce, Structural Yoga Therapist
Come enjoy a restorative break for your body and mind. Soothe your neck, shoulders, and eyes, unlock your hips and back, and release stress. Return to work with more energy, clarity, and calm. Clothing change is not necessary, but please do not wear tight clothing or jeans that day. Please drink a glass of water before you come!
Mondays, September 30–December 16, from 12:10 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room
450: Glucose and Cholesterol Screening
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Glucose - Many of the foods you eat (such as carbohydrates) are broken down into glucose by your body. Glucose travels through your blood to your cells and is used for energy. Insulin, produced by your body, helps move the glucose from your blood to your cells. What does it mean if my blood sugar is high? Blood sugar levels that remain high can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels. Many things can affect your blood sugar including what you recently ate, medicine you may be taking, an illness or stress. It may also mean that your body is having difficulty making enough insulin or is having trouble using the insulin it does make.
Cholesterol - is a type of fat found in your blood. Your body uses cholesterol for many reasons, but a high level of cholesterol, also called hypercholesterolemia, can lead to serious problems, such as a heart attack or stroke. What are the different types of cholesterol?
- High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), or “good cholesterol”, helps clear bad cholesterol from your blood so it does not clog your blood vessels.
- Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol”, can build up in your blood vessels causing them to get clogged. This raises your chance for a heart attack or stroke. What do the numbers mean? The higher your total cholesterol reading, the greater your chance of developing heart disease. But, unlike total cholesterol, the higher your HDL cholesterol reading, the lower your chance of developing heart disease.
Thursday, October 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Campus Center - Green Room Lounge
453: Qigong 3-Session Introductory Series
Makani Freitas, Certified Jian Mei Internal Arts/Qigong/Tai Chi Instructor
Qigong is a combination of two ideas: Qi (pronounced chee), which means air, breath of life, or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe and Gong (pronounced gung as in lung) which means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement. Relax ... Move ... Flow ... The practice of Qigong/Tai Chi fosters balance, awareness, and grace through meditation in motion, with an emphasis on body alignment. Soft and deliberate movements foster sound body and mind, boosts the immune system and creates a more focused and relaxed state of mind.
Wednesdays, October 23, 30, November 6, from 12:10 pm. to 12:55 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room
458: Bringing Life into Focus
Christian McEwen, author of “World Enough and Time”
The nineteenth century artist John Ruskin encouraged all his students to draw, even if they weren't especially good at it. "The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to SEE something, and tell what they saw in a plain way." For most of us, such clarity and focus have become increasingly rare. There is so much to see, focus, take in, and interpret. Information passes by us so fast, on the tiny screens of our digital cameras and the larger ones of our personal computers, on TVs and videos and flashing billboards... In this afternoon workshop, Christian will guide you in "the art of focus," both as a pleasure in itself, and as an opportunity for more sustained creative work on the job or in your personal life.
Friday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to noon
Dewey Common Room
Professional Development (All Staff)
451: How to Run an Effective Conference Call - Cancelled
Susan Kline, Business Communications
A productive conference call is a beautiful thing. Well facilitated, it sticks to an agenda and follows a timetable. Everyone has a chance to contribute, and no one dominates. You hang up saying to yourself: “Now that call accomplished something.”
In this workshop, you will learn how to tackle and solve problems that routinely surface during conference calls. You’ll learn 12 great tips for conveners to follow before, during and after a conference call -- and will practice effective participant behaviors.
Tuesday, October 15, from 10:00 a.m. to noon
Campus Center 102
454: DISC - Personal Styles and Creating Effective Work Relationships
Stephen Butler, Amherst College
The DiSC Behavioral Styles profile explores how and why people act the way they do at work. The model identifies four basic styles and explores the potential strengths and limitations of each style. The inventory provides information about:
- Strengths and limitations of each style
- How people work most effectively
- What is important to people at work
- How to develop effective work relationships with different styles
- Understanding common causes of tensions between the styles and what to do to minimize interpersonal issues
This inventory offers a simple framework for understanding your own style and the styles of others, and DiSC creates a common language for discussing how to improve relationships at work. An introduction to DiSC can improve interpersonal understanding and develop more productive teams.
By drawing on the additional content available through the DiSC profiles, groups and individuals can explore more thoroughly techniques and ideas that can impact both task performance and interpersonal effectiveness.
Friday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Alumnae Hall Conference Room
449: Customer Service for your Internal Customers
Lisa Abend, Firebird Communications
Come learn about the 10 principles of customer service that apply in academic environments, and get some tips on how to be happier and more fulfilled on the job in this fun and stimulating class! Some writing--and imagination--involved!
Wednesday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to noon
Campus Center 205
445: 25 Live – Quick and Easy Set up – Hands on Demo
You bring the questions, we’ll provide the answers!
Kathy San Antonio, Events Management
Using 25Live to request space and services for an event has allowed the college to achieve the goal of having all the details about an event in one reliable place and has made event planning and coordination more efficient, especially with regard to communication about an event. This review will provide some clarity about requesting space and services in 25Live and highlight how you can quickly get information about your event that in the past only a scheduler or service provider could give you.
Thursday, September 26, from noon to 1 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Management and Supervision
456: What Makes A Leader? Becoming more of the leader you want to be
Are you so busy with the multiple demands of your day-to-day that you don’t have time to stop to identify the behaviors you most want and need to embody to be a successful leader? If you are like many managers and department heads, the answer is an emphatic “Yes!” If you are eager to increase your effectiveness as a leader, then this workshop is for you.
In this interactive session, you’ll have the opportunity to look at yourself as a leader and refine your thinking on the leader you’d like to be to get the best results from your team. Our exploration of what makes a leader will include looking at yourself through the lens of emotional intelligence. You’ll come away with your own punch list of the 8 most important leadership behaviors (there is no universal “right” list), and a self-assessment of your current proficiency with each of those behaviors. You will also have the chance to assess your current levels of emotional intelligence and your leadership strengths. By the end of this workshop, you will have identified a specific next step to, for example, more effectively communicate, or hold your direct reports accountable, or get your team working better together.
Thursday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to noon
Campus Center 003
457: Curbing Rumors, Teasing and Gossip, the Manager’s Role
Richard Dufresnen, LICSW, Vice President, Clinical Operations - Wellness Corporation
Successful teams are the result of two things; one, effective leadership and two hiring and developing engaged and talented employees. The Supervisor’s role is to focus on two major areas:
- Monitor, manage, guide and direct employees to complete task in the most efficient and effective manner
- Set and maintain clear expectations as to what is acceptable, professional behavior in the workplace
Continued focus on these two areas is not always easy given the demands of today’s work place. Yet the efforts by leaders greatly pay off, often resulting in timeless turnover, fewer discipline problems, higher team morale and greater productivity.
Tuesday, November 19, from 10:00 a.m. to noon
Campus Center 003
446: Retirement Refresher – What’s New in Retirement Planning
David K. Carboni, Ph.D., CFP®
In this workshop you will learn how to construct an investment plan. following program topics:
Designed as a "Refresher" for past workshop participants, the session will address the following New Questions:
- How does your retirement investment decision-making directly impact your retirement income planning.
- How long-term care expenses can threaten your retirement security (especially for women) and new strategies to plan for them.
- Why many Bond funds may have more risk at the moment than you realize.
- How can the new (HECM) "Saver" reverse mortgage integrate your home's equity with your investment planning.
- How correctly timing when to take your Social Security benefits can profoundly impact your retirement income security.
Participant will receive a “tailor made” workbook containing: extensive reading lists, helpful websites, and a glossary of financial planning terms.
Thursday, October 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Campus Center Room 003
447: Celebrating 65 – Navigating Medicare and Social Security
Ed Estey, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Celebrating 65 is a free educational program developed by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The program consists of a series of seminars designed to provide reliable and comprehensive retirement information. To help you take a proactive approach to retirement and plan for a healthy future. The workshop will cover - Making sense of Social Security, Understanding your Benefits, Simplifying Medicare, Navigating Medicare to get a clear view on how it all works, and Retirement and Health Care, Thinking it through, HMO, Indemnity Medigap, Making sense of it all.
Tuesday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Campus Center 103/104
455: Budgeting, Paying Down Debt
UMass Five College Credit Union
Debt is a burden many of us want to lighten. Attend this workshop to learn useful tips on paying down debt quicker, all while avoiding late fees, through these workable tips! Basic Budgeting is covered but focus is on learning how to pay down debt.
Wednesday, November 6, from noon to 1 p.m.
Campus Center 102
448: Retirement Planning in Changing Times ING
Mary Ellen Gordon, CRPC, CEBS, CFS - Financial Adviser, ING
Join us for a discussion of the importance of building a successful long-term retirement portfolio. Mary Ellen Gordon will lead a discussion for staff that will center around answering the following questions:
- How do I figure out how much money I will spend during my retirement?
- How do I know that I have enough money to retire?
- What sources of income do I have that will help position me for a successful retirement?
- What features of the Smith Retirement Plan can help me create the income I will need in retirement?
- What do I need to worry about when it comes to my retirement?
Wednesday, October 9, from noon to 1 p.m.
Campus Center 103/104