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Human Resources Learning & Development is committed to continuous learning that goes beyond training. We offer professional development programs that give you the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills so you can make the most of your career at Smith. We believe that your professional development is a shared responsibility and collaboration between you, your manager and Smith. We expect you to come to our programs with a readiness to learn and you can expect us to provide a rewarding, relevant learning experience.

We offer programs throughout the academic year designed for Smith administrators and staff. Programs will be listed as they come available.

Eligibility

All full-time and part-time staff and faculty at Smith along with the other Five Colleges are encouraged to enroll in these programs.

Registration

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:

Waitlist Policy

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.

Feedback

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 Avril Russell in Human Resources at 413-585-2271 or e-mail hrdev@smith.edu.

Spring 2017 Programs

Leadership

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester. This program requires supervisor approval, and ends with a culmination lunch to celebrate achievement.

This program is comprised of five workshops focused on the basic elements of leadership and supervision.

Anyone looking to improve their supervision skills is welcome to register. In order to receive certification, you must complete all five workshops:

Understanding Your Leadership Role

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

The role of "Supervisor" can be challenging on many levels. Learn how to remain resilient while adapting to your changing leadership role.

Wednesday, February 15, 9 a.m.–noon
HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont Avenue


Legal Issues in Supervision

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College and Jenny Silver, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Smith College

Learn the common laws and legal issues that arise during supervision.

Wednesday, March 1, 9 a.m.–noon
HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont Avenue


Crucial Conversations

Margaret Arsenault, Assistant Director, UMass Workplace Learning & Development

A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Practice engaging in these conversations in a safe learning environment.

Wednesday, March 15, 9 a.m.–noon
HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont Avenue


Inclusive Leadership

Dwight Hamilton, Chief Diversity Officer, Smith College

Identify bias and privilege, to uncover the difference between diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Wednesday, March 29, 9 a.m.–noon
HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont Avenue


Performance Management

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College and Jenny Silver, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Smith College

As a supervisor, you recognize, coach, develop, and lead your team. Learn how to navigate through performance management by using these skills to develop the talent of those you supervise.

Wednesday, April 5, 9 a.m.–noon
HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont Avenue

Richard Dufresne, LICSW, Alliance Consulting HRD

The meeting with an employee to review an employee’s performance review can be stressful for the supervisor as well as the employee. At times the supervisor may be presented with challenging behaviors from the employee during such meetings. This workshop will provide the key tools and strategies for a supervisor to apply so as to be able to effectively address the employee’s concerns and issues. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, January 25, 2-3:30 p.m.
Common Room, Dewey Hall

Professional Development

E4 Health, Smith College EAP

To keep up in today’s dynamic and fast-paced business environment, people continuously need to improve their planning and prioritizing skills. Feeling overwhelmed by competing priorities, tight deadlines, meetings, e-mails and interruptions can derail professional growth, impair team performance and lead to stress and burnout. The focus of this program is on obtaining practical skills, tools and techniques to maximize collective gains in effectiveness and increase productivity. Through interactive participation and analysis of their own data, participants will learn a set of tools they can apply on a continuing basis to achieve better results.

Monday, February 13, 2-3 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Pamela Kristan, Author, Awakening In Time: Practical Time Management For Those On A Spiritual Path

Learn how to structure a meeting and get things done, even if you’re not the convener. Learn about the contributing roles and points-of-view that make a meeting work.

Thursday, February 16, 10 a.m.-noon
Campus Center, room 205

Pamela Kristan, Author, Awakening In Time: Practical Time Management For Those On A Spiritual Path

Organize your e-system (and your mind!) to make email an effective servant, not a harsh taskmaster. Learn how to contain your time so you don’t spend all day on email.

Tuesday, March 21, 1–3 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

Smith College implemented a new staff annual performance review and process cycle at the start of the fiscal year. Come to learn about the next stage in the performance review process, review the materials, ask questions, and review the new annual performance review form at any of these information sessions.

Friday, March 3, 10–11 a.m.
Campus Center, room 103/104

Friday, March 10, 10–11 a.m.
Campus Center, room 103/104

Thursday, March 16, 10–11 a.m.
Campus Center, room 103/104

Friday, March 24, 10–11 a.m.
Campus Center, room 103/104

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

Smith College implemented a new staff annual performance review and process cycle at the start of the fiscal year. Come to learn about how to effectively write a performance review. There will be examples and tips on employee performance evaluation, writing employee reviews, a sample performance review, and a review of the most common pitfalls in the process.

Monday, March 6, 2–3:30 p.m.
Conference Center, Oak Room

or

Monday, March 20, 2–3:30 p.m.
Conference Center, Oak Room

Financial Wellness

Caitlyn Moore, UMassFive College Federal 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, March 8, noon–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 102

David Carboni, DKC Retirement Associates, LLC, CFP

There are key questions to ask and strategies to employ before the age of 65 and after reaching age 65. How do Medi-gap policies fit in? Do I need long-term Care insurance? How does Medicare work? Join David Carboni for an informative session on insurance and long-term care plans. Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, March 22, noon–1:30 p.m.
Conference Center, Oak Room

MountainOne Insurance Representative

Smith College retirees are eligible for Retiree Supplemental Health Plans offered by MountainOne Insurance (formerly known as True North). There are two plans available, the "Premier Plan" and the "Value $1000 Plan." Unlike the Medicare Part D Plans available to individuals, these group plans have no deductible and no doughnut hold for formulary drugs. It is important to note that employees may only enroll at the time of their retirement. Come learn more about the plan from a MountainOne representative.

Wednesday, April 19, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 103/104

Mary Ellen Gordon, Voya Financial

At this session, we will discuss the issues and obstacles that you may face as you prepare for your retirement journey, such as; gathering your retirement income sources, calculating monthly expenses and identifying retirement income gaps. A workbook and other topical materials will be available.

Tuesday, April 18, 1–2:30 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Physical Wellness

Judy Messer, Certified Exercise Coach

Enjoy a restorative break for your body and mind: soothe your neck, shoulders, and eyes; unlock your hips and back; and release stress. Then return to work with more energy, clarity, and calm. No special exercise wear is required, but don't wear tight clothing or jeans that day. It is not necessary to come to every session. You can go to one session, or all; come and go as you please! Please bring a yoga mat to each session.

Mondays*, January 30–April 17, 12:05–12:55 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room

*No class March 13

Judy Messer, Certified Exercise Coach

Walking and boxing are both wonderful ways to connect with your breathing, alleviate stress, and gain strength. In this class you'll combine self–paced speed walks with individually structured, challenging but safe upper–body training. You'll also involve your core and the lower body to balance and stabilize your stance. You will progress with the basic boxing upper–body strikes to achieve physical and emotional strength.

Equipment needed: sneaker and fabric speed–bag boxing glove wraps or traditional fabric boxing wraps. It is not necessary to come to every session. You can go to one session, or all; come and go as you please!

Tuesdays*, January 31–April 18, noon–1 p.m.
Indoor Tennis and Track Facility

*No class March 14

Mary Ann Richardson

Note: Space is limited to 10 participants.

When you complete this course, you'll receive certification in first aid and CPR. In the first–aid portion, you'll learn the basics of how to behave in a variety of emergency scenarios. In the CPR section, you'll become adept at cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and will discover what to do if someone goes into cardiac or respiratory arrest. Learn how to save a life: sign up today!

Thursday, March 30, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Self-talk is a powerful practice that helps people develop a more positive attitude towards weight control and the stresses associated with it. This workshop teaches participants how to use self- talk to manage their weight.

Thursday, January 26, noon–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 103/104

Fritha Pengelly, M.F.A., Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

The Feldenkrais Method® is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life.

Thursday, April 6, noon-1 p.m.
Dewey Hall Common Room

Emotional Wellness

E4Health, Smith College EAP

Dealing with the Elephant in the Room is a communications development seminar in which participants learn the skills to talk to anyone about anything. Participants begin by identifying the uncomfortable issues and realities they face at work and at home. Then they learn how to confront such issues with tact, empathy and clarity. Dealing with the elephant in the room increases productivity and improves relationships by addressing problems, conflicts or misunderstandings proactively.

Thursday, March 9, 1-2 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Pam Victor, President, Happier Valley Comedy

Learn how to better manage setbacks and difficulties, along with redefining failure and overcoming fear. The THROUGH LAUGHTER Program facilitates professional growth through effective, easy-to-learn improvisation exercises in a group circle or pairs that bring powerful results to your business, organization, or school.

Wednesday, February 8, 10 a.m.-noon
Conference Center, Lower Level

Christian McEwen, Author, Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews and World Enough & Time

Even in the depths of winter, the Smith Botanic Gardens offer ease and relaxation: an oasis of stout green vines and vibrant leaves enveloped in a steamy tropical warmth. Join writer Christian McEwen for a mini-vacation as you wander round its big old-fashioned glass-houses, writing, sketching, and making notes, then gather to share what you’ve discovered. After the long dark nights, and icy days, enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company, and lift your heart toward spring.

Thursday, February 9, 10 a.m.–noon
Botanic Gardens

Jennifer Richtsmeier, Field Energy Consultant, SolarCity

Would you like to learn more about solar power in your household? Come to this info session to find out the power of solar energy and the benefits of solar power in your home.

Thursday, April 6, 1–2 p.m.
Campus Center, room 103/104

Technology Training

Heather C. Sharpes-Smith, Instructional Designer, MFA, M.Ed

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per session.

This two–session course leads you through intermediate elements of Microsoft Excel. In this session you will learn conditional formatting, sorting and filtering data, creating tables and lists, and advanced IF functions. You must have basic knowledge of Excel and be able to attend both sessions in order to register.

Tuesday, January 31, 9–11 a.m. and Tuesday, February 7, 9–11 a.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

Heather C. Sharpes-Smith, Instructional Designer, MFA, M.Ed

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per session.

This two–session course leads you through advanced elements of Microsoft Excel. In this session you will learn about macros, pivot tables, and analyzing data. You must have intermediate knowledge of Excel and be able to attend both sessions in order to register.

Tuesday, January 31, 1-3 p.m. and Tuesday, February 7, 1-3 p.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

Liane Hartman, Technical Training Coordinator, Smith College

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester.

Let’s explore the Google Drive basic view within the Chrome Browser. What security concerns should you be aware of? What are the advantages or disadvantages of storing any or all files in Google Drive? What is the difference between My Drive and Shared with Me? Should you create the document using Google Apps or Microsoft Office? How do I share a document? This workshop is 90 minutes.

Monday, February 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Seelye B2 Lab

or

Thursday, February 16, 1:30–3 p.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

Liane Hartman, Technical Training Coordinator, Smith College

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester.

Learn how to use Google Drive from the desktop. Learn which files don’t sync to the desktop and how to pick and choose what to sync. Learn the do’s and don’ts for files stored or shared in Google Drive. Should you share a link or share a file or folder? This workshop is 90 minutes.

Tuesday, February 21, 1:30-3 p.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

or

Wednesday, March 1, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Seelye B2 Lab

Liane Hartman, Technical Training Coordinator, Smith College

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester.

Google Forms is a quick form-building tool that integrates directly with your Google Drive. Build secure surveys, sign-up forms, and applications easily. In this workshop, we’ll cover setting up a form, how to check and manage submissions, templates for making your forms look great, and useful add-ons to make Forms even more powerful. This workshop is 90 minutes.

Wednesday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Seelye B2 Lab

or

Thursday, March 9, 10:30–noon
Seelye B2 Lab

Colleen DelVeccio, Associate Director of Alumnae Engagement, Smith College

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester.

Are you LinkedIn? Have you thought about using LinkedIn but are not sure where to start? This workshop will give you a step-by-step guide to setting up your LinkedIn profile, so you’ll walk away with an effective presence on this important professional social media platform. This is an interactive session! During this session you will be seated at a computer and will get your profile started.

Monday, February 6, 10–11:30 a.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

Kathy San Antonio, Events & Scheduling Sys Admin, Smith College

This demonstration will show you how to navigate the 25Live Scheduling System. In addition, it will review tips and tricks for easier use for requesting space and resources for all of your events.

Thursday, March 23, 10–11:30 a.m.
Campus Center, room 205


Additional Resources

Smith College

Lynda.com Technology Courses

Smith purchased a campus-wide license from Lynda.com, a premier provider of online technology training for Smith students, faculty and staff. The Lynda library of over 1,500 courses covers all learning levels for a vast array of software, including 3D, audio, business, design, development, photography, video and web applications. Don't miss this opportunity to learn a new skill or stay up-to-date with software you already know. To start learning what you want when you want, log on to the Smith Portal and click the Lynda.com link on the General Info tab.

Five Colleges

Five College Training and Development Collaborative

Faculty and staff have the opportunity to attend trainings and workshops offered by the other members of the Five College Collaborative. To enroll in programs offered at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, please follow the registration guidelines and procedures outlined on their learning and development websites. If you have any questions about these programs or how to register, please contact Kate Harrington at or call 413-585-2268.

Local Resources

The organizations represented below conduct training in the local area. Please note that the college does not screen or endorse these providers. Please visit their websites for more information.

SIS (Seminar Information Service, Inc.)

This site consolidates course schedules from many top workplace training providers, including SkillPath, Fred Pryor and Padgett-Thompson. The database is searchable by topic, date and location.

Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE)

EANE provides public seminars, workshops, briefings and webinars on an ongoing basis for member companies throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. As a member organization, Smith College receives an automatic 30 percent discount on most training and consulting services.

E4 Health

Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) includes a comprehensive training website with online courses, articles, videos, quizzes and assessments. To log in to the website, register with the name Smith College (case sensitive) and password (guest). The site is voluntary and confidential.