2019 Staff Appreciation Month Learning Sessions

Below is the Learning Session Schedule for Staff Appreciation Month 2019

Learning something new is easy for staff at UNT. All month long, we’ll feature learning sessions to sharpen your business skills, help you maintain work-life balance or show you what’s happening around campus.

Learn about Staff Appreciation Month Events.

Registering is easy! Sign up for any of the sessions below using http://mylearning.unt.edu.

  • Step 1: Once logged in use “Find Learning” or click on the Compass icon (top right corner) and select “Learning Home.”
  • Step 2: Select “Find Learning” or “Search for Learning” and search/filter as needed (Tip: filter by the category “Staff Appreciation”).
  • Step 3: Click the “Enroll” button to register for the desired session(s).

Learning Session Schedule

 
Day Time Title Where
March 1 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Fitness 101: Tips and Tricks to a Healthy Self Willis 250H
It seems like everyone today is working more hours, using the old “no time to work out” excuse. No more excuses! Join us to learn tips and tricks to help you get moving, feel better, and be healthier. Presented by Wendy Comfort of Rec Sports.
March 4 12 p.m.– 1 p.m. Marie Kondo Your Financial Life Willis 250H
Do you find yourself overwhelmed with your personal finances? Are you unsure of how to manage all the pieces of your financial life, from financial statements to where your money goes? Join the Student Money Management Center in decluttering your financial life. Learn how to organize your statements, plan for the future, and set up a system that helps spark joy in your financial life.
March 5 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. Retirement Planning Sycamore 119
Join the benefits team and learn the basics steps for retiring from UNT. This session will cover the retirement eligibility requirements for both TRS and ORP participants, retiree insurance and how it interacts with Medicare, the suggested timelines, and much more. This session is ideal for employees who are 1-3 years away from retirement.
March 5 2 p.m.– 3 p.m. Building Affective Commitment through Leadership Practice Sycamore 119
The session is designed for those in leadership roles, with supervisory responsibilities, or those preparing to enter that space. It will cover research and practice that supports the use of interpersonal relationship skills to increase the degree to which employees identify with and support the operations of the team. Presented by Dr. Jae Webb, Lecturer from the Department of Management.
March 6 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Inclusive Program Development and Disability Etiquette Sycamore 119
This interactive program will discuss practical ways to create a more inclusive office and program environment for people with disabilities. We will also discuss inclusion and disability etiquette. Presented by Devin Axtman from the Office of Disability Access.
March 6 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. Gift Wrap Like a Pro! Sycamore 119
A beautifully wrapped gift makes a great first impression! Not only does it look beautiful, but is also presents an artful expression of the giver. However, knowing how to wrap gifts like a professional requires patience, skill and lots of time…or does it?! Learn how to make your gifts look professionally wrapped with crisp edges, sharp corners, and decorative toppers. Join us for this fun, informative class to turn your gifts from ordinary to extraordinary! Presented by Katy McDaniel of UNT System Human Resources.
March 7 12 p.m.– 1 p.m. Are YOU Prepared? What does that even mean?! Sycamore 119
Learn resources and tools to better prepare yourself for any emergency that could occur. This session includes hands-on AED and Fire Extinguisher training! Presented by the Office of Emergency Management and Safety Services.
March 8 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Frisco Campus Tour UNT Frisco
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the UNT at Frisco Hall Park's innovative learning spaces and a relaxing walk through Hall Park's beautiful Texas Sculpture Garden. Enroll in FCT-1 for transportation. To provide your own transportation enroll in FCT-2.
March 8 10:30 a.m.– 12 p.m. Outdoor Space and Gardening Chestnut 324
In this fun session, learn various gardening styles & tips to properly maintain your gardens. Participants will learn how to successfully design various outdoor spaces, create themes, understand trends, general dos/don'ts, and how to select the proper plants. We will have an interactive discussion about taking care of your landscape. Presented by Erik Trevino from UNT Grounds.
March 8 12 p.m.– 2 p.m. Cultural Humanity and Inclusion: Seeing Ourselves to See Others Sycamore 119
This workshop introduces the concept of cultural humility, self-reflection of social identities, and their application to diversity and inclusion. Presented by Teresita Hurtado Ramos of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
March 11 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. College of Visual Arts & Design Tours UNT Center of Visual Art and Design
Enjoy a fun-filled tour of the newly renovated College of Visual Art and Design! The tour will showcase the building’s expansion and new, innovative spaces where our students learn and create. A reception with light refreshments is included.
March 18 12 p.m.– 1 p.m. Advance Your Career with a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies! Willis 250H
Have you been considering graduate school at UNT? Many academic options are available to graduate students at UNT; however, your personal and professional goals may require a program that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Join our session to learn helpful information on how to pursue a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies! This degree is an excellent opportunity for you to grow professionally and advance your career. The Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies blends courses and research from several academic areas in a flexible 30-hour program. Attend our session to learn more about the program and application requirements. Lunch will be provided, just bring your own drink! Presented by Jasmine Quezada of the Toulouse Graduate School.
March 19 12 p.m.– 1 p.m. Assertive Communication Webinar
Assertiveness is based on the idea that you are the best advocate for your own thoughts and desires. However, assertive and aggressive expression are commonly confused. This training clearly defines the difference and emphasizes that assertiveness is the only acceptable form of communication in the workplace. Discussed will be formulas for assertive expression and inquiry, the significance of body language, how to respond to criticism without defensiveness, and exercises to build understanding. Presented by UNT’s Employee Assistance Program (Alliance Work Partners). To enroll in this webinar, go to the Learning Portal and search by course name.
March 20 12 p.m.– 1 p.m. Introduction to Silhouette Cutting Machine BLB 281
Have you heard about all the wonderful things you can create using a cutting machine? If you have ever been curious about these machines or their process then this is the class for you. This session will provide the learner with an introduction of what can be made as well as give a basic demonstration of the Silhouette Cutting System and software. Projects include vinyl, cardstock/paper, heat transfers, stencils for making wood signs, and much more. This session will also have the learner make a simple project to take home! Taught by Brandi Everett and Cheryl McQueen of the College of Business Dean’s Office.
March 21 12 p.m.– 1 p.m. Learn to be a Pro at Phonetography! Willis 250H
Whether it be for your selfies, food, or family photos… please join us in this session to learn some expert tips and advice for taking pictures with your iPhone (or any smart phone). Depending on the weather, we may even get a chance to take what we have learned outside and practice! Presented by Gary Payne of URCM Photo and Video.
March 22 12 p.m.– 1 p.m. Hula Lesson Crumley 181 A
Take a moment to join Shaureece Park, Director of Library Administrative Services, for a quick lesson on the ancient art form of Hula and focus on you and your health. Hula is an age-old Hawaiian dance form. It requires little skill, just the ability to wiggle your hips and enjoy ukulele music. It takes no prior experience, just a desire to learn. And, as many Hollywood luminaries have discovered, Hula provides a terrific aerobic workout!
March 25 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Future Proofing Yourself: Staying Relevant in an Ever Evolving World Willis 443
As society continues to change rapidly in areas of technology, transportation, and automation it is important for each of us to recognize that we have the ability to succeed. This session focuses on how to do this during times of fast-paced change. You will leave with a solid understanding of what is future-proofing, steps you can do to help yourself manage these experiences, and specific strategies you can employ to make an impact in your professional journey. This session will utilize an image-first presentation mode that keeps audiences engaged and involved. Presented by Dr. Jason Simon of Data, Analytics, and Institutional Research. Dr. Simon is a published author on this topic and has delivered this content for both campus and regional professional conferences.
March 25 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Deconstructing the Difficult Conversation Chestnut 120 A/B
Difficult conversations are inevitable in any workplace. You can’t avoid these kinds of conversations, but you can learn how to handle them more effectively. The Deconstructing Difficult Conversations session will provide an opportunity to develop your ability to handle these challenges. The session will introduce a process for taking control in these situations and minimizing negative backlash to effect an environment of reduced stress, increased trust, improved relationships, and higher productivity. Presented by Paula Bearden, Talent Development Specialist from HR Talent Management.
March 26 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. Introduction to Silhouette Cutting Machine BLB 281
Have you heard about the wonderful things you can create using a cutting machine? If you have ever been curious about these machines this is the class for you. This session will provide the learner with an introduction of what can be made and give a basic demonstration of the Silhouette Cutting System/software. Projects include vinyl, cardstock/paper, heat transfers, stencils for making wood signs, and much more. This session will also have the learner make a simple project to take home! Presented by Brandi Everett and Cheryl McQueen of the College of Business Dean’s Office.
March 27 10 a.m.– 11 a.m. Creating Personal Training Plans ESSC 152
March 27 12 p.m.– 1 p.m. Delivering Bad News Webinar
There are ways to communicate unwelcome news effectively and professionally, and ways to make a mess of it. Preparation and practice can make the delivery less difficult for both parties. Covered will be techniques for conveying information, various direct and indirect approaches, the importance of the setting and circumstances of the conversation, and knowing your audience and their possible responses. Presented by UNT’s Employee Assistance Program (Alliance Work Partners). To enroll in this webinar, go to the Learning Portal and search by course name.
March 28 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. The Food and Stress Connection Willis 250 H
Stress can cause changes in our eating habits and changes in our eating habits can sometimes add to our stress. Come learn more about how these two topics intertwine and what you can do to make the foods you eat compliment your lifestyle, reduce stress, and improve health! Presented by Danielle Gemoets, Registered Dietician of the Student Health and Wellness Center.
March 29 12 p.m.– 1 p.m. Belly Dance for Beginners Crumley 181 A
In this session you will learn some fun, basic belly dance moves to improve balance, coordination, and flexibility. We will cover proper dance posture and practice classic moves like shoulder shimmies and hip circles. Come and learn a short combo! This is a low-impact exercise suitable for everyone, regardless of previous dance experience. Plan to dance barefoot or in socks and wear comfortable clothing. For extra fun, bring a scarf to tie around your hips. Presented by Laurel Crawford of Collection Development within the UNT Libraries.

Rec Sports Offerings


 
Day Time Enrollment Title Where
March 4 12:15 p.m.– 1 p.m. Enrollment Not Required Free Group Exercise Class: Zumba Group Exercise Room A
Rec Center
Offered by Rec Sports, this fun dance class is set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Access to the Rec Center will be free for faculty and staff from March 4-8 & March 12-15 (just bring your UNT ID). Please note: Half price Rec Center memberships start March 18th!
March 5 &
March 7 March 12 & March 14
12:15 p.m.– 12:45 p.m. Enrollment Not Required Free Group Exercise Class: Strength Circuit Group Exercise Room B
Rec Center
Offered by Rec Sports, this all strength, no cardio workout is based on timed intervals to strengthen dumbbells using dumbbells, gliders, stability balls among other equipment. Access to the Rec Center will be free for faculty and staff from March 4-8 & March 12-15 (just bring your UNT ID). Please note: Half price Rec Center memberships start March 18th!
March 6 &
March 13
12:15 p.m.– 12:45 p.m. Enrollment Not Required
Free Group Exercise Class: Cycle
Group Exercise Room A
Rec Center
Offered by Rec Sports, this express class offers a high intensity, low impact workout on a stationary bike! Access to the Rec Center will be free for faculty and staff from March 4-8 & March 12-15 (just bring your UNT ID). Please note: Half price Rec Center memberships start March 18th!
March 8 &
March 15
12:15 p.m.– 12:45 p.m. Enrollment Not Required
Free Group Exercise Class: Step
Group Exercise Room A
Rec Center
Offered by Rec Sports, this class utilizes adjustable steps and choreography for a high intensity cardiovascular workout. Access to the Rec Center will be free for faculty and staff from March 4-8 & March 12-15 (just bring your UNT ID). Please note: Half price Rec Center memberships start March 18th!

If you have questions or you are interested in volunteering to teach a learning session in March 2020, please email TalentManagement@untsystem.edu with the subject line Staff Appreciation Month.

Special thanks to the UNT Libraries and to our volunteers!