2020 Staff Appreciation Month Learning Sessions Presented by DATCU

Learning Sessions Schedule for Staff Appreciation Month 2020

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 UNT Bridge!

  • Step 1: Log in to unt.bridgeapp.com
  • Step 2: Select the “Training Calendar” and find the course you would like to attend on the calendar or by searching the course title 
  • Step 3: Click the “Register” button to register for the desired session(s) 
 
Day Time Title Where
March 2 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Getting Started with Sewing Willis Library 138
Join our knowledge specialist to learn, exchange ideas and discuss sewing. The knowledge specialist will go over safety, basic use training, advanced sewing techniques, sewing accessories and machine features. Presented by Mikey Heins of University Libraries.
March 2 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Getting Started with Crochet Discovery Park M130
Join our knowledge specialist to learn a base stitch. The knowledge specialist will also go over safety and basic use training, as well as more advanced crochet techniques. Presented by Tryston Bruner of University Libraries.
March 3 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Getting Started with Soldering Willis Library 138  
In this workshop, we will cover important safety awareness when using solder and soldering tools. Then join us in building a kit to teach the foundation for through-hole soldering techniques. After you have successfully assembled the kit, you will have a better knowledge of through-hole soldering and the tools, methods and terminology for soldering. Presented by Nishan Dewage of University Libraries.
March 4 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Getting Started with 3D Modeling Using TinkerCAD Willis Library 136
Join a Factory knowledge specialist to learn, explore and share knowledge about 3D modeling using TinkerCAD. TinkerCAD is a free online 3D modeling software to help individuals of all levels learn to design in 3D. Presented by Cameron Driller of University Libraries.
March 5 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Getting Started with Graphic Design Using PhotoShop Willis Library 136
In this workshop, we will cover the base theory for graphic design and visual communication. In this session, the knowledge specialist will go over Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and demonstrate how to achieve the style and look you want to communicate effectively to your target audience. Presented by Nishan Dewage of University Libraries.
March 5 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Building Affective Commitment Through Leadership Practice Support and Services Building (SSB) 105
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 Jae Webb of Department of Management.
March 6 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Introduction to Silhouette Cutting Machine Business Leadership Building (BLB) 295
Have you seen all the projects out there that can be done using a Silhouette or other cutting machines? Have you wondered how the software and machine works? Have you hesitated to give it a try because you don’t know if you will use it enough to make the investment? Then this class will help you get basic knowledge to see if this craft is for you! We will make one project during the class. Materials will be supplied. Presented by Cheryl McQueen of College of Business.
March 10 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. DIY Calming Jar Craft Support and Services Building (SSB) 105
Relieve some stress creating your very own calming jar! Calming jars are used to help soothe children when they are getting ready to throw a tantrum but they also work great for adults as a small distraction to relieve stress. While sensory jars can be created with a variety of crafts, for this session we will be using glitter for the jars. Materials will be provided. Presented by Maria Velazquez of Human Resources.
March 11 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dealing with Challenging Attitudes: From the Inside Out Support and Services Building (SSB) 102
Do you work with someone who has a challenging attitude? Do the people you serve complain, whine, speak rudely or are just downright negative? Challenging attitudes can leave you frustrated, angry or even exhausted. Challenging attitudes in the work environment can have a lasting impact on the team, department and organization. The good news is that you can learn to control the impact of challenging attitudes. In this session, we will dig deep into attitudes and learn a four-step model to turn negatives into positives. This behavioral model can be used to coach yourself and others in how to build optimistic responses to any given situation. Presented by Amanda Fisher of Human Resources, Organizational Development and Engagement (ODE.)
March 13 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Introduction to Origami Support and Services Building (SSB) 102
Not crafty? No worries! This is a fun activity for all skill levels. Learn how the ancient art of origami is transforming the future of science and technology as you fold paper cranes and craft a unique hanging mobile. You will have the option to make cranes of various sizes and colors/patterns. Materials will be provided. Please feel free to bring outside materials if you have something specific in mind. Presented by Cailey Gehrig of Human Resources.
March 16 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Photography Willis Library 138
Join a knowledge specialist to learn basic photography aspects to help you get the shots you are aiming for. Presented by Mikey Heins of University Libraries.
March 17 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Getting Started with Soldering Discovery Park M130
In this workshop, we will cover important safety awareness when using solder and soldering tools. Then join us in building a kit to teach the foundation for through-hole soldering techniques. After you have successfully assembled the kit, you will have a better knowledge of through-hole soldering and the tools, methods and terminology for soldering. Presented by Tad Weerasinghe of University Libraries.
March 17 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Simple Steps for Savvy Dining Etiquette Support and Services Building (SSB) 102
Come join us at this session to learn quick and easy steps for proper dining etiquette and how to be a great guest or host! Presented by Laurea Irving of Enrollment Management.
March 19 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ID Theft Prevention Support and Services Building (SSB) 105
Know how to protect your good name. ID theft is a growing and ever-developing crime that millions fall victim to every year. Learn some of the red flags that someone may have your information and what to do if it happens. Presented by David Causey of Police Services.
March 19 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Getting Started with Knitting Willis Library 138
Join our knowledge specialist to learn the basics of knitting. In this session, a knowledge specialist will demonstrate how to start a knitting project and discuss knitting options including materials, needle sizes, and more! Presented by Hanna Flores of University Libraries.
March 20 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Stand Up, Sit Less & Move More Pohl Recreation Center 205-207
We all know we should get up and move more but what does that actually mean? Join us to explore how to make this real for YOU! Presented by Wendy Comfort of Recreational Sports.
March 23 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. UNT Campus Walking Tree Tour Walking Tour
Join Erik Trevino of Facilities to learn about UNT’s trees on a walking tree tour around campus! Go Mean Green! Meeting Location: North side of Hurley at the Tree Campus USA sign.
Notes: Since the tour is a 45-minute walk, we suggest that you wear comfortable shoes. This event might be postponed if bad weather appears.
March 24 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Belly Dance for Beginners Support and Services Building (SSB) 105
In this class, you’ll learn some fun basic belly dance moves to improve balance, coordination and flexibility. We’ll cover proper dance posture, practice classic moves like shoulder shimmies and hip circles, 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 University Libraries.
March 26 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Getting Started with DSLR Cameras Discovery Park M130
Join our knowledge specialist to learn the plethora of features for a DSLR camera. Bring your own to learn some options to help you get the best image and impact you want. Presented by Tad Weerasinghe of University Libraries.
March 27 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Basics of Glass Etching Business Leadership Building (BLB) 295
Come to this class to learn how to etch beautiful designs on glass. This craft is fun and very easy to do! Even if you aren’t “crafty,” this is a craft that everyone can enjoy! We will make one project in the class. Materials will be supplied. Presented by Cheryl McQueen of College of Business.
March 30 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Cultural Humility and Inclusion 101 Support and Services Building (SSB) 102
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 Institutional Equity and Diversity.
March 31 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Getting Started with 3D Scanning/3D Modeling Discovery Park M130
Join a Factory knowledge specialist to learn, explore and share knowledge about 3D modeling and 3D scanning using tools such as TinkerCAD and the Digitizer 3D scanner. TinkerCAD is a free online 3D modeling software to help individuals of all levels of experience begin learning to design in 3D. Presented by Tad Weerasinghe of University Libraries.
March 31 11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Advancing Your Career with a Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies! Support and Services Building (SSB) 105
Have you been considering graduate school at UNT? Join our session to learn about 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 INSD program consists of 30 hours total, and the self-styled format is very flexible. There are three concentrations — the primary concentration is anywhere between 12 and 18 hours and the following two concentrations are at least 6 hours each. Attend our session to learn more about our program and the application requirements. Presented by Jasmine Quezada of Toulouse Graduate School.

Wellness Week, March 23-27

In addition to the learning session options during this week, enjoy Wellness Week sessions presented by Counseling and Testing Services and DATCU over various self-care and mental health topics.



Recreational Sports Offerings

Not a member of the Rec Center? Join us for a 5-day free trial anytime during the month of March! UNT ID required to access the facility each day. Please note: Pro-Rated Rec Center Memberships start March 16!

To activate your 5 FREE days:

  • See Rec Sports Member Services Desk OR Visit my.recsports.unt.edu & continue the following steps
  • Use your UNT credentials to log in
  • Click “Start Faculty Staff Membership”
  • Choose the “Staff Appreciation Month Faculty Staff Free Week” option
  • Add to your cart
  • To bring the price down to $0.00, enter the promo code: FSFW

The following Group Exercise Classes will be FREE during the month of March with a valid Free Week or Faculty Staff membership:

Mondays Step 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Hard Core 12:50 p.m.– 1 p.m.
Tuesdays Sweatshop 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Roll & Recover 12:50 p.m.– 1 p.m.
Wednesdays Cycle Express 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Hard Core 12:50 p.m.– 1 p.m.
Thursdays Sweatshop 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Roll & Recover 12:50 p.m.– 1 p.m.
Fridays HIIT 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Hard Core 12:50 p.m.– 1 p.m.

Class descriptions:

Step – This class uses adjustable steps and choreography to provide a great cardio workout.
Hard Core – This class incorporates exercises targeting your glutes, abdominals, obliques and back to help build a stronger core.
Sweatshop – A non-stop, powerhouse workout alternating between strength training exercises and high-intensity cardio intervals.
Roll & Recover – Foam rolling and stretching techniques that release muscle tension, lengthen fascia and improve flexibility.
Cycle Express – A high intensity, low impact stationary cycle class with cardio challenges by varying speed and resistance.
HIIT – High intensity interval training focused on short, intense activity bursts followed by brief recovery periods.


Questions? Email Anh.LePalomino@untsystem.edu with the subject line “Staff Appreciation Month.” Special thanks to our volunteers!