2021 Staff Appreciation Month Learning Sessions Presented by DATCU

Learning Sessions Schedule for Staff Appreciation Month, March 1 - 31, 2021

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 Registration
March 1 Noon - 1 p.m. SketchUp - An Introductory Look at Designing in 3D Register Here
This course allows the participants to utilize SketchUp for Web, to learn architectural concepts and artistic renderings of structures.  Participants design, model and edit their dream house, using precise measurements which would allow for building to specs in the real world. The participants will learn elements of how architects begin a design, including materials and plans. The goal of the course is to have the participants develop and enrich their understanding of Architectural design and planning. The participants will be provided with real-world, hands-on practical activities and projects to help them become proficient users SketchUp, software that is commonly used in the industry. Presented by Mikey Heins of University Libraries - The Spark Makerspace.
March 2 Noon - 1 p.m. Cricut Design Space - Learn to Develop Personalized Projects Register Here
In this zoom session we will teach individuals how to take advantage of Cricut Design Space to develop their personalized projects and gift ideas. Presented by Alondra Lopez of University Libraries - The Spark Makerspace.
March 3 10:30 a.m. - Noon p.m. Communicating with Confidence Register Here  
Confident interpersonal skills are crucial to professional development, as well as other aspects of life. Being confident in our communications is seen in our behaviors, such as: asking for what you need, handling confrontations gracefully, and putting ideas forward with assurance. In this session, we will focus on developing confidence through assertive communication.  Assertiveness skills not only help improve teamwork, focus discussions, and build relationships, but they also help individuals become confident, constructive, and perform at their best. You’ll have the opportunity to practice skill development, and generate an understanding of how to boost your self-confidence and improve communication with others. Presented by Amanda Fisher of Human Resources, Organizational Development and Engagement (ODE.)
March 4 Noon - 1 p.m. Introduction to Origami Register Here
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. Basic supplies will be provided and will be available for pickup at Human Resources- Support and Services Building 116. Presented by Cailey Gehrig of Human Resources.
March 4 1 - 2 p.m. Narrative Health: Disability Poetics Register Here
This workshop uses the tenets of Narrative Health - using story as a means to listen to those around us.  We will use this to examine how we view and discuss disability.  We will read a poem from the Disability Poetics movement together, discuss it, and then through a structured exercise write our own poem.  This session is for all, whether you hold an identity within the disability community or not, to discuss and listen to the voices of those in our collective UNT community. Presented by EmmaLee Pallai, MFA of Institutional Equity and Diversity.
March 5 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. UNT Staff Climate Survey Register Here
Presentation of the Staff Climate Survey providing information on inclusion, equity, and diversity across UNT as it relates to staff. Presented by Mayra Stone of Staff Senate and Shani Moore of Institutional Equity and Diversity.
March 5 Noon - 1 p.m. Weeknight Meals: A Cooking Demo Register Here
Join UNT’s Registered Dietitian live to create a day of healthful meals that taste great and can be on the table in minutes. All of the showcased recipes can easily be made for one or two people or feed a growing family! Presented by Danielle Gemoets of Student Health and Wellness Center. 

Notes: Passcode: UNTcooks21
March 8 Noon - 1 p.m. Painting with a Twist - UNT Flag Register Here
Come out and paint with us and show your UNT Spirit by learning to paint the UNT Flag via Zoom.  Preregistration is required with limited spots available of 10 since session presentations are via Zoom and we have materials for everyone to pick up in advance! Presented by Charlotte Cooke of Staff Senate.

Note: Pick up materials are available in Union 418 by 03/05/21. You will receive further instructions and details via email after registration.
March 9 Noon - 1 p.m. Introduction to Alcohol Ink Art Register Here
Alcohol ink art is a fun and easy craft to do.  This class will introduce you to alcohol inks covering supplies needed, examples of what you can create, and fun techniques to explore and play with.  You can join along to try your hand or just watch the demonstration. Basic supplies will be provided and will be available for pickup at Human Resources- Support and Services Building 116. Presented by Cheryl McQueen of G.Brint Ryan College of Business.

Note: If you want to create along with the instructor, we suggest you purchase two bottles of alcohol ink and isopropyl alcohol of 70% to 90%. Questions: Please contact Cheryl.McQueen@unt.edu.
March 10 11:30 a.m. - Noon p.m. Resume Tips Register Here
This session features reviewing resumes, tips and current best practices. Presented by Sue Aichele of Human Resources, Talent Acquisition. 

Note: Passcode: 789934
March 10 Noon - 1 p.m. Introduction to Web Design Register Here
This course allows you to improve digital fluency by exploring the languages for building a custom website. You will begin this class by exploring HTML, CSS selectors, and JavaScript. The goal of the course is to have you develop and enrich your understanding of website architecture and design. You will be provided with real-world, hands-on practical activities and projects to help them become proficient in coding with HTML and JavaScript. Presented by Hanna Flores of University Libraries - The Spark Makerspace.
March 11 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Get Your Lawn and Garden Started! Register Here
Join Erik Trevino of Facilities on the session for pro-tips for landscaping and gardening.
March 11 Noon - 1 p.m. Passing Perspectives Register Here
This workshop uses a “Diversity Thumball” to initiate conversation about differences and our own personal perspectives. Questions such as “what makes you different,” “in what ways is your world diverse,” or “share a situation where you were in the minority,” you can give and receive perspectives about things you likely never even thought about. The experience will help you learn more about yourself, your colleagues, and how diversity and inclusion enriches us. Presented by Teresita Hurtado Ramos and Natalie Krusz of Institutional Equity and Diversity.
March 18 11 a.m. - Noon Network & Chill with UNETE & BPN Register Here
Network and Chill is a chance to get to know more about two UNT Employee Resource Groups, the Black Professional Network and ÚNeTe, the LatinX Faculty/Staff Alliance. Meet the members of these groups and learn how their groups provide support and promote a sense of unity to faculty and staff here at UNT. There will also be door prizes and networking tips! Two sessions on March 18, 11 am to noon and noon to 1 pm.  
March 18 Noon - 1 p.m. Network & Chill with UNETE & BPN Register Here
Network and Chill is a chance to get to know more about two UNT Employee Resource Groups, the Black Professional Network and ÚNeTe, the LatinX Faculty/Staff Alliance. Meet the members of these groups and learn how their groups provide support and promote a sense of unity to faculty and staff here at UNT. There will also be door prizes and networking tips! Two sessions on March 18, 11 am to noon and noon to 1 pm.  
March 18 1 - 2:30 p.m. Managing Up: Building an Effective Relationship with Your Manager Register Here
Do you feel that your work relationship with your supervisor could be improved? Do you find yourself thinking, “my manager doesn’t understand what I do?” Not every vital working relationship is a perfect match immediately. The good news is that there are some tips and tricks that employees can learn to work more productively with their manager. In this engaging session, we will equip you with the skills needed to better connect with your manager in a way that optimizes shared success. Presented by Amanda Fisher of Human Resources, Organizational Development and Engagement (ODE.)
March 22 Noon - 1 p.m. Your "Core" & What It Is For Register Here
What exactly is your “core” and why is this area of your body so important?  Join Wendy Comfort of the Recreational Sports Center to learn (and practice) different ways to train your core to support the rest of your body.

Note: Passcode: 110511
March 23 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Awe-titude: Strategies for Seizing Joy and Creating Connections in a Hurting World Register Here
Drawing from recent research in the field of Positive Psychology and Resilience, this workshop will focus on how the experience of awe can be intentionally utilized to infuse joy and deepen connections in our day to day life. Utilizing practical examples and experiential exercises, participants will be invited to experience and explore awe that can benefit themselves and the students they serve! Presented by Dr. Tamara Knapp-Grosz, Senior Director of Counseling and Testing Services.
March 23 Noon - 1 p.m. Advancing Your Career with a Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies! Register Here
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 consist of 30 hours total and the self-styled format is very flexible. There are three concentrations, the primary concentration is anywhere between 12-18 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.
March 24 2 - 3:30 p.m. Building Resilience in Uncertain Times Register Here
Struggling with anxiety about the future?  Grieving and don’t understand why?  Trouble staying focused in the present?  Trying to manage multiple priorities or stressors at home and at work?  Maybe feeling overwhelmed or sad? Drawing from the research and practice of Positive Psychology, this session will provide you with practical strategies you can utilize to build and maintain your personal resilience as well as improve your overall well-being. Presented by Dr. Tamara Knapp-Grosz, Senior Director of Counseling and Testing Services.
March 25 Noon - 1 p.m. Scam Awareness and Avoidance Register Here
The world of scams is dynamic and ever changing. Learn the common scams and tools to help keep you in the know on what to look for. Presented by Officer David Causey of Police Services.
March 26 Noon - 1 p.m. Building Affective Commitment Through Leadership Practice Register Here
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 of Department of Management.
March 29 Noon - 1 p.m. SketchUp - An Introductory Look at Designing in 3D Register Here
This course allows the participants to utilize SketchUp for Web, to learn architectural concepts and artistic renderings of structures.  Participants design, model and edit their dream house, using precise measurements which would allow for building to specs in the real world. The participants will learn elements of how architects begin a design, including materials and plans. The goal of the course is to have the participants develop and enrich their understanding of Architectural design and planning. The participants will be provided with real-world, hands-on practical activities and projects to help them become proficient users SketchUp, software that is commonly used in the industry. Presented by Mikey Heins of University Libraries - The Spark Makerspace.
March 30 Noon - 1 p.m. Cricut Design Space - Learn to Develop Personalized Projects Register Here
In this zoom session we will teach individuals how to take advantage of Cricut Design Space to develop their personalized projects and gift ideas. Presented by Alondra Lopez of University Libraries - The Spark Makerspace.
March 31 Noon - 1 p.m. Introduction to Web Design Register Here
This course allows you to improve digital fluency by exploring the languages for building a custom website. You will begin this class by exploring HTML, CSS selectors, and JavaScript. The goal of the course is to have you develop and enrich your understanding of website architecture and design. You will be provided with real-world, hands-on practical activities and projects to help them become proficient in coding with HTML and JavaScript. Presented by Hanna Flores of University Libraries - The Spark Makerspace.
Also see Wellness Week Sessions, Virtual Networking Week Sessions and Recreational Sports Offerings for Staff Appreciation Month, presented by DATCU.

 

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