Fitness Basics Workshop (3/5)

UMBCCome and join the Division of Student Affairs and the UMBC Recreation Department for the second Fitness Basics Workshop of the semester!

The Fitness Basics Workshop provides a great balance of low-moderate level cardiovascular training, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. This is a good “starter” workshop. Feel free to stay in your regular work clothes, put on your sneakers and join fellow faculty and staff on the arena track at noon. on March 5th.

Feel free to contact Jasmin Walters – Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness with any questions, comments, and/or concerns. jaw3@umbc.edu

Introductory/Refresher Training on Forms Management Printing Contract (3/11)

UMBCMiller’s Minuteman Press (MMP), our contractor for printing business cards, campus stationary (letterhead, interoffice envelopes, window envelopes, etc.) and forms, will be on campus to hold an introductory/refresher training on their online ordering portal. The training will include:
• Demonstration of their on-line ordering system
• Provide an opportunity for you to meet the Miller’s Minuteman Team
• Provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about their products and services
• Sign-up for an account for on-line ordering, if you have not already done so.
Miller’s offers on-line ordering and approval, 2-5 business days turn-around on most orders, and the P-card can be used for orders less than $5,000.

The introductory/refresher session will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Commons Room #331. The training session is expected to last no more than 45 minutes.
Please go to the Training Center website to sign-up for this session, or contact Delores Pertee in Procurement Services at 5-3915 or Dpertee@umbc.edu for more information.

Spring 2015 AOK Library & Gallery Workshops

12662631454_73fd5871b4_zAnnouncing the Spring 2015 AOK Library & Gallery Workshops

Streaming Video @ AOK Library
Wednesday, February 25, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Did you know that the AOK Library now provides access to over 4,000 academic streaming video titles? Learn how to find videos, create playlists and video clips. We will also cover how to provide access to these resources through Blackboard. This session will be geared toward faculty and staff but students are welcome.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=912049

Zotero Workshop
Thursday, March 5, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Open to all faculty, staff and students.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=913877

How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search
Thursday, March 12, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

A step-by-step strategy on how to complete a preliminary U.S. patent search using freely available tools.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=913878

Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint
Thursday, March 19, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Learn how to design your own large format poster using PowerPoint.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=913882

EndNote Basic Workshop
Monday, March 23, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references, sharing references, and accessing your references in Microsoft Word.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=913845

Streaming Video @ AOK Library
Wednesday, March 25, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Did you know that the AOK Library now provides access to over 4,000 academic streaming video titles? Learn how to find videos, create playlists and video clips. We will also discuss tips for using videos in presentations and research. This session will be geared towards students but all are welcome to attend.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=912051

EndNote Basic Workshop for Students
Monday, March 30, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references, sharing references, and accessing your references in Microsoft Word. This workshop is designed for students new to citation management tools.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=913844

Fitness Basics Workshop (2/10)

PrintStop by the RAC on your lunch break (12 p.m.- 1 p.m.)for our first Fitness Basics Workshop of the semester! Change your scenery! Briefly take your mind off of your projects and responsibilities! And come out from behind the desk to stretch your legs! The Fitness Basics Workshop provides a great balance of low-moderate level cardiovascular training, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. This is a good “starter” workshop. Feel free to stay in your regular work clothes, put on your sneakers and join fellow faculty and staff on the arena track.

Free giveaways to all who participate.

Upcoming Workshops:
Fitness Basics – March 5
Fitness Basics – April 14
Stretching and Flexibility – April 28

Click here for more information.

January-February, 2015: SkillSoft Resource Highlight: Desktop Courseware

Did you know that you can use SkillSoft e-Learning to keep pace with the latest desktop software?  SkillSoft offers on-demand training on desktop programs from Microsoft (Office and Windows), to Apple (OS X and Safari X), to Adobe, among others.  Most courses are interactive in nature providing assignments to test your skills along the way.  Others include an ‘Ask My

Mentor’ feature which allows you to initiate a live chat with a subject matter expert if you need help.  Courses are offered for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.  So, ring in the New Year with new skills!  Simply log into SkillSoft and click the ‘Catalog’ button on the homepage to access the Desktop Curricula!

For more information about SkillSoft and the Business Exploration Series courseware, click here.

Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and the link to log in to SkillPort.

To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or jwardell@umbc.edu.

Advance your Administrative Career with SkillSoft Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Coursework!

facstaff5HRAre you looking for a way to increase your Microsoft office skills and add an industry certification credential to your resume?   If so, consider using SkillSoft as your e-Learning partner to prepare for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. As a UMBC employee, your access is free for all SkillSoft certification prep courses and materials, including live mentors, study mode prep, and testprep exams.  (Skillsoft may not cover all exams required for any given certification.  Check on specific certification requirements from the certifying organization.)

After you have completed all required coursework, you can pay and sit for the exam at a certified testing center in your area.

For more information about the Microsoft Office Specialist certification coursework, click here.

Visit the SkillSoft website for more information about certification coursework that SkillSoft provides.  Click on the ‘Certification Matrix’ link at the bottom of the homepage for a full list of certification preparation courses offered.

To schedule a customized department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or jwardell@umbc.edu.

Meet Your Brain: Does It Serve You or Do You Serve It? (4/7)

facstaff5HRFaculty & Staff Professional Development Day 2015 – Two Separate Sessions

Do you want to learn something unexpectedly simple but absolutely useful, apply it immediately, and know with certainty it will positively change your personal and professional life?

Would you like to more powerfully influence change when working with students in the classroom, customers or colleagues?

What would your life be like if you could be less tense and have access to deeper thought that leads to creativity and better problem solving?

If you find yourself in a perpetual downward spiral conversation about your stress and have answered yes to any of the above questions, we invite you to join us for this year’s Professional Development Day.  In these two separate half-day workshops, coach and consultant, Ken Buch, will share the latest research in neuroscience that is linked to behavioral and organizational change.  You’ll learn what happens to the brain during times of stress and conflict and will receive powerful strategies for how to turn it around for peace, performance, and creativity.  You won’t want to miss this practical, eye-opening, and energetic session!

Faculty & Staff Professional Development Day will be held on April 7, 2015 in the University Center Ballroom. Register by March 23rd for either the morning (8:15 a.m.-12:00 noon) or afternoon (12:45-4:30 p.m.) session in myUMBC.

Continental breakfast will be served in the a.m. session and an afternoon snack will be provided in the p.m. session.  Supervisors are asked to encourage employees to attend.