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Training Catalog

Summer 2018 Training Classes:

(To register for a class, click on the date and time information)

Setting Expectations for Professionals (New Sessions Added)

The Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion recently announced the roll-out to the campus community of a new UUP Performance Program template. This is the next phase of ongoing work in Human Resources to establish consistent practices across campus for recruitment and hiring with an emphasis on creating clear expectations across an individual's employment experience at SUNY New Paltz. 

To support this transition, we are offering multiple training opportunities, beginning with two sessions in April. The training will address the new elements of the performance program template and how to establish SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound) goals for the year ahead, and share some best practices for making the most out of annual feedback conversations.

This training is open to both UUP professionals and individuals who supervise UUP professionals.

Monday, June 4, 2:30 - 3:30 PM (Session Full)

Wednesday, June 20, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Monday, July 9, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Wednesday, July 11, 1:00 - 2:00

Friday, July 13, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Tuesday, August 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Qualtrics Summer Series: 

Taught by Lucy Walker, each session will consist of an hour of training on a specific topic, followed by an extra 30 minutes for anyone who wants to stay and ask specific questions.

Introduction to Qualtrics - Wednesday, June 6, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

  • Navigating the Qualtrics interface and reviewing the terminology
  • Basic survey steps:
  • How to create a survey
  • How to distribute a survey
  • How to get survey results

Qualtrics Reports Friday, June 22, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

  • Report settings
  • Format graphs
  • Filter results
  • Breakout results
  • Crosstabs

Qualtrics: Distribution to a Contact List Tuesday, July 10, 9:30 - 11:00 AM

  • Using contact lists to send survey reminders to those who didn’t finish the survey
  • Embedded data – bringing information from your contact list into your survey results
  • Piped data – customizing questions to show information from your contact list or previous questions
  • Letting a respondent retake the survey

Qualtrics: Controlling the Display of Questions Friday, July 20, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Display logic
  • Skip logic
  • Survey flow

Retirement Planning Seminars:

VALIC Financial Literacy Seminar: Social Security and Your Retirement - Wednesday, June 6, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

This seminar discusses the role of Social ecurity in retirement planning, ways to maximize benefits and the importance of leveraging other sources for retirement income to supplement Social Security benefits.

In this seminar, you will learn about:

  • The cost of retirement
  • Social Security benefits
  • Bridging a possible income gap


TIAA Retirement Seminar: Paying Yourself - Income Options in Retirement - Wednesday, July 17, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Do you know how you'll pay yourself i retirement? There are lots of considerations - including tax implications - that can affect your income. TIAA's workshop leader will help you:

  • Understand the basic rules governing most common retirement accounts
  • Gain perspective on when to withdraw different assets
  • Discover the income choices TIAA offers

Professional Skills Classes:

Time Management for Humans - Thursday, June 21, 9:30 - 11:00 AM

We are all asked regularly to get more out of our time and ourselves, but we don't always know how to make that happen. This training focuses on a range of techniques and tools you can try to enhance what you want to accomplish in a day.

Over the course of the training we will discuss several different approaches and systems to time management and organization to allow for differences in personal style and the unique work demands of different office environments.

Email Etiquette - Monday, July 9, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

"... It’s not the technology; it’s the people using the technology. And until we fix that email will always appear…broken." *
Email was meant to be useful and helpful, but sometimes it's just plain annoying.

This session will provide guidelines for writing and sending clearer, more concise emails.

* Mike Vardy, The Real Problem With Email; www.lifehack.org.

Effective Meeting Management - Thursday, July 12, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Are you getting the most out of your meetings? Join us for this training if you would like to every meeting to matter.

We will cover when and if you need a meeting, structuring your meeting based on your purpose, managing meeting turbulence, and supporting the follow-through of meeting outcomes.

Project Management - Wednesday, August 1, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Successfully completing a long-term project involves developing clear targets, realistic timelines and the right team of collaborators. This training will help you understand the stages of the project cycle and provide you with best practices for effectively structuring your project plan, organizing and communicating targets, monitoring project tasks and assessing progress to ensure your project gets completed.

Keep Your Cool: Protecting Your Professional Reputation (* CSEA Only) - Tuesday, June 26, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

We have all experienced difficult emotions while at work. Anger can be a normal and common emotional reaction to certain challenging events and situations. Anger can be a very destructive force in the workplace and in our personal lives if not managed effectively. Participants will:

> Identify events and situations that contribute to experiencing anger at work
> Develop helpful ways to manage anger in the workplace
> Discover how to recognize and defuse someone's anger

* Presented by the NYS & CSEA Partnership for Training and Education; this class is open to CSEA-represented employees only.

Excel (Introduction and Intermediate):

Excel: Introduction - Tuesday, July 24, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM

Participants will learn how to create, format and print a worksheet; create simple formulas; create headers and footers; format the layout of a page; move and copy data; select cell ranges; edit cell entries; create and print a chart; write formulas using Excel functions; and name cell ranges.

Excel: Intermediate - Tuesday, July 24, 12:45 - 3:45 PM

Participants will learn how to use analysis tools for viewing large spreadsheets; use graphics and templates; link, print, and copy multiple sheets; protect multiple sheets; link cells, sheets and formulas and use Excel as a database; and work with pivot tables.

Tuition Benefits Programs:

Tuition Assistance (for all Employees) - Wednesday, August 1, 9:00 - 9:30 AM (registration not required)

If you're thinking of pursuing another degree, or just want to take some classes, there are several tuition assistance programs available to SUNY and Research Foundation employees. These include the SUNY tuition waiver program (B-140W), the UUP Space Available program, and CSEA and PEF tuition benefits programs.

In this information session, we'll review the B-140W and UUP Space Available programs, and provide general information regarding programs available to for CSEA- and PEF-represented employees.


Webinar: Using the Tuition Benefits Program (* CSEA Only) - Thursday, August 2, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Interested in returning to school to work on a degree but not sure how to pay for it? Interested in taking courses to become eligible for a Civil Service examination or to improve your current job skills? This webinar provides information and advice about using the NYS & CSEA Partnership's Tuition Benefits Program to help pay for courses. Participants will:

  • Determine their eligibility for tuition benefits
  • Identify the different types of benefits available and the types of courses covered
  • Discover how to apply for and use their benefits, cancel a benefit, change courses and schools, and drop a course
  • Gain knowledge about benefit coverage limits

* Presented by the NYS & CSEA Partnership for Training and Education; this class is open to CSEA-represented employees only.


***For questions about training, including ideas for future topics, send an email to employeetraining@newpaltz.edu***