The Learning Academies @ SHSU

Training Schedule

Training University: Student Hiring ***RESCHEDULED FOR 7/25/2019, 9AM - 11AM    Thomason 107 July 25, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Leadership Institute: The First 90 Days - Financial Policy & Procedures Boot Camp

LSC 242 July 30, 2019 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Training University: 60 Laws in 60 Minutes

LSC 241 September 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Management Academy: Verbal Aikido In Real Life

LSC 230 September 17, 2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come for Coffee - "Wait, I can be FIRED?": Changes to Mandatory Reporting in Title IX

LSC 230B October 1, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Leadership At Every Level: Strength Quest

LSC 230 October 15, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Training University: Creating a Culture of Civility in the Era of #MeToo***Cancelled

LSC Orange Ballroom A October 29, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Management Academy: Verbal and Nonverbal Communications in the Workplace for Managers

LSC 230A November 4, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come for Coffee: Reclassifications and Market Studies

LSC 242 November 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Training Details

Training University: Student Hiring

Location: John Thomason Bldg. 107

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019   ***RESCHEDULED FOR 7/25/2019

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM         *** 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Description: Come to this interactive lab training session with Human Resources to learn and have your questions answered about the hourly student process and submitting Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAFs).

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Leadership Institute: The First 90 Days - Financial Policy & Procedures Boot Camp

Location: LSC 242

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Description: The Leadership Institute, a track of the Learning Academies @ SHSU, is a training program for supervisors (faculty chairs and staff assistant directors and above) at Sam Houston State University. The Institute offers various sessions on the following topics: 

“The First 90 Days: What New Supervisors & Chairs Must Know to Operate Legally, Ethically, and Effectively.”  These fast-paced policy and procedures “boot camps” share what participants need to know in their first 90 days to stay compliant and out of trouble. The Finance session focuses on supervisory responsibilities as they apply to finance-related policies such as Payroll Processing and Approvals, Accounting, Interdepartmental Transactions, Travel Reimbursements, P-Card policies, Budgets, and Purchasing.

Those who have been supervising for longer than 90 days but would like a refresher or to learn what is new are also welcome to attend. (For faculty and staff administrators.)

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Training University: 60 Laws in 60 Minutes

Location: LSC 241

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Description: Of the estimated 1,429 laws passed in the last legislative session, Student Legal and Mediation Services will discuss 60 of the laws that might impact the SHSU community, so that everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities.  Laws that will be discussed include education, consumer, criminal, family, and a new law relating to the authority of the state to weigh bar-b-que for immediate consumption.

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Management Academy: Verbal Aikido In Real Life

Location: LSC 230

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Time: 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Description: Verbal Aikido In Real Life is a half-day workshop on the art of redirecting conflict. Verbal Aikido is a practice combining committed listening skills with rhetorical techniques to manage difficult conversations and verbal attacks.  It aims to diffuse conflict while saving face for all parties and leaving an open future for continued working relationships. It is particularly useful for individuals tasked with high-volume public contact, for those responsible for ensuring compliance, for those engaged in staff/faculty cross conversations, and for reducing intra-office conflict and friction.

 Participants for VA IRL are invited to bring along communication scenarios and situations they have seen for which they would like some new options.

About the Presenter:  Luke Archer is the founder and leader of Betterfly, a teaching and learning management institute.  A native of Ireland, he now lives and works in France from where he promotes Verbal Aikido around the world.  Since starting Verbal Aikido in 2008, Luke has trained teachers, business leaders, public servants, students, medical professionals, and university employees.  Since 2016 he has had a collaboration with members of the SHSU community.  This is his third annual Verbal Aikido @ SHSU workshop week.

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Come for Coffee: "Wait, I can be FIRED?": Changes to Mandatory Reporting in Title IX

Location: LSC 230B

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Description: The State of Texas has recently implemented changes to the mandatory reporting requirements for “responsible employees.”* While it has always been required for employees at the university to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, there are now harsher consequences for failure to report, including termination. This training will give an overview of recent legislation and assist responsible employees in developing practical strategies for handling disclosures.

*Note: With very few exceptions, most employees at SHSU are considered “responsible employees” and are affected by these regulations.

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Leadership At Every Level: Discover Your Strengths

Location: LSC 230

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Description: The Discover Your Strengths session is designed for professionals who are interested in determining their natural strengths and talents that impact both their professional and personal lives. Our goal is simple: help others become great at what they're naturally good at in order to have a positive professional experience and develop skills for a meaningful career.

Prior to attending the session, participants complete the CliftonStrengths® assessment to discover their Top 5 Themes of Talent. By discovering their Themes of Talent, participants gain knowledge necessary for a strong foundation in leadership and can begin the purposeful work of sharpening their skills to achieve goals. Discover Your Strengths sessions provide resources and opportunities for professionals to engage in meaningful conversations about their Strengths and learn more about themselves as leaders for professional and personal success.

To complete the assessment: Once you register for this event, you will receive an email from the presenter, Max Walling, within 48 hours, giving you further instructions and a registration code. If you do not receive an instruction email within this time frame, please contact Max at Please note: If you have completed the assessment within the past year, you do not need to retake it. Simply register for the course and when asked, respond "Yes" to the question as to whether you have taken the assessment and when. 

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Training University: Creating a Culture of Civility in the Era of #MeToo ***Cancelled 

Location: LSC Orange Ballroom A

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Description: Imagine a work environment where all communications and interactions were conducted in a civil and respectful manner. Co-workers and customers would be treated respectfully on a consistent basis. There would be no place for harassment, discrimination, bullying, workplace violence, unethical actions, or other disrespectful and potentially illegal behaviors. Instead of this idealized picture, studies and polls indicate that workplaces are a reflection of society at-large and that incivility is a serious problem that is getting worse.  In this session, presenter Joe Bontke offers solutions to harassment, conflict, bias and bullying, and offers resources to make your workplace more civil. Mr. Bontke is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Houston District office of the EEOC. He has been in the field of Human Resources & Civil Rights for the past 30 years.


Management Academy: Verbal and Nonverbal Communication In The Workplace

Location: LSC 230A

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Description:  What impact does your nonverbal communication have on your verbal message? How does your stance, your facial expressions, your demeanor, etc. encourage a healthy relationship between you and your employees, peers, and executives? Does it communicate your confidence, knowledge, and/or decisiveness as clearly as your words, or are they at odds? Do you sometimes struggle with a lack of respect for your authority, or with others challenging you based on how you project yourself, regardless of your title on the door?

At this presentation, favorite returning Management Academy speaker Dr. Aneika Simmons will share powerful techniques that will help you ensure your nonverbal and verbal communications are sending the messages you intend—and that you are in control of the message being presented and received.

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Come For Coffee: Reclassifications and Market Studies

Location: LSC 242

Date: Monday, November 19, 2019

Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Description: Reclassification, classification descriptions, job descriptions, desk audits, market studies – What does it all mean? Attend this "Come for Coffee" session to demystify these terms and gain an insight into the world of compensation and classifications at SHSU. Get your questions answered and discover the best course of action to pursue for your department and your employee. Presenters: Cindy Bradfield, Asst. Dir. Human Resources, and Joelle Olmstead, HR Specialist for Classification, Compensations, and Professional Development. 

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