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February 23, 2010, Volume 56, No. 23

Professional and Personal Development

Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources. You can pre-register for programs by visiting the online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Franklin Covey’s FOCUS; March 4; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. It’s easy to get caught up in life’s hectic pace. Every e-mail and ringing phone becomes the priority when you don’t have a clear plan for the day. Wouldn’t you rather spend more time on the tasks that matter most? If so, we have the workshop for you. Franklin Covey’s FOCUS will teach you how to be more focused, better organized and more productive in your personal and professional life.

Tips on Effective Workplace Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English; March 9; noon–1 p.m.; free. English grammar can often be challenging, especially when it’s not your native language. If you’re a non-native speaker of English and are looking to enhance your communication skills, this workshop is for you. We’ll review 10 commonly made mistakes by individuals for whom English is a second language. You’ll also learn to recognize and avoid these mistakes and how to make your writing clearer, sharper and more effective.

Brown Bag Matinee—Painless Performance Improvement; March 10; noon–1 p.m.; free. Real change can only occur when the decision to change comes from within. This session will help managers to focus on performance over attitude, intervene rather than confront and gain the skills to recognize and deflect common sidetracks.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Preparing for Your Performance Appraisal; March 23; noon–1 p.m.; free. The key to getting the most out of your performance appraisal is preparation. This workshop will walk you through the preparation process, and introduce some techniques you can use to communicate effectively during the appraisal itself.

Essentials of Management; begins March 26; multiple dates with multiple times; $250. A successful manager knows how to create and maintain a positive work environment. But it often requires continuous learning and honing of skills. If you’re a Penn manager, this program is for you. Learn the most effective management skills as well as the Penn policies necessary for a successful and productive workplace. This program is offered over a five-month period and requires approximately 30 hours of participation. All participants have the opportunity to complete a 360-degree assessment instrument and interpret those results with an executive coach.

Your Body: From Head to Toe—Part 3

Taking care of your health means being well informed, well prepared, and capable of making good choices when it comes to your body. This series of workshops, led by physicians and health experts from the University of Pennsylvania and the Health System, will address various health issues from head to toe and steps you can take to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Pre-registration is required for these workshops, which are sponsored by Human Resources. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the sessions. For more information and to register, visit the Division of Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Treatment-Resistant Depression and Bipolar Disorder: The Basics; March 10; noon–1 p.m.; free. Life can be challenging when you or someone you love suffers from depression. While some types of depression can improve with treatment, others don’t necessarily respond well to the same measures. In this workshop, you’ll explore why this sometimes happens and what you and your loved ones can do about it. You’ll also learn about bipolar disorder (or manic depression) which involves periods of excitability and depression. The workshop will be led by Jay D. Amsterdam, professor of psychiatry at HUP’s Depression Research Unit.

Nutrition Workshops
If you’re like most people, you have plenty of questions about nutrition: What should I eat before and after a workout? How can I choose smarter, healthier foods at the grocery store or in a restaurant? Which vitamins should I be taking, if any? Get answers to these questions and more when you join Human Resources for an ongoing series of nutrition workshops. For more information about the workshops and to register, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.aspx or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Q&A with a Nutrition Expert; March 24; noon–1 p.m.; free. This dynamic workshop will help you understand how nutrition and exercise promote healthful aging, fitness, performance, and weight management. Learn what a nutritious diet entails and how to recognize and change poor eating habits. This workshop will be led by Stella Volpe, associate professor of nutrition, School of Nursing.

Yes, You CAN Prevent Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes!; March 31; noon–1 p.m.; free. Do you have a history of type 2 diabetes and/or obesity in your family? If so, it’s important to understand that your risk for developing these diseases is higher than the general population. This workshop will teach you how type 2 diabetes and obesity can cause long-term damage to your body, including your heart, kidneys, nerves, blood vessels and eyes, and steps you can take to help lower your risk. The workshop will be led by Linda Sartor, clinical nutrition specialist and certified diabetes educator at HUP.

Almanac - February 23, 2010, Volume 56, No. 23