April 2018 Newsletter

Happiness and Dealing With Stress

StressWe all experience stress in our lives - at work, at home, in traffic or with relationships. The way we react to and manage stress can often depend on other factors in our lives such as whether or not we are well rested, hydrated, or feeling calm and centered. April is National Stress Awareness Month which is a good time to focus on why it is important to “take time to unwind” and how you can take proactive steps to help manage your stress. 

While stress in a natural part of life and can’t be entirely avoided, it can be minimized. This month, take time to do something you enjoy to reduce the stressors in your life. Making small changes can make a long term impact on your health and overall well-being.

Here are some great campus resources for tips to distress:

Additional Resources:

Featured Tech Course

Social Networking Fundamentals

A foundational understanding of social networking, its uses and how its benefits mesh with your business is becoming increasingly important. This course will focus on introducing and using social networking services in a business context. You'll learn the benefits of social networking, how to use these services in a professional manner, and what potential issues can arise from social networking usage in the workplace

  • describe the basics of social networking
  • distinguish between social networking and social media
  • identify popular social networking services
  • identify emerging social networking services
  • recognize features of social networking in SharePoint
  • recall personal benefits of social networking
  • describe career development benefits of social networking
  • identify business communication benefits of social networking
  • recognize targeted marketing benefits of social networking
  • identify organizational risks associated with social networking
  • recognize benefits of organizational social networking policies

Course time: 44 minutes


How to Plan an Event

A well planned event may look different from 1950 to today, but the basic of planning are still the same.  

We are excited to introduce the new event planning resources and tools brought to you by Contracts & Procurement and Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services

Find the HSU Event Planning Guide tool for planning a team meeting, online event or large conference and other resources here:

HSU Event Planning Guide

Find campus policies and procedures curated based on your individual needs on the Central Events website:

Central Events


 OBI Resources

OBI is a web-based reporting tool that enables PeopleSoft users to analyze and report on information stored in the PeopleSoft Finance database on a one-off or repeating schedule.

It provides a comprehensive business intelligence platform that offers a full range of analytic and reporting capabilities. Designed for scalability, reliability, and performance, it delivers results that improve decision-making and enable better-informed actions and more efficient business processes.

OBI receives data from PeopleSoft and other systems overnight. Therefore, the most recent data available in OBI is from the previous day.

Visit the ITS OBI page with links to different resources:  https://its.humboldt.edu/apps-software-file-storage/helpful-obi-resources

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Featured Soft Skills Course

Controlling Conflict, Stress, and Time in a Customer Service Environment

Working at a customer support center or help desk environment can be challenging. Customers can sometimes be demanding and unreasonable. Understanding the emotional needs of each customer, adapting to how they communicate, and solving their problems can be extremely stressful and time consuming. In this course, you'll learn how to identify and resolve conflict, negotiate with customers, develop strategies to better manage time and stress, and explore how a positive approach and attitude can benefit customer interactions and bring them to a satisfactory conclusion.

  • recognize the warning signs of potential conflict
  • identify ways to reduce conflict with customers
  • identify skills for negotiating effectively with customers
  • recognize strategies of assertive communication
  • recognize ways of demonstrating confidence when speaking to a customer
  • identify strategies for reducing stress
  • identify strategies to manage time
  • recognize strategies to manage conflict, stress, and time effectively

Course time: 32 minutes


On the Bookshelf


The Art of Happiness at Work

By: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and  Howard C. Cutler, M.D

How do we find happiness in the place where we spend most of our time?

A practical "how-to" guide to changing the way you think about your emotions 

The Art of Happiness at Work written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and  Howard C. Cutler, M.D. explores the search for meaning at work and how a person’s motivation for working influences their level of satisfaction.  The book poses questions like:  What are the main sources of dissatisfaction (with work), and how can we cope with them? How can we deal with jealousy, anger, or hostility at work?  How can we deal with boredom? The Dalai Lama shares his wisdom with suggestions on how one can influence their own perspective, behavior, and environment to improve their happiness at work.

Find it at the HSU Library

From CSU's Got Talent Archive

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Dr. Hwang will share what mindfulness is and how we can use it in our everyday lives, with our families, and at work. She will explain brain physiology, and discuss the effects of stress and trauma. Understand key techniques and the benefits of deep listening and mindful speech when communicating with others. Learn practices you can use every day to reduce stress, enhance awareness, focus and ultimately, create more happiness in your life.

Launch Webcast

How to Use a Semicolon

It may seem like the semicolon is struggling with an identity crisis. It looks like a comma crossed with a period. Maybe that’s why we toss these punctuation marks around like grammatical confetti; we’re confused about how to use them properly. Emma Bryce clarifies best practices for the semi-confusing semicolon.

CSU's Got Talent

Business Writing Bootcamp

April 26 @ 10am, Nancy Flynn, M. A. writing skills trainer, business writer and author, will present: Learn to write powerful, persuasive documents that command attention and convey leadership.

Register Here

Health Benefits Video

Health Benefits Video

Check out our new Health Benefits Video!  If you are new to HSU or want to review our Health Benefits be sure watch our Health Benefits Video

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Presents

Charles Hunt

Acclaimed human resources, financial, and resilience expert and Audacity Firm founder Charles Hunt shares incredible stories of resiliency, determination, and success from his journey. His intense focus, drive, and unbreakable spirit has lifted him from poverty and debt to financial freedom, while fueling his life's purpose to use his mess as a message that helps, inspires, and motivates others.

April 23, 2018 6-7:30 PM
Kate Buchanan Room (KBR)


Upcoming Classes

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How to Hardwire Resilience into Your Brain

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We’ll be better prepared for life’s challenges if we cultivate these 12 inner strengths.

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