December 2018 Newsletter

Year In Review

Year In ReviewThis year marks the 2nd anniversary of our Professional Development Newsletter.  From the first issue, it has been our commitment to increase and promote the resources available to the campus, to improve our communication with staff and faculty, and to better serve the needs of the Humboldt State University.

We are grateful for your continued support and interest in the newsletter.  Our viewership has steadily growing each month, not only in views, but also in outbound clicks.  This means that interest in external articles has increased too.

Featured Content:
  •  Campus-wide upcoming classes, training and events
  • Avoiding Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process workshops
  • CSU's Got Talent Webinars
  • Safety Week
  • Professional Development Day
  • TED Talk Videos
  • Break-time fun activities 
  • Gratitude journal and Happiness calendars
Featured Soft Skills Courses:
Featured Hard Skills & Tech Courses:
  1. Organizing Your E-mail
  2. Microsoft Excel 2016 Intermediate: Customizing Views, Styles, and Templates
  3. Working with Graphic, Audio, and Video Content in PowerPoint 2016
  4. Social Networking Fundamentals
  5. Project Management Introduction (PMBOK® Sixth Edition)
  6. Data Communication and Visualization
  7. Communication, Changes, and Documentation
  8. Planning an Effective Presentation
  9. Google Team Drives: Using the Storage Tools
  10. The Internet of Things
  11. Google Gmail for Web: Customizing Gmail
  1. Developing a Plan to Further Your Career
  2. Encouraging Team Communication and Collaboration
  3. Navigating the Workplace with Emotional Intelligence
  4. Controlling Conflict, Stress, and Time in a Customer Service Environment
  5. Being an Effective Team Member
  6. Encouraging Team Communication and Collaboration
  7. Choosing the Right Interpersonal Communication Method to Make Your Point
  8. Becoming Your Own Best Boss
  9. Making Change Stick
  10. Writing Effective E-mails and Instant Messages
  11. Listening Even When it's Difficult to Listen

Featured Tech Course

Google Sheets: Charts & Graphs

Display your data visually using the built-in charting features in Google Sheets. Discover how to create, insert, label, format, and publish charts, as well as how to use Sparklines.

  • creating a quick chart
  • inserting a chart
  • customiing your chart
  • customizing your chart's aces
  • creating a pie chart
  • creating a scatter chart
  • creating a bubble chart
  • creating a radar chart
  • combining two types of charts
  • placing data on a map
  • creating a chart using symbols
  • using Sparklines
  • publishing your chart

Course time: 63 minutes

New Learning Portal Coming Soon

Please Complete Your Required Compliance Courses by December 31, 2018

CSULearn Banner

We are pleased to announce that on January 29, 2019, our University will update the Skillport Learning Portal and move to a new streamlined Learning Portal called CSULearn.

CSULearn is a more contemporary site with intuitive navigation, and access to more than 75,000 online courses, books, videos, in-person activities and required compliance training. We think you'll really like the updated interface and advanced capabilities.

Here are 4 key things that you need to know:

  • You should complete any required training in Skillport by December 31, 2018.
  • All registrations and activities completed before December 31 will be carried over to CSULearn.
  • Skillport and CSULearn will not be available January 1 to January 28.
  • On January 29, you'll get a link to CSU Learn along with quick-start guides and training.

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact Alfredo S. Corral, Learning Technology Specialist, at We're here to help!

An Experiment in Gratitude | The Science of Happiness

Featured Soft Skills Course

Establishing Team Goals and Responsibilities, and Using Feedback Effectively

Everyone on a team has particular strengths. To get a team to perform at its best, these strengths have to be recognized, reflected in the roles and responsibilities assigned to team members, and directed toward achieving suitable goals. In this course, you'll learn how to build a team, including how to set effective team goals, identify roles and assess team members' competencies, and assign roles based on these competencies. You'll also learn how to give and receive feedback effectively, so that it strengthens your role and the performance of your team.

  • identify examples of team goals that are aligned with corporate goals and that are clear and measurable
  • identify roles on a team
  • assess the competencies of team members
  • match competencies to related team member roles
  • identify ways to clarify expectations about the responsibilities of team members
  • recognize examples of effective feedback
  • recognize examples of constructive ways to receive feedback from team members
  • use techniques to work effectively with a team and give and receive feedback

Course time: 30 minutes

HSU Faculty & Staff Holiday Celebration 2018

Happy Holidays

Join your colleagues at the annual Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 13
4:45-6:30 pm in the KBR!

Music, food, drinks & food drive.


Holiday Food Drive Benefiting Oh SNAP!

 In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the campus is coming together for a food drive.
Teams of Humboldt State students will build a village of snow-people made from hundreds of cans of donated food.
Bring in canned food items to vote for your favorite snow-people displayed in the Library lobby.
1 Can = 1 Vote. The team with the most votes wins and receives $150 for the campus organization of their choice. The other four teams will each receive $50 for the campus organization of their choice.
All food goes to the Oh SNAP! food pantry.


  • Where: Library Lobby, First Floor
  • When:
    Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7-11:45 p.m.
    Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:45 am-11:45 p.m.
    Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:45-5 p.m.

Newsletter Poll

We look forward to bringing you more interesting content and would like you to participate. Please give us your opininon by filling out the following poll.
Professional Development Newsletter Poll


CSU's Got Talent

CGT Market Your Magic

“Market Your Magic”, December 13 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM PT

Learn how to present yourself and skills to achieve greater professional success and recognition.

Presented by Dr. Marjorie Brody

Register Here

Upcoming Classes

Jan 22 2021 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Jan 25 2021 - 8:00am to 8:15am

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Tech Tips

How to turn off Gmail's Smart Reply & Smart Compose features

Smart Reply is a feature on Gmail that uses algorithms and machine learning to suggest replies to emails. Smart Compose analyzes text as you type and displays auto-complete suggestions.

  1. Go to the General Settings by clicking the gear icon and select the Settings option
  2. Switch to "Smart Reply off" for Smart Reply
  3. Switch to "Writing suggestions off" for Smart Compose
  4. Scroll all the way down and select "Save changes".

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