July 2017 Newsletter

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

With the past academic year behind us, and summer underway, it’s a great time to explore all the campus has to offer! 

One of the great things about working here is that we have so many opportunities to get outdoors. Check out the HSU Campus Walking Map for ideas on a short walk around campus, or sign up for a class through Center Activities. Center Activities offers introductory through advanced courses in kayaking, sailing, stand up paddleboarding, backpacking and more. Not sure what class to take?  Get a chance to try out a variety of water activities on July 23 during Family Fun Day at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center!

For those looking for indoor activities, check out World of Needlecraft, offered weekly in the library, or try one of the other interesting courses offered through L4HSU.  

You can also hone your leadership skills through a number of great new trainings this summer!  First, HR & APS is launching our new series for Supervisors and Leads this month with two courses: Performance Management in the CSU and Performance Evaluation in the CSU. Also check out the new Leadership Toolkit Series, which includes courses on Providing Feedback, Listening, Coaching, and Storytelling.

Our featured Skillport courses this month cover Gmail and Google calendaring, and effective communication for teams. 

Featured Tech Course

Google Apps: Gmail and Calendar

Google Apps includes a comprehensive suite of business communication tools, including Gmail for e-mail that can work with any domain, and Calendar for organizing and synchronizing. This course covers using Gmail and Calendar to maximize productivity.

  • Gmail
    • move e-mails under different tabs, and label e-mails
    • search for information or keywords in e-mails contained in Gmail
    • create groups in Gmail and add contacts to those groups
    • import contacts in Comma-Separated Value, or CSV, format
    • add signatures in the settings area of Google Mail
    • add Gmail contacts and configure their information
  • Calendar
    • navigate the Google Calendar interface, and use the features of Google Calendar
    • create and add multiple tasks in Google Calendar
    • import calendars from other e-mail programs

Course time: 42 minutes


Follow-Up Training

Employees who complete this course will be invited to attend an Instructor-Led follow up training on campus.  We'll send a personal invitation with the place and date information.


Center Activities

Whitewater Rafting

These are a few activities available for you in July: 

  • Backpacking the Lost Coast - July 7-9
  • Intermediate Sea Kayaking and Twilight Paddle on Humboldt Bay - July 8
  • Sailing Basics on the Water - July 16
  • Whitewater Rafting - July 22
  • Inroduction to Sailing - July 29-30
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Introduction - July 30

Please visit the Center Activities website for more information.

Featured Soft Skills Course

Effective Team Communication

It's vital to maintain open, effective communication on a team. In this course, you'll learn about different verbal barriers to effective team communication and strategies for overcoming them. But speaking is only one part of communication; effective listening is vital too. So you'll also learn about specific active listening techniques that can help you be a better listener.

  • recognize examples of jargon and bluffing as verbal barriers to effective communication
  • recognize examples of polarizing a team, screening ideas, and crushing ideas as verbal barriers to communication
  • identify strategies for maintaining open communication during team meetings
  • match strategies to the types of communication barriers they can help you overcome in team meetings
  • recognize why active listening is important for healthy team communication
  • recognize examples of inquiring and acknowledging as techniques for active listening in a team setting
  • recognize examples of reflecting and suspending judgment as techniques for active listening in a team setting
  • use strategies for improving team communication and active listening

Course time: 31 minutes


Leadership Toolkit Series @ L4HSU

In collaboration with the Library, the department of Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services is offering a Leadership Toolkit Series that will focus on helping leaders motivate and develop the people they lead. Throughout the series, we will highlight a specific leadership skill to discuss and practice together. The following topics will be part of this series:

You can sign-up for those classes at L4HSU


Walking on Sunshine

Campus Walk

Take advantage of our brief summer by taking a quick stroll around campus and feed your fitness tracker with over a thousand steps.

There are 6 predefined routes that will take approximately 15 minutes each.  Most of them include several flights of stairs.

Download the HSU Campus Walking Map and invite some friends to join in.

  Performance Trainings

Performance Management & Evaluation

We are pleased to begin offering the Performance Management in the California State University course and Performance Evaluation in the California State University course for Supervisors and Leads. Each course will cover core elements of performance management and performance evaluation.

Performance Management in the California State University

Participants will:

  • Summarize the core elements of performance management.
  • Identify and explain the key stages of the performance management cycle.
  • Discuss the performance management planning process.
  • Discuss providing feedback.
  • Review how to co-create an individual development plan with an employee.
  • Articulate the difference between performance management and the performance appraisal process

Dates and Registration:


Performance Evaluation in the California State University

Participants will:

  • Summarize the core objectives of the performance management process.
  • Articulate the difference between performance management and the performance evaluation process.
  • Identify the key elements of writing a performance evaluation.
  • Practice writing a performance evaluation.

Dates and Registration:


Upcoming Classes

Dec 3 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dec 4 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dec 11 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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