September 2017 Newsletter

HR&APS Welcomes Back Everyone for the New Semester

Back to School

The Human Resources and Academic Personnel office is buzzing with activity as we welcome back students, faculty and staff for the new academic year!
As the new semester begins, it's a good time to think about planning for your professional development. Professional development can take many forms across campus. What are your professional goals? We have a number of resources that are available to help you reach them, such as:

HRAPS Training Calendar
Fee Waiver Program
Library Skillshops
Center for Teaching and Learning
College of Extended Education & Global Engagement
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at HSU

Not sure where to go or how to move forward professionally? Visit the HRAPS Benefits Fair on September 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Goodwin Forum. The Professional Development group will be there to answer any questions you have on upcoming classes or development needs. We will also have vendors available to share information on the valuable services and benefits available to you as an HSU employee.

Featured Tech Course

Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials: Data Presentation Strategies

Microsoft Excel 2016 gives you many options for improving the presentation of your data. In this course, you will learn about adding visual impact to your data using Sparklines, linking to different locations using hyperlinks, and creating custom formatting rules. You will learn about the many tools Excel 2016 provides for visually enhancing the appearance of your data.

Auto fill and Flash Fill
  • copy data using Auto Fill in Microsoft Excel 2016
  • fill a series using Auto Fill in Microsoft Excel 2016
  • complete data lists using Flash Fill in Microsoft Excel 2016
  • create a hyperlink in an Excel 2016 workbook
  • modify an existing hyperlink in an Excel 2016 workbook
Conditional Formatting
  • apply conditional formatting using Quick Analysis in Microsoft Excel 2016
  • create custom conditional formatting rules in Microsoft Excel 2016
Creating Sparklines
  • create and edit basic sparklines in Microsoft Excel 2016
  • create custom sparklines in Microsoft Excel 2016

Course time: 48 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.


 Principles of Supervision


This two-day, CSU-designed, "Principles of Supervision" program covers basic supervision skills to include performance management, developing direct reports, guiding and organizing the work, managing relationships, and managing yourself. (Open to MPP only)

Session Date: September 20 and 21, 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: UC Banquet Room

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Featured Soft Skills Course

The Art and Science of Communication

There is a science behind communication, including how we react neuro-physiologically to others – their actions, words, tone, and body language. You can develop skills in connecting with others so that your communication intention is clear and understood. There's also an art to communication, allowing your authentic self to shine through and allowing the exchange with another person to unfold naturally. Interpersonal communication is complicated: there's more than just one conversation happening. There is what you're thinking and saying as well as what your audience is thinking and saying. This course will teach you the art and science of communication by discussing how to connect with your audience and how to enhance and strengthen that connection as you communicate.

  • Identify situations that benefit from sharing communication responsibility

  • Recognize behaviors that promote making connections with people

  • Identify ways to show interest when communicating with others

  • Categorize questions that help to strengthen a communication connection

  • Identify the basic principles of assertive communication

  • Recognize ways of connecting with your audience

Course time: 21 minutes


Rethinking Inclusive Teaching: Disciplinarity and Diversity in Higher Education


Visiting Scholar Linda Adler- Kassner of University of California Santa Barbara, illuminates the connections between the important goals of anti-racism and equity to strategies for creating disciplinary access for all students.

Her talk will help HSU faculty think about learning bottlenecks in their own courses and how to support learning for all students by making disciplinary concepts more visible and accessible. Followed by Q and A.

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 3:00pm

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Follow-Up Workshop

Rethinking Inclusive Teaching: Designs for Disciplinary Access

Friday, September 22, 2017 3:00 - 4:30 pm

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CSU's Got Talent

Communicating Your Message for Maximum Impact

CSU's GOT TALENT series continues with Communicating Your Message for Maximum Impact. This live webcast recording is now available on Skillport. See attached flyer for information related to this presentation.
You can find the webcast recording by:

1. Searching
    a. By Name: Communicating Your Message for Maximum Impact
    b. By ID: __scorm12_spcentralsta_csu_talent_wc_ max_impact
    c. Keyword: communication

2. Browse the Catalog
    a. Systemwide Custom Content
        i. CSU's Got Talent

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
Dec 18 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Find an Instructor Led Training Session

From Skillport's Home page:

  1. Click the "Instructor Led Training Sessions" link on the left hand side.
  2. Scroll the resulting list until you find the course you need and click the Course Title.  The Course Page will open.  
  3. Select the desired session from the list and click “Enroll”.

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