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Northwest Missouri State University

Personal and Professional Development Opportunities (Fall 2014)


Title of Presentation


Sept. 3 “Intercultural Competence for Employees in Today’s World” Dr. Jeff Foot &
Dr. Pradnya Patet
Sept. 15 “There’s No Such Thing as a One Person Tango – The Art of Effective Communication” Karel Murray
Sept. 25 "The One Hour Blueprint on how to Give Yourself...Permission to be PHENOMENAL!” Carolyn McCall
Oct. 7 “Email Marketing: The Good, The Bad & The Wow!” Jessica Best
Oct. 15 "Step In! Speak Up! Learn how with Bystander Intervention Training and #stepup!" Rebecca Maier & Jacque Loghry
Oct. 23. Microsoft Excel Basics for Beginners” Tabatha Verbick &
Kim Todd
Nov. 11 "Before it Comes to Blows!" Lauren Schieffer
Nov. 24 “Build Your Bearcat Network” Rosalie Weathermon & Bob Machovsky

Register online!

Presentation 1 - “Intercultural Competence for Employees in Today’s World”

Dr. Jeff Foot, Director International Affairs/ ESL &FootPatet
Dr. Pradnya Patet, Assistant Professor, Professional Education
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Session Times: 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

This session facilitates participants to recognize the importance of intercultural competence in their daily interactions as employees. Through experiential activities, small group discussions, and opportunities for dialog, participants will examine their current knowledge about and skills related to interacting with cultures other than their own.  Participants will be introduced to specific skills and techniques to enhance one’s own intercultural competence and become increasingly aware of how we approach differences.

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Presentation 2 - “There’s No Such Thing as a One Person Tango – The Art of Effective Communication”

Karel Murray

Karel Murray, CSP, DREI
Our Branch, Inc.

Date: Monday,September 15, 2014
Session Times: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Effectively connecting with others (and prevent “stepping on toes”) is the single best communication skill you can develop! What does your handshake say about you? What elements affect that all important first impression? Enhance your interactive style and ability to decode signals by attending this fun and fascinating session. After all, it takes two to tango . . . or to communicate and collaborate.

Session Objectives – Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • Dispel the notion that other people are untruthful. With insight into emotional intelligence and the combination of words, tone and body language, participants will become more aware of the truth in an interpersonal interaction which will ultimately result in better relationships.
  • Develop a communication process that will enhance your overall effectiveness when interviewing your customers or talking to your direct reports by recognizing behaviors that can create a disconnect.
  • Decode the hidden messages in a relationship so that a straight forward communication can take place between you and your client.
  • Interpret body language and communication styles to best establish a method of interaction that will have positive results.  Utilize the concepts of emotional intelligence in building your relationships..
  • Outline attitudes, perceptions, and belief structures that may prevent fluid and effective communications through utilization of self-examination quiz, role play and group discussion

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Presentation 3 -  "The One Hour Blueprint on how to Give Yourself...Permission to be PHENOMENAL!”


Carolyn McCall
Carolyn McCall Global, LL 

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Session Times: 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

The One Hour Blueprint on how to give Yourself Permission to be PHENOMENAL allows individuals to stop and pause for one hour and plan for three things that are important (but unfortunately, never enough time for):  (1) self-analysis (defining what’s important to you): (2) insightful (learn how to control negative thinking): and (3) dream (visualizing what’s possible for you).  

In this program, participants will learn how to:

  • Describe the model for “Give Yourself… Permission to be PHENOMENAL!"
  • Clarify “What You Want at work and in your personal life”
  • Develop a plan to get from "This to That!”

What does it mean to “Giving Yourself Permission to be PHENOMENAL?”

Permission is the key because it moves us outside of our comfort zone. The adjustment period once you’re outside your comfort zone takes time but when you give yourself permission it’s as easy as baking a cake – a cake requires ingredients and so does Giving Yourself Permission to be Phenomenal!  There’s a blueprint and once you’re willing to embrace the change everything will change for the better.
Giving Yourself…. Permission to be Phenomenal can be awkward at first, but just like being propelled into a steep turn on a rollercoaster, it can also be exhilarating. And that exhilaration is when and where real change takes place .

SO, join us for this exhilarating ride!

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Presentation 4 -  “Email Marketing: The Good, The Bad & The Wow!”


Jessica Best, Speaker & Digital Marketing Evangelist

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Session Times: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

In this overview of email marketing best practices in today’s world, Jessica will share the top things you should always and never do when creating your email marketing strategy. Not only will the session help you to avoid accidentally breaking the law, but it’s designed to teach you email marketing strategies that nurture your customer relationships and help drive more sales. Jessica incorporates real companies’ stories of those who have done it well and those who… could have used some advice. Even those familiar with email marketing will learn something new in this high energy presentation!

Key Learnings:

  • 5 things you should always do in social media
  • 5 things you should never do in social media
  • The right way to grow and nurture your email marketing list
  • The anatomy of healthy email marketing design and layout
  • How to avoid the common pitfalls and mistakes many email marketers make

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 Presentation 5 -  "Step In! Speak Up! Learn how with Bystander Intervention Training and #stepup!""

Rebecca Maier, Coordinator, Residential LifeMaier_Loghry
Jacque Loghry, Assistant Director/Learning
Services Coordinator, Student Support Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Session Times: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm or 4:00 pm
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Bystander Intervention Training gives you the skills to confidently connect and safely help others when a situation is heading in a bad direction.  No finger pointing here; it’s all about what CAN do!  Be a true Bearcat, Be a friend, connect with Bearcats and make a difference.  #stepup

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Presentation 6 -  "Microsoft Excel Basics for Beginners"

Tabatha Verbick, User ConsultantVerbickTodd
Kim Todd, User Consultant
Information Technology
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Session Times: 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Owens Library 250

In this introductory course to Excel, participants will explore Excel through demonstration and several hands-on activities.  After completion of this session, participants can expect to have the basic skills required to create new worksheets from scratch and to work within an existing worksheet to modify or add content.

Topics will include (depending on time):

  • Creating a New Workbook
  • Navigating in Excel
    • Moving the Cell Pointer
    • Using Excel Menus and Toolbars
  • Entering Values in a Worksheet and Selecting a Cell Range
  • Formatting a Worksheet
    • Creating Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers
    • Adjusting Page Margins and Orientation
    • Adding Print Titles and Gridlines, rows to repeat at top of each page
    • Formatting Fonts & Values
    • Adjusting Row Height and Column Width
    • Changing Cell Alignment
    • Adding Borders
    • Applying Colors and Patterns
    • Using the Format Painter
    • Using AutoFormat
    • Merging Cells, Rotating Text, and using AutoFit
    • Using AutoFill
  • Managing your workbooks
    • Switching Between Sheets in a Workbook
    • Inserting and Deleting Worksheets
    • Renaming and Moving Worksheets
  • Formulas
    • Creating a basic Formula
    • Calculating Value Totals with AutoSum
    • Editing & Copying Formulas
  • Creating & Working with Charts
    • Creating a Chart
    • Moving and Resizing a Chart
    • Formatting and Editing Objects in a Chart
    • Changing a Chart's Source Data
    • Changing a Chart Type and Working with Pie Charts
    • Adding Titles, Gridlines, and a Data Table
    • Formatting a Data Series and Chart Axis
  • Inserting an Excel Worksheet into a Word Document
  • Saving and Printing.

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Presentation 7 - "Before it Comes to Blows!"

Lauren Schieffer, Motivational SpeakerLauren Schieffer
High Road Solutions

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Session Times: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

The most successful and dynamic people (and businesses) learn how to resolve conflict before it starts, and create an atmosphere that fosters understanding and expression. These skills do not typically come naturally, but they can be learned! Participants will leave this program understanding

  • The value of conflict prevention vs. conflict management
  • How to function successfully in the midst of on-going conflict
  • How to see issues from multiple perspectives
  • The difference between reacting and responding in stressful situations
  • How to keep their emotions from running the show
  • How to find the win-win-win from a well managed conflict

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Presentation 8 - “Build Your Bearcat Network”

Rosalie Weathermon, Career Development Coordinator: Internships, Career Services
Bob Machovsky, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, Alumni Relations
Northwest Missouri State University 

Date: Monday, November 24, 2014Weathermon-Machovsky
Session Times: 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Not sure how to start a conversation with established professionals?  Intimidated or in the dark on how to network with peers in your desired profession?  Communicating effectively to bolster your professional opportunities is a necessary skill in today’s global marketplace.  Learn how to use LinkedIn and other resources in this fun and interactive session.  Attendees will also explore how to connect with Northwest alumni who have “walked in your shoes” about major or career focus, industry questions or suggestions when moving to a new city/area.   The session will provide
tools necessary to be successful in building your professional network. 

 Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the power of building your own professional network
  • Gain an understanding of search methods for LinkedIn’s alumni tool
  • Learn additional ways to connect with over 70,000+ Bearcat Family members
  • Practice your “elevator pitch”  while learning how to effectively communicate via Linkedin

Note:  This session is targeted at a student employee audience, however a student employment supervisor observing this session can identify ways to assist student employee growth.

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