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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 29, 2014

Northwest, Maryville Chamber offering workplace-related learning opportunities to students, employees, community members

Northwest Missouri State University, in conjunction with the Maryville Chamber of Commerce, invites students and employees, as well as the public, to a series of learning opportunities featuring presenters discussing topics such as intercultural competence, effective communication, email marketing and conflict management.

Northwest will host seven presentations for area professionals. Each presentation costs $25 for Maryville Chamber of Commerce members or $40 for non-members. Registration is available online at

The presentations are free to Northwest students and employees as part of the University’s Career Pathing program, which provides professional development opportunities to students interested in advancing to new levels of pay and responsibility.

Information about each of the sessions appears below.

For more information, contact Northwest’s Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1140 or email Paula McLain, coordinator of student employment at Northwest, at

Dr. Jeff Foot & Dr. Pradnya Patet

“Intercultural Competence for Employees in Today’s World”
11 a.m., 3 p.m. or 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3
J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom

This session helps participants 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 and skills related to interacting with cultures other than their own. Participants will be introduced to specific skills and techniques to enhance their own intercultural competence and become increasingly aware of how people approach differences.

Dr. Jeff Foot and Dr. Pradnya Patet

Karel Murray

“There’s No Such Thing as a One Person Tango – The Art of Effective Communication”
10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15
Student Union Ballroom

Effectively connecting with others is the single best communication skill you can develop. Learn about what your handshake says about you and what elements affect that all-important first impression. Enhance your interactive style and ability to decode signals by attending this fun and fascinating session.

Karel Murray

Carloyn McCall

“The One Hour Blueprint on How to Give Yourself … Permission to be Phenomenal!”
11 a.m., 2 p.m., or 3:30 p.m., Sept. 25
Student Union Ballroom

This session allows individuals to stop and pause for one hour and plan for three things that are important but never enough time for – defining what’s important to you, learning how to control negative thinking and visualizing what’s possible for you.

Carloyn McCall

Jessica Best

“Email Marketing: “The Good, The Bad & The Wow!”
10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7
Student Union Ballroom

In this overview of email marketing best practices in today’s world, learn 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. Best incorporates real company stories from those who have done it well and those who could have used some advice. Even participants familiar with email marketing will learn something new in this high-energy presentation.

Jessica Best

Jacque Loghry & Rebecca Maier

Step In! Speak Up! Learn how with Bystander Intervention Training and #Stepup!”
9 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15
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 you can do. Be a true Bearcat, be a friend, connect with Bearcats and make a difference.

Rebecca Maier

Tabatha Verbick & Kim Todd

“Microsoft Excel Basics for Beginners”
9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23
B.D. 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.

Tabatha Verbick and Kim Todd

Lauren Schieffer

“Before it Comes to Blows!”
11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11
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 how to prevent and manage conflicts.

Lauren Schieffer

Bob Machovsky & Rosalie Weathermon

“Build Your Bearcat Network” (For Northwest students only)
10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Nov. 24
Student Union Ballroom

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 about major or career focus, industry questions or suggestions when moving to a new city or area.   The session will provide tools necessary to be successful in building your professional network.

Rosalie Weathermon and Bob Machovsky

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468