Calendar of Programs  

Campus wide Programs

(Open to all staff and faculty)




Caregiver Employee Resource Group (ERG), As Caregivers Where Do We Go From Here?

Friday, April 28, 2017, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Oaks 207

DonnaLynn Hall, coordinator for the Caregiver’s ERG, is extending the following invitation for their April 28 program: "We will review past presenters and brainstorm about where we want to go next.  We really want to hear from YOU regarding what information would be most helpful to you as a caregiver.”   A buffet lunch will be provided for those who register.

As a reminder, the Caregiver ERG is open to all staff and faculty who are current caregivers, past caregivers, future caregivers or  interested in caregiving.  To learn more about the Caregiver ERG, please contact DonnaLynn Hall at

Administrative Professional’s Celebratory Luncheon

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 12:00-2:00 p.m., in Oaks 212

The Office of Leadership & Professional Development would like to invite all Administrative Professionals (Program Assistants, Executive Assistants, and Administrative Assistants) to a luncheon on Wednesday, May 3, to celebrate Administrative Professional’s Day!  This year we have scheduled our luncheon the week after the official Administrative Professional’s Day because of the Celebrate Week schedule.  Registration for this program always fills up quickly so please sign up now.  A buffet lunch will be provided for those who register.

If you have food restrictions or if you need special accommodations, please email Kim Capps ( prior to the event so she can work with catering to meet your needs.

We look forward to celebrating you!

Best Practices for Writing Reference Letters for Students

Monday, May 8, 2017, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Oaks 212

The Student Professional Development Center, in collaboration with OLPD is presenting a program for staff to learn how to write reference letters for students.  Kim Giles, Resources and Communications Coordinator, and Ross Wade, Director of Career Development, both with the Student Professional Development Center, extend the following invitation: “If you write reference letters for  students this session is for you.  Don’t compromise on the quality of your reference letter; it reflects the quality of your recommendation. Learn how to build a well-written and properly formatted document with content that may turn an applicant into a successful candidate!  Join us for what promises to be an educational and entertaining event.”  A buffet lunch will be provided for those who register.

Boosting Your Resilience

Friday, May 12, 2017, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Oaks 212

The World Health Organization describes stress as the “global health epidemic of the 21st century.”

Stress is everywhere, and it can have detrimental effects on employees’ health and wellbeing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Research shows that a combination of attitudes, behaviors, and social support systems can effectively build resilience – the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity.

In this program, we will:
·      Uncover the unique nature of stress, including common causes and effects.
·      Discover when and how stress is healthy and helpful.
·      Share and practice techniques for minimizing stress and building resilience.

A mix of common sense, expert opinion, and scientific study, this program will refresh your memory on what you already know about stress, help you see some things in a new way, and equip you with a variety of tools and ideas to help in your daily life and work. A buffet lunch will be provided for those who register.

**THIS PROGRAM HAS REACHED CAPACITY BUT WE HAVE STARTED A WAITING LIST.**  Please email Kim Capps @ ( to be added to the waiting list.

Becoming a More Effective Supervisor Series; Conflict Competence, Part 2

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Oaks 212

Part 2 of this session is open to new supervisors and any supervisors who are interested in refreshing their skills.  Dr. Karen Jo Shapiro will present Part 2 of her introduction to “Conflict Competence”.  Dr. Shapiro will also give a more in-depth overview of the process of conflict dynamics.  In addition, she will ask participants to come prepared with conflict situations and discuss how conflict competence might help in those specific situations.  A buffet lunch will be provided for those who register.

GROWING through LEADERSHIP/SUPERVISOR SERIES sessions are open to supervisors and those interested in learning supervisory skills:

Individual Development Facilitation

Our office is providing individual development facilitation sessions on a monthly basis. A knowledgeable, expert facilitator will be on campus, by appointment, to offer confidential individual sessions on professional and developmental goal planning. Once you register, you will receive two goal development guidebooks to assist you in preparing for your individual session. These sessions fill up quickly so please contact Ann Flaherty at x6123 ( as soon as possible for more information or to schedule a session.

Diversity Course Database

The Diversity Course Database is now available for use!

The Diversity Course Database represents an initiative created in response to requests by faculty, staff and students for a resource to identify diversity-related courses. Unlike a list, this searchable database identifies diversity-related courses by content and student learning outcomes using seven dimensions of diversity: race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and the global.

The Database will be a valuable resource for advising. It can also help departments and schools with curricular and diversity planning. It can be accessed using the following link:

Currently the Database represents the initial seeding of courses. Departments will have an opportunity to add more courses annually and will receive information about that process at a later date. If you have questions about the database, please direct them to Brooke Barnett:

The Database was developed by Crystal Anderson, Academic Diversity Fellow, and JP Lavoie, whose technical expertise was indispensible in the creation of the database. Many thanks also go out to participating chairs of departments in the College of the Arts and Sciences as well as the Deans of the School of Communications, Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and the School of Education.

Don’t Forget the Help the Writing Center Can Give You

The Writing Center invites you to meet one-on-one with its thoroughly trained student consultants. You can bring in any kind of writing, at any stage of your writing process. Whether you are just starting a project and want to brainstorm ideas, or you have notes, a rough draft, or a nearly final draft, come on in. Sessions are up to 45 minutes long, and you are welcome to come back as often as you like! A consultant can help you with any of your writing questions, and you’ll receive feedback and ideas from a real reader.

You can make an appointment online at or walk in to our main location in Belk Library or our satellite locations in The Multicultural Center and The Koury Business Center. Our main location is open during these extensive hours:
M-Th 10am-10pm
Fri 10am-4pm
Sun 2pm-10pm

If you have any questions about consultations at the Writing Center, feel free to contact the Writing Center Director, Paula Rosinski, at

Customized Department Trainings

 We offer other programs that can be customized to meet specific departmental needs.  Examples of recent programs include:
    - Sending Routine Messages via Email
    - Team Building with Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI)
    - Stress Reduction in the Workplace
    - Celebrating Change
    - StrengthsQuest

If you are interested in scheduling similar programs for your department, just contact the Office of Leadership & Professional Development  at ext. 6124.

Exciting Online Opportunity- On Demand Training with

Elon has partnered with to provide on-demand software training to all campus users. Lynda Training offers nearly 1,000 video tutorials on leading software topics like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, audio and video editing applications, and many more. These high-quality tutorials are taught by industry experts and available 24/7 for convenient, self-paced learning.

Elon Challenge Course

A variety of team-building programs are available through The Elon Challenge Course; from half-day to multi-day programs.  This  unparalleled teambuilding experience is just down the road from your office!  Visit "More News" on our home page for details or contact Katie Hight, Director of New Student Programs, at 336-278-7320 for more information.