Select Page

Professional Development Day (USPDD)

All University staff are celebrated each academic year with a University Staff Professional Development Day (USPDD). Through the support of Emeritus Chancellor Richard Wells, the first Classified Staff day was held June 1, 2001.  Chancellor Andrew Leavitt is supportive of University Staff by continuing this day of professional development.


Mark your calendars!

The 2019 USPDD will be held Friday, June 7, 2019.  Check out the USPDD Workshop Descriptions and Schedule under the FAQs below.  Registration will be open Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:45AM and will close on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 4:30PM.


Who is eligible to participate in USPDD?
USPDD is a day to celebrate all University Staff (formerly titled Classified Staff, UW-System Classification) on the UW Oshkosh campus. The cost is free to all University Staff members and participation is optional.
What is the schedule for the day?

7:15-8 a.m. – Breakfast and Registration
8-8:30 a.m. – Opening Remarks
8:30-9:00 a.m.- Remarks from the Chancellor/Provost
9:15-10:15 a.m. – Session I
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Session II
11:30-12:30 p.m. – Lunch
12:45-1:00 p.m. – Prizes  
1:00-1:30 p.m. –  Keynote Speaker – Adam Bellcorelli “Smile and Give Someone Superpowers”
1:45-2:45 p.m. – Session III
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Games/Bingo

USPDD 2019 Workshop Descriptions

Combined AM Session – 9:15 am – 11:30 am

Planting Around Campus
Presenter:  Lisa Mick

This workshop is still a work in progress.  It may be a vegetable or flower planting or it may be a new install of a perennial bed.  The possibilities are endless!  Come join us and plain the soil.  Gloves and tools will be provided.  If it should dare to rain, we will take a virtual walk of the campus talking about our edible attributes and other ecological plants.

Session 1 –  9:15 am – 10:15 am

Difficult People
Presenter:  Stephanie Bellin

Dealing with a coworker who may have a communication style that’s challenging for you is common in the workplace. We all have to deal with people with different backgrounds, communication styles and habits we may find difficult. This seminar will help you learn how to cope with these individuals in the healthiest manner possible and how to take care of your own needs while learning to more effectively work with others.

U.S. Coin Collecting – Tips and Tricks
Presenter:  Erik May

Learn about the hobby of collecting coins.  Develop your knowledge of the history of U.S. circulated coins; how to get started, what to collect and where to find collectible coins.  What are your coins really worth?  What about foreign coins?  Feel free to bring your own coins.

Session 2 – 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Active Threat Response
Presenter:  Captain of Police –  Chris Tarmann

In this workshop we’ll share statistics for Active Threat situations in the U.S., provide information about how to be proactive and provide a brief training on how to react to an Active Threat situation

De-Stress Now!
Presenter:  Theresa Spoehr

Come learn how to de-stress quickly, using easy to learn techniques that you can use yourself and teach to your students.

Essential Oils – Limit 36 participants
Presenter:  Kelly Tarmann

We will be learning how you can replace many of the cleaning and personal care products in your home for natural options!

Session 3 – 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

OneDrive Basics – Limit 50 participants
Presenter:  Laura Knaapen

Learn the basics of logging in to Office 365 and using OneDrive for file storage.  This includes creating folders, moving files and sharing files with others.  We’ll also briefly touch on using Word Online.

Creating a High Energy Healthy Snack
Presenter:  Kate Harrell

Learn to create a healthier, high energy and longer lasting energy snack to get you through the workday.  We will discuss the best pairings of foods and then work to create, together, some healthy snacks you can use moving forward to get through your workday.

Beginning Martial Arts
Presenters:  Stacey and Charles Skoning

Come dressed to move.  You will learn some basic attacks (hands and feet), blocks and escapes through individual and partner work as we explore the basics of taekwondo and hapkido.  Signed waivers will be required to participate.

USPDD 2019 Donation Drive

USPDD 2019 Games

Bingo Join us for popcorn, prizes and fun! It’s the game you all know and love – B-I-N-G-O. This year we are going to test your BINGO strategy skills with bingo card pattern wins. Come join us in the fun! Outdoor Games Have you spent all day sitting on hard chairs, cutting off the circulation to your legs? Need to move? Then come to the great outdoors!!! We will have Giant Jenga, cornhole, ladder golf and more. We will be set up in the field between the Reeve and Horizon dorm.

Where do the prizes for the games portion at the end of the day come from?
All prizes given during the end of the day’s games portion are donated from campus community members and local businesses. The Athletics Department, Residence Life, University Books and More, Reeve Union, 4Imprint and individual faculty, academic, and University Staff members are some of the many supporters who have graciously donated prizes each year. No prizes are purchased using USPDD funds. Funding from University accounts are not authorized to purchase prizes for employees.
If I need special accommodations throughout the day, whom do I contact?
Please contact the Planning Committee Chair(s) to notify them of what accommodations you will need. They’ll work directly with you and other Planning Committee members to ensure you have an enjoyable day.
I registered but now am unable to attend. Whom do I contact?

If your personal circumstances change after you’ve registered for USPDD and you are no longer able to attend, please notify the Planning Committee Chair.

I have an idea for a workshop, a keynote speaker, or a game for the end of the day. Whom do I talk to?

We’re always open to new ideas and would love to hear your thoughts! To share your ideas, please contact the following committee chairs:            


  • Workshop Ideas: Planning Committee
  • Keynote Speaker Ideas: Planning Committee
  • Games Ideas: Games Committee
I want to be a part of USPDD. How do I join a committee?

We welcome new and seasoned University Staff to participate on any of the committees. If you would like to sign up, contact the Chair of the committee of which you’re interested. They’ll be happy to contact you with meeting dates/times and information.