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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 2018 USPDD will be held Thursday, May 31, 2018.  Check out the USPDD Workshop Descriptions and Schedule under the FAQs below.  Registration will be open Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 7:45AM and will close on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 4:30PM.

USPDD FAQs

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 by the Planning Committee

8:30-9:00 a.m.- Remarks from the Chancellor

9:15-10:15 a.m. – Session I

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Session II

11:30-12:30 p.m. – Lunch

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker

1:45-2:45 p.m. – Session III

3:00-4:00 p.m. – Games/Bingo/Art

USPDD 2018 Workshop Descriptions

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

Active Threat Response and Preparedness

Presenters: Chris Tarmann & Joseph Peterson

The goal of this presentation is to develop a campus environment where staff (along with already trained faculty and students) have an understanding about how to gather and share information that will reduce the possibility of an active threat situation.  This session also teaches staff how to respond during an active threat situation.

Oshkosh Area Community Pantry – Limit 15 participants

Presenter: Hope Schaefer & Terri Green

Volunteers who visit the Pantry will be helping to stock our shelves, assist clients throughout their visits, help pack our home delivery food orders for home bound clients, and other projects as needed.  This volunteer workshop will be located at 2551 Jackson Street inside the St. Vincent DePaul building (inside to the left).

Note: This workshop is off-campus and will require that you have completed the Driver Authorization form on campus or be carpooling with someone who has. Please dress accordingly. No open-toed shoes.

Habitat for Humanity/Restore – Limit 15 participants

Presenter: Elizabeth Merida

Come learn a little bit more about what the Habitat for Humanity ReStore does in our community and take time to give back.  Depending on weather volunteer opportunities will include parking lot and yard clean up and/or store sales floor cleaning. This volunteer workshop will be located at the site on 1640 S. Koeller Street in Oshkosh.

Note: This workshop is off-campus and will require that you have completed the Driver Authorization form on campus or be carpooling with someone who has. In addition Habitat/Restore has a required volunteer form that will be sent to all participants. If you have already completed one within the last 12 months for this location you do not need to redo. Please dress accordingly. No open-toed shoes.

 

Session 1 –  9:15 am – 10:15 am

Planting around Campus – Limit 25 participants

Presenter: Lisa Mick

The time has come to freshen up the campus outdoor space. We will be planting different types of plants and flowers in the CLOW NE area. Join us and put your mark on the landscape of this campus. Gloves and shovels will be provided.  Come and play in the soil!! If it should dare to rain, we will take a virtual walk of the campus talking about our edible attributes and other ecological plants.

Canvas Painting – Limit 50 participants

Presenter: Carly Gomez

Come on in and relax with your colleagues by enjoying a painting workshop.  In this workshop I will be leading a step-by-step demonstration of how to paint a landscape.  No prior artistic skills are necessary, all supplies will be provided. Paint at your own risk or bring along an old shirt for any messy painters.

Peregrine Falcon Facts

Presenter: Dawn Dettlaff & AVES

Speaker(s) will present information about the history and biology of peregrine falcons. We will also talk about the various peregrines who have made their home on the roof of the Gruenhagen Conference Center and what is done to maintain their nest site.  There will be a visit from Hondo, the first male falcon to make our site his home.

 

Session 2 – 10:30 am – 11:30 am

It’s Your Garden, Do What You Want

Presenter: Tom Fojtik

Spring is here. Time to get outside. Let’s look at some beautiful garden photos and chat about how to make good plant and design choices.  Share your ideas, experiences and opinions in a safe gardening space.  No one will judge you here, and you might even take a new plant home with you!  I look forward to sharing my own knowledge and experience – over 30 years worth of success, failure and humor.

A Historical Walking Tour of UW Oshkosh – Limit 50 participants

Presenter: Stephen Kercher

This walking tour will acquaint participants with the history of UW Oshkosh and its environs—from the 17th century to the present.


Session 3 – 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

 Alterations Station – Limit 25 participants

Presenter: Chelsy Cegielski

UWOs Career Closet provides professional dress clothing to students. We receive donations from our Professional Skills sponsors, employers, the campus community and retail companies; fall semester we received over 1000 items.  Some of our donations are in need of slight alterations.  Join our alteration station to sew buttons, fix hems, secure hook and eyes, reinforce seems. Sewing machines, thread, buttons, needles, scissors all provided. We need your talent and abilities….or your creative willingness to try! Come see the Career Closet for yourself!

Let’s get the Playground Ready at the Children’s Learning and Care Center – Limit 20 participants

Presenter: Susan Finkel-Hoffman, Director

Participants will help get the playground ready at the CLCC. Participants will clean out storage shed, do simple tricycle and bike repair, prepare garden beds for planting. Indoor activities include sorting and repairing children’s books.

Living with Rabbits: Rethinking Some Common Beliefs – Limit 50 participants

Presenter: Julie Smith

Informational session on common beliefs and misconceptions of the domestic rabbit: “Domestic rabbits are companion animals and should be afforded at least the same individual rights, level of care, and opportunity for longevity as commonly afforded to dogs and cats who live as human companions.  Rabbits are intelligent, social animals who require mental stimulation, toys, exercise, environmental activity, and social interaction (from, as appropriate, people, other rabbits, or other animals).”

Canvas Painting – Limit 50 participants

Presenter: Carly Gomez

Come on in and relax with your colleagues by enjoying a painting workshop.  In this workshop I will be leading a step-by-step demonstration of how to paint a landscape.  No prior artistic skills are necessary, all supplies will be provided. Paint at your own risk or bring along an old shirt for any messy painters.

Dancing Through Life

Presenter: Baraba Rau

Life throws a lot at us and sometimes it feels impossible to balance it all.  But did you know that just seven things explain most of life satisfaction. Learn about them in a way you’re unlikely to ever forget.  Join Barb Rau and ballroom dancer, Zeke Cribbs from Boogie Ballroom in Neenah, in an exploration of the links between ballroom dance and the seven dimensions of life satisfaction.  We can’t guarantee you’ll be ready for Dancing with the Stars but we can guarantee you’ll leave with some new moves – for life and for the dance floor.

USPDD 2018 Donation Drive

Donation Drive for UWO Career Closet & Oshkosh Area Community Pantry.

UWO Career Closet Donation Items

Oshkosh Area Community Pantry Donation Items

In-date, non-perishable items including:

  • Whole grain pastas
  • Low sodium sauces and vegetables
  • Low sugar fruits
  • Spices
  • Low sodium soups and broth
  • Hygiene items
USPDD 2018 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, horseshoes, 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 either the Registration or 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: Programs 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.