Professional Development Calendar

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Month of April

Navigating Fresno State

GradesFirst New Appointment Center

Tues., April 3, 10 – 11 a.m., Library 2108

Thurs., April 5, 1 – 2 p.m., Library 2122

The New Appointment Center allows advisors and staff to monitor and maintain visits for students in their queue or other advisors' queues. This is now available for all users and will fully launch in the summer. GradesFirst Appointment Center allows your front desk support staff to assist students who need to check in for an appointment, drop in to see an advisor, schedule a future appointment, or cancel an appointment. From Appointment Center, you can add students to waiting lists to meet with a specific advisor or the first available advisor. You can also schedule appointments with their assigned advisor or someone else. Advisors can monitor activity within the Appointment Center and receive notifications when students are checked in.


LMS Review Open Forum

Wed., April 4, 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., Center for Faculty Excellence (Library 2134)

Thurs., April 5, 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., Center for Faculty Excellence (Library 2134)

A comprehensive review of learning management system (LMS) use on the Fresno State campus began during the Fall 2017 semester and a recommendation will be made to our Provost in May, 2018. The review will inform our campus LMS transition that will occur during the 2018-2019 academic year with full LMS integration beginning Fall of 2019. Our campus review includes three LMS’s including Blackboard Ultra, Canvas, and Brightspace (D2L). Each of the three systems have a Master Enabling Agreement (MEA) with the CSU Chancellor’s Office. Our campus review includes a Faculty Learning Community (FLC), focus groups with students, staff, faculty, and administrator stakeholders, and surveys sent to stakeholders.


Please join us at one of the Open forums where results of our campus LMS review will be shared on April 4th or April 5th from 11:30 to 12:50 in HML 2134.


First Year Student Success: How to Teach Time Management & Behavioral Change

Thurs., April 5, 11 – noon, Library 2108

Student Success faculty and staff are challenged to help students gain control of their self-regulatory behaviors and break the cycle of procrastination. This webinar explores self-regulatory behaviors from several theoretical frameworks and provides participants with practical strategies to get even their most-at-risk students moving toward behavior change.


First Impressions

Thurs. Mar. 22, 2 - 3 p.m., Lyles Center Classroom

Gia Kazarian


Enhancing Your Technical Skills

OUCampus Training

Thurs., April 5, 9 – 11:30 a.m., Library 2127

Learn how to navigate OUCampus and post text, photos, graphics, and tables to your campus websites.


iClickers in the Classroom

Fri., April 6, noon – 1 p.m., Center for Faculty Excellence (Library 2134)

Looking for ways to engage your students in the classroom? Last semester, Fresno State upgraded their iClicker system so students can use regular clickers in the classroom and/or a mobile device such as their phone or tablet. This informal presentation will provide information about the process and how you might use iClickers in a classroom setting.


Developing a Healthy U

LGBTI Rights in Ireland

Wed., April 4, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Smittcamp Alumni House

Sponsored by United Student Pride, Fresno State LGBT+ Allies Network, and Rainbow Alumni and Allies Club. Food will be served!


Within a post colonial context and an often conservative and religious environment, Ireland's LGBT community has successfully advocated for significant policy and legal rights, including safe schools and marriage equality. As minority communities face greater risk in today's world, what insights can we garner from this experience?


Speaker Information: Michael Barron is an Irish and international Social Justice Advocate. He is the Founding Director of both BeLonG To, Ireland' s national LGBTI youth rights organization, and EQUATE, a children's rights organization advocating for equality in education. He has worked with and on behalf of young people nationally and internationally for twenty years. During his time at BeLonG To he directed the development of a national network of LGBT supports and successfully advocated for significant policy and legislative change in the areas of children and young people, education, bullying, mental health, drug use and equality.


Contact Dr. Kris Clarke, Department of Social Work Education, for more information.


Winning With a Healthy Lifestyle – Mindful Eating

Fri., 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Family Science 105

Led by Dr. Lisa Herzig, this 10-week program offers nutrition coaching and exercise planning to help cultivate living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.


Activity Classes


Mon. & Wed., 12:10 - 12:40 p.m., ED 360

Utilize non-impact exercises to develop strength, flexibility, balance and inner awareness.



Tues. & Thurs., 12:10 - 12:40 p.m., South Gym 134

With a combination of aerobic activity, agility, balance, and strength training, you can shed any unwanted pounds and tone your muscles in this moderate exercise class.


Circuit Training

Mon. & Wed., 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., ED 140

Combine interval training, full body weight exercises, and core workouts to strengthen and tone your whole body.



The Organizational Excellence Calendar represents professional development opportunities from across campus. This calendar and its workshops are supported by: Human Resources, Center for Faculty Excellence, Healthy U, Student Affairs and many more.