Featured Training

Communication

Building Effective Teams

Whether you supervise or work as part of a team, you understand that the amount of work produced by a group of employees can sometimes be limited to individual efforts. While this may be somewhat effective, these efforts are frequently undermined by interpersonal conflicts and personal agendas. When employees are part of a team they generate greater results with better consistency. This workshop will focus on developing an understanding of teamwork and how to get started with building effective teams and is intended for people who supervise others, are seeking opportunities to advance their leadership skills or are interested in team development.

When: Workshop completed

Facilitator: Karl Jones is the principal for Organizational Insight, specializing in helping organizations build effective teams. He brings 25 years management experience to the classroom and believes in a practical approach to training.

Working Styles

Misunderstandings and conflicts occur at work even under the best circumstances. This workshop will give you an insight into the way you and others work and think. By learning to identify the strengths and limitations of different working styles, you can begin to appreciate that differences can optimize your ability to perform. Through understanding how different people are motivated, you can become more effective and improve communication and interpersonal relationships.

Facilitator: Cindy Boies is the Training and Development Manager in Human Resource Services.

Request an individualized session for your team by email

Conflict Competency: Building Conflict Interaction Skills

Conflict is difficult for many of us. We were not born with great conflict resolution skills. Yet conflict is a natural and ever present part of our daily lives. What would our lives be like if we felt more competent to address and work through conflict with our partners, co-workers, employees and leaders? This workshop will be highly interactive with 60% of the time spent on actual skill building. We will focus on sorting through conflict then practice initiating and having a conversation with someone with whom you are in conflict.

When: Workshop completed

Facilitator: Brooke Corr has over 33 years of business management, hiring, training, and team building experience. She has been a facilitator and trainer for the National Coalition Building Institute since 1999, and holds a certificate in Advanced Mediation. As a mediator with the Community Dispute Resolution Center of Montana, Brooke mediates emotionally charged, high conflict cases and parenting plans. She is dedicated to helping others resolve conflict in peaceful and transformative ways, which aids in increasing an individual’s sense of empowerment and self-determination.

Read this! Write effective emails that people read

How many email messages fill your inbox each day?  How many do you open and read all the way through?  Do you ever wonder if your recipients read the messages you send?

Email can overwhelm many of us, and yet every day we have important information to convey through this medium.  This workshop aims to help you write emails that appeal to your recipients, making it easy for them to open, read, and respond.  You will learn some writing tips and strategies, discuss sample emails, and try your hand at a short message.  This will be an interactive workshop designed to raise your understanding of email and increase your control over its use. Class size is limited to 30 so sign up today!

When: Workshop completed

Facilitator: Caroline Simms is an adjunct instructor who has taught Management Communications and Business Writing at The University of Montana’s School of Business Administration for the last nine years. She has taught undergraduate and MBA business writing courses, both in classrooms and online. Prior to earning a Master of Arts in Teaching English from UM, she taught secondary English in Missoula and middle school English in Auckland, New Zealand.

Diversity

iTEAM: Teach, Empower, Assist, and Mentor International Students

This year international students from over 75 countries are enrolled at the University, each bringing  unique strengths, needs, questions and cultural perspectives.  iTEAM training is designed to provide staff and faculty with a skill kit  for addressing  the complexities  of working with such a diverse group. This interactive training will offer insights and broaden perspectives on international education, help build skills for effective communication, and provide resources for addressing common issues our international students and scholars face.

When: Workshops completed

Facilitators: This training will be facilitated by representatives from the Office of International Programs (Peter Baker, Julie Cahill), Foreign Student and Scholar Services (Mary Nellis, Mona Mondava) and Enrollment Services-Admissions (Karissa Drye). Each of these individuals bring years of varied and specialized experiences working with international students and scholars.  A portion of this training will include information about cross-cultural competency provided by Dr. Udo Fluck, Director of Global Gateway, an educational services portal offering cross-cultural and global competence trainings to the UM campus and greater Missoula community.  

Please contact Mary Nellis by email with any questions

HRS Spotlight

Human Resource Services strives to provide multiple opportunities for employees to get the information they need to be a productive member of our campus community.  HRS Spotlight is an opportunity for you to interact with Human Resources representatives who present specialized human resources or payroll topics six times a year.

View HRS Spotlight schedule

Leadership

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Leadership is the ability to influence others, especially in getting others to reach challenging goals. There are many leadership traits. But, without a doubt, to be a leader, it is important to win the respect and admiration of followers and peers. In this highly interactive workshop you will be introduced to a leadership model for increasing your leadership potential. This model is a practical road map designed to help people at all levels to weave more of the leadership elements into their styles. You can be an excellent manager without becoming a good leader; but you cannot be an excellent leader without becoming a good manager.

When: Workshop completed

Facilitator: Jane Baker is currently serving as the Interim Dean of the Missoula College. After retiring as the Dean for Montana Tech’s College of Technology in 2008, she has been providing motivational speeches to businesses, organizations, government agencies and for various conferences serving as a key note speaker. Her presentation style is lively, humorous and involves audience participation. In 2008, Jane was selected as Montana Educator of the Year by the Montana Ambassadors, which recognized her for her dynamic leadership.

Marketing

Social Media in 2015

We all wear a lot of hats. The social media hat often finds its way to the back of the closet. At the end of this session, you’ll leave with strategies empowering you to evaluate and find quality content, understand how to schedule posts and speak to an audience all while leaving time for your other responsibilities.

Find audience insights, launch a simple advertisement using any budget and look at how the top brands in the country deliver focused messaging to their audience. Bring questions as this will be an interactive presentation.

When: Workshop completed

Facilitators: Andrea Lewis is a news editor and event coordinator for University Relations. Andrea uses media outlets, both traditional and social, to trumpet the stories of UM’s students, faculty and staff.
Kyle Pucko is the digital marketing manager for the University of Montana. Focusing on lead generation campaigns for prospective students through the admission’s office, Kyle uses social media to meet specific goals while measuring results.

New Employee Welcome

New Employee Welcome (NEW) session, sponsored by Human Resource Services, is your opportunity to get the information you need to become familiar with the benefits of University of Montana (UM) membership; to get answers to your critical employment questions; and to connect with a variety of team members from other areas of campus. While we know you’ll be excited to participate, University of Montana policy requires all new staff, supervisors, administrators and faculty to attend.

View New Employee Welcome schedule

Onboarding/Welcome U

Engaging UM employees from day one to help them THRIVE

Human Resource Services has recently made changes to the onboarding and personnel hiring paperwork processes for newly hired employees on campus. We refer to the new employee onboarding process as “Welcome U”. Join us for a one hour, informative session on the new on-line electronic personnel hiring forms and other changes to welcoming new employees to campus.

Facilitators: Cindy Boies and Marcie Briggs from Human Resource Services

Request an individualized session of Onboarding/WelcomeU by email

Safety

Active Resistance Training

While over 200 University of Montana employees have completed Active Resistance Training, the goal is to have representatives from all offices, departments and buildings on campus participate in this one day training.

“When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”
The purpose of the course is to provide empowerment to help survive a potentially deadly encounter while waiting for first responders to arrive. This training will be taught to staff and faculty with the intent to minimize the number of victims in an armed intruder incident. The day long course teaches a survivor mindset and provides tools and knowledge on how to escape, lock and barricade, or defend oneself.

When: Workshops completed

The eight hour course includes the following:

  • Two hour classroom presentation and discussion
  • Two hour self-defense, barricade, and medical aid training modules
  • One hour lunch-on your own
  • Four hours scenario based training (Scenario portion is active and includes simulated dangers such as smoke and blank pistol fire)

The scenarios will involve physical activity so please dress accordingly (jeans and sneakers). There is no cost to attendees. Missoula County Sheriff, Missoula Police, and UM will provide instructors and training equipment for the course.

Survive the Unthinkable: Safety and Self-Defense Strategies to Keep You Safe

With crimes of physical violence and assault on the rise, are you concerned with your personal safety? Unfortunately, there are those in our world that prey on others. Law Enforcement does not have the resources to keep us all safe, nor are they our bodyguards. This workshop will teach simple basic self-defense maneuvers and techniques for staying safe that do not focus on physical attributes and skills that take years to hone, but rather simple strategies and tips to help anyone stay safe and defend themselves.

When: Workshop completed
 
Instructor: Alain Burrese, J.D., is the author of two books on self-defense, numerous articles on safety and self-defense and conducts safety and self-defense seminars around the country. He is a former sniper instructor for the U.S. Army and has held various security positions. He’s studied martial arts, self-defense, and safety since 1982 and works for the University of Montana Police Department as part of their Special Event Team.

Special Topics

Principles of Project Management

Many UM employees manage projects, whether large or small. This workshop will cover the basic principles of project management, including concepts from the initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and closing phases of a project. We will discuss the differences between portfolio, program, and project management. Also, this workshop will reveal the often overlooked “secret” of project management. Attendees will gain an understanding of the techniques, practice and new directions for project management.

When: Workshop completed

Facilitator: Scott Holgate is the Director of Project Management and Infrastructure design for Central IT. Scott has been in the technology field for 18 years, most of it specifically in technology design and project management, and has held a BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer certificate since 2005. Besides managing projects of various types, Scott is responsible for the design of all technology infrastructures for the Missoula campus and surrounding campuses.

How The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Benefits UM Employees

If you have outstanding student loans, as a full time UM employee you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of your loans after 10 years of working for a public service organization(s). In this workshop we will explain how the Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program functions, help determine if your loans are eligible and outline the process for initiating and maintaining eligibility. This workshop is being co-sponsored by Human Resources Services and the Financial Education Program.

When: Workshops completed

Facilitator: Holly Wright is the Financial Education Program Manager at the University of Montana.

Contact the UM Financial Education Program by email or call 406-243-6016 with any questions

Supervision

Building Effective Teams

Whether you supervise or work as part of a team, you understand that the amount of work produced by a group of employees can sometimes be limited to individual efforts. While this may be somewhat effective, these efforts are frequently undermined by interpersonal conflicts and personal agendas. When employees are part of a team they generate greater results with better consistency. This workshop will focus on developing an understanding of teamwork and how to get started with building effective teams and is intended for people who supervise others, are seeking opportunities to advance their leadership skills or are interested in team development.

When: Workshop completed

Facilitator: Karl Jones is the principal for Organizational Insight, specializing in helping organizations build effective teams. He brings 25 years management experience to the classroom and believes in a practical approach to training.

Leading and Supervising Employees for Success

A supervisor's role is to insure that effective performance management is part of the daily work environment through training, balanced feedback, coaching and, when needed, disciplinary processes. In this session you will learn: some tips and tools for successful performance management; UM specific processes for managing staff; how to help an employee who is struggling to meet performance expectations before it becomes a larger issue; managing concerns that rise to the level of potential discipline; and knowledge about the staff collective bargaining agreements such as Weingarten rights. Recommended for anyone who supervises or is interested in advancing into a supervisory position at UM.

When: Workshop completed

Facilitator: Sara Drake is the Associate Director of Human Resource Services and oversees Employee and Labor Relations. Sara has over 25 years of management/leadership experience, is a trained mediator and has been with the University of Montana since 1995.

Wellness

MUS Wellness Webinars

The Montana University System Wellness Program offers webinars led by their nutrition and exercise specialists that focus on a variety of general health and wellness topics. Webinars are usually shown monthly or bimonthly during the lunch hour, and are a great way to increase your education over lunch. Watch alone or invite your coworkers and turn it into an office event!

Everything you wanted to know about Nutrition but were afraid to ask

Good nutrition is one of the biggest components of our overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, nutrition can be an easy stumbling block, whether due to lack of time, money, access, or knowledge. Montana Meals is here to help. Write your nutrition question(s) to our MUS Nutrition Specialist and Registered Dietitian Cristin Stokes. Cristin will then address questions during the webinar, giving some insight into some commonly sought nutritional advice. Participants will receive 12 MUS Wellness incentive points.

When: Tuesday, April 14 from 12:05pm to 1:00pm

Facilitator: Cristin Stokes, Nutrition Specialist and Registered Dietitian, MUS Wellness Program.

Click here to register for the Nutrition Webinar

Contact MUS Wellness by email if you have any questions

View Archived MUS Wellness Webinars

Meditation Made Simple

If you are interested in meditation but don’t know how to start or find it difficult to practice, this workshop series is for you! During the four week series we will review and practice multiple forms of meditation. In addition, we will discuss the basics of how to meditate and why it’s beneficial. Research on the effects of meditation consistently demonstrates that the types of meditation we will be practicing in this workshop increase focus and attention, reduce stress, and produce a greater sense of wellbeing. These benefits are seen with meditation times as short as five minutes. The goal of this class is to demystify meditation by discussing the different types of meditation and practicing the basics of how to meditate.

Duration: four weeks, one day a week for one hour
When: Workshops completed

Instructor: Christine Lustik, PhD. has been working within higher education for 15 years. She previously served six years as the Director of Distance Education at Western Wyoming Community College with past instructional design and faculty experience. Christine spent four years as a Readiness and Retention Specialist with Pearson, focusing on retention solutions within higher education. She completed both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Education at Capella University with a focus on Leadership in Higher Education. Currently, Christine is owner of Mindfulness in Academia, LLC.