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Academic and professional development, wellness, and social events for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are regularly offered by TTU Libraries, the TLPDC, IT Technology Support, the Ethics Center, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the University Career Center, the Graduate School, and the Graduate Student Advisory Council.

You can explore the opportunities from here! For event details, click on the event title in the calendar or scroll through the events list under the calendar. Click to view a  larger version of this calendar.

Distance Graduate Students: Events with an available or pending recording or livestream are indicated with a plus (+) before the title in the monthly calendar and in the event list below. Links are provided in the event details as soon as they become available and on the Distance Education Resources page at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/Distance_education.php

Graduate School Travel Fund and Fellowship Recipients: As a requirement for receiving travel and/or fellowship funding from the Graduate School, you must attend at least three professional development workshops sponsored or co-sponsored by the Graduate School. These events are indicated with an asterisk (*) before the title in the monthly calendar and with a red title in the event list below the calendar. Once you attend an event, you must record your attendance with the Graduate School through the following link: http://ttu.mobi/travel.

*See link toward the bottom of the page to access recordings of past workshops that may be viewed for professional development credit. 

July 2015 Events List

GSAC @ First Friday Art Trail
Friday, July 3, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
TTU Urban Tech Design Center, 1120 Main Street, Lubbock, TX 79409

Registration: not required

On the first Friday of each month, you can generally find GSAC at TTU Urban Tech for First Friday Art Trail (F.F.A.T.), which runs from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Each month, Urban Tech features a new exhibit and often a promo just for graduate students. GSAC representatives serve popcorn and lemonade to community guests and provide information about GSAC and the Graduate School. Stay tuned for more details about this month's event.

The venues are generally within walking or biking distance from each other or you can take the four free trolleys that cover the event between about 6:15 PM - 9:15 PM. First Friday Art Trail is an excellent way to enjoy Lubbock and the local art scene each month. You can check out all the F.F.A.T. venues and trolley information here: http://www.ffat.org/

*Excel ShortCourse
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this ShortCourse, you will become familiar with the fundamentals of Excel 2013. Topics include navigating within a spreadsheet, using worksheets and workbooks, entering information, using formulas, using functions, formatting information, printing, auto formatting, filling in information, sorting, and filtering.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*onenote shortcourse
Thursday, july 9, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Microsoft Office OneNote is a note-taking software. With OneNote you have the ability to assign "tags" to your notes, copy and drag from any application, webpage, and PDF into a OneNote page, create Outlook tasks or appointments, even contacts directly from the notes. You can record audio and/or video directly into a note page, you can draw, highlight, email, use the Windows key + S to screen clip any area of your desktop without losing the mouse focus on a menu or highlighted item! A powerful feature of OneNote is the ability to convert handwritten text into type.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*dreamweaver shortcourse
Friday, July 10, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Dreamweaver is a powerful tool that makes creating your own website easy. In this class, you will learn how to use Dreamweaver to edit and format text, create links, and work with images. We will also explore some of the basics of the CSS panel to help establish a consistent design for your website.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*cyber security 101 shortcourse
Monday, July 13, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Cyber security is the practice of keeping our personal information secure, as well as protecting our personal safety online. This workshop will teach the basics of cyber security. Topics include identity theft, phishing scams, malware, passwords, WiFi, apps, social media, online reputation, and cyber bullying. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*SAS I shortcourse
Tuesday, july 14, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

SAS (pronounced saas) is a computer application that can be used to perform statistical analyses. This ShortCourse will introduce you to SAS Syntax-based programming. It is intended to familiarize new SAS users for Windows interface, and teach the basic programming skills needed to perform elementary data manipulation and analytical tasks in SAS. This ShortCourse assumes that the users are familiar with elementary statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*outlook shortcourse
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Microsoft Outlook is an electronic planner. In this ShortCourse, you will learn the basics of using Outlook: how to move between Outlook folders, how to sort each folder and change your view of it, how to access files through Outlook, and how to use Outlook Today.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*Excel pivottable shortcourse
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Excel PivotTables, are a great way to summarize, analyze, explore, and present your data. You can also use PivotTables to make comparisons, detect patterns and relationships, and discover trends. In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create, format, and print PivotTables. Participants should have basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel 2013 to gain the most from this ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*photoshop I shortcourse
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC2 Lab (room #21)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this course you will learn about some of the basic tools and palettes in Photoshop. Topics will include selecting; transforming; layers; masking; text, including special effects; and using the gradient tool in making montages. Specific examples will be used in the class to help in the learning process. You will receive all the files and materials you need for the class.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*online reputation management shortcourse
Monday, july 20, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This workshop will teach you how to Manage Your Online Reputation. First impressions are no longer always made face-to-face with a handshake. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other up-and-coming social media platforms have changed the way reputations are made and ruined. With literally billions of people on social media, sharing, tagging and tweeting, it is important to be aware of your online reputation and to actively manage it. Topics for this workshop include why your online reputation matters, how to manage it and what we can learn from others who had to learn about online reputation management the hard way. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*sharepoint shortcourse
Monday, July 20, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform that makes it easier for people to work together. You can use sites to share documents, collaborate on projects, and share information. SharePoint 2010 works seamlessly with Office 2010 products to make your organizations workflow much easier to manage. Although the most common use of SharePoint is document management, it can be easily customized to fit the needs of your organization through use of shared calendars, task lists, and other features. This starter course is designed for people who are inexperienced with SharePoint and to help them learn how to understand the roles of SharePoint 2010, how to access and navigate through a SharePoint site, and how to integrate with Office 2010 applications.

Instructor: Ian Wilkinson

powerpoint shortcourse
Tuesday, july 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This course introduces the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation using outlining, graphing, and drawing tools and creating a Web page from the presentation. Topics included are ways to deliver a PowePoint presentation including self-running presentation.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*SAS II shortcourse
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this ShortCourse you will learn more about SAS Syntax-based programming in Windows environment. Some SAS mathematical and statistical functions, as well as, some popular statistical procedures such as PROC TTEST, PROC CORR, and PROC REG will be discussed also. In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SAS ShortCourse - Part I.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*excel formulas & functions
Wednesday, july 22, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this shortcourse you will learn how to create formulas in Excel 2013. How to use Excel's built -in , predefined formulas, called functions, to make quick work of complex calculations. Several financial, mathematical, and statistical functions will be introduced.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*photoshop II shortcourse
Wednesday, july 22, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC2 Lab (room #21)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this advanced course you will learn how to correct torn photos, remove unwanted items, and perform simple lighting corrections. You will also learn how to use some tools that will enable you to turn an ordinary or dull image into an image that will stand out and capture the attention of the viewer.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*spss I shortcourse
Thursday, july 23, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

SPSS provides a powerful statistical analysis and data management system in a graphical environment, using descriptive menus and simple dialog boxes to do most of the work for you. Most tasks can be accomplished simply by pointing and clicking the mouse. This ShortCourse will cover basic statistical procedures with IBM SPSS Statistics, the Statistical software for the Social Sciences. This ShortCourse assumes that you are familiar with elementary statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*raising digital citizens
Monday, July 27, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Technology is constantly evolving, and so are the risks. This presentation provides parents with an overview of today's threats and suggestions for safely raising their children in a digital world. Topics include: Online manners, Age-specific recommendations for online activities, Overview of apps, cyberbullying and other risks, General safety, awareness and protection tips, and Online resources.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*excel data analysis shortcourse
Wednesday, july 29, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This ShortCourse, will cover some of the statistical analysis functions built into Excel, as well as those included with the Analysis ToolPak. In this course, you will learn how to use Excel 2013 for Descriptive and Inferential statistics, t-Test, ANOVA, Correlation, and Regression. This course assumes the basic knowledge of Excel 2013 and knowledge of basic college level statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*spss II shortcourse
Thursday, july 30, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This ShortCourse will cover more of Statistical Analyses such as T Tests, ANOVA, and Linear Regression, using SPSS software. In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SPSS - I ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

Online Workshops

If you are unable to attend any of the events listed above, please click here to access past recorded workshops. 

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Funding Your Education

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