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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.

Graduate School Travel Fund Recipients: As a requirement for receiving travel funding, 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 montly calendar and with a red title in the event list below the calendar. Event recordings are also available, and links to them are provided in the details of past events. Events with an available recording are noted with a plus (+) before the title in the monthly calendar.  Once you attend an event, you must record your attendance with the Graduate School through the following link: http://ttu.mobi/travel.

January 2015 Events List

BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE: TECHNOLOGY HELP WORKSHOP
January 20, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Lab 150

Registration: Not required

These technology help sessions are meant to be free-form workshops where users can bring their device(s) and
 - get unofficial help from other attendees (or the presenter)
 - find support material in the Library and online
 - become more confident using their device(s)
 - learn to access and navigate Lynda.com

Presented by Ryan Cassidy, Personal Librarian. Contact him at ryan.cassidy@ttu.edu for if you have a question or want more information about this workshop. Don't forget your device(s)!

 

PRACTICING MINDFULNESS TO REDUCE STRESS
January 20, 2015
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Graduate Center (Administration Building west basement)

Registration: Not required

Imagine yourself in a calm, quiet place, free of worries, responsibilities, and distraction! Meditation is a skill that is learned through practice. Research has shown that meditation has many health benefits (for example, see http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/meditation-heals-body-and-mind).

Come to Graduate Center for the "Practice Mindfulness to Reduce Stress" workshop and experience the relaxation & peacefulness that meditation can provide. You will be able to manage your stress using relaxation, visualization, and some valuable techniques to practice meditation.

This workshop is presented by Dr. Nancy Robinson, licensed psychologist & coordinator of MindSpa Services at the Student Counseling Center. Dr. Robinson believes that different approaches work best for different problems and circumstances and will provide us with mindfulness techniques and guidance that we can use in our own life situations.

Dr. Robinson is also a co-leader of our Tuesday evening Surviving Grad School Discussion Group, starting January 27th from 5:15-6:15 PM in the Grad Center! The group is open and free for all graduate students and you are welcome to come as often as you like. More details available at https://www.facebook.com/events/1374829996155772/

Directions to the Graduate Center: http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

 

BASICS OF LIBRARY RESEARCH WORKSHOP
January 21, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Lab 150

Registration: Not required

Save time and money. Your personal librarian will get you started with library resources and services. Get tips on how to find articles and books. Learn how to expand and limit search results in databases. Create your free Document Delivery account. Access style guides online. Forget what you think you know. Rediscover the library.

 

Graduate Students, So You Want to Be a Consultant: Basic Consulting Skills (Webinar)
January 21, 2015
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Registration: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/events.php

 

Bagel Break @ the Grad Center
January 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Administration Building west basement)

Registration: Not required

Fuel up for another busy grad student day with free bagels & coffee in the Graduate Center! You'll meet GSAC representatives & other graduate students and you'll find out what a great space the Graduate Center is!

All graduate students are welcome to use the recently opened Graduate Center to study, meet, or relax anytime throughout the year. The Graduate Center is located in the west wing basement of the Administration building. Finding the Graduate Center may prove somewhat difficult if you have never been there before, but we believe you will find it well worth the effort of finding us the first time!

Directions to the Graduate Center: http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

 

How to Get Funded by USAID
January 22, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
International Cultural Center, Room 105

Registration: RSVP to reagan.ribordy@ttu.edu or gad.perry@ttu.edu

Join us as we host Mark Wentling, former USAID Program Manager and Country Director for Plan International in Burkina Faso, for discussion based upon his 40 years of first-hand experience in Africa. The meeting will focus on how to achieve success in the USAID grant process and how common mistakes can be avoided. Lunch will be provided to participants.

 

You Did What?! How to Manage Your Online Reputation
January 22, 2015
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC) in the University Library west basement

Registration: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Posting, tagging, sharing, and tweeting have become commonplace in our society, and it is important to be aware of your online reputation and to actively manage it. The TTU IT Division invites you to attend an active learning workshop to help you better manage your online activities.

Topics for this workshop include:

 - The importance of your online reputation – why it matters;
 - Tips for managing your online information;
 - Lessons learned the hard way; and
 - Tips for practicing safe computing in social media environments.

IT Education offers many free ShortCourses of interest to graduate students, including workshops on statistics and web publishing. See all their offerings on the ShortCourses page at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

 

Conference Prep Workshop: A How-To Workshop for Submitting Your Proposal
January 23, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
TLPD Center (in TTU Library), Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Have you ever wanted to submit a proposal to a Conference but were unsure of what to submit or how to go about doing it? Has your proposal ever been declined and you wanted to know why? These and other questions will be discussed at the "Conference Prep Workshop: A How-To Workshop for Getting Your Conference Proposal Ready to Submit". Faculty, staff and student panelists will be on hand to answer questions and provide feedback. Participants will also have a chance to learn best practices in writing an abstract, sorting through their research, and perfecting their elevator pitch to network more effectively.

Presented by Patricia Earl, Coordinator of Women's Studies

 

Expression Web ShortCourse
January 23, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center, PC1 Lab, Room 23

Registration: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This course covers the basics of Microsoft Expression Web. Expression Web is a web site designing software from Microsoft. It is a tool for building and enhancing Web sites with design elements such as cascading style sheets. Instead of being part of the Office suite, Expression Web is part of the Expression suite. Microsoft Expression Web gives you all the tools you'll need to produce high-quality Web sites the way you want them. Expression Web enables you to design, develop, and maintain exceptional standards-based Web sites.

 

Writing a Research Statement, The Graduate School Series
January 26, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
TLPD Center (in TTU Library), Room 151

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Upon venturing into the job market, many academics - particularly those in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) - are asked to provide hiring committees with a "research statement." But what exactly is a research statement? What information should be included? How long should it be?... Join Dr. Dominick Casadonte, Minnie Stevens Piper Professor of Chemistry, as he discusses the ins and outs of the elusive and enigmatic research statement.

Presented by Dr. Dominick Casadonte, Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, and past acting Dean of the Graduate School

 

PowerPoint ShortCourse
January 26, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab, Room 23

Registration: 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 PowerPoint presentation including self-running presentation.

 

Basics of Library Research
January 26, 2015
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Lab 150

Registration: Not required

Save time and money. Your personal librarian will get you started with library resources and services. Get tips on how to find articles and books. Learn how to expand and limit search results in databases. Create your free Document Delivery account. Access style guides online. Forget what you think you know. Rediscover the library.

 

Excel ShortCourse
January 27, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab, Room 23

Registration: 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.

 

Literature Review Workshop
January 27, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Lab 150

Registration: Not required

Librarians will explain what a literature review is; talk about emerging discipline-oriented standards for literature reviews and how to begin your work developing research strategies; demonstrate how to do searches in three databases-including Web of Knowledge-to find articles on your topic; explore qualitative approaches to determine an article's relative importance; show you how to manage your citations and how to keep up with the most current research on your topic; and discuss some ethical and legal issues related to research.

 

Surviving Grad School Discussion Group
January 27, 2015
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Graduate Center Conference Room (Administration Building west basement)

Registration: Not required

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students on Tuesdays from 5:15 - 6:15! It is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

Directions to the Graduate Center: http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

 

Balancing Teaching, Research, and Home Life, TEACH Talk Series
January 28, 2015
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
TLPD Center (in TTU Library), Room 151

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

The academic life is a rewarding one, but it is also a demanding one! It can be challenging to juggle the mandates of research with the desire to teach well and enjoy a fulfilling and healthy personal life. Join us for a rich group discussion of these challenges and share some strategies with others for striking just the right balance!

Presented by Dr. Allison Boye, TLPDC Assistant Director

 

Wellness Day for Grad Students
January 28, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Graduate Center (Administration Building west basement)

Registration: Not required

Start your semester by learning how to calm & feed your body & mind at Graduate Student Wellness Day on Wednesday, January 28th from 5-7 PM in the Graduate Center! Physical activity, yoga, massage, henna body art & more!

Specialists from the Texas Tech Rec Center and the Graduate Nutrition Organization will lead us in an evening of wellness and relaxation.

We will raffle many interesting things, stay tuned for details! We'll have free food, information, activities to help relieve your stress!

5 PM – 6 PM: HEALTHY NUTRITION &PHYSICAL ACTIVITY with Emmy Lu Trammell, Graduate Nutrition Organization. This workshop covers staying healthy in graduate school and knowing more about the benefits of physical activity along with some practical suggestions for graduate students. We will provide several nutrition experts to serve on separate tables with Q&A of specific nutrition topics. This will allow you to ask questions on just the topics of your interest.

6 PM - 7 PM: YOGA & MEDITATION with Steve Sexton.
Join Steve Sexton for a session of gentle yoga, breathing, and meditation to provide participants a total mind/body experience. BRING a yoga mat (or long towel) for yoga!!

Plus FREE CHAIR MASSAGES & HENNA TATTOOS!
The Rec Center will conduct a chair MASSAGE session, and young Morouj Tahlawi will create TEMPORARY HENNA body art, one of the most intricate, beautiful, and unique tattoos!

Directions to the Graduate Center: http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

 

Academic Impressions: USE OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS IN THE CLASSROOM (Webinar)
January 29, 2015
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
TLPD Center (in TTU Library), Room 153

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

After participating in this online training, you will be to apply copyright laws more appropriately to the use of classroom materials.This webinar covers the following topics:
 - A practical understanding of the copyright framework
 - Using copyrighted materials in F2F classrooms
 - Using copyrighted materials in online classrooms
 - Teaching with the TEACH Act
 - Teaching in the cloud
 - The "Classroom Guidelines" for handouts

Please bring your own brown bag lunch.

Presented by Dr. Justin Louder, Assistant Vice Provost for Texas Tech University Worldwide eLearning

 

Access I ShortCourse
January 29, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab, Room 23

Registration: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This beginner-level Access ShortCourse will help familiarize you with the fundamentals of Microsoft Access 2013 to help you get started using this program. You will be introduced to the rules and guidelines for creating a relational database. In this course you will learn the foundation of a good database design. This course assums that you are familiar with Microsoft Office 2013 new interface.

 

Developing and Using a Professional LinkedIn Profile (Webinar)
January 29, 2015
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Registration: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/events.php

 

"Way to Love Numbers" Statistics Workshop
January 29, 2015
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Graduate Center (Administration Building west basement)

Registration: Not required

Come learn the best statistical techniques and conceptual frameworks from Dr. Debajyoti Pati, Rockwell Professor in Texas Tech's Department of Design!

Dr. Pati will talk about fundamental research methods & statistical inquiry with grad students from 5-6 PM in the Grad Center. Learn statistics through a "way to love numbers'' so you can ask questions about your own research method. Dr. Pati will provide ideas and advice about how to conduct statistical inquiry, including dozens of expert pointers. You don't want to miss this!

Dr. Debajyoti Pati has over 25 years of experience in research, practice, and teaching in the United States, Canada, and India. He served as the vice president and director of research of HKS Architects, a leading international healthcare design firm. He has served as a juror/reviewer at the national level, including for the National Science Foundation, ASID Foundation grants, Center for Health Design, Design: Environment for Aging showcase, Healthcare Design Architectural Showcase, Healthcare Design Remodel Renovation Showcase, EDRA's Placemaker Accreditation Exploratory Committee, and ParticiPlace2011 at UC Berkeley. He serves on the editorial boards of two international journals.

Find out more about Dr. Debajyoti Pati's work on his web page: http://www.myweb.ttu.edu/dpati/

Directions to the Graduate Center: http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

 

Conference Prep Workshop: A How-To Workshop for Submitting Your Proposal
January 30, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
TLPD Center (in TTU Library), Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Have you ever wanted to submit a proposal to a Conference but were unsure of what to submit or how to go about doing it? Has your proposal ever been declined and you wanted to know why? These and other questions will be discussed at the "Conference Prep Workshop: A How-To Workshop for Getting Your Conference Proposal Ready to Submit". Faculty, staff and student panelists will be on hand to answer questions and provide feedback. Participants will also have a chance to learn best practices in writing an abstract, sorting through their research, and perfecting their elevator pitch to network more effectively.

Presented by Patricia Earl, Coordinator of Women's Studies

 

Accessibility for the Web ShortCourse
January 30, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center, PC1 Lab, Room 23

Registration: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Accessibility is a key component of any web design. Taking into consideration standards and practices that maximize the usefulness of your site to the widest variety of publics possible is not just a good idea but in many cases it is mandatory. This course will cover some basic information about how to meet accessibility guidelines and keep your web site compliant with various regulations. We will cover who accessibility affects as well as some techniques to create accessible images, tables and layouts.

 

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