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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 (one for part-time fellowship recipients) 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

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

Fall 2015 Events List

*Keynote Speaker: Mr. Ken Bouyer, Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting, Ernst & Young
Thursday, August 27, 2015
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Rawls Rm 105

Registration: None

The 3-day Rawls Diversity Symposium will include a variety of plenary and breakout sessions featuring diversity leaders from academia and the professional community. Discussion topics will include, but are not limited to, how diversity is managed in the workplace, insights as to how successful organizations have incorporated diversity initiatives nationwide, as well as examination of a host of professional development issues facing underrepresented groups such as women, members of the LGBTQ community, minorities, and people with special needs. Click here for more information. 

*Multicultural Competence on College Campuses: The Research of H. Sarraj
Friday, August 28, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
McCoy Atrium

Registration: None

Presentation by Dr. Hansel Burley

The 3-day Rawls Diversity Symposium will include a variety of plenary and breakout sessions featuring diversity leaders from academia and the professional community. Discussion topics will include, but are not limited to, how diversity is managed in the workplace, insights as to how successful organizations have incorporated diversity initiatives nationwide, as well as examination of a host of professional development issues facing underrepresented groups such as women, members of the LGBTQ community, minorities, and people with special needs. Click here for more information.

*What can allies and organizations do to reduce discrimination?
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 P.M.
MCCOY ATRIUM

Registration: None

Presentation by Dr. Leslie Ashburn-Nardo

The 3-day Rawls Diversity Symposium will include a variety of plenary and breakout sessions featuring diversity leaders from academia and the professional community. Discussion topics will include, but are not limited to, how diversity is managed in the workplace, insights as to how successful organizations have incorporated diversity initiatives nationwide, as well as examination of a host of professional development issues facing underrepresented groups such as women, members of the LGBTQ community, minorities, and people with special needs. Click here for more information.

*Panel Discussion: Themes from the Movie "The Imitation Game"
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015
3:00 - 4:30 P.M.
MCCOY ATRIUM

Registration: None

Panel Members: Dr. Leslie Ashburn-Nardo (UIPUI), Dr. John Masselli (TTU), Dr. Kelli Frias (TTU), Dr. Ron Milam (TTU)

The 3-day Rawls Diversity Symposium will include a variety of plenary and breakout sessions featuring diversity leaders from academia and the professional community. Discussion topics will include, but are not limited to, how diversity is managed in the workplace, insights as to how successful organizations have incorporated diversity initiatives nationwide, as well as examination of a host of professional development issues facing underrepresented groups such as women, members of the LGBTQ community, minorities, and people with special needs. Click here for more information.

*microsoft word shortcourse
Tuesday, September 1, 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: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/ShortCourses/index.php.

Topics will include menu structure, formatting information, working with margins and orientation, editing, managing files, printing, page numbering, columns, creating and using tables, adding Table of Contents, and customizing a Word Document. Also, adding Videos, and Charts to a document, Tracking Changes of a document, and inserting Comments into a document.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*microsoft sharepoint shortcourse
Tuesday, September 1, 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: https://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

*skype for business shortcourse
Wednesday, September 2, 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: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/ShortCourses/index.php.

Microsoft Skype for Business is the client application for real-time (synchronous) communications. In this course, you will learn how to use Skype for Business to improve your efficiency by communicating quickly and easily using instant messaging (IM), voice, and video. View presence information about other users and initiate real-time communication from within an Outlook message, avoiding the need to switch applications and search for users. You will also learn how to control incoming communications with alerts, automatic call forwarding and the ability to manually set your status. This course will also cover Skype for Business's integration with Outlook scheduling, how to share applications, desktop, documents, as well as video & voice - giving you many different ways to communicate with others using a consistent and simple user interface.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*Microsoft excel shortcourse
Wednesday, September 2, 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: https://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

*microsoft access-I Shortcourse
Wednesday, September 3, 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: https://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 assumes that you are familiar with Microsoft Office 2013 new interface.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*microsoft expression web shortcourse
Friday, September 4, 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: https://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.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*mediasite shortcourse
Tuesday, September 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: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/ShortCourses/index.php.

Mediasite is a video delivery system that can help automate the recording, distribution, management, and analytics of video and multimedia presentations. This ShortCourse covers basic audio video tips, use of the Mediasite version 6 management portal, how to use Mediasite with Blackboard, and how to upload any video content for secure streaming via TTU systems. A Mediasite recorder and AV setup will be present for some hands-on training with the device.

Instructor: Ian Wilkinson

*microsoft powerpoint shortcourse
Wednesday, September 9, 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: https://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.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*Microsoft excel formulas & functions shortcourse
Wednesday, September 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: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/ShortCourses/index.php.

In this ShortCourse, you will learn how to create formulas in Excel 2013 and 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

*MICROSOFT ACCESS-II SHORTCOURSE
Thursday, September 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: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/ShortCourses/index.php.

Access - part II ShortCourse is designed as an intermediate course to Microsoft Access- part I ShortCourse. This course explores viewing, editing, navigating, sorting, finding, and filtering records, in addition to printing data and implementing and maintaining table relationships. This course also covers Expression Builder, and calculated fields. You will learn how to create parameter queries that make a query ask for input. This course assumes that you are familiar with database design basics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*CYBER SECURITY 101 shortcourse
Thursday, September 10, 2015
4:00 - 5:00 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: https://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 cyberbullying. 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

*adobe dreamweaver shortcourse
Friday, September 11, 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: https://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

*Adobe photoshop-I shortcourse
Monday, September 14, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 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: https://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

*microsoft outlook shortcourse
Tuesday, September 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: https://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

*SAS-I SHORTCOURSE
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 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: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/ShortCourses/index.php.

SAS (pronounced saas) is a computer application that can be used to perform statistical analysis. 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

*Online Reputation Management shortcourse
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
5:30 - 6:30 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: https://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

*Microsoft Excel Pivottable shortcourse
Wednesday, September 16, 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: https://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

*microsoft onenote shortcourse
Thursday, September 17, 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: https://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

*Raising digital citizens shortcourse
Thursday, September 17, 2015
4:00 - 5:00 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: https://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, cyber bullying and other risks, general safety, awareness and protection tips, and online resources.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*Accessibility for the web shortcourse
Friday, September 18, 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: https://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.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*search engine optimization (SEO) & web analytics shortcourse
Monday, September 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: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/ShortCourses/index.php.

This ShortCourse for Texas Tech University web editors and developers is designed to assist in creating web pages that are properly constructed using the best practices to insure they are optimized for modern search engines. In the first hour of the course we cover the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) including tagging, images and links, proper headings, meta information, and content relevance. The techniques are all explored within the OmniUpdate environment. In the second hour we cover web analytics, learning how to measure collect and analyze your web traffic. We will cover the what kinds of information one can get from analytics in addition to what information is important and how to use things like bounce rate, page hits, and demographics to help improve your overall site.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*SAS-II shortcourse
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 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: https://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

*Microsoft excel data analysis ShortCourse
Wednesday, September 23, 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: https://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

*ONLINE REPUTATION MANAGEMENT shortcourse
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
4:00 - 5:00 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: https://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

*Adobe photoshop-II Shortcourse
Monday, September 28, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 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: https://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

*matlab SHORTCOURSE
Tuesday, September 29, 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: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/ShortCourses/index.php.

This ShortCourse provides an introduction to the MATLAB technical computing environment. The course is intended for beginning users. Topics include: Working with the MATLAB user interface, Entering commands and creating variables, Analyzing vectors and matrices, and Visualizing vector and matrix data. Prerequisites: Undergraduate-level mathematics and experience with basic computer operations is assumed for this ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Microsoft Excel Charts shortcourse
Wednesday, September 30, 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: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/ShortCourses/index.php.

In this ShortCourse, you will learn how to use Microsoft Excel to create many kinds of charts to help you display data in ways that are most meaningful to your audience. This course assumes the basic knowledge of Excel 2013.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

Bring Your Own Device To the Library
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Library Instruction Lab 150

Registration: None

Learn how to find general support for technical issues in the library, how to access/navigate Lynda.com, and how to find good support material online. For more information, please email Ryan.Cassidy@ttu.edu.

Online Workshops for Distance Students

*If you are a distance student and unable to attend any of the events listed above, please click here to view past recorded workshops for professional development credit.

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