Taking Advantage of Professional Development Opportunities

CBO Office Manager Adeline Lalanne was recognized for being the first to complete one of ULearn’s new learning curriculum by Greg Brenner, left, executive director for Talent and Organizational Development, and her supervisor, Nadia Castaing, right.

CBO Office Manager Adeline Lalanne, center, is recognized for being the first to complete one of ULearn’s new learning curriculum by Greg Brenner, left, executive director for Talent and Organizational Development, and her supervisor, Nadia Castaing, right.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 22, 2017)—University employees have accessed more than 2,300 courses, certifications, and books since Talent and Organizational Development, in collaboration with University of Miami Information Technology, rolled out new professional development opportunities in ULearn two weeks ago.

The expanded ULearn offerings give all University faculty, staff, and student employees access to thousands of online professional development options that fit their unique needs, interests, and schedules. New “bite-sized” content—short but impactful instruction on a variety of subjects—was particularly helpful to Adeline Lalanne, office manager for the Central Business Office, who was the first UM employee to complete one of the new courses.

“The format and style of the new modules make it easy for leaders and staff to acquire skills that are easily transferable to their daily activities with minimal downtime,” Lalanne said. “From watching the video, I learned all the steps needed from conception to implementation to successfully manage my project. The new resources available in ULearn will make it easier to enhance my skills and do my job more effectively and efficiently.”

Employees also have access to curated, featured training on a variety of helpful topics that will change periodically to spotlight new courses and curriculum. Current trainings include: First Time Manager Essentials, Microsoft Excel, Project Management, Working with Difficult People, and Navigating through Change.

Greg Brenner, executive director of Talent and Organizational Development, said professional development opportunities were expanded in response to the feedback faculty and staff provided on the Gallup Engagement Survey and to UM President Julio Frenk during the “one action” small-group conversations he held across the University following the survey.

“Fostering continuous learning is essential for advancing our organization,” Brenner said. “By offering our employees the ability to learn when they need it, we are encouraging them to be an active participant in expanding their knowledge and skills.”

Click here to join an upcoming live webinar and learn more about new professional development opportunities, or contact Talent and Organizational Development by visiting miami.edu/learn or emailing tod@miami.edu.




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Get Creative at the Adobe Spark Workshop

As of August 2017, the University of Miami became Florida’s first Adobe Creative Campus. UM now provides full, free access to Adobe Creative Cloud for all UM faculty, students, and staff. To kick off this exciting new partnership with Adobe, University of Miami Libraries will host two workshop sessions on Thursday, December 7,  featuring Patrick Koster, Adobe senior customer success manager, and Ben Forta, Adobe senior director for education initiatives.

Koster will start the sessions by introducing the desktop and mobile applications, web services, and learning resources that are included within Adobe Creative Cloud. Next, Forta will guide a hands-on session in which faculty and staff will have the opportunity to transform their ideas into visually stunning stories using Adobe Spark—the easiest and quickest way to get started in creating impactful graphics, web pages, and video stories. To conclude the workshop, all attendees will be invited to participate in an open discussion about how these projects could enhance teaching and learning.

No RSVP or advanced sign-in is required to show up for one of these two sessions:

Morning Session

Richter Library Literacy Lab –RM 344

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Afternoon Session

Richter Library Literacy Lab – RM 344

1  to 4 p.m.

Important Note: You will need to bring your laptop or iOS device (preferably an iPad) to participate in the Adobe Spark portion of the workshop.

Please contact academictechnologies@miami.edu with any questions about the workshop.

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Looking for the 10th Class of Essential Leaders


Learn. Inspire. Grow

EOL Promotion 1A transformational university needs inspiring leaders. The Essentials of Leadership Program provides University leaders with the opportunities, resources, tools and support to ensure a successful developmental journey.

Since its inception three years ago, a total of 444 leaders have successfully graduated from nine sessions of the program. The Essentials of Leadership Program is designed to advance participant’s development through interactive modules, leadership discussions, individual assessments, experiential learning activities, networking and coaching.

Upon successful completion, leaders would have completed their Individual Leadership Development Plan and will have the tools and foundational knowledge essential to deliver excellence through others, advocate change, and deliver results.

Recommendations for Series 10 will be accepted until January 10, 2018. Visit the Talent and Organizational Development website for more information about the Essentials of Leadership Program and its upcoming series dates.

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UHealth Dermatology Opens South Miami Clinic, Offers Discounts

111417-MZachs-075 - Grand Opening for the University of Miami Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery division at their new location in South Miami on Nov. 13th, 2017. (Photo by Mitchell Zachs)

From left are Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery Drs. Brian Morrison, Andrea Maderal, Robert S. Kirsner, department chair, and Shasa Hu.

Now open in South Miami, the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery’s new clinic, at 7000 S.W. 62 Avenue, is just a mile from the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus and offers general dermatology services, as well as cosmetic and Mohs micrographic surgery.

New patients also can receive a 30 percent discount on cosmetic procedures scheduled during the month of November 2017 (exclusions apply).

Now through Friday, December 8, faculty and staff who visit the Department’s clinic at University of Miami Hospital, 1295 N.W. 14, Street, South Building Suites K-M, can receive a 20 percent discount on all products, including Alastin and Elta MD product lines (exclusions apply).

Faculty and staff enrolled in the UM/Aetna medical plan can schedule their free annual skin cancer screening at both locations and may qualify for Well ’Canes Incentive program points.

Learn more at http://dermatology.med.miami.edu/.  To make an appointment at the South Miami clinic please call 305-689-8900 and for the UMH clinic, 305-243-6704.


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Mindful Living

This Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) seminar is offered monthly to explore the basic tenets of mindfulness, review the significance of mindful living, and guide participants through a mindfulness practice. Being mindful increases engagement with the present moment and allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions impact our health and the quality of our lives. Facilitated by a UM FSAP consultant, this month’s session will focus on the importance of fostering gratitude. Attend to awaken your innate capacity for mindful living and nurture a practice to positively inspire every facet of your life.

Miller School campus: Tuesday, November 28, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

Coral Gables campus: Wednesday, November 29, 12-1 p.m., 1300 Campo Sano, room 250AB

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, November 30, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ‘Canes Program. Register through ulearn.miami.edu. For help with ULearn registration, or to receive email announcements of upcoming seminars, please call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.




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