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USI Professional Development Day is January 4, 2023.

Everyone is invited to enjoy lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the University Center Loft and Eagles Nest.

Participation in Professional Development Day is voluntary. Registration is only required for organizational purposes. Register for Professional Development Day Session and Luncheon here. 

President's Welcome and University Updates

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Screaming Eagles Arena

A light breakfast will be available starting at 8:00 a.m. in the Arena Lobby.

University Finances 101

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
HP 1002 (Mitchell Auditorium)

Join Steve Bridges (VP for Finance and Administration) for an overview of the mechanics of University finances. Learn how our budgets are structured, the various line items/funds that determine how University money is spent, and how we leverage our assets and capital to further the mission of the University.

Ally in Blackboard

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
HP 1008

What is Blackboard Ally? Ally is a tool that helps faculty improve accessibility of course documents. With Ally, students view course documents in a variety of formats that support different learning requirements. Join Shannon Hoehn (Academic Technology Services) as she provides a walkthrough of this new feature and how you can leverage its capabilities in your classes.

How to Support Students in the LGBTQIA+ Community

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
HP 1002 (Mitchell Auditorium)

Mental health is a major concern for many of our students and employees. In part one of this year's mental health session, Dr. Jennifer Hammat (Dean of Students) will show us how we can support our students who are feeling the stress of understanding themselves and embracing their identity.

Travel Refresher

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
HP 0043

Have a question about University business travel, or need help with a Chrome River Pre-Approval Report or Expense Report? Then sign up for this session to get your travel question answered by our in-house experts and have the opportunity for interactive support with your Chrome River reports. Tricia Tieken, Andrew Smith, and Jeff Sponn will be on hand to answer your questions and assist with real-time Pre-Approvals and Expense Reports 

Screagles Mental Safety Kit

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
HP 1002 (Mitchell Auditorium)

In part two of our mental health session, Dr. Robin Sanabria (Director of CAPS) and Aaron Pryor, LCSW (Asst. Director of CAPS) will provide an overview of the Screagles Mental Health Safety Kit --a toolkit designed to be used by USI staff, administrators, faculty and students to help identify warning signs of imminent risk, assess for (and become familiar with) appropriate referrals, and walk away empowered to ask the important questions in order to keep our USI community safe. *This session is meant to be a brief overview. In-depth and customizable presentations are available upon request by USI departments and groups following the training. 

USI Website, Umbraco and what's next for

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
HP 1025

Umbraco is the University website's content management system. In this informative session, Brandi Hess (Director of University Web and Digital Content) will provide an overview of updates to the website (including faculty websites), upgrades to Umbraco, tips and tricks on how to take advantage of its many features, and how users can keep their content updated on going forward.

Advising Toolkit in the Athletics D1 Era

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
HP 1027

Join Anna Will, Academic Advisor, and Alex Eaton, Associate Director of Athletics, for a session on academic advising at USI and how our new Division 1 status affects a student athlete's experience. We will refresh on the policies and procedures of advising and share what you need to know about Division 1 Athletic Eligibility. We will also have a Blackboard site available for you to join that shares a variety of resources, tutorials, and links to important advising-related sites.

Banner 9

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
HP 1008


Banner® 9 by Ellucian is no ordinary upgrade. It delivers a fresh user experience, all-new tools and significantly improved capabilities across Banner, driving new efficiencies so you can focus on student success. In this session, Angel Nelson (Associate Registrar) and Will Pool (Assistant Registrar) will focus on the Faculty Self-Service portion of Banner 9. Learn about the new capabilities Banner 9 offers and have your questions answered.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Overview

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
HP 1006

This session is for supervisors with direct reports to provide overview and context of the law to remain compliant. Empower yourself by knowing the different stages of FMLA, from what triggers FMLA through the return-to-work stage of a leave of absence. In this informative discussion we will learn how paid/unpaid leave, benefits continuation, and reinstatement requirements apply to FMLA.

Workers’ Compensation Training for Supervisors

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
HP 1006

This session is for supervisors with direct reports to provide overview and context of the law to remain compliant. Empower yourself by knowing what actions to take when an employee has a work-related accident/injury. In this informative discussion we will learn how to report incidents, treatment directions, compensation process, and return-to-work stage.

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