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Eau Joy - Professional Development Day March 19, 2014

All members of the UW-Eau Claire community are invited to this free event.

Plan to attend all day or part of the day – come and go as you need to.

  Please join us on Wednesday, March 19 in Haas Fine Arts Center as we explore ways to find joy at UW-Eau Claire through the sharing of knowledge, ideas and a bit of laughter along the way. A mix of professional and personal development workshops will be presented.  


8:30 am - Registration & Continental Breakfast 
9:00 am - Keynote Speaker, Mr. Patrick O'Brien
10:15 am- Break  

10:30 am – 11:20 am - Workshop Group 1
(choose 1)

1A – Healthy Computing Tips: Pain is no Gain - Judith Hull
Repetitive strain injuries begin as invisible and painless injuries. Learn about risk factors, ways to prevent or alleviate the pain, and what you should do if pain persists. Experience alternative computing equipment designed to help make your work pain-free.

1B – Photography 101: How to Take Better Photos - Shane Opatz
Tired of not being happy with the results of your photography? Find out what a pro is thinking about while taking photos. Photographs will be viewed and discussed.

1C – Windows 8: A Primer – LTS
In this workshop, participants will learn to identify the differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8. Also, become familiar with and understand the start screen, desktop mode, and learn how to identify potential implementation and adoption hurdles.

1D – Fun with Drama – Jennifer Chapman
This session will be a creative drama session where participants create work in response to visual art. A great session for all levels of experience!

1E – Legal Issues and Aging – NEW SESSION ADDED
Mary Beth Gardner, Attorney at Law
What you need to know for yourself and your parents relative to power of attorney, guardianship and nursing home expenses.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm - Lunch
.................... Classified Staff Annual Meeting & door prize drawing
12:30 pm – 12:50 pm - Get to know your colleagues – great prizes!

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm  Workshop Group 2
(choose 1)

2A – Queering Higher Ed - Chris Jorgenson
This informal presentation will engage attendees on the challenges encountered when advocating for Queer spaces on university campuses. Some basic information on Queer identities will be shared, and the remaining focus of the presentation will explore ways in which attendees can engage in their own activism.

2B – The Joy of Resume Writing - Susan Ayres
Resumes are really about telling your story... But it needs to be the RIGHT story. By understanding what the employer really wants to know, you can craft a resume that will showcase your qualifications. During our time together, I will share some of the best ways to find and tell your "resume story".

2C – The Benefits of Singing - Lee Anna Rasar
What can singing do for you? You'll learn the multiple benefits of singing - pulmonary, physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Get ready to participate and sing together.

2D – Academic Staff Q & A: You've got questions, we've got answers.
.................... Hosted by the Academic Staff Personnel Committee

Members of the fabulous Academic Staff Personnel Committee will hold a Question and Answer session on academic staff matters such as status, salary, indefinite appointment, promotion, and working conditions. Come with specific questions or simply come to learn more about what it means to be an academic staff member.

2E - When Should You Begin Receiving Your Social Security Benefits -
.................... Hanna Walsh from Thrivent Financials

As you near retirement, one of the biggest financial decisions you'll need to make is when to begin receiving your Social Security retirement benefits. It's important to take the time to explore your options and make an informed, well-reasoned decision.

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm - Workshop Group 3
(choose 1)

3A –How to Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes - Katie Wilson
Ever tried to make a change but it didn't work out? Come learn how to make healthy, lasting lifestyle changes in this interactive program!

3B – 101 Ways to Speak Bird - Steve Betchkal, WQOW News 18
What are the 2.5 reasons birds sing? How can mnemonics help you master bird songs? And who cooks for Sam Peabody? Ornithologist and Emmy award-winning journalist Steve Betchkal has the answers, in plain English.

3C – Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life -
.................... Katherine Schneider, PhD

Have you added a disability to your life? Join Kathie (who has dealt with disabilities for a long, long time) for tricks of the trade and some good laughs.

3D - Falconry - Eddie Henricks, Master Falconer
Some experts place the origin of falconry, the training of raptors to hunt wild prey for humans, between 4,000 and 6,000 BC. This session will provide a close up look at the majestic Red-tail Hawk as well as the requirements, regulations, and training for this "Sport of Kings".


Eau Joy!
From the banks of the Chippewa fishing for carp, to Malibu Beach getting mouth-to-mouth from a Baywatch Babe;
The joys of an introvert.

Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O'Brien is a native Eau Clairian and 1976 UWEC grad. He returned to the midwest by way of the Twin Cities six years ago after twenty-five years in L.A. and New York.

Pat has been in dozens of films including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Pleasantville, Stuart Little, Intolerable Cruelty, and Forget Paris. He has guest starred in numerous TV shows including E.R., C.S.I., The West Wing, Monk, Reba, Home Improvement, Married With Children, Sabrina, The Wonder Years, Night Court, and (you will remember this if you are under 40) was Mr. Dewey on Saved By The Bell.

Stage Credits include shows with the New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles Shakespeare Festivals; The Pasadena, Cleveland, and La Jolla Playhouses; The Arizona Theatre Company, The Old Globe in San Diego , the Arena Stage in D.C and many theatres in the Twin Cities; including the Guthrie. Back in '78 he founded the theatrical part of The Fanny Hill Dinner Theater.

For the past four years Pat has been touring his productions of Underneath The Lintel, Rounding Third, Whisper Into My Good Ear, and Tom Stoppard's Heroes.

He's a four-time dad, a one-time husband, and a force on a bowling alley.

In 2010 Pat was awarded the UW-Eau Claire Lifetime Achievement Award and delivered the commencement address during the December ceremonies.

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