Special Topics

This category includes a variety of courses designed to review specific and trending topics and training needs within the university.


The GuidanceResources - Personal Development courses provide attendees with information on various topics related to work, personal success and goal-setting. These succinct, one-hour courses provide strategies that can be immediately applied on the job. These courses are presented by individuals working in conjunction with our employee assistance program. We hope you can attend multiple sessions throughout the series to fill your toolkit.

In-Person Courses

The current economic climate brings both challenges and opportunities from a financial perspective. You may wonder during these challenging times: “What should I be most careful about” and “What should my family and I work towards?” The 10 financial tips discussed in this workshop will get you on the road to financial well being during challenging times.

This course will touch on pertinent topics such as how to prevent identity theft, common ways identity theft occurs, and what to do if you become a victim of identity theft. Participants will also be educated on the resources available to them if an identity theft situation occurs.


Resilience:  In a world that is focused on disruption and change, resilience is a necessity. Managers and Employees are experiencing on-going change and asked to take on new responsibilities, learn new skills, and do more with less. Not only that, but they’re dealing with uncertainty.  Highly resilient people are able to cope well with high levels of on-going, disruptive change.  They are also able to rebound quicker from disappointment or failure during change.  In this workshop, we will focus on tools to rebound quicker and assess our emotional fitness.  We will look at the emotions we must control in our mind to build inner strength.  In this action packed session be prepared to walk out with a plan to be able to better manage our minds and emotions. 

Many of us are impatient at times. And when we lose control of our patience it hurts not only us, but those around us. Impatience raises our stress levels and over time can even inflict physical harm to our bodies.
But it seems that patience is a skill that is quickly diminishing, but one that constantly needs improving. You see examples of impatience and patience throughout each day; when you’re stuck in traffic, when you’re waiting in line for the grocery store, and when your children are taking too long to get ready for school in the morning. Even if you don’t rate your own level of personal patience as being very high, the good news is that with practice, you too can learn to be more patient in your life.

Do you admire people who always seem excited and passionate about what they do? Whether it’s in their personal life, professional life, or both, some people are able to bring passion into their lives, while others struggle to find that spark to really get them going. Do you want to wake up every morning with great anticipation about what the day will bring?
This workshop is about looking within yourself to find the “buttons” to push to bring out your passion.

Using the philosophy that “those who are happy at home perform better on the job,” this workshop was developed for those who feel burdened with too many responsibilities and without enough time for personal enjoyment. This workshop will help participants explore and define home responsibilities, identify career requirements and prioritize leisure time. The resulting better balance will help achieve more in one’s career and at home.

Statistics show that people remember only half of what they hear, even moments after they’ve heard it. Surprising? The fact is that while most of us like to think we’re good listeners, almost everyone needs to improve their listening skills. This workshop offers a fresh approach to this common problem.

In today’s work world, we often need to work in groups of people who have many differences, and yet are supposed to seamlessly form an effective team. We’ve all heard the term “teambuilding,” and at one point or another most of us have gone through a teambuilding process, whether we know it or not. But what exactly is teambuilding and how can it be successfully used to help diverse groups work together more effectively? Understanding the main building blocks and development stages of teams can give any group of people the right tools to form a cohesive and productive group.

Overwhelmed by all of the investment choices in your retirement plan?  Feeling intimidated by investment decisions? Finance and Administration is now offering the first course in the Financial Education Series: Beginner's Guide to Investing designed specifically to alleviate the anxiety associated with making investment decisions. The topics covered in this course include:

  • Why companies issue stocks and bonds
  • What a mutual fund is
  • Why individuals invest in stocks 

In work and life, successful people avoid making excuses, and instead take responsibility for their actions. “It’s not my fault,” and “I can’t believe they did this to me” exemplify that type of thinking that holds people back. We all think that way sometimes, and the key is to catch ourselves, look in the mirror, and turn that thinking around. This workshop defines what it means to be accountable, and offers some tips to help people build accountability into their own lives.

For the first time in history, there is the possibility that an organization can have four distinct generations in the workforce. While we need to be careful not to make too many generalizations about different age groups, it is helpful to categorize some aspects of each group’s behavior, needs and working styles to promote working relationships built on mutual understanding. This session will provide each participant with the understanding of the different working styles, preferences and how each generation expects to be treated as employees. By understanding these differences, each person can contribute to the success of the team and organization regardless of generation.

Whether in your personal or your professional life, are you the kind of person that brings out the best in others? Do people shine around you, or do they tend to withdraw, hesitant to show their best? Some people seem to have a knack for challenging, motivating and inspiring their friends, family members and coworkers. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to do your part to make sure others are at their best around you.

For a long time, the scientific community believed we are born with a certain number of brain cells and neural pathways that once damaged, could not be repaired. In reality, our brains are much more flexible. Depending on our lifestyle, we can destroy/weaken connections or create new/stronger ones. Engaging regularly in certain behaviors and activities, like physical exercise, addressing mental health issues, meditation, and learning a new language or musical instrument, support new wiring and can make existing pathways stronger. Essentially, we can slow down or somewhat prevent cognitive decline, by doing challenging mental exercises to keep our brains fit for optimal power. 

Trust is an essential component of successful relationships both at work and in one’s personal life. By establishing yourself as a person in whom others can put their trust, you can position yourself for greater personal happiness and professional success. Earning trust can take time and is not always easy, however. This workshop will describe several practices that help people build personal trust and credibility.

An important part of recruitment for faculty and staff positions is dispositioning the candidate pool during the initial review process. This class will demonstrate how to disposition candidates, and functionality in the system for ease in the process.

The prevalence and costs of incivility are on the rise in organizations. When employees are exposed to incivility in the workplace, they experience diminished self-control, which in turn creates increased incivility toward co-workers. Incivility does not involve openly hostile behavior, threats or sabotage and therefore doesn’t warrant the same legal attention or sanctions as other forms of mistreatment, such as harassment. Incivility could be as simple as a sarcastic reply to a co-worker’s comment or a perceived rude sentence in an email. This session will help you understand why we act less civil today and give some suggestions for making sure you don’t exhibit behaviors that are uncivil.

“Communicating with DISC” builds on information that was introduced in "Understanding DISC." Please note that individuals may only take this course if they have completed "Understanding DISC" and the DISC assessment. This session focuses in on how to use DISC as a communication tool by analyzing how to best communicate with each style. This course also covers more details about adapting our styles in order to best communicate with one another.        



DISC is a powerful assessment tool used to detail individual work styles and behaviors. By learning and understanding these behavioral characteristics, we strengthen our communication skills and our understanding of each other, resulting in higher performing teams and better working relationships.  


This session is private and participants must have completed their DISC assessment prior to attending the session. There are two different DISC assessments employees can take:  Communicating with Style ($30.00) and a management version ($60.00). If individuals are interested in completing the assessment, a department chargeback number will have to be provided to Carla Pennello Quackenbush prior to the assessment being sent out. Team-based sessions can also be arranged by contacting Carla Pennello Quackenbush directly.

Have you ever had something you really wanted to say to someone, but held it back because of some kind of fear or shyness? Have you ever given in to someone else’s way, and then regretted doing so because you believed strongly in your position. Do you wish you had the confidence to stand up for yourself more firmly in some situations? This workshop will give you some tips on how to add the confidence that helps you feel like you’re in control.

Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the “mind/body connection.” When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right. For example, high blood pressure might develop after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one. People with good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships.

Poor emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system, making you more likely to get colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times. Also, when you are feeling stressed, anxious or upset, you may not take care of your health as well as you should. You may not feel like exercising, eating nutritious foods or taking medicine that your doctor prescribes. Abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs may also be a sign of poor emotional health.

There is a certain type of person who not only accepts the challenges of working in a high stress emotional environment but also excels despite the demands. Whether they are working with individuals who are experiencing trauma, grief, loss, illness or other stressful concerns the people whose role it is to help others in distress are often perceived as dedicated, hardworking, selfless and compassionate. Nevertheless, it is often those whose mission it is to help others who may be at increased risk of neglecting their own self-care. This training will raise awareness of the need to maintain appropriate self-care despite the demands of work and/or the pressures of home life. The course will offer specific tips to encourage self-care in order to maintain high level of functioning both personally and professionally.

In the last five years, the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has raised over $75 million for RIT to support scholarships, endowed professorships, the establishment of new centers on campus, research support and more. Learn how our team can help you find the financial support you need to bring your big dream to life!

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillian and Al Switzler, is a course that teaches how to create alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high stakes, emotional or risky topics, at all levels of our organization.  This activity – focused session gives participants a sample of the full 16 hr. course.  Along with seeing the crucial conversations model in its entirety, this activity-focused session gives participants the opportunity to learn what creates a crucial conversation and practice 2 of the 16 skills described throughout the full course.

Most people have no idea how much their clutter affects them. It can affect their productivity, their selfesteem, their social life and even their weight! People who live with excess clutter say they can’t find the energy to begin to clear it. They constantly feel tired and overwhelmed. When surrounded by clutter, it is
impossible to focus or have clarity about life. In this workshop you will learn that clutter is not the result of sloppiness, laziness or incompetence but several surmountable obstacles. Recognizing the source of your clutter problem can empower you to address the problem directly and without shame.

In today’s increasingly competitive business climate, there is a need for continuous innovation and value-added solutions. Individuals and organizations alike are discovering that new ideas have become the global currency of the future. Unfortunately though, as adults, we often limit our thinking and problem solving to fit known patterns and solutions by creating boundaries around our problems and circumstances. Enhancing our creativity can help us break through these boundaries.

Grit is mental toughness. Grit is the ability to persevere to achieve difficult long-term goals. Grit is strongly associated with success in personal and professional life. Grit involves several elements: passion and purpose, development of habits and coping with unpleasant emotions such as fear, discouragement or embarrassment. This course will examine the nature of grit and identify specific methods for developing it.

Establishing self-control over behaviors such as overeating, smoking, gambling, pornography consumption, shopping, gambling and other addictive behaviors can be extremely difficult and discouraging. This course will address the nature of will power and how to develop self control for effective behavioral change.

Why is interpersonal communication important? Personal success depends on our ability to communicate. Effective human relations depend on our communication skills. Overall, interpersonal communication skills are necessary for understanding and for action. This workshop explores interpersonal skills and techniques necessary for successful interactions.

How to use Career Zone to effectively manage your candidate pool during the search process.

The population of the United States is becoming increasingly obese with each passing decade. There are many speculations about the cause of this phenomenon from an increasing sedentary lifestyle, the ready availability of high caloric foods to stress and even sleep deprivation. However, if people ate only when they were truly hungry and stopped when they were full, there would be no obesity epidemic. This workshop will address the relationship between emotions and food consumption and how to retrain your body and mind to recognize the cues of hunger and to eat for physiological and not emotional reasons.


The staff recruitment team will provide a demonstration the Career Zone system and processes. You will also be asked to provide feedback to the Office of HR Recruitment feedback on the system for future process improvement. 

The Office of Staff Recruitment is offering this program to assist RIT staff in their professional development. You will be given an overview of how to prepare for a phone interview; onsite interview or a behavioral interview.


The Office of Staff Recruitment will provide an overview of cover letter resumes do’s and don’ts. Find out what hiring managers look for when they review cover letters and resumes. Please note-no individual review or feedback will be done during this session.

Delve into Talent Roadmap, RIT’s new talent management system and learn the system’s basic navigation and functionality. Talent Roadmap will replace eLearning Zone and will help you build a professional development path using CPD courses, Lynda.com tutorials and more. This course will be a hands-on experience that will walk you through this new system and show you how to use it to achieve your professional development goals.

Financial goals are the specific long- and short-term objectives to be attained through financial planning and management efforts. Among personal financial goals are things such as: 1) financial security 2) travel 3) education planning 4) retirement planning and 5 ) estate planning. Being able to succeed in reaching these goals requires a structure and plan with appropriate milestones, along with the ability to make adjustments along the way.

The United Stated Department of the Treasury has proposed a set of financial core competencies that will be used to establish a clear understanding about what all adults should know regarding the basic concepts of financial literacy. The five core concept areas identified are:

›› Earning
›› Spending
›› Saving
›› Borrowing
›› Protecting against risk

This session covers the basics (or essentials) of each area and describes practical skills needed to competently address (or manage) their personal finances.

While it’s true that some people are intuitively good at persuading others, for most of us the most reliable path to success lies in knowing what we want to achieve and systematically deciding how we want to go about achieving it. Persuasion is a skill that everyone in the organization uses to accomplish goals. Used effectively, persuasion can lead to solutions that work in everyone’s best interest. This workshop will provide you with communication techniques to get the results that you want and need.

Giving effective feedback is difficult. Most people avoid opportunities to give constructive feedback and give infrequent and often unhelpful positive feedback. This session addresses strategies on how to deliver effective feedback at work or at home.

Gratitude is a skill anyone can learn as an alternative to regret and fear. We can focus on the positive elements of
our lives with a few simple practices. Providing sincere compliments can help us build relationships and be grateful for
others. Rather than being grateful because we “ought to,” we can choose gratitude as a way of looking forward to each

Why do some people seem happy and others just seem miserable all the time? Science suggests that each person has

a range in their capacity to experience happiness and that range is different for each person. However, it is possible to

live our lives in the upper end of that range if we apply ourselves and follow certain principles. There is no one key to

happiness but a set of principles that are critical to follow. This training incorporates a brief happiness questionnaire,

a description of the various factors associated with happiness and concludes with a substantive discussion of specific

ways to increase your happiness potential.

Don’t allow changes in your normal routine to cause you to fall off track with good nutrition. Whether you are a frequent traveler, packing meals to bring to work or spending more time in your car lately, “Healthy Food Choices on the Go” will help you identify opportunities to improve your food choices no matter what situation you find yourself in.


Hobbies of all sorts can help us to be mentally and physically healthier people for ourselves and our loved ones. By choosing to spend time on engaging activities that we truly enjoy, we are more likely to be the best version of ourselves. Too often we end up either just passing the time or prioritizing everyone else’s needs above our own.

There are many effective tools in Career Zone that you as an employee have access to. Come learn the ways to use Career Zone!

There is a difference in being motivated and being engaged in the workplace. Sure, you may be motivated to come to
work each day for the paycheck, but are you truly engaged in what you are doing?
Stars tend to be internally motivated to begin with, but put that motivation together with truly being engaged in what
you do and you have the formula for capturing the most “prizes” the organization has to offer—the most interesting
work, the salary increases, promotions and possibly bonuses

As we move through life, our needs, priorities and situations change, as well as our skills, competencies, interests and values. How often do we take the time to assess our current situations to see if it aligns with our work/life goals? When attempting to achieve these goals, are work or personal habits working for us or against us? Developing new success habits that move us toward our goals will help us achieve better results in our work and personal lives.

Receiving criticism is an important and valuable skill. To achieve success in any endeavor we must be able to tolerate critical feedback and learn from it. However, receiving criticism is difficult for most people. Upon receiving criticism we feel vulnerable and become defensive and thereby miss opportunities to benefit from feedback. This workshop will help you explore why we become defensive, deliver tips for knowing when your “hot button” has been pushed and how to accept and integrate useful criticism. The training will also instruct though examples and/or role plays.

While you obviously need the appropriate knowledge and skills to do your job, the mind-set with which you approach your work plays a dominant role in your ability to perform. If you’re discouraged, you work sluggishly, think small and give up easily. However, when you feel good, confident and exhilarated you can win people to your side and create dazzling projects. This workshop will help participants explore how attitude can change their life and will provide them with opportunities to develop a more positive mind-set.

There are conversations in which the stakes are high: asking for a raise, ending a relationship, giving a critical

performance review, confronting disrespectful behavior, apologizing or disagreeing within a group. This workshop is about developing the skills to initiate the conversations which most people find difficult, unpleasant and generally avoid.You will learn the practical skills involved in framing a problem without blame or defensiveness and how to keep the conversation productive.

Global financial markets and the state of the U.S. economy continue to dominate the headlines. Take advantage of this latest opportunity to improve your knowledge in the areas of financial markets and investments. Finance & Administration is now offering the second course in the Financial Education Series: Intermediate Guide to Investing. The topics covered in this course include:

  • How and where are securities traded
  • The role of fund managers
  • Investment strategies employed
  • Role of diversification in a portfolio
  • Key information to look for in a prospectus
  • Lifecycle funds

The Office of Staff Recruitment will provide hiring managers and supervisors with the tools to conduct effective, compliant phone and onsite interviews. 

Professional comedians shouldn’t be the only people to use smiling, laughter, humor and play as part of their daily routine. These skills are valuable for everyone. A good smile has long been a key tool for anyone who needs to influence others. Laughter is now shown to improve our pain tolerance. Humor and play can be the building blocks of problem-solving. Together they can improve our happiness and effectiveness.

Stress is experienced in the body as tension. To manage stress we have several choices: reduce or eliminate the stressor, think about the stressor differently so it no longer causes tension or change the way our body reacts to stress. The course will address the third option through exploring a variety of relaxation techniques to calm the body and mind. The class will allow participants to learn and experience several simple relaxation tools such as progressive muscle relaxation, abdominal relaxation breathing and visualization.

“Living the Good Life!” How often have we heard that statement? Usually it’s meaning is about happiness, health and satisfaction within our lives. In this session we’ll discuss what’s needed to accomplish “the good life”: what to bring along on life’s journey, what to leave behind, what to acquire along the way.

In today’s digital age, people are exposed to a vast number of choices and opportunities in all facets of life; choices about what to read, watch, listen to or purchase. The result is that people often are more distracted, confused and stressed by the increasing complexity of consumer choices and online social media activities.This topic addresses ways of prioritizing and simplifying your life through adopting a “digital mindfulness” approach.

Whether going back to school or changing careers, starting a family or retiring, change brings both opportunities and
turmoil. In today’s fast paced world, change has become a constant. Even when we are able to see the advantages of
change, it can be hard to say goodbye to what’s changing. This workshop will provide you techniques to deal effectively
with change.

Maybe you’re looking to create new friendships. Maybe you’re looking to deepen connections with colleagues. Maybe you’re looking for a mentor in someone you admire. All of these require a degree of intentionality and truly knowing what you are looking for. This training will give practical tips on how to deepen relationships you already have as well as ways to step out of your routine to meet new people who can bring you a satisfying connection.

The Office of Staff Recruitment is offering hiring managers, supervisors, support staff, and frequent system users an overview of the career zone system with regards to the selection and hire process. You will be given the tools to improve your hiring & selection process, along with a demonstration of shortcuts in using the system for an effective search.  You will also have the opportunity to provide feedback with regards to the system for future process improvement. 

Are money issues causing you to worry and stress? Do you buy items, even if you don't need them, just because they are on sale and you know you are "saving money?" Do you pay only the minimum balance on your credit cards? Is debt mounting in your life to the point where you don't know what to do about it? Do you wish you were saving more money? Money is a huge stressor for many people, but it doesn't have to be. This workshop will help you demystify the numbers and get you living beyond paycheck to paycheck.

The idea of mindfulness or being mindful is complete engagement in the present moment. It is a state where you are not thinking, reflecting, judging or deciding, but are instead simply experiencing the things currently in your available experience. In many ways people are largely unaware of our present moment, and often operate on “auto-pilot” to some degree. The auto-pilot mode is our default mode of operation. Even when we find ourselves in a pleasurable quiet moment we automatically begin to daydream about others, plan/worry about the future or ruminate about the past. We miss living in the present moment because we fail to pay attention to it. Mindfulness is about waking up to the present moment and paying attention to our experience. Learning mindfulness is not difficult; however, it is difficult to remember to do it. This training discusses mindfulness and how to incorporate its practice into your life.

Come to the new 90-minute session which provides an overview of Lean Six Sigma training. If you are interested in using Lean Six Sigma to improve the quality of the processes in your department, this session will cover the benefits of Lean Six Sigma, and tools that you can immediately use as a Yellow Belt to make a measurable impact on your business.  You will understand how to go further with the application of process improvement. Our overview session will also cover the advanced studies of Green and Black Belt so that you understand all of the options offered at RIT.


If you have questions about Lean Six Sigma or want to understand how to learn the tools and techniques of this industry-leading approach, this is the overview for you.  

In difficult economic times, many people are struggling to just keep up with monthly bills, let alone make progress on debt repayment. What suffers most is contributing to savings and investing goals. This session will focus on developing financial plans and strategies to address the dual goals of having a plan for paying off debt, while also contributing to building personal wealth.

This session covers the basics (or essentials) of each area and describes practical techniques that can help you to formulate your own plan to manage your personal finances to organize a sensible debt repayment plan without sacrificing other financial goals.


The Position Control process at RIT has been updated to make it easier to understand and navigate.  Topics discussed will include an overview of position control at RIT and why it’s needed, funding types rules and examples and new approval routing requirements.  Several different scenarios will be discussed and new forms will be introduced.

Assertiveness is a core communication skill that allows us to advocate for our wants and needs, in a way that respects the rights of others, as well as ourselves. Some people are naturally assertive and for others, it requires practice. This training is here to help.

Most people can honestly say they believe it’s important to spend within their means and to save money for the future. Unfortunately, good intentions are often at odds with how our mind works. For example, many people want to save for the future but have no motivation to because they have not imagined that future. This course addresses the psychology behind saving money and adopting good financial habits. It will examine recent research related to how and why people save vs. spend and identify strategies for participants to change their financial mindset and develop new habits.

We can choose to reinvent ourselves as the people we would like to become, rather than waiting for the future to find us. This session will look at getting started with self-reflection and planning. We’ll also look at self-improvement techniques and the role of mentors.

Respect and Empathy:  Empathy has been rated as the top leadership skill to build employee engagement.  It has been said that ineffective managers make up half of today’s talent pool.  With so much focus on relationship building in leadership, respect and empathy are critical to one’s success as an employee or manager. During this workshop we will focus on actions, tools and guidelines to be able to build trust and respect, that will allow us to earn the ability to gain genuine perspective taking and understand the other person’s “why”. 

This workshop will help you not only to survive but also thrive in today's high pressure world. By unleashing your energy, igniting your enthusiasm and finding fun in your job, you're sure to maximize your work performance and even enjoy it. 

We can do anything we set our minds to. But sometimes it can feel like our brains are working against us when it comes to achieving our goals. Plans to learn a new skill, to get in shape, or to save money keep getting pushed back in the hopes that the Future You will handle it “someday”. Your attitude and beliefs about your likelihood of success can predict whether or not you actually succeed. If you actively keep your internal motivation high, you can significantly increase the likelihood of achieving your hopes, dreams and visions of your future.

The Office of Staff Recruitment is offering hiring managers and supervisors the opportunity to improve their hiring processes to select the best candidate for the position. We will be introducing the new staff recruitment selection & hire process checklist. In addition, three key areas addressed will be:

  • How to write an effective external job posting
  • Partnership with staff recruitment during the hire process
  • New-Guidelines for Hire & Selection Process

How would you define the word Job? Career? Calling?

How would you define what you do?

This workshop is based on the book of the same name by Cal Newport.

Newport suggests that we flip the common phrase ‘follow your passion’ and look at career development from another perspective: creating a realistic path toward a meaningful and engaging work life.

Join us for a discussion of Newport’s Four Rules and how they can apply to our own lives:

  • Rule #1 Don’t Follow Your Passion
  • Rule #2 Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Or, the importance of skill)
  • Rule #3 Turn Down A Promotion (Or, the importance of control)
  • Rule #4 Think Small, Act Big (Or, the importance of mission)


Come prepared to participate.

Everyone has heard the saying to “take a walk in their shoes.” It is one of the simplest explanations of empathy. Understanding other peoples’ outlook, being able to recognize their emotions, and being sensitive to their situation is vital to communicate more effectively and build better relationships. This course will address ways to improve your capacity to demonstrate empathy.

All aspects of work and life require stress—everyone experiences it. Experiencing stress is not all bad, but how we perceive stress is what’s important. Stress is our body’s normal response to any extra physical, mental or emotional demand we place on it. This workshop will help you to understand more about stress, identify your stressors and learn ways to cope with and manage high stress levels.

Turnitin is more than just an originality checker!  With a few tweaks, Turnitin can be used to help teach students how to avoid plagiarism and promote academic integrity in the classroom.   Understanding how an Originality Report's output is structured can help you better interpret the results, while enabling a few extra system settings can transform Turnitin into a valuable teaching tool.


This hour-long workshop will not only explore how Turnitin works, but also the role Turnitin plays in supporting academic integrity on campus.  The following topics will be covered:

  • RIT's Student Academic Integrity Policy
  • Strengths and considerations when using Turnitin
  • Navigating Turnitin’s output (Originality Report)
  • Understanding the Turnitin options available in MyCourses
  • Best practices for Turnitin use
  • Respecting student privacy
  • Help and available resources

Join us on Monday, November 14th from 2-3pm or Wednesday, December 7th from 2-3:00 pm in CIMS-2140 to learn more!  In the meantime, checkout http://www.rit.edu/twc/academicintegrity for valuable resources on academic integrity at RIT.


This workshop will focus on how to use Turnitin as a pedagogical tool and is appropriate for both faculty and staff who support student academic success.  For technical assistance with setting up and accessing Turnitin through MyCourses, please contact Teaching and Learning Services.

RIT is committed to employing best-in-class sustainable practices within university operations and achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. But what are sustainable practices, how will RIT become carbon neutral, and what is the role of staff members in advancing these commitments?  RIT recognizes the need for all staff to become better equipped to lead sustainable change within their departments. This session, provides an introduction to sustainability and provides resources to facilitate sustainable behavior change. Participants will learn how RIT is responding to this grand challenge, and will explore tools and strategies for enacting sustainable practices within your unit and everyday work.


Learning objectives:

  1. Understand sustainability and how RIT is working to address sustainability challenges.
  2. Explore sustainability competencies: systems and temporal thinking, ethical and interpersonal literacy, innovation and creativity
  3. Identify strategies for integrating sustainability into their units, applying sustainability competencies to achieve objectives.

Work, family and personal life responsibilities can feel overwhelming, and it sometimes seems as if a 24-hour day simply isn’t long enough to get everything done. Unfortunately, no one has yet found a way to add a 25th hour to the day, so we’re all forced to do the best with the time we have. By following the principles discussed in this workshop, you may still never get everything done, but you should feel more in control of your very busy life.

It seems that more than ever, people are living busy, chaotic lives that often leave them feeling overwhelmed and out of control. Between work, parental responsibilities, community involvement, exercise, hobbies, friendships, family responsibilities and more, sometimes it feels as if keeping track of it all is just impossible. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help people gain control, though sometimes sorting through what’s available can add what seems like even more chaos to life. Smartphones, day planners, alarms, e-mail systems, priority grids, voice mail systems, note pads, to-do lists, contact lists, address books, folders, file cabinets and more—the purpose of this lunch-and-learn is to help you sort through the tools available to help you organize your life, and pick the ones that will work for you.

 Join Wendy Smith, Ph.D., Certified Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor for a one hour training on stress prevention and stress relief. During this class participants will have the opportunity to practice basic movements. You will receive a handout so you can share what you will learn with your co-workers, or even lead a team in a stress relief exercise. This will help others benefit and learn from the basic stress relief techniques as well.

This Stress Management course focuses on specific, practical activities to reduce stress. Whatever happens to be causing your stress, these techniques can help you cope.

This workshop emphasizes engaging participants as adult learners to design and deliver events in which participants become active, intentional learners by reflecting on what they are learning, discovering how it is relevant to them, and choosing to apply it to become more skillful on their jobs.

“Understanding DISC” is an engaging introduction to fundamental information of the DISC model. This session helps attendees understand and decipher their personal report by reading and interpreting their graphs and provides an in-depth look at each of the four behavioral styles. This session covers how DISC can be used as a communication tool with colleagues and how individuals can adapt their style to better communicate with each other.    



DISC is a powerful assessment tool used to detail individual work styles and behaviors. By learning and understanding these behavioral characteristics, we strengthen our communication skills and our understanding of each other, resulting in higher performing teams and better working relationships.  


This session is private and participants must have completed their DISC assessment prior to attending the session. There are two different DISC assessments employees can take:  Communicating with Style ($30.00) and a management version ($60.00). If individuals are interested in completing the assessment, a department chargeback number will have to be provided to Carla Pennello Quackenbush prior to the assessment being sent out. Team-based sessions can also be arranged by contacting Carla Pennello Quackenbush directly.

Traditionally, risk is often thought of as something to be avoided.  However, given that value is a function of risk and return, strategic decisions do not necessarily eliminate or even minimize risk.  Rather, the goal is to manage risk (both exposures and opportunities) across all parts of organization so that, at any given time, just enough of the right kind of risk to effectively pursue strategic goals is incurred. 

The first step towards successfully managing risks is to implement an effective risk assessment methodology.  Risk assessment is a systematic process for identifying and evaluating both external and internal events (risks) that could affect the achievement of objectives, positively or negatively.  During this class, we will discuss the key components of an effective risk assessment process and how to integrate it into the business process to provide timely and relevant risk information to management.

 By attending this class you will learn:

  • Definitions of various risk types (i.e., inherent, residual, fraud).
  • Key components of an effective risk management process.
  • Key principles and strategies for risk identification.
  • Examples of risk models and assessment tools.
  • Key concepts for risk evaluation.
  • The importance of risk interactions.
  • Key considerations when prioritizing risks.
  • Risk response strategies

Who should attend?

RIT faculty and staff  who are interested in taking the first steps towards risk identification and assessment and who want to sleep better at night knowing that key risks affecting RIT’s ability to achieve its objectives are being appropriately managed.

Participant Comments

“Very Informative”

“This topic is of ‘high impact’ to our day-to-day operations.”

“Dry topic made interesting.”

“Class was great!”

Things I learned:

            “How to think of risk proactively”

            “How to identify and think about risk in my day-to-day activities”

Guided imagery helps people mentally focus on pleasant images that encourage feelings of relaxation, utilizing the connection between body and mind. A person can call on mental images to improve emotional health. This workshop looks at how guided imagery can help with stress and mental well-being. It also includes a pair of guided imagery experiences.

Kindness is an admirable aspiration for anyone, and it also can be an effective way to achieve success. By being concerned about others we can build relationships and gain support. By serving others we can be happier about ourselves. Kindness can be more than the right thing to do, it can be a path to success and happiness.

Whether they take place in the workplace or in one’s personal life, conflicts are inevitable; however, that does not mean that they must always be damaging. When emotions are understood and reason is used to handle conflict, the result can actually be strengthened relationships rather than damaged ones. This workshop discusses how you can replace pure emotion with rational decision-making when dealing with conflict.


Listening:  While listening is only one side of a conversation, it is usually the neglected side.  The first step to overcome this is to recognize that effective listening is an active process. People also fail to recognize the filters that impact ability to fully comprehend other perspectives and points of view.  Overcoming these filters helps create open, constructive communication. A typical adult speaks at 100-150 words per minute, depending on the language and the style of the speaker.  We can actually hear and understand at a rate of 200 words per minute, or more.  So when we are listening, there is a fair amount of excess capacity between our ears and our brains.  Attentive listening is far more challenging, more demanding, and more difficult than speaking.  The art of being a good listener takes focus, patience, and a sincere desire to really communicate with others.  During this workshop we will focus on a deeper understanding of the activity of listening and tools to become a better listener. 

Goal setting gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. The process of setting goals allows you to choose where you want to go in your personal life as well as your professional career. A life without goals is like a road trip without a map. By knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you are less likely to get lost, and you will be happier and less frustrated along the way.