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University of Mississippi

Learning + Development

The Learning and Development area’s primary goal is to offer the University of Mississippi’s staff and faculty an opportunity for continual growth. Our seminars cover an array of topics to improve your professional skills and personal development.

Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.
– Denis Waitley

Upcoming Sessions

Workshop Schedule
DateCourseRegistration
10/04 The Financial Risk of Long-Term Care by William Morris Group, P.A.: This session will focus on the cost of long-term care services, the availability of government programs, and how long-term care insurance can help to protect your retirement benefits. This is an important topic that impacts all Americans and their families at one time or another.
2:00 - 3:00, Jackson Avenue Center: Auditorium B, Jennifer Payne
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10/06 Efficient & Effective Hiring Processes: Learn how to construct effective search committees who will assist you in finding the best person for the job. You will also learn your responsibilities as a search committee member.
3:00 - 4:00, Union Room 326, Jason Ware
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10/11 Preparing Basic Wills and Legal Documents: During this session, you will receive information related to basic estate planning documents, including wills, trusts, probates, advanced healthcare directives and important points to consider when preparing legal documents. Furthermore, we will have an in-depth review of the two types of wills that are recognized in the state of Mississippi.
2:00 - 3:00, Jackson Avenue Center: Auditorium B, Richard Gershon
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10/12 LEAD: Lead Your Team : Lead Your Team is a program designed to develop the skills necessary to appropriately supervise at the University of Mississippi. This is a core course required within four months of assuming a supervisory or management position. Learn how to supervise professionally and accordingly within the University's policies and within state and federal laws. Contemporary leadership principles will be introduced. Attendance will be acknowledged during the participant's performance review process. Tardiness and absenteeism are discouraged. According to the SHRM 2019 culture report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture: How Culture Impacts the Workforce - and the bottom line: 76% of employees say their manager sets the culture of their workplace 39% say their manager doesn?t know how to lead a team 40% say their manager fails to frequently engage in honest conversations about work topics Are you equipped for the responsibility of supervising and managing?
8:00 - 5:00, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium A, Jennifer Payne
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10/13 Hiring Practices & Behavioral Based Interviewing: Learn how Behavioral Based Interviewing differs from traditional interviews, key traits to assess, and how it can help your committee hire the best candidate for the job.
3:00 - 4:00, Union Room 326, Hunter Haney
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10/18 Successful Approaches to Difficult Conversations: Successful people have the ability to skillfully discuss difficult or stressful topics with their colleagues and customers. This important webinar presentation provides several practical strategies for having these challenging conversations more effectively including building connections with others, being more collaborative in our approach to interactions, and handling disagreement respectfully.
12:00 - 1:00, Zoom (online only), Jennifer Payne
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10/18 Budgeting and Financial Planning for Faculty and Staff: This session is designed to educate on the importance of budgeting, controlled spending, investing, and creating/managing your financial plan. We will provide useful tools to assist you on your journey toward financial independence and address spending habits that typically cause financial hardships.
2:00 - 3:00, Jackson Avenue Center: Auditorium B, Ken Cyree
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10/20 How to Prevent Bullying in the Workplace: This important webinar presentation is designed to help managers and supervisors to better understand bullying behavior, what typically motivates it, and the different forms it takes. This online session will also provide several strategies that leaders can utilize to build a more respectful culture that can help prevent bullying from occurring.
12:00 - 1:00, Zoom (online only), Jennifer Payne
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10/24 E-form Training: New and current E-form users, please join me to review the "ins and outs" of E-forms. This session will go over all E-forms that are managed by the Human Resources team and will serve as a great source of information for new and current E-form users/approvers. Please come prepared to take notes and ask questions!
9:00 - 12:00, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Craig Richmond
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10/25 E-form Training: New and current E-form users, please join me to review the "ins and outs" of E-forms. This session will go over all E-forms that are managed by the Human Resources team and will serve as a great source of information for new and current E-form users/approvers. Please come prepared to take notes and ask questions!
1:00 - 4:00, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Craig Richmond
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10/26 'Welcome Home' New Employee Orientation: New employee orientation that provides a unique opportunity to meet leaders and learn more about the University's mission, vision, rich history, the University's "It" factor, and the relationship between Ole Miss Athletics and the University of Mississippi.
8:00 - 12:00, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Jennifer Payne
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10/27 Social Security: Securing Your Future: Social Security is a retirement income source with some control and a variety of selections. It is also said to be one of the most important phases of retirement planning. During this session, you will learn about how to quality for social security, how to determine your benefits, select the optimum time to begin collecting the benefit, and become familiar with other types of benefits such as disability, survivor options and Medicare.
2:00 - 3:00, Jackson Avenue Center: Auditorium B, Jennifer Payne
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11/01 Financial Wellness: The Benefits of Investing: Have you ever thought about participating in the University Supplemental retirement program but are unsure where to begin? Take the first step and register for this financial wellness session. This panel session is designed to help you understand the role of investing, managing investment risks, augmenting programs to help accelerate savings, and tools to sustain a successful portfolio. Representatives from Voya, TIAA, CAPTRUST, and Mississippi Deferred Compensation Plan & Trust (MDC) are ready to answer your questions and educate you on the benefits of investing in the market.
2:00 - 3:30, Jackson Avenue Center: Auditorium B, Jennifer Payne
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11/08 PERS: Early Career/New Employee Seminar: Typically for newer employees (1-4 years of service), this seminar offers an overview of PERS and what it means to be a part of a defined benefit plan like PERS. This seminar will be led by a PERS representative. Additionally, a representative of Mississippi Deferred Compensation Plan & Trust (MDC) will be available to discuss the benefits of enrolling in MDC.
2:00 - 3:30, Jackson Avenue Center: Auditorium B, Jennifer Payne
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11/09 PERS: Understanding Your State Retirement Benefits: This seminar is more in-depth regarding PERS information for those who are closer to being vested or mid-way eligible for retirement (5-20 years of service). This seminar will be led by a PERS representative. Additionally, a representative of Mississippi Deferred Compensation Plan & Trust (MDC) will be available to discuss the benefits of enrolling in MDC.
2:00 - 4:00, Jackson Avenue Center: Auditorium B, Jennifer Payne
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11/15 Caregiver Excellence: This stress management and relationship management skills webinar presentation is designed to enhance the personal wellness and professional effectiveness of caregivers. This online presentation discusses several proven stress management strategies, tips for communicating more effectively with those we are caring for, and how to deal with compassion fatigue.
10:00 - 11:00, Zoom (online only), Jennifer Payne
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11/17 LEAD: Lead Yourself: All front-line staff employees (non-supervisors), both seasoned employees and recent hires, are invited to participate in this program. These sessions focus on what it takes to give your best at work.
8:00 - 3:00, Law School Rm 1115, Jennifer Payne
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11/17 How to Become a More Effective Manager: This important webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the management and leadership skills necessary to be a supervisor that can effectively motivate and engage a work team. Skills to be covered in this online session include employee relationship development, teambuilding, coaching, performance management, and conflict resolution.
12:00 - 1:00, Zoom (online only), Jennifer Payne
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11/29 How to Apply the Growth Mindset to Feedback: This workshop discusses the differences between a fixed vs. growth mindset. By adopting a growth mindset, employees are more likely to embrace lifelong learning, have a positive outlook, and improve connections and engagement. Additionally, this workshop will explore how a growth mindset is applied to giving and receiving feedback in the workplace.
3:00 - 4:00, Union Room 326, Jennifer Payne
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12/08 Managing the Stress of the Holidays: The holidays are a joyous time for many, but can come with additional activities and responsibilities that can be quite stressful. This practical online presentation provides several helpful tips and strategies for managing our stress and keeping our lives in balance during this important season.
12:00 - 1:00, Zoom (online only), Jennifer Payne
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12/15 E-form Training: New and current E-form users, please join me to review the "ins and outs" of E-forms. This session will go over all E-forms that are managed by the Human Resources team and will serve as a great source of information for new and current E-form users/approvers. Please come prepared to take notes and ask questions!
9:00 - 12:00, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Craig Richmond
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12/15 How to Motivate Your Employees: Motivated employees are engaged and productive. This important webinar discusses research on employee motivation, identifies the three primary needs that employees seek to meet at work, and discusses management approaches to help create and maintain a motivated team.
12:00 - 1:00, Zoom (online only), Jennifer Payne
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01/11 LEAD: Lead Your Team : Lead Your Team is a program designed to develop the skills necessary to appropriately supervise at the University of Mississippi. This is a core course required within four months of assuming a supervisory or management position. Learn how to supervise professionally and accordingly within the University's policies and within state and federal laws. Contemporary leadership principles will be introduced. Attendance will be acknowledged during the participant's performance review process. Tardiness and absenteeism are discouraged. According to the SHRM 2019 culture report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture: How Culture Impacts the Workforce - and the bottom line: 76% of employees say their manager sets the culture of their workplace 39% say their manager doesn?t know how to lead a team 40% say their manager fails to frequently engage in honest conversations about work topics Are you equipped for the responsibility of supervising and managing?
8:00 - 5:00, TBD, Jennifer Payne
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01/18 'Welcome Home' New Employee Orientation: New employee orientation that provides a unique opportunity to meet leaders and learn more about the University's mission, vision, rich history, the University's "It" factor, and the relationship between Ole Miss Athletics and the University of Mississippi.
8:00 - 12:00, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Jennifer Payne
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02/16 LEAD: Lead Yourself: All front-line staff employees (non-supervisors), both seasoned employees and recent hires, are invited to participate in this program. These sessions focus on what it takes to give your best at work.
8:00 - 3:00, Law School Rm 1115, Jennifer Payne
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04/12 LEAD: Lead Your Team : Lead Your Team is a program designed to develop the skills necessary to appropriately supervise at the University of Mississippi. This is a core course required within four months of assuming a supervisory or management position. Learn how to supervise professionally and accordingly within the University's policies and within state and federal laws. Contemporary leadership principles will be introduced. Attendance will be acknowledged during the participant's performance review process. Tardiness and absenteeism are discouraged. According to the SHRM 2019 culture report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture: How Culture Impacts the Workforce - and the bottom line: 76% of employees say their manager sets the culture of their workplace 39% say their manager doesn?t know how to lead a team 40% say their manager fails to frequently engage in honest conversations about work topics Are you equipped for the responsibility of supervising and managing?
8:00 - 5:00, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Jennifer Payne
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04/19 'Welcome Home' New Employee Orientation: New employee orientation that provides a unique opportunity to meet leaders and learn more about the University's mission, vision, rich history, the University's "It" factor, and the relationship between Ole Miss Athletics and the University of Mississippi.
8:00 - 12:00, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Jennifer Payne
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05/18 LEAD: Lead Yourself: All front-line staff employees (non-supervisors), both seasoned employees and recent hires, are invited to participate in this program. These sessions focus on what it takes to give your best at work.
8:00 - 2:00, Law School Rm 1115, Jennifer Payne
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07/12 LEAD: Lead Your Team: Lead Your Team is a program designed to develop the skills necessary to appropriately supervise at the University of Mississippi. This is a core course required within four months of assuming a supervisory or management position. Learn how to supervise professionally and accordingly within the University's policies and within state and federal laws. Contemporary leadership principles will be introduced. Attendance will be acknowledged during the participant's performance review process. Tardiness and absenteeism are discouraged. According to the SHRM 2019 culture report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture: How Culture Impacts the Workforce - and the bottom line: 76% of employees say their manager sets the culture of their workplace 39% say their manager doesn?t know how to lead a team 40% say their manager fails to frequently engage in honest conversations about work topics Are you equipped for the responsibility of supervising and managing?
8:00 - 5:00, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Jennifer Payne
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The LEAD Series

Learn more about our LEAD Series that offers courses of interest to individuals, supervisors, and directors. More.

Making the Commitment

These sessions are provided for your personal and professional development, but keep in mind that when you register you are making a commitment to attend. If you are not sure that you can attend, wait to register until you have checked your calendar for conflicts. Once you have registered, be sure to add the training workshop to your calendar and save the registration confirmation email for easy withdrawal access.

Contact Jennifer Payne for assistance.