Career/Life Digest

Programming that benefits you at home and at work

Staff Development Day: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Physical Sciences Building. Make sure to take advantage of FREE informative workshops and resources to support your personal and professional growth and wellbeing! Click here to see complete details and workshop schedule.

Nominations for Employee Excellence Awards close in just a few days! Help recognize and celebrate Cornell's extraordinary staff members -- but hurry, you only have till Friday, June 30th. Get all the details here

Community and Culture

Campus Blood Drives: July 11-12-13, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Biotech G-10. Click here to make an appointment for your convenience; walk-ins are welcome!

Cornell Retirees Association (CRA) Annual George Peter Barbecue: Thursday, Sept 14, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, CRC Park, Monkey Run Rd (at the intersection of Hanshaw Rd and Lower Creek Rd), Ithaca. Reservations required in advance! All Cornell retirees (and soon-to-be retirees) are invited -- come and catch up with fellow retirees and friends! For more details, please see the Retirees Newsletter.

East Hill Farmer's Market is now open every Wednesday, located across from Agava next to Rite Aid on Pine Tree Rd. Enjoy shopping for all the freshest fruits and veggies of the season, plus farm-fresh meats, baked goods, and delicious international food vendors -- without the big crowds!

Chronic Pain Research Study Seeking Volunteers: If you're over 45 years old and experience chronic pain, you may be eligible to participate in a research study and earn up to $50. Study is being conducted by the Department of Human Development at Cornell University. Call (607) 255-3288 or email

NYC Bus Trips are back! Spend a Saturday in New York City for just $54 per person, round trip (for Cornell employees and up to 4 guests).  Trips are scheduled for September, November, December, and possibly July if there is interest. More details here.



Infertility Discussion Group -Thursday, July 13, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., EHOB Training Room #140. All Cornellians and their partners/spouses are welcome to attend.  Open discussion/facilitated dialogue.  Questions? Contact Michelle Artibee or 255-5298.  Register here


Caregiver Support & Education Network Meetings: July 20, August 17: 12:00-1:00 pm at 221 Weill Hall. Caregivers come together to share the challenges, joys and resources of caregiving as well as to listen to occasional speakers presenting on topics of interest specifically to caregivers. Facilitators will share strategies, tools, and resources for coping with stress, caregiver guilt, and burnout as well as information on local/national resources that may assist you. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Questions? Contact Eileen McCoy Whang,

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Career Development

BECOMING A PROJECT MANAGEMENT HEROMonday, July 24 – Wednesday, July 26 (3 days) 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Mann Library, Stone Classroom;  $599. In addition to PM fundamentals, learn how to communicate effectively and build trust with your team and stakeholders, leverage influence instead of authority, and create and manage relationships in difficult situations. We’ll use case studies, role-playing, and build a project in the cloud-based software Teamwork Projects.

BUILDING RELATIONS THAT LAST – LEARNING FROM CUSTOMER SERVICEWednesday, August 9, 9 AM – 4:30 PM; EHP 345 Training Room; $250. You have heard the term Customer Service, but you are not really sure how that relates to your job? This hands-on skills workshop helps you build lasting relations with colleagues, students and faculty while learning from customer service insights.

COMMUNICATIONS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: Thursday mornings from 9:00 am – 11:30 am, September 7 – November 30, 2017 in the Training Room, 345 East Hill Plaza; $450. This comprehensive program includes training on all types and aspects of communication to express oneself professionally by focusing on the three primary competencies of effective communication—interpersonal skills, written communication, and informal oral presentation. 

Administrative Academy

The Administrative Academy is designed to provide opportunities for the development of individual contributors in both technical job skills and skills for expanding their influence across the organization. Our professionals succeed because of their expertise as well as their abilities to work well with others, collaborate and be good team players, and communicate effectively among all levels of the organization. The Administrative Academy is designed so an individual contributor can take just one or a few programs, or receive a certificate by taking the 10 Core sessions and 4 Electives. View the complete Administrative Academy course catalog in CULearn.

Management Academy

Supervisors may take courses individually, or pursue Management Academy certificates at the Applied and Mastery levels. The purpose of the curriculum is to further develop the skills of current managers, such as managing business and administrative operations, developing organizational operating policies and procedures, estimating human resource needs, managing conflict and projects, building networks, and more. View the complete Management Academy course catalog and register at CULearn.


Inclusive Excellence Academy

Cornell University’s Inclusive Excellence Academy offers programs designed to advance an inclusive educational environment and workplace. 


Executive Leadership: Becoming an executive leader requires a broad skill set, ensuring you’re ready to handle any challenge. Whether you work at a small company or a global organization, this certificate gives you the perspective needed to develop a broader understanding of effective decision making, managing across cultures, and identifying the impact of financial performance on your business. Visit your eCornell portal to enroll:

Franklin Covey Courses

FranklinCovey Courses: Cornell is licensed to offer several FranklinCovey courses for faculty and staff, focusing on personal and organizational leadership, execution, productivity, and trust.  These courses specialize in performance improvement and help organizations achieve results that require a change in human behavior.  These award-winning training programs are offered at a substantial discount from the public/retail price. Click here for a list of course offerings, detailed course information and outlines, dates and registration.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Signature Edition 4.0: Based on the proven principles in Dr. Covey's best-selling business book, this training helps you and your organization gain hands-on experience by applying timeless principles that yield greater productivity, improved communication, strengthened relationships, increased influence, and laser-like focus on critical priorities.  Recently updated in Feb 2014! This session is from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on July 5-7, 2017 at the ILR Conference Center.

Project Management Essentials for the Unofficial Project Manager: This course provides the mind-set, skill set, and toolset that consistently deliver successful projects to completion. Participants learn to implement a disciplined process to execute projects and to master “informal authority”. This session is from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on July 17-18, 2017 at the ILR Conference Center. Training Courses

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Coaching and Developing EmployeesApply leadership techniques to cultivate increased productivity and engagement in your employees.

Influencing OthersLearn when and how to use 18 scientifically proven methods of influence that can be practiced in work and home settings.

Building TrustUse the “circles of trust” model to learn to strengthen relationships in your professional and personal life, in addition to building trust in remote teams and repairing lost or broken trust.

Mentoring OthersCultivate your mentoring skills in this short course and learn which questions to ask, how to mutually set goals and give straightforward advice in order to help others achieve more in their professional lives. 


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Mindfulness: Be Mindful. Live in the Moment.

Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick

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The Millennial Myth: Transforming Misunderstanding into Workplace Breakthroughs

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Stress Management:

Unwind! 7 Principles for a Stress-Free Life

Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and on The Job

Technical Training

For current IT Training classes:  To see a complete listing of technical training resources, go to If you are interested in attending a course that does not yet have a class scheduled, use the 'Request Learning' option to show your interest. To receive training announcements, send an email with the subject: join to Have a question?  Contact

Remedy MyIT/Work Order Management: Basic Training   June 28; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee 

Remedy Incident Management: Basic Training  July 12; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee  

Excel 2016 Managing Data  July 13; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $105 

Access 2016 Basic  July 13; 12:30 p.m. – 4:30p.m.; 120 Maple; $105 

Remedy Problem Management: Basic Training  July 26; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee  

Administering Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Intune - Custom for Cornell CIT Aug. 2-4; 8:30am–4:30pm, each day; 120 Maple; $1375

Excel 2016 Charts, Pivot Tables, Formulas & Functions  Aug. 8; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $105 

Word 2016 Basic  Aug. 8; 12:30 p.m. – 4:30p.m.; 120 Maple; $105 

Remedy Incident Management: Advanced Training  Aug. 9; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee 

Skype for Business & Zoom Basics  Aug. 18; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $59 

Using Microsoft Windows 10  Aug. 18; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $59 

Remedy Smart IT  Aug. 23; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee 

Remedy Incident Management: Training for Remedy Local Administrators  Sept. 13; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; No Fee 


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