From making a pizza to building a website, St. Bonaventure University is hosting a series of programs over the next four months to help keep people up to speed in an ever-evolving world.
The workshops will allow everyday people, working professionals and industry partners to access the expertise of knowledgeable professors, trainers and industry leaders.
“Our professional development team is here to help you grow your business, develop your staff, enhance your leadership skills, or simply show you another interesting way to enjoy life with this array of lifelong learning opportunities,” said Jennifer Pulver, event sales and marketing manager at St. Bonaventure.
To register for an upcoming program, visit www.sbu.edu/lifelonglearning.
The programs below are grouped by theme:
(all offered at the SBU Clubhouse)
Hearty German Cooking
Date: Feb. 28, 2016
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Workshop Provider: Chef Justin Maxson
Description: Traditional German cooking is often thought of as being hearty and rich with an emphasis on meat and potatoes. Dishes are known to be tasty and delicious. Explore the realm of hearty German cooking by trying out a medley of traditional recipes. Guests are treated to a lively, interactive cooking demonstration at the St. Bonaventure Clubhouse where they will learn how to create delicious desserts, prepare hearty meals and more so they can delight their friends with German tastes.
Mangia: Pasta Making Class
Date: March 13, 2016
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Description: Tired of making pasta from a box? The ingredients for making homemade pasta are simple – eggs and flour. The difference in taste between homemade pasta and its mass-manufactured version is incredible. Take the mystery out of making homemade pasta. Guests will learn how to create delicious pasta working in small groups.
Chef’s Table: Family-Style Success
Date: April 16, 2016
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Description: Does cooking for a crowd fill you with dread? Large family-style meals should be a joy not a burden. Our Chef’s Table workshops are designed to be fun, relaxing, and an escape from the daily grind while building basic cooking techniques for larger family meals. Explore an overview of family-style recipes while learning proper knife skills and professional culinary techniques. The menu will be prepared by participants working together and the meal will be served family style.
Date: May 7, 2016
Description: The secrets to a perfect pizza are the dough, the sauce and your favorite toppings. We’ll walk you through the steps to master your own signature pizza in this fun, interactive class preparing America’s favorite food item. Join St. Bonaventure chef-in-residence Justin Maxson and explore how to make pizza sauces, consider cheese and topping options, and bake different types of dough while learning proper knife skills and professional culinary techniques.
NOTE: During all cooking classes, adult beverages will be available for purchase.
Financial Statement Analysis
Date: Feb. 9, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon
Workshop Provider: Edward Bysiek, CPA
Description: Learn the tools that accountants and chief financial officers have at their disposal for analyzing financial performance and making educated managerial decisions. Learn how investors make stock picks by looking at key indicators, and what factors bankers use in assessing credit risk when making loans. This class is not limited to accountants. It is designed for anyone who wants to improve basic money management and analysis skills.
Basics of Non-Profit Accounting
Date: March 10, 2016
Description: Geared toward the “non-accountant,” this class condenses hours of lectures into one information-packed session. You’ll leave with a basic understanding of how the accounting process works, what financial statements look like and, better yet, how to analyze those financial statements to make meaningful decisions in the not-for-profit sector.
Zero to Launch: WordPress Workshop
Date: March 14 & March 16, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon (both days)
Workshop Provider: Jennifer Pulver
Description: WordPress is now used by almost 75 million websites. Yes, you read that right! 74,652,825 websites are depending on WordPress to build and manage their sites. The reason: You can build any kind of website from scratch using WordPress. It can be a blog, a business site, an online store, or a community site. WordPress is easy to use and maintain. It’s a powerful and flexible tool for many online needs. You will learn WordPress from installation to launching a basic, finished website.
Cybersecurity for Small Business: Do your part, be security smart!
Date: March 31, 2016
Workshop Provider: Mikhail Sudakov
Description: Passwords, firewalls and phishing … oh my! In the online world, every detail about you or your customers can be exploited. It’s a very basic need to remain safe while surfing, downloading, and sending or receiving online transactions. This workshop provides key points to avoid getting hacked and breaking the trust of your customers.
Train the Trainer: Game On Team-Building
Date: March 1, 2016
Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
Workshop Provider: Chris Brown & Rebecca Wager
Description: Your organization’s culture has an amazing impact on the nature and quality of the work you and your team produces. Either by design or by default, office resources, team rituals, policies and practices and more come together to create the environment in which companies may thrive.
Learn how to use activities and team-building to turn organizational challenges into learning opportunities.
The Language of Diversity in Leadership
Date: March 29, 2016
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Workshop Provider: Nichole Gonzalez
Description: “… we do think in language. And so the quality of our thoughts and ideas can only be as good as the quality of our language.” — George Carlin. This workshop will explore the topic of diversity and privilege in leadership with a specific focus on everyday language. Activities and discussions will challenge participants’ views on language and what we communicate, but do so in a safe environment.
Creative Ingredients for Problem Solving and Good Decision Making
Date: April 12, 2016
Workshop Provider: John Stevens
Description: The first part of the course focuses on personal creativity, exploring a different approach to solving problems — solution finding. Paradigms that interfere with creative solution finding are discussed. The second part of the course deals with how to be creative while using a structured solution-finding process.
Write it Right
Date: Feb. 25, 2016
Workshop Provider: Susan Anderson & Jennifer Pulver
Description: Success in business demands concise, clear, and correct emails, letters, and memos. This workshop offers tips and tools to help you write with clarity and emphasis, avoid common errors, polish documents to perfection, and create a style guide for your workplace.
Dealing with Difficult People through the Generations
Date: March 8, 2016
Workshop Provider: Dr. Pauline Hoffmann
Description: Each of us works with people we may deem “difficult.” In fact, what if that difficult person is the person in the mirror? The workshop will include discussion about what makes a person difficult, how to manage difficult people in the workplace, and how to deal with difficult co-workers, colleagues and supervisors. We will discuss strategies and tactics to use with common difficult personality types and how to modify your own behaviors/reactions. Also, how do we manage our own difficult behaviors?
The Anatomy of a Flawless Event
Date: April 21, 2016
Workshop Provider: Caitlin Webster
Description: Often, people are asked to plan events or meetings without having the full knowledge or tool set to do it correctly. Many of the risks of bad planning can be prevented by having the basic knowledge, and access to the tools and processes to plan it right from the beginning. Learn the critical components of event and meeting planning, and you will walk away with the knowledge to successfully produce, market and manage an event or meeting for your company, organization or school.
LIVING A BETTER LIFE
Memory: A User’s Guide
Date: Feb. 11, 2016
Workshop Provider: Dr. Althea Bauernschmidt
Description: Is your memory a steel trap or a loose cannon? This energetic workshop introduces people to the basics of how memory works so that they can see that what they often think is a memory failure is really their memory working properly. Then, building upon these concepts, participants will learn how we can take what we know about memory and use it to do the things we want to do — like learning new information, or remembering to buy items at the grocery store, or finding our lost keys or parked cars.
“HOLA” means “Hello??”
Date: April 11 2016
Workshop Provider: Dr. Leigh Simone
Description: NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Whether you’ve never spoken a word of Spanish or wish to brush up, this hands-on, conversation-based workshop is geared to those who want a bit more confidence when traveling to Spanish-speaking destinations. The workshop will provide one-on-one practice in navigating standard travel scenarios such as shopping, hotels, restaurants, medical, airports, etc. Plus, you’ll learn some handy cultural insights.
Discovering & Developing What is Right About You for Success, Fun & Pleasure
Date: March 3, 2016
Workshop Provider: Dr. Charles Walker
Description: Learn research-based strategies for using personal strengths to improve your work and personal life. Discover and learn about “Character Strengths,” a program developed by the VIA Institute on Character, and how you can play to your own natural strengths in any situation. Character research shows that knowing and applying our unique character strength profile increases our life satisfaction and well-being. Developing your character strengths can have a significant impact on quality of life as well as a positive effect on relationships, careers and personal growth.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things. St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the #5 best college value in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
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