November, 2007

Volume 5, Issue 11

Answering the Call for Help in Times of Disaster”
Cynthia Schulze, mental health team volunteer, will explain Red Cross mobilization strategies and inter-agency coordination at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 6 at Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation.  As a Red Cross volunteer, Schulze has responded to a silver mine disaster in Idaho, a Florida hurricane and the New York City terrorist attacks. She has spoken frequently on need for mental health care during disaster for victims as well as volunteers and caregivers. She will take questions on her individual experience and how serving has affected her life. Full press release is online. This will be the final Academy of Lifelong Learning presentation this fall.  The next series is scheduled to begin February 2008.

“How to Manage Projects Big and Small”
Presenting will be Michael Wellcome, CRI associate director, who has been involved in project management for the past 15 years. This presentation will define the major elements of a project management plan, provide participants with an overview of the project management tools needed to make any project a success and provide guidance on how to develop a project timeline quickly and easily. Those attending will receive a fill-in-the-blank template that includes all of the major project management elements including communication plan, stakeholder analysis and project scope The session is scheduled from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14 at CRI.  Bring your lunch. Click here for more information and full schedule.

“Pursuing a Low Carbon Lifestyle”
Co-presenting will be Charles Krysel and Harvey Tjader, foresters from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Bemidji Area Forestry Office. Although leading a carbon-neutral lifestyle may be out of reach for most, there is much that individuals can do to reduce their carbon footprints. Krysel and Tjader have been implementing some of those measures in an incremental approach and will draw on their experiences to present some tips and ideas that could help improve the environment and provide economic security at a household level.  The presentation is intended to be informative and fun for general audiences, particularly homeowners. Attendees will receive a lifestyle assessment worksheet.  The presentation is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, November 19. More information and the full schedule of Natural Resources Consortium events are available online. 

"Adapting Natural Resource Management in Northern MN to a Changing Climate”
Climate is changing putting Minnesota’s ecological and natural resources at risk. The Bemidji Area Natural Resources Continuing Education Consortium has assembled a diverse group of speakers to share information about potential impacts and changes that may happen because of these changes.  The workshop is divided in to 2 sections.  In the morning, join us to learn of potential impacts and changes that may be dramatic and/or severe and to identify the challenges and opportunities that these changes/impacts present to resource managers.  The second half of the workshop will be spent developing strategies and tactics for natural resources manager in Northern MN to adapt management practices to a changing climate.  This includes managers from various levels and various agencies. This workshop is scheduled Wednesday, November 28 at the Northern Inn, Bemidji.  The draft agenda and registration forms are online.

Regional Employer Support Network
Human resources professionals Jennifer Drotts, Big Fork Valley Hospital, and LeeAnn Shogren, Pinnacle Publishing, will share information on policy, processes and forms used in the disciplinary and termination process.  Join us for this FREE informational session on Thursday, December 6 from 9 am to 11 am at the Center for Research and Innovation.  The full RESN schedule is online.

Write a Winning Grant Series Scheduled
This 3-course series is ideal for people in nonprofits, government entities or schools who want to learn the basics of writing successful grant proposals.  Starting January 29, 2008!  Click here for course information.  Watch the CRI News for registration information.

Project Management Program Offered Online
Learning how to manage projects will provide you with a set of tools that, if used correctly, will
allow you to identify the tasks, assign the resources, and minimize the risk when tackling a new
project.  The online course in “Fundamentals of Project Management” provides a foundation to
the Project Management processes and the management tools necessary to ensure success.
Topics include project selection, life cycle, scope planning, estimating costs, identifying 
specific project tasks (so you don’t forget any!), execution and control, and risk management. 

If you are embarking on a “project”, at work, your business, non-profit, or at home, this class will
give you the tools necessary to ensure success. At the end result of the class each student will
have a completed project management plan that can be implemented.  This class will be
delivered online beginning in January.  Watch CRI News for more details.

Dreamweaver Basics Begins in January
Learn how to use the tools in Adobe Dreamweaver to create and maintain your website. This class will teach how to use the basic tools available in Adobe Dreamweaver. Check the December CRI News for more information and registration.

Human Resources Professional Development Certificate Program Offered Online
The Center for Research and Innovation Custom College will offer an on-line professional development non-credit certificate in Human Resources Management beginning in January 2008. The 12-week course is designed for professionals who are new to the human resources field or human resources assistants and staff who provide technical or administrative support. The interactive design of the program will help participants build a network of resources and people that will last long after the course is completed.  Watch the CRI News for more information and registration.
The Center for Research and Innovation will be closed Monday, November 12 in observance of Veteran’s Day.  We will also close Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.


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