Professional Development - Relationships in the Making - Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa

Energize: OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa Fall Staff Conference

Thursday, Nov. 19 and Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center

You will be able to receive a one-time incentive payment by attending workshops and submitting an action plan. You will be able to count the workshop hours toward your respective training certificate.

Action Plan Deadline: Monday, Dec. 14

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Schedule and Session Descriptions

Lunch/Keynote (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) - HRC Atrium

Energize with Clay Staires
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Clay was a high school teacher and head coach for 15 years. He has been honored as the Teacher Of The Year and the Missouri State Coach Of The Year. He also has 10 years of executive experience in the nonprofit sector where he led an award winning company, redefined a 30-year-old brand and successfully led the company through it’s biggest transition in its 40 year history.

Clay is ranked the No. 1 Motivational Speaker in Oklahoma by, a national online booking agency. He has shared the stage with CEOs of the world’s largest companies and New York Times best-selling authors, speaking to groups from 15 to 5,000. Clay provides an electric experience filled with entertainment and profound personal impact.

Lunch provided by Baxters Interurban Grill. Registration for lunch is required.

By registering for Keynote/Lunch, you have registered for lunch. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Please be sitting and ready for the keynote at 11:30 a.m. in the HRC Atrium.

Session 1 (12:40-2:10 p.m.) Choose one:

Creating Viral Experiences
Clay Staires, America's Millionaire School Teacher

The term “viral” has become very positive in our culture in the area of marketing. We want people sharing their great experiences with us. In this workshop, Clay will provide tools for you that he has acquired from friend and business partner, Lee Cockerell, the former Executive Vice President for Disney World.  Yes, it’s time to create a little magic! 

Social Media, OSU and You
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Jamie M. Edford, Web Manager, OSU in Tulsa

Social media, including services like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, have become an integral part of our lives. What role does social media play in what we do at OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa? This seminar will provide an overview of popular social media tools and how they are used. Review guidelines for utilizing social media in your personal and professional life and learn how you can support OSU’s social media efforts.

Sesson 2 (2:20-3:50 p.m.) Choose one:

Energized to Survive
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OSU-Tulsa Police Chief Melvin Murdock

This presentation will address the dynamics of active threat situations and includes a brief historical review of past incidents occurring on and near university campuses. Insight will be provided into what to expect from the police in the event of an incident as well as individuals' responsibilities in case of an active threat. Learn how positive communication skills, careful word choice and empathy can help de-escalate an incident.

OSU - Sustainability "U"
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Angelyn Holmes, OSU-CHS assistant director for facilities management and OSU in Tulsa energy education manager

 Find out how departments that operate in a sustainable manner translate into happier and healthier employees. The triple bottom line of “People - Profit - Planet”  is a homerun in the office, classroom, clinic and at home. The presentation will include discussion on methods that encourage collaboration, self-empowerment and teamwork while simultaneously conserving natural and economic resources.

Closing Session (4-5 p.m.) - HRC Atrium

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This closing program will wrap up the discussions and learning points that have been reflected throughout the day. Participants must have attended at least one other workshop during the day to take part in the closing session. There will be a Learning Management FAQ and Discussion, Action plan discussion and recap for the day.

The New Learning Management System
Debbie Butler, OSU in Tulsa human resources coordinator

OSU Human Resources has a new Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS provides training for all employees including full- and part-time staff and faculty. New Tulsa training opportunities will be announced soon. Managers: This is the same portal you have been using for job openings.

The LMS features include:

  • Preview and enroll in employee training 
  • Review your training history
  • Online courses such as Safety, Title IX, etc.

An exciting part of the LMS is the large catalog of online courses that can be completed directly from your computer. Visit the website at and check out the online courses available for your professional development. The site is best viewed using Google Chrome or Firefox. Use your O-KEY login and click on the Learning tab in the upper left corner to access available courses.

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Attendees will be able to apply workshops toward their currently enrolled certificate program in conjunction with obtaining credit for this workshop day. The lunch/keynote speaker session counts as a workshop.

  • Attend one workshop + Action Plan (does not include the closing workshop) = $25
  • Attend two workshops + Action Plan (does not include the closing workshop) = $35
  • Attend three workshops + Action Plan (does not include the closing workshop) = $50
  • Attend all day (three workshops and closing) + Action Plan = $100

All action plans are due to Human Resources by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 . If an employee is unable to obtain their manager’s signature on the action plan, they should submit their plan to HR with at least the employee’s signature. A training representative will follow up with the manager to obtain final signatures if needed.

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Download and fill out the Tracking/Completion and Action Plan forms and return to Human Resources by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 to receive credit for your participation in the conference and your incentive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll?

Enrollment for the conference and/or a workshop is done online.  Once completed, your request will forward to your supervisor via email.  To approve enrollment, your supervisor will need to click on Reply All and Human Resources personnel will be notified.

Do I have to enroll in the Conference to attend a workshop?

Enrolling in any workshop (with supervisor’s approval) automatically enrolls you in the Conference. 

Do I have to attend all day? Can I attend both days?

Some workshops will be repeated both days of the conference, while others will only occur once. Participants are not required to attend all day, nor are they expected to attend both days.

To receive the $100 incentive, a participant must attend the opening, two workshops and the closing session. While participants may attend as many workshops as they choose, only one incentive payment will be given for this conference and workshops only count toward one training program.

Do I have to sign up for lunch?

If you plan on attending lunch, yes.  This way we have an accurate count to order food.

How do I write an Action Plan?

Each incentive option requires an Action Plan.  The template for the Action Plan can be found online.

What are the incentives for attending the Conference?

View all incentive options here.