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Crucial Conversations training registration opens

ANR Learning & Development is sponsoring two “Crucial Conversations” trainings in spring 2017:

  1. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 1-2, 2017, in Davis, at 2801 Second Street.  On Wednesday, February 1, the training is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday, February 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  1. Wednesday and Thursday, April 26-27, 2017, at the South Coast REC in Irvine.  On Wednesday, April 26, the training is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  1. You may also select “I can participate in either session” when you pre-register.

Training is open to all UC ANR academics, UC ANR staff employees, and Cooperative Extension county-paid employees who have not taken the Crucial Conversations training in the past.  All expenses related to the training (registration fee, travel, lodging, meals and training materials) will be reimbursed by UC ANR funds according to UC travel policy.

Twenty participants will be accepted for each training course.  Individuals selected to participate in the training will need to participate the full period of the training. Therefore, if you cannot commit to the full 14 hours of training, we ask that you not pre-register for the training.  We also encourage you to inform your supervisor of your interest to participate in this training.

If you are interested in the training, please pre-register by Nov. 30 at

Individuals who have pre-registered will be notified on December 9 of their acceptance to participate in the two-day training.  A waiting list of those interested but not selected to participate in the training will be established in order for the trainers to contact you should individuals cancel from the training.

“Crucial Conversations” provides tools for talking when stakes are high, emotions are strong, and opinions differ.  The objectives of the 14-hour training are to provide the participants tools that will assist the participant in:

  • Building greater personal influence and power
  • Moving “stuck” work-related relationships and projects forward
  • Improving personal, team and unit results
  • Reducing stress from team frustrations and blocked communication

Your program-certified trainers Jan Corlett and Linda Marie Manton thank you for considering participation in “Crucial Conversations” training.  If you have questions, please contact Jan Corlett at

Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Training Tools Demo webinar posted online

A video of the March 17 Training Tools Demo webinar is now online and available for viewing.

The one-hour webinar covered the following topics for giving more effective trainings:

  • Speaking tips from a Toastmaster (Anne Schellman, UC IPM)
  • Developing specific and measurable learning objectives (Steven Worker, CA 4-H)
  • Assessing learning outcomes (Steven Worker, CA 4-H)
  • Best practices in developing quizzes (Shannah Whithaus, UC IPM)
  • C3 Software for clickers and cell phones for quizzes & polls (Sarah Risorto, UC IPM)
  • Using the ANR Survey tool for quizzes (Lauren Snowden, UC Master Gardeners)
  • Building a better webinar (Melissa Tamargo and Rebecca Lyn Brock, EFNEP)
  • Easely for infographics (Jodi Azulai)

The unlisted YouTube link to the training video is There are plans to add closed captions to the video in the near future. If you have any suggestions, please contact Anne Schellman, Jodi Azulai or Sarah Risorto.

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:02 PM
Tags: Jodi Azulai (30), May 2016 (16), training (24)

Find a mentor or be a mentor

Janet Napolitano says mentoring propelled her career forward and can do the same for you.
Long ago UC President Janet Napolitano realized the importance of good mentoring as part of a successful career. Even when the message was hard for her to hear, Napolitano's mentor offered her valuable guidance and advice. Read her LinkedIn article to find out more.

For more information on finding a mentor or being a mentor see these resources:

The UC Davis Mentoring Toolkit: Provides detailed information on mentor/mentee roles and responsibilities, how to choose a mentor, and a mentor assessment to find out if you might be a good mentor.

UC Merced's Career Advancement Mentorship Program: A volunteer career development program that matches experienced UC Merced staff (mentors) with staff members (mentees) seeking mentoring and professional development.

UC Berkeley's Staff Mentorship Program: A program where mentees are matched with seasoned staff mentors to formulate and start acting on a career plan.

UC Riverside's Staff Mentorship Program is in development. For more information, contact the UCR Human Resources office.

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 4:57 PM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai
Tags: Jodi Azulai (30), March 2016 (13), mentors (3), training (24)

UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training


On January 29, ANR VP Humiston announced revisions to the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment and a new training requirement for UC employees. The training for non-supervisory employees is now available through the Learning Management System. The course should take about 50 minutes to complete.

For ANR employees paid through UC Davis payroll, technical difficulties delayed UC Davis' planned February launch of this training. As a result, the deadline for completion has been extended to May 9.

If you are required to take the course, you should have received an email message from with the subject line: UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Non-Supervisors assigned to [your name].  The message includes hyperlinks and instructions to complete the requirement. Please look for the announcement and complete the training. 

If you didn't receive the email from, and you are not a supervisor or an academic, please send a message to

If you supervise other ANR employees, please talk to your employees and make sure they are aware of this requirement.

This is a new training for staff who do not have supervisory responsibilities. “Non-supervisors” will be required to take this training annually. 

We understand some employees may not be able to fulfill the training requirement through the Learning Management System, due to language, limited Internet/computer access, or other legitimate reasons. If you or an employee who reports to you is unable to complete the training online, notify HR immediately by emailing

Thank you for your cooperation in fulfilling this important training requirement, and for your part in preventing and responding to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

John Fox
Executive Director, Human Resources


Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Webinar: How to book Southwest airfare on Connexxus March 16 or 17

The UC Central Travel Office will host a series of brief webinars to inform UC travelers on a variety of travel-related topics. The first set of webinars will be 30 minutes long and specific to Southwest Airlines and Connexxus.

Objective of Webinar: Understand various booking options for Southwest airfare available to UC travelers

Description: Explore how to choose the right, affordable method to book tickets on this popular airline and learn how airfare inventory works.

To register, click on the webinar below that you would like to attend:

Please note that space is limited so pre-registration is required and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants who register with a UC email address and attend this webinar will be entered in a quarterly raffle hosted by the Central Travel Office. Full terms and conditions for the raffle are below.


Terms & Conditions for Educational Sessions Raffle

UC Central Travel Office will hold a quarterly raffle for all attendants at one of their educational sessions or events during the 2015/2016 Fiscal Year. Grand prize is ONE (1) free domestic airfare ticket. Other prizes include either ONE “A” status upgrade on Southwest Airlines or ONE “Silver Status” upgrade on Virgin America (winner's choice). Full Terms & Conditions for the raffle are as follows: (1)Entry to the raffle is open only to UC employees who have attended a Central Travel Office session or event during FY15/16. A valid UC email address will be requested at the time of the session or event. All entrants will be added to the program distribution list; (2) Winners will be randomly selected at the end of each quarter (September, December, March, June) through end of FY15/16; (3) Winners must claim the winnings as soon as possible after announcement or they may forfeit the prize. In the event the first winner does not claim their prize within the allotted time period, another winner may be drawn; (4)Prizes are subject to the restrictions and rules imposed by the airline including expiration dates, security fees, security requirements and reservations. Blackout dates may apply for the free airfare tickets; (5)Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash or credit, and may be subject to change without notice; (6)Prizes do not include any additional expenses, including, but not limited to, incidentals, meals, telephone charges, travel insurance, souvenirs, and transportation (except airfare for the Grand Prize); (7) All taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. The fair market value (FMV) of the grand prize ticket will be reported on the employee W-2 in the year that the prize is awarded; (8)Participation in this raffle and acceptance of a prize constitutes winner's permission for the UC Central Travel Office to use his/her name, campus and/or any statements made by winner regarding the raffle or travel program for promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation; (9)Winners will be informed individually and then announced through the Connexxus distribution list and newsletter; (10)To enter the raffle without attending an educational session, send an email to from your UC email address, with EDUCATIONAL SESSION RAFFLE in the subject line.  Emails received by September 30 will be eligible for the September drawing. Emails received between October 1 and December 31 will be eligible for the December drawing. Emails received between January 1 and March 31 will be eligible for the March drawing. Emails received between April 1 and June 30 will be eligible for the June drawing. By participating, UC employee agrees to these official rules and agrees to accept all decisions of the UC Central Travel Office in regards to this raffle. UC Central Travel Office decision is final with respect to all matters relating to awarding of the prizes and shall not be subject to review or appeal by any entrant or by any third party.

Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 2:17 PM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai
Tags: Connexxus (1), Jodi Azulai (30), training (24), Travel (9)

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