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Professional Education & Advance Knowledge (PEAK)

November 6-8, 2012


Now in its fifth year, the Professional Education & Advance Knowledge (PEAK) program provides administrative professionals and support staff with a series of seminars and workshops designed to further their personal and professional growth. All administrative professionals and support staff are invited and encouraged to participate in PEAK and can register for one event or several events, as scheduling permits.

This year's program will focus on the following key areas:

  • Communication
  • Health and wellness
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Professional development

Please take a look at the program schedule below and click here for detailed registration information.

PEAK is brought to you by Dartmouth's Office of Human Resources and the Administrative Professionals Planning Committee.

PEAK Program Schedule

Click to see Tuesday's exciting events!

Click to see what's in store for Wednesday!

Click to see how Thursday will spark your interest!

Want a printer friendly version of the PEAK program schedule? Click here!

Don't forget to register (here!); sessions fill up quickly!

Tuesday, November 6

Welcome and Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 AM Occom Commons, Goldstein Hall

Wellness: Many Perspectives, Many Practices

Presented by: Gabrielle Lucke, Director of Diversity Training and Educational Programs, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

9:00-11:00 AM Occom Commons, Goldstein Hall

Wellness is an active process starting from a place of self-reflection and moving us closer to a higher level of self-appreciation. Wellness encompasses many areas of our lives. At this session, you will have the opportunity to seek more information about yourself and be able to identify what choices you may need to make to expand your wellness potential.

It's 5 o'clock. Do you know where your dinner is?

Presented by: Jenny Letendre, Health Coach, Wellness at Dartmouth

11:30-12:30 PM First floor conference room, Fahey Hall

Getting meals on the table after a day at work can be challenging. However, with a little bit of meal planning and maybe some help from technology it is possible to get a healthy dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. We will provide some healthy recipes to get you started!

One-Minute Outreach: A Roundtable Practice Session

Presented by: Laura Barrett, Director of Education and Outreach, Baker-Berry Library and Laura Braunstein, English Language and Literature Librarian, Baker-Berry Library

3:00-4:00 PM Room 183, Baker-Berry Library

You're waiting to cross Wheelock Street. You're standing in line at the store. You run into a colleague, a constituent, or a user of your department's services. The light's about to change, your groceries are almost bagged, and you have less than a minute to plant the seeds for a collaborative relationship.

Throughout our professional lives, many of us at Dartmouth need to have a "sidewalk talk," "checkout chat," or an "elevator pitch": a succinct description of a project or activity that you can present in one minute or less. For the purposes of this workshop, we will focus on clearly communicating how your project can make a difference.

This session will lead you through several activities meant to develop, compose, and polish the "sidewalk talk," as well as practice in presenting the talk to supportive colleagues.

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Wednesday, November 7

Where's the Book?

Presented by: John Cocklin, Librarian for Economics and Social Sciences Data, Baker-Berry Library

9:00-10:00 AM Starr Instructional Center, Room 274, Jones Media Center, Baker-Berry Library

Does the Library have your favorite book? Where is it? Come explore the hidden, and not so hidden, treasures of the library. In this session, you will learn how to best utilize the Library Catalog to find different books within Baker-Berry Library. Looking for a video? A map? We will find those too! Part of this session will be a walking tour of the library.

Your Résumé, Your Career: How to Showcase Your Skills & Get Noticed

Presented by: Chandlee Bryan, M.Ed., an Assistant Director at Dartmouth Career Services, and author of the eBook, Has Your Resume Graduated from College?

1:00-2:30 PM Straus Conference Room, Room 125, Haldeman Center

Did you know that when you apply for a new job, it's entirely possible that your resume will never be seen by human eyes? In fact, a recent infographic published in The Wall Street Journal shows that 25 out of every 100 job applications are reviewed. Learn how to beat the system and rise to the top of the interview list by including a powerful summary at the top of your resume. 

Dialogic Communication: Speaking Effectively in Professional Contexts

Presented by: Claudia Anguiano, Speech Instructor, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric

3:00-4:30 PM Kreindler Seminar Room, Room 031, Haldeman Center

Claudia Anguiano, Speech Instructor at the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric will lead an interactive workshop to discuss the role effective oral communication plays within the workplace context. The session introduces theoretical strategies for developing oral communication, as well as practical resources that promote the practice of collaborative and confident speaking encounters.

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Thursday, November 8

Knitting for the Absolute Beginner

Presented by: Lise Daniels, Specialist, Arts and Sciences Finance Center

9:00-10:00 AM Human Resources Training Room, 2nd floor, 7 Lebanon Street

You need to know nothing before picking up needles at this class. Yarn and humor combine to make this introduction to this age old art and craft a great time.

Crossing Cultures: Aboriginal Australian Art

Presented by: The Hood Museum of Art Education staff

11:00 AM-12:30 PM The Hood Museum of Art

Learn about diverse Aboriginal Australian cultures and art-making practices in this discussion-based tour of Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art. Filling the entire second floor of the museum, this exhibition features over one hundred works of art created in the past sixty years, including acrylic paintings on canvas, ochre paintings on bark, sculpture, and photography. Through these works of art, one can explore the ways in which Aboriginal Australian artists share their deep knowledge of and relationship to the land as well as stories from the Dreaming, history, and personal experience. This exhibition also offers opportunities to learn about diverse art materials and processes, and the history of colonization and its lasting impact.

Weaving it All Together

Presented by: Gabrielle Lucke, Director of Diversity Training and Educational Programs, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

2:30-4:00 PM Ground floor conference room, Fahey Hall

What have you learned about yourself this week? Let's take the time to gather and weave together the things we have learned this week in an effort to truly be your best self and remembering that self-appreciation is a powerful gift. At this session, we will reflect on what we have learned throughout the week, and how we can set priorities for moving forward to reach our goals. Even if you were not able to attend the opening session, we invite you to come and learn more about yourself, wellness, and how to be a better you in all areas of your life!

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Last Updated: 5/22/13