Staff Development Workshops Continue!

maggie-thumb-175x131-1636-thumb-175x131-1637.jpgThe Staff Development Workshop series continues this spring, featuring the popular taiji series, a stress management class, personal safety tips, and the team-building low ropes course.

Taiji (Tai Chi Chuan)

Fridays, noon- 1 p.m. - Feb. 11, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25

Classes meet by the University Lakes, underneath the white tent

Newcomers, drop-ins, and all experience levels are welcome

Instructor Maggie Mackey (pictured above) continues her popular Taiji classes, offering an introduction to the basic principles of taiji (tai chi chuan), a traditional Chinese art known to develop strength, balance and flexibility. These exercises are performed in a gentle, flowing sequence of relaxed movements. Beneficial effects include relaxation, stress reduction, increased blood circulation and rejuvenation. Taiji practice is very good for building up health and strength; it is a well-balanced exercise, "healthening" the body and mind.

From Stress to Success: Using Mental Training Techniques to Master the Demands of Work and Life

Wednesday, March 30, noon-1 p.m.

Stevenson 3042

Dr. Glenn Brassington, associate professor of psychology, leads this workshop on mental training strategies that can be used to maintain physical and mental health in the midst of an often turbulent and changing work environment. He will be presenting practical techniques to combat stress as well as how to deal effectively with interpersonal conflicts based on his clinical and research work with professional athletes, performing artists, and business leaders.

Participants will receive a free copy of his CD entitled, "Excellence Is No Accident: Mental Training Program for Business Leaders, Athletes, and Performing Artists." Brassington is also an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Stanford University's Prevention Research Center, and a license psychologist specializing in health and performance psychology.

Personal Safety with SSU Officer Clarence Jones

Wednesday, March 2, noon- 1p.m.

Location TBA

Join Officer Clarence Jones as he addresses personal safety issues and discusses how to protect yourself from identity theft. Bring questions for a comprehensive discussion with plenty of time for questions and answers.

Low Ropes Course

Thursday, April 21, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - limited to 12 participants


Join a small group of your colleagues on the SSU Low Ropes Course, which was built for the purpose of serving the SSU community in the areas of developing leadership, teamwork, trust, problem solving and communication among individuals and groups. You must commit to the entire time block. Wear comfortable layers of workout clothes with a pair of athletic shoes.


Contributions to the Staff Development Fund make future workshops possible. Tax-deductable charitable contributions (all amounts are welcome!) can be in the form of a check (payable to SSUAF), cash, or credit card (VISA or Master Card), designated to The Staff Development Fund, or you can contribute monthly through an automatic payroll deduction.

Those interested in contributing to the Staff Development Fund should contact Janet Hankes in University Development at 664-3343.

For more information on the Staff Development Workshop series, visit the website at

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