Free PACES registration deadline Oct. 27

By Layna Edington | 10/21/12 3:35pm

I hope midterms are going well and your schedules are starting to calm down a bit. The good news is we are passed the half-way point of the semester. Although the semester is on the downward slide, there is still plenty of time to get involved.

PACES is now FREE! If you were debating whether or not you wanted to get involved, now is the time to sign up. With registration fees eliminated, there has been a wave of registrants and the slots are filling up quickly.

There is still time to register for the Oct. 27 session focusing on Critical Conversations. This is an all day workshop from 9am to 3pm that will include both breakfast and lunch for the participants. As described on the PACES website:

_“Dev Butler of Thinc Consulting is the featured speaker for this engaging workshop. We’ve all experienced conversations that were absolutely necessary, but for one reason or another were very hard to have in a rational manner. This workshop is going to give you the tools to navigate these high stakes conversations calmly and clearly so that both parties feel their points were heard and the outcomes are as positive as possible. Breakfast and lunch will be served. This workshop is free for all current graduate students.”
The Nov. 17 session has been slightly revamped. Here what the presenters have to say about it:

_“Polished, content-rich professional communication delivers your insights to your patients, clients, coworkers, and employer. This workshop starts with a panel of faculty from a variety of programs which require students to write responses to cases. Whether you need to write a treatment plan for a patient or provide advice to an organization, the panelists will provide insight and useful tips for improving your work this semester and throughout your career. Writing Center staff will then help you present yourself in the best light with guidance on effective professional writing, presentations, and use of social media in the workplace. Breakfast will be served and this workshop is free for all current graduate students.” Aaron Lowen, Associate Professor, Economics Department, Seidman College of Business
“My portion of the workshop covers aspects of professional communication. I will discuss common features of the professional writing genre (tone, audience awareness, intent), good habits for presentations (PowerPoint, speaking), and the role and pitfalls of social media in the workplace. The three topics are somewhat disparate, but they all relate to professionalism and modern workplace issues.” Patrick Johnson, Assistant Director, Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors._

We look forward to welcoming you to the remaining PACES events for the semester and future events. If you would like more information about upcoming graduate student events please visit the Office of Graduate Studies’Facebook page, or stop by the office at 318C Devos Center on the Pew Campus. Good luck with the weeks to come, and remember to make time to get involved.

Layna Edington
Graduate Student Association

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