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HR Monthly Digest

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We are pleased to introduce you to another team in our HR family.

Employee & Organizational Development

EOD TeamEmployee & Organizational Development Team

EOD’s goal is to deliver employee development programs to help employees succeed and excel; providing content that is of high value to the modern learner and to align trainings that contribute to employee success.

The Employee & Organizational Development (EOD) department consists of five dedicated Human Resources professionals.

EOD Director Kimberly Allain brings over 17 years of learning and development experience. She has worked with public and private entities to expand EOD service offerings, to promote a spirit of continuous learning, individual skills mastery and enhanced leadership engagement. Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. She is active in the Association of Talent Development (ATD), College and University Professional Association (CUPA) and the Organizational Development Network (ODN).

Seana Nunez-Grider has been in Human Resources for 10 years and holds an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She manages our Building Core Supervisory Competencies Program (BCSC), New Staff Orientation (NSO), Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP), and is certified in the administration of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). She teaches many of the core courses in our curriculum. Seana has a wealth of knowledge about the university and engages participants with her enthusiasm and expertise.

Marilyn Parker has been in Human Resources for 7 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology from UCR. As the Learning Management System (LMS) administrator, she supports more than 15,000 active student, staff, faculty, volunteer and affiliate learners; assisting users in accessing the LMS as well as helping developers to deliver their content.

Michelle Elrod brings over 10 years of experience in learning and development to her role as a Principal Learning & Development Consultant. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and has obtained many professional certifications. Michelle focuses on partnering with leaders throughout the campus ‒ designing, implementing and facilitating both systemwide and UCR specific development programs. She is currently partnering with Organizational Excellence to create comprehensive learning modules.  

Michelle Knighton has been with the University for 11 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She provides administrative, marketing and logistical support; and provides personable and professional service to participants and supporters.

 EOD is continually developing new courses as well as enhancing legacy courses and programs with upgraded content. Examples of those new courses are:

  • Collaborative Leadership ‒ benefits and challenges of collaboration, how to collaborate effectively
  • Crucial Conversations ‒ creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialog and enhanced decision-making
  • Presentation Skills ‒ how to clearly communicate and deliver information to an audience
  • Process and Project Management Skills ‒ how to map out and set up basic projects to improve productivity and outcomes

Look for new opportunities to grow professionally as EOD launches new courses for your professional development. Please check the Employee Professional Development Catalog frequently for our updated offerings.

Supervisors Bootcamp
Supervisor  Bootcamp (SBC)

March 13 – April 10, 2017

The Supervisor Boot Camp is designed to quickly provide information to enhance supervisor capabilities through the development of leadership, management and technical competencies. This tightly focused and interactive training is conducted by subject matter experts from various departments on campus. For more information on session topics, please click here.

UC Management Development Program

Coming May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017

The Management Development Program (MDP) is a dynamic systemwide training program that is designed to enhance and strengthen UC manager capabilities in four core competencies – People Management, Employee Engagement, Influence, and Change Leadership. The curriculum includes topics and discussions relevant to the demands facing UC managers and provides an opportunity to share challenges and find effective solutions. Learn more

LMS Upgrade
UC Learning Center (LMS)

Upgrade Coming in Late Spring 2017

We are pleased to announce that the University will be updating our Learning Management System (LMS), known as the UC Learning Center. The UC Learning Center enables access to required trainings and additional online and in-person activities for all staff, faculty and students at UCR. The upgrade is currently scheduled for the end of May. Stay tuned for additional details. Featured Courses

March 2017 is an online training library available to all staff and faculty via R’Space. It offers over 1,000 courses and video tutorials on a wide variety of software, technology, non-technical skill, and creative topics, to support both professional and personal development. can be accessed from your laptop, tablet, Smart Phone or personal computer. Learn more

UCR Professional Development Courses – March 2017

Please visit the Professional Development Calendar to view the full offering of courses.

Registration for these courses is required through the Learning Management System (LMS).

Performance Management

Performance Management Timeline

Performance Management Timeline

As part of the campus performance management program, all staff employees are appraised in writing annually. For 2017, each organizational unit must certify to Human Resources by May 19, 2017, that all staff have received annual appraisals for the 12-month performance period ending on March 31, 2017. The recommended Performance Management Timeline is available on the Human Resource’s Performance Management webpage. Please review the information and communicate appropriate deadlines to your department/organizational unit. Learn more

Total Compensation

Retirement Planning
Retirement Planning Seminars

Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning – March 20
Make the Most of Social Security – April 3

These seasonal retirement seminars are offered to UC Riverside employees age 50 and over; spouses or partners are welcome. The seminars will introduce key concepts, considerations and resources to help determine retirement readiness; and to help participants understand how to optimize social security benefits during retirement. Learn more

Dependent Eligibility
 UC Dependent Eligibility Audit

April 2017

In April, Secova, Inc. will begin working with UC Human Resources to reverify family member eligibility for health benefits. Certain employees and retirees will be contacted to reverify the eligibility of dependents enrolled in UC health and welfare benefit plans. If you are selected as part of this reverification process, Secova will request information from you to verify the current eligibility of your spouse or domestic partner, grandchildren or legal wards. Learn more

Equal Employment and Affirmative Action

National Women's History Month

National Women's History Month

March 2017

In 1987, Congress designated the month of March as National Women’s History Month to correspond with International Women’s Day. This annual celebration highlights the extraordinary achievements women have made in history and continue to make in contemporary society. In recognition of the many women who impact our world, UCR will be hosting a Women’s Leadership Conference on campus. For additional information regarding women’s notable events all month long, please read Women’s History Month: 31 Days of Amazing Women.

Cesar Chavez
Cesar Chavez Day

March 31, 2017

César E. Chávez was a Mexican-American labor organizer and civil rights leader who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. Through non-violent action, he was able to secure a living wage and improve working conditions for farm workers. To promote Chavez’s inspirational message of service, UCR’s Chicano Student Programs has organized a 5K Run/Walk. Learn more

Workplace Health and Wellness

Deborah Deas
Walk and Talk With Leadership

March 16, 2017

The Walk and Talk Leadership Series continues with Deborah Deas, Dean, School of Medicine on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Come and join Dean Deas for some fresh air and a short walk on our beautiful campus. Learn more.
Relaxation Yoga
Relaxation Yoga Practices with Diane

March 2016

Diane Del Buono, Associate of the Chancellor will lead gentle yoga poses – Where a Chair Replaces the Yoga Mat. The benefits of incorporating gentle yoga poses and mindfulness practices throughout the day will help you to energize your body and mind. Learn more

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Become a Wellness Amabassador

UCR Wellness Ambassadors help create a healthy campus culture. Ambassadors collaborate efforts to identify ways to encourage a healthy campus environment. Learn more

MobileFit Spring
Mobile Fit

April 4 through June 9, 2017

The Mobile Fit program is available for all UCR faculty and staff who are interested in participating in a convenient on-site fitness program during the lunch hour to improve overall health and wellness. Learn more

Spring FarmShare

UCR FarmShare is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program offering fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, meat and eggs. UCR has partnered with Sage Mountain Farms to provide the opportunity to eat healthy and buy locally through a customized and convenient program. Learn more

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