Professional development helps ensure that knowledge and skills are kept up to date and relevant. All employees are encouraged to take advantage of the hundreds of free learning opportunities made available right here on campus every year. As resources allow, our division also supports attendance at professional conferences. Registration, transportation, lodging and meals can total into the thousands of dollars per person. Employees wanting to attend conferences are encouraged to help their departments by seeking financial assistance. Examples from recent weeks:
Tip Vandall, Bursar’s Office, submitted a proposal and was selected as a presenter for Alliance 2020 in Philadelphia, PA starting March 29, 2020. In return, she is receiving a substantial discount on her registration fee.
Meghann Grove of Travel & Cards applied for and received $1000 reimbursement from the Office of University Staff (OUS) to attend the Cards & Payments on Campus Conference in Henderson, NV starting February 16, 2020.
Janet Hamm from Cash Management also applied for and received $1000 reimbursement from OUS to attend the Payment Card Industry DSS Workshop 2020 in Savannah, GA beginning April 26, 2020.
Congratulations to all three!
Submitting proposals and applications does not guarantee an award. In fact, it can be highly competitive. But, at the same time, there is no winning without trying. Efforts to seek financial assistance for attending conferences are not required for requesting approval to attend professional learning events, but attempts are greatly appreciated. It’s sometimes worth a try.