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Professional Development Day (USPDD)

All University staff are celebrated each academic year with a University Staff Professional Development Day (USPDD). Through the support of Emeritus Chancellor Richard Wells, the first Classified Staff day was held June 1, 2001.  Chancellor Andrew Leavitt is supportive of University Staff by continuing this day of professional development.


Mark your calendars!

The 2017 USPDD will be held Thursday, June 1, 2017.  Check out the USPDD Workshop Descriptions and Schedule under the FAQs below.


Who is eligible to participate in USPDD?

USPDD is a day to celebrate all University Staff (formerly titled Classified Staff, UW-System Classification) on the UW Oshkosh campus. The cost is free to all University Staff members and participation is optional.

What is the schedule for the day?

7:15-8 a.m. – Breakfast and Registration

8-8:30 a.m. – Opening Remarks by the Planning Committee

8:30-9:00 a.m.- Remarks from the Chancellor

9:15-10:15 a.m. – Session I

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Session II

11:30-12:30 p.m. – Lunch

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker – Aaron Abram from Equity & Affirmative Action

1:45-2:45 p.m. – Session III

3:00-4:00 p.m. – Games/Bingo/Art

USPDD 2017 Workshop Descriptions

Session 1 –  9:15 am – 10:15 am

Historical Walking Tour
Put on your walking shoes because archivist Joshua Ranger will roam campus sharing the history of the University through the places, spaces and buildings that we see and work in every day.

The State of IPADS and Apps
Let’s talk new! Let’s talk cool!! Let’s talk APPS!!!!  We’ll pull out our crystal balls and gaze into the wonderful world of IPAD apps.  IPADS and Apps were made to make your life easier.  What happens when you combine your Swiss Army all-purpose nightlight with some amazing free and expensive apps???   All questions gladly answered.

Japanese Taiko Drumming Demonstration
The University Japanese Taiko Drumming Team will perform traditional songs.  The audience will also have a chance to try out Taiko drums. No previous musical talent is needed.

Session 2 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Computer Security
Learn about current threats that target computer users and how to best protect yourself. We will cover safe computer techniques to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of cyber crime.  There will be time for you to ask any computer security related questions you may have.

Joy of Gardening
With spring in the air, it is time to rejuvenate our yards and express ourselves through the living landscape. I share many images – most of my own yard – and illustrate what plants do well in our environment and how to optimize their placement to beautify our homes and neighborhoods. We will also discuss the notion of gardening as a form of self-expression. Come be prepared to share your experiences and ideas – we have some creating to do!!

Essential Oils
What they are and what they can do for you.

Session 3 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Planting a Flower Bed at Dempsey
The time has come to replace the lawn by Dempsey’s generator. We will be planting 14 different types of prairie plant plugs. Join us and put your mark on the landscape of this campus. Gloves, shovels and beverages will be provided.  Come and play in the soil!! If it should dare to rain, we will take a virtual walk of the campus talking about our edible attributes and other ecological plants

Aerial Predators – presented by AVES Wildlife Alliance
Raptors are a highly specialized group of birds that are beautiful to watch, and they play a critical role in helping maintain their environments. Learn about how raptors work for us and what makes them different from usual backyard birds. Enjoy an opportunity to see in person some of our raptors up close and in living color.  AVES is the home of peregrine falcon Hondo #UWOFalconwatch who starred in 2011 on the UWO falconcam on top of Gruenhagen Hall (he may be making a personal appearance).

Charity Chandler: Making it Mindful
Why does eating healthier feel like it’s a sacrifice? Mindful is a program that focuses on healthy indulgence!! Supported by a team of dietitians and culinary ambassador Ellie Krieger, this is an introduction to the Sodexo offer featuring Mindful eating, living and community. We will also (as always) feature food samples and great resources you can use at home!


USPDD 2017 Donation Drive for AVES

Donation Drive for AVES

Aves Wildlife Alliance is a not-for-profit organization committed to conserving and restoring native wildlife through innovation and excellence in community outreach and wildlife rehabilitation. Aves licensed and certified wildlife rehabilitator, along with a dedicated team of volunteers, provide medical care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning them to the wild. The educational outreach programming and phone counseling provided at Aves equips our community to give wildlife a fighting chance. Aves strongly believes that through our care of individuals we are able to speak to the larger conservation problems facing all wildlife.

Donation suggestions for the highest needs:

  • Paper towels
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap
  • 7th Generation Natural 2X Concentrated Laundry Liquid
  • 7th Generation Natural Dish Liquid
  • Dawn Dish Soap (traditional blue liquid soap)
  • White vinegar – gallon size

View the website for all wish list needs: (may be under construction)

Cash donations also accepted to purchase supplies and serve the needs of the patients.

USPDD 2017 Games

Join us for popcorn, prizes and fun! It’s the game you all know and love – B-I-N-G-O. This year we are going to test your BINGO strategy skills with bingo card pattern wins. Come join us in the fun!

Outdoor Games
Have you spent all day sitting on hard chairs, cutting off the circulation to your legs? Need to move? Then come to the great outdoors!!! We will have Giant Jenga, horseshoes, ladder golf and more. We will be set up in the field between the tennis courts and Student Rec and Wellness.

Where do the prizes for the games portion at the end of the day come from?
All prizes given during the end of the day’s games portion are donated from campus community members and local businesses. The Athletics Department, Residence Life, University Books and More, Reeve Union, 4Imprint and individual faculty, academic, and University Staff members are some of the many supporters who have graciously donated prizes each year. No prizes are purchased using USPDD funds. Funding from University accounts are not authorized to purchase prizes for employees.
If I need special accommodations throughout the day, whom do I contact?

Please contact the Planning Committee Chair(s) to notify them of what accommodations you will need. They’ll work directly with you and other Planning Committee members to ensure you have an enjoyable day.

I registered but now am unable to attend. Whom do I contact?

If your personal circumstances change after you’ve registered for USPDD and you are no longer able to attend, please notify the either the Registration or Planning Committee Chair. If you signed up to play bean bags during the last portion of the day, please notify the Games Committee Chair to be removed from their list.

I have an idea for a workshop, a keynote speaker, or a game for the end of the day. Whom do I talk to?

We’re always open to new ideas and would love to hear your thoughts! To share your ideas, please contact the following committee chairs:







  • Workshop Ideas: Programs Committee
  • Keynote Speaker Ideas: Planning Committee
  • Games Ideas: Games Committee
I want to be a part of USPDD. How do I join a committee?
We welcome new and seasoned University Staff to participate on any of the committees. If you would like to sign up, contact the Chair of the committee to which you’re interested. They’ll be happy to contact you with meeting dates/times and information.