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ROC ATD currently is using this blog to provide news and other information to ROC ATD members and others visiting this website. For information on our upcoming programs, please visit the events calendar.

  • Thu, April 18, 2013 9:26 AM | Suzanne Choma

    GV ASTD is seeking your talent to help shape the future of our chapter.

    Chapter Leadership Opportunities Available
    GV ASTD is seeking candidates to fill the President-Elect and Vice President of Membership positions for the 2013-2014 board year beginning in July 2013. We will also consider candidates for "at large" board positions. This is an excellent opportunity to get more involved with your chapter, work with a talented and committed board of directors, represent the chapter at the national level, and help move the workplace learning and performance profession forward. To learn more, check out the select leadership and committee opportunities. To be considered for the positions, please complete the application, save, and submit via e-mail along with your current resume to kelli.loveless@gvastd.org by Friday, April 26th. If you have any questions about the open positions or the selection and election process, please contact Kelli via e-mail or at 585-256-3586.

    Chapter Committee Opportunities Available
    Have you thought about getting involved with GV ASTD, but were unsure how to go about it?  We have opportunities for you to make a big contribution in as little as 2-4 hours per month.  This is a great way to be more engaged with your chapter with minimal commitment.  The Chapter is seeking members for our Membership, Special Projects and Sponsorship Committees. To learn more, check out the select leadership and committee opportunities. To be considered for the positions, please complete the application, save, and submit via e-mail along with your current resume to kelli.loveless@gvastd.org. If you have any questions about the open positions or the selection and election process, please contact Kelli via e-mail or at 585-256-3586.

    We encourage you to submit your applications as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the open positions or the selection and election process, please contact Kelli via e-mail or at 585-256-3586.

    Thank You!!

    Thank you for being a member of GV ASTD. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, our chapter's ability to support its mission of "actively collaborating with individuals and businesses in the Rochester community on workforce development"  is made possible by your contribution of membership fees and personal time and talent. We welcome your ideas and active participation.

    We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming GV ASTD event.

    The GV ASTD Board of Directors

  • Thu, April 18, 2013 8:58 AM | Suzanne Choma
    The GV ASTD board of directors is proud  to announce that our chapter has achieved 100 percent CORE certification for 2012 by successfully meeting all 18 CORE requirements designated by the national organization.  The CORE  requirements  include administrative, financial, membership, professional development, and communication elements.  In addition,  our chapter is also recognized as a Chapter Membership STAR with joint membership between 40 and 50 percent. To view a copy of the letter we received from Tony Bingham, President and CEO of ASTD, please click here.





  • Tue, April 16, 2013 9:56 PM | Deleted user

    Date: April 25-26

    Location: Chelmsford, MA

    About the event: The 2013 ASTD New England Conference brings to you the theme of "The New World of Learning." Attendees will be provided with a glimpse of the future and will include:

    • Unveiling and application of the new ASTD Competency Model
    • Creating innovative instructional designs that turn the classroom upside down
    • Delivering engaging, effective and efficient learning solutions
    • Using technology to get the right learning to the right people
    • Applying learning metrics and analytics to measure the impact of learning solutions
    • Reinforcing the value of training

    For more information visit the conference website at:

    http://www.neastd.com/

  • Mon, April 08, 2013 1:33 PM | Suzanne Choma
    Dear friends of the St. John  Fisher College OL/HRD Masters Program,
     
    You are invited to our next  professional workshop, on Saturday April 20, 2013 from  9:00 am to noon. Our presenter will be  Professor Wayne Cascio.  
     
    Dr .Cascio is  a world recognized thought leader in the field of Human Resources.  He has authored or edited 27 books on HR  management; he has published hundreds of articles and papers;  he consults routinely across the globe to governments and  private sector firms; and he is a regular contributor to such  business media as the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The New  York  Times, Harvard Business Review, and National Public  Radio.  Wayne is currently a Distinguished  University Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver.  He has served as president of the Society of  Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Chair of the SHRM  Foundation; member of the Academy of  Management's Board of  Governors; and Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.  In 2008, Wayne was named by the Journal of  Management as one of the most influential scholars in management in  the last 25  years.
     
    Wayne's presentation is entitled "Making HR  Measurement Strategic; and Managing HR Risks: Dangers and  Opportunities".  In organizations, what gets measured gets done.  Wayne's talk will touch on key ideas  related to an HR framework for measurement that enables HR  professionals to decide what to measure and how contribute at a  strategic level; assess relevant risks; and move beyond simply  avoiding unpleasant consequences to focusing on game-changing  opportunities for  innovation.  
     
    Please  note, this session will be held in the Wilson Formal  Lounge. This room is located across from the Security  Office, in the same building as Student Dining.  (Please note:  if you are lost, ask for the Security Office in the Haffey  Building; then see the large conference building directly across the  hall)

    If you wish to attend, please RSVP to DrSethRSilver@aol.com  so we can plan the
    room and refreshments  accordingly.  We expect a  large turnout for this session.  As the room can  only accommodate 90 maximum, RSVPs will be taken on a first come,
     first serve  basis. This session is free of charge.

    Please  join us for what I am sure will be a very stimulating workshop, which will provide you with new HR related insights  to bring back to your organization, to help it and you become  more successful. I look forward to seeing you all on  Saturday April 20, at 9:00 am.  

    Dr.  Seth R. Silver
    Assistant  Professor of OL/HRD
    St.  John Fisher College
    Bittner  School of Business
  • Fri, March 29, 2013 9:18 AM | Suzanne Choma
    The Friends of Ganondagan is the private, non-profit organization that supports Ganondagan, the 17th century town of over 4000 Seneca Indians, and a national landmark and NYS historic site now. The Friends provide a lot of educational and cultural events to over 3500 school children and over 40,000 visitors each year. The strength of the Seneca People rests in their ability to achieve a lasting and sustainable peace with their former enemies through the creation of the League of the Iroquois. We focus our programs on this message of peace.
     
    Our services and programs are expanding quickly and we are building a new year-round Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan. We have launched our first social entrepreneurship  in our Iroquois White Corn Project, a low glycemic, complex carbohydrate that served, along with beans and squash, as the healthy basis of the traditional Seneca diet.
     
    We need volunteers interested in promulgating the message of peace through creative program design and delivery. Our Program Director, Jeanette Miller, a Mohawk, has twenty plus years of experience in communicating Ganondagan's message and would love to have you join her and her Programming and Partnership Team. If you want to find out more, then please call Laurie Allan at 585-820-3769 or e-mail her at cherrg1@aol.com.
  • Thu, March 28, 2013 9:55 AM | Deleted user

    GV ASTD is seeking your talent to help shape the future of our chapter.

    Chapter Leadership Opportunities Available

    GV ASTD is seeking candidates to fill the President-Elect and Vice President of Membership positions for the 2013-2014 board year beginning in July 2013. This is an excellent opportunity to get more involved with your chapter, work with a talented and committed board of directors, represent the chapter at the national level, and help move the workplace learning and performance profession forward. To learn more, check out the select leadership and committee opportunities. To be considered for the positions, please complete the application, save, and submit via e-mail along with your current resume to kelli.loveless@gvastd.org by Wednesday, April 24th. If you have any questions about the open positions or the selection and election process, please contact Kelli via e-mail or at 585-256-3586.

    Chapter Committee Opportunities Available

    Have you thought about getting involved with GV ASTD, but were unsure how to go about it?  We have opportunities for you to make a big contribution in as little as 2-4 hours per month.  This is a great way to be more engaged with your chapter with minimal commitment.  The Chapter is seeking members for our Membership, Special Projects and Sponsorship Committees. To learn more, check out the select leadership and committee opportunities. To be considered for the positions, please complete the application, save, and submit via e-mail along with your current resume to kelli.loveless@gvastd.org. If you have any questions about the open positions or the selection and election process, please contact Kelli via e-mail or at 585-256-3586.

    We encourage you to submit your applications as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the open positions or the selection and election process, please contact Kelli via e-mail or at 585-256-3586.

    Thank You!!

    Thank you for being a member of GV ASTD. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, our chapter's ability to support its mission of "actively collaborating with individuals and businesses in the Rochester community on workforce development"  is made possible by your contribution of membership fees and personal time and talent. We welcome your ideas and active participation.

    We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming GV ASTD event.

    The GV ASTD Board of Directors

  • Thu, February 28, 2013 9:13 AM | Suzanne Choma
    On Thursday, February 14, 2013 there were 24 attendees at our early morning networking event at Pittsford Farms Dairy (7:15-9:00). GV ASTD Board Vice President Chrystie Barker opened the event and welcomed everyone. Jennifer Benson, former Board Member, then began the facilitated discussion.  First, she welcomed everyone and then invited participants to introduce themselves. After introductions, Jennifer asked participants to engage in discussion and offer up some topics of interest related to the training industry regarding strengths, challenges/obstacles, strategy, and how GV ASTD might help. 

     The discussion that followed was wide-ranging, and featured what was most on their minds of those present:

    • The importance of recruiters doing a good job of pre-screening to bring qualified applicants to small businesses.
    • For job applicants, the importance of talking to real people (not just the company website) to find a position.
      • Networking is important.
      • Personal relationships are important.
      • Seeking outside the box means to obtain connections within.
    • A couple of participants suggested that for people in transition, it might be a good idea to have a specific Special Interest Group (SIG) related to job search, hiring, recruiting, interviewing, etc.
      • Also discussed to perhaps involve not only GV ASTD, but also SHRM and NHRA.
    • We were reminded that each of us is our own "small business" in the job search process. Doing one's homework and targeting particular employers was suggested as an important strategy. 
    • A potential hiring manager observed that it is sometimes difficult to convince management to bring on a new staff member when internal candidates are available (and perhaps not as well qualified).
      • The manager found that a good strategy is to bring on contractors to demonstrate that having skill and ability in training design and development is important (not just subject matter expertise).
    • Another suggestion to jobseekers was to research what current skills and abilities are needed (e.g., software expertise) and get some preliminary training in it
    • Addressed need for TIPS AND TRICKS section of GV ASTD website…perhaps a blog or WIKI where people can add information
    • Discussed leveraging the GV ASTD website as a resource where there could be a catalog option to add “talents” (e.g. voice over artist, HR training, etc).  Not necessarily advertising, but more as a reference.
      • Discussed that it is important to have a forum for exchange of creative ideas regarding what others are doing. Especially important when you are a resource of ONE in your organization.
    • The CNY chapter of GV ASTD was suggested as an organization that does a good job of connecting its members regarding best practices.

    Thanks to GV ASTD member Mary Harris for writing this event summary!

    • Sat, February 23, 2013 5:49 PM | Deleted user

      STC ROCHESTER CHAPTER PRESENTS SPECTRUM 2013, 54TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, AT ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MARCH 21 AND 22

      ROCHESTER, NY--The Rochester Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) will hold its 54th annual conference, Spectrum, on March 21, 22, and 23, 2013. The conference will be held on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology.

      The conference begins on the evening of Thursday, March 21, with an opening reception and keynote presentation. The keynote speaker is Alan Houser, President of STC, whose topic will be “Seeing the Future, by Looking at the Past.” Mr. Houser is an STC Fellow, a former member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, and a popular presenter at technical communication conferences. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MA in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

      Friday, March 22, features a full day of presentations by technical communications experts who will discuss topics such as mobile online help development, professional development, information searching, e-publishing, technical editing, and data visualization tools. The day will end with a series of five-minute “lightning talks” on a variety of topics.

      A ½-day post-conference leadership program on Saturday, March 23, will feature presentations by leaders in the technical communication profession.

      Additional details about Spectrum 2013, and a link for registration, are available at spectrum.stc-rochester.org.

      Spectrum is the longest-running regional conference of its type in STC. It has been held annually in Rochester since 1958.

      Contact:
      spectrum@stc-rochester.org

    • Tue, December 11, 2012 10:40 PM | Suzanne Choma

      Thank you to everyone who filled out and submitted a GV ASTD survey prior to the holiday networking event. Over sixty people participated. Congratulations to Kristen Hadcock, who won the one year GV ASTD membership, effective on her next renewal date.

    • Tue, December 11, 2012 10:32 PM | Suzanne Choma

      Over thirty five GV ASTD members and guests attended the annual Holiday Networking event on November 15  at Pomodoros on University Avenue to share good food, drink, and camaraderie. Congratulations to the three lucky attendees who had their names drawn at the event’s drawing. Pat Black and Mary Ness each won a copy of Stephen M. R. Covey’s The Speed of Trust. Britt Lui won a course seat with a retail value of $200 from New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Syracuse and Rochester.

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