Workshops

The Center for Global Communication + Design (Comm+D) sponsors a variety of workshops each semester that are Communication or Intercultural in focus.  COMMUNICATION-FOCUSED WORKSHOPS include topics on graduate school application essays, public speaking skills, and visual design; INTERNATIONAL/INTERCULTURAL-FOCUSED WORKSHOPS include topics on American holidays, interpersonal communication, and acclimating to Northeast winters.  To register for a specific workshop, please click on the link following the workshop description.  Any change in time or location will be communicated to participants by e-mail and updated on the RPI Events Calendar.

COMMUNICATION-FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

COMMUNICATING ACROSS CULTURES
Thursday, September 20, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist
Talking with people from other backgrounds helps us learn about other cultures and get a new perspective on our own experiences. Sometimes, though, we are unsure of how to talk with those who seem different from ourselves. In this workshop you will learn helpful strategies for reducing problems when interacting with people who have different languages or backgrounds.  This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/mtgaLuxWsyLI8azP2

TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING IN TEAMS
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist
An important part of teamwork is hearing and testing ideas from a number of people. Yet sometimes voices are not heard, due to language barriers, personality differences, or a quick “groupthink” of accepting early ideas. This highly interactive workshop will provide numerous strategies for exploring ideas, reaching agreement, and addressing team dynamics. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty and staff.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/zfi64BKGxemIWbro1

STORYTELLING MATERIALS
Thursday, September 27, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Allison Bannister, Comm+D Graduate Teaching Assistant
Cartoonist and RPI PhD student Allison Bannister will be presenting an in-depth look at storytelling, discussing how the materials we use contribute to the stories we’re telling.  She will highlight some the affordances of digital and analog tools and materials, then open the floor to discussion, brainstorming, and exploration. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/VKPs0fLR27yQga9r1

VISUAL DESIGN BASICS & POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Allison Bannister, Comm+D Graduate Teaching Assistant
This workshop will briefly cover the basics of visual design (organization, visual hierarchy, repetition, fonts, color, arrangement), as well as offer a focus on how to use those basics in preparing a poster presentation. It is highly recommended for those who plan (or are required) to complete an oral presentation component for their coursework or research projects, as well as those who desire a working knowledge of design concepts. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/Drig664WVIY6nvse2

GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION ESSAYS
Thursday, October 11, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Sarah Kennedy & Lorelei Wagner, Comm+D Graduate Teaching Assistants
Getting ready to apply for graduate school? Get advice from people who have been through the application process themselves in addition to being experts on how to write personal statements. In this workshop, you will learn some guidelines for appropriate content and style in graduate application essays, as well as work on brainstorming ideas for your essays through some ‘structured’ activities.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and schedule future appointments in the Comm+D with teaching assistants to revise and polish your statement. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff; it is highly encouraged for juniors, seniors, and Master’s students. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/5YmQ2qKxCP674CjW2

MAINTAINING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Thursday, October 18, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Dr. Barbara Lewis, Comm+D Communication Practices Lead Faculty
The concept of plagiarism is full of gray areas: What constitutes common knowledge? Do paraphrases need complete in-text citations?  How many direct quotes should I use? Do I need to cite EVERYTHING from EVERY source I use? Come learn the answers to these questions and more, as well as learn strategies for source management and working with multiple citation styles (MLA, Chicago, IEEE, and APA).  Highly recommended and encouraged for those unfamiliar with a citation style required by their professor and/or needing a refresher course on how to properly credit others’ work. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/LBi3UwRgzB4kWNVu1

TIPS FOR TECHNICAL WRITING: CLARITY & CONCISENESS
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Sarah Kennedy & Lorelei Wagner, Comm+D Graduate Teaching Assistants
This workshop will include a short presentation on the importance of clear and concise writing, as well as strategies for writing for a non-technical audience.  The remainder of the workshop will be interactive; to actively participate in the second half of the workshop, participants should bring a writing sample (of any type) with them to the workshop in order to practice revision strategies heuristically.  Those who wish to improve their technical (and general) writing skills are highly encouraged to attend. Participants will be able to ask questions and receive feedback on revisions. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/R4JZVmEnBDLY7AQb2

GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION ESSAYS
Tuesday, November 6, 2018  — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Sarah Kennedy & Lorelei Wagner, Comm+D Graduate Teaching Assistants
Getting ready to apply for graduate school? Get advice from people who have been through the application process themselves in addition to being experts on how to write personal statements. In this workshop, you will learn some guidelines for appropriate content and style in graduate application essays, as well as work on brainstorming ideas for your essays through some ‘structured’ activities.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and schedule future appointments in the Comm+D with teaching assistants to revise and polish your statement. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff; it is highly encouraged for juniors, seniors, and Master’s students. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/q1bEzEfgDbeRp1YB3

IMPROVING YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS
Thursday, November 8, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist
Oral presentations are common at Rensselaer, but often courses do not teach how to plan and deliver a presentation. Learn ways to manage your nerves and explain your ideas orally. Especially recommended for people who have difficulty organizing information, or who panic at the idea of speaking to a group.  This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/NHKYutEGdrmAgrln1

GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION ESSAYS
Thursday, November 15, 2018  — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Sarah Kennedy & Lorelei Wagner, Comm+D Graduate Teaching Assistants
Getting ready to apply for graduate school? Get advice from people who have been through the application process themselves in addition to being experts on how to write personal statements. In this workshop, you will learn some guidelines for appropriate content and style in graduate application essays, as well as work on brainstorming ideas for your essays through some ‘structured’ activities.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and schedule future appointments in the Comm+D with teaching assistants to revise and polish your statement. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff; it is highly encouraged for juniors, seniors, and Master’s students. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/YlLkj1bJI6JMKMK42

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Tuesday, November 27, 2018  — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Sarah Kennedy & Lorelei Wagner, Comm+D Graduate Teaching Assistants
Have you ever reflected on a difficult conversation or situation and wanted to better understand you own reactions?  Do you wish to infuse more empathy into your everyday interactions with others? Do you wish to be more calm and centered during challenging moments with others and resist reacting emotionally? During our time together, we’ll be leading an open discussion on how to handle some of life’s more challenging moments with compassion, empathy, and patience by focusing on listening skills and emotional grounding strategies. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/6OxIPTgb8N1tOJ7K2

INTERNATIONAL/INTERCULTURAL-FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

Tea & Talk Intercultural Conversation
Every Wednesday September 5 – December 12 (no meeting 11/21), 1-3 pm.
Led by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist

Think globally, talk locally. Join an informal discussion with people interested in learning about other cultures. Improve (or share) your skills in conversation and networking. Open to all: US & international; native and non-native English speakers; students, scholars, staff, faculty, family members, & friends. Come when you can, leave when you want. Completely drop-in, no registration needed. 

International Jack o’Lanterns
Tuesday October 23, 4:15-5:45 pm
Led by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist
Are you new to American culture? Come learn about Halloween traditions and carve a pumpkin into a “jack o’lantern.” Yes, it is time to “play with your food.”  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/hihGYvzGGWQxTD0Y2

American Fall & Winter Holidays
Tuesday October 30, 4:15-5:45 pm
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ed by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist
Are you new to American culture? On the day before Halloween, learn about the many other holidays in fall & winter. Get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanza, and more.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/RJh4Ab7hLn146QPM2

Getting Ready for Winter
Tuesday November 6, 4:15-5:45 pm
Led by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist
If you are new to living in a cold climate, this interactive workshop is for you! Get ready for winter by learning weather terms, health risks, and driving tips. Explore the many types of clothing worn to keep warm, just in time to buy your own coat, boots, long underwear, and more.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/oFaoEXkia0iCm4Ie2

Saying Numbers, Expressions, and Equations
Tuesday November 27, 4:15-5:45 pm
Led by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist
Teaching and technical presentations often involve saying, not just writing, complex information. This highly interactive workshop will cover vocabulary, names of symbols, and ways to “chunk” detailed expressions into manageable pieces. Especially helpful for non-native English speakers.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/u7ULTQVgSTgqyU2I2