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Staff Development Day draws crowd

More than 125 employees of Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry attended Staff Development Day on Jan. 5. Sponsored by the college’s Staff Forum, the event featured educational presentations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, participants received complimentary continental breakfast and lunch and had a chance to win door prizes.

“This annual event gives staff members the opportunity to interact and obtain some valuable information to benefit both their work life and home life,” said Liz Lester, assistant director of student aid and immediate past president of Staff Forum.

“This annual event gives staff members the opportunity to interact and obtain some valuable information to benefit both their work life and home life,” said Liz Lester, assistant director of student aid and immediate past president of Staff Forum.Participants could attend up to four diverse presentations, which featured speakers from TAMHSC-BCD and other area institutions. “There really was something for everyone,” Lester said.

“Have You Met Johnny?” was a customer service-oriented program that encouraged positive interaction in one’s surroundings. Back by popular demand from the last two Staff Development Days, Terry Cartwright presented the topic. He is a training specialist for employee development and employee relations in human resources management at the University of Texas at Dallas.

TAMHSC-BCD’s own Lisa F. Mallonee presented “Bumbling Through the BCD Food Maze.” She offered insight into navigating the vending machines, cafeteria and nearby eateries to find good choices in satisfying those midmorning hunger pains and late afternoon snack attacks. She is an associate professor of dental hygiene in the college’s Caruth School of Dental Hygiene.

“Working with You is Killing Me” dealt with freeing oneself from emotional traps at work. Designed for those feeling caught or “hooked” in an emotionally distressing work situation, the session helped participants unhook from emotional pitfalls in the office and offered guidelines for managing difficult personalities. It was presented by Wendy Rivera, trainer in corporate learning and development for the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.

“When Generational Issues and Health Care Chaos Collide” covered how to address the issues that arise when four different generations in the workplace struggle to work together. Brent Meers, senior organizational development consultant at UT Southwestern Medical Center, was the presenter.