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“It Starts With You” Administrative Professionals Workshop April 20-22

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The Office of Human Resources will host “It Starts With You” a Workshop, for Administrative Professionals, during the week (April 20-22) of the Academic Spring break.

This event will provide helpful information and resources to all who perform administrative tasks for the University. 

The Workshop will feature interactive presentations from HR, Procurement, and Finance where attendees will receive current, relevant information regarding procedures, methods and processes.  It will provide an opportunity to share concerns, best practices, and feedback. Door prizes will be given at the Opening and Closing of the workshop.

The President will host breakfast for Administrative Professionals in the Atchafalaya Ball Room beginning at 7:30 on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.  At 9:00 a.m. all are invited to the Workshop Opening in the Bayou Bijou Theater.  Lunch will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday for workshop attendees.   

On Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in any one (or all three) of the breakout sessions. The breakout sessions will be held concurrently and can be attended in any order. On Friday morning we will wrap up with a Keynote speaker and Closing address.

Administrative Professionals’ Workshop Agenda

April 20, 2022 – Breakfast, Atchafalaya Ballroom – Student Union

  • 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast provided by the President for Administrative Professionals

Opening Address - Bayou Bijou Theater – 130 (Student Union)

  • 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction to Workshop Format
  • 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. – Paul Thomas welcomes attendees
  • 9:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker, Dr. Frances Lucas
  • 11:00 – 12:00 a.m. – Presentation, Ranzy Montet/April Stallworth
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - Lunch (Provided) Location TBA
  • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.- 1st Concurrent Session (See locations below)

April 21, 2022

  • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Continental breakfast/Coffee
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - 2nd Concurrent Session
  • 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch (Provided) Location TBA
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - 3rd Concurrent Session

Breakout (concurrent)Session Details:

Atchafalaya Ballroom A (Room 117A) - Session A

  • Intro to HR Team – Roles
  • Personnel Action Form
  • Hiring Processes
  • Separations
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Retirement Information
  • Non-Paid Affiliates and Volunteers

Teche Room, (Room 116) – Session B

  • Finance Tools/Resources
  • Administrative Traits and Attributes
  • Cornerstone Learning
  • Cornerstone Performance

Atchafalaya Ballroom B (Room 117B) – Session C

  • Procurement (Purchasing)
  • Travel
  • Special Meal Requests
  • Chrome River

April 22, 2022 - Closing Address, Bayou Bijou Theater (Student Union) Room 130

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Continental breakfast/Coffee
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  – Welcome back attendees – Admin Presentation
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. – Keynote Speaker – Ms. Shanna Dorion
11:15 – 11:30 - Closing Remarks

Registration is required for breakout sessions.To register in Cornerstone select “Register for Administrative Professionals Workshop Sessions” in the box labeled Search for Courses on your Cornerstone Welcome Page. Select the session and time you would like to attend by clicking “View Details” then “Request”.  Remember, you can select a session for each timeslot.

Registration is not required for the Wednesday morning or Friday presentations.

Questions regarding the Workshop should be addressed to


It Starts With You!