Student Events

Student workshops

Fall 2017 interest meetings, workshops, huddles and other events will be updated on this page in August. During the summer we take a break from events so that we can ensure quality experiences during the academic year.

 

CxC is dedicated to providing all LSU undergraduates with the necessary resources and assistance to become more effective communicators, including workshops throughout the semester on relevant topics. These student development opportunities are focused on improving students’ proficiencies in written, spoken, visual, and technological communication. Most workshops are open to all LSU students (unless otherwise noted) and are free of charge; however, most require pre-registration due to space limitations.

 

 Spring 2017

1/17 Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm: DC Huddle - Translating your Academic Work and Campus Experience for Different Audiences

Art + Design 104

Welcome to Spring 2017, Distinguished Communicators! At our first DC huddle of the semester we’re taking the opportunity to discuss the process of translating academic and campus experience for audiences beyond the classroom. This can take multiple shapes and forms, depending on a person’s discipline, extracurriculars and their overall communication goals. Join your fellow DC Candidates and CxC staff to hear from each other how this is happening in different fields and brainstorm ways to translate your own experience for a broader audience.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit. Registration is required.
Click here to register: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 4:30-5:30

 

1/17 Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm: Housekeeping & Info Meeting for Current & Prospective Distinguished Communicators

Art + Design 104

Are you a DC who wants to make sure you’re on track? Are you interested in becoming a Distinguished Communicator Candidate? This meeting is for you! In this meeting, CxC staff will do a general overview of the Distinguished Communicator program requirements and then we will break into small groups by college to make sure everyone is on the right page with their Distinguished Communicator requirements and what needs to be completed, when. All Distinguished Communicators must bring a copy of their personal tracking worksheets and make sure they’ve submitted all CI Course participation/reflection forms and Workshop participation/reflection forms. Remember: one reflection per workshop/CI course.

**This opportunity is open to DC Candidates and DC applicants and counts as a housekeeping/applicant meeting. Click here to register: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm

 

1/23 Monday 6:00-9:00pm: CxC Monday Movie

151 Coates

Like movies but want to learn where the scientific accuracy ends and the creative license begins? Join us for Monday Movie Night in 151 Coates, where we will learn about the science and accuracy of a film from an LSU expert, while live-tweeting! For all LSU students. Sponsored by College of Science and CxC. Part of the Experimental series.

**This opportunity is open to all LSU Students and counts as 1 workshop credit for Distinguished Communicator Candidates. Registration is required. Click here to register: Monday, January 23, 2017, 6-9pm

 

1/24 Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm: DC Huddle - ePortfolios

Art + Design 104

Your ePortfolio is a website that effectively communicates your work and skills as they relate to your post-graduation goals. It’s an ideal tool to use as you are seeking internships, scholarships, jobs, and/or admission to grad school. A strong ePortfolio immediately sets you apart from other students, which is one reason it is part of your Distinguished Communicator certification. Whether your ePortfolio currently consists of a blank page or you are close to a final draft, this workshop is for you! We’ll review the basics of good portfolios and work with you to do some hands-on building/editing, so join us!

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit. Registration is required. Click here to register: Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 4:30-5:30pm

 

1/31 Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm: LSU Student Workshop - Social Media

Coates 151

Social Media has become a prominent tool for communication and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon. So how can we leverage it for our professional goals? Join CxC staff and discuss how to use social media for personal branding, identity management and professional interactions. What do you think employers and faculty find when they google you? Is your LinkedIn and other social media up to snuff? Let’s find out.

**This opportunity is open to all LSU Students and counts as 1 workshop credit for Distinguished Communicator Candidates. Registration is required. Click here to register: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:30-5:40pm

 

2/1 Wednesday 4:30pm:  Housekeeping & Info Meeting for Current & Prospective Distinguished Communicators

Art + Design 104

Are you a DC who wants to make sure you’re on track? Are you interested in becoming a Distinguished Communicator Candidate? This meeting is for you! In this meeting, CxC staff will do a general overview of the Distinguished Communicator program requirements and then we will break into small groups by college to make sure everyone is on the right page with their Distinguished Communicator requirements and what needs to be completed, when. All Distinguished Communicators must bring a copy of their personal tracking worksheets and make sure they’ve submitted all CI Course participation/reflection forms and Workshop participation/reflection forms. Remember: one reflection per workshop/CI course.

**This opportunity is open to DC Candidates and DC applicants and counts as a housekeeping/applicant meeting. Click here to register: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 4:30-5:30pm

 

2/20 Monday 6:00-9:00pm: CxC Monday Movie Night

Coates 151

Like movies but want to learn where the scientific accuracy ends and the creative license begins? Join us for Monday Movie Night in 151 Coates where we will learn about the science and accuracy of a film from an LSU expert, while live-tweeting! For all LSU students. Sponsored by College of Science and CxC. Part of the Experimental series.

**All LSU students are welcome. This counts as 1 workshop credit for DC Candidates.  Registration is required. Click here to register: Monday, February 20, 2017 6-9pm

 

2/23 Thursday 3:30-4:30pm: LSU Student Workshop -- Email Etiquette

1236 Patrick F. Taylor Hall

Do you know the difference between the “to” field and the “bcc” field when sending an email? Do you effectively use email subject lines? Do you always proofread your emails for tone and grammar before sending? Yes, email is quick, easy and an important communication medium for all professions, but this doesn’t mean all grammar rules go out the window. There are also many genre and etiquette rules to email and you should know them all if you want to successfully correspond with others. Join us as we review best practices and analyze and workshop email scenarios.

**All LSU students are welcome. This counts as 1 workshop credit for DC Candidates.  Registration is required. Click here to register: Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:30-4:30pm

 

3/20 Monday 6:00-9:00pm: CxC Monday Movie Night

151 Coates

Like movies but want to learn where the scientific accuracy ends and the creative license begins? Join us for Monday Movie Night in 151 Coates where we will learn about the science and accuracy of a film from an LSU expert, while live-tweeting! For all LSU students. Sponsored by College of Science and CxC. Part of the Experimental series.

**All LSU students are welcome. This counts as 1 workshop credit for DC Candidates.  Registration is required. Click here to register: Monday, March 20, 2017 6-9pm

 

3/21 Tuesday 4:30pm: LSU Student Workshop - Writing Tools to Get, and Stay, Productive

151 Coates

Sometimes the biggest hurdle to overcome in writing is ourselves. In this workshop we’ll review practices to help you get the ball rolling with a writing project. We’ll also discuss how to keep that ball rolling as you consider organizational approaches, audience, tone, style and the finished product.

**All LSU students are welcome. This counts as 1 workshop credit for DC Candidates. Registration is required. Click here to register: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 4:30-5:30pm

 

4/4 Tuesday 3-4:30pm: GRIT Roundtable: a Conversation for Students, Faculty and Staff

Location TBD

Have you seen Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk or read her book about GRIT? If not, you’ll want to after attending this collaborative LSU roundtable for students, faculty and staff. At it, we'll be exploring recent research and new ideas about what makes a student successful. Spoiler alert: it's not as simple as we often think. Check back later in the semester for more details, and in the meantime, ask yourself: what makes a person successful?

**All LSU students are welcome. This counts as 1 workshop credit for DC Candidates.  Registration is required. RSVP coming soon!

 

4/17 Monday 4:30-5:30pm: Housekeeping & Info Meeting for Current & Prospective Distinguished Communicators

151 Coates

Are you a DC who wants to make sure you’re on track? Are you interested in becoming a Distinguished Communicator Candidate? This meeting is for you! In this meeting, CxC staff will do a general overview of the Distinguished Communicator program requirements and then we will break into small groups by college to make sure everyone is on the right page with their Distinguished Communicator requirements and what needs to be completed, when. All Distinguished Communicators must bring a copy of their personal tracking worksheets and make sure they’ve submitted all CI Course participation/reflection forms and Workshop participation/reflection forms. Remember: one reflection per workshop/CI course.

**This opportunity is open to DC Candidates and DC applicants and counts as a housekeeping/applicant meeting. Click here to register: Monday, April 17, 2017, 4:30-5:30pm

 

4/17 Monday 6:00-9:00pm: CxC Monday Movie Night

151 Coates

Like movies but want to learn where the scientific accuracy ends and the creative license begins? Join us for Monday Movie Night in 151 Coates where we will learn about the science and accuracy of a film from an LSU expert, while live-tweeting! For all LSU students. Sponsored by College of Science and CxC.Part of the Experimental series.

**All LSU students are welcome. This counts as 1 workshop credit for DC Candidates.  Registration is required. Click here to register: Monday April 17, 2017, 6-9pm

 


 

Fall 2016

Distinguished Communicator Huddle–Fall Kickoff 

Welcome back!  At this DC Kickoff event, you will have the opportunity to meet other DC candidates, check-in with your CxC Rep and learn more about the upcoming DC events. We will also have a SPECIAL GUEST: Vice Provost Matt Lee will stop in to say hello to you and give you some practice communication time with college administrators. We will provide brain food, so RSVP today!

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit. Registration is required. Click here to register: Tuesday 23 August 2016 4:30-6pm

Calling All LSU Students!--TEDxLSU Salon: The Confident Communicator 

CxC is excited to offer our first TEDxLSU Communication Salon for LSU students! At this salon we will prepare to put our best communication skills forward as we engage new opportunities and networking experiences. Join us for an evening of inspired discussion surrounding some of TED and TEDx’s best communication-related Talks. Come away ready to confidently communicate the best of yourself. But hurry; this event has limited seating and will fill up fast.

**This opportunity is open to all LSU students and counts as 1 workshop credit for Distinguished Communicator candidates. Registration is required. Click here to register: Wednesday 31 August 2016 6-8pm

Distinguished Communicator Interest Meeting & Housekeeping Check In

In this meeting, CxC staff will do a general check in of DC program requirements and then we will break into small groups by college to make sure everyone is on the right page with their DC requirements and what needs to be completed, when. All DCs must bring a copy of their personal tracking worksheets and make sure they’ve submitted all CI Course participation/reflection forms and Workshop participation/reflection forms. Remember: one reflection per workshop/CI course.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and DC applicants. Registration is required. DC Candidates and Applicants are required to attend 1 of these meetings each semester. Click here to register: Tuesday 6 September 2016 6-7pm

Distinguished Communicator Huddle–Communicating your Best First Impressions

 This huddle, offered twice during the week of the LSU Career Fair, DC candidates will learn more about how to communicate their best first impression. By combining the information covered in previously offered workshops (elevator pitches & dressing for success) we will specifically look at what to say when you introduce yourself and the visual presence you communicate through nonverbal indicators.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates. This counts as 1 workshop credit for DC candidates.  Registration is required. Click here to register: Tuesday 6 September 2016 4:30-5:30pm OR Wednesday 7 September 2016 4:30-5:30pm 

TEDxLSU Creative Communication Team Kickoff Retreat

In this TEDxLSU Creative Communication Team kickoff, team members will engage CxC staff and special guests in this 6-hour intensive. We will discuss brand identity, personal communication strengths uncovered via Emergenetics, and communication deliverables for 2016-2017 Creative Communication Team members. Let’s get this season going!

**This opportunity is only open to 2016-2017 TEDxLSU Creative Communication Team members and attendance is required. Registration is required. Sunday 11 September 2016 12:00-6:00pm

TEDxLSU Creative Communication Team & Distinguished Communicator Workshop - Team Collaboration Tools: Asana and Slack

In this workshop CxC will talk you through best practices for communicating in a web-based collaborative environment, focusing specifically on Slack and Asana as TEDxLSU’s primary communication tools. Distinguished Communicator Candidates and TEDxLSU Creative Communication Team members will come away with a deeper understanding both of the overarching principles of web collaboration and the specific tools and uses for Asana and Slack as TEDxLSU applies them. *This is a hands-on workshop so be sure to bring your device.

**This opportunity is only open to 2016-2016 Creative Communication Team members and DC Candidates. Registration is required. Click here to register: Tuesday 13 September 2016 6-7pm

LSU Student Workshop–Email Etiquette

Do you know the difference between the “to” field and the “bcc” field when sending an email? Do you effectively use email subject lines? Do you always proofread your emails for tone and grammar before sending? We will be talking about these things and much more! Yes, email is quick, easy and an important communication medium for all professions, but this doesn’t mean all grammar rules go out the window. There are also many genre and etiquette rules to email and you should know them all if you want to successfully correspond with others.

**All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required. Click here to register: Tuesday 27 September 2016 6-7pm

Distinguished Communicator Workshop–ePortfolios

Your ePortfolio is a website that effectively communicates your work and skills as they relate to your post-graduation goals. It’s an ideal tool to use as you are seeking internships, scholarships, jobs, and/or admission to grad school. A strong ePortfolio immediately sets you apart from other students, which is one reason it is part of your Distinguished Communicator certification. Whether your ePortfolio currently consists of a blank page or you are close to a final draft, this workshop is for you! We’ll review the basics of good portfolios and work with you to do some hands-on building/editing, so join us!

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit. Registration is required. Click here to register: Wednesday 28 September 2016 4:30-5:30pm

Calling All LSU Students! TEDxLSU and the Office of Research and Economic Development Present: an evening with Dr. Sara Ruane at the Museum of Natural Science

Curiosity, Confidence, and Persistence: What it takes to be successful as a college student...and in life

Dr. Sara Ruane is probably one of the coolest people we’ve met recently and she’s really into snakes. So much so that she has a tattoo in honor of her passion for researching reptiles! But whether you like snakes or not, you’ll love Sara because she’s talking with us about how to find our curiosity, muster confidence, and carry on with persistence to pursue success as students and after graduation.


Sara hails from the Northeast, completed her doctorate at CUNY, worked for the American Museum of Natural History, discovered a new snake species while in Madagascar, is currently a post-doc researcher here at LSU, and will begin her tenure-track career at Rutgers in January. Oh, and did we mention she’s only 34 years old?
Seating is limited and this is a can’t-miss event brought to you by the organizers of TEDxLSU and LSU Science Cafe, so sign up to attend today!

**Click here to register: Tuesday 18 October 2016 5-6PM

Calling All LSU Students! Speak to your Public: Spoken Communication Practices for Larger Audiences

Do you get nervous when you have to engage larger audiences? You are not alone! But with the right prep and practice anyone can elevate their spoken communication skills. At this workshop, open to all LSU students, CxC staff will offer tips for preparation and delivery of spoken communication for large audiences in various settings.

**All LSU students are welcome. For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required. Click here to register: Tuesday 25 October 2016 5-6pm

Distinguished Communicator Housekeeping Check-in Meeting

All current Distinguished Communicators can attend this meeting and check in with CxC reps to make sure their personal records match CxC records regarding their progress in the Distinguished Communicator program. All Distinguished Communicators must bring a copy of their personal tracking worksheets and make sure they’ve submitted all CI Course participation/reflection forms and Workshop participation/reflection forms. Remember: one reflection per workshop/CI course.

**Click here to register: Friday 11 November 2016 4-5:15pm

Distinguished Communicator Interest Meeting & Housekeeping Check In

In this meeting, CxC staff will do a general check in of Distinguished Communicator program requirements and then we will break into small groups by college to make sure everyone is on the right page with their Distinguished Communicator requirements and what needs to be completed, when. All Distinguished Communicators must bring a copy of their personal tracking worksheets and make sure they’ve submitted all CI Course participation/reflection forms and Workshop participation/reflection forms. Remember: one reflection per workshop/CI course.

**Click here to register: Tuesday 29 November 2016 6-7:15pm


 

Spring 2016

DC Huddle – Spring Kickoff:  Welcome back!  At this DC Kickoff event, you will have the opportunity to meet other DC candidates, meet/check-in with your CxC Rep and learn more about the upcoming DC events. We will also have a SPECIAL GUEST: Vice Provost Matt Lee will stop in to say hello to you and check in about your upcoming semester. We will provide brain food, so RSVP today!

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

Click here to register:  Tuesday January 26, 2016 4:30-5:30pm

 

Student Workshop – Email Etiquette: Do you know the difference between the “to” field and the “bcc” field when sending an email? Do you effectively use email subject lines? Do you always proofread your emails for tone and grammar before sending? We will be talking about these things and much more! Yes, email is quick, easy, and an important communication medium for all professions, but this doesn’t mean all grammar rules go out the window. There are also many genre and etiquette rules to email and you should know them all if you want to successfully correspond with others.

All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

Click here to register: Wednesday, February 17 4:30-5:30pm

 

DC Huddle – ePortfolios:  Your ePortfolio is a website that effectively communicates your work and skills as they relate to your post-graduation goals. It’s an ideal tool to use as you are seeking internships, scholarships, jobs, and/or admission to grad school. A strong ePortfolio immediately sets you apart from other students, which is one reason it is part of your Distinguished Communicator certification. Whether your ePortfolio currently consists of a blank page or you are close to a final draft, this workshop is for you! We’ll review the basics of good portfolios and work with you to do some hands-on building/editing, so join us!

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

Click here to register: Tuesday March 15, 2016 4:30-5:30pm

 

Student Workshop – Interpersonal Skills: Regardless of your current academic or professional goals, interpersonal skills are a vital component to your success. When do I email/call/text? How do I translate my major’s skill sets into conversation with nonmajors, supervisors and potential employers? Come to this workshop to discover best practices for strategizing and executing successful interpersonal communication in academic and professional settings.

All LSU students are welcome and registration is required. For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

Click here to register: Tuesday March 29, 4:30-6pm

 

DC Huddle – Communicating your Best Self in Social Media: We are living in an age where social media is a vital component to societal communication. Whether we use sites like Facebook and Instagram to connect with friends and family, or Twitter and Pinterest to present an organizational identity, everyone can benefit from a basic understanding of dos and don’ts for social media. Connect with your fellow DC candidates to see examples of social media successes and fails and to discuss best practices for when and how to share on social media.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

Click here to register: Wednesday April 13 5-6pm

 


 

Fall 2015

DC Huddle – Fall Kickoff:  Welcome back!  At this DC Kickoff event, you will have the opportunity to meet other DC candidates, meet or check-in with your CxC Rep and learn more about the upcoming DC events.  We will provide pizza, so RSVP today!

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

>>Tuesday, August 25, 4:30-6 pm,  151 Coates Hall

Student Workshop – Communicating Your Best First Impressions:  In this DC Huddle, offered twice the week before theLSU Career Fair, DC candidates will learn more about how to communicate their best first impression.  By combining the information covered in previously offered workshops (elevator pitches & dressing for success) we will specifically look at what to say when you introduce yourself and the visual presence you communicate through your appearance.

 >>Tuesday, September 1, 4:30-5:30 pm, 151 Coates Hall

>>Wednesday, September 2, 9:30-10:30 am, 218 Coates Hall

Student Workshop – Overcoming Writing Anxiety and Getting Started!: The start of any writing assignment can be a struggle. This workshop will provide strategies for brainstorming through pre-writing activities to overcome “writer’s block”. While this workshop is focused on science writing, the strategies and tips provided can be applied to all disciplines. All LSU students are welcome and registration is required. For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Wednesday, October 7, 4:30-5:30 pm, 151 Coates Hall

DC Huddle – e-portfolios:  An e-Portfolio is simply a website highlighting your work. It’s a great way to showcase your skills and talents whether you’re seeking internships, scholarships, jobs, or admission to grad school. Being able to add “check out my work at www…” to your cover letter or email message immediately sets you apart from other students and essentially gets you in the door first. Beginning your portfolio early is key so let’s get started! This workshop will cover the common e-portfolio web tools, the dos and don’ts of e-portfolio design, and how to select the right work samples for a winning professional e-portfolio.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

>>Wednesday, October 21, 4:30-5:30 pm, 151 Coates Hall

Student Workshop – Power Editing and Citation in the Sciences: Quality writing and academic integrity are dependent on your ability to provide correct citations and evaluate your own work. This workshop is focused on science writing with emphasis on self-editing tips, methods to avoid plagiarism, and organization of references and is intended to help prepare your final papers and/or projects. All LSU students are welcome and registration is required. For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Wednesday, November 4, 4:30-5:30 pm, 151 Coates Hall


 

Spring 2015

Student Workshop – Making Your “Pitch” Perfect: Do people ask you about yourself or your career path and you seem at a loss for words to adequately answer their question?  Not anymore.  If you’ve never thought about how to properly introduce yourself or how to answer those first few questions in any small talk conversation, this workshop is for you. At this workshop, we will take a look at what goes into the perfect “pitch” or “elevator talk,”  no matter if you are pitching yourself or your work.  We will take a look at some good and bad examples and by the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident with your perfect “pitch.”

All LSU students are welcome and registration is required.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Tuesday, January 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 220 Coates Hall

DC Huddle – “Pitch” Perfect 2.0: Building on the information covered in the January 27 Student Workshop, attendees will work on their “pitch.” Ultimately, this workshop will give students the opportunity to receive feedback and learn with their peers prior delivering their “pitch.”  Since this workshop will highlight the importance of a “pitch” and provide guidance in constructing and editing your own, it will be valuable for upperclassmen entering the job market, underclassmen looking for an internship, or students preparing to present research.  Attendance to the prior workshop on January 27 is not mandatory, but recommended.

Seating is limited and there will be snacks, so RSVP today to reserve your seat.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

>>Wednesday, January 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 151 Coates Hall

Student WorkshopOvercoming Writing Anxiety to Get Started: The start of the semester is always an exciting time, but the first paper, or assignment, can be a struggle. This workshop will provide strategies for brainstorming through pre-writing activities to overcome “writers block”. The focus will be on science writing, but tips shared will be useful for all disciplines.

All LSU students are welcome and registration is required. For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Thursday, February 5, 2015, 4:30-6:00 pm, 151 Coates Hall

DC Huddle – Email Etiquette Application: This DC Huddle will briefly review what students learn in the Student Workshop about email etiquette and take it one step further. DC Huddle attendees will be given scenarios and instructed to craft well-written and purposeful emails to various audiences. The act of writing the email and getting feedback will be great practice for students applying for jobs and graduate schools.  Attendance to a previously offered Email Etiquette workshop is not mandatory; however, one will be offered on April 22 (see below).

All LSU students are welcome and registration is required.  Seating is limited and there will be snacks, so RSVP today to reserve your seat.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Wednesday, February 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 151 Coates Hall

Student WorkshopReferences & Plagiarism in Science Writing: Quality writing and academic integrity are dependent on your ability to provide accurate citations. Are you familiar with different methods of citing sources in your scientific writing? Learn how to avoid plagiarism, integrate information, and organize your references in this science workshop.  All LSU students are welcome and registration is required. For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Monday, March 2, 2015, 4:30-6:00pm, 151 Coates Hall

DC Huddle – e-Portfolio Help for DC Candidates: An e-Portfolio is simply a website highlighting your work. It’s a great way to showcase your skills and talents whether you’re seeking internships, scholarships, jobs, or admission to grad school. Being able to add “check out my work at www…” to your cover letter or email message immediately sets you apart from other students and essentially gets you in the door first. Beginning your portfolio early is key so let’s get started! This workshop will cover the common e-portfolio web tools, the do’s and don’ts of e-portfolio design, and how to select the right work samples for a winning professional e-portfolio.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.

>> Wednesday, March 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 171 Coates Hall

Student WorkshopPower Editing: It’s that time! Time to begin preparing your final papers and/or projects for submission. This workshop is intended to support you in this process and fuel additional self-editing through the end of the semester. Bring in a piece of work to begin trying out our peer and self-editing tips that will insure a high quality final product! All LSU students are welcome and registration is required. For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Monday, March 30, 4:30-6:00 pm, 151 Coates Hall

DC Huddle – Dress for Success: During this DC Huddle, DC candidates will learn more about how to present themselves in the best way, specifically during interviews.  You probably already know that appearance counts, but this is especially true at the job interview. Your interviewer will be judging not only your answers to his questions, but also how you’ve put yourself together. This workshop will help to attendees to be able to  create an overall look that says they are professional — and hireable!

Seating is limited and there will be snacks, so RSVP today to reserve your seat.  Registration is required.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.

>> Tuesday, April 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 151 Coates Hall

Student Workshop – Email Etiquette: Do you know the difference between the “to” field and the “bcc” field when sending an email? Do you effectively use email subject lines? Do you always proofread your emails for tone and grammar before sending? We will be talking about these things and much more! Yes, email is quick, easy, and a major communication medium for all professions, but this doesn’t mean all grammar rules go out the window. There are also many genre and etiquette rules to email and you should know them all if you want to successfully correspond with others.

All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

>> Wednesday, April 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 130 Coates Hall


 

Fall 2014

DC Huddle – DC Kickoff:  Welcome back!  At this DC Kickoff event, you will have the opportunity to meet other DC candidates, meet or check-in with your CxC Rep and learn more about the upcoming DC events.  We will provide pizza, so RSVP today!

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

>> Wednesday, August 27, 4:30-6 p.m., 104 Audubon Hall   (NOTE: This event is full.  Please email questions to: cxc@lsu.edu).

CxC Student Workshop – Making Your “Pitch” Perfect: Do people ask you about yourself or your career path and you seem at a loss for words to adequately answer their question?  Not anymore.  If you’ve never thought about how to properly introduce yourself or how to answer those first few questions in any small talk conversation, this workshop is for you. At this workshop, we will take a look at what goes into the perfect “pitch” or “elevator talk,”  no matter if you are pitching yourself or your work.  We will take a look at some good and bad examples and by the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident with your perfect “pitch.”

This workshop will highlight the importance of a “pitch” and provide guidance in constructing and editing your own.

All LSU students are welcome and registration is required.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Tuesday, September 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 151 Coates Hall

DC Huddle – “Pitch” Perfect in the Sciences:  Research is more than sharing a data set with your colleagues.  It’s about expressing the journey from question to discovery, which might often be referred to as a “pitch” or “elevator speech.”  By learning how to place your personal research study in the context of current issues, your data are able to speak to a larger and more diverse audience. Building on the information covered in the September 9 Student Workshop, attendees will work on their “pitch.” Ultimately, this workshop will give students the opportunity to receive feedback and learn with their peers prior to presenting their research posters.

Seating is limited and there will be snacks, so RSVP today to reserve your seat.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

>>Wednesday, September 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 151 Coates Hall

CxC Student Workshop – e-Portfolio Basics: An e-Portfolio is simply a website highlighting your work. It’s a great way to showcase your skills and talents whether you’re seeking internships, scholarships, jobs, or admission to grad school. Being able to add “check out my work at www…” to your cover letter or email message immediately sets you apart from other students and essentially gets you in the door first. Beginning your portfolio early is key so let’s get started! This introductory workshop will cover the common e-portfolio web tools, the do’s and don’ts of e-portfolio design, and how to select the right work samples for a winning professional e-portfolio.

All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Tuesday, September 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 152 Coates Hall

DC Huddle – e-Portfolio help for DC candidates: Seniors – Your portfolios are due soon, so don’t miss this opportunity to work on your portfolio and share ideas with fellow DC candidates and the CxC staff.  Sophomores & Juniors – It’s never too early to start on your portfolio.  If you don’t have one yet, this is a great opportunity to see what others are doing and begin planning yours!

Seating is limited and there will be snacks, so RSVP today to reserve your seat.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Wednesday, September 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 152 Coates Hall

CxC Student Workshop – Interacting with Faculty: Have you ever been intimidated by the need to interact with faculty?  Do you ever wonder about the best way to communicate with faculty members?  Developing a strong rapport with faculty members is crucial for success inside and outside the classroom.  This student workshop offers tips for the best ways to interact with faculty and explains some of the benefits that can come from a strong student-faculty relationship.

All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Wednesday, October 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 2301 Patrick F. Taylor Hall

DC Huddle – Future Employer Roundtable: During this DC Huddle, DC candidates will have an exclusive chance to hear from people from varying industries who hire current students for internships and graduates for full-time positions.  They will give you advice on how best to present yourself as a potential employee and you will have the chance to ask them your own questions.

Seating is limited, so RSVP today to reserve your seat.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Tuesday, October 21, 5-6 p.m., 151 Coates Hall

DC Huddle – Email Etiquette Application: This DC Huddle will use what students learn in the CxC workshop about email etiquette and take it one step further. DC Huddle attendees will be given scenarios and instructed to craft well-written and purposeful emails to various audiences. The act of writing the email and getting feedback will be great practice for students applying for jobs and graduate schools. While not mandatory, students are encouraged to bring their laptops.
Seating is limited and there will be snacks, so RSVP today to reserve your seat.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Wednesday, November 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 151 Coates Hall

CxC Student Workshop – Science Writing: Do your science writing skills need improvement? The CxC Science Studio is presenting an interactive workshop focused on providing undergraduates with techniques essential for strong science writing such as sentence structure, organization, and much more. All LSU students are welcome.

For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.  Must bring an introduction example of a past or current writing project.

Registration is required. Seating is limited.

>>Thursday, November 13, 4:30-6 p.m., 151 Coates Hall


 

Spring 2014

Salary Negotiation: Are you graduating soon and starting to look for a job?  If so, the skills learned in this workshop will definitely come in handy!  With the help of our friends in LSU Career Services, attendees will learn how to evaluate the critical components of salary packages and learn effective communication techniques when negotiation salary and benefits with potential employers.

All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit. Registration is required.

>> Tuesday, February 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 145 Coates Hall

Social Media Etiquette:  While Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can be fun ways to connect with friends, the messages we put out into the world via social media will forever be associated with our name.  At this workshop, our guest speaker, Allie McAlpin, Marketing and Communications Director at Lamar Advertising, will walk us through some of the rules for navigating social media with grace and cautious futuristic lens.

All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit. Registration is required.

>> Wednesday, February 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 145 Coates Hall

Email Etiquette, becoming a professional: Do you know the difference between the “to” field and the “bcc” field when sending an email? Do you effectively use email subject lines? Do you always proofread your emails for tone and grammar before sending? We will be talking about these things and much more! Yes, email is quick, easy, and a major communication medium for all professions, but this doesn’t mean all grammar rules go out the window. There are also many genre and etiquette rules to email and you should know them all if you want to successfully correspond with others.

All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.  Registration is required.

>> Tuesday, March 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 145 Coates Hall

Personality Styles and Communication:  Do you dread group projects due to bad past experiences?  Maybe the group members didn’t effectively communicate or there was a personality clash? Instead of fearing your next group project, come to this workshop to learn how to make them more successful!  Our guest speaker, Randy Nichols, a Certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner, will show us how our personality styles shape our communication styles, specifically within group dynamics.

All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit. Registration is required.

>> Tuesday, April 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 145 Coates Hall


 

Fall 2013

How She Does It: Women Leaders & Communication in the Workplace

There’s an international discussion happening right now about the gender leadership and ambition gaps.  With books such as Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want hitting the best-sellers list, it is time for us to bring this conversation to LSU.

Join us for this high-powered discussion panel of local female leaders who have risen to the top of their professions.  We’ll talk about the opportunities and challenges they’ve faced in their respective industries and how keen communication skills have propelled them into successful careers.

This session is free and open to all LSU students and faculty, but RSVP is required as seating is limited.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, 5:00—6:15 p.m.

Post-Reception for Distinguished Communicator Candidates, 6:30—7:15 p.m.

WHERE: LSU Engineering Annex Building, Walk Room

Creating Professional & Visually Stunning Presentations – Are you ready to transform your traditional bullet point slides into strong, professional visual communication tools?  If so, join us for this workshop where we will share tips and tricks on how to easily leverage visuals to help your audience understand and remember your message.  No artistic skills required, but you should have basic working knowledge of PowerPoint or comparable presentation software.

All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>> Wednesday, October 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 155 Coates Hall
>> Tuesday, October 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1116 Patrick F. Taylor Hall

DC Huddle: TED Talks and You –TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in under 18 minutes.  If you have ever watched a TED talk video, you’ve no doubt been inspired.  But what makes the TED presentation formula so powerful?  In this DC Huddle, hosted by the CxC Student Advisory Council, we will explore the secrets behind great TED talks and how we might apply these to some of our own presentations.

Seating is limited and there will be snacks, so RSVP today to reserve your seat.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.

>> Tuesday, October 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 155 Coates Hall

DC Huddle: Hands-on Digital Portfolio Workshop – Seniors: Your portfolios are due soon, so don’t miss this opportunity to work on your portfolio, share ideas with fellow DC candidates, and give/receive feedback from your peers and the CxC staff. Sophomores & Juniors: It’s never too early to start on your portfolio. If you don’t have one yet, this is a great opportunity to start, see what others are doing, and begin working on yours!

Seating is limited and there will be snacks, so RSVP today to reserve your seat.

**This opportunity is only open to current DC candidates and counts as 1 workshop credit.

>> Wednesday, September 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 263B Coates Hall

TED Talks Science - TED is an international organization that encourages dynamic talks about “ideas worth spreading” and they have partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to share tips on creating engaging science presentations.  Join us for this session in which TED and AAAS will address how to connect with your audience, effectively communicate data, avoid audience boredom, and deliver impactful science presentations.

All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Thursday, September 19, 3-4:30 p.m., 145 Coates Hall

Email Etiquette, becoming a professional –  Do you know the difference between the “to” field and the “bcc” field when sending an email? Do you effectively use email subject lines? Do you always proofread your emails for tone and grammar before sending? We will be talking about these things and much more! Yes, email is quick, easy, and a major communication medium for all professions, but this doesn’t mean all grammar rules go out the window. There are also many genre and etiquette rules to email and you should know them all if you want to successfully correspond with others.

This is one CxC’s most popular workshops, so we’re offering you two opportunities to attend.  All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DC candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>> Tuesday, September 17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 1116 Patrick F. Taylor Hall
>> Wednesday, September 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 155 Coates Hall

 


 

Spring 2013

DComm Huddle: Elevator Speeches Application –  Do you have an upcoming interview for a job or internship?  Do you want to learn more about networking and personal brand management when on the job search?  Well, we have our last DComm Huddle of the semester designed just for you!

In a recent workshop, we had a guest speaker teach us how an elevator speech can effectively introduce yourself and sell your skills and abilities.  An elevator speech is a short summary used to sell yourself or your idea in the time it takes to ride in an elevator.  Sounds hard, right?  Well, not with the tips and tricks our guest speaker shared with us.  Building on what was discussed in the workshop on elevator speeches, we will craft and practice our own elevator speeches and introductions.   **This opportunity is for DComm students only and will count for 1 workshop credit.

>>Wednesday, April 24, 4:30-5:30, 103 Coates Hall

Elevator Speeches: Build Your Party – Nailing that job interview, or even getting the job interview in the first place, can have a lot to do with the first few things out of your mouth. If you’ve never thought about how to properly introduce yourself or how to answer those first few questions in any small talk conversation, this workshop is for you. Let Julie Laperouse of Screaming Peacock help you craft a great elevator speech to build your party of contacts and start growing your professional network.

Julie Laperouse is Chief Peacock of Screaming Peacock, LLC and Director of Talent Development for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. She has worked with groups ranging from collegians to seasoned career veterans to help them network more effectively and build the best professional party.

The workshop is free and open to all LSU students, but registration is required.  For LSU DComm candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Wednesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m., 212 Coates Hall
>>Wednesday, April 17, 4:30 p.m., 212 Coates Hall

3-D Scanning – Students will introduced to the theory behind the technology followed by a hands-on demonstration of its application using the desktop 3-D scanner that is available for student use in the Engineering Communication Studio.

The workshop is free and open to all LSU students. Registration is not required. For LSU DComm candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Tuesday, April 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 2301 Patrick F. Taylor Hall

Interpersonal Communication and Feedback: An inside-out approach – The giving and receiving of feedback can sometimes be a daunting, but necessary task. If you have ever wanted to learn more about how effective interpersonal communication can be the basis for helpful feedback, this workshop is for you!

Ted Ball, our guest speaker with over 15 years of experience teaching effective communication skills, will show us how we can give and listen to feedback with the intent to understand, which is different from the intent to reply. It’s simple, but it is not easy. The information covered in this workshop will allow you to become better at using feedback to make your projects stronger. This could also be a great tool for your future career development.

The workshop is free and open to all LSU students, but registration is required. For LSU DComm candidates, this counts a 1 workshop credit.

>>Monday, March 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 155 Coates Hall
>>Tuesday, March 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m., E134 Howe Russell

Uh Oh! I have to give a presentation… Adequate preparation and research for a paper or presentation is a lot like having a great foundation for a house. Without strong foundations, your whole project could fall apart. If you need help in creating that solid foundation, this hands-on workshop about planning, organizing, and outlining presentations is for you! We’ll share tricks and tips for making your presentations stronger from the ground up.

This workshop is free and open to all LSU students, but registration is required. For LSU DComm candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>> Monday, February 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 103 Coates Hall
>> Tuesday, February 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 1720 Business Education Complex

DComm Huddle: Email Etiquette Application ­­–The first DComm Huddle of the semester will use what students learned in the first CxC workshop about email etiquette and take it one step further by participating in application activities. DComm Huddle attendees will be given scenarios and instructed to craft well-written and purposeful emails to various audiences. The act of writing the email and getting feedback will be great practice for students applying for jobs and graduate schools. While not mandatory, students are encouraged to bring their laptops. **This opportunity is only open to current DComm candidates.

>>Thursday, February 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 103 Coates Hall

Tech Training for You! Need help revamping a resume or writing a cover letter? Ever want to learn how to use Photoshop? Want to learn more about professional development courses that look great on resumes? Come find out more about the free resources lyndaCampus offers LSU students. LSU students can access free software, business, and creative skills training 24/7 on more than 1,600 different tutorials through lyndaCampus? And you can do it all while sitting in the Quad or wearing your fuzzy slippers!

A representative will be on campus to show you how to find and use free resources to improve your class projects and your Distinguished Communicator materials. Join us for this fun session to learn more about the resources within lyndaCampus and how to use it to improve class projects and your Distinguished Communicator materials.

This workshop is free and open to all LSU students, but registration is required. For LSU DComm candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>>Tuesday, Feb. 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 155 Coates Hall

Email Etiquette, becoming a professional — Do you know the difference between the “to” field and the “bcc” field when sending an email? Do you effectively use email subject lines? Do you always proofread your emails for tone and grammar before sending? We will be talking about these things and much more! Yes, email is quick, easy, and a major communication medium for all professions, but this doesn’t mean all grammar rules go out the window. There are also many genre and etiquette rules to email and you should know them all if you want to successfully correspond with others.

This is one CxC’s most popular workshops, so we’re offering you several opportunities to attend.  All LSU students are welcome.  For LSU DComm candidates, this counts as 1 workshop credit.

>> Monday, February 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 103 Coates Hall
>> Tuesday, February 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 1720 Business Education Complex
>> Wednesday, February 6, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 1845 Business Education Complex
>> Thursday, February 7, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m., 1700 Business Education Complex

 


 

Fall 2012

DComm Huddle – While postal mail may be a thing of the past, formal letters are certainly not! And you will no doubt be writing at least one letter of application in the near future when applying for scholarships, awards, internships, graduate schools, jobs, and the LSU DC certification! Letters of application are evaluated critically by the receivers and often can make (or break) your success. **This opportunity is only open to current DComm candidates.

>> November 13, 4:30-5:30pm, 214 Coates

Email Etiquette: becoming a professional – Do you know the difference between the “to” field and the “bcc” field when sending an email? Do you effectively use email subject lines? Do you always proofread your emails for tone and grammar before sending? We will be talking about these things and much more! Yes, email is quick, easy, and a major communication medium for all professions. But this doesn’t mean that all grammar rules go out the window. There are also many genre and etiquette rules to email and you should know them all if you want to successfully correspond with others.

>> October 24, 4:30-5:30pm, 1125 Business Complex

DComm Huddle: Hands-on Portfolio Workshop – Seniors: Your portfolios are due soon, so don’t miss this opportunity to work on your portfolio and share ideas with fellow DC candidates and the CxC staff. Sophomores & Juniors: It’s never too early to start on your portfolio. If you don’t have one yet, this is a great opportunity to see what others are doing and begin planning yours! Seating is limited and we will provide pizza, so RSVP today to reserve your space. **This opportunity is only open to current DComm candidates.

>> October 16, 5:30-6:30pm, 205 Coates Hall

Basics of Building a Professional e-Portfolio – An e-Portfolio is simply a website highlighting your work. It’s a great way to showcase your skills and talents whether you’re seeking internships, scholarships, jobs, or admission to grad school. Being able to add “check out my work at www…” to your cover letter or email message immediately sets you apart from other students and essentially gets you in the door first. Beginning your portfolio early is key so let’s get started! This introductory seminar will cover the common e-portfolio web tools, the do’s and don’ts of e-portfolio design, and how to select the right work samples for a winning professional e-portfolio.

>> September 24, 5:30-6:30pm, 228 Coates
>> September 25, 5:30-6:30pm, 214 Coates

Resume Creation – Whether you are a senior planning to attend the upcoming Career Expo or a freshman considering scholarships and internships, you need to have a killer resume! Join us for a seminar, led by LSU Career Services, where you will learn how to communicate and highlight your best skills, what pitfalls to avoid, and ultimately, how to create a resume that makes you stand out in today’s competitive marketplace.

>>September 5 at 5:00-6:00pm, 145 Coates Hall