SOE Hosts Workshop on “Change Management”

Submitted by Jack Beal on October 15, 2010

The School of Engineering hosted a workshop for all first year engineering majors on Saturday, September 18, 2010 in the Alumni House here on campus. We started with a continental breakfast so that we could all come together for coffee and conversation.

The 2-hour workshop was designed around the issues of “Change Management.” All first year students are experiencing major changes in their day-to-day lives – more demanding college work, new social situations, new acquaintances and friends, living away from home – a whole new life style in many cases.

But CHANGE IS GOOD. This is how we learn and grow. Unfortunately, change also often brings on stress. The workshop was designed to give us some tools and techniques for dealing with stress. What can be done to overcome these difficulties and help us move forward effectively and efficiently?

One very important element in dealing with stress is time management. Many issues of time management can be resolved simply by planning and organization. But what do we do about procrastination? We can always find something else that we would rather do. All this and more was covered in the workshop.

The workshop leader, Dr. Paul Maloney, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions here at Fairfield. He has consulted on organizational and human resources issues like change management for many years on a worldwide basis. In the GSEAP, Maloney teaches graduate students in areas of Applied Psychology.

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