Association Office Professionals
Association Office Professionals
PSP credits are posted as events are approved for PSP credits.
If you are interested in participating in an event at a location that is not listed,
please email aopinservice@SMTTT.onmicrosoft.com
Non-AOP members pay a $10 admissions fee for this event or can purchase the Events package
Join AOP: For more information about joining AOP, please email%C2%A0AOP.
All live training has all been cancelled to avoid any issues incidental to holding public gatherings. Events will be rescheduled as health conditions permit.
Spring Webinar Series
(All webinars are from 12-1)
AOP Webinar Series 2019-2020
USM AOP is once again offering a webinar series. This seven-session series is offered
in collaboration with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium in Florida. Each one-hour
session starts at noon. You can participate in the sessions from anywhere using the
join.me app, or watch recordings of the sessions on YouTube at a later date.
Oct. 8, 2019 - Creative approaches to collaborate using technology in the post e-mail
era (Microsoft, Google or third-party applications)
Nov. 12, 2019 - Office staff person’s role in school safety
Dec. 10, 2019 - Customer disconnects that lead to negative impressions when good service is provided
Jan. 14, 2020 - Intro to Excel pivot tables
Feb. 11, 2020 - How to create effective presentations
April 14, 2020 - How to create your own writing style and document appearance
May 5, 2020 - Create intranet sites using Google Sites (internal department website for staff)
Each session has been approved for 1 hour of PSP in-service credit.
Cost is $95 for AOP members, $110 for non-members. Payment methods include cash, check, or interdepartmental invoice. To register, e-mail Cory Williams, email@example.com
MAEOP Annual Conference
June, 2020 (Cancelled)
PAST Training Events
Spring Training Events
Jan. 21st SWOT – What is Your Super Power Michelle Fleming/Annette Copeland
Description: Discovering Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats to our personal
and professional growth.
February 10 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Krystyna Varnado, Asst. Vice President
Description: A new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) called GuidanceResources® has arrived at Southern Miss. Krystyna Varnado, Associate Vice President will provide information about resources that are available to university employees. Let’s take advantage of the resources offered by the university!
Feb. 14th Mental Health First Aid Mental Health of South MS
Description: Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. [8 hours]
February 19 SWOT Analysis of Student Services Skills Christy Oberst, Director of the University Advisement Center and Katie McBride, Director of New Student and Retention Programs
Description: The number one institutional strategic goal at Southern Miss is to “support student success to foster retention, progression, and graduation”. Do we, as individuals, effectively facilitate this goal? Christy Oberst, Director of the University Advisement Center and Katie McBride, Director of New Student and Retention Programs will share the work they do in their respective areas. We will review the resources available at the university and examine soft skills required to support students. Finally, we will evaluate ourselves during a SWOT analysis session to determine how each of us can improve our support to students.
Feb. 19th Project Management 101 Dr. Mary Funk
Description: From technology to business to construction Project Management is a system that provides the framework for planning, organizing, executing, and closing a venture all the way through. Project Management is a strategic approach to tackling complex projects. Learn about the stages of a project and how to use them in a practical work setting. [1 hour]
Feb. 26th HELP! Supporting Students on the Gulf Park Campus Richard Ladner
Description: Mr. Richard Ladner, Director of Student Support, will discuss signs that students may need assistance, supporting students, campus resources, and making referrals to appropriate campus resources. [1 hour]
February 26 Stress Management: 20 Tips for 2020 (Part 1 of 3) Lisa Wright, Health Educator
Description: It is not what happens to you, but how you react to what happens. Let’s learn six tips on how to manage our own behavior and evaluate our lifestyle and actions to manage the stress that occurs in our lives. Lisa Wright, Health Educator from the Moffitt Health Center will share a total of twenty tips in a three-part series over the spring 2020 semester to help us cope with stress in our professional and personal lives.
Mar. 4th Predictive Index Angie Hendershot
Description: A PI is a personality assessment that will be used to help build self-insight for career development, insight into others to improve team performance and communication, and as a coaching tool for managers. [1 hour]
Mar. 11th The Personal Side of Change Dr. John Kmiec
Description: Change can be hard! Very hard! Especially, when our hearts and heads don’t agree on which way to go and the path to change is unfamiliar. Learn how and why our feelings can run away from our best laid plans and goals, and what we can do to make meaningful changes in our personal and professional lives go a lot smoother. [1 hour]
March 25 Stress Management: 20 Tips for 2020 (Part 2 of 3) Lisa Wright, Health Educator
Description: In this second part of the series we will learn seven tips on how to manage our own behavior and evaluate our lifestyle and actions to manage the stress that occurs in our lives. You are welcome to attend the second session if you did not attend the first session. Lisa Wright, Health Educator from the Moffitt Health Center will share a total of twenty tips in a three-part series over the spring 2020 semester to help us cope with stress in our professional and personal lives.
March 26 Beginner’s Yoga with Focus on Stretching
Yoga Instructors are Bobbie Baker, Gulf Park and Paige Strickland, Hattiesburg
Description: Please join us for quiet time and stretching. If you have always wanted to try yoga, but felt intimidated by the poses or names of the poses, this session is for you. We will use familiar names for the poses and focus on breathing and stretching that will help you no matter your fitness level. All are welcome!
Apr. 15th Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace (virtual) Dr. Deidra Minor
Description: Employers insist that emotional intelligence creates job success. Employers seek employees with skills such as self-awareness, emotional control, self-motivation, empathy, and relationship skills. Join this interactive session to discover ways to improve your emotional intelligence. [1 hour]
Apr. 23rd Academic Library of Today (virtual) Panel Discussion
Description: Join Gulf Coast Libraries’ experienced librarians and staff to discuss the Academic Library of Today, which is a 21st century learning center and an extension of the classroom. They will highlight innovative library features, advanced research materials, and creative tools to enhance student-centered environments. [1 hour]
Apr. 29th Tips on Safety and Privacy Online (virtual) Dr. Jon Beedle
Description: Tips on safety and privacy online. Keep companies from spying on you and selling your profiles. [1 hour]
October 15, 2019 Security Awareness
Description: Learn about what multi-factor authentication is and why you need multi-factor
MAEOP Professional Development Seminar
Friday, October 25th, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
USM Hattiesburg Campus, Scianna Hall