Welcome to STAR!

Employees who undertake professional development and training activities report greater satisfaction with their jobs. They say they feel more engaged, more motivated, and empowered to make a positive difference in their workplaces. They discover ways to make their work faster, better, and more interesting, and they acquire new skills that can advance their careers.

To encourage A&S staff members to take advantage of these kinds of opportunities, the Dean’s Office created the STAR Incentive program. Now in its fifth year, the program awards the STAR Incentive, a small pay increase, to all exempt and non-exempt staff who accumulate at least 20 hours of training per year (May 1-April 30).

You can earn STAR credit for a wide range of activities, including conferences, webinars, training sessions on UA policies and systems, and HR's work-related workshops, and you can track your accumulated hours throughout the year through the system's online reporting feature. (See our STAR Eligibility page for details.)

Learn more about STAR by browsing this website and talking to your supervisor.

Making Room Reservations for Events

March 7 @ 11:00 am
Bureau of Mines 121 (eTech conference room)

This workshop is open to all A&S faculty and staff. Whether you have an ASTRA account or not, you are invited to attend this workshop and learn how to submit room reservation requestions for events in A&S classrooms. You will also learn the College's room use policy, situations with departments can make their own room

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The Essentials of Email and Business Writing

March 9 @ 12:00 pm
Bureau of Mines 121 (eTech conference room)

Have you ever sent an e-mail that came back to haunt you later? In today’s hectic work environment, where you have hundreds if not thousands of e-mails flooding your inbox, there’s no doubt that sending the wrong message can happen. But the bottom line is this: Whether your e-mails are unclear, full of errors, or just

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In- and Out-Processing of Faculty and Staff

March 22 @ 12:00 pm
Bureau of Mines 121 (eTech conference room)

This workshop will cover the steps of setting up new employee access and email and requesting iPads and other technology. We will also cover what information is needed for eTech to outprocess a resigning or retiring faculty or staff member. 1 STAR hour. Register for this workshop.

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Handling Confrontational Customers

March 29 @ 12:00 pm
Bureau of Mines 121 (eTech conference room)

Customer service is one of the most demanding jobs on the planet. You have to be respectful, professional, and helpful, no matter what the situation or who you’re dealing with. Sure, that’s easy when you’re handling the dream customer — you know, someone who is polite, reasonable, and willing to listen. Instead, you often find

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