Upcoming events at the Center for Research and Innovation

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Feb. 2, 2010) — Upcoming events sponsored by the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation include a Natural Resources Consortium presentation on the Sentinel Lakes and on-line courses in succession planning and the new features of Word 2007.

All events are held at the Center for Research and Innovation, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji, unless otherwise noted.

Natural Resources Consortium presentation series: “Sentinel Lakes in a Changing Environment.”
Presenter: Donna Dustin, fisheries research biologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Dustin’s presentation will feature the Sentinel Lakes in a Changing Environment project, a collaborative project to develop a monitoring system for Minnesota lakes using key status indicators to forecast changes related to various stressors, such as watershed development or climate change. It is hoped that the ability to forecast changes will afford decision makers an opportunity to mitigate stressors, protect resilience mechanizms or adapt to unavoidable change. The study aims to discover which stressors drive changes in lake status and which indicators respond predictably to those stressors. Dustin will share the vision of the project and give an overview of the project and its collaborators, who hope the project will set the stage for an effective long-term monitoring program for Minnesota’s lakes.

Date: Monday, Feb. 22
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Registration: free

On-line course: “Effective Succession Planning.”
Instructor: Brian Matthews
Succession planning is a process of developing talent within the organization to meet needs now and into the future. As the workforce is facing retirement of baby boomers, it is important to establish and implement a succession plan now. Beginning Feb. 8, the center will offer an on-line course intended to help students develop the knowledge, tools and direction to create and implement a functional succession plan for an organization. Students will learn via a variety of online sources and participate via online discussion activities as they facilitate the process in an organization while participating in the course.

Date: begins Monday, Feb. 8; runs through Sunday, March 14.
Cost: $300
Web site: http://www.cri-bsu.org/Effective_Succession_Planning_Online.cfm

On-line course: “What’s New in Word 2007.”
Instructor: Cal Rice
A one-week course to assist users of previous versions of Word become comfortable and efficient using Word 2007. The course focuses on the program’s new user interface.

Date: begins Monday, Feb. 8; one week course.
Cost: $75
Web site: http://www.cri-bsu.org/workshops/word07.cfm

Individuals who wish to be added to the center’s mailing list or have questions regarding these events should contact the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation at (218) 755-4900; toll free, (888) 738-3224; or via e-mail, cri@bemidjistate.edu.

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