Monday, April 24, 2017


University of Dayton area coordinator for art education R. Darden Bradshaw won local, state and national honors for her commitment to preparing the next generation of artists and educators. The National Art Education Association honored Bradshaw in March with its 2017 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator award, which encompasses 16 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. In February, the Dayton Art Institute honored her with the 2017 Pamela P. Houk Award for Excellence in Art Education. And in November, Bradshaw received the 2016 Ohio Art Education Association award in the higher education division. Graduates of the University's art education program receive a professional studio degree with teacher licensure, making them a professional artist and licensed educator ready to walk into a classroom. For more information or interviews, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of news and communications, at 937-229-3256 or

Professional Development Programs

May 2: "Going from Peer to Supervisor." This program will guide new supervisors through the transition from individual contributor to leader. Through small group exercises, group discussions and role playing, participants will learn strategies, behaviors and critical interactions that lead to becoming an effective supervisor.

May 3: "Communication Skills for Leaders." This program will help all employees communicate effectively to customers, vendors, co-workers and management. 

May 3: "Problem Solving for Team Members: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt." This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn basic problem solving. Participants will learn how to use the five-step Lean Six Sigma problem solving process, DMAIC. 

May 4: "Project Leadership." This program focuses on the practical skills, tools and techniques used to effectively lead all phases of a project — initiation, planning, execution and closing. Participants will work on a practical case study project in small groups to clarify the project's goal and objectives, identify deliverables, create a work breakdown structure and build a schedule. 

May 9: "Effective Decision Making." This seminar utilizes group exercise, movie clips, real-world examples and case studies to help participants analyze and improve decision-making skills. 

May 11: "Fostering Inclusion: Building Cross Cultural Capabilities." Participants will explore what makes employees different, practice assessing individual and team situations in light of these differences, and develop tools for cross-cultural management and collaboration.

May 16: "Professional Communication & Presence." Participants in this program will learn about how image influences perception, how to proactively manage the messages one's image conveys in the professional environment, and how to build the skills to make a positive first impression. Participants also will learn new techniques on how to manage non-verbal communication. 

The cost for a professional development program is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni and $299 for center partners. 

Executive Development Programs 

May 18: "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Strategies for Developing Your Top Performers." Studies confirm career development is the single most powerful tool managers have for retention, engagement, productivity and results. This program will help participants develop career development frameworks to make a difference in their organizations. 

The cost for executive development programs is $995 for the general public, $945 for University of Dayton alumni and $897 for center partners. 

All sessions for every program run all day, unless otherwise noted, and will be on the University of Dayton River Campus at the 1700 South Patterson Building. 

For more information about Center for Leadership programs and to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit


For more information, contact Shawn Robinson at 937-229-3391.

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