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  • 28 Dec 2012 11:03 AM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)
    Thanks to everyone who contributed to a successful 2012 for Hawkeye ASTD! We invite you to review the 2012 Annual Report which includes progress on the strategic goals and action steps, the financial summary and more. There are also links to the report on the Members Only page and on the bottom of the About Us page.

    Please post any comments and/or contact me with any questions about this report. 

  • 27 Dec 2012 2:54 PM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)

    Happy holidays! 

    Chapter services has worked with national ASTD to compile a brief satisfaction survey to provide chapters with data about the level of engagement of chapter-only members vs. joint chapter and national members. The survey will be open January 1, 2013 – February 15, 2013. Please add a task to your calendar to complete this survey.

    Survey Link: https://survey.astd.org/se.ashx?s=34B4046908321870

    To thank you for participating in the survey, ASTD is offering you a free Infoline download: Using Public Resources to Enhance Learning

  • 27 Dec 2012 1:18 PM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)

    Two CPLP study groups will be held in 2013, one starting the end of February and the other starting around the first of June. If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, contact Marcie Van Note.

    Testing Window

    Eligible Testers

    Registration Deadline

    Testing Dates


    All Candidates

    February 11

    3/16 – 4/6


    All Candidates

    April 8

    5/18 -6/8


    All Candidates

    August 5

    9/14 – 10/5


    Re-testers Only

    November 4


  • 26 Dec 2012 1:57 PM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)

    Hawkeye ASTD is now using social media to engage and recruit chapter members, communicate chapter events and promote our chapter. Core communications will now be shared via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Click on the "Connect on Social Media" page on the left for details. 

  • 18 Dec 2012 9:13 PM | Gale Mote

    Hawkeye ASTD wants to congratulate Meg Dindinger and Susan Weinschenk for successfully passing the written examination for the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification. A big Standing Ovation!  Ladies - you rock!

    Both participated in our Hawkeye ASTD virtual study group. Special thanks to Marcie Van Note for coordinating the sessions and to all of the facilitators for their passion, dedication and willingness to share their knowledge and experience.

    To complete the certification process, both Susan and Meg will be submitting a work product to ASTD.  We wish them the very best of success as they demonstrate their expertise in workplace performance, learning and development.

    If you are interested in learning more about the CPLP certification, please post your questions here.  We'd love to see more and more of our members certified!


  • 18 Dec 2012 8:54 PM | Gale Mote

    One of the benefits of being a National ASTD member is being able to access leading edge research on our profession.

    ASTD's 2012 State of the Industry Report was just released. It is available as a free PDF to ASTD members.  The cost is $499 to non-members.

    Using the report is an excellent way to benchmark your workplace learning and development efforts against the best in the industry.

    The report covers content, delivery methods, direct expenditures on learning and development, learning and development staffing and much more. As an example, some of the statistics include:

    The average direct expenditure on learning and development per employee was $1,182.00.

    The number of annual learning hours per employee was 30.5.

    If you are not a national ASTD member, I encourage you to consider joining.  As a Hawkeye ASTD member, you may join for a reduced rate of $179.00 per year.  The resources available to you, such as this report, provide a positive return on your investment!

    If you have are a National ASTD member and would like to comment on the benefits you receive from being a joint member, let's hear from you here!

  • 18 Dec 2012 8:46 PM | Gale Mote

    If you are a member of Hawkeye ASTD and also a member of National ASTD, we have great news!

    Hawkeye ASTD is forming a Chapter Team for the International Conference and Exposition (ICE) to be held May 19-22, 2013 in Dallas, TX.

    If we have five qualified members register as part of the chapter team by January 31, the price per member is $1000.  This is $100 less than the early bird registration rate for ASTD members.

    Gale is putting the team roster together for Natasha Porter.  If you are interested in being part of the chapter team, please contact Gale at gale.mote@galemoteassociates.com or 319-895-8185 no later than January 20. Once you are part of the chapter team, we will contact you regarding payment preferences.

    If you have questions about ICE, feel free to post them in this blog. If you have attended ICE conferences in the past and would like to comment on your experience, we welcome your input.

  • 27 Nov 2012 5:38 PM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)
    Celebrate Employee Learning Week by attending this exciting FREE summit. Click here for details. If you attend, please post a comment about your experience.
  • 16 Nov 2012 4:31 PM | M. Susan Weinschenk

    We took Employee Learning Week to heart last year and had several creative, fun, engaging, things for our employees to participate in. These were not required. We did offer small prizes for participating.

    • Kick off email from CEO announcing the celebration
    • Request for inspirational quotes about learning that we could post throughout the year on the Learning Center page on our intranet
    • Promoted tracking process we use to capture employee learning outside of our doors (workshops, conferences, study groups, etc)
    • Invitation to use one of our resources and provide a review of the experience in a discussion board (library books, learning style evaluations, online demos for products, system tutorials from our vendors, etc)
    • Release and promotion of a simple career planning tool to spark a conversation between managers and staff
    • Custom quiz in our online learning site that covered the various ways people can learn at our company

    Tell us what you've done or plan to do so we can try to improve our week.

  • 05 Nov 2012 12:10 PM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)


    I am writing to share a reminder to include the Hawkeye ASTD Chapter ChIP Code (CH6101) every time you pay ASTD for a product or service. Whether you are buying a national membership, a certification program, or the latest publication from the ASTD Store, every time you include CH6101 on your order, you are contributing to the financial health of your chapter through this revenue-sharing program. 

    Please contact me with any questions about this program. Thank you in advance for your support by entering CH6101 on all of your ASTD purchases!

    Melanie Hoffner, President

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