Personal Enrichment Webinar Series


This monthly webinar series offered by Auburn University’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education at no cost to participants.

The series features university and local experts from a variety of sectors including personal wellness, finance, tax preparation, test preparation, career skills, art, cooking and much more.

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.

Steve Pitzner
Wills and Trusts
Steve Pitzner and Dennis Robinson

The workshop will present an overview of Wills and Trusts, how they work, and the consequences that can occur without proper planning.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.

Steve Pitzner
Powers of Attorney: Financial and Health Care
Steve Pitzner and Dennis Robinson

A brief discussion on the consequences of not having the documents in place, including the difficulties involving guardianship which will be required absent proper planning.


Monday, December 7, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Lauryn Bryght
Cook Simple + Delicious Low Carb Dinners to Lose Weight
Lauryn Bryght

A pandemic can really change a lot of things. Do you have a desire to get back on track and eat well without breaking the bank? This course provides virtual, live cooking class demonstrations and nutrition information, including tips for alternative ingredients so students can make the most of the food they have on hand.

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Past Webinars

Steve Pitzner

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October 6, 2020

Social Security and Medicare Elder Planning Care Workshop (Zoom) – Steve Pitzner and Dennis Robinson

Courtney Teague

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September 24, 2020

The Silent Killer: Unconscious Bias -and- Teaching with Racial Equity in Mind – Dr. Courtney Teague

Emily Merritt

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September 15, 2020

Career Prep Free Webinar – Emily Merritt

Courtney Teague

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August 8, 2020

The Silent Killer: Unconscious Bias -and- Teaching with Racial Equity in Mind – Dr. Courtney Teague

Getting Started

If you're new to using Zoom, we have a quick start guide here:

Tips and Etiquette

Internet Connection:
  • If possible, plug directly into router at home for an ethernet connection.
  • If using WiFi (majority of users), limit the number of connected devices to WiFi during the Zoom meeting time.
Prep for the Meeting:
  • Plan for a quiet space.
  • Use a headset, if you have one, to provide improved audio quality.
  • Have your computer ready and close all unnecessary applications on device.
  • When using a computer, silence mobile devices to prevent interruption.
Joining the Meeting
  • Access ZOOM meeting by clicking on link provided in email invitation.
  • In popup window, click “Join with computer audio” button.
  • Once entering the meeting, you will need to manage your audio and video.
Managing Audio
  • If not using headset, make sure you are in a quiet location.
  • Computers have multiple audio devices. To select the correct microphone or speaker, click the up arrow next to the microphone icon. If in doubt, choose “Same as System”.
  • If you are using an iOS or Android device, you may need to tap on the screen for the controls to appear at the bottom.
Managing Video
  • Turn ON your video, unless your appearance or background is very.
  • Video is crucial in building trust and engagement in virtual communications.
  • Uncover your camera privacy screen (if you have one).
Using Chat
  • Use chat to communicate with the facilitator/moderator of the meeting and/or other participants.
  • Messages sent to default go to “everyone”. To send a private chat, you must select the name of the recipient.
  • If you want to speak, but not interrupt the current speaker, click “Raise Hand” to signal to the facilitator/moderator that you have a comment.
  • Keep microphone muted when you are not speaking.
  • Become familiar with muting and unmuting your mic.
  • Keep background noises to a minimum, such as typing, shuffling papers, turning pages, pets, and side conversations. Background noises will be picked up and amplified by Zoom as well as cut off the presenter.
  • They can’t hear me – You could be muted or could be having issues with the meeting.
  • I can’t hear anyone – Your computer system volume can be low or muted.
  • I can’t see myself on video in the meeting – Make sure your video camera isn’t covered. Check the video icon at the bottom of ZOOM meeting window. If it is off, it will read ‘Start Video’ with a red slash through it. Click the icon to start your video feed. Make sure to select “show thumbnail video” in the ZOOM meeting window.
  • I can’t see the shared screen presentation – The meeting host might not have a presentation to share yet. If you are concerned you are not seeing shared content, then check in verbally with your facilitator/moderator.
  • I don’t see anyone in the meeting. Am I in the right meeting? – Check to make sure you are using the correct Zoom meeting link. Check ‘participants’ icon to see if other participants have joined. You may just be early.

*Disclosure: Adapted from the Auburn University Human Resources handout, Zoom Etiquette for HRD Online Classes

Last Updated: October 15, 2020