New this year, the sixteenth annual Staff Recognition Awards has been combined with the Isaac L. Jordan, Sr. Staff Pluralism Award ceremony to together make the Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff.
There is nothing like the excitement of the beginning of a new academic year and all the promise that’s in the air! This year, I’m grateful to be at the helm of the RIT Staff Council – it promises to be a very busy year.
In June Staff Council members were treated to a development exercise from Dale Carnegie Training. Typically training sessions like these are more in depth (weeks long) so the hour + session members were treated to was just a taste of the types of training that Dale Carnegie typically offers. I personally felt it was a really great experience and I would definitely recommend it to others that may need to put things in perspective especially in the current world wide economic climate these days.
We had another successful Annual Staff Appreciation Day & Community Picnic on Wednesday, May 30 2012. About 2,000 people attended it. In addition to a wonderful buffet lunch catered by our very own Brick City Catering, the picnic featured:
Scott Miller a Senior Research Administrator from Sponsored Research Services Dept. wrote to me recently and wanted to share what a benefit the wellness coaching has been to him and to let people know what a great service this is and how to go about accessing it. Below is what Scott wrote to me:
@RITStaffCouncil is now on Twitter!
This is a direct result of feedback received from RIT staff through the Staff Council survey conducted in March.
We'll be tweeting about upcoming meeting schedules, interesting speakers, events, and other things of interest to RIT Staff. If there are things you would Staff Council to Tweet about, direct message us on Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 18th in Ingle Auditorium the RIT Leadership Institute held their ceremony celebrating the best of our student leaders. I was on hand to join in the celebration to support the amazing student leaders that I have gotten to know over the past year in my role as chair.
This year Staff Council members were polled to find out what they would like to see in the way of development for Staff Council members. In particular what we wanted to know was if Staff Council were to devote a portion of the meeting time to development - what would they want to learn more about to help them in their job. The results ranged from topics of: Leadership, to Crucial Conversations, to Social Media, to to learning more about other areas on campus, to to hearing from the Students, to hearing from the VP’s.