As you are aware, in a memo dated October 30, 2012, President Destler charged the individual governance groups with reviewing and providing feedback related to the reports of the Cost Containment and Productivity teams. In an effort to provide thorough feedback to the President, Staff Council reached out to staff on campus in several ways, which included:
President Destler has tasked the governance groups with gathering community response regarding the four Cost Containment Committee reports (RIT computer account required). As a follow up to my previous blog post (How to voice your reaction to the Cost Containment Reports), I would like to announce the dates and times of Staff Council's open community forums:
By now you have no doubt heard about the Cost Containment reports focused on procurement activities, information technology infrastructure, revenue generation and cost cutting, and employee benefits. The complete reports from these committees, as well as President Destler’s cover letter, are available at http://www.rit.edu/president/productivity.html (DCE login required).
The Ombuds Office – Never the wrong place to go! (for anyone)
The Ombuds Office is for everyone, staff, faculty, administrators, students and parents. The Ombuds Office is:
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: