RIT Staff Council has been busy this Fall semester! Before we enjoy the Thanksgiving break and start thinking about the holiday season, I’d like to take some time to highlight what we’ve been up to and discuss our plans for the rest of the year.
At our meetings, we’ve welcomed several guests. RIT President Dr. David Munson and Dr. Kit Mayberry, VP for Strategic Planning and Special Initiatives, joined us to discuss the revised Strategic Plan, "Greatness Through Difference." The plan was just approved by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Munson also introduced us to a new revision of policy C23.0, Policy on Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationships. This revised policy is in place on an interim basis, and RIT’s governance groups are reviewing the policy and have the opportunity to propose revisions before making an endorsement. Erika Duthiers, Assistant Vice President for Compliance & Ethics and Deputy General Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs, presented a new policy to Staff Council. C25.0, Policy on Mandatory Training, sets out mandatory training requirements for employees. This policy has been approved by all governance groups and is in place as of October 31.
Staff Council has also welcomed John Moore, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management Services, to discuss constructions projects, shipping and receiving news, and other updates from FMS. We’ve had discussions with Kate Mason, Director of Parking & Transportation, and John Connelly, Parking Enforcement & Operations Manager.
The Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff were held on October 3. Every year, we are amazed at the stories we learn about our wonderful staff at RIT. This year was no exception! We thank President Munson for sponsoring this event and celebrating with us. We also welcomed President Al Simone to the ceremony as we announced a new award named in his honor. Take a minute to meet the recipients and view all of the remarkable nominees.
We have six subcommittees this year. Each Staff Council representative serves on a subcommittee, and over the summer we developed our plans of work for the year. You can read our full plans of work here. Following are some highlights:
What’s next for Staff Council? We’ll be welcoming Judy Bender, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, to our meeting this Thursday, November 15. Feel free to attend the meeting or share your questions or concerns with your Representative. In December, Provost Dr. Ellen Granberg will join us for her first Staff Council meeting. Ian Mortimer, Vice President of Enrollment Management, will be with us in January for an update on enrollment. Keep an eye out for Staff Council emails with full meeting agendas and details.
As always, thank you for all that you do at RIT! Staff Council is here for you, so please do not hesitate to reach out to your Staff Council representative, to me, or to the Staff Council office with your feedback and questions!
Staff Council meetings are held every other Thursday from 2-4pm in the SAU 1829 Room. All members of the RIT community are welcome! Our meeting schedule and agendas can be found here.