January 29, 2001
Employee Council to
another info fair
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
The first Employee Council meeting of 2001, held Jan. 17 in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library, opened with a presentation by two guest speakers from the Ethics CenterMelissa Snarr and Mary Sue Brookshire.
Snarr and Brookshire are director and assistant director, respectively,
of ethics and servant leadership at the center. Servant leadership, the
two explained, is more community based and much less hierarchical than
traditional leadership models. Its focus is on the common goodit
aims to build community and shows a commitment to the growth of people,
rather than a top-down approach.
To illustrate their point, Snarr and Brookshire showed a film that explained
the concepts behind servant leadership and delved deeper into its history.
Following the film and a brief question-and-answer period, the council turned to internal business.
Special issues chair Bill McBride gave an update on two ongoing concerns:
designated smoking areas at each campus building and health care.
He said the smoking issue can be worked out, mentioning that White Hall,
for instance, has a designated smoking room inside the building. McBride
also said he had wanted to approach HumanResources Vice President Alice
Miller about addressing the council concerning servant leadershiphe
said he may ask her to speak about the ongoing health care issues as well.
Please do everything you can to replace yourself, Newsome
said. Ill send out letters to officially notify members who
are rotating off as well as hiring managers. The hiring managers
are responsible for naming new members to the council.
Laquanda Jackson, membership co-chair, introduced candidates for officers
and distributed their biographies. Officer elections for the 200203
year will be held at the February meeting.
The upcoming fair will act as a companion to the widely successful fair
that took place last September during the councils 30th anniversary
In closing, Cook-Prince asked committee chairs for brief writeups on
their 2000-01 activities so she could include them in her annual report,
which is submitted to Miller, President Bill Chace and Bob Ethridge, associate
vice president for Equal Opportunity Programs. She requested input from
council representatives on University Senate subcommittees and groups
such as the Lullwater Task Force, and she also asked Meredith Honeycutt,
chair of the communications committee, and SecretaryCheryl Bowie for a
report on the councils anniversary activities.
The next Employee Council meeting will be Feb. 21 from 24 p.m., at Oxford. For council members who do not want to use their personal cars, a limited number of vans have been reserved and will leave from the Administration Building at 1 p.m. If time permits, council members will be able to tour the Oxford campus following the meeting.
If you have a question or comment about Employee council, send e-mail to Cook-Prince at email@example.com.