New member orientation, an appropriate theme for the first meeting
led by an incoming president, was the focus of the Employee Councils
latest meeting, April 17 in the Rollins Room of the Rollins School
of Public Health.
Chairing her first meeting as president, Cheryl Bowie not only
introduced new members to the benefits and responsibilities of sitting
on the council, but also outlined the theme of her yearlong presidency:
Presenting Opportunities for Participation and Growth.
I want the council to become a conduit for all information
and communication at the University, said Bowie, an accountant
in the radiation oncology department at Grady.
Bowie promoted several of the efforts she hopes the council can
accomplish during the upcoming year, including several ongoing events:
The town hall meeting with President Bill Chace, two yearly information
fairs and the annual blood drive.
She also mentioned new initiatives such as volunteer opportunities
associated with the EmoryGives program, a way to honor staff members
who graduate from Emory degree programs (not just with bachelors
or advanced degrees, but also those who receive their GEDs, for
instance), and the naming of an Employee of the Month.
Three guest speakers visited the meeting: Chace; Alice Miller,
vice president of Human Resources; and Bob Ethridge, vice president
of Equal Opportunity Programs. Chace answered questions regarding
the recent changes to Emorys benefits package and offered
in the most neutral voice possible a suggestion that
the council consider whether the current format of Staff Fest is
the celebration you would like.
To put his idea in context, Chace said the format of Staff Fest
has not changed since he came to campus. He merely wanted to say
that, if anyone had any ideas to adjust it, his office would be
willing to listen.
Miller discussed several of HRs newer programs and passed
out a mission statement describing the offices goals.
Ethridge, whose office sponsors the council, pledged his continued
support. This is an organization many of us in the University
are proud of, he said.
Members of the councils executive committee and its committee
chairs took turns introducing themselves and offered brief descriptions
of their job responsibilities. New members will be asked to join
committees at future meetings, once they become familiar with the
committees inner workings.
The next Employee Council meeting will be held May 15 at 2 p.m.
in WHSCAB Auditorium.
you have a question or comment for Employee Council, send e-mail
to Cheryl Bowie at firstname.lastname@example.org.