Spring break is usually a relatively quiet time at UGA. Classrooms and quads are empty, and the Tate Student Center’s usual bustling spaces are quietly resting and rejuvenating for the return of students. This year’s spring break, however, included a not-so-subtle difference. Hundreds of UGA staff visited Tate’s Grand Hall March 14 for UGA’s inaugural Staff Resources Fair. The fair was organized through a partnership of the University Staff Council and the Vice President for Finance and Administration’s Staff Resource Group.
“The goal of the fair was to promote awareness and access to the array of services, resources and opportunities that the university makes available to staff as they pursue both their professional and personal goals,” said Debi Chandler, co-chair of the fair.
More than 50 UGA units showcased their services, opportunities and products to more than 700 UGA staff who participated. Showcase units attending the fair included the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Community Practice), UGA Trial Gardens, UGA Health Center, the UGA Athletic Association and many other units offering unique services to UGA staff. Attendees were informed of the numerous opportunities available across the university to save money, enrich lives and support UGA’s mission.
Participants at the fair included staff from a number of the major units including Academic Affairs (including schools and colleges), Student Affairs, Finance & Administration, Development & Alumni Relations and Public Service and Outreach.
“The fair was good overall. Great information,” said Charlie Bauder, a public relations coordinator in the J.W. Fanning Institute of Leadership Development, a public service and outreach unit.
Funding and co-sponsorship for the fair were made available through the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President for Finance & Administration, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Office of Institutional Diversity, UGA Dining Services, UGA Parking Services, Bulldog Print+Design and USG Well-Being.