Members of staff councils from the University System of Georgia will gather here for their annual conference Oct. 13-14 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. This event will mark the second time the University of Georgia has hosted the event, the first being in March 1995.
Established in 1994, the University System Staff Council meets at least once a year at rotating member institutions, according to Brenda Keen, business manager for the Georgia Review and a member of the conference planning committee.
“The annual conference is an opportunity for staff members from across the state to meet, network and attend sessions of general interest,” Keen says.
“Statewide Staff: Together Everyone Achieves More” is the theme of this year’s conference that will include 18 statewide active institutions with approximately 160 attendees.
“We will address issues of empowerment in employees’ personal lives and in the workplace,” says Keen. “One panel will discuss system resources for education and growth, and another will discuss the role of staff in university governance.”
The meeting opens Oct. 13 with a USG Staff Council representatives meeting. The agenda for Oct. 14 includes a breakfast with welcoming remarks by UGA President Michael F. Adams and Arthur Dunning, vice president for public service and outreach. Two breakout sessions, “Empower Yourself: System Options for Growth and Education” and “Empower Your Staff: How to Renew or Start a Staff Council,” will follow. The meeting will conclude with luncheon at which Patricia Daugherty, assistant vice president for student life at UGA, will give the keynote address.