Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day Is Wednesday, Oct. 26

Posted: October 14, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Registration is now open at hr.gmu.edu/learning/fsed for the 2011 Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day, “Mason Nation: Civility in Action.”

The conference will take place at the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check-in will be outside Dewberry Hall. As with all events, faculty and staff on the distributed campuses are always invited and welcome to participate.

The keynote and endnote presentations will be videoconferenced to the Prince William Campus in Bull Run Hall, Room 254, and to the Arlington Campus in Founders Hall, Room 322. Please register at hr.gmu.edu/learning/ for the videoconferenced sessions.

The keynote speaker at 9 a.m. is P.M. Forni, an award-winning professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught for the past 20 years in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Forni is the author of “Choosing Civility” and “The Civility Solution.” Over the years, Forni has continued to illustrate the connections among civility, ethics and quality of life. In his lectures and workshops, he frequently talks about the rewards of fostering a culture of civility in today’s workplace.

The endnote speaker at 3 p.m. is Leslie Morton, Mason instructor of civility in the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism in the College of Education and Human Development.

Morton has been teaching the art of civility for more than 30 years, and she wrote the curriculum for and instructs the first civility course for college credit in any American accredited university, right here at Mason. Since her class Professionalism and Civility was first introduced to students in fall 2010, enrollment has quadrupled and the course has become a requirement for tourism and events management students.

Morton’s first collegiate textbook on the subject is forthcoming in the spring.

Workshop tracks will be offered on Preventing Workplace Bullying; Community Building at Mason; Communicating Civilly; Respect Yourself - Respect Others; A Safe Work Environment; and Your Mason Contacts Count (networking).

Workshop presenters are:

  • Reeshad Dalal, Mason associate professor of industrial and organizational psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Pat Donini, employee relations director and deputy director of Human Resources and Payroll (HR and Payroll)
  • Rick Holt, workplace learning professional, HR and Payroll
  • Jaime Lester, assistant professor, Higher Education Program, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Robyn Madar, workplace learning professional, HR and Payroll
  • Julia Morelli, director of operations, Capitol Connection
  • Shernita Rochelle Parker, employee relations specialist, HR and Payroll
  • Lori Ann Roth, director of learning and professional development, HR and Payroll
  • Dan Taggart, employee relations consultant, HR and Payroll
  • Kem Taylor, detective for threat assessment investigations, University Police
  • Mark Thurston, senior fellow, Center for Consciousness and Transformation, New Century College, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Patrice Winter, life planning coordinator/eldercare services, HR and Payroll, and term assistant professor, College of Health and Human Services

Free flu shots will be available all day for COVA Care/COVA HDHP participants.

For more information on the program and to register, see the website at hr.gmu.edu/learning/fsed. For questions, contact Bridget Peabody at 993-6764 or hrlearn@gmu.edu.


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