HR Plans University-Wide Enrichment Day

Posted: February 20, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The Human Resources Department (HR) plans University Enrichment Day–an on-site conference for all employees–from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 12 in Innovation Hall. The theme is, “The Mason Community: Balancing Today, Building for Tomorrow,” and the conference is billed as an opportunity to “Get re-energized; get new ideas; get motivated; meet your colleagues; and have fun.”

Key speakers for the day include President Alan Merten, who is the luncheon speaker, and Senior Vice President Maurice W. Scherrens, who will welcome participants. Michelle Ginnerty, a consultant who has done several HR workshops including Emotional Intelligence and Herding Cats, will give the keynote address on “Road Signs to a Successful You.” Frank J. Tortorella, M.D., will finish the day with a session on stress management, “Stress is Stressful–How to Eliminate It!”

The breakout sessions have been chosen with a dual purpose, says Carol Henderson, staff development manager in HR. “We’re trying to see what we need to be effective now, and at the same time look ahead to the future. So there is quite a lot of breadth to the sessions. If the university pays you a paycheck, and the sessions are of interest, please come,” she says.

Attendees will choose two breakout topics that include a Banner update with Wendy Payton; the president’s spouse’s role by Sally Merten; leadership techniques; office ethics with Linda Harber; a panel on minority student issues; a look at new technologies with Star Muir; and many more. The complete list is on the registration form, or call Karla at 703-993-4180.

The conference will be limited to 200 employees. Registration has already started; the deadline is Feb. 25. The cost is $25 per participant, to be paid by the individual’s department. Lunch at SUB II and breaks will be included. Normal work attire is appropriate, and no advance preparation is necessary.

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