University Enrichment Day Draws More Than 150 Participants

Posted: March 16, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Stephanie Hay

University Enrichment Day proved a success last Friday, as more than 150 university employees representing all three campuses of George Mason participated in the daylong event themed “Balancing Today, Building for Tomorrow.”

“Clearly the best is yet to come, and it’s because of you,” said President Alan Merten at his lunchtime presentation on what he and his wife like best about Mason and the importance of involvement in University Enrichment Day and beyond. Sally Merten joined her husband in George’s Restaurant in the Johnson Center to state that what she liked best about Mason was “its president.”

The day started with breakfast and a morning presentation in Innovation Hall by Maurice Scherrens, senior vice president, who said Mason employees exhibit “SPICE,” or service, passion, integrity, character, and excellence. Trainer and consultant Michelle Ginnerty then spoke about being aware of the road signs surrounding professional and personal destination paths. The breakout sessions included topics such as ethics, practical leadership techniques, working parents, opportunities for involvement outside of Mason, and other balance-related issues.

The day concluded with a keynote presentation by Frank Tortorella, director of employee health for Virginia Commonwealth University, who gave 13 tips for professionally and personally managing stress and staying healthy.

“What participants can take away from the day is a connection to the university as a member of a team, some personal or professional information they can use every day, and a chance to put faces to names,” says Ann Ludwick, Public and International Affairs and planning committee member. “As many of us work together over e-mail or phone, the way the day is organized gives us the opportunity to interact with each other,” she adds.

The event was organized by the Human Resources Department (HR) and volunteer University Enrichment Day Committee members Pam Bruno, Intercollegiate Athletics; Barbara Davis, Multicultural Research and Resource Center; Ijaz Hussain, Classroom Technologies; Karla Lockwood, HR; Jeremy Lasich, Media Relations; Ludwick; Nancy Murphy, University Life; James Ouellette, Classroom Technologies; Kathleen Powell, School of Management; Zavin Smith, Development; and Dennis Webster, Multicultural Research and Resource Center.

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