The Georgia State Staff Council held its annual retreat on Thursday, May 15, setting goals for the coming year and building connections with other members of the university community.
The theme of the retreat was "Building Networks to Strengthen our University Community." The day began with a presentation on networking by Bill Kahnweiler, an associate professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and a nationally-known expert on human interactions in the workplace.
The rest of the day alternated between meetings of the council's various committees, and panel discussions with outside guests. The panels included participants from Human Resources, Building Management, University Relations and on-campus environmental advocacy groups. The discussion ranged over topics including campus safety, employee training, recycling and conservation, and staff scholarships and recognition.
"The retreat was designed to help Staff Council committees set goals and make the contacts they need to achieve them," said Ann Claycombe, director of staff relations for the council. "I think we've built a good foundation for our next year of work."