Georgia State University staff members recently elected 21 of their peers to the university Staff Council, several of whom will serve with the organization for the first time.
Staff Council are elected for two-year terms by co-workers in their unit (most commonly their college or vice-presidential area). "We had a high level of interest in serving on the council this year," says outgoing council chair John Medlock. "Those nominated and elected should feel particularly proud that their co-workers have such trust in them." (A complete list of council representatives is available at http://www.gsu.edu/staffcouncil/representatives.html.)
The new council members will join returning representatives for the first meeting of the new council term on Wednesday, March 17, at 3 p.m. in room 460 University Center. At the meeting, new and old council members will have a chance to learn about the mission of the council, review recent accomplishments, and discuss ideas for the coming year. Additionally, members will select committees and elect officers at the meeting.
Staff Council works to facilitate communication of staff issues among all sectors of the University, and advises the university president and other campus administrators on matters that have a major effect on staff. The past year has been a busy one for Staff Council, notes Medlock, and 2010-11 promises to provide many substantive opportunities for representatives to contribute to university decision-making processes and to build productive relationships with colleagues across campus.
The major responsibilities of representatives include the following:
Congratulations to all new and returning Staff Council members. The council and the university are fortunate to have such dedicated employees who are willing to step forward on behalf of their co-workers and strive to make Georgia State University the best possible place to work.