Meeting summaries for the current academic year are found below. Archives can be found in the menu at the left.
Michelle Foster and Lee Schott described several new initiatives that have been created to welcome new employees to Kenyon and to foster community and social interaction with all employees.
Employees are encouraged to check out and follow two new Instagram accounts: @kcsocial and @kcsharesfood. The first is a way to let others know about activities in which you’re involved and would invite others to join. The second is for sharing food posts.
David Hoyt in the Office of Communications coordinates a Google doc for Kenyon employees — a calendar for a variety of events that are generated by those that belong to the group, everything from 5K walk/runs to wine/beer tastings occur and our peers would love us to join them for these activities. This is a great way to meet new friends and engage in some fun social events that are sometimes difficult to come by in Gambier.
New employees that watch a new orientation video and send their completion certificate to Michelle Foster will receive a reusable Kenyon lunch bag.
KSC and others are valued volunteers for conducting campus tours sponsored by HR Department for new employees.
The co-chairs of Kenyon’s United Way Campaign, Lisa Schott and Maureen Tobin, came to discuss strategies for garnering more participation from our colleagues in this year’s drive. Last year, 100 employees donated to the campaign. Ideas for events and incentives were discussed — stay tuned for communications from Lisa Schott for what’s in store this year.
Title IX Audit: Rebecca Veidlinger, who is overseeing the College's audit of Title IX policy, will be on campus from September 19-23 and will meet with Staff Council on September 21.
Subcommittees: All subcommittees should meet monthly and share their notes in the KSC Google Folder.
Two-Step Verification for IT Systems: We’re reminded to share with our departments the importance of using Google Authenticator to determine a method that best suits us individually for verifying personal information and making our Google accounts more secure.
Community Health Fair: Sept. 21, 1–4pm in KAC. Following the Health Fair, P.F. Kluge will be a featured speaker in the Beulah Kalher Theater giving a presentation on the film Dog Day Afternoon, which is inspired by his book.
KSC Employee Luncheon: September 28 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Alumni Dining Room, Peirce Hall.
No new business to report.
Members joined our various committees:
• Benefits: Ellen Harbourt, Shanna Hart, Miracle Mahle, Lorie Shults and Ashleigh Zarley
• Communications: Annie Ellsworth, Ellen Harbourt, Lauri Lange, Emily Lindo, Rebecca Matney and Andrew Oleson
• Events: Robyn Bowers, Pam Sheasby, Lorie Shults, Kim Totman and Lisa Train
• Outreach: Kyle Eddy, Barbara Kakiris, Beth Pae, Rachel Shoman and Nancy Sowders
We are discussing whether we will appoint chairs for each subcommittee, so stay tuned for that decision. In the meantime, employees are urged to contact any of the Kenyon Staff Council (KSC) members listed above with questions or concerns for subcommittee matters.
KSC members provided feedback on the proposed Employee Performance Program to be shared at the Senior Staff Retreat.
KSC members are scheduled to attend the Senior Leadership Retreat on Monday, August 15 at Ariel-Foundation Park.
Members of the Kenyon community can get in touch with Staff Council by visiting forms.kenyon.edu/askstaffcouncil or by emailing email@example.com. Please note that this is an actual email account (like a person's individual account with a login and password) that is shared by the KSC co-chairs and the communications subcommittee. All questions will be posted online.
The Events Subcommittee will be sending out a schedule of lunches and other events to campus. We hope that you join us this year for the fun, community-building events we’re planning.