"We are not working from home. We are sheltering in place during a crisis…and trying to work."
Since March and the transition to working from home, a lot of employees have been thinking about ways to stay connected and engaged with colleagues and adjust to the challenges that come from working at home. Jaden Hansen, associate development officer, School of Public Affairs, explained, "The three of us are working in different areas of development at the University and started the ECDP Alumni Group to help our newer colleagues stay connected and build a network with one another. We invited our colleagues to convene virtually to talk about overlaps in our work and to share resources. What we learned is that the work conversation was just the icebreaker.”
You learn something new every day. For many people, that’s just an age-old saying. For Rachna Shah, professor of Supply Chain and Operations at the Carlson School of Management, it’s a way of life. She sees everything along the way, however circuitous that way may be, as an opportunity.
Whether tweaking her assignments to be more accommodating to student wellbeing and mental health needs, or threatening to tell inattentive students who dies next in Game of Thrones, Professor Jennifer Goodnough is passionate about motivating, mentoring, and improving outcomes for students. Evidence of her strong commitment to students and education is prominent both in her professional and personal lives.
“I think that you can find amazing people everywhere. People might appear different at first, or you might have a stereotype in your mind, but then you find wonderful people. It doesn’t matter where you go.
Missy Juliette never planned to work in finance. In fact, she swore off math in seventh grade. When she was young, she had dreams to be a teacher.
Navigating the student conduct process to report another student for assault, or to defend against sexual misconduct allegations can be confusing, terrifying, and time-consuming. Kevin Dostal Dauer was aware of the challenges students face when he accepted an appointment as co-chair of the then newly formed Student Sexual Misconduct Subcommittee in 2016.
When I first contacted Dr. Janet Ericksen, she was just finishing up leading a study abroad program to England, entitled “Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500.” The program is close to her heart-- learning Old English and visiting medieval sites while studying in the UK during her junior year as an undergraduate was one of the things that inspired her to pursue a doctorate in medieval British literature. Click on the title to read the full story.
As we begin the 2017-18 academic year, those familiar with University Senate governance might notice that a familiar face is missing: After 23 years of service to University Senate governance, Becky Hippert is exploring new territory as a department administrator in the College of Biological Sciences.
Enter the office of Patricia Jones