Staff Council Newsletter Spring 2011

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A word from the Staff Council chair

Welcome to the third issue of the Staff Newsletter, compiled by the Communications Committee of Georgia College Staff Council. We are excited about the year ahead and have great plans for staff events and personal and professional development opportunities.

In the past, Staff Council has provided staff appreciation awards, annual and/or semester forums with the University President, and staff development and personal development opportunities in the form of workshops. We will continue to provide these opportunities and more based on feedback we received from staff.

This year we worked with Human Resources to start the process of reviewing the Shared Leave Bank and the possibility of turning this into a Share Leave Pool. This spring we held campus forums and discussed the options for Georgia College faculty and staff. In the fall we plan to bring the proposed changes to University Senate for further discussion, and eventual approval.

With support from President Leland, staff has requested that we look at implementing a career progression reclassification. One of the many challenges facing Georgia College staff that have been at the University for 10+ years is that a new person can be hired to do a similar job as the loyal GC staff member and be paid more as a starting salary. In conjunction with Human Resources, a committee has been implemented to do an intensive Staff Compensation Study. This will look at different ways that staff can be compensated according to the job that they do, their years of service, and their performance. We are excited about these initiatives and we welcome you to be active participants as we tackle them in the coming year.

On behalf of Staff Council I want to publicly thank President Leland for her support of Staff Council throughout her time as President at Georgia College. Without her passion and dedication to the staff at Georgia College, we would not have the staff development funds, events and programs that we offer through Staff Council. Thank you President Leland and we wish you the best in California. They are lucky to have you.

Staff Council is here as the voice of Staff throughout the University and we hope that you will take time to visit our website and let us know how we can help you

All the best for another great year!

Jen Maraziti

Staff Council Chair 2010-2012

Congratulations to the Staff Excellence Awards winners:

Staff Appreciation Week honored the 2011 outstanding staff members.

Administrative Units of Academic Affairs: Sequena Moon, Program Coordinator, High Achievers Program

• Academic Units of Academic Affairs: Faye Heal, Library Associate II, Library and Instructional Technology Center

• President’s Area, Student Affairs, Advancement: Cindy McClanahan, Housing Marketing Coordinator, University Housing

• Facilities Operations: Darlene Gillies, Custodial Foreman, Plant Operations

• Remaining Business & Finance: Justin Gaines, Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Safety, Public Safety

• Bobcat Spirit: Denise Forehand, Administrative Assistant, Music

• Innovation: Crystal Hurt, Employment Manager, Human Resources

• Public Service: Stephanie Welch, Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Services

• Customer Service: Maria Gordon, Coordinator of Office Services, Center for Student Success


Congratulations to Sharon Spink, Adviser in the College of Education, for submitting the winning name in Staff Council’s Name Your Newsletter contest!



  • Kim Knight, Government and Sociology, married her high
    school sweetheart, Buck, on Feb. 23, 2011. They reconnected
    and fell in love again after more than 30 years.
  • Lisa Bowden, Physical Plant, married Kevin Lail on
    Oct. 16, 2010, in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  • Camille Tyson of Early College and Kevin Murner of Physical
    Plant were married on July 14, 2010.
  • Tammie Burke of the Registrar’s office welcomed a grand-
    daughter, Jada Elaina Smith, on Oct. 14, 2010.
  • Julia and Dann Hann welcomed a new baby boy on Dec. 22, 2010.
    Samuel Benjamin Hann, “Sammy,” weighed 9 lbs., 2.5 oz, 20.5 in.
  • Mariharden and Clay McElheny welcomed a new baby girl,
    Mariclay Harden McElheny, on Dec. 18, 2010. Mariclay weighed
    9 lbs, 11 oz and was 23 in. long.

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Many new faces were hired this fall.

Mary Atkinson
Thomas Barclay
William Brown
Amy Bockelman
Thomas Carpenter
Hope Clark
Amy Dunn
Allyson Epps
Joyce Evans
Joshua Everett
Darius French
Jamie Grodecki
Charles Hamilton
Titia Harris
Rodney Herring
Sandra Hill
Barbara Jackson
Trevino Knight
Robin Lewis
Beverly O’Steen
Christine Pearson
Ashley Pugh
Anne Reynolds
Michael Simmons
Kathleen Shannon
Ernest Sherman
Evita Shinholster
Tennis Terrell
Charlie Thomas
Victor Vallo
Michael Wooten


Your Staff Council Delegates 2010-2011

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