Staff members’ children who received CSC scholarships and their proud parents (left to right) Deborah Bennett and daughter Erica Bennett; Kylee Bostelman, daughter of Marsha Bostelman; Ryan Sanner, son of Carol Sanner, and Nicholas Simmons, son of Mary Hennings.
Classified Staff Council announces aid program for displaced employees
In addition to awards and scholarships presented at its annual spring reception, Classified Staff Council (CSC) announced an initiative aimed at providing support to classified employees who have been affected by the recently announced layoffs.
In a list of things that “make our light shine brighter,” CSC Chair Faith Olson said perhaps “the best thing we can do is take the opportunity to help those who have been displaced or laid off.” The Helping Hands Program will feature collections of food and staple items for three and a half days each month, followed by distribution of the donations from 9 a.m. to noon on the Thursday of that week in the Paulsen Room in Conklin. Anything left over will go to a local food pantry.
Nearly 30 campus offices will serve as drop-off locations and will display the Helping Hands sign.
The first week of collections will be May 11-14. See the Classified Staff Council Web site (www.bgsu.edu/organizations/csc/) for the complete schedule.
Thanks to the success of the annual CSC fundraising golf outing, council was able to present eight scholarships this year, four to classified employees and four to children of employees.
Staff winners were Elizabeth Forester of the Math/Stats Tutoring Center, a senior majoring in education; Joetta Kynard of the Women’s Center, a senior Advanced Technology Education major; Steven Rider of University Dining Services, a senior majoring in accounting, and Anita Serda of the Canadian Studies Center, a sophomore majoring in interpersonal communication.
Staff members’ children receiving scholarships were Erica Bennett, daughter of Deborah Bennett, BGSU Firelands; Kylee Bostelman, daughter of Marsha Bostelman, biological sciences; Ryan Sanner, son of Carol Sanner, alumni and development, and Nicholas Simmons, son of Mary Hennings, Continuing and Extended Education. It was somewhat of a red-letter day for Simmons, who was also inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary that afternoon.
Look to the future
President Carol Cartwright also spoke at the reception, thanking classified staff “for another year of loyalty and dedication to BGSU.”
While acknowledging the difficulties facing the University, Cartwright said she feels it is more important to “look ahead to the possibilities that keep revealing themselves and apply our collective wisdom to challenges we’re presented with.” She added “what’s important is that we get busy to plan toward when things begin to improve and to better position ourselves for success.”
Cartwright updated the staff on progress in the strategic planning process. Seven major goals have been identified and the draft plan composed. It will be presented to CSC May 20 for review and then to the board of trustees for approval at its June meeting.
She described two of the top priorities of the plan—“rethinking the undergraduate experience for every BGSU student” and “rethinking enrollment.” Of the first, she said, the goal will be to “interweave curricular and co-curricular activities for a rich experience.” She said it is estimated that about 65 percent of undergraduates already participate in the kinds of activities that create this kind of learning environment, but it is important to create a “road map” so it is not by chance that students participate but an intentional part of their education. “This will then become our identity and what we market about ourselves. It will be extremely attractive and may influence students to consider BGSU who might not have otherwise.”
Of the second priority, she said that while the traditional high school-student base will continue to be important to BGSU’s enrollment, “there’s more for us to do in serving our public mission.” The campus must expand its reach to adult, online and transfer students as well.
April 20, 2009