Holy Names University’s Staff Senate presented the Staff Development Conference on June 19. At the conference, staff members presented on personal and professional development topics to other HNU employees. Approximately 44 employees participated.
“The Staff Development Conference was inspired by a desire to share the gifts we have amongst the staff, spend some time together as a group, and develop personally and professionally,” said HNU Experience Coordinator Andrea Melrose Guimaraes, a member of the Staff Senate Steering Committee and one of the organizers of the event. The other committee members who helped organize the event are Director of Housing and Residence Life Justin Vacca, Accounts Receivable Specialist Mio Matsuhisa, and Executive Director of Learning and Advising Resources Laura Lyndon.
Conference sessions included “Dance Basics,” led by Dean for Student Development and Engagement Heather French; “Knitting 101,” led by Website Manager Jesse Loesberg; “The Magic of Excel Spreadsheets,” led by Controller Murray Kephart; and “Planning for Retirement,” led by Vice President of Finance and Administration Stuart Koop. Other HNU session leaders included Lyndon and Vacca as well as Assistant Professor Anastasia Prentiss and Vice President for University Advancement Richard Ortega.
The event also featured an opening prayer by Sister Carol Sellman, vice president for mission effectiveness, and a keynote address by Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Events Luis Guerra. A raffle for prizes ranging from wine baskets to movie packages to an old HNU fire alarm took place during lunch.
The Staff Senate has a professional development budget for HNU staff members. The senate reviews and grants applications for funding throughout the year.