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Betty Betts and Lee Odom will co-chair Staff Senate

Photo of Betty Betts and Lee OdomLee Odom and Betty Betts are the new co-chairs of Staff Senate.

Betts is an employee in Human Resources, where she is office manager/SPA temporary staffing specialist.

Odom has worked at UNCG for about 25 years – at the Graduate School, Financial Aid, Admissions and currently at Undergraduate Studies.

They succeed 2012-13 co-chairs Ray Carney and Jason Marshburn.

Betts and Odom (l-r in the visual) led the July meeting of Staff Senate.

Two changes for Staff Senate meetings this year? Round tables have replaced the large rectangle seating. And at the meetings this year, the first 45 minutes will be devoted to Staff Senate business and speakers. The last half of each meeting will be a time for the various committees to meet. “Every staff member is on a committee,” Betts noted.

Bonita Brown spoke briefly at the July meeting, followed by a presentation by Steve Moore, director of UNCG Transfer & Adult Student Academic Success. He spoke about Degrees Matter!, a collaborative effort that intends to increase the percentage of residents in our greater community with high-quality degrees. UNCG is a partner in this effort.

“Let’s look at our own employees first,” he said, explaining why he was speaking to Staff Senate. “I’m here today to get your input.” It’s a matter of how to contribute to our talent at our university – to help our employees and our university.

His office can help UNCG employees who are looking to complete their degree.

Committees met during the final part of the meeting. The committees have accomplished a lot. A few examples over the past year:

  • The inaugural Faculty/Staff kickball game drew 200 spectators and collected donations for fill the truck for the Guilford County Animal Shelter drive.
  • The Holiday Angel Tree helped supply gifts for four staff families as well as several UNCG Guarantee scholars.
  • Staff did garden maintenance at the Patricia A. Sullivan Education Garden and planted flowers and two dogwood trees.
  • Several Habitat for Humanity work days were held.
  • To enhance communications, the Staff Senate Twitter account (twitter.com/UNCGStaffSenate) was resurrected and a Facebook presence was developed. (www.facebook.com/UncgStaffSenate).
  • The first annual “Meet & Greet” was held for the campus community to speak informally with Staff Senate members.
  • Staff Senate Web page redesign, with a strong focus on senators and how they can be reached, the committees, and a calendar of events.
  • The first staff networking social events, which were held at at M’Couls Public House.
  • Staff Stars events – and professional development offerings.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by David Wilson