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Georgia College's Staff Council History

The original group, COPE, formed in 1985. This group consisted of classified office personnel only. The budget was set at $2000 annually to financially support continuing ed opportunities.  Awards were distributed during quarterly luncheons known as "Lunch and Learn" to recognize those who provided outstanding contributions to Georgia College.

In 1994, COPE attended a Staff Council Conference in Kennesaw sponsored by The University of Georgia. From that meeting the COPE members realized that the current mission did not include all staff members at Georgia College, so the idea of creating a Staff Council was born.

In April, 1996 President Speir submitted a letter to all faculty and staff announcing that a Strategic Planning Committee would be developed to research the possibility of creating a staff council for Georgia College.

In July 1996 Georgia College Staff Council was formed. By-laws were written and approved and officers were elected on a 1 or 2 year rotational basis. The annual budget was increased to $5000. This was the only university to have a set budget for Staff Council. Others developed fund raisers to secure finances for their expenses. Our first Annual Staff Council Conference was held on December 4, 1996 where we presented The Employee of The Quarter Award. The employee was nominated by his or her supervisor and peers. Future awards will be given out quarterly at staff council meetings.

In May 30, 1997 the first Annual Employee Appreciation Picnic sponsored by Staff Council was held with approximately 350 in attendance. The first web page that contained bylaws and information on staff council was also created in 1997.

In 1998 Staff Council received an addition $2500 for the Foundation Account in addition to the $5000 in the budget.

2000-2001 Staff Council Accomplishments
• Development Funds were used to support over thirty conferences and workshops.
• Staff Excellence Awards were re-implemented.
•On-line feedback and a printed feedback form was developed
• Sponsored "Denim Day" and created a team for Relay for Life
• Assisted with the revision of the Transfer & Promotion Policy
• Participated in the community Relay for Life.
2001-2002 Staff Council Accomplishments
• Development Funds were used to support over 60 seminars, conferences, and courses
• Assisted Human Resources with Benefits Day.
• Promoted Free Attendance for Staff and their families for Bobcat Basketball.
• Supported local community and national charities.
• Sponsored an End of the Year Staff Appreciation reception.
• Increased amount of the Staff Excellence Award and expanded the event to include introduction of new employees.
• Requested and received a staff position on the Technology Committee.
2002- 2003 Staff Council Accomplishments
• Development funds were used to support 130 seminars, professional development courses
• Co-sponsored the annual Employee Benefits Fair
• Instrumental in obtaining "supervisory training"
• Supported a new employee performance evaluation form and training of employees and supervisors
• Requested and obtained e-mail training for Physical Plant employees
• Promoted free attendance for staff, faculty and their families for Homecoming
• Supported local community (Think Pink Week, GCANS) and national charities (Relay for Life)
• Sponsored an end-of the-year Staff Appreciation Social
• Awarded a permanent seat on the University Senate. Appointments of two additional staff members were included for two-year terms.
• Attended every New Employee Orientation and provided information on Staff Council and Staff Development Funds
• Created a "Staff Opportunities Brochure" for prospective and new staff employees

In 2000/2002 Staff Council worked with the administration and faculty to have staff representative’s added as voting members of University Senate.

2003-2004 Staff Council Accomplishments
• Development funds were used to support over 110 seminars, conferences and professional development courses for staff.
• Co-sponsored the annual Benefits Fair.
• Attended every New Employee Orientation session to provide information on Staff Council and Staff Development funds.
• Sponsored a Safety Awareness "Brown Bag Luncheon".
• Updated the "Staff Opportunities Brochure" with new pictures and new president information.
• Sponsored an End of the Year Staff Appreciation reception.
• Received a "presidential appointed" seat on University Senate in addition to the Staff Council Chairs seat.
• Supported local community (Christmas family) and national charities (American Heart Association).
• Delegate appointed to seat on the Physical Master Planning Committee, which will meet this summer.
• Created the University Shared Leave Program(awaiting University Senate approval).

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