Staff Development Day, July 12, draws 500

Cassie Joseph, director of diversity engagement, left, speaks with Ulysses Smith, Employee Assembly chair, at the annual Staff Development Day, July 12.

More than 500 staff attended the annual Staff Development Day, July 12, in the Clark atrium, gathering information from 35 resource vendors from Cornell and the region. Many also participated in one or more of the 36 workshops offered and in the resume critiquing/mock interviews conducted by Career Services and HR consultants.

The most popular workshops were those dealing with financial planning and retirement: “Help Make Sure Your Retirement is Ready When You Are,” with 91 attending; “There’s No Time Like the Present to Save for the Future,” with 48 participants; “Making the Most of Social Security,” 65; and "Managing Money and Debt," 44.

Cornell exhibitors included representatives from most offices within Human Resources; the Cornell Library; the Office of the Ombudsman; The Cornell Store; Environmental Health and Safety; Cornell Wellness; Cornell University Police; and the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. Other educational institutions represented were SUNY-Cortland, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Boces, Syracuse University, Empire State College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Elmira College and Columbia College of Missouri.

“Staff Development Day keeps growing,” said Deb Billups, career planning consultant in Organizational and Workforce Development, Human Resources, and event manager. “I especially want to thank my co-chair, Tammy Babcock, for her proactive, service-minded and inclusive approach to the planning efforts; Vice President Mary Opperman and all members of Cornell’s HR community for supporting a day dedicated to staff development; our exhibitors and workshop presenters and facilitators; and Cornell Dining and the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions for their continued partnership in this day. And, of course, all of the staff members who came to this event, showing us by their numbers how vibrant staff development is at Cornell.”

Staff attend a workshop at the annual Staff Development Day, July 12. Click image for full view.
Staff attend a workshop at the annual Staff Development Day, July 12. Click image for full view.
Cornell Crime Prevention Officer Beverly Van Cleef talks with a participant at Staff Development Day. Click image for full view.
Cornell Crime Prevention Officer Beverly Van Cleef talks with a participant at Staff Development Day. Click image for full view.