A Message from Bridget Cristelli

Bridget Cristelli

My name is Bridget Cristelli and I began working at Cornell five years ago as an administrative assistant in the Senior Associate Deans Office and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I was elected to the Employee Assembly (EA) almost two years ago and can honestly say that it has been an excellent and rewarding experience to be able to serve my fellow staff members. It has allowed me to learn how the university operates, to be a voice for all staff members at Cornell and to gain some great friendships.

I joined the EA not to just learn about how the university operates, but to be an active voice for my fellow staff members across campus and to be sure that your concerns are being heard in the decision-making process. As many of you know, this has been an exciting time for staff at Cornell with the completion of the Employee Survey and the formation of multiple committees to review your input in the survey. I have served as co-chair on the Position Evaluation and Analysis Committee and, most recently, I have begun to serve on the Recognition of Excellent Work Committee. Although a year has passed since the survey was completed, know that we at the EA are working diligently in guaranteeing that your input is being fully considered. Please try to attend the upcoming open forums, as they will provide another excellent opportunity for you to give us feedback and to ask questions.

I have also had the privilege during my time on the EA to hold the role of vice chair of Internal Operations for two years. In this role I help facilitate the selection of employee members to fill committee positions administered by the EA and the University Assembly.

I recently began serving as chair of the Staff Recognition and Awards Committee, which administers all aspects of the George Peter Award for Dedicated Service and the KUDOS program. For more information on the George Peter Award for Dedicated Service or to nominate someone, please visit: http://assembly.cornell.edu/EA-GeorgePeter/Home; to send KUDOS to a fellow employee, please visit: http://assembly.cornell.edu/EAAwards/Kudos.

The EA is currently looking for new members and I would encourage each of you to consider becoming a member of the EA or joining one of our many committees. If you are interested in joining the EA, please visit: http://assembly.cornell.edu/Elections/2013SpringEA.

The EA meets the first and third Wednesday of each month and our meetings are open to all. Please consider visiting a meeting to either join in the discussion, observe or ask questions. You can always visit the EA website for more information at http://assembly.cornell.edu/EA/Home or feel free to contact me at bac89@cornell.edu. I would love to hear from you!