Staff Forum Meetings
Meeting times and places are set when the academic year begins. Meetings are called by the co-chairs at these designated times. Additional meetings may be called by the co-chairs as necessary. The agendas for the meetings are set by the co-chairs in consultation with the advisory group. Attendance at Staff Forum meetings, although voluntary, is encouraged and considered work time. While essential services need to be considered, supervisors should notify employees of Staff Forum meetings and encourage participation.
Staff Forum Meeting Calendar for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
Friday, September 25th, 2020
Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
Friday, November 13th, 2020
Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
Friday, January 22nd, 2021
Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
Friday, March 26th, 2021
Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Friday, May 14th, 2021
Note: All Staff Forum meetings occur from 8:30-10:00 AM in Baird Lounge in the Alumni Building on Berea College’s campus unless otherwise noted. All staff and faculty members are invited to these meetings.
Join us at a staff forum advisory committee meeting!
All meetings of the Staff Forum Advisory Committee are open to all Berea College employees! To join us at one of these meetings, click here to see our lists of upcoming meeting dates.
Other Events, Services, Benefits, and More Open to All Employees of the Berea Community
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP benefit provides up to 6 free counseling sessions for eligible employees and their dependents. These sessions are with certified counselors from The Lexington Group and are completely confidential (they do not inform Berea College of who is using this benefit). Traditionally, employees could get counseling face-to-face or by phone. However, the Lexington Group now offers the option for online counseling (video and messaging). For more information about video counseling and the EAP benefit, please see the documents linked below (you will be asked to provide your Berea College credentials to access them).
Monthly Student Life Social Hours
Each month from August – November and January – April, Student Life hosts what we call social hours. These events bring faculty, staff, and students together for conversation, lunch, and social time that builds relationships and fosters a sense of community among our Berea Beloved. The social hours began in the spring 2018 term and have continued as the campus community enjoys the engagement and interaction that these events bring forth for the college. For the 2019-2020 Academic year, our social hours will be themed with a specific department, club/org, or initiative on campus using part of the hour to share their services with our attendees. We will still aim to use half of our time together for simple conversation and engagement with one another. We look forward to another great year of social hours where we can strengthen our Berea College community! #OneBlood
Here are dates for the Spring 2020 term. All of these take place from 11:45-1 PM in Baird Lounge in the Alumni Building.
The March Student Life Social Hour will be featuring Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH)! This Social Hour is on Friday, March 20, 2020 , from 11:45 A.M. to 12:50 P.M. It will be held in Baird Lounge and lunch will be provided (Subway sandwiches with chips and drinks. There will be veggie options as well.) Please join Student Life for a meal and to learn more about Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) and what GIH offers to the college community.
Please RSVP via the link no later than Monday, March 16th, 2020 at 5 p.m.
For more information, please contact Stephen H. Howard (email@example.com), Assistant Director of Student Involvement & Engagement, Department of Student Life.
TIAA Monthly Webinars
TIAA has monthly webinars covering a variety of topics related to preparing for retirement and they are completely free to Berea College employees. If interested, please sign up by going to TIAA.org/webinars.
WW at Work
A new 17- week series of WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) will meet on campus during the Spring 2020 term starting Thursday 1/30 from 9:15-9:45 a.m. in Hafer-Gibson, room 132. The new myWW program is 17 weeks in length (1/30- 5/21) and includes: Weekly workshops, WW app, and the Wellness Wins rewards system. myWW is a flexible program that encourages you to eat more fruits, veggies, lean protein, and less sugar and unhealthy fats. myWW’s new personal assessment focuses on your unique needs and provides the options that best match your lifestyle. This program helped your friends and coworkers collectively shed over 2500 lbs. plus oodles of non-scale victories since 2014. You can learn about the program here: https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/how-it-works
The fee is $50 for employees. $50 for spouses/partners on a college medical plan. Free for students. The $50 fee is due at the first meeting and can be paid in full via check, cash, or credit card, or with two checks for $25 to be deposited one month apart.
If you are interested in WW but cannot regularly attend the Thursday meeting on campus, you can join our meeting for the discount (17 week series are normally $221), and attend a meeting in Richmond at 12:15 or 6:00 p.m., or in your community if you do not live in the Berea area. To receive the College’s subsidized rate you must attend a Thursday meeting on campus to enroll. After you are enrolled you can attend another meeting.
If you are interested in WW please fill out this form to let me know or to receive more information: https://berea.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b8CrVy9bv3cD5id
Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K is a 9 week walking/jogging program that will take you from sitting on the couch to running a 5K (and loving it). Program begins the week of February 3 and ends on April 17.
All participants are encouraged to show off their running prowess at the Flamingo Run 5K on April 18. The Spring program is longer than 9 weeks to accommodate Spring break and extra practice before the race. Registration will be paid for those who attend 80% of the workouts.
Program meets three times a week(M/W/F or T/R/S) for 30-40 minutes each session (most workouts are 30 minutes in length including warm-up and cool down, then we stretch as a group afterwards). Most of the time we will alternate between walking and jogging. As the program progresses the jog/run time increases while the walk interval decreases until you are running for 30 continuous minutes. The first workout is warm up (walk) for 5 minutes, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes, and then a 5 minute cool down walk. Three sessions are being offered this fall: 7:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 5:15 p.m. It is OK to attend different sessions during the week based on your schedule. It is also OK to sign up if you only want to walk. Couch to 5K is a great way to schedule regular exercise into your day and meet students/coworkers you may not normally see on a regular basis.
All sessions will run on the Seabury outdoor track weather permitting. When cold or raining we meet at the indoor track.
Click this link to sign up: https://berea.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Omlh7LkdglCPrL
Work offsite and want to start a C25K group at your location? Email Jill Gurtatowski. The Corbin PFE office has a C25K group- you can too!
Keep that vacation feeling alive a little longer by treating yourself to a chair massage. Carrie Mahoney, LMT from Body Logic and Yoga will be on campus Tuesday, January 14 from 11:00-1:00 in Hafer-Gibson 131. $1.00 per minute payable at time of massage. There is a 5 minute minimum and a 15 minute maximum. Appointments are required. You can schedule an appointment by emailing Wellness@berea.edu please include the time(s) you are available and the time duration of massage you would like.
Carrie is here on the second Tuesday of most months.
Sometimes you start to believe you just might be better off as a non-smoker. If you fit into that category, send Jill Gurtatowski an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss if this is the right program for you.
Green Dot Training
Green Dot is a Bystander Intervention Program designed to help reduce power-based violence, including: sexual violence, domestic abuse, child abuse, stalking, and bullying in our community. Find out more about Green Dot.
Safe Zone Training
Berea College is one of hundreds of colleges and universities that provide training to promote inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students. More specifically, this Safe Zone Training Program provides participants with an opportunity to gain knowledge and awareness about gender and sexual identity development. Participants will be engaged in experiential activities that promote a space for dialogue and questions related to gender and sexual identity. Upon completion of the training, participants will leave with educational materials and an optional window cling or sticker to place in your office/workspace. Should you choose to take the Safe Zone sticker you will be communicating that your office is a safe, friendly, respectful, and non-judgmental space for our LGBTQ students. Each training is limited to 25 people per session.
For more information about this training opportunity, please contact Dr. Amanda Wyrick, Berea’s Safe Zone trainer at Amanda_wyrick@berea.edu.
Title IX Training
Covers Berea College’s policies and procedures on Sexual Misconduct, how to identify and prevent sexual violence, How to report and incident, and the impact of trauma on victims. All new employees are required to attend one of these sessions. For more information about upcoming sessions, please contact Joslyn Glover via email or phone. These trainings typically cover important information about Berea College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures and Nondiscrimination Policy, how to prevent and identify sexual violence, appropriate methods for responding to reports of sexual misconduct, and how and to whom such misconduct must be reported. Employee trainings for the Spring 2020 term will be announced soon.
Programming at the Forestry Outreach Center
- Every Saturday from 12:30-3:00 PM at the Forestry Outreach Center (2047 Big Hill Road, Berea, KY).
Beginning Sept. 1, guided Pinnacles hikes will be offered every Saturday and Sunday. Hikers should meet at the Forestry Outreach Center at 1 pm. (Saturdays only after Thanksgiving). Documentary Dialogues will resume Sept. 20th and continue every 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00. Stay updated on Center activities on the FOC website and on Facebook at Berea College Forestry Outreach Center. This month we welcomed new VISTA, Alison Adkins and John Abrams, to our FOC team.
- Every Third Thursday of the winter months from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Forestry Outreach Center. Light refreshments provided.
First Thursday Club
First Thursday Club is a monthly gathering where we build community around discussions and deeper reflection about race, racism, understanding and rooting out white supremacy, and lifting up racial justice. Bring either an appetizer of a main dish to share if you can (dessert is provided). On-site child care will be available.
- 6 PM on the first Thursday of every month at the Berea Friends Meeting House (300 Harrison Road).
Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). More information about the IDI can be found here. To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Linda Strong-Leek (email@example.com).
BC Staff Development (BCSD) Schedule
— Berea College Staff Development with Mark Nigro, Learning & Training Coordinator —
For more information and to REGISTER, please use the following registration link: http://bcstaffdevelopment.eventbrite.com/
- Click a specific workshop title to learn more details about the workshop. (Be sure to look at the ‘Live Events’ tab for the current workshops)
- To register: after opening a specific workshop, click “Register” and follow the prompts to reserve your seat.
Please make sure your schedule is open before you commit to registering. If you supervise staff employees, please discuss these professional development opportunities with your staff. Participants will explore topics through a combination of reflection, discussion, and group activities.
- Note for NEW staff members — the required Being and Becoming program provides essential exploration about our unique College workplace, and is offered on a periodic basis.
Spring 2020 Workshops for Berea College Staff Development (BCSD):
Mar 25 (W) Being and Becoming for New Staff Employees – context and culture of Berea’s workplace (9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall). Lunch Included
Apr 29 (W) Bringing Out the Best in Others – principles and practices for elevating the motivational climate (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall). Lunch Included
MAY 12 (T) Intersection of Identity – Working well with others in a complex inter-cultural workplace (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall). Lunch Included
MAY 27 (W) Being and Becoming for New Staff Employees – context and culture of Berea’s workplace (9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall). Lunch Included
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436.
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436.
All events will take place between 11:45am and 1pm in Draper 106. Lunch will be served.
Spring 2020 Gender Talk Speakers
- Wednesday, Feb. 5th: Mark Rifkin (https://english.uncg.edu/directory/rifkin/)
- Wednesday, March 18th: Jasmine Syedullah (https://www.vassar.edu/faculty/jsyedullah/)
- Wednesday, April 15th: Glen Coulthard (https://fnis.arts.ubc.ca/persons/glen-coulthard/)
Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups
With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the continuation of Dean’s Reading Groups for the 2019-2020 academic year. Both staff and faculty are invited to participate.
|Book and Weblink to more Info||Dates/Times/Location||Discussion Leaders|
|Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping us Hooked by Adam Alter||Wednesday, Sept. 11 & 18, 2019; 4:30 -6:00 PM; location TBA||Amanda Wyrick and Andrea Woodward|
|Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, & The Limits of the Law by Dean Spade||Thursday, Oct. 3 & 2, 2019; 4:00-5:00 PM; Woods Penn 207||Kye Anderson and Meredith Lee|
|White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo||Monday, Nov. 4 and 11, 2019; 5:15-6:15 PM; Woodson Center's Hathaway Library||Linda Strong-Leek and Chad Berry|
|The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff||Monday, January 13 and 27, 2020; 5:00-6:30 PM; Appalachian Center's Faber Library||Rob Smith and Joslyn Glover|
|Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble||Friday, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020; 4:00-5:00 PM; Appalachian Center's Faber Library||Jan Pearce and Chris Miller|
|Air and Light and Time and Space: How Successful Academics Write by Helen Sword||March- Day/Time/ Location TBA||Amy Nichols|
For more information or to join one of these groups, please email Sarah Broomfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 859-985-3487. If you have suggestions for future groups, please contact Dean Matthew Saderholm at email@example.com.
Campus Master Calendar (Often includes other campus events open to the general public including things like athletic events, presentations, lectures, community outreach events, and more)
Let Sam Cole know about any events that should be added to this list!