UCTD ‘Foot Tours’ take employees behind the scenes
February 15, 2011Tweet
The University Center for Training and Development is letting faculty, staff and retirees explore the inner workings of campus with its “Behind the Scenes Foot Tour Series.”
The series, which began in January, takes visitors on tours of places such as the Decker Student Health Services Center, University Police and the Innovative Technologies Center.
“A lot of times we don’t see all of the things that are going on and we don’t know what the people down the hall are doing,” UCTD Assistant Director Carol Bell said. “There are a lot of neat areas on campus that don’t always get the attention they should.”
The tour concept came out of staff brainstorming sessions, Bell said, and planning began last summer with a concentration on some of the campus’ newly renovated sites.
“We were discussing retirements and people leaving,” she said. “You had a lot of people (leaving) who knew a lot of people. How could we keep that alive? Let’s put a face on a department and understand what they do.”
“We thought once a month was a good number, so we started to reach out and see who had the availability in their schedules to give tours,” said Training Associate Kitty Cummings.
Tours are scheduled to last one to two hours and a meeting place is designated for each site. Guests are asked to register for the tour at http://uctd.binghamton.edu, but “walk-ups” are welcome and there is no size limit for a tour, Bell said.
The tours are just one part of UCTD’s “holistic approach” to professional development, Bell said, as workshops on financial management, stress management, healthy living and self-defense are among those offered.
“It’s more than just coming in and clicking a mouse everyday,” Bell said. “A stress-free worker is a better worker. There are a lot of aspects of your personal life that affect your work performance. I think the trend nationally is to look at the whole person.”
Bell and Cummings are optimistic that the tours will enable people to get a better understanding of the campus as “a little city.”
“These tours will help foster campus pride,” Cummings said.
“I hope they think that Binghamton is a cool place to work,” Bell said. “There’s a lot going on here. If we all understand each other, it will make working together and partnerships a lot easier.”
The series schedule is:
Feb. 16: Computing Services with host Norm Quinn, 10-11 a.m. Meet in the lobby of the Computer Center.
March 23: Decker Student Health Services Center with host Johann Fiore Conte, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Meet in the lobby of the Health Services building.
April 20: University Police with host Timothy Faughnan, 11 a.m.-noon. Meet in the lower level of the Couper Administration Building (near dispatcher window).
May 17: Innovative Technologies Complex with host Lisa Gilroy, 10 a.m.-noon. Meet at the ITC Building’s kiosk.