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Training series explains how Western works

Sept. 14, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A new training series called "The Way Western Works" will debut this fall as part of Human Resources' continuing employee development programming.

The eight-session series, which provides useful information and fun facts about WMU for all employee groups, begins this month and runs through December. The sessions will be presented by representatives from various campus departments and offices. Pre-registration is required.

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The Way Western Works

"As members of a large organization, it may be easy to focus on your own responsibilities and tasks or the functions of your department, without realizing how all departments and colleges work together to fulfill the University's mission," says Nichele Moses, Human Resources.

"This series will bring light to some of these connections, answer some common questions, and allow employees to build their own organizational awareness as they continue to serve as ambassadors for WMU."

Sessions will cover such topics as WMU's structure and mission, interesting facts that make the University unique, facilities management, admissions, accounting services and university budgets, and emergency management.

Moses adds that attending sessions in the series will be beneficial for those who have selected "organizational awareness" as a competency in the Staff Compensation System.

"As fall semester begins, supervisors should be working with Staff Compensation System employees to set performance objectives, measures and competencies for the 2010-11 review period," she notes.

The Way Western Works
Schedule of sessions

  • Friday, Sept. 17-- "Organizational Awareness: The Way Western Works," 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, Sept. 30-- "Human Resource Forms and Hiring Process," 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, Oct. 15-- "Facilities Management," 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26-- "Health Insurance-at-a-Glance," 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Friday, Nov. 5-- "Admissions: It Takes a Village," 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16-- "Accounting Services and University Budgets," 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, Dec. 1-- "Emergency Management and Public Safety: How Safe is it to be You?," 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14-- "Travel Authorization: Are You Ready to Go?," 10:30 a.m. to noon

The training series on The Way Western Works is free and open to all employees, but space is limited. All sessions will be held in the Fetzer Center, and refreshments will be provided.

To register or for more information, visit wmich.edu/hr/development/series. Questions should be directed to Nichele Moses at nichele.moses@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3650.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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