Dear members of the University community / Boozhoo / Aanii / Kwe kwe:
As you know, one of the seven aspirations of the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan is for the University to be known for its positive organizational culture.
In 2009, I had the opportunity to meet with every academic and non-academic department asking colleagues several questions; what I should know about their department and the University, where they saw their department and the University five and ten years down the road, and what the first page of the annual report should look like in ten years. In total there were 52 sessions held which included university associations. The conversations were very engaging and extremely insightful for me – I learned a lot from them.
Since 2010, I have been involved in over 80 sessions with students, faculty and staff as well as their associations, faculty councils and the Laurentian University Native Education Council. Sessions focused on discussions around the annual operating budget, the development of our new Strategic Plan or faculty and staff engagement.
In January, the monthly Laurentian Soapbox was introduced at the Sudbury campus and it will continue to be a great platform for faculty and staff to learn about the accomplishments and future plans of colleagues while interacting with other departments in a social setting.
Starting in January, I will be inviting on a biweekly basis approximately six faculty members from different departments for an open conversation over breakfast, lunch or coffee. There will be no agenda, no presentations, no minutes, and no boardroom table. I will want to hear about: colleagues’ teaching and research initiatives, what they are working on, what they are proud of, what are their aspirations, how the University can better support their efforts and what is on their mind. It will also be a good opportunity to demystify any of the strategic directions of the University, confirm or put to bed any rumours, answer questions, receive feedback and advice, and address one or two current topics that may be of particular interest to participants. I will usually be joined by Dr Robert Kerr or Dr Patrice Sawyer. Some of these sessions will be scheduled in Barrie.
I will also do the same with a number of staff members from different departments on a biweekly basis. For these sessions, I will usually be joined by Carol McAulay or Bernie Beaulieu.
I really look forward to these informal and meaningful conversations. Individual invitations will be sent by my assistant, Silvie Allard.
Merci, Thank You, Miigwech.