June 09, 2010

Steps 4 Staff Walk to Raise Funds for Staff Educational Enhancement Program

By taking a walk around campus this Friday, Case Western Reserve staff members can help colleagues in their educational pursuits.

The inaugural Steps 4 Staff event, taking place Friday, June 11, is the summer fundraiser for the Staff Educational Enhancement Program, which supports two initiatives geared toward professional staff development: The Staff Educational Enhancement Fund and the Eastwood-Inamori Staff Educational Scholarship. The Staff Educational Enhancement Fund raises money for textbooks, certifications, courses and training opportunities not funded under regular university benefits. The Eastwood-Inamori Staff Educational Scholarship, in partnership with the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, assists staff members pursuing leadership training in ethics and excellence at the Weatherhood School of Management.

The Staff Educational Enhancement Program is managed by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

“I do [charity] walks all the time, and I thought this would be fun for the campus community. It’s a way for staff members to help each other,” said Theresa Grigger, a member of SAC who works in Information Technology Services.

Grigger and Kathleen O’Linn, chair of SAC, both said the walk is a great way for campus members to enjoy health benefits and to see parts of campus they don’t get to on a regular basis.

President Barbara R. Snyder is scheduled to provide opening remarks for the walk, which begins at Adelbert Gym. Walkers will take a scenic two-mile stroll around campus using side streets. Kelvin Smith Library, the School of Law, the Village at 115 and Glidden House are just a few of the buildings on the route.

The walk will take place rain or shine. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the walk at 11:45 a.m.

Although the event is a fundraiser for staff programming, the entire campus community is invited to participate. The $20 registration fee entitles walkers to a light lunch, a special event bandana, and prizes. Registration closes at 5 p.m. today. Learn more.

O’Linn said the response has been positive. “The idea of bringing a friend to walk has turned into entire departments getting in on the fun.”

Campus members who are unable to participate in Steps 4 Staff can still donate to the Staff Educational Enhancement Program. Contact Kathleen Dowdell or Kathleen O'Linn for details.

The next SAC 20th anniversary event is the screening of the documentary 20 Years of Building Bridges, which chronicles the origins of SAC. Show times are noon, 12:30 and 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing theater. Register by email to celebratesac@case.edu.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, June 9, 2010 09:36 AM | News Topics: Events, Staff, Staff Advisory Council, features

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