Get to know Georgia State’s New President, Brian Blake: https://news.gsu.edu/2021/08/25/meet-georgia-states-new-president-m-brian-blake/
Rubena (Ruby) Çela was elected as Chair of the Staff Council 2023 – 2024 in April 2023. During her tenure, Chair Rubena will serve as a liaison to the University administration and senior leadership, advocating on behalf of the Council and all GSU staff. Her focus during her appointment is to empower staff through engagement, advocacy, and service.
Rubena joined Georgia State University in November 2020 as a Learning Experience Designer at the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning. She was elected as a Staff Council Representative for her district in 2022 and served as the Community Engagement & Advocacy Committee Co-Chair before stepping into the role of Chair in 2023.
From the Newsletter
One of the all time best days in my career was today at Georgia State University honoring “The Ground Crew”, Myra Payne Elliot, Barbara Pace Hunt, and Iris Mae Welch with honorary degrees! So many people deserve thanks, but Panther thanks to Tanya Washington and Yves McKenzie
– President, Dr. M. Brian Blake
Georgia State is now a national model of an innovative research university, thanks to a decade-long strategic plan. Learn more about what we’ve achieved and how we are envisioning and planning for our next phase.
The One USG Well-Being initiative is a system wide culture and environment of well-being created to foster healthy positive lifestyles and create a comprehensive approach to achieving well-being that engages and empowers the entire USG community.
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- USG Well-being is excited to announce Nourish, a new well-being program that helps turn healthy eating intentions into lifelong habits.
- This challenge will show you virtual veggies, fruits and grains growing as you record your healthy activities.
- Then try delicious recipes with ingredients from your garden—7 new recipes are revealed each week!
- You’ll learn how you can increase energy, lift mood, and sharpen focus by eating more nutrient-rich food and less nutrient-deficient food in Nourish.
- Registration: January 9 – January 27
- Challenge: January 23 – February 19
- Last day to log activity: February 24
Plus, you can earn 2,000 points when you complete the challenge requirements.
Click here: Register today!
Chancellor’s Letter: All of us are concerned about health care and ensuring we have access to affordable and quality health benefits. One of the ways to tackle this issue and make a difference is through our own actions regarding diet, habits, and exercise. But with all the advice available, sometimes it can be overwhelming when you are trying to make good decisions for yourself and your family. We want to make that process easier and are launching a USG Wellness Initiative for University System employees.
The goal of the USG Wellness Initiative is to increase opportunities for our employees to participate in a program that will assist them to lead happier and healthier lives as well as aid in reducing personal and healthcare costs. Working in partnership with you, we will implement a comprehensive program of outreach, education, and technical assistance with activities to combat obesity and inactivity.
Through this new initiative we will:
- Raise awareness of the health and fiscal costs of unhealthy lifestyles.
- Select some early “best available practices” programs (such as the “Walking Works” program) and implement them quickly
I invite you to join me in whole-heartedly supporting this worthwhile effort. Over the coming weeks and months we will be communicating with you about tools, resources, and programs available to help you manage your wellness. Get on board to take part in one of the many events we have planned. We intend to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Together we can make a positive difference in your lives and your families to become healthier if we just stop talking about it and start doing something! – Dr. Sonny Perdue
Reference: USG Well-Being website, https://www.usg.edu/well-being/
The 2nd Annual Coat & Clothing Drive was sponsored by the Sustainability Committee in partnership with the GSU H.O.P.E. (Homeless Outreach Proactive Engagement) Team and GSU Military Outreach Center. A new record was set with 55 bags weighing approximately 1,925 pounds of clothes between September 11th and October 31st! Becky Owens, Sustainability co-chair, deserves a special thank you for her dedication and commitment. Also, we would like to thank the Fine Arts Department at GSU Perimeter for their generous donation. The GSU H.O.P.E. Team accepts donations year-round at GSU Public Safety on each campus.
Cheryl Jimmerson, Library Assistant II in the Department of User Services & Technology Support at the Atlanta campus, handles faculty-submitted materials for the library’s physical course reserves service. She also provides circulation and basic technology and reference assistance at both service desks.
How long have you worked at GSU Library? Approximately 23 years. Before that, as a student assistant working on my undergraduate degree in English literature at GSU, I worked security patrol as a “Police Cadet” with a nice uniform and as a “Door Checker” monitoring alarms at the security gates.
What is your favorite part of working at GSU? The constant change, the new people, and new challenges. While there is constant change, I know that my colleagues have my back.
Do you have any guilty pleasures? I am fond of courtroom dramas, shows where celebrities share their experiences with the supernatural, and the show ‘Swamp People.’
Any fun facts about yourself? I am really into Snoopy, the Peanuts character, although I used to think he was somewhat of a jerk. Also, I love to sketch, especially trees. I take walks downtown and in my neighborhood spotting different trees. To me, they often look like they were ‘caught in a dance.’ Also, I love turtles and have several miniatures in my cubicle.
Three words that best describe you: Empathy. Spiritual. Goofy.
Something we should know about you: According to Associate Dean Bryan Sinclair, “Cheryl is advocate for all community members. Her input was highly valued by me as we revised the Visitor Policy at the Atlanta campus a couple of years back. She supports access for all and strives to make all visitors feel welcome.”
The Office of Diversity Education Planning (ODEP) promotes an inclusive campus environment where all community members feel they belong. Through its partnerships with Georgia State departments and Atlanta-based businesses and organizations, ODEP provides training and programming to develop a culturally competent and inclusive workforce to serve the Georgia State and metro Atlanta communities.
For more on the Office of Diversity Education Planning visit here!