Summer Culture Series looks to bring departments together

June 8, 2011 | UToday
By Keri Gallagher

The University of Toledo Culture Ambassadors want to help you get to know your colleagues.

To that end, the ambassadors have established the Summer Culture Series, eight events that are broken down into the following categories: intramurals, social mixers and social media training. These events are open to all UT faculty and staff, especially those who interact closely with students.

The kickoff to the Summer Culture Series will take place Thursday, June 9, in the Student Recreation Center Oak Room. The first event in the series will be intramural board games, where teams of six to 10 members from each department are allowed to participate.

Intramural games of skill will be played Thursday, June 23, in Rocky’s Attic in the Student Union, and there will be intramural UT trivia Thursday, July 21, in Student Union Room 2584.

Social mixers are scheduled for Tuesdays, June 14, July 26 and Aug. 4. The objective of the culture club social mixer is to give faculty and staff that will be working directly with students the opportunity to socially interact with one another. These events will be held in the Rocket Hall Rocket Room and Rocky’s Attic.

“The social mixers are most important to attend for all faculty and staff. We really want the departments to get together and get to know each other by name, face and function. If we all know each other better, we will be able to serve our students better,” said Amelia Acuna, assistant director in the Office of Undergraduate Admission and co-chair of the Summer Culture Series.

Social media training sessions will create a better understanding among employees on what social networks are and how they not only play a role in the lives of students, but how they are changing societal norms. This presentation/workshop will demystify Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and some of the other popular student networks. The presenter will enlist the help of students who are active on these social sites so the information is as authentic as possible. Social media training sessions will be held Tuesday, July 12, in the Student Recreation Center Oak Room.

“Social media is our future; we want to be extremely knowledgeable on the subject area to recruit our students,” Acuna said.

The Summer Culture Series provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to get to know each other, understand what each department does, and provide the opportunity for employees to better serve students. Sign up today here.

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