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Project Management Office

We have the privilege to work with many areas within A&S on a regular basis. Whether it’s helping a student change his/her major or helping a faculty member launch an event, we are here to help those in our college by embedding process to effective and efficient results. 

Often times we are the front lines and the first contact our students seek when they have questions. Our front office fields and handles a vast array of questions and request on a daily basis. It is also where students come to sign in to speak with advisor, change his/her major, and request changes to their records. As you can imagine, there is never a dull moment, and always a smorgasbord of questions and request.  

  • Over 7,000 student advising appointments a year
  • Over 1,500 change major/minor request a year
  • Thousands of other request that are processed and managed within our over 5,700 student digital folders.  

Check out this article about our front office, advising and student support team! http://uknow.uky.edu/content/college-arts-and-sciences-advising-old-scho...

Student Staff Spotlight

Student Spotlight

My name is Tianna Acree, but everyone calls me Tee. I am originally from Hopkinsville, KY but have loved living in Lexington for the past two and a half years.  I am a junior at UK and I double major in Psychology and Sociology with a double minor in Chinese and Criminology. In my spare time I can be found exploring Lexington with friends or reading ethnographies about other cultures.

To be honest, UK was not my first choice for college. As a senior in high school, I had my heart set on another Kentucky university and had my mind made up that I was going to attend that particular university after graduation. It was not until my senior class attended a campus tour of UK that I knew I wanted to go here. Coming to campus was a surreal experience; as soon as I stepped foot on campus, I was head over heels in love and could see myself being a future Wildcat.

Work Life Balance (WLB)

Work Life Balance (WLB)

WL Strategy (Organizational/Individual): 

1.       Communicate what UK/College already has in place (Organizational)
2.       Be responsive, flexible, aware, supportive, fair, and consistent with employee WL requests (Organizational)
3.       Ownership of own unique WL needs (Individual)
4.       Communication with supervisor of WL needs (Individual) 
 

What it means for the Organization:

1.       Increased productivity
2.       Better staff retention and decreased turnover
3.       Being an employer of choice
4.       The ability to attract and recruit top talent
 

What it means for the Staff (exempt/non-exempt):

Professional Development

Professional Development

Definition:  The continuous process of acquiring new knowledge and skills that relate to your profession, job responsibilities, or work environment.  Professional development is a key component of maintaining trained, informed, and motivated employees. 

Because the College of Arts and Sciences views people as our number one resource, we place the highest value in the professional development of the staff.  The College will assist and empower staff members to keep abreast of developments and trends in their area of responsibility and to acquire new skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to one’s area of responsibility or future responsibility.  The College encourages staff to seek out appropriate professional development opportunities and ensures that department budgets are in place to help make this possible. 

A&S organizational culture of PD:

Collegiality

Collegiality

Collegiality is important to the College as it promotes a collegial workplace with a focus on investing in people.  The most valuable asset of the College is the staff and the intellectual capital they possess and the culture they create.  The completion of professional work depends on an atmosphere of collegiality.  There will be normal disagreement, but that can be articulated in a professional manner, and should not be personal or disrespectful. 

Collegiality Defined:  Cooperative, civil, and professional interaction among colleagues-represents a reciprocal relationship among colleagues with a commitment to sustain a collaborative, positive, and trusting environment which is critical to the overall success of the College-refers to opportunities for staff members to feel that they belong to a mutually respected community who value each staff member’s contributions to the College, and take collective responsibility for their work together.

Operational Definition-Collegiality is demonstrated by: 

Can you complete the limerick?

Can you complete the limerick? 

Below are news-related limericks with the last word or phrase missing from each. Can you complete the limerick?
 
 

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Can you complete the limerick?

Can you complete the limerick? 

Below are six news-related limericks with the last word or phrase missing from each. Can you complete the limerick? 

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Focus on the 20% that matters most!

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” -William James.
 

How many different ways, formats, styles, and schemas have you devised as the secret to your time management? Whether you draw up to-do list, set schedules or fill your desk with post-its, chances are you work to discover how to get ahead and make the most of the time you have.

Turns out there is a mathematical law called the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule), which says that for many phenomena, 80% of the consequences stem from 20% of the causes. In most cases, we obtain 80% of our results from 20% of our actual effort. Think about it, isn’t this true?

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