The first-ever newsletter designed specifically to highlight issues relevant to working at NYUCD debuted in spring 2011. Entitled NYUCD Community Voices, the newsletter is produced by the NYUCD Office of Human Resources and Faculty Services.
"NYUCD Community Voices is all about empowering administrators and staff to take advantage of opportunities to expand their knowledge, develop professionally through in-service training, and enhance their health and well-being," said Julia Murphy, JD, senior director of the Office of Human Resources and Faculty Services. Wellness initiatives for staff and administrators have included free oral exams provided by dental faculty; free cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, and weight screenings; and a series of lectures on stroke prevention and on nutrition.
To that end, the debut issue carried a three-month calendar of "Friday Staff and Administration Focus" sessions on topics such as "How NYUCD Is Organized," "Wellness at NYUCD," "Understanding the NYUCD Budget Process," "HIPAA Computer Security," "Basic Business Communication," "Civility and Emotional Intelligence" and "Cultural Competence," to name a few. Presenters at these sessions have included Dean Bertolami, Vice Dean Michael P. O'Connor, and Assistant Deans Cheryl Westphal-Theile and Anthony Palatta. "Providing opportunities for networking and for mentoring and being mentored are a focus of these Friday sessions," said Dr. O'Connor, NYUCD's vice dean for finance and administration. Because the Friday Focus sessions have been so popular, an expanded program will begin in September 2011.
Added Vice Dean O'Connor, "I strongly support the outstanding efforts being made by Julia and her team to communicate to the entire NYUCD community a broader knowledge of the resources and activities available through the Office of Human Resources and Faculty Services."