EASE graduates gain knowledge, new skills
EASE graduates for 2012 are (seated) Angie McHann-Ruth, Stephen Lancaster, Natalie Carpenter, Brittany Oliver; (back row) Tiffney Williams, Krystle Dixon, Becky Springer, Yolanda Boyd, Annika Campbell, Latoya Bishop, Jennifer Forrester and Dani Williams. Not pictured: Gail Wilson PHOTO: Russ Houston | University Relations
Participants in the 2012 Education for Administrative Support Employees (EASE) sessions took advantage of the opportunity to boost their knowledge during the 12-week training program, which is designed to provide new administrative support staff with the tools to perform their jobs effectively.
At the beginning of the program in late September, the EASE class was given a surprise pre-test during their first meeting to benchmark their level of knowledge. The pre-test scores averaged 57%.
At the conclusion of the training sessions, they took a second test to assess progress and knowledge gain, and the scores averaged 85%.
The improved test scores indicate that the participants gained knowledge and learned new skills during the EASE Program.
Session topics included basic department internal controls, communication skills, conflict resolution, diversity, information security, leave, professional image, purchasing, time management, travel, and the employment process.
EASE graduates for 2012 are:
Latoya Bishop, office associate, Office of Diversity and Equity Programs
Yolanda Boyd, office associate, Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement
Annika Campbell, administrative assistant I, International Institute
Natalie Carpenter, office associate, Sponsored Program Administration
Krystle Dixon, administrative assistant II, Dean of Engineering
Jennifer Forrester, accounting assistant, Dairy Plant
Stephen Lancaster, office associate, Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education
Angie McHann-Ruth, administrative assistant II, Center for Teaching and Learning
Brittany Oliver, office associate, Office of Admissions and Scholarships
Becky Springer, administrative assistant I, Leadership and Foundations
Tiffney Williams, administrative assistant I, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Dani Williams, administrative assistant I, Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station
Gail Wilson, administrative assistant I, Student Counseling Services
The next EASE Program will be held in the fall. Participants will be invited in August.
For more information, please contact Adrienne Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-325-3713.