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Strategic Direction Implementation: UC Staff Success Center to Open April 12 with Noon Ribbon Cutting


The university’s new Strategic Direction, Next Lives Here, identifies staff enrichment and development as key in support of UC's education, research and service mission. As such, the new Staff Success Center, set to open with a noon ribbon cutting on April 12, will foster development, engagement, support and collaboration.

Date: 4/9/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824

UC ingot   In building on feedback from the University of Cincinnati community as well as national trends related to employee professional development, a key component of the university's new Strategic Direction focuses on supporting staff.

As such, a new Staff Success Center is set to open on April 12, 2018 – located on the 4th floor of University Hall. It will provide developmental programs toward staff learning needs and objectives as well as time and resources toward building organizational capabilities and talents amidst change. The ribbon cutting for the center is set for noon, Thursday, April 12, and will include remarks by
  • UC President Neville Pinto
  • Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance Robert Ambach
  • Chief Human Resources Officer Tamie Grunow
  • Center Director Tanya Ladd
The opening celebration will include music by College-Conservatory of Music students, refreshments, photos with the Bearcat, door prizes and demonstrations of SuccessFactors Learning.

Tamie Grunow, senior associate vice president and chief human resources officer, explained, “Our employees are telling us that professional development matters and that it matters a lot. As instructional, technological and workplace needs accelerate, we must be nimble in supporting our employees and providing them the time, tools, resources and opportunities to engage in projects and to develop abilities that match emerging needs.”

She added that in both UC and national surveys, about 90 percent of employees – sometimes even higher percentages – say that learning, engagement and support offerings are a worthwhile investment in their careers and that professional development and career growth opportunities are very important.
Next Lives Here is UC's new strategic direction.



In turn, skills enhancement for employees, training, collaboration and education is critical to meeting organizational needs and the institution’s mission. It’s also key in providing a truly inclusive environment where engagement opportunities, partnerships and active learning are readily available to all.

“Creating a rich, engaged, collaborative environment for all employees will, in turn, foster the very best living and learning, research and service experiences for our larger community of students, alumni, patients, fans and friends,” according to Robert Ambach, senior vice president for administration and finance. He further credited Grunow and Tanya Ladd, center director, and their respective team members for their planning efforts related to the new Staff Success Center.

The new center will offer
  • Professional development workshops and certificate programs
  • Mentorship programs as well as interview and resume coaching
  • Online and instructor-led training
  • Team building and consultation services
  • Systems education: UCFlex, Catalyst, Concur, etc.
These developmental opportunities will not only support institutional goals, attract and retain top talent to and at UC, and contribute to
  • Education leading to improved job performance and service to colleagues, students and the larger university community.
  • Engagement through adult learning based content, delivery and support.
  • Support in career and academic advancement leading retention and internal talent pipelines for succession planning.
  • Collaboration in anticipating and addressing the needs of the university community.
  • Promotion of an environment to foster learning, teamwork, communication and morale.
  • Providing a central location to foster and spread a culture in which knowledge and expertise are shared among the campus’ diverse members.

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