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Employee Council supports NMSU staff, hosts annual picnic Friday

With the leaves changing color and the temperatures dropping, New Mexico State University employees have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic lunch on the Horseshoe. Employee Council is hosting the annual Employee Appreciation Picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.

Men and women sit around tables during a meeting.
Members of the Employee Council discussed current topics during its October meeting. (NMSU photo by Tiffany Acosta)

All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. An open-air shuttle will be available. The shuttle will pick up faculty and staff at the northwest corner of Parking Lot 41, near Corbett Center.

While some staff may only know about Employee Council from the picnic, which is being sponsored by the group for the fourth year, NMSU?s Employee Council is an advisory board to the president about issues concerning current employees and university retirees.

?It serves NMSU well to have Employee Council members serving on university committees,? said Greg Block, Employee Council chair and associate director of housing and campus life. ?I truly believe that this administration really values the input that various members of this group have.?

Employee Council typically convenes once a month and meetings are open to all employees. The meetings also are available via a live webcast.

?Employee Council is a way for staff to be represented in the policy-making apparatus of the university,? said Bill Harty, Employee Council member and director of research administrative systems for the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Employee Council has a voting membership of 20 members and its executive committee meets with the president on a regular basis. Employee Council members participate in more than 18 standing committees focused on the administration of university policies, initiatives and incentives.

Along with the annual picnic, Employee Council recently started hosting open forums for the NMSU community on a variety of topics including athletics, budget and legislative priorities and capital outlay. Employee Council has helped with the expansion of sick leave and holidays.

?A lot of times employees don?t know where to go so they can come to us and we figure out where to get the answers,? said Cherri Lambeth, Employee Council attendee and director of business and resource planning for the Office of the Vice President for Research. ?We have the president?s ear. This is an avenue to get to the top about issues related to the employees.?

For more information on Employee Council, visit http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu.