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Operations and Activities Working Together
Chris Carey(ccarey)
Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 9:14 AM
Joined: 11/13/2008
Posts: 14

Hello all,


I am looking for some ideas/examples on how operations and activities departments work together effectively. Does any one have any examples of practices/philosophies/leadership styles that help both areas get and stay on the same page?


Thanks in advance for any help.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 9:35 AM
Joined: 4/3/2007
Posts: 67



A couple things. One is a philosophy that I formalized and picked up from this post: . More specifically looking at Love's book: Rethinking Student Affairs Practice in which the authors talk about trancending paradigms. Example not thinking in the Operations or Programs mindset but rather the Union mindset which includes both ways of thinking.


This is a fancy way to put the way I was trained. We had a staff member from the Programs area attend the weekly operations staff meetings that reviewed all the events, logistics and problems of the upcoming week. Also sat in on setting building hours. Basically they were a liaison from Programs to Operations. During orientation it was practice for all (programs and admin) to come assist Operations & Dining in doing quick turns of the grand ballroom from a meal to auditorium. While not everyone did it, it did build some comradery.


Hope that helps as just one idea.

Justin Rudisille(jrudisil)
Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 4:25 PM
Joined: 6/7/2007
Posts: 31

Chris—There were some ACUI webinars on similar topics through part of a campus collaboration series that could provide some philosophical ideas, as well as some practical insights on the topic.

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Wayne Otis Mamed(omamed)
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 1:27 PM
Joined: 4/17/2007
Posts: 256

Chris, I'll echo TJ on this and add...  Our Operations and Activities Offices have always met at least once a month to share what we have going on in our respective areas.  This sharing, along with working together on supporting our Graduate Internship program has always kept us in collaboration and working as a team with students as our prime concern.  We are also tied together through our advisory group, the Student Union Board Of Governors.  Student and staff are members from both student volunteer and employee ranks, and staff ranks.  Again, students are prime focus, but that the students want to work together and solve issues and support each other being successful is pretty energizing.  Check our website for SUBOG Constitution, Internship information, and a view to how we work together.  Hope this is helpful.

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