HR was one of 21 departments represented at the free event, which attracted over 300 faculty and staff as part of the 2017 Business Affairs Conference & Expo, “Taking Giant Steps.”
“It gives people a chance to put a face with a name and a chance to see how much Business Affairs interacts with the day-to-day job,” said Richard Fleming, assistant director of purchasing and contracts and this year’s chair of the Conference and Expo.
Benson said she wanted to show attendees the volume of services and trainings available from her team.
“Human Resources has a lot of people and some don’t realize the superheroes we are and the services we offer,” she said.
Each table had an inventive way to display their department’s offerings and attendees were lured in with contests and swag.
Financial Planning and Budgets gave away one men’s and one women’s fragrance and sponsored a photo booth complete with wacky props.
Terri Taylor, a travel auditor with Accounts Payable, used toy cars and artificial food displays to capture people’s attention. She said the event was a great way to talk with people about travel policies, meals and mileage.
Robert Walker, director of business services and systems for POCAM, said a lot of people were excited about the new dockless bike-share program that just expanded to downtown Greensboro.
His team spoke with visitors about recent updates and services like the Emergency Ride Home program, which provides a way for commuters to get to work in the event of an emergency.
POCAM recently installed a new electronic sign on UNCG buses that displays the next stop, and they are starting an extensive project to complete structural repairs across all parking decks on campus. Part of the project will include improving the gate equipment and eventually adding an option to use credit cards.
Charles Maimone, vice chancellor for business affairs, said he was thankful for yet another successful turnout for the Expo.
“We wanted this event to be meaningful for our colleagues across campus,” he said. “Our goal is to better understand how we assist and improve by interacting with members of the campus community that rely on our services.”
By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Katie Loyd and Elizabeth L. Harrison