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Ongoing Events & Activities


Monthly Meetings
  • Monthly meetings of the Staff Senate are open to all staff.
  • The agenda generally includes a guest speaker, committee reports, and discussion of current issues.
  • Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Refer to the meeting information page for location and agenda.
Campus Kudos
  • An ongoing awards program recognizing students, staff, and faculty for contributing to NDSU success.
  • Award recipients are recognized in the Messenger newsletter, in a picture display handing in the Memorial Union, and on the Campus Kudos Recipients page.
  • To submit a nomination, go to the Campus Kudos page.
Messenger Newsletter
  • The Messenger newsletter serves to inform the NDSU community about staff activities and awards.
  • Published three times each academic year (September, December, and March), the Messenger is available both in print and on the Messenger page of this site.
  • For more information or to contribute a story, contact the Public Relations Committee chair.

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Upcoming Events

Discover U 2.0- Equine Guided Learning

Monday, May 23, 2016, 1 - 4 PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 1 - 4 PM

$20 per attendee

Registration information will go out later this spring.

Why Horses?

You can learn a lot about being human from a horse!  Equine Guided Education (EGE), an approach for personal growth and professional development by bringing horses and humans together, has been gaining momentum in recent years, world-wide. Its value lies within the scope of experiential learning, environmental learning, and social intelligence, to name just three. 

But there’s more ...

✔Both horses and humans have their herds, they can relate.
✔Horses rely on their senses – humans do as well – when not relying so much on verbal communication.
✔Horses are curious, intuitive and responsive to humans.
✔Horses often mirror what they sense in humans – providing an opportunity for humans to self-examine.
✔Horses respond to authenticity.
✔Horses don’t judge, they just are.
✔Horses, by virtue of their size and power, command respect, humans can’t help but pay attention.

Here’s a bonus. This experience, bringing horses and humans together, is successful because of its defining feature of self-discovery.  The focus for the Staff Senate experience with HorseSong Coaching will be teambuilding. You can come away with something you can use in any team or group setting, at work or in your personal life.

To read more about the facilitator, Martha Olsen, visit her website.

Testimonials from Staff Senators that went through the session last year:

I absolutely loved participating in the Equine Guided Learning. Not only did I get to work with great people but also great horses. I admit that I was a bit terrified of being so close to the horses, having never been around one before. The instructors and my peer group were all very supportive in helping me overcome my fears and finding ways to encourage me to work with the horses in ways I might not have originally felt comfortable doing. The overall experience was great for me as an individual but also on a group level. I was really impressed at the constant symbolism that was apparent with our interactions with each other and with the horses. I felt instantly bonded to the people I was working with and also my new favorite horse, Dottie.
-By Amanda Booher, Libraries Event and Promotional Coordinator

I found the Equine Guided Learning session a very effective workshop. People and horses are social, judgmental, and must earn your trust but do not like to be controlled (haltered or fenced in).  With different personalities we develop different relationships even with a horse.  The non-verbal exercise we did as a team taught us how to lead, follow and stay together as a team and not lose anyone during the project/exercise. We also learned how important effective communication is and that we must have a common goal to achieve it by trusting and working closely together.
-By Linda McCaw, Conference Coordinator and Ag Consortium Videoconference Master Scheduler/Agriculture Communication Department

As a member of Staff Senate, I was guarded in regards to the authorization of funds for the Equine Guided Learning experience.  I will be the first to say that this was money well spent.  The learning experience was full of life lessons that were in turn applied to my work life.  The facilitators were terrific in helping guide the learning process.  The experience could be a great team building project for departments and offers opportunity for each person to take the experience as deep as they want.  I came away very excited about what I had learned about myself and how I can apply it to my job.  We can learn a lot from a horse!
-By Diane Harrison, Bison Card Associate

Past Staff Senate Anniversary Celebrations

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Staff Senate 20th Anniversary

Mark your calendars to attend the Staff Senate 20th Anniversary.

Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of Staff Senate over the past twenty years.

10-11 a.m.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Great Room, Upper Level Memorial Union

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2010