HR Newsletter – October 2020
Kronos and Ultimate Software Unveil Plans to Rebrand as “UKG”
Ultimate Software has merged with Kronos to form the Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG). The merger of Kronos and Ultimate creates one of the world’s largest cloud companies – with 12,000 employees worldwide and approximately $3 billion in revenue – to deliver enhanced scale and an even stronger position in the HCM marketplace with highly complementary products and a combined 70 years of expertise.
Program Highlight - Digital Cinema Production
The film industry in Oklahoma is booming. Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon starring Leonardo Dicaprio will film in Osage County in 2021, after being delayed a year by the pandemic. A booming local film industry means jobs for those trained in digital cinema production.
Oklahoma City Community College offers hands-on training on the most cutting-edge film technology utilizing the best-equipped studio facilities in the state.
Oscar and Emmy award winner Gray Frederickson, Artist-in-Residence at OCCC, produced all three Godfather films, Apocolypse Now, The Outsiders, and many other feature films. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2020.
Professors Greg Mellott and Sean Lynch partner in overseeing the program, the curriculum, and the mission for student success. They are very proud of their dog-training films that have helped change the prison system in the state.
Who's Who at OCCC
Cody Garrison, Director of Student Life, Office of Student Life – Student Affairs
What would you like to share about your background?
I have been with OCCC since August 3, 2020. I have been working in Student Affairs and Higher Education for about 10 years.
For my undergraduate studies, I went to Oklahoma State University. I went to the University of Utah for my graduate studies. From Oklahoma State University, I majored in Human Development and Family Science with an option in Child and Family services (I know, quite the mouthful). I also received an honor’s degree, and I graduated top 10 in my class and was awarded the Senior of Distinction Award. From the University of Utah, I majored in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Student Affairs.
What do you love about working at OCCC?
Student success and establishing environments in which students can be successful and thrive has always been my passion. I was attracted to OCCC because, one, it is a community college which focuses on providing education to anyone who strives to improve their lives and the lives of others through education. OCCC was the first college I have seen that provides a wide variety of services and support for students, and as an educator and professional dedicated to student success, this was very encouraging. I was also interested in OCCC for the work the Director of Student Life would be able to perform. The position balances between student interaction, programming, and upper administrative work. Having the ability to work with students while also being able to communicate the needs of students to others is a great opportunity to continue to ensure students are as successful as they can be outside of the classroom.
How do your daily duties directly impact OCCC’s faculty, students & staff (what are your duties)?
The work that I do with Student Life impacts students every day. Our purpose is to establish co-curricular opportunities for success outside of the classroom. Student Life oversees clubs and organizations, student government, employment services, civic honors, and events and programming. We act as resource agents to get students involved and direct them to other support services or opportunities on campus. We want to ensure students are able to get involved, make meaningful and lasting connections and relationships, develop skills for success, and create lasting memories from their experiences at OCCC. I also work with the Alumni Foundation and alumni relations.
What are your hobbies or interest?
I love to play video games and board games. I love to travel; I have been to 24 states and 14 different countries. I enjoy going to the beach, and I enjoy aquatic activities: Sea – Dooing and boating, rafting, tubing, water skiing. I also enjoy participating in other outdoor activities: hiking, visiting national parks, camping, and caving. I like to window shop (Although, I can never commit to purchasing). Being with my family is very important to me; we play a lot of Jackbox, watch football, and spend time at the lake.
Clarence W. (C.W.) West started with OCCC on December 3, 2001. He retired as a Financial Aid Advisor on May 6, 2016.
Mary Vollmer, adjunct faculty, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
Open Discussion - Domestic Violence
Open Discussion - Domestic Violence
Do you know someone who would be a great addition to the OCCC team? Ready for a change yourself? OCCC is now hiring for the following positions:
The Recreation & Fitness Customer Service Assistant provides information in response to inquiries about programs and classes offered by Recreation and Fitness. The Assistant provides administrative support for the department and recreational services to the community within available resources and in compliance with the College and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education guidelines.
The Course Design Consultant is responsible for consulting with faculty as they develop courses to facilitate faculty understanding and expectations related to identified best practices and course design and development.
The Admissions Outreach Advisor is responsible for the recruitment, pre-admission advisement, prospective student communication, admission processing, matriculation, and retention of new and returning students while also providing services and outreach programs to recruit and retain targeted student populations.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we have created space to talk about the issues surrounding violence in relationships. If you need to talk, we’re here.
We will host two Zoom discussions concerning domestic violence with panelists Kim Garrett, CEO of Palomar, OKC's family justice center and our own Janey Wheeler, Licensed Professional Counselor Student Support Services. The discussions will be webinar style allowing attendees to remain anonymous. Join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 10 a.m. or Wednesday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. Registration is required.
Did you know that you can schedule an email for delivery in Outlook? Write your email, then go to Options > Delay Delivery > Do not deliver before, then specify the time and date you want it to go out. Perfect for crafting a few timely responses before you hop on a plane or go into an afternoon of meetings.
DID YOU KNOW?
Our team is dedicated to assist academic and administrative departments in managing one of the College’s most valued assets: its employees. We are available to assist you during normal business hours via email, phone, or just stop by the John Massey Center and say hello. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Human Resources at (405) 682-7542 or HRRep@occc.edu. Select this link to meet the HR Staff.
PEER TO PEER PRAISE
Do you have someone you would like to nominate for Peer-To-Peer Praise? Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our team is dedicated to assist academic and administrative departments in managing one of the College’s most valued assets: its employees. We are available to assist you during normal business hours via email, phone, or just stop by the John Massey Center and say hello. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Human Resources at (405) 682-7542 or email@example.com. Meet the HR staff.
Oklahoma City Community College grants Eligible Employees time off for voting in state, local and national elections, pursuant to Oklahoma law and the following procedures. For more information, refer to College Policy No. 2208.
WELL BEING MOMENT
As you prepare for shorter days and colder weather in the months ahead, you may be wondering how to have fun and de-stress in the coming months while staying safe and healthy. Here are some ideas:
- Make Your Own Decorations or Costumes – whether it’s for Halloween, Thanksgiving or other holidays coming up in the colder months, tapping into your creativity is a great way to have some fun.
- Give Back – as the temperature begins to drop, the need for donations to local charities and organizations increase. Go through your closet to find rarely worn items such as clothes, jackets, boots or other cold-weather gear you no longer need and find a local organization seeking these items.
- Give Yourself a Fall/Winter Resolution – although making a “resolution” is most often associated New Year’s, why wait until January 1st to make a healthy change in your life? Set an intention now to improve your mental or physical health throughout the fall and winter months.
- Get Outside – no matter the time of year, getting outside and enjoying fresh air and sunshine is a quintessential way to combat worries, uncertainty and even depression. Many wonders of nature are on display in the fall months in particular.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”
- Susan B. Anthony