Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) employees as well as Agricultural Experiment Station administrative personnel participated in this day and a half training event. Funding for this event was provided by the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Over a day and a half of events, attendees participated in nine training sessions. Program sessions included Customer Service and Time Management which was presented by Paul Biwan from the Office of Human Resources, F&A Rate Proposal / OSU Fee Book presented by Charlotte Rooks from OSU Business Affairs, EmpCenter Review presented by Patty Deluca from OSU Business Affairs, CAS Grant Proposals presented by Liz Etherington from the College of Agricultural Sciences’ administration. AMBC personnel also presented sessions: Graduate Fee Remissions and other budget issues presented by Chris Holdridge and Lela Mazzo, HR/Payroll Process Flow presented by Jayne Parker, Nancy Bremner, Itsue Pfund and Sheryl Powell, Quality in Perspective presented by Lucille Valley and Best Practices on Invoice and PO Entry presented by Dwight Brimley.
The conference was held on April 11th and 12th 2013 at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport, Oregon. Jack Breen, Business Center Manager for AMBC and Chief Business Officer of the college welcomed the 50 attendees that participated this year, including employees from locations such as Klamath Falls, Union and Burns. This figure included both participants and session instructors. The Best Western Agate Beach Inn was used as a program, meal and lodging facility for this event.
In addition to the nine training sessions, attendees toured OSU’s Newport facilities where they learned about research being conducted at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES), the Marine Mammal Institute (MMI) and the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resource Studies (CIMRS). Presenters included Janet Webster, HMSC Interim Director, Gilbert Sylvia, COMES Director, Bruce Mate, MMI Director and Kathleen O’Malley, COMES Assistant Professor. Some participants met and touched the HMSC Visitor Center’s resident octopus named Miss Oscar.
The conference group also learned about the work that has been done in educating the Newport campus community on Tsunami preparedness and awareness. Groups that visit the OSU-Newport campus are now informed where the nearest Tsunami “SAFE” zone is located. The closest one to the HMSC Visitor Center is a 14 minute walk away. It is called Safe Haven Hill.
The Hatfield Marine Science Center recently acquired a piece of the Japanese Tsunami Dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach back in June 2012. A picture of this dock section is shown below:
Evening hours provided participants with the opportunity to get together in the hospitality room where they got to know their colleagues in an informal social environment. The Hatfield Marine Science Center funded the stocking of the hospitality room with lots of snacks, soda pop and water.
In evaluating the conference, participants felt that the overall benefits included being able to network, connect and communicate with their colleagues as well as improve their understanding of current OSU business processes and procedures.
The Newport Retreat Committee was comprised of Chelle Boswell, Jeff Wiseman, Shanda McCloskey, and Bob Moch all from the AMBC-Newport Business Office as well as Carol Cole from the COMES-Newport office. Program session coordination, agenda preparation and AV transport was handled by Dwight Brimley in the AMBC-Corvallis Office.