From the Vice President

September 2008

Welcome back from what I hope was an enjoyable and restful summer. As we begin the new academic year, which is full of possibilities for Princeton students, I think it is also an excellent time for employees to explore various learning opportunities available for each of us. As Princeton employees who support the educational and research mission of the University, we understand the important role that education plays in our students’ lives and how it contributes to society and the world at large. Learning, though, can be a lifelong journey. It doesn’t stop with a diploma or when we end our formal study. At work, we are regularly asked to acquire new skills to do our jobs. Some of these new skills might be technical — for example, learning how a new piece of equipment or a new computer application works. Other new skills can teach us how to communicate or manage people or resources more effectively. 

Much of what we learn can also help us in our daily lives outside of work. Sometimes we learn new things when we need to search for information to get things done, or explore new ways to problem–solve to move forward. However we learn, the benefits of acquiring knowledge are significant.
Currently, Princeton employees have an unprecedented set of opportunities from which to choose for personal and professional learning and development. Our varied programs permit you to pursue your undergraduate or graduate education through our Staff Education Assistance Plan; attend classes that offer basic management and other developmental skill–building topics through HR’s Core Learning Curriculum; take skill enhancement classes provided by the Excelling at Princeton program; and pursue other customized learning and development tools, programs and solutions for individuals, teams or organizations.
Throughout this issue of the HR Communiqué, you will find articles employees and programs with a focus on learning. When you read them, I hope you will be moved and even inspired to seriously consider doing something for yourself. What learning opportunity is right for you this year? HR staff is here to help you figure this out. Just give us a call! 

Please continue to send me your feedback on HR’s services and programs. It helps to hear from you!