Great opportunity to talk with the CFO and learn more about the greater picture of the university. As a university budget manager it was great to see what is happening in the near and far future for less of a surprise with my work!
Personally, I would have like a visual presentation with handouts to take notes, but overall, Jeff Bethke was well prepared to answer any questions. I was disappointed that the Retirement Incentive is only offered to employees 62 years of age, with 10 years of service, whereas the HR policy states that a staff member qualifies for retirement at 55 years of age with 20 years of service, and that staff cannot returned to DePaul after a year off, whereas a Faculty can return. That sends a message to staff who are the administrative supporters that hold the university together, not valued like Faculty are.
The speakers were marvelous! I appreciated that they interacted with the audience and were eager to learn from the audience's questions. Please invite more speakers like these to DePaul in the future. Thank you!
Rebecca Solnit spoke clearly about Climate Chaos and how we can address it. I particularly enjoyed the asides and the quote from Bill McKibbon: Stop being an individual! (In working to protect the environment)