June 4, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of Staff Development Day, an annual summer event for employees to get out of their offices and take part in various training and social opportunities. Staff Development Day has grown: About 50 percent of staff have registered for this year’s events, according to organizer Angel Hilliard in the Office of Human Resources. It’s a chance to put faces to the names of staff members that employees may work with during the year but not meet face to face. This year, staff can choose from 47 sessions, tours, and community service opportunities, from faculty talks on physics, Mars, and Rhode Island history to professional training and personal development sessions, including retirement planning. Tours include the John Carter Brown Library collections, Ladd Observatory, and the new Digital Scholarship Lab, and there will be community service projects at Magaziner Farm, The RI Community Food Bank, StrategicPoints, RI Historical Society, Women & Infants Hospital, and elsewhere. The 2012 Staff Development Day video is online.

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