Caption: (Left to right) Student Success Manager Peter Pelicaan, Research, Grants and Contracts Senior Manager Andrew Schrader, Infrastructure National Manager Jane Caton, Enrolments, Fees and Scholarships National Manager Michael Dorman, Health Science Faculty Manager David Baker and Community Engagements Facilitator Daniel Nelson.
A group of ACU staff is looking for practical ways to apply the University’s Mission to their daily work lives after recently attending the Mission Integration Institute (MII) at the University of San Diego.
For the past three years ACU has been sending staff to the MII’s program, which caters for entry-level and mid-career professional administrators in Catholic higher education and allows them to reflect on the role and Mission of a Catholic institution.
Health Science Faculty Manager David Baker, one of six ACU staff who attended the program in June, provided some practical examples on what it means to apply the Mission’s core values - the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good.
“Regarding pursuit of knowledge - I’m trying to make a conscious effort to find out things and learn from my experiences and investigations rather than relying on others to provide me with information,” he said.
“About the dignity of the human person – I’m conscious of taking the time to understand and acknowledge an issue even though I may not agree with someone. If I have to deliver critical feedback, I need to remember that I am dealing with a human being with feelings and expectations.
“And about the common good – I’m ensuring that I am making decisions that are the best for the organisation rather than what is best for me.”
Identity and Mission Director Father Anthony Casamento said ACU sends staff to this program because it provided an opportunity for engagement in this important area of professional development.
“ACU sees this as a great opportunity for our staff to engage in conversation and professional development to further embed in our staff understandings of how our Catholic identity and Mission impacts on what they do on campus in their daily work life,” he said.
The week-long Mission Integration Institute program also focused on issues concerning:
Impacting students' growth in developing their faith and spirituality
Building important and practical skills to influence spirituality and faith development in the workplace and on campus
Increasing knowledge and understanding of Catholic higher education and contemporary issues
Making a difference and produce a meaningful and mindful campus community
Learning about the unique history, role, mission and identity of Catholic universities
Developing skills in helping to create a mission-driven environment for purposeful learning and work environments.