Some after-hours fun and camaraderie took place at the Hampton campus when the Classified Support Staff Association (CSSA) presented a team-building activity for College personnel called Gingerbread Wars.
The Jan. 31 gathering gave participants a chance to unwind and enjoy assorted snacks and beverages with co-workers all while crafting creative gingerbread houses.
Matt Hedrick, CSSA President, said the association began offering events such as Gingerbread Wars to spark the vitality and creativity of College personnel and remind participants about the unique attributes they each have to offer the College. The CSSA presented a similar gathering last October with a pumpkin carving theme. More team-building events, including paint night and a spring bazaar, are in the works for April or May.
“Doing something like this gets an individual out of their comfort zone, [lets them] engage with fellow co-workers to make new connections, and it’s something out of the ordinary to boost morale,” he said.
He said presenting these types of functions is in accord with CSSA’s mission, which is to hear the issues that affect staff, discuss possible solutions and bring those thoughts to College leaders, among other responsibilities.
“The staff are our main line of communication that interact with the public and they have to be knowledgeable, empathetic, understanding as well as resourceful. We have to grow, adapt, change, as well as perceive things in a new way, and under my leadership, CSSA is starting to do that,” stressed Hedrick. “I hope events such as this, as well as all of the other changes, make people realize that CSSA is the voice of the staff, and it is hearing you.”
To learn more about CSSA, contact Hedrick at HedrickMa@tncc.edu.