Welcome to our Staff Council Virtual Bulletin Board! In addition to the e-mail/print version of the Chronicle that you will receive once each semester, you'll be able to read the latest staff news here, including staff questions answered, volunteer opportunities, and important staff updates.
Additional Free Flu Shot Clinic, 11/3
The Office of the President will cover fees for all members of the Smith community (current students, faculty, and staff) at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness clinic on November 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information and to sign up, visit www.smith.edu/health.
Help Children This Holiday Season with Winter Gifts!
Staff Council is working with the Smith Community Service Office and the Hilltown Churches pantry to provide Winter Gifts to those in need in our community. Sponsoring is easy, so gather friends and colleagues to support this wonderful cause. The cost of sponsorship is $50-80 per child; any donation will help. If you are interested in sponsorship, send e-mail to email@example.com for details and a contract. Deadline for contracts is November 6. Make a difference for a child!
Dialogue for Smith College Staff at Otelia Cromwell Day: 11/6, 2:45-4 p.m.
Staff Council advocated for a staff-focused workshop on Otelia Cromwell Day--and here it is! Come to Campus Center 003 to discuss staff diversity issues. The session will be facilitated by Laura Rauscher, Tobias Davis, Serena Harris, Annie Cohen, and Brandon Buehring. See the flyer here.
Free Drop-in Mindfulness Medication Classes
David Spound of Valley Mindfulness is providing drop-in mindfulness medication classes on Wednesdays for five weeks (10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12 and 11/19) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness (second floor). This class is open to the Smith community--please join!
PVTA Outreach at HR Fair on 11/4, 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Summer PVTA information can be found on the Q&A section of this website. Bring additional questions to the PVTA table during the November 4 HR Fair in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Bus routes and schedules can be found on the PVTA website anytime.
Save the Date: President's All-Staff Forum, 11/7, 3- 4:30 p.m
Hear from President McCartney at the All-Staff Forum in Wright Hall auditorium, and meet administrative staff new to campus. The Chair of Staff Council will also present, and all staff are encouraged to attend and take part in the conversation.
Staff Council Nominations
Interested in joining Staff Council, or know someone who would be a great addition to the group? Please let us know! Just submit your name here and someone will be in contact with more details.
See photos from the 10/14 event on the Staff Council Facebook page! Staff members from across campus mingled and enjoyed hot cider, doughnuts, and fresh Macoun apples.
You may have noticed some new faces in your area--Building Services staff who may be still coming up to speed on the care of spaces new to them. Facilities Management provided the following statement regarding the "bumping" process:
Facilities Operations recently went through a series of job changes to provide better service to our customers and improve efficiencies. Local 263 staff just completed a bid/bump exercise as part of this change. Starting the week of September 21st, staff began moving into their new assignments. Please note that not all staff were impacted by this exercise, but there were several staff changes. These staffing changes should not impact services. If you have questions, please contact Michael Lane, Director of Operations.
Welcome to New Administrators!
Donna Lisker, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of the College
Calvin McFadden, Dean of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program
Elizabeth (Beth) Meyers, Director of Special Collections
Roger Mosier, Associate Vice President Facilities Management
Beth Raffeld, Vice President for Development
Katherine Rowe, Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Marianne Yoshioka, Dean of the School for Social Work
and upcoming (1/1/15):
Michael Howard, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Liberal Arts Luncheons
Staff members are welcome to attend Liberal Arts Luncheons, which are held Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Seelye Hall 201 (unless otherwise noted). Presentations are sponsored by the Committee on Academic Priorities and allow the campus community to learn about the specific research interests and work of faculty members.
A buffet lunch is hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty and served in Seelye Hall 207 at 11:45 a.m. The talks begin at 12:10 p.m. across the hall in 201. You can find more information, including the schedule, here.