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March 30, 2010: Faculty/Staff News

Technology on Your Own Terms Series Continues April 7

The Weinberg Memorial Library and the CTLE are continuing the Technology on Your Own Terms series, hosting its next hands-on technological training on Wednesday, April 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 306.

The title of the next session is “Share with Surety: Facebook Privacy Settings for the Casual Facebook User.”

Confused about the ever-changing privacy settings in Facebook? Want to have more control over the content you share? In "Share with Surety: Facebook Privacy Settings for the Casual Facebook User," Donna Mazziotti will fill participants in about the latest version of Facebook's Privacy Policy. She will also walk participants through customizing their own Facebook Privacy Settings, armed with the knowledge of what each setting means.

It is assumed that participants in this workshop already have a Facebook account, and will have their login information with them when they attend.
 
All faculty and staff members are welcome, but seats are limited, so please register for sessions at www.scranton.edu/ctleregistration (under Special Events).

Staff Senate Meet & Greet the Candidates

The Staff Senate welcomes you to a "Meet & Greet the Candidates Luncheon" scheduled on Wednesday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The DeNaples Center, fourth floor, Rev. Bernard R. McIlhenny, S.J., Ballroom. Candidate introductions will begin at noon.

Those nominated representing the clerical staff include Lisa Bealla, Tammi Cherra, Patricia Cummings, Barbara Eagen, Barbara Evans, Colleen Gilboy, Nancy Gownley, Lenore Keeler, Kristi Klein, Nancy Laffey, Diane Lang, Erin Maguire, Cathy Murphy, Pauline Palko, Lynn Scramuzza and Shannon Sennefelder. Representing Maintenance, Technical, Trades and Public Safety are Kathy Clause, John Harris, Bob Keegan, Glen Pace, Bill Pilger, Pete Sakowski and JoAnn Stavisky. Representing the Professional/Paraprofessional staff are Robert Davis, James Francescelli, Denise Gurz, Corey Henfling, Larry Hickernell, Diana Howe, Margaret Hynosky, Catherine Mascelli, Danielle Morse, Donna Simpson, Monica Thomas, Diane Valentino, Jason Wimmer and Janice Winslow.  
 
The upcoming election process will begin on Wednesday, March 31, at 11:30 a.m. and close on Thursday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. Clerical, Professional and Paraprofessional staff will be voting electronically and details on the process will be distributed via e-mail. Maintenance, Technical, Trades and Public Safety will be voting on paper ballots that will be distributed via campus mail. 

Draft University Strategic Plan for Review

Over the past year, the University Planning Committee, Administrators’ Conference and Planning Office have been working in collaboration to develop a draft strategic plan for the University that will take us through 2010-2015. This strategic plan will play a critical role in guiding our activities, spending and growth during the coming five years. The plan will be supported by the activities of the University’s tactical plans, which outline the ways in which the strategic themes will be put into action.  

Your feedback is important. Please take a few moments to review the current draft of this plan, available at https://royaldrive.scranton.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-1368431_1-t_OIAYWVPQ. If you would like to share any comments or suggestions on the plan, e-mail planning@scranton.edu by Friday, April 16. 

Accommodations: What is Reasonable?

When students with disabilities — special needs — gain acceptance to The University of Scranton, they are entitled to receive “reasonable accommodations” so that they can fulfill the requirements of any program they wish to join. However, what does the term reasonable accommodation mean and does providing reasonable accommodations require that we adjust program standards? 

Psychologist Bob Liskowicz from the University Counseling Center will explain what reasonable accommodations mean to educators during a meeting Wednesday, March 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. in STT 590.

Liskowicz will be joined by Nancy Dolan, University Counsel, who will explain the University’s and instructors’ obligations concerning reasonable accommodation.

To register for the event, visit https://uis.scranton.edu/pls/prod/uis2.log?f=ycaevnt.event.

Committee on the Status of Women’s Open Forum Set for April 8

The Committee on the Status of Women has scheduled its spring Open Forum for Thursday, April 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rose Room, Brennan 509. The topic of the forum is "Investing 101 - Investing Basics for Women." Therese Dizon, a representative from Diversified Investment Advisors, one of the firms that handles the University's retirement accounts, will share important information on investing during these anxious economic times. The program and lunch will be provided by Human Resources. A postcard will be going out shortly to all female employees with an RSVP deadline of Monday, April 5.

Additional Sexual Harassment Training Dates Open

The Office of Equity & Diversity (OED) would like to express a heartfelt “Thank You” to the University community for the enthusiastic response to our most recent Sexual Harassment training campaign. Kudos to all who attended and to the supervisors who supported the training. In order for the University to remain compliant with our policies and related government regulations, OED is providing additional opportunities for University Staff — employed within the last two years — to attend the Sexual Harassment Policy Brief. A light lunch will be provided. 

The additional dates are as follows: 
March 30: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Brennan 500)
March 30: 5:30 – 7 p.m.  (Brennan 502)
April 1: 11:30 a.m – 1 p.m.     (Brennan 500)

If you have not attended the policy brief within the last two years, have not already signed up, or feel that you need a refresher course, contact the Office of Equity & Diversity at 941-6645 or e-mail diversity@scranton.edu.

Alumni Loyalty and Service Award: Nominate an Outstanding Senior

Please take a few moments to nominate a senior student who you feel demonstrates meritorious efforts in enhancing club activities, promoting good will on campus, establishing rapport with the community, exhibiting academic excellence, and rendering exceptional service to The University of Scranton. 

Nominate a deserving senior electronically — http://www.scrantonalumnicommunity.com/s/807/index.aspx?sid=807&gid=1&pgid=999&cid=1927 — or print this Nomination Form — http://matrix.scranton.edu/alumni/pdf/NominationForm.pdf — and send it to the Office of Alumni Relations, 3rd Floor Scranton Life Building.

Nominees should be graduating seniors from the College of Arts & Sciences, the Kania School of Management, or The Panuska College of Professional Studies. A separate selection process has been established for the College of Graduate and Continuing Education.

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 31. For more information, contact Ashley Motter at x6669. To learn more about the Alumni Loyalty and Service Award, visit http://matrix.scranton.edu/alumni/StayConnected/Ohara/LoyaltyIndex.shtml.

Upcoming Individual Pension Counseling Sessions

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce that a TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual pension counseling sessions. You will have the opportunity to meet with a representative — confidentially — to review and discuss your current investments, ask questions and review options to help you meet your retirement goals.

Ron Taraborrelli, ChFC, CLU, CFP of TIAA-CREF will be on campus Wednesday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please call the Office of Human Resources at x7767 to schedule your appointment. Meetings will be held in St. Thomas Hall, Conference Room 115.

Call for Nominations

Once again nominations are being sought for the Planning and Information Resources Division Employee Recognition Program.

The Employee Recognition Program provides an avenue whereby employees’ exemplary contributions and achievements will be recognized. 

This effort will support the values established by the Planning and Information Resources organization. As a division, we are committed to the on-going recognition of the achievements and contributions of our staff who are committed to the divisional values.

Three awards are given each year to the nominated employees who best exemplify and further the following fundamental values: 

· A passion for our work 
· An atmosphere of mutual respect, collaboration and professional respect 
· A distinct customer focus 
· A spirit of innovation 
· An emphasis on agility 

The awards are based upon performance from April of the previous year (2009) through March of the award year (2010).  Nominations are accepted Dec. 1 through March 31 of each year. 

Nominations may be received from any source, internal or external to the division and submitted to the awards committee, in care of the Office of the Vice President and CIO or submitted electronically to http://matrix.scranton.edu/pir/erp.shtml.

The following information should be included: 

(1) Nominee's name 
(2) Description of the specific contribution or action made by the nominee 
(3) How the nominee's action(s) and contribution(s) demonstrate at least one of the five values listed above 
(4) Nominator's name The nominator should give as complete a description as possible regarding what the nominee accomplished to deserve the award and how it demonstrates one or more of the Divisional Values. 

If you have any questions concerning the employee recognition program, please send an e-mail to the Vice President for Planning at desantoj1@scranton.edu

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