Dear Student Affairs Staff,
Staff Updates: Please join me in welcoming Tiana Witkamp, International Student and Scholar Center. Sean Peek, Testing Services, left WSU in February for another position.
Congratulations to the following staff: Chad Mosher received the Super Staff Award from the Staff Advisory Committee; Charlie Chandler was elected by the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA) as the Board of Directors Co-chair and Region VII Alternate Delegate; and Claire Nye was honored with the President’s Outstanding Professional Staff Award.
I’d also like to recognize the following staff for their significant years of service (10 or more years) at WSU: Dave Trujillo (40), Juliana Larsen (30), Jennifer Grandi (25), Marilyn Cragun (20), Jeff Hurst (20), Dianna Abel (15), Wendy Henrie (15), Roxanne Holbrook (15), Donna Hunter (15), Prasanna Reddy (15), Jean Harding (10), Angie McLean (10), Ruth Stubbs (10), Eveni Tafiti (10). These individuals were honored at the annual Staff Awards Banquet on February 12.
Legislative Update. The budget for higher education has not yet been finalizeded, but decisions will be made next week with the end of the legislative session on March 13. To hear about this year’s session, and its implications for Weber State, consider attending President Wight’s Legislative Update on Tuesday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Wattis Smith Auditorium.
Employee Learning Week, formerly known as Spring Break Training is scheduled for March 10-14. It will include the WSU’s 4th Annual 1/2 Day Conference for Supervisors and Managers on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Please log into Training Tracker to register for course #250-00. Also on Thursday, March 13, 2014 Sean Bott will present in the Wildcat Theater (course #900-30 in Training Tracker.)
An ”Affordable Care Act“ information session highlighting the health care options available under the Federally Facilitated Marketplace will be held on Tuesday, March 18. Visit this website for more information: http://portalapps.weber.edu/lbulletinboard2.0/openmessage.aspx?id=4954&key=
Education Access & Outreach is sponsoring another FAFSA Feb event on Saturday, March 22 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Ogden Campus to ensure that FAFSA applications are submitted before the April 1 deadline. Professional staff will assist with corrections needed on FAFSA and will help complete applications from the February 22 FAFSA Feb event. For more information, visit www.weber.edu/fafsahelp. Please spread the word to your individual contacts and students and let them know that this free event is open to parents, high school students, college students, etc.
Staff Development Grant applications are being accepted through March 31. To apply go to http://weber.edu/staffdevelopment or sign up for training through Training Tracker.
Come partake of Student Affairs StrengthsQuest 15-Minute Menu presentations on March 11 and 12, 12:30-1:30pm in SU 316. These brown bag lunch sessions will allow you to see all 6 of the 15-Minute SQ sessions (3 per day), earn points toward the SQ Challenge, and see if you’d like to have any of these delicious sessions at your staff or committee meetings. We’ll even provide the cookies! Contact Amelia or Sheldon at email@example.com for more info.
Development Updates: Student Involvement and Leadership has received a $50K pledge for Leadership Programs; Veterans Services received $25K for scholarships; Disability Services also received $25K for scholarships, and Upward Bound received a $48K donation.
Reminders: Requests to teach summer courses are due to Emily Stanger on March 24. Directors: Budget templates for 2014-2015 are due March 31 to Brett Perozzi. This year’s Employee Performance Reviews or PREPs should be completed by May 31.
Tech Trivia: Join SAT March 13 and 14 to learn more about Weber State’s FREE cloud service -- Box, which is an amazing service with concrete benefits for you and your department. Please don’t miss this opportunity! Learn more about Box training and register at http://sat.weber.edu/box.php. Follow Student Affairs Technology on Facebook to get helpful tips and win prizes! https://www.facebook.com/WSUSAT
Speaking of Technology, did you know that National Day of Unplugging is sundown March 7 to sundown March 8? Consider unplugging from all the electronic gadgets for a day by participating in this event designed to remind people to relax and savor life’s moments without being tied to devices, the internet, etc. For more information, check out http://nationaldayofunplugging.com/about-us/
Have a fabulous spring break week and enjoy this gorgeous spring weather! As always, please send Marlen or me your suggestions or ideas for future Division E-Updates. Thanks!