Staff Council is very pleased to announce that Executive in Residence and former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas will be presenting a Learning Lunch on Wednesday, January 19th at noon. The location is nearly certain to be McCullough Social Space, but we are awaiting confirmation before sending an all-staff message.
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Is there a young athlete in your life that you are or soon will be helping navigate the NCAA admissions process? Staff Council is very pleased to offer an opportunity for you to learn more about it.
Erin Quinn, Director of Athletics has generously volunteered to help demystify how NCAA recruiting works, and help prepare parents and friends of athletes in that process. Bring your lunch and learn how it works from the inside!
Wednesday December 1st, 12:15-1pm, Kenyon Lounge.
Please join us!
For those who could not attend, click here to listen to the audio from the presentation.
With deep gratitude to David Kloepfer for recording and to Scott Witt for editing.
Is your high school student considering college, but boggled by the admissions process? Staff Council invites staff members to attend an informational talk that will help you understand how it all works!
Please bring your lunch and join us for one of our Learning Lunch series “Demystifying the College Admissions Process.” Bob Clagett, Dean of Admissions, and Jacqueline Davies, Student Services Director for Student Financial Services, have kindly offered to help take the mystery out of the process! Staff Council is sponsoring these two opportunities for you to talk with those who know!
Demystifying the College Admissions Process
Presented by Bob Clagett
Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 12:15
Emma Willard Conference Room
Demystifying the College Financial Aid Process
Presented by Jacqueline Davies
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 12:15
Emma Willard Conference Room
It’s not even August, but we’re already formulating our agenda for our meeting in October with a committee of the Board of Trustees. Here’s what we’ve come up with so far. Please let us know if you have additional concerns!
1. “The New Normal”: the number of staff has been reduced, “things not to do” are (sometimes) identified, but then some months later they get put back on the “to do” list. Many staff members feel that expectations have not been lowered even though the administration has said they should be. (We have specific examples from across campus.)
2. Committees (the Benefits Advisory Committee and the SRC’s Wage and Salary Committee) that were established in the last couple of years to participate in policy discussions related to compensation and benefits are either no longer convened or have been reduced to a role of “approving” policies established without their participation. MCSC feels it is appropriate that we have a more active role in these important policy discussions.
3. Is the previously stated target of 850 staff still a valid number given a) no apparent decrease in expectations of services (see item number 1) and b) improved budget forecasts?
4. Staff morale is very low for a number of reasons:
- Staff numbers have decreased but expectations and requirements for their work have not (see item number 1).
Units that have lost the most staff are also the units who have had to relocate to smaller, less functional office space, or they are the ones performing the moves (Facilities Services). Further, the compressed timeframes required for these moves (in order to bring dorm space online for Fall) made it logistically overwhelming for Facilities and also difficult or impossible to modify the new spaces to function appropriately. Yet the staff affected by these moves are still trying to meet the same level of service that was expected of them three years ago.
The ERPs and VSP has not only resulted in the loss of valuable institutional memory that affects work units and the college as a whole, but also the loss of long-time colleagues who have become close friends over the years makes many of the work environments on campus less congenial than they were a year or so ago.
Minimal, flat raise levels over the last two years, while economically understandable, have coincided with the most stressful times for employees. This has further lowered morale.