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March General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 18

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Atherton Union, Reilly Room

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

Parking Update—Ben Hunter
HR Update—Anita Watts
Stand Tall Project—Noelle Rich
Subway—Ali Khan, meeting sponsor


Props to…

The following staff are recognized through our Thank a Colleague program. If there is someone you’d like to give props to, let us know.

  • Mary Macmanus Ramsbottom
  • Julie Allen
  • Shonda Cheever
  • Priscilla Cobb
  • Joe Ader
  • Jami Kong
  • Debbie Rushton
  • Anila Din
  • Tina Vawter

Updates

Difference Makers:
Nominate a staff member who is making a difference; nominations are open until May 1. Learn more.

Employment Affairs:
The committee continues to pursue process improvements and is supporting initiatives aimed at increasing employee morale.

Personal and Professional Development:
The “Communication” session presented on March 4 by Anila Din, Director of Employee Relations, was very informative and well attended. It was so good, the attendees have requested an additional session in the near future to expand on what was discussed in the first session. Watch for more information on this in early summer. Save the date for our upcoming Personal and Professional Development sessions:

  • Tuesday, March 24, Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Location: Pharmacy Building, room 015 (COPHS lower level)
    Topic: Blogging—Bring on the Basics
    Facilitator: Erin Albert, BS ’94, RPh, MBA, PharmD, JD, Esq.
  • Tuesday, April 7, Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Location: Atherton Union, room 302
    Topic: Taking Care of You
    Facilitator: Cynthia Payne, member of Staff Assembly’s Personal and Professional Development Committee; RSVP to tvawter@butler.edu or ext. 9655
  • Tuesday, April 14, Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Lunch will be provided; RSVP to tvawter@butler.edu or ext. 9655
    Topic: Making the Pieces Fit—The Importance of Estate Planning
    Facilitator: Susan Hunter, Attorney and Owner of Hunter Law Office

Activities and Socials:
A letter of thanks was received from The Salvation Army for our participation in their Christmas Toy Shop toy drive. Thank you to everyone who donated to the cause. It is clear that our collective efforts made a positive impact, and they are very appreciative of our generosity!

February General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 18

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Atherton Union, Reilly Room

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

IndyGO Resolution—see resolution and instructions to provide input
University Branding—Stephanie Judge Cripe
HR Update—Nikila Stevens
Relay for Life—Chris Davis
Moore Restoration—meeting sponsors


Props to…

The following staff are recognized through our Thank a Colleague program. If there is someone you’d like to give props to, let us know.

  • Fred Gibson
  • Tim Downs
  • Brenda Bantz
  • Rebecca DeGrazia
  • Katie Orlowski
  • Julie Barrett
  • Melissa Smurdon
  • Dawnya French

Updates

Difference Makers:
The nomination process will open soon! Watch the Connection for more details.

Employment Affairs:
The committee is meeting Tuesday, February 17.

Networking and Resources:
New hires! If you were hired between September and November 2014 and would like to learn more about what Butler Dining Services offers and have a lunch in A-Town at the same time…read on! Lunch will be on Friday, February 27 at 11:00 a.m. in Atherton Union. RSVP to Judy Gauer by Wednesday, February 25. We will have a short info session and then lunch—all you can eat!

Personal and Professional Development:
Save the date for our upcoming Personal and Professional Development sessions!

  • Wednesday, March 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Location: Gallahue Hall, room 105
    Topic: Communications
    Facilitator: Anila Din, Director, Employee Relations
  • Thursday, March 12, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 
    Location: Pharmacy Building, room 106A
    Topic: Team Building
    Facilitator: Anila Din, Director, Employee Relations
  • Tuesday, March 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Location: Pharmacy Building, room 015 (COPHS lower level)
    Topic: Blogging—Bring on the Basics
    Facilitator: Erin Albert, BS ’94, RPh, MBA, PharmD, JD, Esq.

Policy Work Group:
The University’s Policy Work Group met January 28 and approved of a number of BUPD-related policies.  They will meet next on February 25 to review additional policy proposals from BUPD.

January General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, January 21

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Robertson Hall, Johnson Board Room

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

Butler Community Arts School—Nicole Vasconi & Karen Thickstun
HR Update
Relay for Life—Chris Davis


Props to…

The following staff are recognized through our Thank a Colleague program. If there is someone you’d like to give props to, let us know.

  • Stephanie Haggard
  • Anila Din
  • Mark Brouwer
  • Beth Falkenbach
  • Angie Hewitt
  • Lindsay Wimmer
  • Priscilla Cobb
  • Rhonda Louks
  • Judy Malarney

Updates

Networking and Resources:
Networking and Resources is continuing with our new staff mentoring. Newer Butler staff should be contacted soon about an upcoming lunch to meet other new staff, socialize, and get questions answered. For any questions, please contact Judy Gauer at jgauer@butler.edu.

HR Update—Manager Training:
During the planning phase of Management Training at Butler University, HR will be collecting information from various sources to build the training program. Non-supervisory staff may use the suggestion form on the Staff Assembly website from January 21–February 4 to submit topics and/or objectives they believe would be valuable to a Management Training program. These suggestions will be considered as HR prepares the foundational principles for the training program. Note: Only suggestions related to the Management Training program will be sent to HR. 

December General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, December 17

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Location: Pharmacy & Health Sciences Building, room 150

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

  • SGA—Chad Pingel, SGA President
  • Open Forum—an opportunity for you to share your ideas and suggestions with Staff Assembly leadership

Props to…

The following staff are recognized through our Thank a Colleague program. If there is someone you’d like to give props to, let us know.

  • Amorelle Gunst
  • Cindy Garrett
  • Melinda Sowers
  • Courtney Rousseau
  • Nate Partenheimer
  • Anita Watts
  • Kim Orbik
  • Margaret Brabant
  • Cynthia Payne
  • Beth Falkenbach
  • Lisa Hines
  • Diane Dubord
  • Geoffrey Hoops
  • Stacy O’Reilly
  • Cathy Holland

Message from Chair, November General Meeting & Committee News

A Message from Chair of Staff Assembly

Dear Staff Members,

I have the wonderful opportunity and privilege to serve as Butler University’s Staff Assembly Chair. In this role, I have direct access to Senior Leadership (vice presidents, deans, general counsel, etc.) and work closely with each of them on a regular basis. Our work revolves around issues, concerns, ideas, and processes that affect you as a staff member. The end goal is to provide input and a voice to continually improve the quality of the working environment here at Butler, so you have the resources and support you need to thrive as an employee.

Recently, I have been working diligently with Senior Leadership on the reclassification process. I have shared all of the questions, concerns, and issues brought forward to Staff Assembly, and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your feedback. This includes the communication process, PDQs, overtime, volunteering, supervisor training, and monthly hourly salary, to name a few. I want to assure you Senior Leadership is taking this seriously. I am actively engaged in their discussions and decisions. It may take some time, but your questions and concerns will be answered and addressed.

As mentioned in the communication sent on Friday from La Veda Howell, President Danko met with a small group of staff affected by reclassification. I want to clarify that this group of staff was not formed as a committee that will have regular, ongoing meetings. I simply pulled together a small group of staff who could provide President Danko with a great deal of insight, transparency, and clarity that will help moving forward.

I want to encourage you to reach out to our HR department—specifically, Anila Din—to address any issues or concerns you may have. Anila can be reached at adin@butler.edu or ext. 6683. Many have mentioned feeling comfortable going to her, so I encourage you to continue doing so. Senior Leadership has stressed that HR’s timely response and accountability to you is essential. It’s important that we trust the process and give the HR team a chance to assist. Please trust me on this—every member of that office wants what is best for you and so does Staff Assembly.

As much as this process hurt, Butler will be better for it and for the bravery you’ve shown in sharing feedback. Thank you for all that you do; you truly are the reason Butler is a great place to be and to work!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at jdowning@butler.edu.

Your co-worker,

Josh Downing
Chair, Staff Assembly


General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, November 19

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Location: Jordan Hall, room 141

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

  • Meeting sponsored by Costco
  • Ethics Point—Bruce Arick, Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • HR Update—Anita Watts and Kim Orbik, Human Resources
  • United Way—Natalie Evans, United Way and James Cramer, Clowes Hall

Props to…

The following staff are recognized through our Thank a Colleague program. If there is someone you’d like to give props to, let us know.

  • Rena Duerksen
  • Judy Malarney
  • Priscilla Cobb
  • Dan Landwerlin
  • Fernando Provencio
  • Keith Cobbs
  • Karen Poirier
  • Brian Wilson
  • Zach Skidmore

Staff Assembly Committee Updates

Activities and Socials:

  • Wine Night was a success with 65 people who attended and $510 raised for Relay for Life through the silent auction. Elesia Yoon did a fantastic job securing items and organizing the auction. People had a blast and drank every bottle of wine brought—a first for this event!
  • It’s time for the Salvation Army Toy Drive! Tags have been ordered and will be distributed soon. Watch the Connection for details on tag pick-ups!

Employment Affairs:

  • Employment Affairs is scheduled to meet as a group on November 18 and look forward to having Susan Westermeyer as our guest. Susan will provide updates on a number of work processes that are in various stages of progress, mainly in terms of transitioning paperwork to online systems.

Networking and Resources:

  • Thank you to our new mentors who have joined us! We are always looking for more—many hands make light work. If you are interested in being part of this group, just contact Judy Gauer at jgauer@butler.edu.

Personal and Professional Development:

  • The committee is hosting the first of several sessions of Work on Purpose Workshops available to all staff. The first session, Heart + Head = Hustle, will be held on Tuesday, November 25, in Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building, room 106, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Sign-up information is posted in today’s Connection.
  • Mark your calendars now for future staff workshops that include:
    • Tips & Tricks PPT & Atomic Learning 101
      Friday, November 21, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
      Jordan Hall, room 041
      Facilitated by Jeana Rogers and CAT professional staff
    • Tips & Tricks Outlook & Atomic Learning 101
      Wednesday, December 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
      Jordan Hall, room 043
      Facilitated by Danielle Valenilla and CAT professional staff