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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

October General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 22

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Location: Atherton Union, Reilly Room

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

  • President Jim Danko and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Keith Burks
  • United Way Company that Cares Award Presentation

Staff Assembly Committee Updates

Activities and Socials:

  • Wine Night at the Observatory is confirmed for Friday, November 7. More details to come!
  • The committee would like to invite you to our 501’s this year. What is a 501? It’s where you meet after work at 5:01 p.m. to have a drink, snack, or just conversation! All 501’s will meet at Twenty Tap (6406 N College Ave.). Open to staff, faculty, and friends. Remaining dates: November 13, January 8, February 12, March 12, and April 9.

Networking and Resources:

  • The committee would love to have more staff join the effort to welcome new staff to campus and help them feel connected. Current mentors should look for a “thank you” lunch coming up in November! If you are interested in joining the effort to welcome new staff to campus, please contact Judy Gauer at jgauer@butler.edu or 317-940-9346.

Personal and Professional Development:

  • The committee has confirmed the following workshops for all staff:
    • PowerPoint Tips & Tricks/Atomic Learning 101 overview
      Friday, November 1, from 1:00–2:00 p.m. in JH 041.
    • Outlook Tips & Tricks/Atomic Learning 101 (con’t.)
      Wednesday, December 10, from 1:00–2:00 p.m. in JH 043

Sign-up information will be sent two weeks prior to the workshop via the Connection. Seating capacity will be limited to 24 per session, on a first-come, first-served basis.


 

September General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 17

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Location: Clowes Memorial Hall

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

HR Update – La Veda Howell, Executive Director of Human Resources

Butler DiningNate Haugh, Aramark

Clowes Update Josh Lingenfelter, Director of Marketing for Clowes

A card to be sent to Suzanne Fong, in honor of Dr. Fong, will be available for staff to sign. If you wish to make a memorial contribution, you may do so by giving to the Fong Scholarship, which was established at Butler in 2005.


Staff Assembly Committee Updates

Activities and Socials:

  • The committee would like to invite you to our 501’s this year. What is a 501? It’s where you meet after work at 5:01 p.m. to have a drink, snack, or just conversation! All 501’s will meet at Twenty Tap (6406 N College Ave.). We hope you will join us and take some time to get to know others on campus in a relaxed setting. Feel free to bring a friend!
  • The 501 schedule is as follows: October 9, November 13, January 8, February 12, March 12, and April 9.

Employment Affairs:

  • Committee members for this year: Scott Peden – Chair (Recreation), Tina Vawter (COPHS), Anila Din (HR), Katie Abernathy (COB), Sheila Blackwell (Financial Aid), Cheryl Hospodarsky (Business Office), Judy Malarney (Center for Global Education), and Kirk Young (IT).
  • Their next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16; the goal is to narrow focus of Process Improvement Plan and elevate highest priority to Staff Assembly Executive Committee.

Difference Makers:

  • Congratulations, again, to our 2014 winners and thank you to all who make a difference at Butler!
    • Job Performance and Attitude: Jen Agnew, Programs for Leadership and Service Education; David Board, Maintenance Services; Laura Green, Admission
    • Making a Difference in the Butler Community: Chris Davis, Campus Impressions
    • Service to Students: Angie Hewitt, Information Technology; Riki Lawrence, Learning Resource Center

Networking and Resources:

  • We are still actively looking for more volunteers to serve as mentors/buddies to new staff on campus. It is a small commitment of time offering great emotional rewards. Please contact Judy Gauer at jgauer@butler.edu if interested.

Personal and Professional Development:

  • The committee met recently and put together a tentative program schedule for 2014–2015. Once dates and times are confirmed, they will be posted on the Staff Assembly blog and placed in the Connection.
  • Save the Date: October 29, 3–4 p.m., and join us for Pete the Planner’s discussion on “Future Life Purchases.” This session will help you prepare for future large purchases that are not necessarily scheduled in your current budget. More details will follow closer to the date of the event.
  • Monthly tips from Healthy Horizons, the Health and Recreation Complex, and the Center for Academic Technology will be provided at each general meeting. We will post links to the monthly topics on the Staff Assembly blog.

 

August General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Tuesday, August 19

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Location: Jordan Hall, room 141

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

Announcements & Committee Reports

Parking and Campus Safety – Ben Hunter, Chief of Staff

Climate Action PlanMcKenzie Beverage, Sustainability Coordinator

New Staff Introductions and Door Prizes


Welcome, New Staff

Welcome to the Butler University Family!

  • Harold Barney, Operations
  • Sarah Boeckmann, Residence Life
  • Tracey Mills, Biological Sciences
  • Sarah Olofsson, Biological Sciences
  • Kim Orbik, Human Resources Management & Development
  • Catherine Taylor, Building Services
  • Mike Thomas, College of Business
  • Caren Walls, Athletics

And in other news…

  • Don’t forget to register your vehicle for the 2014–2015 school year so you don’t get any parking tickets this fall!
  • The State of the University Address with President Danko will be held on Friday, August 22, at 11:00 a.m. in the Schrott Center. Immediately following the address is the Faculty and Staff Picnic under the Welcome Week Tent on Butler Way Mall. Register by August 19!
  • Move-in day for the incoming class is this Saturday, August 23. Learn more about Welcome Week.

July General Meeting & Staff News

General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, July 23

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Location: Pharmacy Building, room 103

All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Agenda

Announcements & Committee Reports

HR Update La Veda Howell, Executive Director of HR

Branding Butler*Stephanie Judge Cripe, Director of Marketing Strategy

New Staff Introductions and Door Prizes


*
A new brand is being developed for Butler and your input is needed. See the initial creative concepts, fresh from the agency, and share your reactions and feedback. The brand belongs to everyone in the Butler community so please join us for this important, expanded session. For those who are able to stay after the general meeting ends, there will be additional conversation about this topic from 3:00-3:30 p.m. We encourage you to stay and share your thoughts!


Welcome, New Staff

Welcome to the Butler University Family!

  • Damon Bailey – Athletics
  • Heidi Benson – Admission / Enrollment Management
  • Jenny Cho – Counseling & Consultation Services
  • Brady Collier – Athletics
  • Donna Cumberbatch – Building Services
  • Colin Dietz – Counseling & Consultation Services
  • Olivia DiFilippo – BUPD
  • Sally Dockendorf – Counseling & Consultation Services
  • Beth Falkenbach – College of Business
  • Erica Garnett – PuLSE
  • Dylan Harmison – Information Technology
  • Najee Jackson – Building Services
  • Jacob Lemon – COPHS
  • Meg Liffick – Marketing & Communications
  • Lauren Long – COPHS
  • Fahkara Malone – Athletics
  • Laura Menard – Health Sciences Library
  • Todd Morrissey – Athletics
  • Juan Nunez – Building Services
  • David Russell – Residence Life
  • Julie Shelton – Athletics
  • HerBrina Sheperd – Residence Life
  • Stephen Standifird – College of Business
  • Tiffany Stergar – Advancement
  • Nikila Stevens – Human Resources Management & Development
  • Desmond Tardy – Athletics

And in other news…

  • As you’ve undoubtedly noticed there is lots of construction and other exciting projects going on around campus this summer!  We would like to thank everyone for your patience as the Butler Community is being improved and beautified.
  • For updates on the Sunset Ave / Hampton Drive Streetscape Project, visit HERE.  Much progress is being made!  
  • The university has approved a new housing facility and parking garage!  Very soon, you will start to notice substantial changes as the Butler campus is transformed.  Check out all the exciting details HERE.
  • Don’t forget to register your vehicle for the 2014-2015 school year so you don’t get any parking tickets this fall!
  • The Visiting Writers Series Fall Speakers have been announced. Admission to all events in the series is free and open to the public without tickets – so check it out!