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!

Employee Appreciation Day—March 6

Employee Appreciation Day is Friday, March 6!
Human Resources Management and Development invites all Butler employees to stop by for afternoon refreshments

Friday, March 6
2:00-4:00 PM
Jordan Hall outside of room 108

Announcements, Tech Tip

Staff Assembly Votes to Support IndyGo Resolution

During the Staff Assembly general meeting on February 18, those in attendance voted in support of a resolution that would change a current IndyGo bus route to include a stop on the Butler campus. IndyGo will announce changes to current bus routes in the near future. We will share this information as it becomes available.

A Powerful Butler Experience

Check out the lessons this sales rep learned on a visit to BU with his son. Way to go, Dawgs!

RecycleMania

RecycleMania is nationwide competition between schools in which they compete through recycling starting January 18–March 28.

There are 9 weeks of planned events around certain themes. The hope is for students, faculty, and staff to join in on the events, and ultimately, for Butler to be ranked highly among other Indiana schools. Here is a link to see the rankings between schools, so let’s do all that we can to see Butler make the list by recycling as much as possible on campus. You can even bring your recyclables from home to help increase our chances.

Please be sure to document your experiences with this campaign through the hashtag #DawgsGoGreen.

Difference Maker Nominations

The Difference Makers staff recognition program (formerly the Top Dawg Program), offered through Butler University Staff Assembly, celebrates the contributions and hard work of staff on an annual basis. Difference Makers—staff members who are truly making a positive impact at Butler—will receive a $500, pre-tax award to be presented at the fall picnic and will be invited to a dinner honoring their service at the President’s residence.

Faculty, staff, and students may nominate staff members for this program!

Nominations are now being accepted through 5:00 p.m. May 1, 2015.

Award Criteria

To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time staff (non-faculty) member employed for a minimum of one year and in good standing with the University. Once a staff member has won, he or she will not be eligible to win again for a period of two years.

A Difference Maker may be nominated for one of the following three categories:

  1. Making a Difference to the Butler Community
  2. Service to Students
  3. Job Performance and Attitude

If you have any questions or need more information please e-mail differencemakers@butler.edu.

Butler Night Out—Discounted Tickets to Indiana Pacers Game

Get discounted tickets to the Pacers vs. Bulls game on Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. Upper-balcony tickets are available for $13 and lower-balcony tickets for $25. Get more info now.

Are you DAWGStrong?

Join Team DAWG Walkers (Relay for Life) in the fight against cancer. “We Relay For All Those Who Can’t.”

Tech Tip

Water Your Body is a “healthy” app compatible with both Droid and Apple phones designed to help you track your liquid intake based on your body weight. You log your weight, and then the app periodically pushes notifications to you to remind you to “water your body.” You have control over the time interval of notifications. It’s simple and non-intrusive. Get the app: GooglePlay, iTunes.

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.

Announcements & Reminders

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. 

Tech Tip

Pocket is an app that helps you save items online (videos, images, articles) that you want to check out later. It’s free and available for Android and iOS, and it has awesome syncing abilities. Let Pocket replace your current method of bookmarking and taking screenshots! Get more info.

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Open Forums for Brand Guidelines, Website

There will be open forums regarding new brand guidelines and website happening soon. Dates and times will be announced in Connection.

Financial Wellness

It’s a new year, and with the new year comes the opportunity to do new and exciting things. This year, make financial wellness your goal. It’s easy to lose your path without goals, that’s where greencandy.com can help. Take a few minutes today to set financial goals in the ‘Your Financial Goals’ section on greencandy.com. Setting 30-day goals and 90-day goals will help you make the most of your financial life without getting frustrated. These resources are brought to you by Pete the Planner and Healthy Horizons.

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