Welcome to our Staff Council Virtual Bulletin Board! In addition to the e-mail/print version of the Chronicle that you will receive once each semester, you'll be able to read the latest staff news here, including staff questions answered, volunteer opportunities, and important staff updates.
Save the Date: "Spuds and Soup Bar"
February 27, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room
"Between the Lines" Reading Program to Discuss The Tortilla Curtain
Staff and faculty are invited to participate in the brown-bag lunch on Thursday, February 26, to discuss the book by T.C. Boyle. Read the book (available through Smith libraries and C/W MARS), bring your lunch, and come to Campus Center 103/104 at noon. Snacks and drinks will be provided; see flyer for more information about the book.
New Information Regarding USPS Express Mail
Mail Services has been informed by the Northampton Post Office that they cannot guarantee any Express Overnight Mail received after 2 p.m. The Northampton Post Office picks up mail from the college Monday through Friday around 3:30 p.m. Any Express Mail processed by the Northampton Post Office before 2 p.m. will receive the Express Mail money-back guarantee. However, Mail Services offers UPS Next Day Air for all your overnight mailing needs, which is guaranteed. For more information, please contact Jerine Blissett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Payroll Deadlines Prior to Winter Break
Please pay close attention to the email notifications from the Payroll Office for deadlines on submission and approval for December 19, 2014, and January 2, 2015, pay dates. All time sheets for the pay date of December 19 must be submitted by December 15 at 9 a.m. and approved by the same day at noon. All time sheets for the pay date of January 2 must be submitted by December 18 at 9 a.m. and approved by the same day at noon. The time sheets for these two pay periods may be submitted simultaneously.
Staff Council Nominations
Interested in joining Staff Council, or know someone who would be a great addition to the group? Please let us know! Just submit your name here and someone will be in contact with more details.
You may have noticed some new faces in your area--Building Services staff who may be still coming up to speed on the care of spaces new to them. Facilities Management provided the following statement regarding the "bumping" process:
Facilities Operations recently went through a series of job changes to provide better service to our customers and improve efficiencies. Local 263 staff just completed a bid/bump exercise as part of this change. Starting the week of September 21st, staff began moving into their new assignments. Please note that not all staff were impacted by this exercise, but there were several staff changes. These staffing changes should not impact services. If you have questions, please contact Michael Lane, Director of Operations.
Liberal Arts Luncheons
Staff members are welcome to attend Liberal Arts Luncheons, which are held Thursdays during the semester, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Seelye Hall 201 (unless otherwise noted). Presentations are sponsored by the Committee on Academic Priorities and allow the campus community to learn about the specific research interests and work of faculty members.
A buffet lunch is hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty and served in Seelye Hall 207 at 11:45 a.m. The talks begin at 12:10 p.m. across the hall in 201. You can find more information, including the schedule, here.