By David Armanini - Whether you’ve worked at RIT for decades or are a freshman student, one aspect of the campus environment that is blatantly obvious is that more and more buildings are being constructed. The continued growth of RIT from a program and facility standpoint has positioned this university into a national player, gaining greater respect with each laid brick.
Yet another fun filled Staff Appreciation Day & Community Picnic!
Around 1850 people attended the picnic; 600 pounds of meat was served; and we went through 300 pounds of potato salad!
We hope that everyone enjoyed their time away from the office, a delicious lunch, and the opportunity to sit back and mingle with others. The long lines for ice cream and the photo booth demonstrated their popularity. We really hoped you enjoyed the Segway rides and Magic Guy too. We were glad the weather cooperated for Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display.
In honor of Earth Week (April 22-26), we decided to focus this post on sustainability and share some simple ways that you can make a difference on campus and at home. RIT has made a big commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, but what does that really mean to each of us?
Over the years I have heard some staff members say that they wished they could play a bigger role in RIT's retention efforts. I'm always surprised that many staff don't acknowledge the role they play everyday just by fulfilling their basic job responsibilities. Whether it's ensuring that a maintenance request is completed quickly and efficiently or offering a simple 'thank you' when a student is purchasing their lunch.
If you want to meet people on campus and be involved in campus progress, then now is the time to self- nominate or nominate a colleague for one of the open seats on Staff Council for the upcoming year.
->> Nominations are open now and close Friday, 4/12 and Elections will be early May
->> Terms begin at June 6th meeting; end May 31, 2015
BELOW ARE THE FOLLOWING BLOCKS AND THEIR AND OPEN SEATS FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR:
This year, Dr. Destler charged the Student Success Steering Committee with looking into the Student Leave of Absence (LOA) Policy with the intention of ensuring that the implementation of the policy still supports student success and also counts them correctly based on new counting methods. This policy is very important to the success of our students and their progression in their degrees, and there are real consequences to taking an LOA for the student and RIT.
Would it help if you could learn some signs to communicate more easily with our deaf and hard of hearing students and colleagues? Did you know that the entire RIT community has access to an ASL/English sign language video dictionary?
As you are aware, in a memo dated October 30, 2012, President Destler charged the individual governance groups with reviewing and providing feedback related to the reports of the Cost Containment and Productivity teams. In an effort to provide thorough feedback to the President, Staff Council reached out to staff on campus in several ways, which included:
President Destler has tasked the governance groups with gathering community response regarding the four Cost Containment Committee reports (RIT computer account required). As a follow up to my previous blog post (How to voice your reaction to the Cost Containment Reports), I would like to announce the dates and times of Staff Council's open community forums: