Student Affairs Staff Connection  

May 2016

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Dear Colleagues,

As spring semester winds down, we celebrate our graduates and wish them success in the next chapter of their lives. A special thank you to staff who worked above and beyond to make our many April programs run smoothly, and to colleagues who turned out to support these events. In the coming weeks, we hope you'll take a well-earned moment to relax, reflect, and enjoy the best of spring in New England.

Best wishes,
The Office of the Vice Chancellor,
Student Affairs and Campus Life

Staff news

Thurs. May 12: Retirement celebration for Ted Mone
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Location TBA
Celebrate the career of Ted Mone, Director of Operations for Facilities Operations, who has worked with us for over 35 years.

CEEC staffing update
Best wishes to Maryanne Gallagher, who is stepping down in June as director of the Center for Early Education and Care (CEEC) and supervisor of the Office of Family Resources. Maryanne Baskin will assume the role of interim CEEC director on July 1, and Maria Piepergerdes, assistant director of the Sunnyside Child Care Center in Northampton, will join us on July 17 as interim assistant director of Curriculum and Professional Development.

Congratulations to Length of Service award recipients!
UMass Founders Day is an opportunity to remember our beginnings, celebrate the campus community, and honor those who have shown commitment and dedication throughout the years. This year, SACL is pleased to recognize 30 staff members receiving length of service awards, including 13 for 20 years, six for 25, six for 30, and five for 35 years of service!


Important dates
April 29 through May 5: Final exams
May 6: Commencement ceremonies (Campus closes at noon; Commencement volunteers needed!)
May 10: Final grades due

Residence Hall closing
Residence halls close for spring on Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m. Graduating seniors and Commencement volunteers may stay until 10 a.m. on May 8. Others who need to stay late must submit a request by May 5 at 8:30 a.m. The Move-Out page includes information about traffic patterns, loading zones, area storage facilities, and tips for a successful move-out.

Citizen Scholars accepting applications
Encourage first- or second-year students who want to build community and create change to apply for the Citizen Scholars Program.

Join the UMass Student Farm CSA
Members of the UMass Student Farm CSA receive 25 pounds of fresh produce per week for 10 weeks and support the labor and training of future farmers. Shares are $380 for faculty and staff.

REDI Awards nominations now open
The 5th Annual REDI Awards program is your opportunity to recognize the excellence, dedication, and innovation of your Student Affairs and Campus Life colleagues! Review award categories and submit nominations by 5 p.m. Monday, June 27. Supervisors, download and print forms for staff who do not have computer access at work. Awards will be presented at the Kick-Off Breakfast in August.

Cultural Group Council completes successful first year
Highlights included working with the SGA to get an additional $40,000 for programming, creating a constitution to move towards a governing body, supporting cross-cultural programming, and fostering a stronger sense of campus community.

Save the Date: Student Affairs & Campus Life Kick-Off Breakfast
Tues. August 23, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium

Professional and Personal Development

Tues. May 10: BuyWays Requisitioning
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whitmore B115
Hands-on training session for UMass P.O. data entry operators and liaisons on the new BuyWays Requisitioning.

Tues. May 10 and Wed. May 11: Assessment Bootcamp 2.0
PART 1: 360 View of UMass Students, May 10, 9 a.m. to noon, ILC S110
PART 2: Maximizing Student Staff Success, May 10, 1 to 4 p.m. and May 11, 1 to 4 p.m., ILC S110

All SACL staff members are eligible everyone is welcome! Register by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5 with your supervisor's approval. Download the flyer to learn more.

Wed. May 11: Travel Payment Processing
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Campus Center, room TBD
Planning and paying for university travel, including policies and procedures, processing travel payments, and understanding PeopleSoft travel-expense reports.

Thurs. May 12 and Fri. May 13: State of the Art and Science: An Interprofessional and Integrative Approach to Veterans Health
7:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (May 13 until 5 p.m.) UMass Center at Springfield
An integrative health symposium bringing together a multi-disciplinary team of professionals dedicated to improving healthcare for veterans and their families.

Thurs. May 12 and Thurs. May 19: Financial Transactions
9 a.m. to noon Mullins Center
Two-part training on policies and procedures regarding campus financial transactions.

Tues. May 17: Intro to Anti-Bullying (for new faculty and staff)
1 to 3 p.m. Campus Center 168C
Attendance at one of these anti-bullying workshops is mandatory for all faculty and staff members (including post-docs) and for graduate student employees on stipend.

Tues. May 17: Journal Workflow Training
10 a.m. to noon Whitmore B115
Required training for staff who make adjustments to the General Ledger.


Commencement Events
Attend Commencement ceremonies and celebrate our graduating students.

Fri. May 6: 2016 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony
9 to 11:15 a.m. Mullins Center
Fri. May 6: Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas Room
Fri. May 6: Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
Fri. May 6: Commonwealth Honors College Celebration of Excellence
1:30 to 3 p.m., Mullins Center
Fri. May 6: 2016 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
4:30 to 6 p.m. McGuirk Alumni Stadium
Sat. May 7: Stockbridge Commencement Ceremony
10 to 11 a.m. Bowker Auditorium

Spring Athletics Action
Take a break in May to watch the UMass baseball and softball teams compete at home.

Tues. May 3 and Wed. May 4: Meditation Group
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Campus Center 917
Student-led, non-denominational meditation groups open to the entire UMass community.

Wed. May 4 through Sun. May 8: Junior/Senior Art Department Awards Exhibition
UMass Herter Gallery
Recent works by selected junior and senior students currently enrolled in the BFA Studio Art Program.

Thu. May 5: Elementary School Teachers & Support Specialists Recruitment Event
4 to 6 p.m. Boland Elementary School, 426 Armory Street, Springfield, MA
Event for those seeking work as teachers or support specialists in Springfield.

Thu. May 5: Sonnetfest
4 to 5 p.m. Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies
Come hear sonnets or even read a few yourself. This annual reading is followed by a light reception.

Thu. May 5: Ron Reid and the Sunsteel Quartet
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Gateway City Arts
Acclaimed steel drummer Ron Reid brings his Sunsteel Quartet to Gateway City Arts for an informance part informative talk, part performance sponsored by the Valley Jazz Network.

Sat. May 7: Join the Stonewall Center at Northampton LGBT Pride
Meet at 11:30 a.m. behind Northampton Brewery

Sun. May 8: Pioneer Valley Aces Meet-up
1 p.m. Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall, UMass
Pioneer Valley Aces welcomes those who identify as asexual or are exploring asexuality.

Wed. May 11: Imagining Mattering: Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality, & Black Joy
4 to 5:30 p.m. UMass Center at Springfield
Bettina Love is an associate professor of Educational Theory and Practice at the University of Georgia. She researches ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities.

Sat. May 21 and Sun. May 22: Romeo and Juliet by the Young Shakespeare Players East
1 p.m. Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, The Great Meadow
The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies welcomes to the Great Meadow stage the Young Shakespeare Players East performing Romeo and Juliet.

In Memorium

It is with sadness that we announce the recent deaths of Aaron Beltzer, a graduate student in the Geosciences Department, and Jonathan Shaw, a senior majoring in Mathematics. We extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of these students as well as to faculty and staff who knew them.

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