People protesting against Ebenal General Inc., general contractor for Western’s Buchanan Towers residence hall addition, were in the area of the Buchanan Towers construction site on south campus this morning. The Laborers Union has a labor dispute with Ebenal.
This is the sixth edition of my “Desk Notes.” For those of you who have not been here this summer, the original concept of the “Desk Notes” was to give a little more insight to staff and faculty on the ongoing construction during the summer. I am uncertain whether I should continue through the academic year as I am acutely aware of the competition for the time and attention of the staff and faculty. On the other hand, I guess you can just hit “delete.” Let me know your thoughts.
Thirty spaces will be reserved in Parking Lot 12A at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 for the Old Main Society lunch.
Parking Lot 14G will be reserved at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 22 for the president's convocation reception.
The parking office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, for move-in weekend.
Human Resources has added the following names to the list of employees who are eligible to receive shared leave in accordance with RCW 41.04.650:
- Armstrong, Brenda
- Cleveland, Paul
- Delarosa, Juanito
- Muska, Georgie
- Perigo, Ashley
Employees may donate vacation leave, accrued sick leave and personal holiday leave as long as the donations don’t cause them to fall below the minimum balances. Leave donation forms are available online.
Section 10 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between WWU and United Faculty of Western Washington University provides the following information about faculty professional leave:
Professional leave is granted for the purpose of affording faculty members an opportunity to carry forward research, to improve teaching techniques or methods or to participate in other creative endeavors which by their nature and scope enable individuals to enhance their contributions to the programs of the university.
Direct deposit for accounts payable payments is coming Oct. 1.
Those who have direct deposit will have all reimbursements, including travel, deposited into their payroll direct deposit account and will receive email notification of pending deposits to that account.
There's no need to sign up for those who already have direct deposit for their payroll checks, and there's no need to wait for checks or worry about lost or misplaced checks.
Learn more at http://www.wwu.edu/depts/fs/GeneralAcctg/gl_ap.shtml.
WWU faculty and staff Viking Xpress bus passes for fall quarter 2009 and academic year 2009-2010 are now available through the Sustainable Transportation Office.
Due to WTA rate increases for the coming year, the cost to the employee for an academic year pass will increase to $58 this year. The employee cost for a fall, winter, or spring single quarter pass is $23.
Funding is available for research and creative activities for undergraduate students.
The objective is to provide encouragement for undergraduate students to engage in creative work in their disciplines and to provide some funds that may make it possible for them to do so. The competition is open to any registered undergraduate student in good standing.
Grants will be normally be awarded in the range of $100 to $500 per project. This program is designed to support individual student projects only.
This is the fifth edition of my "Desk Notes." One of the best parts of doing this bi-weekly memo is the feedback that I am getting from all over campus. Sometimes the feedback is not necessarily something that I like to hear, but it definitely is something that I need to hear. I try to make sure that each question gets answered by either me or my staff. If I have missed replying, please try again, as I may have missed some because of the amount of message traffic or a random spam filter that seems to be functioning in my computer with the sole purpose of driving me nuts.
RSVP deadline is Sept. 11
All WWU faculty and staff are welcome to join President Bruce Shepard for breakfast and opening convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Breakfast will be served in the Viking Commons from 7:30 to 8:25 a.m., and the president's address on the Performing Arts Center Mainstage will take place from 8:40 to 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast is free, but reservations are required so that catering can prepare ample food. Reservations must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 11, at http://www.09convo.eventbrite.com or by calling ext. 2255.