Emergency and weather tips, upcoming events, and training opportunities.
Now that winter is officially here, remember to keep an eye on the weather before heading in to work. Here’s the link to the inclement weather site that outlines the policy, time reporting, and where to look for announcements of closures.
Emergency Evacuation is the immediate and urgent movement of people away from the threat or actual occurrence of a hazard. Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Fires and floods cause evacuations most frequently across the U.S. and almost every year, people along coastlines evacuate as hurricanes approach. In addition, hundreds of times a year, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing many people to leave their homes.
Classified Staff meeting: All classified staff are welcome to join the meeting. There will be election announcements, lunch, Contract 2019 discussions, current issues include business center reorganization, and wage inequities. Lunch will be served. Jan. 2, 11 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., Room 104, Memorial Union.
Join panelists Cedric Hayden, Janet Bauer, and Val Hoyle for a discussion of Measure 101 on January 11th from 7-8:45 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Measure 101 is the healthcare provider assessments to fund Medicaid and stabilize individual insurance premiums, and the special election is January 23rd.
Ground-breaking for the new building at HMSC will take place on March 15th. While there are some financial issues remaining with the project, they’re planning on continuing along with the construction anyway. Stay tuned for more information.
Tuesday Teaching Talks: Whether you are an experienced or beginning teacher, kick off the Winter term with a fresh and fun teaching workshop series! Certificates are provided to those who complete at least eight sessions. The workshops are every Tuesday. On Jan. 2, Prepare to Teach with CTL and colleagues. Consider what syllabi, teacher ideology, and classroom climates communicate to students about the teacher, course, and content. If available, please bring a copy of your syllabus and teaching philosophy. This 90-minute workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by!
Emily Drew will join OSU to host a workshop titled: Whitetopia to Northwest Nice: Understanding the Effects of Oregon’s Racial History. In this workshop, participants will examine how Oregon’s history has shaped a specific set of challenges for Oregon’s institutions and communities today. This exciting workshop is scheduled for Friday January 19th, 2018 from 9:00am – 12:00pm and will take place at the Benton County Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333. Check-in will open at 8:30am and will be accompanied by a light coffee service. Sign up online now.
Winter workshops: Winter-term training workshops for employees, presented by the Center for Training & Organizational Development, are open for registration. Workshops include De-Junking Your Life, Core Curriculum for Supervisors and Managers, Cultural Competency, Giving Feedback: A Gift or a Brick?, Delivering Exceptional Service, Strategic Planning & Execution, and Coaching: A Process for Developing Talent. Details, times, dates and registration (no cost)
Monograph Acquisitions LT3 – The posting for these two positions went live on Thursday of last week, and can be found online. Feel free to share the link to the position and encourage others to apply.
Serials Acquisitions LT3 – Angela Martinelli will officially join the library on Monday, January 8th 2018.
Science Librarian – The search will re-open in the near future.
Resource Sharing/CM Unit Manager – Laura Ramos will start in this position on January 29th.
Circulation LT2 – The search closes on 2 January, and currently has 18 applicants.
“There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
― James Truslow Adams
Can you guess the animal’s person?
This doggo is Mrs. Peterson. Mrs. Peterson is a transplant from southern california and has enjoyed her few years in Oregon by pursuing her terrierest dreams: putting her snoot into every animal hole in the woods, chasing squirrels, and barking at other dogs who are just trying to chase a tennis ball. When not doing that stuff, she likes to sleep on the green couch, wait patiently for snacks, and generally spend time wherever the people are. Aliases: Mr. Dog, Puffy Pants, Snufflepuss, and Betty P.
Answers can be shared with colleagues and guessed among the office. Next week’s newsletter will have the owner’s name. Last week’s pet was Rebecca Coulterpark’s catto, Roxie.
I've never been one for New Year's Resolutions. I don't know what it is, but the idea of resolutions has never motivated me, and January 1 has never felt like a significant day for me the way it does for other people. So I have never really been a resolutions person.
Things like "post every day in November" (that one is from the ancient days when social media was blogs) or "try a new restaurant every month" or "learn a new knit stitch every week" -- those do trip some kind of play-game-competition streak in me. However, the game pretty much has to be solitaire for me to be helpful and healthy.
(Ask me why I don't know any of the card games most people know)
So because of the solitaire thing, I wasn't going to share or talk about the fact that I am interested to see if I can write a bit every day for a full year. I've been thinking about it since last summer, when a friend mentioned that another friend -- whose writing is spectacular -- has been doing this for years. I have been thinking for months now about how I could make this workable and helpful for me, so much that I didn't think my plan would be useful for anyone else. But when Don asked what I had for the newsletter this morning, I realized that the specific details might not be useful to others, but the general ones might be:
Happy New Year!