The Community Fund Drive continues until October 31 and provides a variety of ways to make a charitable donation. You can make a pledge to the six federation partners or a 501(c)(3) of your choice. The Office of Undergraduate Education has a 20% participation rate thus far, which is lower than last year. In the last week, ASR has increased its participation by 2%. The highlights of the ASR community fund drive activities are here. The penny war continues, with Williamson Hall in the lead (points are apportioned by number of staff per building).
The MyU portal project team conducted usability evaluations this month on the new MyU to test functionality with specific user groups: faculty, advisers, teaching staff, and finance (EFS system) users. Twenty evaluators looked at new MyU functionality for research, teaching, advising, and finance tasks. Usability findings were generally consistent with the student usability findings, but some issues were uncovered that will help guide and prioritize training and communications. Keep an eye out for future articles and videos around some of these new features in MyU.
The fall ASR staff event is Wednesday, October 29 from 8:30-11 a.m. The event will be held in the DQ Club Room of the TCF Stadium and will feature a keynote address from Brigadier General Dr. David Hamlar, an address from Sue Van Voorhis, and a demonstration of the new MyU portal. A full agenda and a bio of the keynote speaker is available here.
The West Bank and St. Paul One Stop Student Services locations will be closed from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 for the ASR staff event. The Science Teaching and Student Services location will be open with full service.
Come one, come all to the 8th annual Student Veterans Appreciation Event on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. in the Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union. Say "thank you" to student veterans, grab a slice of pizza, and participate in some carnival games. The event is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required. Can't make it? Stop by our booth to write a thank-you message to our veterans. Dates and locations are available on the One Stop website.
The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) was recently presented an Access Achievement Award by the Disability Resource center. Here's what the Disability Resource Center had to say about OCM's efforts to ensure that the University's classrooms serve all students:
"We want to recognize the Office of Classroom Management for their attitude toward and pursuit of access. On numerous occasions I've had reason to interact with Classroom Management staff and they have always been ready and willing to help. Even more than being willing, they recognize the importance of access and it shows in their sense of urgency when an accessibility need is raised. I've seen OCM staff drop what they're doing to run and fix a piece of technology in a classroom, and separately, despite the unimaginably complex domino effect, OCM staff have happily and efficiently, rearranged classroom assignments to accommodate accessibility needs. OCM's recognition of the importance and urgency of access are worthy reasons for them to receive this Access Achievement Award."
After the Upgrade, supervisors will complete time and/or absence approval electronically, rather than on paper, by logging in to MyU portal. Supervisors will be able to delegate this function where necessary. To preview the process of approving absence/time, please see a short 3-minute sneak peek video. Training and other resources will be available at a later time.
The Office of the Registrar has transitioned out of ServiceNow and into Salesforce. Emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org now go into Salesforce rather than creating a ServiceNow incident. If you are a ServiceNow user and have an item for Office of the Registrar or GSSP to handle, please avoid reassigning a ServiceNow incident to them.