The impact of wellness

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Mary Jo Kretizer, a professor from the School of Nursing and Director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH), recently presented on wellbeing and engagement at a Project Management & Change Collaborators event. Wellness and wellbeing has a direct impact on our professional lives, which is why many businesses are making wellness a priority. If you are interested in learning more about the impact of wellness, check out Dr. Kreitzer's presentation slides and CSH's Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing page.

What does your work team do to promote wellbeing? Share your tips with Stacey Tidball to have them featured in future News & Notes articles!

ASR service projects

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Each winter, ASR participates in a service project to support people in need. This year, ASR held its first annual penny war to support the Community Fund Drive and will participate in another service project this spring. If you have suggestions for a project or cause to support, please send your ideas to Tina Falkner.

User acceptance testing

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This week, University staff were invited to participate in User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for the Upgrade. This part of the project will allow the University's PeopleSoft user community to log into the Portal and complete processes or functions in PeopleSoft version 9.0. The volunteers will test whether they have the appropriate system access and let us know if they are able to complete their processes as expected.

Volunteers should sign up to participate on this spreadsheet by the end of the day Friday, December 5. If you have questions about UAT for student records or student finances staff, please contact Ingrid Nuttall or Kris Wright.

All ASR staff, including student workers, are invited to the annual ASR staff appreciation event on Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m at The Library Bar,1301 4th St SE, Minneapolis. The event will include appetizers, soda, and coffee. Please RSVP to the event on your Google Calendar.

The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) and the communications team collaborated to create an annual report, which is now available here. The annual report highlights OCM accomplishments and identifies trends that will impact OCM in the next year.

Student experience preview sessions

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One Stop has presented several Student Experience Previews to staff on the Twin Cities campus and will continue presentations over the next few weeks. The sessions include demonstrations of class registration, bill payment, and viewing financial aid. The sessions also cover how MyU and the One Stop websites will work together after the upgraded systems launch in February. For more information including dates and times, check out this Upgrade blog post.

University Google accounts now have unlimited storage with Google Drive for Education. Drive for Education provides for unlimited storage and other enhancements to Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ photos. You may store as many Google Drive files, Gmail messages, and Google+ photos as you need.

Williamson Hall project

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If you visited Williamson Hall this week, you may have noticed some construction. The project to install stairs to replace the old escalators is underway. Workers are demolishing concrete fins on the walls; installation of steel support for stairs will follow. During construction, the 160 suite door located at the base of the old escalator will be out of service and the door will be barricaded.

Merit pay plan information

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With the University’s change to determining civil service employees’ pay increases by merit, ASR has created a mid-year evaluation process for civil service and P&A employees. ASR has  planned to make civil service and P&A salary increases in flat rate increments, based on the annual performance appraisal that occurs each spring. This information was presented at the recent brown bag merit pay plan events and the presentation slides are available on the ASR intranet in the Human Resources > Performance Appraisal Tool section.

AACRAO Elections

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Ingrid Nuttall was elected as a member of AACRAO's 2015-2016 Nominations and Elections Committee. Congratulations Ingrid!

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