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Community fund drive - donate now!

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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).

One Stop in homecoming parade

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One Stop and LLAS participated in the Homecoming Parade on Friday night, hopefully a factor in the Gophers victory on Saturday that we can repeat next homecoming!

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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 the Registrar has transitioned out of ServiceNow and into Salesforce. Emails sent to otr@umn.edu 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.

Employees from across ASR will be performing system testing for the Upgrade over the next several weeks. System testing will require very focused effort - please be courteous to employees that are performing system testing and respect their need for time alone. If you are performing system testing, here are some ideas on how to alert colleagues to your need for privacy:

Disruptions will result in wasted time and effort, so please be sure to avoid interruptions to system testing.

There are several ways to participate in the University's community fund drive:

Visit the University's Community Fund Drive donation page. Click the "Donate Now!" link in the upper right to make a donation. If you are not able to donate this year, or if you donate in some other way, you can still be be entered in the prize drawings by clicking the "Donate Now!" button < "donate on line" < scroll to the bottom of the page and click the box next to "Can't pledge this year, but want to be included in the prize drawings?"

You can also participate in the ASR Penny War. The ASR penny war will run October 6-24. Building winners will be revealed at the October 29 ASR Staff Event. Collection jars will be available in these buildings:


  • Coffey - commons area, room 130

  • Fraser - commons area near 261

  • STSS - kitchenette, room 211G and

  • Williamson - kitchenette, room 160K

Please remember: the value of pennies collected by a building count positively toward that building's point total, while the value of other coins or dollar bills are subtracted from that building's point total. So, putting pennies in your building's jar while putting other coins and dollar bills in other building's collection jars would be a winning strategy.

Scheduling U

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The Office of Classroom Management is hosting Scheduling U for all schedulers this fall. Sessions will be held October 27-31. Offerings will take place on both Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. Also in OCM, ECS is now open for May/summer 2015 class scheduling. More information is available on the OCM website Production Calendar.

You can keep your personal information up to date with the University by using Employee Self-Service and selecting "Personal Information Update." There, you can update your emergency contact information, home address, and phone numbers. If you need to change beneficiaries on your life insurance or retirement benefits, call 612-624-UOHR (612-624-8647) to reach Benefits Assistance.

One Stop parent survey

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Parents who responded to a survey about One Stop's presentation at Parent Orientation was very positive. When asked if the One Stop website provided the tools to help find crucial financial information, 96.1% agreed or strongly agreed that it did while 98.5% agreed or strongly agreed that One Stop gave them an awareness of student record privacy and how to gain access to student information.

The new staffing model in One Stop leveraging student workers is exceeding expectations. The student customer relations representatives (CRRs) are answering questions, solving problems, and receiving some great feedback from other students and parents. They were able to handle 30% of the total call volume during the first two weeks of classes.

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