July 13, 2008 - July 19, 2008 Archives

From Margaret Klein, Director of Human Resources

Please join me in welcoming Wendy Lane to the College of Liberal Arts. She will be providing HR Consultant support to the departments listed at the end of this message.

Wendy has been the Director of Human Resources at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs since 2005. Before coming to the University, she provided leadership for 8 years in human resources at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and 10 years at the Walker Art Center.

Wendy is a member of the Twin Cities Human Resources Association (TCHRA); the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM); the International Coach Federation; and the Minnesota Coaches Association.

Moving forward, Margaret Yzaguirre and Wendy will each have about half of our CLA departments for whom they will be the primary HR team lead. Department size, complexity, number of faculty and staff, and needs were considered in developing these portfolios.

Wendy will be working with the following units: CLA Administration; Writing Studies; Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences; School of Journalism & Mass Communication; English; Communication Studies; Collaborative Arts; Music; Art; and Theatre Arts & Dance. Contact information: Wendy Lane, lanex025@umn.edu, ext. 5-8484.

Margaret Yzaguirre will be working with: Classical & Near Eastern Studies; Cultural Studies/Comparative Literature; Asian Languages & Literatures; French & Italian; German, Scandinavian, and Dutch; Spanish & Portuguese; ILES; Art History; Language Center; Center for Philosophy of Science; Philosophy; American Indian Studies; American Studies; Chicano Studies; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; African American & African Studies; Psychology; Center for Cognitive Sciences; Statistics; Anthropology; Economics; Geography; History; Immigration History Research Center; Austrian Studies; Institute for Global Studies; Political Science; and Sociology.

EFS Access

The college knows that access issues are widespread (University-wide in fact) and we are working with central to resolve them. If you have an outstanding access issue, please contact Scott Appelwick at 5-7790 or appel015@umn.edu and he will assist in resolving the issue.

It can be very stressful to go from being very proficient at what you do to learning a new system and feeling less competent. Please remember this is temporary and you are not alone, we are all in the same boat. Thanks for your continued patience and all your efforts as we work through this transition.

Are you interested in a FREE entry-level employee to assist you for 3 - 4 weeks this summer? If so, you will want to read the attached flier and attend our 7/21/08, 10:00 AM orientation!

The Upward Bound STEP UP Program is looking for U departments to work with high school students from July 28 - August 22, 2008. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to student work readiness & development and receive FREE labor.

STOP thinking about all those small projects you push aside or never get to and sign up to work with an Upward Bound STEP UP student NOW!

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact the Upward Bound STEP UP Coordinator, Elizabeth Nelson, at:

Elizabeth Nelson

612- 624-0865


Thank you very much for your UB Step UP consideration!

Academic Hiring Authorization

The CLA Academic Hiring Authorization form has been revised to include a box labeled Rationale for Appointment & Notes. The revised form is effective immediately. Please include a statement of rationale and note the source of search authorization for all academic appointments.

Examples of appropriate rationale statements include: "Authorized regular faculty search - Eisenhower retirement; search authorization letter of 10 July 2008; or "Replacement Position - Nixon resignation; authorized by email from CLA HR on 10 July 2008." The new form is effective immediately.

Revised CLA HRMS Entry Worksheet Available

The revised CLA HRMS Entry Worksheet is now available on the payroll documents section of the Fiscal Administration Website. Please begin using it immediately.

If you have any questions, please call Toni Ziegler at 4-4153.

The direct link is:


Monthly Joint HR/Financial Meetings

To be respectful of the time that people are spending in meetings, we will be changing the format of the monthly HR/Financial meetings. The targeted audience for the meetings will be unit administrators and financial service team leads. The administrators will be responsible for sharing information as needed within their units, and the team leads will do the same for their staff. More detailed financial information will be shared through periodic all financial service team meetings or weekly financial service teams staff meetings. Our goal is to focus the right information to the right audience. As always, your feedback is very important and appreciated.

The first meeting in this new format will be on Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 a.m. in 102 Fraser Hall.


Employee Career Services

Career courses this summer focus on gaining career resilience in times of change, thinking about your career future, and networking. In addition, this summer we are featuring three lunch bag sessions in our Career Snacks series - bring your lunch and join us to learn more about conflict fluency, finding your strengths, and tips for phone interviews.

To register: http://www.umn.edu/ohr/careerdev/courses/

Personal & Professional Development

New courses this summer include a two-part series on Process Mapping and a session on Goal Setting and Success. In addition, you can gain skills in time management, making presentations, or dealing with difficult people. These courses offer an opportunity to enhance work and personal skills and discuss key issues with other University staff.

To register: http://www.umn.edu/ohr/profdev/courses/


July 21
Orientation for Upward Bound STEP-UP program 10:00 am

July 24
Joint CLA HR / Financial meeting, 102 Fraser Hall, at 9:00 a.m.

July 25
CLA Payroll cutoff for the 07/21/2008 - 08/03/2008 pay period, 4:30 pm

August 8
CLA Payroll cutoff for the 08/04/2008 - 08/17/2008 pay period, 4:30 pm

August 18
IRIS Entry Training and Summer 2008 Entry Deadline

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