Archive | October, 2011

Personnel Announcement

Wondering what’s going on in the lives of your colleagues? Check out the information below to find out. If you’d like to contribute an item to the personnel announcement, e-mail adminfinance@towson.edu.

November Birthdays

All birthdays listed are based on the contributions of divisional staff. If you would like to have a birthday added to or removed from the list, please e-mail adminfinance@towson.edu.

November 1 – Herb Hollidge, Facilities Management

November 2 – Erin Durange, Postal Services

November 3 – Pamela Mooney, Auxiliary Services

November 5 – Sandy Mryncza, OTS

November 6 – Julie Hall, Fiscal Planning & Services

November 6 – Trisha Halstead, OTS

November 8 – Dave Elliott, Facilities Management

November 8 – Gerard Hessler, Facilities Management

November 8 – James Williams, Facilities Management

November 9 – Carol Wettersten, Fiscal Planning & Services

November 10 – Quentin Brown, Facilities Management

November 10 – Laura Jackson, Fiscal Planning & Services

November 10 – Cathy Mattern, Fiscal Planning & Services

November 10 – Sonny Luebben, Facilities Management

November 11 – Brian O’Connell, Fiscal Planning & Services

November 11—Nicholas Bernholz, Auxiliary Services

November 12 – Walter Carter, Facilities Management

November 13 – Diane Sullivan, Auxiliary Services

November 14 – Diane Douglass, Office of Public Safety

November 15 – Anthony Bland, Facilities Management

November 17 – Linda Carter, Facilities Management

November 17 – Carla Hall, Human Resources

November 17 – Jenny Weiner, Office of Public Safety

November 18 – John Adams, Auxiliary Services

November 18 – Phyllis May, Fiscal Planning & Services

November 20 – Paul Hidden, Facilities Management

November 25 – Clayton Woods, Facilities Management

November 26 – Roger Hayden, Facilities Management

November 26 – Bern Reed, Facilities Managment

November 28 – Michael Mackin, Facilities Management

November 29 – Michael Bachman, OTS

November 30 – Denise Fisher, Fiscal Planning & Services

November 30 – Edward Gizara, Auxiliary Services

November 30 – James Hardin, OTS

News and Announcements

TU has launched two new construction websites to share photos and information about current and completed campus construction. Take a look at the pages and view the slideshows to see the progression of new buildings on campus!

TU was selected by PETA2 as one of the most vegan-friendly colleges in the US for the second year in a row. The nomination was made based on the quality and quantity of vegan options available to students on campus, as well as feedback from students on the receptiveness and creativity of dining staff.

Events

Upcoming home football games:

-          11/12 versus New Hampshire; game time 3:30 p.m.

The full football schedule is available on the Tiger Athletics website.

Awards and Honors

HR Operations Associate Mary Dunaway recently completed HR’s Customer Service Competency Focus mini certificate.

HR Training and Development Manager Mike Noll recently completed HR’s Management and Supervision certificate.

HR Operations Specialist Lisa Schmith recently completed the Workplace Professional

Learn more about OHR competency focus and certificate programs available to all faculty and staff.

New Hires, Retirements and Resignations

Heather Shevlin has been hired as a graphic designer within Auxiliary Services. Welcome Heather!

Naresh Vaidya has been hired as an IT Support Specialist in OTS. Welcome Naresh!

Kenny West’s last day with Towson University was Thursday, October 27. He will be missed.

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The Union Shows its Tiger Spirit

By Pam Gorsuch

When you walk in the University Union, it’s impossible not to get excited for this Saturday’s football game against the University of Delaware. Black and gold streamers, sandwich boards, and banners cover the second floor of the Union, and everywhere you look there are signs cheering on the Tigers. The University Store has black and gold gear out for display, with all black TU shirts and sweatshirts discounted in preparation for tomorrow’s “blackout” game. Even the Ticket Office has black and gold streamers decorating each window thanks to Auxiliary Services employees Jerri Sumwalt and Kelly Crispo.

Below are a few photos showing the TU spirit in the Union. Are you feeling the tiger pride? Hope to see you at the A&F tailgate this weekend!

The second floor of the Union decorated in TU colors.

The second floor of the Union decorated to show tiger pride.

A Towson pride banner.

One of the many banners showing support for this Saturday’s football game.

TU sandwich board

Sandwich boards encourage fans to show up for the game.

Jerri, Kelly, and Bob show their Tiger Pride.

Jerri Sumwalt, Bob Campbell and Kelly Crispo show their tiger pride in their decorated office.

University Store t-shirts

The University Store is selling all black TU shirts and sweatshirts at 20% off in preparation for the “blackout” game.

Ticket Office

Even the Ticket Office windows are decorated in black and gold!

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Save the Date: A&F Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars: the Annual Meeting and Administration and Finance Commitment to Excellence (ACE) Award Presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, December 15 in the West Village Commons Ballroom. Additional information about the meeting and award nominations will be distributed shortly. See you there!

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TUPD’s Traffic Safety Specialists Make Campus Safer for Motorists and Pedestrians Alike

By Pam Gorsuch

It may not be your typical police title, but the Traffic Safety Specialist designation granted to two TUPD officers is resulting in significant safety improvements for the campus and increased visibility for the TUPD.

A collaborative effort between the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, the Maryland Sheriff’s Association, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Highway Safety Office, the Traffic Safety Specialist (TSS) program recognizes police officers who have achieved specific levels of training, experience and proficiency in traffic enforcement. To qualify as a TSS, police officers must submit an application showing at least two years of independent patrol/traffic experience; certification for the use of speed detection devices and the performance of field sobriety tests; and documenting completion of traffic-related awards, courses and formal education. It’s a fairly elite group—there are only 300 TSS designees statewide—and yet nearly 10% of the TUPD’s patrol force either has, or is in the process of getting, the title.

“If you look at this on a percentage basis, TU is showing quite a commitment to the Traffic Safety Specialist program,” Chief of Police Bernie Gerst said. “In comparison to other larger police departments within the system, the TUPD has a much higher percentage of officers with the designation. We see the value of the program because we know that traffic safety is public safety.”

This fall, the TUPD’s traffic safety specialists focused on improving the traffic flow and safety along Cross Campus Drive. After several complaints about pedestrian safety and vehicular speed surrounding the crosswalks near the Glen Garage and Union, TSS designee Corporal John Ross began implementing measures to reduce the problem. Corporal Ross and his colleagues established crosswalk enforcement patrols at two key areas along the drive and stationed details at each area during high-traffic periods. The stationed officers watch for flow of traffic in the area, assist pedestrians crossing the road and enforce any visible traffic violations. In just a few months, the measures have resulted in decreased crosswalk violations and increased pedestrian awareness.

“We’ve seen a tremendous drop in the number of violations at crosswalks on Cross Campus,” Ross said. “Drivers are now understanding that they need to stop and let pedestrians cross the street, and pedestrians are more aware that they need to wait for vehicles to make a complete stop before entering the street.”

Chief Gerst says traffic problems that have occurred in the area happened in locations where TSS measures were not in place.

“We had an incident with a pedestrian this week on the west end of Cross Campus, where we don’t currently have patrols,” Gerst said. “Incidents like this only show the need for us to continue to build upon the measures implemented by our TSS officers.”

The benefits of the traffic measures are twofold: they make the campus an easier place for traveling and a safer place for living. Recent police studies have shown that traffic enforcement helps to reduce instances of crime in addition to lowering the number of traffic-related accidents and fatalities. The increased police visibility resulting from traffic enforcement gives the community a sense of omnipresence, serving as a powerful deterrent for criminals.

“In today’s economy we’re always looking at ways to do more with less and increase the visibility of police without having to hire more officers,” Ross said. “Traffic enforcement is one of the ways to do that, and so we’re being as proactive as we can.”

For more information about the Traffic Safety Specialist program, go to http://mdle.net/TSS.htm.

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Event & Conference Services Hosts Dessert-Off

By Pam Gorsuch

Staff in Event and Conference Services showed their sweet side Monday, October 17 by hosting their first ever Dessert-Off in the University Union’s Loch Raven room. In celebration of National Dessert Month, staff members were invited to make their best dessert recipe and bring it in to be ranked by Auxiliary Services judges including Associate Vice President Joe Oster, Catering Director Rod Petrocci and Executive Chef Chris Shoul. According to Joe, the competition was fierce.

“We scored five points for presentation and ten points for taste, with points off for dishes that didn’t have the right utensils,” Joe said. “It was close enough that the one point could throw someone out of the running.”

In total, ten staff members entered the competition with baked goods ranging from maple french toast and bacon cupcakes to chocolate swirl bundt cake with a nutty topping. Awards were given for the top three contenders—Krystle Ongaco won third place for her salty caramel apple pie; Beth Walsh received a second place ribbon for her “Get Lucky” cheesecake; and Pam Mathias took home the top prize for her peanut butter pie.

“We took the competition seriously, so we were all happy to have the bragging rights,” Beth said. “When you have the Executive Chef tasting your food, the pressure is on!”

After the competition was over, Event & Conference Services invited all the other employees in the Union to partake in the leftovers, and staff stayed to chat with their colleagues and debate their take on the best dishes.

“It was a really fun team building activity,” Joe said. “It’s nice to see our department having fun together.”

For copies of the winning recipes, e-mail Beth Walsh at bwalsh@towson.edu.

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City Center Progress Continues

By Pam Gorsuch

Construction continues to move forward on the outside of the City Center Building located off the circle in the heart of Towson. Crews are currently working on the glass “skin” that will serve as the exterior shell of the building. As you can see in the photo below, the shell is complete on two sides of the building, and the other two sides are currently under construction. The university’s College of Health Professions clinics are slated to move into the building in August 2012.

City Center construction

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A&F Accolades

Every day, Administration and Finance employees work hard to deliver good service to customers both on and off campus. We’d like to honor all of your hard work in the new blog series A&F Accolades. Here’s how it works: if you have an accolade or compliment for an A&F colleague—anything from someone assisting you in a time of need, to someone helping you solve a problem or someone simply working hard on a project or initiative—email the person’s name and a brief description of why you think they deserve a nod to adminfinance@towson.edu (A&F accolades from employees outside the division will be accepted as well). The accolades will be published anonymously in the blog each month, helping to give credit where credit is due.

Send your accolades to us now for the first edition of A&F accolades!

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TU Celebrates Campus Sustainability Day

By Pam Gorsuch

Each fall, the Society of College and University Planners hosts a national Campus Sustainability Day to promote environmental education and awareness among students, faculty and staff. This year, Towson University is hosting Campus Sustainability Day Wednesday, October 19 with a range of programs and events.

The festivities will begin Monday, October 17 with a New York Times Talk on sustainability as it relates to food. Guest speaker and TU Urban Farm Advisor Ben Warner will moderate the discussion and share knowledge he’s learned from overseeing the farm here on campus.

Students plant a garden during Project Serve's Big Event.

“The New York Times Talk will facilitate sustainability discussions, getting the campus in the right mindset for Wednesday,” says Nicole Kazanecki, TU’s Interim Coordinator for Civic Engagement. TU’s Campus Sustainability Day is hosted in partnership between Civic Engagement, SGA and A&F.

The events will kick into high gear Wednesday with education-based programs and information across campus. Students, faculty and staff will be able to bike their own free smoothies on Paws Patio, thereby learning about the human equivalent of the energy it takes to operate a blender. In the University Union and West Village Commons, there will be Recycling Challenges which allow contestants to win t-shirts and other prizes by correctly answering trivia questions. There will also be free bike maintenance on the West Village Lawn, guest chefs (including Vice President Deb Moriarty) cooking food in the campus dining halls, a sustainable question on the Freedom Square chalkboard and signage displayed in the academic core.

“It’s about raising awareness of sustainability efforts on campus. Our hope is that by teaching students, faculty and staff about the resources that are available to them at Towson, we will inspire more people to take action to reduce their impact on the environment,” Nicole said. “I really hope that we can demonstrate just how simple it is to be sustainable in your everyday life.”

For more information on campus sustainability day, go here. Additional information on the university’s green initiatives can be found at www.towson.edu/gogreen.

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Did you know…

OTS offers a file delivery service (FDS) that enables you to email large files without clogging your Outbox.  The next time you have to send photos or a large PDF, document or spreadsheet, access the FDS self-help document and follow the steps to send your files securely, without slowing down your Outlook. You can also learn how to have external contacts send you files on FDS.

For additional information on the File Delivery Service, contact the Faculty/Staff Help Desk at 410-704-5151 (2-2-2) or helpdesk@towson.edu.

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Tip of the Month: Saving Videos as Presentations in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint 2010 enables you to save presentations as videos, making it easier to distribute self-running presentations by CD, send them via e-mail, or publish them on the web. This technique works particularly well for audiences that lack PowerPoint, are off-site, or cannot attend live presentations.

Follow the steps below to save your presentation as a video:

1.     Click the File tab on the Ribbon and select Save & Send. Options for saving and sending your presentation will appear.

2.     Click Create a video under the File Types category. The available video options will be displayed.

3.     To choose the video quality, click the Computer and HD Displays list arrow and select one of the following from the list:

· Computer and HD Displays: Select this if your video will be displayed on computer monitors, projectors or high-definition displays.

· Internet and DVD: Select this option if your video will be played online or if you are going to burn it to a CD or DVD.

· Portable Devices: Select this option if your video will be played on portable devices like smart phones, iPods, Zunes or other small devices capable of playing video.

*Trap: If you choose to optimize your video for portable devices, ensure that the text in your presentation will be large enough to read on a small display.

4.     Click the Don’t Use Recorded Timings and Narrations list arrow to select one of the following timing and narration options:

· Don’t Use Recorded Timings and Narrations: Select this option when you want to display the slides themselves without any recorded voiceover or timings.

· Use Recorded Timings and Narrations: Select this option when you have recorded timings and narrations for your presentation.

5.     If you selected the Don’t Use Recorded Timings and Narrations option from the previous step, click the arrows next to Seconds to spend on each slide to tell PowerPoint how much time to spend on each slide before advancing to the next.

6.     Click the Create Video button. The Save As dialog box will appear.

7.     Navigate to the location where you want to save your video, enter a file name, and click Save. PowerPoint will create the video and save it as a Windows Media File (.wmf).

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