25, No. 1, July 7, 2005
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by Kwame Ross
The Urbana campus recycled more than 14,000 tons of
waste during 2004, including 1,500 tons of paper,
600 tons of scrap metal and 40 tons of aluminum cans,
in addition to construction materials and other waste,
said Tim Hoss, recycling coordinator in the Facilities
& Services Division. In response to employee demand,
F&S is offering a trial program where people can
bring cardboard and newspapers from home for recycling.
Newspaper, cardboard drop-off
Are those pizza boxes and old newspapers piling up at home? Facilities
& Services Division has a pilot program under way that will allow
you to clear away the clutter while doing a good deed for Mother Nature.
Members of the campus community can now bring in cardboard and newspapers
from home for recycling. A drop-off site with two bins – one for
cardboard and one for newspapers – has been established in the
northwest corner of parking lot E-14 (Kirby Avenue and First Street,
west of Assembly Hall).
Only newspapers and cardboard materials are being accepted at this time.
Because the newspapers will be sold to a plant and processed into insulation,
it is important that only newspapers be put into the designated bin.
In addition to pizza boxes, the “cardboard only” bin can
accept paperboard materials such as cereal boxes, shoe boxes, beer cartons
and soda cartons.
The site may become permanent and other drop-off sites may be established
around campus if the trial period proves successful. The program may
be expanded at a later date to include other recyclable materials, such
as office paper and magazines, if the market warrants, said Tim Hoss,
recycling coordinator in the Facilities & Services Division.
“Over the years, the campus community has expressed interest in
bringing materials from home to recycle,” Hoss said. “If
participation is good and problems are at a minimum, we hope to expand
to other areas around campus, including establishing a more centralized
drop-off point to make it easier for students, fraternities and sororities
to contribute. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to keep recyclable
materials out of landfills, help reduce our dependency on foreign imported
oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Holiday schedule announced
The remaining holidays for the fiscal year 2005-2006 that will be observed
on the Urbana-Champaign campus:
- Sept. 5: Labor
- Nov. 24: Thanksgiving
- Nov. 25: Day
after Thanksgiving (designated)
- Dec. 26: Christmas
- Dec. 27: Designated
- Dec. 28: Reduced-service
- Dec. 29: Reduced-service
- Dec. 30: Gift
- Jan. 2: New Year’s
- Jan. 16: Martin
Luther King Jr. Day
- May 29: Memorial
Two floating holidays
can be taken anytime during this fiscal year; however, the scheduling
of these holidays is subject to departmental approval.
Because many university activities must continue throughout the holiday
period, some employees may be required to work on days designated as
holidays as well as the prescribed work days in order to provide necessary
services as determined by their supervisors.
*Dec. 28 and 29 are reduced-service days. As happened last year, it
is expected that most units will be closed and most employees will not
be working on these two days. Additional information about these reduced-service
days was communicated last year and will be communicated again this
year closer to the holiday period.
**Dec. 30 is a gift – one-half day from the chancellor and one-half
day from the president – for a full day off for employees. This
is an excused day so employees will not use benefits to cover this day.
Staff employees who are required to work any part of this day will be
compensated in accordance with Policy and Rules, Rule 11.13 - Excused
Absence with Pay/Gift Day.
2006 Biennial Conference for Women
now being accepted
Online registration is now open for UI employees who wish to attend
the 2006 Biennial Conference for Women set for May 2-3 on the UI campus.
The conference brings a great motivational and educational experience
to Central Illinois women.
Each day features three break-out sessions with nine speakers to choose
from, plus two keynote speakers, a box lunch, Expo for Women, book signing,
Speaker Corner and much more. In addition, the conference returns to
UI’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, providing a more
Featured speakers include:
- Pat Summitt,
head women’s basketball coach, University of Tennessee, and
motivational speaker and author.
- Carolyn Kepcher,
executive vice president of the Trump organization, author and featured
executive on “The Apprentice.”
- Dennis Snow,
former Walt Disney executive and customer-service expert, trainer
For a complete list
of speakers, break-out sessions, registration and conference activities,
visit the conference Web site at www.theconferenceforwomen.com.
To take advantage of early pricing, register online and enter promotion
code PC01. Online registration is easy and individuals can register
multiple participants and pay with a department P-Card.
For questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 333-8342.
Spurlock hosts “Stories
Around the World”
The Spurlock Museum hosts “Stories Around the World” from
10 to 11 a.m. on July 23 for children ages 5 to 9. This program includes
folktales, artifact discussions and a story-related craft that are new
additions to the museum’s programs. The cost for the program is
$5; pre-registration is required. For more information or a registration
form, visit the Programs and Events page of the museum’s
Web site or call Kim Sheahan at 244-3355.
Faculty, staff: time
to update your listing
Faculty and staff members are encouraged to update the information used
to create listings in the printed version of the university’s
telephone book, the 2005-2006 Student/Staff Directory. A Web
page explaining the process is available.
That Web page contains a link to the Employee Information Form on the
NESSIE Web site used to update campus and home mailing addresses, telephone
numbers, and e-mail addresses. A university NetID and password and a
four-digit Personal Identification Number are required. Those without
computer access may use any public computer site on campus or computers
located at the Personnel Services Office or the Academic Human Resources
In addition, faculty and staff members may choose to withhold their
home address and/or their home telephone number from the directory.
Those who wish to suppress information must complete the online Suppression
Request Form available online.
A University NetID and password are required. Since the conversion to
Banner, suppression requests made prior to 2004 are no longer valid.
Suppression requests made in 2004 and subsequent years will remain in
effect until an employee submits an online Reinstate Information Form.
Also at this same site are online forms for employees of agencies officially
affiliated or allied with the UI who want to be included in the directory.
If you are not on the UI payroll and want to be included in the directory,
complete the allied/affiliated agency employee form.
All changes must be made by Sept. 15 to appear in this year’s
directory. For more information, contact the Office of Publications
and Marketing at 333-9200 or email@example.com.
OBFS Policies and Procedures manual
The Office of Business and Financial Services has published updates
and revisions to the Business and Financial Policies and Procedures
manual. An announcement highlighting recent changes is on the OBFS Web
site. These changes include the policy for compliance with the State
Officials and Employees Ethics Act, the policies and forms for property
accounting, the increase in the mileage reimbursement rate and other
university travel information. Full details and contact information
are available on the OBFS Web
site. Click on “Updates to Business and Financial Procedures”
in the yellow “OBFS News” section.