The Board of Trustees approved an $18 million renovation of Alter Hall that begins in May. Alter has been the primary classroom building for Xavier since it opened in 1960. The makeover expands and enhances the educational environment for Xavier's undergraduate and graduate students. Financing for the project comes from annual operating cash flows without incurring any new debt. For more information and to see renderings of the updated building, visit the Physical Plant website.
The Office of University Communications and the Division of Information Technologies launches the Employee Hub as a "home page" for Xavier faculty and staff. Frequently accessed tools such as Self-Service, which includes payroll, time reporting and tax information, email, directory and neXus, Xavier's internal collaborative space, are available in the top navigation. The Employee and Student hubs replace the MyXU Portal, which remains available for the Spring 2014 semester via the "MyXU" graphic on the right of the Employee Hub. A link for "Employees" is now available on Xavier's home page. Learn more about these changes on the Office of University Communications website.
Office 365 email
Xavier faculty and staff are migrating to a new email system on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16. Students have been using Microsoft Office 365 for the past four years. More details will be sent directly via email. To ensure a quick and smooth transition, please clean mailboxes of old and unnecessary emails. For more information, check the Office 365 information page.
2014 President's Reception
The 2014 President's Reception is Wednesday, May 14. Please join faculty and staff to honor this year's retirees and current faculty and staff milestone service anniversaries. Formal invitations are forthcoming. Contact the Office of Special Events and Protocol with any questions at 2970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AVP for HR open forums
Finalists for the position of Associate Vice President for Human Resources are on campus during the next two weeks. All employees are invited to the following open forums:
- Today, Monday, March 10: Deb Ball
- Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11: Connie Perme
- Monday, March 17: Ron Lawrence
- Tuesday, March 18: Kay Bolden
All forums are from 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m in the Conaton Board Room in Schmidt Hall, except for Lawrence's forum, which takes place in the Mission and Identity conference room in Fenwick Place. Résumés are available on the HR website. Please respect the confidentiality of the finalists.
Scholarship competition help
Xavier is conducting the scholarship competition day for incoming undergraduate scholars competing for the St. Francis Xavier full-tuition scholarships on Saturday, March 22, from 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Faculty and staff are invited to help as facilitators and evaluators with group interview sessions and to stay for the scholarship reception at 5:15 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to read student essays in advance of the competition. Please submit the Scholarship Competition Volunteer form online.
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the New Employee Companion Program to welcome new employees to Xavier. The Office of Human Resources seeks volunteers to serve as on-campus points-of-contact for new employees. Companions are encouraged to invite new hires to a complimentary meal and arrange a walking tour of campus and to check in weekly, especially during the employee's initial period of employment. Any employee who has worked at Xavier for at least six months may volunteer. Contact Anne Miller at email@example.com or 3638 to sign up.
CTE on Thursday
The Center for Teaching Excellence hosts a brown bag lunch on Montessori education on Thursday, March 13, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the CTE Faculty Lounge. Gina Lofquist, Ginger McKenzie, Josh Shanklin and Rosemary Quaranta, Montessori faculty and Lab School instructors, lead a conversation on teaching and learning according to the Montessori philosophy. The discussion explores interest in a Faculty Learning Community on applying Montessori education in the college classroom.
Visionary in Residence
Xavier hosts Paul Strauss as the first Practical Visionary in Residence from Wednesday, March 26, to Friday, March 28. Strauss, who is profiled in an award-winning documentary by communication arts assistant professor, Blis DeVault, is a leader in the sustainability movement from Southeastern Ohio. The visit kicks off with a public screening of “Sanctity of Sanctuary” in Kennedy Auditorium on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m., followed by a discussion with Strauss and DeVault.
Speaker on Terri Schiavo
Xavier Students for Life presents speaker Bobby Schindler on Monday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Kennedy Auditorium. Schindler's sister, Terri Schiavo, was at the center of a legal battle about whether to remove her from life support, which resulted in her death. Schindler discusses the case and how it affects end-of-life issues. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information about Bobby Schindler, see the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network website.
Pete Owendoff returns to Xavier in his role as Executive Director for Major Gifts. After 15 years serving Xavier, Owendoff made a brief departure to serve as the President of the Mercy Health Foundation. He returns to Xavier today, Monday, March 10.
Napoleon Bryant Jr., professor emeritus and the first black professor to receive tenure at Xavier, died on Tuesday, March 4. Visitation is at 9:00 a.m. and the service is 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at St. Simon of Cyrene Church in Lincoln Heights, followed by burial at Spring Grove Cemetery. A reception takes place at the church, and donations of food are welcome. Read the obituary at Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Homes.
Cherubina Minniti, grandmother of Lea Minniti, executive director for the Center for International Education, died on Wednesday, March 5, at the age of 89. Services were held on Saturday, March 8, at St. Monica-St. George Church in Cincinnati.
FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS
a daily reflection
"Civilization is a method of living and an attitude of equal respect for all people."
- Jane Addams
Events for Monday, Mar. 10
Deadline for faculty submission of midterm grades
Time: All Day
1000 Women of Peace
Time: 8:00 AM
Library Book Display
Time: 8:00 AM
Interactive Dialogue with Jeremy Rifkin
Time: 3:00 PM
The Hunger Games: Women in the Workplace
Time: 4:30 PM
Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Assault
Time: 7:00 PM