RSSP Update

 Residential & Student Service Programs Update

 September 2014 Volume 1, Issue 1


 

Welcome to the Inaugural Edition of the RSSP Update!

We will be publishing this update on a regular basis to keep you aware of changes in Student Affairs and RSSP. We have much to share in our first and longest issue, but expect future editions to be smaller. One request: please print copies to share with staff who might not have access to computers.

We also need your help coming up with a title. Visit http://bit.ly/VA1p1I or text 510-210-5303 (standard texting rates apply) to enter your suggestions. The winner will receive a $25 gift card. Make your suggestion by September 15 to be eligible.

 
 

Financial Front

Thanks to your hard work and our resilient efforts to manage expenses, we came away with a smaller deficit than initially projected back in February. However, we must continue to take measures to conserve our resources, rebuild our compromised reserves and be mindful of all expenses. Some of these measures include better management of staff resources and schedules, and careful monitoring of expenses and vacancy reviews. To help us be thoughtful in our hiring, all backfills and new vacancies will require pre-approval at the cabinet level. We are currently operating under a temporary budget as an outside consultant conducts an internal audit. This audit will provide us with a more holistic picture of our finances to help us better plan for the future and create a sustainable budget. The audit results will be presented in December with a formal cabinet review to follow.

 

Friendly Reminders

Performance Evaluations

Evaluations

Thank you to those who are on schedule with performance evaluations. At this stage supervisors should be gathering information, drafting evaluations and preparing for a focused discussion. Staff members should be completing self-assessments, if needed, and preparing to talk about their career goals. All original, signed annual performance evaluations are due to Julienne Saunders Ellsworth (510-642-4145, 2nd floor RSSP mail code 2272) by October 1.

CalTimeSteve

To ensure a thoughtful transition with adequate training and support, the next phase of CalTime has been delayed until November 1. If you signed up for the Transition Assistance Program, you will need to reapply for the program. Questions or comments can be directed to caltime@berkeley.edu and more information is available at: http://caltime.berkeley.edu/. Thank you for your patience!

 

 


Rumor Has It: A regular section to help settle the latest rumors

Rumor: Is LeNorman really losing weight? Yes, he is losing weight and is on a diet, mostly vegetarian. He needs all the support he can get to stay away from barbeque until he’s dropped the 20 pounds on which he has a bet riding!

Rumor: Do we have enough beds filled? Yes, we hit our target with only four beds open which allows us to have a little bit of flexible space to accommodate things like roommate conflicts or urgent repair work.

 

Pat on the Back
Early Childhood Education's Triple Win

The Early Childhood Education Program has enjoyed three exciting new developments this summer. In June, we welcomed new Executive Director Linda Stansbury. Linda has more than 25 years of experience in early childhood education including experience as director and executive director for several non-profit and for-profit child development centers. On August 11, the brand new Dwight Way Child Development Center opened its doors. Dwight Way, an infant and toddler center, joins three other centers offering year-round care plus our academic year center at University Village, Albany, expanding the capacity of ECEP to 256 slots total. Finally, we’re proud to announce that three teachers from the Haste Street Child Development Center were named to Habitot's 2014 "Preschool Teachers Making a Difference" list in August. Congratulations to Sally Wright, Sarah Post and Carmen Madriz! Sally, Sarah and Carmen were one of just two teams of preschool teachers among the 14 winners selected from a field of 79 nominations from private, parochial, Head Start and state-supported preschools across the Bay Area. They will be honored at Habitot’s Back-to-School ceremony and each will receive a $100 gift card for school supplies and passes to Habitot for field trips.

Going Green to Earn Some Green

Maximino Martinez Commons has earned a $500,000 incentive from Pacific Gas & Electric Company as part of the Savings By Design program. Congratulations to all who contributed to this spectacular effort. This is the largest PG&E incentive ever awarded to a UC Berkeley building. The check will be used to strengthen reserve funds for capital improvements. A celebratory reception at Maximino Martinez Commons, courtesy of PG&E, is planned for October 2 from 4-6pm to honor this achievement and to promote sustainability efforts on campus. Stay tuned for invitations!

 
 

Farewell Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Guest House

The final day of operation of the LBNL Guest House will be August 30, after which RSSP will transition the service to a new management company. RSSP has determined that we cannot continue to provide this service in a cost effective manner. For the staff who have directly supported LBNL Guest House, three are being reassigned to other RSSP units. Two management and two staff members will not continue with RSSP. We are helping those staff members explore other opportunities on campus (via Transition Services) and with the new management company.

 
 

Upcoming Events

September 15, 9:30-11:30am with reception to follow - State of the Division. Chevron Auditorium at I-House.
Weeks of September 22 and 29 - RSSP listening tour. Stay tuned for dates and locations.
September 24, October 20, November 19, December 17, 12:15-1pm - Business Operations Brown Bags: ask questions and get a better understanding of how we work and how services will be provided. Unit 1, Slottman L05.
October 2, 4-6pm - Pacific Gas & Electric Company rebate check celebration. Maximino Martinez Commons.
October 16, 11:30am-2pm - RSSP Service Awards. Clark Kerr, Great Hall.
 
 

Welcome New Staff!

Say hello to:

  • Narges Askari, Early Childhood Education
  • Thierry Bourroux, Cal Dining
  • Rachel Russell, Residential & Housing Services

We’re glad to have you on board.

 
 

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