November 19, 2012

November 26, 2012

Volume 7, Issue 15 November 26, 2012
The Fountain

Open Enrollment is Nov. 26-Dec. 14

The Open Enrollment period for benefits for 2013 begins Nov. 26 and closes Dec. 14, 2012.

There is a significant procedural change this year – the enrollment materials are available online instead of individual packets delivered in hard copy form.

However if you would like to opt out of the electronic process, and receive a paper open enrollment packet in early December, please contact Human Resources.

The Open Enrollment Checklist document spells out what you need to do to keep your benefits the same or make changes. All changes should be received in Human Resources by the end of the day Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Documents can be emailed, faxed, mailed or delivered in person. If you need assistance completing open enrollment forms please contact Telara McCullough, compensation and benefits manager, at x5941 or email her at

Staff Coffee is this Wednesday, Nov. 28

Staff Coffee

All staff members are invited to hear President Bridges report on the recent Governing Board meetings. The Staff Coffee will take place Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8:30 a.m. in Olin 130. Refreshments will be provided; please bring your own mug to help support campus sustainability efforts.

Mark your calendar: Staff and faculty Winter Holidays Party is Dec. 14

Staff Holiday Party

All staff and faculty are invited and may bring a guest to the festivities, Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Watch for your invitation and further details shortly.

Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

MUSIC: See all music events here.

Monday 11/26
Lecture: “The Impact of Global Environmental Challenges on U.S.-China Relations.” China expert and award-winning journalist Orville Schell explores China’s current environmental crisis and what it means for the U.S. and the rest of the world. 7:30 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday 11/28
Lecture: “Taps Leak Energy, Cars Burn Water.” O’Donnell Visiting Educator Jamie Workman presents the second in a three-part series of lectures called “Three Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Water Conservation.” Here he explores the interrelationship of water and energy. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 11/29
Lecture: “American Whistle Blower Tour – Essential Voices for Accountability.” Experts from the Government Accountability Project present their acclaimed whistleblower program on campus, focusing on the hazards at the Hanford Nuclear Plant. 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Wednesday 12/5
Lecture: “The Paradoxical Waste from Efficiency.” O’Donnell Visiting Educator Jamie Workman presents the third in a three-part series of lectures called “Three Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Water Conservation.” Here he explores how titans of industry like GE, Google and Microsoft have failed to conserve the global water supply. 7:30 p.m. in Olin 130.

Thursday 12/6 - Sunday 12/9
Theatre: “Camino Real.” HJT presents Tennessee William's carnival of desperation and desire. For more information, click here.

For more campus events, click here.

Athletic Events – Home Games

Men’s Basketball
Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. vs. UC Santa Cruz (Sherwood Athletic Center)
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Alumni Game (Sherwood Athletic Center)

Women’s Basketball
Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. vs. Pacific Lutheran University (Sherwood Athletic Center)

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Customer service at the Post Office in Reid Campus Center has not gone to the dogs. It’s just Marge Jessee’s black lab stopping in for a visit. Full size.

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In This Issue
Open Enrollment
Staff Coffee
Winter Holidays Party
Campus Events
Athletic Events
Parting Shot

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