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HR Newsletter May 2017


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HR Newsletter May 2017

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May HR Newsletter

Staff Recognition Day: Monday, May 22, 2017


Staff Recognition Event
Monday, May 22, 2017

Alumni Recognition Award


Please take this opportunity to nominate a co-worker for the Alumni Recognition Award, a monetary award made available by a grant from the Alumni Association to honor selected employee(s) who have made significant contributions during the previous year to the community, University and/or students beyond their normal recognized job responsibilities. Letters of nomination may be emailed to The award will be given out at the Staff Recognition Event on Monday, May 22, 2017.


Ways to Effectively Boost Workplace Productivity

Your time is your most valuable asset, so it’s important to use it wisely. Learning to work smarter, not harder, is the key to managing productivity and making the most of your time. At work, there are a number of things can get in the way of being our most productive self. By making simple changes in your daily work habits, you can significantly improve your productivity levels. In this webinar, you’ll learn 7 simple, but effective ways to optimize your work environment and boost your productivity at work. Access to the webinar will be provided by 11am on Tuesday, May 23rd via email for those who register below.

Register for "7 Ways to Effectively Boost Workplace Productivity!"

Get Fit For Your Future: Summer Training Bootcamps

Get fit for your future by signing up for one of our training bootcamps! Each bootcamp will provide you with 24/7 access for one month to five pre-recorded programs that will help maximize your performance in an area of your choice. Areas of focus include communication, leadership, and/or productivity. Click below to register for the bootcamp(s) of your choice.

Summer is the Perfect Time for Vacations...and Performance Reviews

Summer is the Perfect Time for  Vacations...and Performance Reviews

Employees often use the summertime for vacations and even staycations (staying home and participating in leisure activities there or within driving distance). It’s also a time for them to recognize their own hard work and accomplishments and recharge their batteries. Summer also is a time when managers, chairs, and supervisors can recognize and help (re)charge their employees.  The performance review process helps facilitate those recognition discussions and document employees’ performance...

Mulch Fire PSA

Mulch Fire PSA

‘Tis the season when the WCU Grounds Department begins to beautify the campus and we too take the time to spruce up around the outside of our own homes. As part of the process, mulch will be spread around the outside many of our buildings. Mulch is made out of organic materials, and as such it is combustible. Environmental Health and Safety wants to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the spring is a prime time for mulch fires. Be cautious smoking in the area of mulch beds and always dispose of cigarette butts in the proper containers. If you observe smoke coming from or a fire in a mulch bed on campus, contact Public Safety immediately and only use a pressurized water extinguisher (the thin silver container) or a garden hose if you choose to extinguish the flames.

Preserving your Savings for Future Generations

Preserving your Savings for Future Generations

Do I need an Estate plan? What is considered an estate asset? What kind of planning would I need to do? How do I review an estate plan? Are there steps I can take today? If you have questions about estate planning, join George Maccarelli of Fidelity as he talks about the components of an estate plan, including information on wills vs probate, power of attorney, healthcare proxies, and the importance of gifting and insurance replacement strategies. The workshop will be held on Thursday, May 25th from 11am-12pm in Sykes 255.

Reserve Your Seat Today!

Spotlight of the Month

Spotlight of the Month - WCU Web Team

More than ever, the Web is used as a primary source of information. West Chester University’s Web Team, under the direction of Kim Slattery, is an ultra-talented group of web designers who assist with the technical design, production, and maintenance of web sites for West Chester University. Not only is the web team responsible for the external website they also maintain the mobile site, and the internal website SharePoint.

The web team assists with each stage of building and maintaining an attractive and informative website. Presently, the team maintains over 14,000 web pages, while assisting with the development and maintenance of many more. The team also develops online forms, automating and streamlining many manual processes, such as event registration. The web team continues to work on a massive project converting all university web sites to a responsive web design (RWD) to accommodate users accessing the WCU web site from any device. The goal of responsive design is to build web pages that detect the visitor's screen size and orientation and change the layout accordingly across a wide range of devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Other projects that the team are currently working on is the implementation of a new Content Management System (CMS) and enhancements to the mobile app. The new CMS will allow our web site editors to edit their pages with more ease both on and off campus. The mobile app includes a new Facilities module, Social Media module, and D2L module. The mobile app can be downloaded from the Information Services & Technology home page.

In this ever changing world of technology the web team is constantly researching new industry techniques to enhance the university’s web site and welcomes suggestions/feedback from the campus community.

Spotlight of the Month

From left to right:

Daniel Swift (Web Technical Specialist)
Julianna Szonntag (Web Team Specialist)
Casey Rogers (Web Specialist)
Kristin Williams (Web Content Writer)
Eric Stettner (Web Specialist)

Want to nominate an employee or team to be featured for our next "Spotlight of the Month?" Teams can include, but are not limited to departments, offices, committees, special project coordinators, volunteer groups, etc. Contact Lindsay Bishop, Training and Media Associate, to nominate a team.

What's Happening at WCU?

Employee Happenings

See the latest happenings at WCU!

Have a photo you want to feature? Photos can include, but are not limited to department/group achievements or events, engagement/marriage/commitment ceremony/civil union/other, birth/adoption of a child, degree/certificate/award earned, published information, recognize or thank an employee, highlight employee achievements/projects/milestone anniversary, participation in community service/fundraising/volunteer activity, opportunities to get involved, etc. Send your photos to Lindsay Bishop, Training and Media Associate.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Gone But Not Forgotten

In memory of current and past employees that we have recently lost. View the List.