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Colorado College’s Wellness Team
recently organized a “Walk the Block” to help promote healthfulness and get people on their feet, away from their desk, and out of the office.
The event, held on Tuesday, April 10, Colorado’s Culture of Health Day, featured a .93-mile walk. The walk began outside Tutt Library and went around the block (Cascade, Uintah, Nevada, and Cache la Poudre), beginning and ending at a table manned by the Wellness Team and laden with T-shirts, water bottles, pedometers, and snacks for the participants.
The idea originated during a meeting of the interdepartmental Wellness Team, chaired by Shaleen Prehm, HR manager/benefits administrator.
The group was discussing ways to encourage staff and faculty to exercise when Angela Hines ’82, P’12, P’12 , P’13, associate director of alumni and parent relations, mentioned that the New Mexico Department of
Health in Santa Fe, where she worked previously, encouraged staff to get away from their desks for a morning and afternoon break and go for a walk. “It became almost a craze down there,” Hines said. For there, the idea took form.
Ann DeStefano, psychology staff assistant, was one of the approximately 30 participants. “It’s a great way to get some exercise and build community,” she said. “I like the idea of building community in a healthy way.”
Jim Swanson, director of financial aid, was another who came out for the event. “This is the most stressful time in the financial aid office,” he said. “I owe it to myself to get out. Plus there’s great weather and great congeniality.”
“I’m doing it for the health benefits,” said Jayne Blewitt, alumni and parent relations specialist. “It’s a good way to get out of the office and get it in gear!”
The Wellness Team hopes that “Walk the Block” develops legs and becomes a part of people’s daily routine. “It would be great to look out the window and see people walking in groups,” Hines said. “It would also help develop a sense of community.”
“Walk the Block” was a collaborative effort. Gina Arms, director of purchasing came up with the T-shirt idea. Shaleen contacted Chris Coulter in facilities services about mile markers along the route. Kelly Hugger ’08, program coordinator for students and young alumni, worked on the advertising, posters, and the printed map. David White, help desk manager, created the notice for the events listserv. Linda Petro, assistant to the president and board of trustees, arranged for the food. Sara Rotunno, assistant director of resident life, plans on sending out occasional reminders about walking. Ryan Patterson ’12 donned the Prowler costume for the event. A raffle was held for three iPod shuffles and four smaller gifts, with everyone pitching in with the giveaway items.
The team’s hope is that staff and faculty will walk every day, clubs will form, and a campus walking community will hit its stride. “We hope everyone will have a pair of tennis shoes or walking shoes sitting under their desk, just waiting for a turn around campus at least three times a week,” Hines said.
There’s a growing rock pile at Colorado College, and it’s not on any quad, field, or building site.
The pile of rocks is mounting outside the Human Resources office, and HR anticipates it will continue to grow. The rocks are part of a new program called “You Rock!”, an initiative launched in late fall as a way for employees to show appreciation for one another.
HR staff members quietly kicked off the program by distributing a total of 11 small rocks with the words “You Rock” to CC employees HR wanted to recognize. The rocks didn’t necessarily go to people visible to everyone on campus. Often it is the quiet people working in their offices who get the work done and made a positive difference and contribution to the college.
The “You Rock” program is aimed at boosting employee morale and demonstrates just one way to show appreciation for others. It’s a way of telling people, “I’ve noticed the good job you’re doing, and what you’ve done for CC.”
“You Rock!” is designed to be a peer-to-peer recognition program, one that takes place at the grassroots level and proceeds at its own pace.
Recipients of the rock are given instructions: They become the “Keeper of the Rock” for two weeks and are encouraged to display the rock on their desk, bookshelf, or other work visible places where colleagues will notice. After two weeks, they are to pass the “You Rock!” rock on to someone else, and to either write a note or tell the recipient why he or she is being recognized.
When HR is notified that the rock has been passed on, the new recipient’s name is added to the “You Rock” wall of fame featuring a photo display of rock recipients outside the human resource office on the third floor of the Spencer Building.
To date, “You Rock” recipients are:
Colorado College held its staff recognition ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Bemis Great Hall. Following opening remarks by President Richard F. Celeste, the service awards were presented by members of senior staff. Among those recognized for their service were:
Susan Ashley (five years as staff)
Jeffrey Noblett (five years as staff)
* omitted last year
The human resources department has announced the following new hires, rehires, transfers, and promotions:
Michael Applegate, maintenance worker, residential life and housing
Andrew Benger, shift supervisor, campus safety
Aaron Cohick, printer of the press, The Press
Marina Eckler, assistant to the curator, I.D.E.A. Space
Jay Engeln, director of alumni & parent relations, advancement
Michele Klein, staff assistant, sociology
Amy Lareau, admission counselor, admission
Lisa Ly, program coordinator, office of minority and international students
Lauren Mocilac, residential life coordinator, residential life and housing
Jeffrey Moore, technical/statistical coordinator, economics and business
Una Ng, staff assistant, education
Sean Roberts, audiovisual support technician, media services
William Rogers, patrol officer, campus safety
Jean “Renee” Shipley, gift records specialist, advancement services
Sara Springer, assistant director of admission
Jason Tricket-Lammers, assistant men’s hockey coach, athletics
Stormy Burns, office coordinator, music
Laura Foster, office coordinator, Summer Programs
Jim Grey, office supervisor, advancement services
Brandy Lachocki, receiving coordinator, Tutt Library
Jason Taylor, special events technical supervisor, media services
As a result of the substantial improvements in dining services and the bookstore, and with a desire to use college resources even more effectively, CC is reallocating oversight responsibilities for several of the college’s auxiliary functions.
In 2006 the positions of legal counsel and director of business were combined when Legal Counsel Chris Melcher joined the college. The college benefitted from having one individual with significant legal and business experience manage both areas of responsibility, and achieved immediate salary and benefit savings. Now with dining services and the bookstore on firm footing, the college will eliminate the director of business position, and redistribute oversight of auxiliaries. Effective March 22, the dining service and bookstore contracts will be managed by Vice President of Finance and Administration Robert Moore, and the college’s managed properties and insurance and risk management functions will be managed by Legal Counsel Melcher, in addition to his current legal responsibilities.
In his business role, Melcher oversaw significant transformations and improvements in the dining service and campus bookstore. In 2007-08, the college completed a competitive new food service bid process, won by Bon Appetit, which was overseen by Melcher and the Campus Food Service Committee. The change to Bon Appetit has resulted in improved food service, progress on sustainability, an improved sense of community, and a contribution from Bon Appetit of $3.5 million toward the renovation of CC’s food service facilities.
Additionally, in 2008-09, the ad hoc Bookstore Advisory Committee composed of faculty, staff, and students and supported by Melcher, spent months exploring the future of campus bookstores and textbooks, ultimately reaching a unanimous recommendation to award a contract for management of the campus bookstore to Validis (Nebraska Books). The college secured a beneficial contract, and the transition took place in Block 6.
As a result of these improvements, the college now has an opportunity to reorganize these responsibilities and make permanent the savings realized from combining the positions of legal counsel and director of business.
Robert Moore and Chris Melcher will work closely to ensure a smooth transition and look forward to the greater effectiveness these changes will produce. CC is continuing its efforts to fulfill the Board of Trustees request that the college look for ways to improve efficiencies and operations. Feel free to call either Moore or Melcher, or others in their offices, with questions regarding these changes, or go to: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/welcome/presidentsoffice/melcher.asp
For personal and family reasons, Ed Eng has decided to leave Colorado College at the end of June 2010. A search committee will be formed to select a qualified individual to replace him as the director of facilities services. In his tenure at CC, he was able to shepherd the Long Range Development Plan through the city planning process, including, at neighborhood meetings, presentations to the City Planning Commission, and ultimately City Council for their approval. He successfully managed a 15 percent reduction in facilities staffing and planned for continued maintenance despite a $1 million reduction in the renewal and replacement (R&R) projects budget. Through his initiative, a Long Range Maintenance Plan is being developed to assist in guiding the college in the judicious expenditure of facilities operations and maintenance dollars. The college wishes him well in his future endeavors.
Jayne Blewitt, Alumni Parent Program Specialist, Alumni & Parent Relations
Tobias Brace, Staff Nurse, Boettcher Health Center
Justin Freeman, Database Records Specialist, Advancement Services
Sarah Jaecks, Database Records Specialist, Advancement Services
Monica Leahy, Admission & Financial Aid Specialist, Admission Office/Financial Aid Office
Brenda Maldonado, Staff Nurse, Boettcher Health Center
Kevin Morgan, Patrol Officer, Campus Safety
John Papuga, Groundskeeper, Facilities Services
Jon Ramsay, Patrol Officer, Campus Safety
Margaret Rustenbeck, Staff Assistant, Facilities Services
Kim Wigglesworth, Lab Supervisor, Boettcher Heath Center