"Caught Ya!" - December 1, 2010

Compliments from Colleagues

Lawrence Durtschi is constantly going above and beyond to help those around him. Despite constant requests from my office for "emergency" updates to Web pages, he does them quickly and cheerfully. Thanks, Lawrence!
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Congratulations to Officer Bob Wright for recently acquiring a $20,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase and set up an emergency response trailer.  This trailer will be used to store emergency response materials and is intended to serve as a mobile command post in the event of a serious emergency or disaster.  Officer Bob wears three hats in his assignment as Director of Public Safety- emergency preparedness, risk management and campus safety.  He works tirelessly making sure that the students and employees at Snow College are safe and secure.  Thanks, Bob!
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On Monday, November 22, and Tuesday, November 23, all faculty, staff and students on both campuses participated in fire/evacuation drills under the direction of college Public Safety and Physical Facilities personnel.  While we apologize for the minimal disruption to classes and work activities, the drills are important to help us test our equipment and procedures so we are well prepared for a real emergency.  While we would have wished for warmer, sunnier days for our practices we appreciate the cooperation and patience of all concerned as we held these necessary exercises.
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College Grounds Supervisor Mike Duncan goes above and beyond the call of duty each semester by taking on dozens of students who have been required to perform volunteer services for the college as a consequence of disciplinary violations.   Mike works patiently and creatively to provide these students with work opportunities, often working side by side with them.  Because of his willingness to take on the extra demands of scheduling, working with and tracking these "volunteers," Mike helps them have a different kind of educational experience that hopefully will help them make better choices in the future.  Mike's extra efforts to help students grow are valuable to Snow College.
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(Please send a quick note to Marci to recognize your peers. We want to let others know of the many good things our employees do each day. Thanks so much!)

David Rosier's Published Work

David Rosier, from our English Department, recently had an article published in the Mormon Times.  Click here to read the well-written story.     This is not the first article in the Mormon Times for David.  Read his Christmas story, published in 2009, here.

Rosie Marie Connor Receives Honor

Earlier this month at the Council for Resource Development (CRD) national meeting in Washington, DC, Rosie Marie Connor, our Director of Philanthropic Initiatives and Partnerships, received a prestigious award. Rosie was named the 2010 Burton Talmage Award recipient. Burton Talmage was a first class leader, efficient businessman and long-time member of CRD. At Utah Technical College, where he served for many years, he provided leadership with care and class. Each year, the CRD Board selects an individual for this award who aspires to the characteristics of leadership, caring and citizenship, all characteristics of Burton Talmage.
 
Rosie serves as CRD Region VIII Co-Director and as a member of the organization¹s Governance Restructuring Implementation Committee. The award includes a $1500 scholarship to participate in a two-week Specialist Training program sponsored by CRD.

Admissions Update- Taking the Show on the Road

The Admissions Office has spent the past week on the road doing Admissions and Scholarship open houses. During the visits to Sandy, Ogden and Orem the response has been overwhelming. A special thanks to the student body officers, Math and Science Division, English Department, Communication Department and Music Department for coming and meeting students. We will be doing it again next week, and then one last time for the year Jan. 25, 26 and 27. Please contact Rachel Lund for details on how to participate.

Facility Changes on Both Campuses

It has been a busy summer for our facilities teams managing two major remodeling projects, one on each campus. In Ephraim the Lucy Phillips Building (old library) is being remodeled into a classroom building. In Richfield the Washburn building has undergone significant remodeling to expand the nursing space – creating a state-of-the-art instructional lab, expanded classrooms, a new science lab for biology/chemistry/anatomy, remodeled business classrooms, and new offices for the registration & student services team in the Administration building. The pictures in the "See Additional Information" link provide a walking tour of our new (or soon to be new) space.

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Christmas Turkeys and Other Holiday Details

In keeping with tradition, each employee (full-time and "permanent part-time") will receive a Christmas turkey this year. Distribution dates and times are below:

Richfield - After the Christmas party on Thursday, December 9. If you can't pick up your turkey then, please make arrangements with Patsy.
Ephraim - At the Plaza on Wednesday, December 15, from 12:30 - 2:30 or after the staff holiday party (2:00ish) on Thursday, December 16.
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The staff holiday party, featuring Robert Kirby, will be held on December 16 at 11:30 in the Greenwood Student Center. Check your e-mail from Kim Simons for more details, and please remember to RSVP.
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Also, for staff, the vacation accrual maximum of 240 hours is reset on January 01. Please plan accordingly.

College Forums Scheduled

 You are invited to attend a College Forum, where a College update will be given and questions will be answered. For Ephraim employees, the forum will be held on Monday, December 6, at 12:30 or 4:30 in Founders Hall. (Same content during both meetings). Richfield employees will gather on Wednesday, December 8, at 3:00 in the Administration Building.

 

Suggestions for Commencement Speakers

Even though it's snowing outside, we are planning for our spring-time Commencement ceremonies. If you have suggestions for speakers and/or honorary degree recipients for this (or future) year(s), please send an e-mail to email address for this person. Members of the Board of Trustees will consider all nominees and then make the decision.

With Sympathy

Lorie Parry's mother passed away last month. Lorie works in our Admissions Office, and we extend our love and sympathy to her, Chad, and their family.