"Caught Ya!" -February 23, 2011

Compliments from Colleagues

I would like to say thank you to the person who made the positive comment on me “getting a life." I just wanted say: Everyone deserves recognition here at Snow College for the great job that they do and for the endless time they spend over and above the 8 hours a day without additional compensation. There is more than one or two people on this campus that, as the saying goes “need a life.” But because of the continual service we dedicate to our students each and every one of us have chosen to be here and give up a little of our life.  Even though some days you come to work and wonder if anyone notices you or if you really are appreciated, know that I might not see you every day but I do notice you and I do appreciate you.
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I was awarded the privilege of overseeing the Skills Job Interview Competition on the Richfield Campus, and I am happy to have had the chance to do it!  Next year I hope I can do the job a better justice...now that I know what I'm doing. Anyway, I want to hail the services of several individuals from the Richfield Campus: Cindy Avery, Vandy Moore, Karen Busk, Darlene Wabel, Anne Ford, Michelle Olsen, Bethany Bean, Elona Lund, and Keith Church.  It was wonderful to ask them and have them so willing to help out with the students.  I appreciate them more than they will ever know.  We have such awesome people on our campus!
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Jannette Anderson was praised in a recent conversation with a former Badger. A summary of her words: "I took ENGL 1010 from Professor Anderson and liked her so much I worked my schedule around hers so she could be my ENGL 2010 teacher too. It's been 10 years since I was a student, and I look back at my time in her class and on-campus with great memories."
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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!)

 

A Two Percent Increase and A Suggestion

Because of the Job Creation Act of 2010, we are all taking home 2% more than we were last year. A meaningful method to put these funds to use: support a scholarship or program of your choice. You will have a lasting impact in our students' lives without having a significant impact on your budget.

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Automotive Technology Program Recognized

Congratulations to Bob Gary, Automotive Technology instructor, for creating an international connection with Valspar, Inc., which establishes him as the trainer and Snow College Richfield Campus as the training site for the Western United States.

Also, the program has once again received Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master recertification. Following an on-site review of the program, it was commended by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) for maintaining program standards and continuing to meet the industry's requirements, noting that the explosion in automotive technology makes Snow College's high quality automotive training more valuable than ever.

 

Science Olympiad

On Saturday, February 26, the Science Division hosted the Science Olympiad.  We had close to 150 people, mostly high school and middle school students here to compete.  Just about every member of the science division, some adjuncts, and many students gave up their Saturday to make this event happen.   The winning teams from our regional competition go on to compete at the state tournament and possible the national tournament.  It was a really great event for Snow and students.

 

Mission Statement

The Mission Statement for Snow College has been revised in preparation for meeting new NWCCU accreditation standards. This revision has come at the conclusion of five months of work by Dr. Gary Smith and the Snow College Accreditation Steering Committee (with college-wide representation) and included consultations with students, division meetings, and small group meetings with faculty members, staff, and alumni. Our Core Themes, developed through the same process (a requirement for the new accreditation process), have also been approved. We appreciate the time and effort of so many of you.

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Welcome, New Employees!

Jacob Dettinger has been hired as the new Internal Auditor. After graduating from Manti High School and Snow, Jacob finished his graduate work at USU. He is a CPA, and has worked as the Internal Auditor at Cache Valley Bank and as the Senior Auditor at Tanner LLC. He starts work on February 28.

Legislative Report

Each week the Commissioner's Office distributes a summary of Legislative happenings to Regents, Presidents, Trustee Chairs, and others. We were invited "to share any of the content with interested parties." And, so, if you are interested, the reports are posted weekly at www.UtahHigherEd.org.

 

A Friend of Snow

Mark Stoddard, former Board of Trustees Chair and Foundation Board President, was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Utah State Board of Regents. Mark is a Snow alum and has been one of our best supporters and advocates over the years. We are happy with this wonderful news.

 

Hot Air Balloon Demo - You're Invited

On March 3, Doug Cannon, a hot air balloon pilot will give the Science Division's seminar for the week. His presentation will be from 4:30 - 5:20 in the Science Building Room 327. After his presentation (at about 5:30), he will inflate his hot air balloon between the Student Center and the Stadium in the open grass field. He won't lift anyone or give rides, but we will see how a balloon inflates, operates, and works. Anyone, anywhere is welcome to attend. It should be a great event!