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The following responses were gathered from Ms. Christie Chernich, Office of Facility Operations and Mr. Josh Nichols, Office of Communications & Public Affairs. All questions or concerns can be directed to Mr. Nichols at 701-483-2847or firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Loretta Heidt gathered information on the concerned question submitted March 2016. (Responses posted April 2016)
The Staff Senate Thoughts and Concerns committee approached Christie Chernich and Josh Nichols regarding the concern submitted. From talking to both of them it is made clear that Ad Astra is a room reservation software and has nothing to do with the DSU online calendar. Reserving a room for an event and adding an event on to the DSU calendar is a 2 step process. Ad Astra is used to reserve rooms for multiple purposes, DSU events, non-DSU events as well as reoccurring events like meetings etc. Some of these may not be necessary to add to the DSU calendar.
Please see Ms. Chernich's response below:
About 3 years ago, roughly, Ad Astra was scheduled for an upgrade. Before the upgrade took place, a lot of testing had to happen and we found that the upgrade would be delayed. During this process, Marie Moe, Josh Nichols and I met, on several occasions, to discuss the possibilities of Ad Astra being capable of doing everything we needed it to do. Ie. Putting information onto a TV system to be broadcast across campus, among other things. To my knowledge, Josh had conversations with some of the Ad Astra team discussing what we wanted. At some point it was decided by someone, who, I am not sure, that he could pursue looking for and purchasing another calendaring system that would do what they wanted it to do and to be implemented as well as Ad Astra. It is also my understanding that ALL event requests are supposed to come through my office to be scheduled. This helps to keep rooms running smoothly and events to run without having multiple people making reservations and having overlaps. The schedule I produce on a weekly basis is emailed to several people on campus, ie…Business Affairs office, Academic Records office, the Bookstore, TRiO/CAB advisor, Sodexo, and Office of Communications and Public Affairs. This schedule is also available to anyone who has access to a computer and the Ad Astra link, which is everyone on campus. My understanding is that because my schedule has everything from large events to very small recurring meetings, it was felt that my schedule was too large to publish on the TV screen and only certain events would be posted to the TV’s. I do not make the decision of what is put on the TV’s nor do I maintain that system. That system is maintained by Josh. In regards to the system Josh maintains. Since the 2 systems do not “talk” to each other, he had suggested that I also receive all the CalendarWiz requests. Those are the requests that go on the tv. When I receive those, I check to make sure I have the event already scheduled in Ad Astra and he then puts it on the TV screen. To my knowledge this has been working well for the most part. The difference is that not all of the requests that come through me go directly to him. It is the requestor’s responsibility to make both requests for the event and for the TV. I agree, that yes, we should have just one calendaring system for all of the DSU system and that it should be only a very small handful of people that have access to that system to make changes and reservations. I am also very willing to work to help find a solution to this. At this time, in Ad Astra, I currently have 4 people other than myself that have access and authorization to make reservations without having to come through me first. Please let me know if you should need any further information in regards to this. I hope this has been helpful.
Please see Mr. Nichols' response below:
I just want to remind every about the difference between the DSU public facing calendar (Calendarwiz) and the Facility Operations room scheduling calendar (AdAstra). As with any event coordination, there are multiple components requiring many interactions with various entities. There are several pieces at play when coordinating an event at DSU as well. Venue, food/beverages, promotion, advertising, and so on. In an effort to reduce confusion and ensure key elements are not missed, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs offers an Event Checklist Tool. You will find this tool here: www.dickinsonstate.edu/eventchecklist
In regards to the facilities and public facing calendars, each require their own submission process. Reserving a room with AdAstra DOES NOT automatically add the event to the public facing calendar. To request the event be added to the DSU events calendar, visit the main calendar page (www.dickinsonstate.edu/calendar) and click the "Suggest Event" button in the top left corner. Fill out the form and submit for approval.
Submitting a request for an event listing on the public facing calendar DOES NOT automatically reserve a room for the event. If you have not contacted DSU Facility operations regarding your room reservation, please do so as soon as possible to ensure that you have secured the proper venue prior to beginning the promotional process. Last minute venue changes can cause confusion for attendees and could be costly and/or time consuming if promotion has already begun. To check venue availability and to request a room, you can use the AdAstra request from. Please note that all forms are located on the homepage next to the calendar system. If you have additional questions or require assistance regarding a DSU facilities request contact Facility Operations directly.
DSU Event Calendar Features:
- Various Calendar Types: This system allows for multiple calendar versions such as a full page, event list, or mini calendar. These are customizable and the various event lists can be specific to an individual category. This gives the flexibility of showing only events related to your departmental category on your homepage while still having those events also appear on the master calendar.
- Full Calendar: http://dickinsonstate.edu/calendar - contains all categories by default but may be filtered.
- Event List Example 1 (Dept. Fine and Performing Arts) http://www.dickinsonstate.edu/divisions/academic_affairs/collegeofartsandsciences/fine_and_performing_arts/index.aspx
- Event List Example 2 (Academic Calendar) http://www.dickinsonstate.edu/divisions/academic_affairs/academic_records/academic-calendars/index
- Digital Sign Integration: The calendar system generates RSS feeds which can be integrated within other software. An RSS for all calendar events will be utilized on our digital signage across campus to show the most current upcoming events. There is a screen for athletic events and another for non-athletic campus events.
- Interactivity: Now you have the option to interact with the calendar more than ever.
- Filter by defined categories or popular venues.
- View items in month, week, day, or list format.
- Export a custom event report by date and/or category.
- Share an event via social media with a quick click
- Print or email an event listing with ease.
- Download an .ics file to integrate with your own calendar.
- Set a reminder to email you prior to the event.
- Search for events.
Follow-up Contact Information:
The following responses were gathered after speaking with Ms. Gail Ebeltoft in HR. All questions or concerns can be directed to Ms. Ebeltoft at 701-483-2530 or email@example.com
Senators Jessica Dowhaniuk and Perzen Polishwalla met with Ms. Ebeltoft to gather information on the following questions. Senators Dowhaniuk and Polishwalla wrote up the responses and got them verified by the Office of Human Resources October 2015. (Responses posted November 2015)
The Staff Senate Thoughts and Concerns Committee was contacted with questions regarding internal transfers. Further clarification was needed on how the process works, who should be notified and or if references from current supervisor is needed. We have broken down each question asked and have the corresponding responses below:
- Are staff allowed to apply for another open position on campus during their 6 month probationary period?
Yes, as per the Human Resources department on campus, the staff member will not be in any violation if they decide to apply for another open position on campus during their 6 month probation period.
- Are they to obtain approval from their current supervisor to apply for a new position? If so how is this communicated?
The staff member is highly encouraged and it is deemed best practice to let the current supervisor know that they are applying for another position but are not required to. Transferring during the 6-month probationary period the staff member has to give a week’s notice. When there is an internal transfer, HR encourages the two unit supervisors to work together to establish the best transfer date. Usually, the supervisors agree on two weeks, but it can be shortened or lengthened depending upon the needs of each unit. Supervisors are usually very understanding of each other’s needs. When a probationary employee transfers to a new position, the new supervisor completes the 6 months probationary evaluation.
- Will the hiring committee consult their current supervisor for a reference prior to offering them a position?
In all cases it is important that the candidate is hired through an open and competitive search.The search committee may call or request a written recommendation from the current supervisor if the candidate has given permission to the search committee to contact the current supervisor. It is important to note that all candidates are asked in the application if the search committee can contact the current supervisor. If the candidate marks a “NO” the search committee cannot ask for any reference from the current supervisor.
As with external hires, internal transfers are authorized by the President. The transfer recommendation is written by the supervisor who is requesting the transfer of an employee. The supervisor sends the recommendation to his/her vice president or executive director. That person signs and then sends it to the President for his review and approval. Only candidates that have been hired through an open search can be internally transferred.
- How will it be communicated to the current supervisor that the employee will be offered a new position on campus?
It is the employee’s responsibility to communicate to the current supervisor that they have been successful at finding another position on campus. It is important that the supervisor knows promptly so that they can post the new vacancy. In my opinion, it is common courtesy.
Follow-up Contact Information:
All questions or concerns should be directed to a member of the Executive Committee of the Staff Senate.
The decision to split funds 50% Scholarship-25% General Fund-25% Charities was made during the 07-17-12 Staff Senate Meeting.
The policy, as listed below, was approved during the 9-22-11 Staff Senate Meeting.
February 19, 2009 was when the pilot project, Jeans Day - collecting money for the privilege of wearing jeans two Fridays a month for different causes, charities, tornado relief victims, etc. was approved by the Staff Senate and then University President McCallum.
PURPOSE: To fund the Staff Senate general fund, the Staff Senate Scholarship fund and charitable organizations by dressing casually and wearing jeans. Employees are encourages, but not required to wear Dickinson State University colors or Blue Hawk gear.
LIMITS AND REGULATIONS:
- Employees join the community-wide jeans day by donating $1 for the privilege of wearing jeans every Friday.
- Contributions are collected by the designated Staff Senator in each building or floor as determined by DSU Staff Senate.
- Attire should be appropriate for work (i.e. no holes or frayed jeans). The office supervisor is responsible for monitoring his or her employees' attire.
- If one of the Fridays falls on a holiday, the preceding work day shall be designated as DSU Jeans Day.
- The funds collected will go to the Staff Senate general fund, the Staff Senate Scholarship fund and to charitable organizations.
- Staff Senate Scholarships will be awarded in $500 allotments as decided at the April Staff Senate Meeting; any balance of $499 or less will stay in the fund and accumulate for the following scholarship year.
- Staff Senate approved charitable organizations will be paid within one (1) month of the last quarterly collection day.
- A Special Jeans Day, if approved by the Staff Senate and the University President, held on a non-designated jeans day, will be conducted for a specific cause, not necessarily for a charitable organization. All monies (100%) collected on that day will go to the cause.
Follow-up Contact Information:
The following responses were gathered after speaking with Mr. Jack Schulz, Director of Security and Emergency Management at DSU. All questions or concerns can be directed to Mr. Schulz at 701-483-1068 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Loretta Heidt followed up with Mr. Schulz about an additional concern regarding parking submitted May 2016. (Response posted May 2016)
Senator Loretta Heidt followed up with Mr. Schulz about an additional concern regarding parking submitted April 2016. (Response posted April 2016)
Senator Loretta Heidt met with Mr. Schulz to gather information on the concerned question submitted December 2015. (Responses posted January 2016)
The Staff Senate Thoughts and Concerns Committee was contacted with a concern involving lines being painted in the parallel parking areas on campus, so that people aren't taking up more space than necessary. Please see Mr. Schulz responses below:
- I have bids in to re-stripe the entire campus, it is currently unknown if it will be approved or not.
The Staff Senate Thoughts and Concerns Committee was contacted with a concern involving enlarging parking spaces behind May Hall (by the bandroom). At one point there was a parking space removed on the south end of that parking area. Would it be possible to reclaim at least half of that space back and widen the remaining parking spots? It is extremely tight to park full size vehicles in that area without worrying about either giving or receiving a door ding when people get in or out of their vehicles. Please see Mr. Schulz responses below:
- We are looking at a number of different options in parking for the upcoming year.
- One of those options includes a re-stripping of the driving and parking areas on campus.
- We will look at making some areas larger for oversized vehicles at that time.
- In the interim there are areas in Wienbergen Lot that can accommodate oversized vehicles.
The Staff Senate Thoughts and Concerns Committee was contacted with a concern involving designated parking spaces for Resident Directors of Selke Hall, DeLong and Woods and not for other DSU employees. Please see Mr. Schulz responses below:
- Resident Directors have been assigned 2 parking spaces at Selke and DeLong Halls and 1 at Woods Hall.
- These staff are not only employees of the university, but also have their primary residence on campus located in the respective halls.
- The spots were allocated based on current need of the Resident Directors & their families at each Hall and placed in locations similar to your own driveways or parking spots assigned in your apartment lot.
- This practice is similar to other Universities I have spoken with, with the following exception.
- All Staff (Faculty & Employees) Permits are given to our Staff at no charge.
- Parking at other Universities in the Midwest for Staff Permits is somewhat different, ranging from $250.00 a year to over a $1000 per semester dependent on which parking area you are assigned and which University you are employed by.
- This seems to make our parking program for staff a bargain.
- The Security Vehicle has assigned parking for faster response time in case of emergencies.
- There are no other specifically assigned spots on campus.
- Currently there has been no need for additional parking designated for faculty and staff. The Scott/Weinbergen parking lot has consisted of many open parking spaces at any time during the working day.
Follow-up Contact Information:
The following responses were gathered after speaking with Mr. Mick Riesinger, Director of Facility Operations at DSU. All questions or concerns can be directed to Mr. Riesinger at 701-483-2389 or Mick.Riesinger@dickinsonstate.edu
Senator Loretta Heidt met with Mr. Riesinger to gather information on the concerned question submitted November 2015. (Response posted January 2016)
The Staff Senate Thoughts and Concerns Committee was contacted with a concern involving the cleanliness of State Fleets. Please see Mr. Riesinger’s responses below:
- State fleet vehicles that are returned in the scheduled time that they are reserved for should have the fuel filled and personal items/trash removed from the vehicle. Facilities checks over these vehicles for damages, cleans them as needed and services accordingly. What does happen occasionally is that vehicles do not always get returned promptly that are reserved for another party and by the time that Facilities gets them, the vehicle is going back out on the road.
- This is the first actual concern that I am aware of in several years about cleanliness and should this occur, Facilities needs to be aware of it so that we can address the problem with the previous driver. It is also important that vehicle keys are returned promptly and if a driver comes in late in the day, just drop keys in the lock box on the front of the shop.
Follow-up Contact Information:
The following responses were gathered after speaking with Ms. Mary Sheahan, Director of Library Services at DSU. All questions or concerns can be directed to Ms. Sheahan at 701-483-2883 or email@example.com
Senator Loretta Heidt reached out to Ms. Sheahan to gather information on the concerned question submitted May 2016. (Responses posted May 2016)
The Staff Senate Thoughts and Concerns Committee was contacted with a concern as to why Stoxen Library is always closing a few minutes early on Fridays and during the summer? Not only is it making anyone still in the library feel unwelcome, but it is often forcing them to use the back entrance. Please see Ms. Sheahan's responses below:I personally do not understand how someone is saying that the library closes early. We close at 4:30pm and wait on individuals that need to finish up, at times it’s closer to 4:45pm before we are able to leave. We have employees who work in the basement that do not like having to exit through the side door if we lock the main door while waiting for people to finish up but that’s the only negative that I have encountered. If someone has issues I would be willing to meet with them directly about the situation.
Follow-up Contact Information:
All questions or concerns should be directed to your immediate supervisor.
DSU Policy No. 917.1.001 was approved/adopted by Cabinet on 01/27/2014. (Response updated May 2016)
Beginning as a statewide initiative across the NDUS, DSU Senates followed suit in supporting:
Dickinson State University is a tobacco free campus. The responsibility for the enforcement and communication of the tobacco free policy rests with all members of the university community. Visitors, contractors, and other individuals on campus who are in violation of the policy should be reminded of the policy and asked to comply by discarding the tobacco product. All staff, faculty, and students violating the policy should be reminded of the policy and asked to comply as well. If you have concerns with the Tobacco Free Policy, please contact your immediate supervisor.
Follow-up Contact Information:
The following responses were gathered from Mr. Josh Nichols, Office of Communications & Public Affairs. All questions or concerns can be directed to Mr. Nichols at 701-483-2847 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (All questions or concerns regarding tuition can be directed to Business Affairs, 701-483-2328 or email@example.com).
Senator Loretta Heidt reached out to Mr. Nichols and Ms. Janet Reisenauer to gather information on the concerned question submitted June 2016. (Responses posted June 2016)
The Staff Senate Thoughts and Concerns Committee was contacted with a concern involving the difficulty to find information (i.e. tuition due dates) on the website. Please see Mr. Nichol's response below:
As a general comment, our website lacks direction and clarity for many “need to know” items. This has not been for lack of trying but there has been a tug of war on what information is most important and who our audiences are. The result is a constant dog pile of information with people clawing and biting for the top spots.
As for the specific payment dates, those can easily be requested to be added to the calendar by anyone using the submission feature on the calendar. Once approved it will appear there as well as on our digital signage around campus. That would be up to the offices in charge of that information to submit and ensure it remains accurate, etc. (In this instance the shortest "route" to the information would be to click on Current Students, then Business Affairs, to see when tuition is due for the term).
I will say that I’m doubling-down on the fact that our new website redesign will make things significantly easier to find. There will be a restructured sitemap, a new navigation system, and a cleaner more user friendly design. A reduction in number of pages and the amount of assets on the website (such as PDF’s, etc.) will also make the search engine much more useful.