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Staff on the Move, August 2014

The Office of Human Resources reported the following new hires and departures for August 2014:

Newly hired
Sydney Lewis was hired as an assistant dean of admission on Aug. 4.

William Jack was hired as the associate dean of admission and financial aid on Aug. 4.

Nicholas Vennochi was hired as a sports information intern on Aug. 11.

Caitlyn DeClement joined the President’s Office as an office assistant on Aug. 18.

Staff on the Move, June 2014

The Office of Human Resources reported the following new hires and departures for June 2014:

Newly hired
Maureen Zimmer was hired as the Academic Affairs coordinator on June 2.

Felicia Harrsch was hired as a research assistant on June 2.

Kendrick Wiggins was hired as a residential operations coordinator on June 2.

Lauren Davis was hired as a human resources coordinator/generalist on June 16.

Hira Jafri ’13, MA’14 was hired as an evaluation fellow/assistant on June 18.

Deborah Colucci was hired as the equity compliance director and Title IX coordinator on June 23.

Jeanne McNeff was hired as an administrative assistant for the College of East Asian Studies on June 25.

Mohit Bachhav was hired as a network specialist on June 30.

Departures

Jelisa Adair, Civic Engagement Fellow in the Center for Community Partnerships.

Zachary Fischman, Center for Prison Education Fellow in the Center for Community Partnerships.

Ann Gertz, administrative assistant in the College of East Asian Studies.

Ann Goodwin, associate vice president for development in University Relations.

Kimberly Ladd, sports information intern in University Communications.

Dale Lee, information services technician in Olin Library.

Dan Manuyag, senior assistant dean in the Office of Admission.

Staff on the Move, May 2014

The Office of Human Resources reported the following new hires and departures for May 2014:

Newly hired

Adam Fischer was hired as a research assistant/ lab coordinator in the Psychology Department on May 5.

Emily Macleod was hired by Information Technology Services as a web and mobile developer in the New Media Lab on May 12.

Sarah Hopkins was hired by the Career Center as an employer relations coordinator on May 27.

Departures

Mark Hellerman, research technician in the Biology Department.

Doug Gilchrist, boiler tender in the Central Power Plant.

Jason Raiti, associate director in the Investments Office.

Cardinal Fit Team Sports Matching Apparel

The Cardinal Fit team “NoCoTen” is participating in a group walk this week. Team members, most from Academic Affairs, will wear their 100 percent polyester shirts during the walk, each sporting his or her own number.

The team members are: #1, Ruth Weissman, provost and vice president for academic affairs, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of psychology; #2, Joyce Jacobsen, the Andrews Professor of Economics, dean of the social sciences and director of global initiatives, interim director of Allbritton Center, professor of economics, tutor for the College of Social Studies; #3, Joy Vodak, assistant director of academic affairs; #4, Michael Whitcomb, director of institutional research; #5, Megan Flagg, executive assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs and academic deans; #6, Lisa Sacks, coordinator of academic affairs; #7, Andy Curran, dean of the arts and humanities and director of curricular initiatives, professor of French; #8, Rommel Guadalupe, assistant director of institutional research; #9, Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion; #10, Karen Anderson, senior associate provost; #11, Eloise Glick, faculty resource specialist; #12, Ishita Mukerji, dean of natural sciences and mathematics and director of technology initiatives, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

The group’s team captains are Joyce Jacobsen and Andy Curran and the “official cheerleaders” are Eloise Glick and Ishita Mukerji.

For more information on the 2014 Cardinal Fit Challenge see this link.

Academic Affairs' Cardial Fit Team.

Academic Affairs' Cardial Fit Team.

160 Wesleyan Faculty, Staff Participate in Cardinal Fit Challenge

Wesleyan President Michael Roth congratulates the winning Cardinal Fit Challenge team, MISSION SLIMPOSSIBLE.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth congratulates the winning Cardinal Fit Challenge team, MISSION SLIMPOSSIBLE.

During the fall 2013 semester, 22 teams participated in Wesleyan’s Cardinal Fit Challenge. The challenge, hosted by Human Resources’s University Wellness Program, was established to create a work environment that encourages faculty, staff and their families to take responsibility for their physical and mental well-being through health awareness and healthy lifestyles.  This program supports a comprehensive approach to decreasing the incidence, duration and severity of preventable illnesses and disease by promoting educational opportunities, wellness activities and self-improvement.

More than 160 Wesleyan faculty and staff exercised for over 5,100 hours over a 10-week period. They also successfully completed bonus challenges including healthy eating and recruiting others to join. Congratulations to all who participated. Continue to enjoy the healthy lifestyle!

The winning team, MISSION SLIMPOSSIBLE, earned 478 points. Team members include Anne Howard (captain), Jennifer Collingwood, Jane Jylkka, Pat Leone, Donna Moore, Karen Murphy, Barbara Spadaccini and Melissa Sullivan.

The second-place team, DOLLARS & NON-CENTS, earned 476 points. Team members include Sherri Condon (captain), Noreen Angeletti, Mike Conte, Christine Daniels, Karen Hook, Jen Kleindienst, Nate Peters and Dave Winakor.

The third-place team, PARTY ROCKERS, earned 473 points. Team members include Kathleen Roberts (captain), Scott Backer, Liliana Carrasquillo, Jonathan Connary, Charlotte Coulter, Maureen Isleib, Krystal-Gayle O’Neill and Vince Spiars.

Learn more about Cardinal Fit online here.

20 Teams Participate in Wesleyan’s Cardinal Fit Challenge

Several Wesleyan employees went skating at Freeman Athletic Center in November as part of the Cardinal Fit Challenge.

Several Wesleyan employees went skating at Freeman Athletic Center in November as part of the Cardinal Fit Challenge.

More than 20 teams from Wesleyan are participating in the 10-week Cardinal Fit Challenge, sponsored by the Office of Human Resources and the Cardinal Fit Committee. The goal of the challenge is to encourage Wesleyan employees to develop or enhance their exercise and healthy eating habits. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

Teams earn points by completing various milestones. Bonus points are awarded for unique challenges, such as skating at Freeman Athletic Center in November.

“The program has been very successful and participants should look forward to more challenges in the future,” said Pat Melley, director of Human Resources.

Learn more about Cardinal Fit online here.

 

Employees Honored for Long-Time Service to Wesleyan

Erhard Konerding, documents librarian, speaks about his Olin Library memories during the annual Employee Service Luncheon Oct. 9 in Beckham Hall. Konderding is celebrating his 40th year at Wesleyan. Pictured at right is Wesleyan President Michael Roth.

Erhard Konerding, documents librarian, speaks about his Olin Library memories during the annual Employee Service Luncheon Oct. 9 in Beckham Hall. Konerding is celebrating his 40th year at Wesleyan. Pictured at right is Wesleyan President Michael Roth. The event was sponsored by Human Resources.

Wellness Tips, Vendors at Cardinal Fit Kick-Off

Human Resources hosted a Wellness Program Kick-Off event for faculty and staff May 3 in the Freeman Athletic Center. Participants learned about the Wesleyan Incentive Points Program, entered their name in a raffle, got a free chair massage and met representatives from more than a dozen vendors.

Human Resources, Purchasing Host Employee Benefits Discount Day

At right, Peter Staye, associate director of utilities management in Physical Plant-Facilities, visits an AT&T representative during the Employee Benefits Discount Day May 13 in Woodhead Lounge. Vendor representatives from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, WB Mason, White Way Cleaners, Sam’s Club, BJ, Costco, Sanditz Travel and others offered product discounts to Wesleyan employees. Human Resources and Purchasing sponsored the event.

Walsh Helps Employees Understand Wesleyan Benefits

Amy Walsh, assistant director of employee benefits, says offering an attractive benefits package is an excellent retention tool.

Amy Walsh, assistant director of employee benefits, says offering an attractive benefits package is an excellent retention tool.

Q: Amy, you were hired as the assistant director of employee benefits in Human Resources on April 13. What attracted you to the position?

A: Being in a position where I can work directly with people and help them is so important to me. That is what I love about the Human Resources field. I feel that as an HR staff member, the first step is to be an advocate and a true resource for the employees. From a benefits perspective, many folks come to Human Resources confused and needing clarification on specific benefit plans. It’s so important for employees to understand what is covered and how to access various services. I feel privileged to be able to help in this capacity.

Q: Does your office oversee both staff and faculty benefits?

A: Yes, we do oversee benefits for all employees, including staff and faculty. Offering an attractive benefits package is a wonderful retention tool. When an organization offers quality benefits, it shows a commitment to and an investment in its employees.

Q: What are typical questions employees ask about their benefits?

A: The majority of questions are focused mainly on benefit eligibility, claims and understanding specific plan coverage details.

Q: Where is your office located and how to you prefer people contact you?

A: We are at 212 College Street. Anyone should feel free to stop by, call or email.

Q: How do you spend most of your time?

A: My days can be varied. Many folks stop by here in person, I also speak with them on the phone and email. I plan on attending various meetings on campus to meet more of the Wesleyan employees.

Q: How are things going so far?

A: Things are going great. I have been enjoying meeting people and learning more about Wesleyan and what my role will be here.

Q: Where did you attend college and what did you major in?

A: I graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in the Boston and majored in Social Work. I worked in the non-profit world before getting into Human Resources which gave me a wonderful foundation for my career. Being able to work with diverse groups in different capacities was a great life opportunity and taught me so much.

Q: Where do you live, and do you have family?

A: I live in Southington with my husband, Bruce and my son, Grayson. Grayson is 9 months old so I do not have a lot of time for hobbies! I enjoy spending as much time as possible with him and my husband when I am not working. He is such a wonderful addition to our lives.

Q: Anything else you would like to say about working at Wesleyan so far?

A: I am looking forward to meeting more of the Wesleyan faculty and staff. Everyone I have met so far has been so nice and welcoming. I am really excited to be here.