Now is the time to start thinking about submitting nominations to the Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff for 2012-2013. Colleagues can present nominees in six categories – customer service, quality of work, initiative/innovation, service to the community, teamwork and sustainability – for work carried out between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013.
Beginning on July 1, access to McGill Library electronic databases, e-journals and other e-resources is changing at McGill affiliated hospital sites in order to comply with the McGill University Library’s contractual licensing agreements.
If you are affiliated with McGill as a faculty or staff member, or as a resident or student, you will be asked to log in using your McGill username and password to access the library’s electronic resources.
The Quebec-wide construction strike affects construction and renovation projects underway at McGill. A strike of any significant duration will inevitably impact the schedule for completion of our projects. All construction sites at McGill have been closed and secured for the duration of the strike. For your safety, it is important to remember that all of these sites remain construction sites, even when work is not underway. They are not accessible to the public and security compliance measures remain in effect.
At the end of the workday, are you tired and sluggish? Look back – did you take a break? Did you get out of the office over your lunch hour? Or did you cram in lunch while you sat at your desk, answering emails and phone calls, and stressing over a report you have to finish?
Need to green up your office? Greening Indoor McGill Initiative (GIMI) still has 75 indoor plants remaining from our sale last week and they must be sold. We have a variety of high quality, greenhouse-grown office plants for a variety of light conditions from $4-$8 each as well as small bags of potting soil ($2) for transplanting. The sale will take place Thursday, June 20, from 11:30-1 p.m. in the foyer of the Leacock building. All profits will fund future GIMI events. Click here for information.
Mathieu Laperle, who has served as Director of McGill’s Food and Dining Services since 2009, is the University’s first Senior Director of Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS), as of June 3. Reporting to the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) and serving both campuses, Laperle is responsible for all facets of student housing, and food and other hospitality services, including strategic planning, residence programming and admissions, human resources, finances, facilities, and conference services.
Well, this stinks. A mother skunk and two babies made their presence known early Wednesday morning when contractors working in the Otto Maass Chemistry Building began dumping material into a container between the Chemistry Building and the Pulp and Paper Building next door, along University Street.
Security staff were quickly called, cordoned off the area with tape and posted signs warning of the presence of a skunk spraying passers-by. Grounds personnel then reached a firm the University has used before to trap wildlife and release it in an appropriate environment.
Do you grab your lunch and eat it in front of your computer? Ignoring your body’s and your mind’s need for a break, you’re risking your health. If you regularly work through your lunch break, the Health & Wellbeing team has a challenge for you! Commit to taking a lunch break at least three times a week for the next two weeks. It doesn’t have to be a full hour. Go for a walk, visit a local museum or art gallery. Whatever you do, you’ll return to work refreshed, refocused, re-energized and relaxed.
The Library is in the process of planning a number of improvements to their web site. In order to better understand your priorities and needs, the Library invites you to share your thoughts and ideas on their website and how it could be improved by completing a short online survey.
Click here to access the survey.
On June 16 starting at 8:30 p.m., take part in a family-friendly bike trip exploring the fossils and rocks,architecture, and secret spots in Montreal’s building stones.
The tour starts with ancient fossils at the Redpath Museum, travels west along Sherbrooke St. to the Sulpicians’ reflecting pool at the Grand Séminaire, heads up the old Indian trail on Côte St. Antoine Rd. that leads to Leonard Cohen’s boyhood home, glides downhill through the Glen to McAuslan Brewery for refreshments and ends with the ghosts of Griffintown. Cyclists only. In English.