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December 2016 Newsletter


Staff Senate Ornaments at the Bookstore

With the holiday season in full effect, do not forget to purchase your Staff Senate ornament! The Staff Senate ornament is a beautiful addition to your holiday celebration and makes a perfect gift for a friend or loved one. Ornaments are available for purchase at the University Bookstore for $15. Proceeds benefit the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund.    


Fundraising Efforts for Staff Senate Scholarship

Staff Senate is excited to announce that the inaugural Zaxby's Scholarship Fundraising Event held on November 28 was a resounding success! Zaxby's sales between 5:00pm and 10:00pm resulted in a $240 donation to the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund. Staff Senate would like to thank Zaxby's for hosting the event and everyone who came out in support of the fundraiser!

This year's Holidays @ the UC event featured Staff Senators volunteering their time and effort to sell ornaments in support of the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund. An impressive 31 ornaments were sold and $10 in donations were received. Staff Senate appreciated the opportunity to be part of this fun event!


Spring 2017 Move-In

Move-In Day for Spring Semester is Thursday, January 5, 2017 for freshmen and Friday, January 6, 2017 for transfer students. An estimated 50 freshmen and 225 transfer students will be moving in on those days. Incoming students will also be attending Orientation the day that they move in.

You will find plenty of support campus-wide on Move-In Day, from WCU police and parking staff, to volunteers and facilities management workers. Faculty, staff, and students are all encouraged to assist and help welcome WCU’s newest Catamounts. 

Safety During Move-In
Everyone knows that move-in is a hectic time in Cullowhee. Not only are there more cars on campus, but many of those people may not be familiar with where they are going.

One of the main things that people should remember when coming to campus on Move-In Day is to be aware of your surroundings. This message goes to both drivers and pedestrians. With all of the construction going on and people new to campus, it is very likely for someone to unintentionally walk out in front of a moving vehicle and we want to prevent that from happening. Be sure to use the crosswalks and pay attention to traffic signals. Try to refrain from looking down at your cell phone as you drive through campus and be very mindful when approaching intersections. 


Inclement Weather Policy

Now is the time of year to familiarize yourself with WCU's Inclement Weather Policy. There are multiple tiers of the policy, which will dictate who is require to work and whether or not the hours must be accounted for, based on employee type and severity of the weather event. Read over the policy and discuss it with your supervisor in advance so that you are prepared the next time severe weather occurs.

Official University Policy: http://www.wcu.edu/discover/leadership/office-of-the-chancellor/legal-counsel-office/university-policies/numerical-index/university-policy-41.asp

Reporter article describing the policy (January 2016): http://thereporter.wcu.edu/2016/01/revised-policy-for-adverse-weather-emergency-events-takes-effect/


Text Message Alerts

The WCU Alerts system provides information to the campus community during emergencies. The system can call or text you directly to provide emergency-related alerts and updates.

To register for text message alerts:
1. Visit this website then click the "Register" button.
2. Fill out the required information, including your name, WCU email address, and mobile phone number.
3. Click "Submit." 
4. You will get an email from "getrave.com"- click the link in this email to open up the confirmation page.
5. A 4-digit code will be sent to your phone via text message. Enter this code on the confirmation page to complete your registration.

That's it! You will now receive emergency notifications on your mobile phone.


Staff Spotlight:
Shelly Fulk

What is your job title and department?
Shelly is the Administrative Support Associate for the Office of Student Affairs. 

How long have you worked at WCU?
She has worked at WCU for 5 and a half years.

What is your academic background or special training you'd like to share?
Shelly has over 12 years of experience working in administrative support roles for NC state agencies. Before joining the WCU community, she worked at the NC Child Support-Controller's Office and the NC Department of Health & Human Services-Office of Citizen Services.

What is your favorite thing about working at WCU?
In Shelly's words, "My absolute FAVORITE thing about working in Student Affairs and at WCU is working with and helping/assisting our students."


Senator Spotlight:
Shawna Young

What is your job title and department?
Shawna is the Director for Marketing and Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs.

Where are you from?
She is originally from Chester, Vermont, but has lived in the south for almost 20 years.

How long have you worked at WCU?
She has worked at WCU since the summer of 2008.

What is your academic background?
Shawna's undergraduate degree is in sociology from SUNY Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University) and her master's degree is in counselor education from New York University. 

What is your favorite thing about working at WCU?
Shawna says that her job is interesting and she likes what she does, but it's the people who she works with that she enjoys most about her job. She shares, "I've worked on different college campuses, but none of them had the feeling of community that we have here at WCU."


Upcoming Events


December 17

Winter Break
December 23 - 29 (Holiday)
December 30 (Vacation Leave Day)
January 2 (Holiday)

Move-In Weekend
January 5-7

First Day of Classes
January 9

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 16 (Holiday)