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Case Western Reserve University

Staff Advisory Council Newsletter, March 2014::Volume 2 Issue 1

Committee Highlight: Community Service

13th Annual Staff Advisory Council Basket Raffle Charity Donation



The Staff Advisory Council Community Service Committee worked hard to organize and run the 13th annual Basket Raffle at the Benefits Fair in November. Each year the Council chooses two charities to receive all proceeds from the raffle. To date, SAC has raised almost $55,000 for local charities, including Providence House, Hurricane Katrina relief, Cleveland Hunger Network, Bellflower House and many more.

This year SAC collected $5,279 and the Office of the President graciously contributed $221 to bring the total to $5,500. This year's charities were Project Night Night and Family Promise. Project Night Night provides sleep packages for homeless children to help reduce trauma and improve their well-being. Each canvas tote contains a security blanket, children's book, and stuffed animal. Family Promise of Greater Cleveland helps keep families together during times of homelessness, provides life skills and employment supports, and provides community-based services to assist families in re-establishing a permanent home. Representatives from the charities were on hand to receive their checks at the December Council meeting.

Visit the SAC website to see all of our basket winners. A big thank you goes out to all of the generous departments and centers across campus that donate items and baskets every year.

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Member Highlight: Jim Nauer

ITS Engineer, SAC Member, and Skydiver

On any given weekend, one might find ITS Engineer and current SAC member, Jim Nauer, falling from the sky&emdash;literally! Over the past 15 years, he has amassed over 1150 skydiving jumps, sometimes doing 6 or 7 jumps in a single day! Jim's day job here at Case Western, however, keeps his feet firmly planted on the ground: he works to implement new computer systems on campus that keep Case on the cutting edge of technology. Originally from the Chicago area, Jim came to Case in 1987 as a student and has never left. When asked about the biggest changes he has witnessed at Case over the years, Jim mentions that the look of the campus has been improved. The "construction frenzy" of the 1990's brought the creation of Kelvin Smith Library and MSASS, to name a few, and Jim is happy to report that he believe the campus is much more beautiful now than it was in the 80's because of the emphasis placed on maintaining and creating green spaces.

Jim chose to serve the university on the Staff Advisory Council because he saw the difference friends like Robin and Rick Kramer and Charley Knox made to the institution and to the people who work and study here. Jim is an active member of both the Communications Committee and the Policy Committee where he focuses on improving the opportunities and benefits of all Case employees. He uses his expertise in technology to help further the mission of the university&emdash; Thanks, Jim!!

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Did you know?

These resources are available to all staff

Ease@Work offers downloadable legal forms, 1/2 hour telephone + 1/2 hour in-person legal services for FREE

Faculty and staff are eligible to receive discounted pre-tax RTA passes (form)

If a Standard Parking ticket remains unpaid, fees will be deducted from your pay (parking manual)

The University is beta testing a "panic button" app that will soon be available for download on your smartphone

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In this issue:

   Committee Highlight: Community Service

   Member Highlight: Jim Nauer

   Did you know?

   Info to Know...

   Elections Committee News

   Policy Committee News

Info to Know...

The University's Chief Information Officer search is underway. Jim Nauer is the SAC representative on the search committee. If you have input for the committee, email Jim: james.nauer@case.edu

The Council has formed an ad hoc Constitution Review committee. The Committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:30-2:30pm in Adelbert M3 for all who are interested.

Elections Committee News

The following management centers are eligible for election for the 2014-2016 term:

• College of Arts and Sciences

• Case School of Engineering

• School of Law

• School of Medicine

• Weatherhead School of Management


Elections timeline:

4/18/14 - Call for nominations

6/20/14 - Nomination deadline

7/25/14 - Voting begins

8/15/14 - Voting ends

9/9/14 - Orientation breakfast


SAC Vice Chair and Secretary Nominations are due March 21, 2014. Send your nominations to sac-nominations@case.edu (self-nominations are also encouraged). Voting will take place at the April 11, 2014 SAC General Council meeting. To learn more about the duties of the Vice Chair and Secretary, visit the SAC constitution page.

Policy Committee News

The following items are currently under review:

• Recommendation for revisions to performance management policy and procedures

• Recommendation for creation of an independent ombuds office


The Policy Committee is seeking input from staff members. If you have comments, feedback, or questions about these issues, contact: sac-policy@case.edu



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