Campus News - June 30, 2001

Human Resources

Picnic, catastrophic leave and career advancement updates

By Susan A. Carkeek, Associate Vice President/Director Human Resources Department

A perfect summertime New Mexico evening, giant cottonwoods filled with strumming cicadas, and all the exotic animals and environments of the Rio Grande Zoo set the stage for the recently held 2001 UNM Staff Picnic. Local jazz favorite Linda Cotton and her band performed to a crowd of 4000.

Face-painting clowns decorated the faces of willing children. Massage therapists offered complementary massages, and there was even a magic show! But the highlight was, of course, the animals themselves. Many staff especially enjoyed watching the polar bears taking a dip in the cool water. The cats were out too, hungrily eyeing spectators from the other side of the fence. UNM’s own animals, Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy, entertained. Lobo Louie strutted his stuff on stage with a bass guitar and was hailed as the “funkiest canine in the world.”

Our thanks go to our sponsors, Parking and Transportation Services, Continuing Education, Athletics and the High Noon Restaurant and Saloon for donating door prizes.

Our thanks also to Vice Presidents Julie Weaks, Judy Jones and Cheo Torres for joining the Staff Council Rewards and Recognition Committee to greet staff.

Feedback sought on Catastrophic Leave Program

Soon you will receive an e-mail message asking you to complete a short online survey about the Catastrophic Leave Program. A University committee with representatives from Main Campus, HSC and Staff Council evaluated the current program where donations of annual leave are requested by individuals who have depleted their leave.

Last year staff members donated less than forty percent of the total number of hours requested by individuals with catastrophic illnesses.

The committee reviewed the policy and how it is affecting employees and departments. They have developed two possible alternative programs and staff will be asked to give feedback on which they prefer. You can also offer solutions we have not thought of! This program, where staff help staff, is being used more frequently every year. Please take the time to let us know your thoughts about it.

Staff benefit from internal hiring program

Seven staff members have been hired into new positions since May 15 through the new Career Advancement program.

The program covers 16 job titles, from Administrative Assistant I to Senior Program Manager, and each title has from 8-18 qualified staff members in the pool. The total Career Advancement pool consists of 141 UNM staffers.

We are very pleased that this important program is working and we urge hiring officials to take advantage of this pre-screened pool of qualified UNM applicants. Currently, two vacancies are available.

For more information, check our Web site at or call your employment representative at 277-2454 on Main Campus or 272-6445 at HSC.

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