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09/15/2018

Convocation 2018 – Sunday, September 23

To:          The Caltech Community
From:    Joseph E. Shepherd, Vice President for Student Affairs;
              Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Student Affairs;
              C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Date:     September 17, 2018
Re:         Convocation 2018 – Sunday, September 23

I invite you to attend Caltech's annual convocation ceremony held on Sunday, September 23, at 3:00 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium. The event offers a warm welcome and introduction to the Institute for new undergraduate students, their family and friends, new graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.

The program includes greetings from President Rosenbaum, and a brief introduction to student life at Caltech inside and outside of the classroom. A special feature this year will be a presentation on Caltech's Performing and Visual Arts with performances featuring postdocs Sandra Koenig and Rajib Schubert, graduate student Matteo Ronchi, and undergraduate students Tara Porter and Sara Fish. Performances will highlight some of the activities that are available and the positive impact the experience of participating in performing and visual arts has had on their time at Caltech.

Your presence will add to this event's importance for the new members of our academic community and their families. I hope that you will be able to attend.

09/12/2018

New Head Faculty in Residence Appointed

To: The Campus Community
From: Joseph E. Shepherd, PhD '81
           Vice President for Student Affairs;
           C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering;
           and Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair
Date: September 12, 2018
Re: New Head Faculty in Residence Appointed


I'm pleased to announce Antonio Rangel, Bing Professor of Neuroscience, Behavioral Biology, and Economics, as the new Head Faculty in Residence (Head FIR) effective August 1, 2018.

The Head FIR is a professorial faculty member whose goal is to foster an environment within the residences that promotes informal interactions between faculty and students, opportunities for learning, and a sense of community that extends beyond the classroom and laboratory. In addition, the Head FIR will mentor new Faculty in Residence (FIR) and will help grow the FIR program in coordination with Student Affairs.

Prof. Rangel earned his B.S. at Caltech and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He joined Caltech in 2006 in the Division of Humanities and Social Science and was appointed as a FIR in 2015. Over the past three years, he has demonstrated his aptitude and capability as the FIR in Avery House. Since February 2018, he has also chaired the Advisory Committee on Residential Life (ACRL). In his capacity as both a FIR and chair, Prof. Rangel has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the residential experience at Caltech.

Please join me in congratulating Prof. Rangel on his new role.

09/06/2018

Institute Policies

To: The Campus Community
From: Julia McCallin, Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Date: September 6, 2018

Re: Institute Policies

The Institute Policies are regularly updated and can be found on the Human Resources policies web page. They are also available in the Caltech Catalog (see sections labeled "General Information", "Institute Policies"). An additional policy has been added this year, the "Violence Prevention Policy". Please familiarize yourself with these policies, as all members of the Caltech community are expected to comply with their requirements.
 
The Institute Policies are:

If you have any questions about the policies, please feel free to contact me at extension 3230 or Tara Kruckeberg, the assistant vice president for human resources, at extension 8661. 

07/27/2018

Transitions in Student Affairs and Human Resources

To: The Campus Community
From: Joseph E. Shepherd, Vice President for Student Affairs
           Julia McCallin, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Date: July 27, 2018
Re: Transitions in Student Affairs and Human Resources


We are writing to share news about two important transitions in personnel that will take place next month.

Felicia Hunt, who is currently the assistant vice president for equity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives within Student Affairs as well as Caltech's Title IX coordinator, will be taking on a new role as the leader of the newly established Office of Residential Experience. As the assistant vice president of student affairs and residential experience, Felicia will coordinate all of the activities related to our residential community under the new Office of Residential Experience. 

April White-Castañeda, the assistant director for human resources at JPL, will be returning to campus to become the assistant vice president for equity, equity investigations, and Title IX coordinator. In this role, April will have responsibilities for equity and equity investigations in addition to taking over as Caltech's Title IX coordinator. April will continue to build upon previous efforts to promote and reinforce Caltech's commitment to provide a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning, living, and working environment for students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff.

These changes are effective August 1, 2018.

Felicia has been a member of the Caltech community for nearly a decade, fostering relationships across campus and educating our community on issues of equity, inclusion, and Title IX compliance. She has served as the assistant vice president for equity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives, and Title IX coordinator since 2015. Prior to that, she was the associate dean of graduate studies (2009-2015), and director of the Caltech women's center (2007-2009). Before joining Caltech, Felicia worked extensively with residential communities at Cornell University.  She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of San Diego and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Southern California (USC).

As we mark this important transition in our leadership, and the relocation of the Title IX office from student affairs to human resources, we would like to acknowledge the challenges that Felicia and the deputy Title IX coordinators addressed together with our community. Felicia has worked proactively to build an inclusive approach to education and prevention, while also responding to sexual harassment and sexual violence. She has brought passion and professionalism to her work in the Title IX office and to the campus community overall. April will have an excellent foundation and resources to draw upon as Caltech takes the next steps in equity and inclusion.

April is very familiar with our JPL and campus community, serving in a number of capacities over her nearly two-decade career at Caltech. She has been the assistant director for human resources at JPL since 2016. Prior to that, she was the executive director of human resources (2011-2016), senior director for employee and organizational development (2007-2011), director of staff education and career development (2004-2007), and director of consulting services for the Faculty and Staff Consultation Center (1999-2004). April has also held an adjunct faculty appointment with the School of Social Work at USC and continues her engagement there as a guest lecturer and speaker. April earned a bachelor's degree in women's studies/cross-cultural studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master's degree in industrial/ organizational social work from USC.

April and Felicia are already working together to coordinate the transition of Title IX responsibilities and will continue to do so as April settles into her role. Felicia has also begun working and partnering with our residential life staff and their current leaders, as well as colleagues across student affairs who are involved in shaping the residential experience on campus.

Please join us in congratulating both these leaders on their new roles, as well as thanking them for their dedicated service to the Institute.

07/11/2018

Caltech Women's Network Meetup

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

383 Hill Annex

4:00pm - 6pm

 

All Caltech staff are invited to come to the FIRST opportunity to grow your network and advance your career. Meet new people and learn about career opportunites within Caltech from your fellow staff. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Shaina Villalobos at shainav@caltech.edu or go to cwnm.eventbrite.com to RSVP

06/13/2018

Caltech Women's Network Meetup

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

383 Hill Annex

4:30pm - 6pm

 

All Caltech staff are invited to come to the FIRST opportunity to grow your network and advance your career. Meet new people and learn about career opportunites within Caltech from your fellow staff. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Shaina Villalobos at shainav@caltech.edu to RSVP.

06/01/2018

Conflict Of Interest - Annual Disclosure

Caltech faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars are required to submit a Conflict of Interest Disclosure. The deadline to complete the Conflict Of Interest Disclosure for FY2018 is June 30, 2018.
 
To complete the annual disclosure for fiscal year 2018, please follow these steps:
 
1. Log in to the Access.Caltech web page at: http://access.caltech.edu.
 
2. Enter your access.caltech credentials and click the Sign In button.  
 
3. Select Conflict of Interest from the "Administrative Services" section on the screen.  Be sure to click on Submit when you have finished your disclosure.
 
If you are having technical issues accessing the system, please contact the Caltech Help Desk personnel at 626-395-3500.

 

05/03/2018

Rath al Fresco OPENS Friday, May 11!

RATH AL FRESCO – OPENS FRIDAY, MAY 11!

Bar Service:
Monday – Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Food Service:
Monday – Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Rath al Fresco is happening at one of Pasadena's most stunning locations where members can fully enjoy the balmy seasonal afternoons and evenings. The casual menu includes a wide variety of specialties cooked on the grill and employs a full service bar. On Fridays, in addition to the à la carte menu, we also provide a scrumptious BBQ buffet. All of these features make it a great destination for families to relax and colleagues to mingle.

No reservations required for parties under 10. Rath al Fresco is open to Athenaeum members and Departmental accounts.

Dress Code: Clean, campus-appropriate casual dress in good condition that is not excessively revealing. Tennis attire is also appropriate.

Please note: Pets are not allowed in or adjacent to the Rath al Fresco vicinity.

05/01/2018

Co-Ed Softball League - Registration Due on May 25, Season Begins June 4

Batter up! Come and show off your inner softball star. The Co-ed Softball League season begins June 4th and ends August 19th. 

All levels of players are welcome. Teams and individuals may sign up.

  • Fee: $20 entry fee per team
  • 7 weeks of regular play, 3 weeks of playoffs
  • Game times: 5:15pm & 6:30pm
  • League nights:
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (teams will be assigned to a league based on team's requested night on a first-come-first-serve basis)
    • Monday and Friday will be added if the first 3 days fill up
  • Maximum of 8 teams per league night
  • Minimum of 7 players per team (the majority of players must be Caltech affiliated)
  • Sportsmanship REQUIRED. This is a Rec League.

REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY, MAY 25 AT 9 PM

For more information and registration, please contact Heather at hmorgans@caltech.edu.

04/19/2018

The Pavilion Lunch Grab & Go Opens on April 24th

As the weather warms up, so does The Pavilion! We offer bountiful fresh fare, all ready for you to pick-up or call to order for delivery.* Try our delicious panini or pizza, Porchetta Torta, tacos, rice bowls, poke, fresh salads, and more. There are lots of vegetarian options, too, like veggie burgers, portobello fries, vegetarian pad thai, and avocado toast. Snack on pastries, fruit and granola yogurt cups, sweets, gelato and all that you're craving at The Pavilion!

Call (626) 395-8253 to pre-order lunch or just stop in. Open Monday - Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Pavilion lunch delivery begins Monday, April 30th)

*On-campus delivery is available for orders of $50.00 or more, with a $10.00 delivery charge.  Delivery will occur 40-60 minutes after the order is placed. Delivery times may vary. The Pavilion is open to Athenaeum members and Departmental accounts.

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