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05/15/2012

57th Annual Staff Service Awards

Caltech's annual Staff Service Awards ceremony will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at Beckman Auditorium on Thursday, June 7. Caltech will honor over 200 staff members with service ranging from 10 to 45 years. Additionally, the winner of the sixth annual Thomas W. Schmitt Staff Prize will be named. A reception in the Beckman Institute courtyard will follow the ceremony. All members of the Caltech community are encouraged to attend.

05/03/2012

Red Cross Blood Drive

Parking is available in the California Boulevard underground parking structure.

Making an appointment is easy. Go to https://www.givelife.org and enter your email address and date of birth. If you have used the online appointment system before, your information will display for your approval. If you have not used our online system before, you can fill out the form with some basic information that the blood bank will need. Then click the "Continue and View Blood Drives" button. You will see our blood drive. If you went to the site without using the link and don't see our drive enter "caltech" where it asks for the sponsor code. Click the circle to the left of the day you would like your appointment. On the next page, pick a time. Then you will receive an email confirming your appointment.

For more information, contact Christine Boyle at 395-1745 or christine.boyle@caltech.edu. To donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 lbs. and be in good health.

04/25/2012

Nike Reuse-a-Shoe Drive

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is hosting its annual Nike Reuse-a-Shoe Drive, one of Nike's longest-running environmental and community programs, where worn-out athletic shoes are collected, processed, and recycled into material for sports surfaces like basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks, and more.

Drop off your worn-out athletic shoes (cleats and spikes excluded) in bins on campus at Brown Gym, Braun Athletic Center, Keith Spalding Building, and Chandler Cafe. Donation bins are clearly marked with Nike Reuse-a-Shoe Flyers. Bring as many pairs of worn-out athletic shoes as possible and deposit them in any of the bins.

The deadline to drop off shoes is May 18.

03/09/2012

Take Our Children to Work Day

Caltech's annual Take Our Children to Work Day will take place on Thursday, April 26. This event is an opportunity for Caltech personnel to introduce their children to the exciting things that go on at Caltech and to interest them in science, research, and possibilities for the future. For information and registration, go to: http://cit.hr.caltech.edu/HRForms/TOC2WD.pdf If you have questions, contact Christine Boyle at 395-1745.

02/27/2012

The Athenaeum Debuts New Website

The Athenaeum is pleased to announce the launch of its
new and improved website on March 1.

The Athenaeum collaborated with Clubessential, a marketing and media company specializing in private clubs, to provide a more comprehensive source of club information and services for members and their guests. Members can now access and manage their personal account, make reservations and payments online, and much more!

The Athenaeum is a wonderful benefit to the Caltech, JPL, and Huntington Library community as a place for fine and casual dining, social and special events, and hotel and membership services. For more information on our new website or joining The Athenaeum, contact us at 626-395-8200 or visit us online at http://athenaeum.caltech.edu!

02/22/2012

Recreation and Fitness Center Survey

The Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation requests that Caltech students, postdocs, faculty, and staff members participate in a confidential online survey to solicit opinions and ideas about our Caltech Recreation and Fitness Center facilities, equipment, and programs. This electronic survey should only take 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a free personal training session with our fitness professionals. This survey will be mailed to your email account very soon and will be active from late February to the end of March 2012.

02/01/2012

Off the Clock: Art On Your Own Time

An awards reception in Dabney Gardens will take place at 3 p.m. on February 16. The registration deadline was February 3. In conjunction with the exhibition we will present a piano and cello recital by Julia Greer, assistant professor of materials science and mechanics, and Monica Kohler, senior research fellow in mechanical and civil engineering, at noon on February 17 in Dabney Lounge. For more information, contact Christine Boyle at christine.boyle@caltech.edu or 395-1745.

Works on display will include jewelry, woodworking, drawings, oil paintings, watercolors, pottery, knitting, quilts, and photographs. Attendees will vote on their favorite items in the exhibition, and awards from their votes and from the Caltech Art Committee will be announced at the reception in Dabney Gardens on Thursday, February 16.

01/30/2012

Red Cross Blood Drive

Parking is available in the California Boulevard underground parking structure.

Making an appointment is easy. Go to https://www.givelife.org and enter your email address and date of birth. If you have used the online appointment system before, your information will display for your approval. If you have not used our online system before, you can fill out the form with some basic information that the blood bank will need. Then click the "Continue and View Blood Drives" button. You will see our blood drive. If you went to the site without using the link and don't see our drive enter "caltech" where it asks for the sponsor code. Click the circle to the left of the day you would like your appointment. On the next page, pick a time. Then you will receive an email confirming your appointment.

For more information, contact Christine Boyle at 395-1745 or christine.boyle@caltech.edu. To donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 lbs. and be in good health.

12/20/2011

Thank You from the Foothill Unity Center

A message from the Foothill Unity Center:

One of our "elves" wrote this poem and I think it says it all. I thought you might enjoy it and maybe share it with the HR staff. Thanks to all for your support.
- Catherine May

Angels and Elves
By Sylvia Miller (one of our "elves")

Some parents need help this time of year
To make Christmas morning a time of good cheer
For children who are innocent of the lot they are dealt.
Maybe there are Angels out there who will help!
Foothill Unity puts out the call
For Angels in local communities all.
Some Elves have gathered in a warehouse so cold.
There'll be plenty of Angels, for sure, they are told.
The Elves make up bags (for families who filed),
With clothes and toys and books for each child.
But Mary wants a sweater and pants to keep warm
But neither is around in her size to conform.
Dave wants some Legos or a skateboard for fun.
But searching the warehouse, the Elves find none.
Just as they are expressing their fear,
Lo and behold, some Angels appear!
The Angels bring Tigger and Winnie-the-Pooh,
Soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs, too,
Card games and board games, puzzles, and kites,
Erector sets, Legos, transformers with lights,
Novels of werewolves and vampires and bats,
Little Red Riding Hood, The Cat in The Hat,
Books for toddlers that go "Ding Dong",
Discs with movies and Justin Bieber songs,
Teddy bears, horses, dinosaurs, ants,
Big dolls and little dolls that pee in their pants,
Bratz dolls, and Barbies with clothes of angora,
Fairies and Dora, the well-known explora,
Big cars and little cars, fire engines, too,
Skateboads, knee pads, helmets (wahoo!),
Play stoves for making the highest cuisine,
And potions for turning Jane's hair red and green.

Finally much-needed clothes can be seen
For babies and toddlers and juniors and `teens
Skinny jeans, fat jeans, sweaters, and tees,
PJs and leggings and even undies,
More and more Angels appear through the door,
Angels who carefully watch o're the poor.
Elves are now busy, filling the bags
As fast as they can and putting on tags.
They're there at the warehouse day after day,
Filling hundreds of bags `til their hairs turn gray.
But you don't need to worry. The Elves will be fine.
Their evenings are filled with Motrin and wine.
Finally, the bags are all out the door.
No, wait! Late sign-ups mean there are more!
Too late to get Angels. More shopping! (what fun)
And fast-action Elves work to get the job done!
Distribution of bags is a sight to behold!
A thousand parents wait in the cold.
Needing help this way brings tears to their eyes,
But their love and their actions prove they are wise.
The warehouse is empty now. Christmas is past.
To you I'll leave one thought at the last:
Even though now it may seem like a dream,
Angels and Elves make a wonderful Team!

December 2011

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