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Crucial relationships at work become strained when time is not respected, projects run over, email and voicemail is not managed, meetings have no agenda or don't run on schedule and an 'open door' policy becomes a living nightmare for many who haven't learned how to say "not right now".  This seminar is based on years of study of real people in real jobs and how effective people manage their time, respect others and have learned how to use email and voicemail for what they are – tools.  Participants will practice proven techniques – how to contribute to and run effective meetings; how to get their point over concisely and how to manage interruptions without offending colleagues.  The seminar presents a new way of looking at time and how effective people use their personal energy flow to know when to focus on their most challenging projects and tasks; how to avoid procrastination personally and how to inspire others they need to deal with, not to procrastinate either!  To Register: (or contact or Ext. 3204)


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

8:30 – 12:30

Avery Library


Adopt an Angel Program - Foothill Unity Center

Caltech Human Resources is once again sponsoring the annual "Adopt an Angel Program", which provides holiday gifts for children of poverty-level families from the San Gabriel Valley area. Adopting an Angel is an opportunity to buy new toys or clothes for a child who would not normally get a gift this holiday season.

To adopt an "Angel", please visit the Human Resources office at 399 S. Holliston between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. There are many decorated paper angels bearing the name of a child, his/her age and information about the child.  You will then be asked to bring in an unwrapped gift for your Angel, with his or her name attached, to the Human Resources office.  All gifts must be received by Friday, November 30. This is earlier than the deadline in the past years, so please visit the HR office soon to get your "Angel"!

The Angel Program is affiliated with the Foothill Unity Center, a nonprofit organization that provides critical support in the form of food, clothing, motel vouchers, referrals, and advocacy for people in crisis who reside in Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Bradbury, Duarte, Baldwin Park, Irwindale and Azusa.

Thank you for your support of this program over the years - it is a great way to give back to our community.

For more information, contact Christine Boyle at or 395-1745.







HR Events & Education: 2012 Education Fair for Staff

HR Events & Education:  2012 Education Fair for Staff


Have you ever thought about going back and getting that degree, but aren't sure what to look for in a program?

This fair will feature representatives and information from 8 different accredited programs that cater to working professionals.

Caltech offers tuition reimbursement to eligible employees.  Come talk with university reps who will answer all your questions.


Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

San Pasqual Walk

Contact: or call ext. 3204


Flu Vaccine Available - October 29

Free flu vaccine will be available to staff, faculty, post-docs, and students starting Monday, October 29, 2012 at the student health center while supplies last. Shots will be available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 am to 10:00 am and from 1:00pm to 2:00 p.m.  On Wednesday the shot is available from 1:00pm to 2:00 pm only. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a preexisting medical condition, please bring written order from your doctor to receive the flu shot. You must bring a valid Caltech ID.


Welcome New Staff

Division of Biology

Alexander Abramyan - Grant Manager

Benjamin Deverman - Senior Research Scientist

Sripriya Ravindra Kumar - Research Technician

Alejandra Olvera  - Research Technician

Gregoire Seyrig - Research Technician

Kiichi Watanabe - Staff Scientist (Biologist)

Bin Yang - Scientific Researcher


Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Whitney Barlow - Scientific Editor & Coordinator

Julianne Just - Administrative Assistant, JCAP

Youn-Geun Kim - Research Electrochemical Surface Scientist

David  Rivera - Shipping/ Receiving/Stockroom Clerk & Purchasing Assistant

Santosh  Suram - Scientific Data Processing Engineer, JCAP

Magnus To - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Assistant Technician

Margarita Veselinov - Grant Manager/Financial Analyst


Division of Engineering & Applied Science

Fivos Drymiotis - Lab Manager

Hailiang Zhang - Computational Scientist      


Division of Physics, Math & Astronomy

Ross Williamson  - Research Scientist

Hani Zewail - Office Assistant


Development & Institute Relations

Loren Benn - Website Content Coordinator

Bridget McKay - Assistant Director, Annual Giving Programs

Bonnie Peterson - Campaign Associate



Darryl Wilson - Director of Campus Operations & Maintenance


Financial Services

Theresa Slowskei - Senior Budget & Planning Officer

Linda Zhong - Senior Cost Studies Analyst


Human Resources

Marsha Habib - International Student Programs (ISP) - General Office Assistant


Information Management Systems & Services

Bruno Ochoa - Desktop Support


Office of Technology Transfer

Mary Beth Campbell - Licensing Associate


Student Affairs

Sofia Archuleta - Dining - Coffee House Attendant & General Helper

Miya Erickson - Student Health Center - Psychology Intern

Dana Matthews - Student Health Center - Psychology Intern


HomeWalk Sign-Up Table

On Monday, October 15th from 11:00am to 2:00pm there will be a Sign-Up Table in the Winnett Quad by the Bookstore for anyone who would like to sign up to join in the United Way's Annual 5K walk to end homelessness. The donation is $25.00 and you can register to join "TEAM CALTECH" and be a runner, a walker or a "virtual" walker.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 17th at Exposition Park. You will receive a "Team Caltech" T-Shirt for registering. This event will feature, once again Kobe Bryant as the Honorary Chairman! Come out and join the fun in support of this effort to address the homeless population of Greater L.A.

For questions, please contact Christine Boyle at



Caltech/JPL Family Night Dinner and Movie

Friday, October 26 our Annual Family Night Dinner will be held on the Beckman Mall for all faculty, staff and postdocs and their families.

Please get wristbands for the movie starting at 4:30pm, before getting in line for dinner, as seating in the Auditorium is limited. Children under 2 years of age do not need wristbands.

Dinner will be served from 4:30pm to 5:45pm. The movie, "Madagascar 3" will start at 6:00pm.

This event marks the kickoff of our 2013 United Way Campaign.

Please come, bring the family,  and enjoy this wonderful event!

For questions please contact Christine Boyle at 626-395-1745 or email



United Way Campaign

Caltech's 2013 United Way Campaign will run from October 15 through November 19.

You can pledge online by going to and clicking on 2013 United Way.

You can designate the agencies you would like to donate to and you can elect to have payroll deductions or elect to send a one-time check.

The kickoff of the campaign will be Family Night Dinner on Friday, October 26.

If you need assistance with pledging and/or want to know the name of your department/division United Way Ambassador, please contact Christine Boyle at 625-395-1745 or email


Weight Watchers At Work

Weight Watchers At Work Program Back By Popular Demand

The Caltech HR Total Rewards team is happy to bring the Weight Watchers At Work Program to campus as part of the ongoing Science of Well-Being series.  Start losing weight and live healthier with Weight Watchers!  With the Weight Watchers Monthly Pass Program, you will have access to meetings at Caltech and in your community, plus free eTools, the internet weight-loss companion.  The discounted Monthly Pass Program rate is $39.95.  Weekly meetings will be held on Wednesdays, beginning October 10th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Kerckhoff building (room 024).  For more information, contact or


Benefits Annual Enrollment starts October 8.

This year we're going green! Instead of receiving a paper enrollment kit, you'll find all your benefits information on our new Benefits Website, which goes live October 8. (Staff who don't have computer access at Caltech will still receive paper enrollment kits.) What's for an e-mail from with more information and a link to the new Benefits Website.

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