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09/14/2018

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.

09/11/2018

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.

09/05/2018

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. 

07/26/2018

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.

07/10/2018

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

06/12/2018

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.

05/31/2018

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.

 

04/30/2018

Summer Softball League - Registration 2019

Batter up! Come and show off your inner softball star. The Summer Softball League season begins June 4th and ends August 18th.

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

Individual Registration Fee

Free for Students & Gym Members

Non-Gym Members $50, allows players game access only

Team Fee

  • Fee: $25 entry fee per team
  • 7 weeks of regular play, 3 weeks of playoffs
  • Game are 1 hour (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.

TEAM REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY, MAY 31 AT 1 PM

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

04/08/2018

Associate Dean Barbara Green to Retire

To: The Caltech Community

From: Joseph E. Shepherd
Vice President for Student Affairs and C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering
 

Dr. Barbara Green, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students, has announced that she will be retiring in the summer of 2018. Dean Green has been a vital and essential member of our community since she joined Caltech on September 1, 1989, after serving as Dean of Students at Whittier College from 1977 to 1989 and Assistant Dean of Students at Purdue University from 1974 to 1977. She has brought a thoughtful and kind manner to her work with students to help them overcome challenges and succeed at Caltech. Day in and day out, she has been tireless in her compassionate and patient engagement with our students, with their parents, and with faculty. Respected for her fairness and her personal approach, Dean Green has earned our students' trust and confidence as she has helped them navigate personal and academic challenges, large and small. Generations of students count her among the significant factors that have enabled them to achieve personal growth as well as academic success.

An esteemed and valued colleague in Student Affairs, Dean Green has also taken on very substantial administrative responsibilities. In her role as Associate Dean, she has worked with seven faculty deans. In 2003, Dean Green took on an additional responsibility as disability services coordinator for our graduate and undergraduate students. She had sole responsibility for the Undergraduate Deans' office in 2010-11 and served as interim dean during academic year 2015-16. She also has played a key role in welcoming our prospective and incoming students through her leadership of the freshman orientation program.

Dean Green has skillfully worked behind the scenes with faculty to assist in the development and support of academic programs that ensure student success. Along with pleasant tasks, such as determining how to spend discretionary funds on student-led activities, she has taken on such challenging responsibilities as working with students in crisis and serving on the Conduct Review Committee. Dean Green has been a passionate advocate for student engagement and personal growth, and has supported and provided valuable counsel to students in leadership positions. She has served as a key liaison to the undergraduate Board of Control, responsible for preserving academic integrity under the Honor Code system. In recognition of Dean Green's many contributions to the Caltech community, she was elected as an honorary member of the Caltech Alumni Association in 2000 and received the Thomas W. Schmitt Annual Staff Prize in 2013 (www.caltech.edu/schmittprize/2013).

Dean Kevin Gilmartin has been leading a national search for Dean Green's successor during this academic year. A hiring committee consisting of our faculty, students, and staff has been considering applicants and is currently interviewing candidates.

I want to extend my personal thanks and appreciation for Barbara's many contributions during her time at Caltech. We are planning a community event to celebrate her career, and the date for this will be announced later this spring.

04/08/2018

HEAL Beaver 5K

Get excited! In continued efforts to promote campus health and wellness, the Caltech Health Education Advisory League (HEAL) will be hosting the fourth annual Beaver 5K for the Caltech community on Saturday, April 28! The course will be on campus and will start at 10:30 am at Beckman Lawn.

Please register at http://goo.gl/zXVdno; due to safety concerns, we are capping the number of people who can register to 300.

The registration fee is $5, which includes a T-shirt. You can Venmo @caltechheal, pay this in cash to our table on 4/13 or to Grace Ho's office in the CSS Room 215 with your name. This payment must be made by Friday, April 20th.

All participants also need to fill out a waiver (http://goo.gl/8WGksE); you can email it to us at healcaltech@gmail.com, drop it off at our table on 4/13 or Grace Ho's office in the CSS Room 215, or bring it with you on the day of the race.

We will have a table outside Chandler on April 13th at noon to take signups and accept cash and waivers.

We also need volunteers! If you are interested in helping out for the event, we would love to have you. Please sign up at http://goo.gl/LvfkGZ, and we'll get back to you shortly.

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