Campus Services Insider - Winter 2014
CAMPUS SERVICES BY THE NUMBERS - 2nd Quarter Comparisons
|Visitors to CRC||170,099||176,686||3.9%|
|Red & Black Membership*||1,168||1,230||5.3%|
*UC Affiliates – Employees, Retirees, Alumni, etc.
|Visitors to UC||375,458||359,026||-4.4%|
Housing & Food Services
|Dining Center Meal Swipes Redeemed||575,671||656,343||14%|
WHAT’S NEW IN CAMPUS SERVICES
Campus Recreation and Human Resources developed a pilot reimbursement plan for employee memberships that began in February 2013. The UC Rec Rewards program is designed to encourage health improvements across the university. Benefits eligible UC employees who are Campus Recreation members are now eligible for a reimbursement of $26.66 every month if they use Campus Recreation facilities at least eight days per month. Before the program was announced in November, there were 607 employee members. As of February, there are 830 employee members. A health assessment is required prior to entering the program and 602 were completed by the Campus Recreation staff after its launch.
Enrollment remains open and health assessments can be scheduled with Member Services during most operating hours. Please call 513-556-0604 to check availability and to schedule an appointment.
College Union Regional Conference
The staff of MainStreet Operations and Conference & Event Services (CES) hosted the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Regions 7 & 9 Conference, November 1-3, at Tangeman University Center and the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. This year’s conference theme was Uncover Change and had 227 attendees from 33 institutions. Paul Wesselmann, a nationally known motivational speaker from Cincinnati, was the keynote speaker and led several programs for the attendees. The conference consisted of education sessions, a murder mystery dinner, tours, scary movies, game nights, and a case study competition for students.
Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarships
A well-known Bearcat, Larry Elsasser, Ed ’65, MEd ’73, served as a UC employee for 35 years. For most of those years, Larry served as the director of Tangeman University Center (TUC). In 2011, the staff of Campus Services established the Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship Fund with the UC Foundation. The 2014 Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship recipients, Katie Morgan and Gage Woolley, were awarded $1,000 for the 2014 spring semester. Two students were awarded $500 in 2013.
Katie Morgan began working at the UC Foundation Call Center in 2011 and helped raise more than $26,000 for the University of Cincinnati. In 2012, she became an event coordinator for Conference and Event Services (CES). Of her work, CES Assistant Director Katy Marston says, “Katie goes above and beyond what the CES department requires from a student worker. She is a great asset to the department and to the University of Cincinnati, professionally and academically.” Katie also has leadership experience in Delta Delta Delta Sorority, American Marketing Association, and Resident Education and Development. She will graduate in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in professional sales.
Gage Woolley has been working at UC since 2011. He started as a peer leader in First Year Experience and is now a Student Orientation Leader (SOL). Gage has introduced more than 4,000 new students to the University of Cincinnati and has helped ease them through their college transition. After hesitating to get more involved, Gage explains his feelings on becoming a SOL. “It turned me into someone confident again. It turned me into someone vibrant again. It turned me into me again. Thanks to the great and diverse co-workers around me, I grew from them and their experiences.” Gage is now involved in other UC activities including Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Inter-Fraternity Council, and Phi Rho Chi Men’s Honorary. When he is not busy with UC activities, he likes to volunteer as a soccer coach and Sunday School teacher. Gage plans to graduate in April 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in social work and Spanish.
Determination of the award is based on enrollment status, demonstrated need for the scholarship, work as a student employee, a GPA of 3.0 or better, and supervisor review and comments. The scholarship is awarded annually. For information about donating to the Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact the UC Foundation.
Morgens Hall Patented Desk-Dresser
Each Morgens Hall apartment features a first-of-its-kind piece of furniture conceived by Todd Duncan and Carl Dieso, and developed in partnership with Blockhouse Furniture, Inc. The recently patented desk-dresser combo’s design allows it to expand and contract, saving residents floor space. See video on the Desk-Dresser Combo here. The desk-dresser furniture piece saved UC $90,000 in furniture costs. Additionally, the University of Cincinnati will receive 4% of the net sales of the desk/dresser combination units purchased for university housing over the next 10 years.
Housing Contract Renewal
Each year in January, Housing Services offers students who currently live within the residence halls the opportunity to request specific housing before first-year students apply for the next school year. Students received information over a three-week span about how to renew housing for next year.
The schedule below outlines the timeline for students making specific types of requests.
||Jan 13, 5 p.m. – Jan 16, 5 p.m.|
||Jan 17, 9 a.m. – Jan 21, 9 a.m.|
||Jan 22, 5 p.m. – Jan 24, 5 p.m.|
||Jan 27, 5 p.m. – Jan 31, 5 p.m.|
|Open Applications**||Feb 3, 5 p.m. – May 1, 5 p.m.|
First Annual Student Safe Housing Fair
UC Housing staff participated in UC’s 1st Annual Safe Housing Fair on January 15, reminding students of the opportunity to participate in the contract renewal process. Staff also provided resources for students who have chosen to move off-campus to ensure and smooth and safe transition. Food Services staff informed students of the Campus Dining Pass, a convenient option for upper-class students living on or off campus.
CAMPUS SERVICES IN THE NEWS
Bookstore Open House
The Annual UC Bookstores Open House was scheduled for Friday, December 6, 3 – 6:30 p.m. The event was set to include associate professor Leah Stewart for a book signing, the traditional holiday mug in exchange for a canned food donation to the Freestore Foodbank, and an additional 10 percent discount on top of the standard 15 percent discount for faculty/staff purchases.
Due to inclement weather and the early closing of UC at 1 p.m., the open house activities were cancelled for the day, but the additional discounts were extended through Monday, December 9. In addition, 407 pounds of canned food for the Freestore Foodbank were collected in exchange for the collectible mug.
In Fall 2013, in collaboration with the UC Sustainability office, a grant from the Ohio EPA was obtained to jumpstart composting at MarketPointe @ Siddall Dining Center. Facilities Management staff were able to refurbish an old refrigeration unit to store and maintain waste in a sanitary manner, and purchase compostable bags, compostable plates, and waste storage containers. Future Organics has been contracted to pick up waste three times per week, and deliver it to a local composting facility. UC Sustainability staff transport coffee grounds from the campus cafés and Starbucks locations to the storage area in MarketPointe, where all the waste is combined for pickup.
Benefits of this program include:
- Reduction of waste sent to landfills and UC’s overall carbon footprint;
- Using the same resources for disposing coffee grounds and MarketPointe organic waste increases efficiency;
- Decreasing food costs from weighing waste during production;
- Strengthened partnerships with campus organizations including UC Sustainability, Facilities Management, Student Government, and external organizations such as the Ohio EPA, Future Organics, Rumpke, Hamilton County Recycling, and Solid Waste District, Cincinnati Board of Health, and RTI (Restaurant Technologies, Inc.);
- Contributions to UC’s overall sustainability master plan, resulting in UC being chosen by The Princeton Review for four consecutive years as one of the top “green” schools in the country.
Through December, 38,040 pounds of waste has been collected and composted.
Dining Facility Improvements
- In December, a new fryer station was installed in MarketPointe. Food Services is now better equipped to deliver the popular daily lunch specials at the Cincy Grill station, and the improvements have increased production capacity and the exhaust system.
- CenterCourt and StadiumView improvements over the winter break included replacement of the three beverage station counters and three of the Pepsi beverage dispensers. The new stations are reinforced, designed for better beverage service, and offer a wider beverage selection. New beverage choices now include: Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Dr. Mtn. Dew, Yumberry Pomegrante SoBe Lifewater, Tropicana Pink Lemonade, Dr. Pepper, Mtn. Dew, Pepsi, Fruit Punch Gatorade, Tropicana Orange Twister Soda, Mug Root Beer, Code Red Mtn. Dew, Raspberry Brisk Iced Tea, and Wild Cherry Pepsi.
DAAP Café Meal Plans
A pilot program extending meal plan equivalency at the DAAP Café began in Fall 2013. As a result, 18,932 meal plan swipes were redeemed in the newly renovated café. This program was created to assist DAAP meal plan holders with their busy academic schedules and provide relief to the high demand at CenterCourt for lunch.
Trademarks & Licensing
Naismith Student Section Contest
The University of Cincinnati was nominated as one of the top college basketball student sections in the country and had the opportunity to participate in the Naismith Student Section of the Year Contest. Students, alumni, staff, and fans showed their support for UC by voting through the College Colors Facebook page and/or by using #RockUCColors and #beststudentsection on Twitter. UC finished 19 out of 165 participating universities with the support from @UCMainStreet, @UCRallyCats, @UofCincy, and @GoBEARCATS Twitter accounts.
The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, presented through a partnership between the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the licensing affiliate of IMG College, and the Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the Naismith Awards, is dedicated to celebrating student fans that support their college basketball team with passion and devotion.
12 Days of Christmas
The University of Cincinnati celebrated the Twelve Days of Christmas by showcasing officially licensed UC products available in stores throughout the Tri-State Region. In a push to provide fans with last minute holiday gift ideas for their favorite Bearcats fans, the UC MainStreet Twitter and Facebook accounts promoted UC branded products ranging from apparel to giftware. Retailers, including the UC Bookstores, Fanatics, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Justice, and Bed Bath & Beyond, were highlighted in this twelve day social media campaign leading up to Christmas. Over this campaign, the UC MainStreet Twitter account gained 34 new followers and the UC Facebook account gained 3 new fans. The 12 Days of Christmas posts had 30+ interactions.
Toys for Tickets
In conjunction with Toys for Tots, Parking Services dismissed any outstanding parking tickets in exchange for the donation of toys. Students brought their donation and toy receipts to the Parking Services office to get their ticket dismissed. Donations totaled 141 toys for children this holiday season.
Hulafrog Picks R.E.C. Kids Camp
Hulafrog Cincinnati Eastside has listed the Campus Recreation Center’s R.E.C. Kids Spring Break Camp as one of the “5 Spring Break Camps They’ll Love!” in their March "Our Pick" section online. Other top picks included The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, The Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Sport Club, and Mayerson JCC. Hulafrog Cincinnati Eastside is a site for local parents and averages 23,000 page views a month.
COMING SOON TO CAMPUS SERVICES
Housing & Food Services
NACAS College Services Monthly
Todd Duncan, Director of Housing & Food Services, was featured in the NACAS College Services Monthly article, “Budgeting and fiscal challenges: Insights from the field.” Todd described the day-to-day operational and financial challenges affecting expenses, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on student workers, and the effect of student demographic trends on Housing & Food Services. View the entire article here.
9th Annual MainStreet Stride
Save the date! The 9th Annual MainStreet Stride will be held on Friday, April 11 at Noon. Student and university organizations can sign up to walk in the parade here. This year’s theme is out of this world! That’s one small step for Bearcats, one giant stride for UC.
The MainStreet Stride is a campus tradition – a springtime foot parade of red and black. Student organizations, as well as students, faculty and staff representing offices across the university, dress up in their best (and often most creative) red-and-black spirit wear to parade their pride through campus. The parade begins on the plaza at University Pavilion and proceeds down MainStreet to the Campus Recreation Center. A free lunch is provided for the entire UC community in the Campus Recreation Center Gymnasium immediately after the parade, featuring a performance by the UC Bearcats Band, awards, and Student Government Inauguration.
5th Annual Campus Services Showcase – Thursday, May 1
A favorite of faculty and staff, the 5th Annual Campus Services Showcase will take place on Thursday, May 1, in TUC Great Hall. The event will include vendors, samplings, and demos and feature all Campus Services units and partners.
Again this year, a silent auction for the Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship, established in 2010 by Campus Services in memory of Larry Elsasser, will be held at the Showcase.
Parking Improvements and Upgrades
In order to continue to improve the safety and security of our UC community, Parking Services has upgrades coming to garage facilities. These include:
- New lighting in Campus Green and Calhoun Garages at the end of May;
- Electronic vehicle charging stations (Lot 13 & Clifton Court) in late spring; and
- Camera installation at the pay-in-lane exits to assist customers in Kingsgate, CCM, Eden, and Stratford Garages at the end of April.
The electronic vehicle charging stations can charge two cars simultaneously at 240 volts/unit and charge a vehicle 100% within eight hours.
- Charles Bindis joined Parking Services as the superintendent for Field Services. Charles was a student employee for three years. He received his master’s from CCM and is currently working on his doctorate in music. Charles’ new role as supervisor includes managing the full-time parking attendants and student employees in the Field Services area.
- Sharlene Brown began her role as director of Business Affairs in November 2013. She is responsible for the complete management of budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting for all Campus Services units. Sharlene has 25 years of corporate experience, is a CPA in the State of Ohio, and earned both her MBA and bachelor’s in accounting from UC.
- Associate Director of MainStreet Operations Bob Dean retired at the end of February after 35 years (31 as a full-time professional) at UC. Bob started as a student employee working in the old TUC game room and spent all his years of service in TUC/MainStreet Operations.
- Richard Deprato recently returned to UC and joined Parking Services as coordinator of the Service Center. Rich was employed with UC for 21 years prior to joining Parking Services. His primary focus is managing the front office operations, ensuring great customer service to students, faculty, staff and visitors. Rich also processes all special parking request forms for events.
- Miriam Gaines was appointed executive staff assistant in Parking Services and has 15+ years of experience in academia. Her primary responsibilities include providing support to the director and associate director. Miriam is also responsible for providing system support of the T2 Parking Management System, updating the website, and processing purchase requests while assisting the department with operational needs.
- Nicole Milliken has joined UC Dining Services as the marketing manager. Nicole has more than 12 years of experience in higher education food service marketing. Her most recent experience was with the University of Toledo as marketing manager for UT Dining Services.
- Heather Perkins was hired as a public inquiries assistant in Parking Services. Heather received her bachelors in psychology in August 2013 and previously worked in UC’s Human Resources department. Heather’s major responsibility is providing excellent customer service to UC students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
- Alecia Trammer was appointed director of Auxiliary Services on January 6. Alecia has a bachelor’s in personnel administration, a master’s in education, and a master’s in social work. Alecia has more than 24 years of experience at UC. Her duties in her new role include strategic planning, succession plan development, performance management, and professional development and training.
- Parking Services celebrated the retirement of Parking Services maintenance employee Donald Williams in October 2013 after 16 years of service at UC.