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Winter Break Closure

In April, the Chancellor's Office announced that the University will be closed this year during the winter holiday break, to reduce fuel costs and to support our commitment to sustainability. The University will be closed beginning on December 24 and will re-open on January 5, 2015. During this time, only personnel who are required to maintain essential operations will be allowed to work on campus. Three of the scheduled closure days – December 30, 31 and January 2 -- are not considered university holidays and require employees to utilize available leave to be paid for those days.

Employees who may not have vacation or bonus leave available for the additional closure days, or those who wish to conserve those balances, are encouraged to consider utilizing available community service leave. The Staff Senate has done great work to identify a list of opportunities to utilize available community service leave. A Staff Senate flier identifying community organizations who have indicated that they can support volunteers during the winter break period can be found on the Staff Senate website at:

http://staffsenate.appstate.edu/sites/staffsenate.appstate.edu/files/Winter%20Break%20Closure.pdf

The flier also provides information on how to obtain approval to utilize community service leave and links to the applicable policy and request form.

Employees are not limited to the organizations identified in the Staff Senate flier but can apply available community service leave to any volunteer service allowable under the policy.

Employees who do not have available leave, including community service leave, to cover the additional closure days and for whom the days may cause a hardship are encouraged to contact Human Resources for assistance (828-262-3187).

Supervisors, please actively communicate with your employees about the winter closure. Please encourage and support use of community service leave and encourage employees to discuss their individual circumstances with Human Resources.

 

Email from Chancellor Peacock dated April 30, 2014.

Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock has accepted the recommendation of the Winter Break Committee to annually close the University during the winter holiday break, beginning with December, 2014.  This recommendation stems from Appalachian’s commitment to reducing fuel costs and the University’s overall commitment to sustainability. 

This year, in addition to December 24, 25, 26, and 29, which are already considered University holidays, Appalachian employees will be required to use available leave time for December 30, 31 and January 2, 2015.  Employees who are required to work (employees deemed critical/essential) will be given detailed instructions on how to code all appropriate hours on their timesheets closer to the winter break. 

Supervisors and administrators are encouraged to work with employees regarding alternative work schedules, alternative work locations on campus, flex schedules, telecommuting, or possible use of Community Service Leave to prevent employees from incurring a negative leave balance. 

 To view the most recent update, please visit this link.

Winter Break Closure Update

As you know, our winter break closure this year will begin on December 24 and the University will re-open on January 5, 2015.  Please remember that the intent is to leverage an extended winter break to reduce our campus fuel consumption, both to reduce organizational expense and to support our commitment to sustainability.  To be successful, we must work to limit on-campus activity during the period to essential operations, to the extent possible.  At the same time, we are committed to minimizing the impact on employees who do not have sufficient vacation or bonus leave to cover the three non-holiday closure days, or those who may prefer to conserve their available leave for other purposes.

When we last communicated regarding the winter break closure, on November 14, it was to inform employees of opportunities to utilize community service leave (see Winter Break Closure at http://hrs.appstate.edu).  We continue to encourage this as a way for employees to manage the winter break closure and also support our community. 

The purpose of this communication is to provide guidance on two alternatives to community service leave available to help employees manage the non-holiday closure days -- telecommuting and professional development.

Telecommuting

Where productive work that can be performed remotely is available, employees may seek approval of their supervisors to work from home to offset non-holiday closure hours.  To utilize this option:

  • The supervisor and employee must agree on the work to be performed and it must be documented.
  • Work to be completed must be measurable and completion must be verified by the supervisor.
  • Hours spent performing work must be documented by the employee and provided to the supervisor for approval.
  • Any university work materials (hard copy or electronic) that would be removed from campus must be documented with the supervisor and their return must be documented.

For anyone needing assistance accessing university computer systems remotely, online tutorials are available on the Staff Senate website at: http://staffsenate.appstate.edu/announcements/meetings.  Links to the tutorials are in the notes for the Senate’s September 9 meeting.

Professional Development Opportunities (Lynda.com)

Lynda.com is a web-based archive of professional development videos.  It is a service to which Appalachian State University ITS subscribes, offering over 2,900 courses and 128,000 individual videos.  It is an exceptional professional development resource to help employees advance their knowledge and skills in areas ranging from technology and computer software to business, personal and professional skills.  The winter break closure provides employees with an excellent opportunity to engage in some of these learning opportunities, to offset non-holiday closure hours.  To utilize this option:

  • Employees must obtain approval from their supervisors.
  • Employees must work with their supervisors to identify offerings appropriate to their work, professional and personal development goals.
  • Employees and supervisors must agree upon and document offerings to be completed.
  • Completion of offerings must be documented by printing the Certificate of Completion at the end of each video.  If the employee does not have printing capabilities, completion can be documented through ITS system tracking upon return to work after the holiday break.  For this confirmation, please contact Kevin Snook in ITS at: snookkd@appstate.edu.
  • Hours spent engaged in these professional development opportunities must be tracked by employees and submitted to their supervisors for approval.

Lynda.com offerings can be accessed at www.lynda.com.  From that site, click "log in" and choose the "log in through your organization or school" option.  This will redirect you to the ASU Shibboleth sign-in page where you will enter your ASU ID and password.  You will then be directed back to Lynda.com where you can browse and view offerings.  The first time you log in through the Lynda.com site, you may be prompted to enter your organization’s URL.  If you are, enter appstate.edu in the box provided.

Employees who do not have internet access at home may be able to check out an iPad with the Lynda.com application already installed from either the ITS Walk-In Services office in Anne Belk Hall or the Library.  Employees can download videos directly to the iPad so they can be completed later offline.  Available iPads may be checked out on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please note that the ITS Walk-In Service office will be closed after December 12 due to construction in Anne Belk Hall.

Anyone needing assistance in identifying a targeted selection of Lynda.com offerings is encouraged to contact Emily Wilson in Human Resources at 262-6486. 

Anyone with additional questions about the winter break closure or needing further assistance is encouraged to contact Human Resources at 262-3187.

Welcome to the Office of Human Resources

Our Location:

Human Resources Building

330 University Hall Drive

ASU Post Office Box 32010

Boone, North Carolina 28608

828-262-3187 (Main Phone Line)

Our Purpose:

The Office of Human Resources is an area of Appalachian State University that functions under the direct supervision of the Chancellor. The Department is responsible for:

  • Administration of HR policies and procedures,
  • Employment Services,
  • Classification and Compensation,
  • Benefit Administration, and
  • Organizational Development and Workforce Planning.

Our office is open to the public 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We are here to serve all of your Employment needs and are willing to help in any way that we can. Please feel free to stop by or call our office to discuss any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have. 

Mission:

The Office of Human Resources at Appalachian State University is dedicated to proactively identifying and responding to the campus community's ever-changing needs. From the facilitation of greater effectiveness through the merit-based recruitment and selection of top employees, to the administration of policies and procedures that support our faculty and staff, HR is committed to the goals and objectives of Appalachian State University. We strive to create a workplace environment that values integrity, diversity and development, responds to and balances the needs of our employees with the needs of the campus community, by upholding all state and federal laws that govern the work we do.

Vision:

HR will strive to improve the lives of the people we serve by facilitating innovative development initiatives; providing factually accurate and timely information; and holding ourselves to the highest standard in policy and practice. We will carry on with our commitment to continuous improvement and customer service, continuing in the Appalachian tradition of attracting, developing, and retaining a dedicated, active, and innovative faculty and staff. HR will be the model strategic business partner for all areas of campus and aligning peoples strategies with the business goals.

 


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