The colder weather this week has made me realize that we’re just six short weeks away from final exams for our students. Thank you all again for an absolutely phenomenal Fall semester. I have heard so many positive comments about students’ experience (along with faculty and staff) with returning to campus, and you all played a vital role in making that happen. I have said this many times and let me repeat it once again, People First, Mission Always. We cannot fulfill our mission without you!
Many of our units in I&S are looking to fill positions right now, some from recent departures and some left open from the pandemic. There are various factors to why people choose to work in one place versus another. Pay and the type of work are, of course, high on that list. The way each of us feels in terms of respect, belonging and fairness is also a significant factor -- if not the most important. So it feels fitting that our campus has asked each of us to participate in the Campus Culture Survey during this time.
As I noted last month, the survey opened Oct. 18, and to date 54 percent of our Infrastructure and Sustainability staff have completed it. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to have your voice heard. The Campus Culture Survey is an excellent way for all of us to express our lived experiences in the workplace so that we as a university can identify both our strengths and areas for improvement as we strive to create a just, equitable and inclusive culture at CU Boulder.
From personal experience, I understand and can relate to how someone may feel ostracized, uncomfortable, misunderstood or feel like they are not part of the team or community. It may be because I am Asian, my military background or because I was poor growing up. I know that every single one of us, without exception, has had some type of negative experience in their lifetime, whether it was here on campus or somewhere else.
Self-reflection isn’t easy, especially for a large organization like a university. The Campus Culture Survey isn’t the type of feedback opportunity most large organizations provide. It is imperative that we hear from our people to understand what you are experiencing, what we’re doing well and how we can do better. The survey also provides a great reminder to each of us to be aware of how our words and actions affect those we work with each day.
We want this to be a great place to work for you and for all our future employees, maybe even your friends and family members. And it is through opportunities like the Campus Culture Survey that we can all have a voice in helping our campus live up to our ideals. Please take the time to give us your feedback.
The Campus Culture Survey is open through Nov. 21. I ask that managers and supervisors make sure your team members have time to take the survey. If someone needs an accommodation or help navigating the survey on a computer, our I&S Human Resources team can provide support.
With gratitude for all you do,
David Kang, vice chancellor for Infrastructure and Sustainability
News and Notes
Arbor Day celebration includes planting of 3 new trees on campus
On Oct. 9, CU Boulder forestry crew members Vince Aquino and Chip Horner held a belated Arbor Day celebration with the help of more than a dozen CU affiliates. Several members of the Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects were in attendance and participated in the planting of three trees: A sycamore, a catalpa and a chinkapin oak were placed on the south side of the Wolf Law building.
Typically celebrated in April, Arbor Day was recognized on campus in October due to restrictive spring COVID-19 protocol pertaining to gatherings. The annual planting of trees in observance of Arbor Day is a requirement for CU Boulder to remain in good standing as a Tree Campus USA.
Recycling tip of the month
Wondering what to do with all the fallen leaves at home? Or what about your rotting pumpkins? That material makes for ideal compost rather than adding it to the landfill where it becomes methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Likewise, with compost bins now located in all bathrooms throughout the CU campus, it’s time to compost your food waste rather than putting it in trash receptacles. Go Green, Buffs!
Save the Date: I&S Winter Employee Appreciation Luncheon and Annual Awards coming Dec. 8
Join us for our I&S Employee Appreciation and Annual Awards Luncheon:
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 11:30am – 1pm
Join us in the Glenn Miller Ballroom in the UMC
I&S staff and student employees only
Bring your Buff OneCard for entry
We look forward to seeing all of you there, to celebrate with and recognize you for all the work you do for the university.
I&S Annual Award nominations – due Nov. 5
As you notice I&S employee(s) working to make the campus a better place to work, study, or visit, please consider nominating them for one of several awards. Individual staff winners will receive a plaque and a $100 Visa gift card. Student winners will receive a certificate and $25 Visa gift card. Team winners will receive a group meal or a party. Learn more and nominate here.
You are invited to participate in a one-minute survey regarding your social media consumption. Answers are anonymous and confidential; they will provide valuable data for a semester-long student project. Thank you in advance for your help!
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I enjoy working out, running, playing golf and riding my Harley-Davidson.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I like art and enjoy oil painting in my free time. I also like to go out and karaoke.
What do you love about CU Boulder?
The atmosphere here. The campus is beautiful and the people I work with are great!
What are you currently reading?
Be Water My Friend – The Teachings of Bruce Lee by Shannon Lee.
Perk of the month: Colorado Athletics faculty and staff tickets
Colorado Athletics is offering all CU Boulder faculty and staff exclusive pricing to upcoming athletics events. Join Colorado football on Saturday, Nov. 6 for the annual Homecoming game. Tickets start at $30 and are available on the CU Athletics website.
Staff pricing is also available for Buffalo men’s and women’s basketball. Season tickets to men’s basketball start at $202, while season tickets to women’s basketball start at $100. Visit cubuffs.com/tickets to purchase yours today!
Trades Services and ISIEC invite you to attend our community building event at the Stadium from 10am – 1pm on Friday, Nov. 12. Our Trades staff will be hosting tours of their shops, and all I&S staff members are encouraged to sign up. Take some time to learn more about our Trades shops and the services they provide for the university; enjoy a free burrito and say hello to coworkers. Please RSVP for your tour time here. For more information, contact Sandra Thrapp or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominate a deserving coworker
Diversity (the presence of different perspectives and experiences within a given setting), equity (ensuring that processes and programs are impartial, fair and provide equal possible outcomes for every individual) and inclusion (the practice of ensuring that people feel a sense of belonging in the workplace) are all valued practices at CU Boulder and within I&S. If you know of an I&S coworker who has exemplified one or more of these practices this past year, please nominate them for an annual DEI award here: nominate online here for all awards. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday, Nov. 5. Winners will be announced at the I&S Employee Appreciation Winter Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 8.
ISIEC hosts VC Dave Kang for an upcoming DEI series “A Seat at the Table”
ISIEC is excited to announce that Vice Chancellor Dave Kang will be continuing our DEI series this winter. Look for more information and dates in the coming weeks.
October Comings and Goings
Rory Lambott, Utility Locator, Utilities
Ma Garcia Aguilar, Custodian, Campus Business Services