(to see all Jackie's messages, click on the above link)
Jackie's March 18th email to members highlighting our activities in 2014 is available here.
New at MAPS
CCE Student Satisfaction Survey Released
We are very pleased to post the results of the CCE Student Satisfaction Survey. Prior to releasing the results, MAPS had an opportunity to meet with Dr. Lorraine Carter, the new CCE Director. Dr. Carter was supportive of our work in developing this survey, and as well as the Centre for Continuing Education did, she noted that the concerns raised needed to be reviewed so that CCE could become even better.
MAPS looks forward to working with Dr. Carter and the CCE team over the coming year. The survey results are available here
Board of Directors approves Capital Expenditure Plan
At its June meeting, the MAPS Board of Directors approved up to $18,000 for improvements to the MAPS offices and lounge.
The purchases include replacing dated office furniture with more current and ergonomically correct options, and increasing storage capacity for supplies and items on left for pick up from the Campus Store. "These changes are necessary to ensure that our staff are at low risk of injury and that items left in our care are safe and secure", noted Kyle Johansen, Executive Director.
In addition to the office upgrades, the Association is dedicating the majority of capital spending to helping our members. Among the items approved that will be of benefit to part-time students:
Purchase and installation of a limited number of day-use lockers in the Lounge for members.
Purchase and installation of a touch screen information board which members (and the university community can use to access information).
Installation of a video conference system in our meeting room which can serve as a virtual meeting room for members both on campus and at 1 James North.
A purchase selection committee which includes Jackie Arlen, Karen Richmond, and Caroline Hill-Smith with work with Kyle to ensure that these investments make sense and support MAPS' Operating Plan.
Last year, we set up an Ideal Jar in our Office for members to give us their thoughts and opinions on how we could make MAPS better for its members. Over the past several months we have received suggestions like increasing the number of outlets available for charging equipment (done!) to adding plants to the office to improve air quality (working on it).
These ideas have been great and really helpful, but limited to members who walk into our office and take pen to paper.
Today that changes.
If you have an idea that you think would improve MAPS for you and/or your fellow part-time students, you can now submit that idea online.
Are there any catches? Well, there are a few if you want to be entered into the monthly draw, but if you are just a good samaritan with a cool idea, send it in and we will consider it.
Each month, we will review all submissions and randomly select one MAPS member to receive a $100 gift certificate at the Campus Store. Your name is only entered once each month regardless of how many ideas you submit; and it doesn't matter if we use your idea or not.
We will be creating (hopefully by June) a webpage that provides all of the suggestions we have received and our responses to them, along with the monthly draw winners.
Ready to submit your idea? Click here or go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MAPSbetter
Just the facts...
Campus Store has advised us that Campus Store pick up will not be available at MAPS between August 17 through September 19th. The only locations where pick-up will be available are the Campus Store on the main campus and the Ron Joyce Centre desk at the Burlington Campus. The Campus Store will be operating with extended hours from August 30th to September 19th to faciliate package pick-up.
If you want to let us know about the quality of service you received from our office, please go here and complete a brief survey.
You should know...
MAPS-MSU Transfer Form now online
MAPS, the MSU, and representatives from Student Accounts and Cashiers, Student Accessibility Services, and the Registrar's office agreed to a new single on line form to facilitate membership transfer requests between MAPS and the MSU.
To initiate a transfer request, go to the form, review the criteria for transfer to see if any apply to you. If they do:
Once you click submit, the form is automatically transmitted to reps in all applicable offices, who have all agreed to cooperate to process the forms quickly.
Our hours until Labour Day are:
Mon - Thurs: 10:30am - 6:30pm
Since the Student Portal for Mosaic launched in late March, our crack team of info assistants have been working at finding the fastest and best ways to get yourself registered for courses while avoiding some pitfalls that could cause you some grief.
The MAPS Mosaic page is now online and we will be populating it with timely and helpful information so that you can navigate the McMaster's ERP solution.
MAPS presented to the co-chairs of the Academic Accommodation Policy Working Group on August 18th and outlined the issues and concerns of our members. The meeting was very cordial and our input was well received by the co-chairs. The primary concern raised by MAPS was the timeliness of access and processing of academic accommodation requests.
Want to see what other people suggested?
Be a part of MAPS!
There are many ways to be involved with MAPS and plenty of good reasons to find time to get involved. Here are a few of them:
Can you spare an hour to help your association?
MAPS needs input from a wide cross-section of our members (you) to determine how best to meet your social needs. We have a very nice lounge area that we would like to see more of our members make use of.
If you can spare an hour of your time over the next several weeks, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or (905) 525-9140 x22021 and we will schedule some time for you to meet with Kyle, our executive director.
The Mentorship Programs links up MAPS members to provide support, guidance and advice from other MAPS members who know how the campus works.
MAPS hires 6-10 people each year to be information assistants and coordinators. We are particularly interested in talking to anyone with multi-media production experience.
We now have a one-page questionnaire you can fill out to make that happen fast! We have opportunities for members to serve on committees and we also recommend students to sit on some university committees. The form is here.
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