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September 2014

Back to school! Back to school?

Is it just me, or does everyone seem to smile more in the sunshine?  Summer was lovely, if a little too cool and a bit too short (as it always is).  As we enter September, the countdown to the first day of classes moves into single digits and we are compelled to shift back into a more serious state of mind.

For many part-time students, summer is not much of a break at all.  While some of us enjoyed lingering sunsets or sleeping late on the weekend, many others took courses year-round.  Whether you spent the last few months relaxing or ‘keeping the pressure on’,  I hope that you got what you needed out of this (almost past) summer. 

Like you, MAPS is ramping up for the fall.  Since approving the Operational Plan in July (you can see a summary of the plan by clicking the link above this message), our team has been working to get new programs and services ready for you.  These services include designating MAPS as a pick up location for Campus Store purchases (which will start in late September), arranging for part-time students to ‘opt-in’ to the MSU’s health and dental plan (there is more info below this message), launching a mentorship program (October), and reaching out to you to get your input on course availability and the creation of an online community (September and October). 

None of this would have happened without the support of your volunteer Board of Directors and our very dedicated staff – and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of them for their work so far.  I am incredibly proud to be a part of this dynamic and fun group of people who want to make a difference in the lives of part-time students.

Maybe you’d like to join us.

MAPS has many opportunities for you to help make a difference.  Because we are all busy, our organization is designed to accommodate volunteering for as little as an hour a month – or more if something is important to you. 

There are lots of ways to volunteer.  In addition to a few new positions that come with an honorarium, there are opportunities to sit on the Finance and Awards committees, be a mentor, or simply send us a tip or trick that you’ve learned during your time at Mac.  How you help your fellow students isn’t as important as making some time to help.  

My work at MAPS has shown me how good it feels to make a difference, and that’s a feeling everyone should have.  And for those of you who are looking at grad school or want to advance at work, nothing says ‘team player’ better than a person who volunteers (and a letter of reference can sometimes make all the difference…).  

Even if you’re not sure what you’d like to do, click on the “volunteering” button above this message (the hand on the right) and fill out the form, or stop in and talk to us.  I promise we will find something fun for you to do.

As always, if you’d like to learn more, need help with navigating the university, or if you haven’t visited the Lounge, please stop by!  Our Welcome Week Open House is Wednesday September 3rd from 6pm to 8pm (there is more info about on this webpage), or you can stop by anytime.  Kim, Malanie, Felice and Kyle are a friendly group and will happily show you the lounge amenities, help you navigate the campus, or help you find the fastest way to get something done.   

Best of luck with your studies!  If there is anything that MAPS can do to make your university experience better, please let us know.

- Jacqueline (Jackie) Arlen

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    New at MAPS

    MAPS is now a Campus Store Pick up location

    Effective October 2nd, you can now select the MAPS Office as a Pick Up location for purchases made at the Campus Store.

    This allows you to pick up any purchases you've made without having to go to the Campus Store. Just select MAPS as your Pick Up location, and follow the instructions.

    MAPS 2014-2015 Handbook is available online or in our office


    The completely re-vamped MAPS Handbook for 2014-2015 is available online here. Hard copies are also available for pick up in our offices at MUSC 234.

    The Handbook is an invaluable reference guide for university and student services, as well as important phone numbers and key dates throughout the school year.

Just the facts...


The Opt-in Period for the Fall Term is now over. Please check back in December for the Winter Term Opt-in period.

Full details of the MSU Health and Dental plan are available at https://wespeakstudent.com/home/8-mcmaster-university

Information for MAPS members regarding the plan and how to apply are available at www.mcmaster.ca/maps/insurance.html

Want to be a MAPS volunteer?

We now have a one-page questionnaire you can fill out to make that happen fast! You can find it here.

First and Second Quarter Financial Results Posted

The Board of Directors approved the unaudited financial statements for the first six months of 2014. The reports are available here.

How are we doing?

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.

Permanent executive director appointed

On August 31st, Kyle Johansen was appointed as the Association's Executive Director. Kyle was previously serving as the acting ED.

RFP for new doors

MAPS has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to replace the main doors to MUSC 234 - replacing the existing wood doors with clear tempered glass.

The intent behind this change is to make the entrance to our office and lounge less imposing, by letting students see what is going on inside.

The RFP has been posted on MERX.com. A copy of the RFP is available here.

Are transit fares for part-time students an Election Issue? See which candidates agree...

Join the Board of Directors

There are currently two vacancies on the Board of Directors which we are filling on an interim basis (October - March); until our next regular election cycle.

Being on the Board is a great opportunity to help your fellow part-time students, learn more about how the university works and get some great volunteer experience for your resume.

You can dowload a nomination form here, or pick one up at our offices. We need your nomination form by 2:30pm on October 17th by email or delivered in person.

If you'd like more information about being on the Board, please check out the Directors and By-laws links on the site or contact us!

Did you take the course accessibilty survey? THANK YOU!

Over 18% of our members took the time to tell us about their experiences regarding course accessibility. We are currently working on analysing the results and will have a report out in the coming weeks.

To each of our member who completed the survey - thank you! Your input provides us with real data to share with the university. Thanks also to those of you who emailed us directly with issues that were not on the survey. We will be working on those too!

Notice of Policy Changes

At the Board of Director's meeting on September 16th, changes to the Executive Limitation Policy and the Delegation of Authority Policy were approved in prinicple.

The Association's policies require that these policy changes be provided to the membership and that members be provided with 30 days to provide comments on them before the Board approves them.

For full information, please click here.

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Suit Drive Huge Success!


Between mid-August and the first week of September, MAPS collected interview-appropriate clothes and accessories to donate to the Robert Half Suit Drive. Each year, Robert Half runs the campaign to help low-income job seekers "dress for success".

"We were thrilled with the response," noted MAPS' executive director Kyle Johansen. "The quality and quantity of the donations exceeded our expectations and our friends at Robert Half had nothing but great things to say about the spirit of generosity at Mac."

Kyle Johansen (MAPS' Executive Director) and Adel Nazi (Staffing Manager at Accountemps) with the Suit Drive donations from McMaster.

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