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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 on LinkedIN!

    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 Winter Opt-in period ends on January 30th. For more information, please visit www.mcmaster.ca/maps/insurance.html

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

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.

The Link

The February edition of The Link is available online now!

NOMINATIONS for vacancies on the MAPS Board of Directors close on March 4th. Click here for more info

Why should getting on a non-profit Board of Directors be your priority?

Join us on LinkedIn!

MAPS now has two pages on LinkedIn.

The first is our company page, located at http://ca.linkedin.com/company/mcmaster-association-of-part-time-students .

The second is a group page called McMaster Part-time Undergraduate Experience (which can be looked up once you log into LinkedIn). We are using the group page to provide information to current, past, and prospective part-time students about McMaster, MAPS and post-secondary part-time education.

The group page has already had a lot of interest and we are working to keep posting regular current and informative information.

Please feel to contact us if there are any issues you'd like us to showcase on LinkedIn.

Expanded Office and Lounge Hours

In response to members, MAPS has extended the office and lounge hours to include Friday afternoons. Our new hours are:

Mon - Thurs: 9:30am - 7:30pm

Friday: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Policy Change

The Board of Directors is proposing to change Operational Policy 008 - Fiscal and Operating Plans by adjusting the reporting dates for financial reports and changing timelines for the Operating Plan and Budget Cycle. Members may submit comments on the proposed changes to maps@mcmaster.ca.

To see the revised policy, please click here.

To get more information about the changes, click here

Want to be a Mentor? Want to have a Mentor?

Kristin Belovari appointed to the Board of Directors

At the Board's meeting on November 11, Kristin Belovari was appointed as a Director until the Association holds election in the spring of 2015.

Kristin is a CCE student and works for the City of Hamilton as a health promotion specialist in the Tobacco Control Department.

Please join us in welcoming Kristin to the Board.

MAPS takes transparency to the next level

Just before Reading Week, MAPS did a little renovating. Call it a facelift after 10 years in the MUSC.

The MAPS offices and student lounge, located on the 2nd floor of the MUSC, were designed to help members focus on the work and not be distracted by what was happening outside our doors. Sturdy wooden doors with porthole window and frosted glass from end-to-end acheived that goal... at the cost of another...nobody knew what was behind those wooden doors.

The imposing wooden 'drawbridge' was taken down for good with the installation of two full length tempered glass doors. The doors provide passers-by with a full view of our reception and student workstations, while still providing some privacy for members using the sofas or chairs.

In addition to the new doors, the Association is producing a new sign that will wrap around the pole outside our entrance indicating who we are and were the most sought after services are located on the 2nd floor. Our full colour logo will be frosted onto the doors, to assist low visioned persons navigating the entrance.

Want to work at MAPS? - click here for info!

9/15 councillors elected to City Council support helping part-time students with transit fares!

MAPS is your Campus Store Pick up location

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.

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.

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