(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.
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...
But in this case, they don't block out the scenery and hopefully don't break your mind.
On April 10th, the finishing touches to MAPS' entrance facelift were completed with the addition of our logo on the new glass doors and new signage on the pillar outside of our offices.
MAPS' old doors
``We are thrilled with the results" noted Jackie Arlen, MAPS President. The signage is clear and can be seen at a distance and our logo on the door is perfect".
The pillar sign also includes the most common questions staff receive regarding the location of offices on the second floor. "We like to be good neighbours", noted Arlen.
MAPS' new pillar signage, approaching the office from the west and east, respectively
MAPS replaced its old wooden doors in February; which appeared to be a barrier to people visiting the office. "The glass doors open up the office. We've seen many more students coming in since they were installed," said Malanie Dani, one of MAPS' information assistants.
The door decals are designed to assist people with low vision to identify the doors, along with high visibility push/pull indicators, while not interfering with the overall effect of full glass doors.
Door decals and high visibility door push/pull signs.
Just the facts...
How did we do? Check out what 2014 looked like at MAPS:
2014 Annual Report
2014 Audited Financial Statements
Monitoring Committee Report for 2014
Semi-Annual Update on the Operating Plan
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.
The completely re-vamped MAPS Handbook for 2014-2015 is available online or in hard copy at our offices. "... an invaluable reference guide for university and student services, as well as important phone numbers and key dates throughout the school year." - Handbook Editor
This report identifies a number of issues that part-time students experience when trying to register for course at McMaster.
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 March edition of The Link is online now.
MAPS' Spring/Summer Hours
Effective May 4th 2015 through August 9th, the MAPS office and lounge will be open:
Mon & Wed: 10:30am - 7:30pm
Tues & Thurs: 9:30am - 5:30pm
If you have a campus store pick-up being delivered to our offices and cannot get to our offices during our normal office hours, please call us at (905)525-9140 x22021 and we will make arrangements to meet you here when you are free.
Please note that the office will be closed from August 10th - 21st inclusive.
Coming Soon ... Tips and Tricks for MOSAIC.
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.
We hope to have this new page up in the coming days. In the meantime, if you have any tips or tricks that you found helfpul when registering for courses, please send them to us.
2015 Annual General Referendum Results
Voting ended at 11:59pm on April 20th, 2015 with the only question on the ballot being the appointment of the external auditors. Grant Thornton LLP were appointed by the membership with a turnout of 5.7% of the membership and 91% voting in favour of the appointment.
Thanks to all members who took the time to vote. The official results are published here.
At the close of nominations on March 5, 2015, MAPS had six candidates eligible for election and six vacancies on the Board. The official notice of election is here.
Congratulations to :
Karen Richmond and
who were all elected to two year terms and to
Andy Griggs and
who were each elected to one year terms.
New Director at CCE
On April 9th, McMaster Daily News announced Dr. Lorraine Carter as the new Director for the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE).
The MAPS Board has extended our congratulations to Dr. Carter on her appointment and expressed our desire to work with her and the CCE team to ensure that our members' interests are included in program planning and adminstration.
Dr. Carter's appointment begins in July 2015. Between now and then, MAPS would be interested in knowing CCE students thoughts on what works, what doesn't, and what could be improved at CCE. You can complete a short survey on your experience with CCE soon.
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:
The Mentorship Programs links up MAPS members to provide support, guidance and advice from other MAPS members who know how the campus works.
Want to work at MAPS? - click here
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.
Want to be a MAPS volunteer?
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.
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.
There are no current media releases. Older releases can be found here.
Notices that are not listed below have been moved to our notice archive page
Join us on LinkedIn!