We are now open!
It took us a week or so, but MAPS' offices and lounge are now reopened on our summer schedule. You may expect the ambient noise level in the office to be a bit higher as we have an industrial grade dehumidifier running around the clock, but other than its steady hum, everything is pretty much back to normal. Many thanks to the MUSC folks for getting us back up and running!
New at MAPS
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
Search for a new Dean of Social Sciences to commence shortly
Mac Daily News announced that Dr. Charlotte Yeats will be moving to Guelph University as the new Provost, and McMaster will be striking a search committee to replace her for July 2015.
Dr Roy Cain has been named acting Dean until a replacement has been confirmed.
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 face-lift 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.