Ideal Jar goes on-line!
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 availalble 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 ifyou 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.
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.
If you cannot get to our offices during our summer hours to collect your purchase, please feel free to contact us and we will make reasonable arrangements to be available to collect your purchase.
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 April/May edition of The Link will be emailed to members shortly. 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.
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.
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.
Full details are available here.
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 administration.
Dr. Carter's appointment begins in July 2015. Betw
een 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:
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.
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.
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