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IN THIS (ISSUE) Helpful hints for the office From Your Class Agent What’s New With You? Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Xu Keeping Time Homecoming 2011 Family of the Year Football Game Coupon Fall Alumni Events From the Desk of Lisa Tilma
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Vincent Schmidt, G’89 HRM Class Agent Vschmidt4@cox.net
Read about Homecoming 2011 inside!
Greetings to all of our Friends University HRM graduates. We hope this newsletter finds you doing well as we wrap up another summer and begin a new fall season together. We hope you enjoy the new look and feel of the Campus Connection newsletter. Here is a portion of an article that I read recently online at www.hr.com, filled with some good reminders for us all: •
If you want to cultivate an environment that will inspire employee loyalty, it takes more than arbitrary gestures and rewards. It takes a genuine commitment to creating employee morale and lasting fulfillment. There’s no magic formula for that either, but it starts with a little common decency and grows from there.
Every office needs a way for employees to seek solutions to their problems. If legitimate issues are not handled, employee frustration will eventually give way to deep dissatisfaction. A “suggestion box” is great if it actually gets used and if good suggestions are taken seriously. But if it’s an anonymous suggestion box, it needs to be in a place where people can drop ideas in it inconspicuously—which means the boss’s office is not the place for it.
The human resources department is meant to be a place where employees can go to lodge complaints. When an employee has a problem that they can’t resolve, it will fester and grow. Eventually something will have to give and the situation is likely to blow up. This may result in you losing a great worker over something trivial that could have been resolved if there was a method for proper recourse from the beginning. In order for employees to stay happy, they need the opportunity to see their issues addressed consistently, privately and completely. Without that process, someone is going to wind up very unhappy— and someone may even wind up unemployed!
No one is completely blissful at work all the time. We all have good days and bad days. What it comes down to is how we feel at the end of the day: Do we count down the seconds until we can bolt for the door, or do we head out with a smile and satisfaction from a full day’s work?
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WHAT’S NEW WITH (YOU?)
Friends University is more than just getting a degree, but developing a lifelong friendship, which is why we want to stay connected with you as a member of the Friends University Alumni Association. If you have some exciting news that you would like to share with your classmates, let us know! You can update your information online at www.friends.edu/update-your-information. Use your ID number to process the changes quicker.
Faculty Spotlight As a graduate of the College of Adult and Professional Studies, you most likely are looking for new ways to continue to grow in your academic knowledge. In this issue of the Campus Connection class newsletter, we are pleased to spotlight Friends University faculty member Dr. Guangqiu Xu and his book titled “Congress and the U.S.-China relationship (1949-1979).” Based upon extensive archival research in Chinese and American sources, professor Xu’s book is a detailed account of the interactions between Congress and the White House as the United States forged its policies regarding the world’s most populous nation. Covering the period from the establishement of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 to the United States’ recognition of the PRC in 1979, this study shows how Congress became a key factor in the formulation and conduct of China policy. This book puts into a new context the forces at play in determining how the United States and China responded to each other during the chilliest years of the Cold War. With his emphasis on Congress, professor Xu has opened up the history of the period to an analysis of how legislative power, direct and indirect, can affect foreign policy and change the course of world events. Dr. Xu has taught at Friends University since 2002 and his book is available through the Wichita campus bookstore or may be ordered online at www.uakron.edu/uapress.
Fall 2011 • (HRM)
KEEPING TIME Once again, Wichita students at Friends University can tell the time by sound at the beginning of the hour and at each half hour. After more than two years of silence, the Davis Administration Building clock tower bell received a much-needed repair and began ringing again June 23, 2011. Funded by money set aside by the Student Government Association starting 2009, the repair included a digital device that bypasses the original gears, keeping the clock on time while preserving the historical components of the 80-year-old clock. As an additional bonus, the digital component adjusts automatically for daylight saving time and standard time. The project experienced a few setbacks, but fortunately, the clock tower repair cost around $8,000, which was less than the amount that SGA planned for in 2009.
HOMECOMING 2011 Milestone Class Reunions • 2:30 Davis Admin. Bldg. (1961, 1971, 1986) • Check-in at 2 p.m., first floor. • Visit during Class Reunions from 2:304:30 p.m. (campus tours included). Parade • 5 p.m. University Ave. & Hiram St. • Motorcyclists and classic car enthusiasts wanted for parade. • Bring the family to enjoy the floats and collect candy! Block Party • 5:30 p.m. Garvey Practice Field • FREE carnival games and inflatables.
FAMILY of the YEAR Friends University established the Family of the Year Award in 2010 as a way to recognize the legacy of those families who: 1. Have shown longevity in the number of years their family has attended Friends; 2. Are able to document that multiple members of their family tree have attended Friends; and 3. Have a history of dedicated service to the University. The Alumni Office is pleased to announce that members of the Joseph and Olive Schoonover family tree have been named the 2011 Family of the Year. They will be recognized at halftime of the Sept. 24 home football game vs. the McPherson Bulldogs.
• FREE tailgate dinner of hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s! Football Game vs. Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes • 7 p.m. • Halftime - crowning of Homecoming Royalty
Cont’d from Page 1 As workers, when we are offered respect, a chance to grow and recourse for dealing with issues, we are much more likely to be truly content with our jobs. You can’t make everyone happy all of the time. The right combination of empathy and opportunity may keep the majority of your workforce happy— at least most of the time. Truly happy employees will be the ones that are most loyal, trustworthy, and productive. Happy employees are the ones that you are sad to see go, when they retire after 20 years of dedicated service. Speaking of happy employees, I recently heard from Jana Schartz, G’91. She is the Area Associate Dean of Student Life at Mid-Plains Community College in Nebraska. Thanks for writing in, Jana! We also heard from Sheryl Dick, G’92. Sheryl recently recently moved to Olathe, Kan. and is enjoying retirement.
FREE (ADMISSION) Present this coupon after the Alumni Appreciation Tailgate for free admission to the Sept. 24, 2011, Falcons football game! (Limit two free admissions per coupon.)
If you have any articles or news you’d like to share, please send me an email. Until next time, be great!
SEE YOU (SOON!) FROM THE DESK OF (LISA TILMA)
Alumni Appreciation Tailgate & Distinguished Family of the Year Award Presentation
1974 & 1976 Alumni Football Athletes Reunion
Stay up-to-date with Friends Flash! at www.friends.edu/friends-flash!
Saturday, Sept. 24 Tailgate: 5 p.m. • Garvey Practice Field Falcon Football: 7 p.m. Adair-Austin Stadium on Hoyt Athletic Field Family of the Year Award Presentation: Halftime
Saturday, Oct. 1 • www.friends.edu/homecoming See page 3 for more information.
You may have noticed that Campus Connection has taken on a whole new look! By updating this newsletter, we hope that you not only find out about activities at your alma mater but also learn about achievements by your fellow classmates – those who you remember from your time as a student as well as those who you interact with through work, church or social circles but had no idea they were also Friends alumni.
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Saturday, Oct. 15 Lunch: 11:30 a.m. • Garvey Physical Education Center Falcon Football: 1:30 p.m. Adair-Austin Stadium on Hoyt Athletic Field
In each issue, we will also ask for your help with the information we have on file about you. (See the top of page 2.) Please, don’t think of it as homework, but as our way of keeping your information up-to-date for future reunions and networking opportunities both on and off campus. As your Alumni Director, I want to make sure that we continue to serve you in the best way possible! If you have additional ideas as to how we can make your class newsletter better, please feel free to let your class agent or me know. We’d love to hear from you!
Lisa Tilma, G’01/M’04 Executive Director of Alumni Relations