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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Headlines

• Update on PeopleSoft 9.2 Implementation
• iRock Success Workshop
• Textile Heritage Trail Conference Extends Registration Deadline
• DineWest Survey
• Things That Go Bump In The Night
• Women, Work, and Family:Opting Out and Making Do
• AAMI Presents "What's the Next Move"
• Super Tuesday
• Department Approver Training

Administrative:

• On Tuesday, March 17 at 5 p.m., the Self Service Portal will be brought down. Most, if not all, of our faculty and staff access PeopleSoft through this portal for expense reimbursement and ePro data entry. This means that approval of any electronic documents in your worklist should be approved by the aforementioned date and time.

Any Expense module transaction that has not generated a payment will be returned to a “pending” status and need to be resubmitted into workflow after the system becomes available. Since Departments will not have the ability to make corrections, the Office of the Controller will process what can be reimbursed given the travel information presented. Amounts deducted from the reports may be resubmitted for consideration when the system is available for data entry.

ePro requisitions that are submitted for approval must be converted to a Purchase Order prior to March 24 at 5 p.m. Only requisitions that are not submitted for approval and remain in “open” status will be converted into 9.2 and will be available when the system is restored.

Please notice the date falls just after Spring Break. It is important that all transactions entered into PeopleSoft be approved and valid budget checked before the system is brought down on Tuesday, March 24. The financial system will be brought up on Monday, March 30, for the Office of the Controller to validate our converted account balances. Once the financial information is confirmed, the Office of the Controller will notify the campus that PeopleSoft is available data entry.

You may contact Rick Sears, Assistant Vice President for Finance & Controller (95353) if you have questions or concerns.

Announcements:

• The Center for Academic Success (CAS) will be continuing the Spring "iRock Success" Workshop Series today from  4-5 p.m. in Miller Hall, room 2212. This workshop is titled SHARPEN YOUR STUDY SKILLS. A more detailed listing of workshops for this semester may be picked up in the CAS in UCC 200.

• Due to the ice and snow that have plagued Georgia in recent weeks, the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail has extended the early registration deadline to attend the conference "Weaving Stories through the Arts" in Dalton on March 19-20.

The deadline is now Friday, March 6 and the cost is $40 for WGTHT members and $55 for non-members. Up to three staff, including volunteers, may attend the conference at the membership price.

If you are interested in attending, but unable to send payment by March 6. We are accepting RSVPs by the 6th with registration fee payment due at conference check-in.

We've got a great conference planned, focusing on telling our textile trail stories using the arts. There will be:
great programs on Dalton's textile stories;
a special evening program on early country music in mill towns,;
an excellent heritage tourism/museum theater workshop by Atlanta History Center playwright Addae Moon;
sessions led by Georgia Council for the Arts Director Karen Paty and by Georgia Department of Economic Development tourism leaders Bruce Green and Cindy Eidson;
valuable workshops on fundraising and historic preservation; and
tours of historic textile sites in Dalton, the "Carpet Capital of the World."
More details about the conference are available here

Please note that the conference hotel is still honoring the rates for the conference block or rooms, which is very reasonable.

Please contact Maria Ross or call the Center at (678) 839-6141 to register for the conference, or if you need any additional information.

• DineWest is conducting a survey to better understand your campus preferences. By sharing your thoughts, we will gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus dining experience. This online survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and your responses are confidential. We appreciate your time and thank you for your assistance!

Events:

• Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore of UWG’s Psychology Department will present the program, "Things that Go Bump in the Night . . . (and Day): Sleep and Paranormal Experiences" today 11 a.m. at Ingram Library.

Subjective paranormal experiences – which include extrasensory perception and perceiving ghosts and apparitions – are part of being human and have been reported in every culture throughout human history. Dr. Simmonds-Moore will explore the intriguing relationships between sleep and sleep-related states of consciousness and a range of subjective paranormal experiences. She will also discuss why some people may be more prone to having these experiences – which can occur during the day as well as at night.

Dr. Simmonds-Moore, a native of the United Kingdom, earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Northampton. She came to the United States in 2009 and joined the UWG Psychology Department in 2011. Dr. Simmonds-Moore has worked on a number of research projects related to this topic and is the editor of Exceptional Experience and Health: Essays on Mind, Body and Human Potential. She is the co-author of a textbook on Anomalistic Psychology and is the current vice president of the Parapsychology Association.

This program is sponsored by Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society.  

• Dr. Joan Hermsen of the University of Missouri will present "Women, Work, and Family: Leaning In, Opting Out, and Making Do" on Thursday March 5, at 4 p.m. in the Nursing Building, room 106.

Dr. Joan Hermsen is Chair of the Women's & Gender Studies Department and Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on gender inequality in the labor market, including topics such as the gender wage gap, occupational gender segregation, and the glass ceiling.

This event is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, the Department of Sociology, the College of Social Sciences, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Beggs Weber.

• The African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) will present “What’s the Next Move?” as part of its State of the African-American Male series on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom 108.2. The purpose of this open forum is to encourage students to be proactive in preparing for future goals after graduation as well as inform them of available resources on and off campus to help them prepare for graduate/professional school, work, etc. Staff from Career Services will be in attendance.

This program will be moderated by Mr. Dajuan Crooms, graduate assistant, African-American Male Initiative. It is free and open to the public. UWG students must present their UWG ID upon entry.

Please encourage your students to attend. For more information, contact Ms. Cheryl Thomas Hill or call 678-839-5400.

Sports:

• Come out and support your Wolves tonight at the opening round of the GSC Tournament - Super Tuesday! Women take on North Alabama at 5:30 p.m. and the men take on Christian Brothers at 8 p.m. at The Coliseum. Tickets are available at 4:30 p.m. at The Coliseum Box Office. All faculty, staff, and students must buy tickets for admission. $3 for students and $10 for UWG/general admission. GO WOLVES!

Training:

• Department Approver training will be held on March 10 at 2 p.m. in Row Hall 319. This training is required of any approver or department manager who will be approving transactions electronically through the PeopleSoft system and/or PCard purchases. This includes transactions for the Travel and Expense module, the eProcurement module & PCards. Pre-registration and completion of a Security Request Form is required prior to training. Visit the University Meetings and Trainings tab on the Events Calendar to register.