IN THIS ISSUE:
reception and concert featuring pianist Faye Hays and the College of
Architecture’s newly refurbished Jesse French Grand Piano is
set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Langford A Atrium.
His Excellency Sir David Manning, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, will speak at the George Bush Presidential Library Center at 5:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 24. Prior to his talk, he has offered to speak informally with College of Architecture students working on the design of the Hatfield Health Centre in Hatfield, England, a collaboration between Texas A&M University, HKS/Dallas, Ryder HKS International London and Newcastle, England.
All interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to arrive early on Friday, February 24 at the George Bush Presidential Library for the private 4:30 p.m. talk.
An upcoming episode of the History Channel’s “Battlefield Detectives” program features research on the D-Day battlefield at Pointe du Hoc, France, conducted by a team from Texas A&M University’s Center for Heritage Conservation. The feature airs 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4.
Last summer, a crew from “Battlefield Detectives” filmed the Texas A&M team in the field at Pointe du Hoc. According to Richard Burt, a construction science professor and member of the Center for Heritage Conservation team, the “Battlefield Detectives” episode includes interviews with him and with fellow Texas A&M faculty, including Robert Warden, an architecture professor, and Bruce Dickson from the Department of Anthropology, as well as video of Texas A&M College of Architecture students working at the site.
The College of Architecture Riverside Campus Teaching and Research Facility (AKA the Architecture Ranch) is scheduled for completion in April 2006. The availability of a research facility of this size for exclusive use of faculty and students from the College is unprecedented.
A meeting has been called Tuesday, 28 February at 11:00AM in Building
A First Floor Gallery to determine which members of the faculty are interested
in using this new facility. All interested faculty and staff members
who want to participate in the ranch endeavor are invited to attend.
The meeting will give everyone the opportunity to see the design of the
building as constructed, to discuss how we might make the most of this
opportunity, and to propose specific uses for their own research agenda.
The meeting will last about an hour.
“Working Towards a Common Vision,” a live video
teleconference sponsored by the National Council of University Research
Administrators, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March
7, at Kyle Field’s Burkhart Auditorium.
Epson Photo Printing Gets Major Overhaul
Computer Support’s photo-quality printers received some much needed maintenance this past week and are printing as good as new. Whereas before getting support from Epson on printing problems was next to impossible, we now have an established relationship with a third-party printer repair company in Houston that will keep these printers running in peak condition.
Two 44” wide Epson 9600 printers and one 17” wide
Epson 4000 printer are available for faculty and student use. Questions
these printers should be directed to the College of Architecture Helpdesk,
via the web at http://archhelp.tamu.edu, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or phone 862-8584.
Employees claiming exempt status advised to update their W4s
A&M employees who claimed "exempt" from federal income
tax withholding in 2005 are required by IRS law to renew the exemption
in 2006 by submitting a new W4 form. Letters were sent out in early
January informing all affected employees of the Feb. 16 deadline for
this renewal. Those who did not renew their exemption will automatically
have their W-4 withholding election reset to "single and zero;" withholding
will be at this higher rate for all pay after Feb. 21. TAMU employees
can update or edit their own W4 information online via HRConnect by
logging onto HRConnect at https://sso.tamu.edu and clicking on the
Payroll Data Tab. For any questions regarding updating your W4, contact
Texas A&M University Payroll Services at <email@example.com> or
College meeting with Dr. Karan Watson set for March 1
In accordance with college policy, a meeting will be held with Dean of Faculties Karan Watson to discuss the P&T Process with all interested faculty and college administrators.
This meeting will be held on March 1 from 3:00-4:30 PM in Building C,
Room 207. Dean Regan will also be present. If you will be involved in
the tenure or promotion process this year, or if you are interested in
learning more about the process, please try to attend.
Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities proposals due March 6
are now being requested for the Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative
Activities. The Office of the Vice President for Research has established
this competitive program to promote the creative and scholarly activities
of Texas A&M University faculty. Awards will support scholarly
and creative activities primarily in the humanities, arts, and other
disciplines in which external funding are typically not available.
A variety of activities are eligible for support, including travel
to collections and libraries to evaluate original documents.
Endnote 9 Available on all Faculty and Staff Workstations
Due to high demand from the College’s faculty and staff, Computer Support distributed the latest version of Endnote to all faculty and staff workstations this past week. Endnote, a bibliography management tool, can be accessed via the start menu on all Windows computers under All Programs -> Endnote.
Some of you may have noticed your Outlook signature sometimes appears double spaced. You can correct this by using Shift+Enter rather than just using the Enter key at the end of each line of your signature. The Shift+Enter inserts a hidden line feed rather than paragraph, so the line spacing will always be single spaced. Here’s how to fix your existing signatures…
1. Edit your signature (Tools | Options | Mail Format | Signatures |
Woodshop hours set
The newly re-opened Woodshop hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please remember that the shop is also closed on the weekends. Due to safety regulations, a full-time supervisor must be present in order for the shop to be open. If you have needs to be in the shop during the lunch hour, please see Danny Bass so that he may arrange his schedule to accommodate your needs.
Research Centers Consortium has announced its call for nominations
for the seventh annual ARCC/King Student Medal for
Excellence in Architecture + Environmental Design Research.
Staff Development Council members elected
on server increases communication
HR offers advanced certificate program for managers, supervisors
Supervisors who have completed a leadership program or have 5 years
of supervisory experience are eligible. The certificate program will
begin March 2006 so register now for classes. Visit http://hr.tamu.edu/ed/cp/idm for detailed program and registration information. The total cost of
the program is $50 and includes a plaque and certificate at the time
PIXAR on campus March 22-24
Viza GOGO time…
Architecture department head candidate interviews
The College of Architecture has been interviewing candidates for the architecture department head position. The following candidates will be visiting within the next seven days:
Architecture department lecture series continues
Feb. 24 –March 5
Saturday, Feb. 25
Friday & Saturday, March 31 & April 1
2006 ASLA Workshop
A student-organized and directed conference, Workshop has been held annually for the last 30 years. At the event students and firms get a chance to interact through events including: keynote speakers, mini-lecture series, graphics presentations, and design charettes. Additionally, Workshop provides the opportunity for students to hear from renowned landscape architects to learn what issues are important in industry and how to apply what they're learning now, to what they will need to accommodate in the future.
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