Winter Edition Administrative Services Newsletter ADS Staff Dan Wells Director Rick Alumbaugh Manager, Mail Distribution Center Jeff Schoonover Manager, Print & Copy Services Stiles Gaffney Assistant, Print & Copy Services Susan Butts Manager, Insurance/Risk Management Nancy Neice Manager, Mail Processing Center Donna Norris Mail Center Assistant V O L U M E 6 , I S S U E 1 J A N U A R Y New Year, New Rate USPS announces rate increase for January WASHINGTON—The U.S. Postal Service has announced an increase in most postal rates, effective on January 8, 2006. On that date, the price of a First-Class stamp will increase from 37 cents to 39 cents, and the price of a postcard from 23 cents to 24 cents. Other classes of mail will see a corresponding increase. According to Nancy Neice, Manager of the RHIT Mail Processing Center, last year’s volume of stamped, first-class pieces was approximately 300,000 pieces. The upcoming 5.4 percent in- crease will mean $6,000 in additional costs for RHIT customers. Another 600,000 pieces of permit mail are handled by the Center annually. While these pieces receive substantial discounts if properly prepared, the impact will be an increase of $5,000 total for that same volume in 2006. Campus users who use the Mail Processing Center for largevolume mailings will want to be sure they are preparing the pieces for maximum discounts. Win a Salty Seamon print for the New Year! Brenda Elliott Assistant Manager, RHIT Bookstore Somewhere in this Newsletter is a sentence that is hyperlinked. The sentence is disguised and is not the usual underlined, bright blue that is standard for hyperlinks. Kim McCarter RHIT Bookstore Clerk The 12th person to email me from this hidden hyperlink (which is NOT my standard email address), will win the print. (One email per reader, please!) Just click on the link once you find it and send your message. Bob Watson Manager, Procurement and Contract Services oversights when preparing mailings are using recipient addresses that don’t conform to USPS standards, or not conforming to Postal standards for dimensions or proper endorsement standards. Mailings that don’t meet standards are subject to losing some or all of the available discounts. The key to maximizing postal discounts is to work with the Mail Processing Center during the planning stages to insure that USPS standards are met. For more information, contact Nancy Neice at 877-8086. Some of the more common Matt McNichols Art Curator Sheryl Fulk Manager, RHIT Bookstore 2 0 0 6 This print is being offered to promote interest in the Seamon prints now available on the RHIT website through the Bookstore link. See ART AT THE INSTITUTE on page 2 for more information. Hadley Hall (The Bell Tower) by Omer Seamon By Dan Wells, Director ADS PAGE 2 FOR YOUR CALENDAR Commencement Fair Updates Web Updat dates Web Updates tes Web Updates We s Web Updates Web Access the RHIT website under ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES for updated information on: • RHIT contracts and the new guidelines for obtaining approvals • Reminders about copyright law and the Print and Copy Center • Buyer’s tips for purchasing from RHIT consortiums along with an updated list of participating vendors. • Access the Art Curator’s page for an update on all upcoming activities (Highlights in this issue). Updates Web Updat dates Web Updates tes Web Updates We s Web Updates Web All Seniors will want to stop by the Kahn Room on January 18th or 19th between 10:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. On those dates, the bookstore will host Jostens, Herff -Jones, and University Frames, and Framing Success in the Kahn Room in the Hulman Union Building. These vendors will be offering sizing for caps and gowns as well as a selection of class rings, announcements, and diploma frames. This will provide the Class of 2006 an opportunity for one-stop shopping for their big day on Saturday, May 27th. Print and COPY IT RIGHT! Rose Hulman encourages the free exchange of information and ideas, including that contained in previously published material. The RHIT community, however, is bound by Copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The Copyright Act of 1976 allows the “limited use” of materials for teaching and for research. This limited use of materials is deemed, “Fair Use” and there are four factors that the courts use to determine whether it applies. The purpose of the use, the nature of the original work, the amount of material used, and the impact on the market for the original work are all considered in the decision as to whether duplication of material • Salty Seamon watercolor Theo Jansen will be at RHIT to present a lecture about his work on March 28th in Hatfield Hall. Watch your email for details. Mon—Fri 8 A.M.—4:30 P.M. Saturday 11 A.M.—3 P.M. CENTER ART At the Institute • Dutch kinetic sculptor Now that the holidays are over, the RHIT bookstore has resumed its regular hours: prints are available for purchase on the bookstore website. There are ten different prints currently available, with more being added in coming months. All proceeds from these sales benefit the RHIT Seamon Scholarship Fund as well as support- has impinged on an author’s rights. Customers of the Print and Copy Center need to be familiar with Copyright law and be sure they have the right to duplicate material. An excellent (free!) booklet explaining the impact of Copyright law is available for the asking in the Print and Copy Center, in Moench Hall, EL202. ing the conservation of the original Seamon watercolor paintings in the RHIT permanent collection. • Coming in January — the firstever RHIT poetry exhibit, two photography exhibits, paintings by Bloomington artist Jerry Linton, works by RHIT student Tim Mayhew, and an exhibit of student rapid prototyping work from ME departments Graphcom class. Dates and times to be announced. ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES NEWSLETTER VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 PAGE Who’s Who and What’s What Recent Departmental Changes in ADS Past months have seen changes in staffing and responsibilities in the Administrative Services department. A brief summary of these changes: • Marjorie Hopkins left her position as Dan’s Administrative Assistant to accept a position at DePauw. Unnamed sources are quoted as saying she misses her RHIT friends. • Mike Howard (Environmental Health and Safety) now reports to the Facilities Department. Since Mike’s departure, there has been a noticeable drop in the consumption of Hot Tamales in the department. • Sheryl Fulk and the Bookstore staff now report to ADS. The Bookstore previously was under the umbrella of Student Affairs. Brenda Elliott and Kim McCarter report to Sheryl. We are happy to have all of them join the ADS team! • ADS is supporting a RHIT initiative to improve the handling of contracts by the community. Upcoming Purchasing Guide changes will include a procedure for ADS to review all RHIT contracts prior to VP signature and maintain them in a master file for reference. Bob Watson, in his new position as Manager of Procurement and Contract Services will be spearheading this effort. So What the Heck is a Consortium? One of the ‘hits’ from Google gives this definition of a consortium: A group of individuals or organizations formed to undertake an enterprise or activity that would be beyond the capabilities of the individual members. RHIT Procurement works with several educational organizations that offer member pricing based on consolidated purchasing volumes. This allows us to receive more favorable pricing than we would receive on our own. Buyers will be seeing more references to consortiums in upcoming informational sessions and on the ADS web site. Organizations that RHIT is affiliated with include HRG (Horizon Resources Group), E&I (Educational and Institutional Cooperative Services, Inc.), and ICI (Independent Colleges of Indiana). It is a seamless process for buyers to receive consortium pricing. These organizations have already established contracts guaranteeing favorable pricing to all members. All that is required for a RISKY BUSINESS It’s that time again! Annually, we update the Authorized Driver’s List of those individuals who need to drive a RHIT vehicle for RHIT business purposes. You must be “qualified” in advance to be able to drive a RHIT vehicle. Please check the current list to see if your name appears. If not, an employee MUST complete a “Motor Vehicle Background Check” form and forward it 3 Buyers and RHIT Contracts In upcoming months, all campus buyers will be invited to attend an update session on procedural changes for entering into a contract. One change will be for each buyer to submit a form with a few, basic background questions . Once submitted, there will be a review prior to being signed by the VP and CAO or the President. Only these two officers are authorized to sign contracts. ADS will maintain a central file of these documents. Watch your emails for the upcoming session and more details, or watch the ADS Web page. buyer to use a consortium is to be aware of the vendors who are available and utilize them when conducting business. Most consortium vendors are major names in their respective industries, such as Fisher Scientific, RubberMaid, and Hertz. For additional information, contact Bob Watson or Dan Wells in ADS. Brochures are also available in the racks outside the door to ADS, and information is also available on the ADS webpage. to Susan Butts (CM25). A student must annually provide a copy of their current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR). To be valid, the report can be no more than 30 days old. A minimum of three day’s notice is required to qualify a driver. If you are presently an authorized operator and would like your name removed from the list, contact Susan Butts by email. For more information, read the RHIT Vehicle policy on our web page. P R O C U R E M E N T S TU FF FO R B U Y E R S WISHING YOU THE BEST IN 2006!