Are you the type of person who automatically deletes mass emails? Don’t worry, the following is a compilation of all the information contained within the many emails sent over the past week.
Senior Portraits! FINAL SESSION DATES!
The last photo session for seniors looking to have their portrait done will be this Monday, Jan. 28 in Campus Center RM 112. This will be the only chance for any students who have not yet had their photos taken to do so if they want them to appear in the 2013 Senior Memory Book. Anyone looking to get their photos taken can register here, using Tufts Code 267.
According to the email, memory books are now available on pre-order for $50, until mid-February when the price will increase by $10. Memory books will be printed over the summer and then shipped to students’ home addresses. Those looking to purchase one can do so here.
Important Information Regarding Class Cancellations Due to Winter Weather
In an email sent by the Student Services office, the office clarified the process by which classes will be cancelled in the event of inclement winter weather. If there is a school-wide cancellation students will be emailed directly by the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and information will be posted to the schools’ respective websites.
To make the decision to cancel classes, officials from the three schools will confer. Whenever a cancellation is agreed upon, students and faculty will be given at least two hours’ notice prior to the affected class block. The email also reaffirmed that their priority is avoiding interruptions for classes, but that they will take the Tufts community’s safety into consideration in these cases.
For non-class related matters, in weather events that could necessitate the closure of the entire university, the email said that this will be left to the discretion of university officials and managers. Students therefore may not have typical access to libraries or dining services even when classes are still being held despite bad weather. This information would also be communicated online to students.
Safety Alert – Off-Campus Break-In
A Tufts student was surprised Thursday morning by a burglar when returning their home located adjacent to campus on Boston Ave., according to the email sent to the student body this afternoon. The suspect was described by the student as a six foot tall, thin black man wearing a black hoodie, jeans, and work boots. An investigation found that the suspect entered the house through a broken window and exited through a rear door, causing damage to the door. Medford Police Department will be conducting further investigation into the incident.
Tufts University Police Department reminded students living off-campus to call 911 in the case of an emergency such as this one. Students on or adjacent to campus should report suspicious persons or events to Tufts Police by calling (617) 627-9911.
Tufts Distinction Awards 2013: Call for Nominations
Members of the Tufts community received an email Tuesday afternoon announcing the opening of nominations for the 2013 Distinction Awards. These awards were started five years to recognize Tufts staff and faculty for the contributions beyond teaching and research.
“Offering a special opportunity to recognize and encourage teamwork, innovation, and excellent customer service, they complement the recognition programs in place in many academic and administration areas,” the email read.
Nominations for the awards program are due by Friday, March 1. Anyone interested in submitting a nomination can get more details and an online nomination form here.
New Integrated IT Service and Support Model for the Medford Campus
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO David Kahle authored an email to the Tufts community announcing plans to merge Information Technology Services (ITS) with University Information Technology (UIT) to form Tufts Technology Services (TTS). This new support model is based upon feedback and data the university has received as well as the collaboration between Kahle’s office, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
The changes will begin Feb. 1 and will be implemented over an undetermined length of time. Director of ITS Tony Sulprizio will join the UIT department as Director of Client Support Services for TTS to oversee the transition. According to Kahle’s email, students and faculty can expect the same services for the time being and will be notified of any major changes that take place.
In the email, Kahle explains that, “[b]oth the University and information technology have changed significantly over time,” necessitating the integrated approach that will be taken. This approach will address in turn the eight goals the university has defined to improve IT services for students and faculty on the Medford campus. These goals range from fostering awareness of available technology to improving customer support for university technology services. Click here to visit the IT website for more information on the merger and its impact on Tufts’ IT services to the Tufts community.