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02/02/2018

Title IX Information and Brochure

February 1,  2018

Dear Colleagues
As Caltech's Title IX Coordinator, it is my responsibility to help ensure awareness and understanding of the Institute's commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment with regard to sexual misconduct. As such, I think it is important that we take time annually to familiarize ourselves with our values and initiatives.

Caltech believes that all members of the community have the right to be treated, and the responsibility to treat others, with dignity and respect. Our Title IX initiatives are firmly fixed within these values. Caltech's Title IX Office engages in efforts to end, prevent, and address all forms of sexual misconduct including sex discrimination, sexual and gender based harassment, and sexual violence and will not tolerate, and will not accept, such behavior.

Please find enclosed a brochure entitled Title IX: What Every Caltech Community Member Should Know About Title IX.

This brochure highlights our policy and expectations, definitions and reporting, and resource information. Upholding the values of the Institute is a responsibility that is shared by all of us.

If I can be of any help or if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at x3132 or fhunt@catech.edu.

Sincerely,
Felicia Hunt

Felicia Hunt
Assistant Vice President
Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion Initiatives
Title IX Coordinator

02/01/2018

Bechtel Residence and Residential Life

To: The Caltech Community

From: Joseph E. Shepherd, PhD '81
Vice President for Student Affairs and C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Date: February 1, 2018


Re: Bechtel Residence and Residential Life

In 2012, we began a process to add a new undergraduate residence—the Bechtel Residence—to our campus. Since that time, our community has been actively involved in a collaborative process and dialogue to shape the physical structure, design, and layout of Bechtel, as well as to reflect on how best to incorporate this new building into our residential life system.

The introduction of Bechtel is a major event in our small community; it will enable nearly all of our undergraduates to live on campus, will result in additional housing for graduate students, and will significantly change Caltech's residential life experience overall. My letter today is to inform you about the outcome of our discussions and deliberations, and to share with you our plans for enhancing residential life and for the opening of the Bechtel Residence in the fall of 2018.

I thank all the members of the Caltech community who have contributed to this process. In particular, I commend our students for their significant contributions over the last year in creating the Committee on Undergraduate Caltech Housing (COUCH) and conducting the committee meetings, presentations, and discussions that led to their final report. Consultation with our trustees, alumni, faculty, Student Affairs staff, and administrators has been equally essential in developing a final plan for our campus. President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Provost David Tirrell have also offered valuable guidance and leadership, as well as feedback on earlier draft recommendations, and have endorsed my final decision and plan as a framework for opening the Bechtel Residence and for the future of residential life at Caltech.

In advancing this plan, the core values of our community have been the guiding principles. The key elements of the plan are:

Bechtel will be a multi-use, multi-generational residence open to all undergraduates. Bechtel will provide a new model of residential living that will be distinct from the House system.

  1. The residents of Bechtel will be full members of the residential life system, and will be represented in all student activities and in the shared governance of residential life.
     
  2. A new Advisory Committee on Residential Life will be established to help implement the initial changes, provide ongoing assessment of Bechtel and the Houses, and make recommendations to me for further steps or improvements. The committee will include faculty, staff, and students.
     
  3. The process for residence assignments for freshmen as well as upperclass picks will be reformed to maximize student choice and reflect our core values.
     
  4. Current off-campus undergraduate housing will be converted to graduate housing beginning in the fall of 2018.
     
  5. A new Residential Experience office will be established within Student Affairs to coordinate residential life activities and serve undergraduate students, residential associates, residence life staff, and Faculty-in-Residence.
     
  6. The Faculty-in-Residence program will be expanded to promote engagement between students and faculty in the residences.
     
  7. The complete plan—including the rationale and steps for implementation—as well as an FAQ and the COUCH report are available online. On the Bechtel and Residential Life website you will also find a form to provide comments about the decision and information on how you can connect with me directly during office hours.

As we move forward in implementing this plan and finalizing the details for this coming year, it is essential that we continue our collaborative efforts. Students, faculty, and staff will have an opportunity to serve on the newly formed Advisory Committee on Residential Life, to provide input to the committee members, and to develop proposals.

In order to be ready for the fall of 2018, our work will begin immediately. Next week we will ask all continuing students to fill out a short survey so that we can obtain their preferences regarding on-campus living for next year.

I look forward to working with all of you in the Caltech community on these next steps.

01/05/2018

Spring 2018 MHF Proposals Due by January 19

Proposals to the Moore-Hufstedler Fund for enhanced student life at Caltech are due on Friday, January 19, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. This is the time to apply if you wish to receive funding for Spring 2018. Any member of the Caltech community may apply for funding.

Please send proposals, only from your '@caltech.edu' email address, to mhf@caltech.edu as other email addresses can filter as spam and may delay your proposal. LATE PROPOSALS AND HARD COPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

For more information on guidelines for proposal submissions, please see the Moore-Hufstedler Fund website at: http://studaff.caltech.edu/funding/mhf/proposals

11/30/2017

Half-Price Staff Tickets to Christmas Show on Saturday

Staff are invited to purchase half-price tickets to The Alley Cats - Jingle Bell Rock a cappella doo-wop holiday show. The group performs at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2 in Beckman Auditorium.

Caltech staff prices: $21.00, $18.50, $16.00.

Half-price tickets will be available on Friday, December 1. 

Call x4652or visit the Caltech Ticket Office in the Keith Spalding Building.

 

11/17/2017

Groundbreaking of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building on Dec. 5

All members of the Caltech community are invited to celebrate the groundbreaking of Caltech's future home for innovative brain science, the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the north side of the Broad Center for Biological Sciences.

Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony.

We hope you will join us to mark this exciting occasion.

Contact: Mary Sikora mksikora@caltech.edu at 626-395-4949

11/11/2017

Annual Asbestos Notification

TO:                 Caltech Community

FROM:           Environment, Health, and Safety Office

DATE:            November 7, 2017

SUBJECT:   Annual Asbestos Notification

Annual written notice of the presence of asbestos-containing building materials is being provided to all campus Faculty, Staff, and Students as required by California Health and Safety Code Section 25915.2. Copies of this legislation are available in the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Office.

Prior to 1979 asbestos was used extensively in the building industry throughout the United States for thermal insulation, fireproofing, and in structural support materials. At Caltech, asbestos was used to insulate hot water and steam pipes as well as ventilation ducts. It may be found in some attics, mechanical rooms, and in some floor and ceiling tiles.

The mere presence of asbestos in a building does not necessarily mean that a health hazard exists. Asbestos-containing building materials are not a health threat unless asbestos fibers become airborne and are inhaled. 

Exposure to airborne asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are: 1) lung cancer; 2) mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart; and 3) asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs.

In areas where the asbestos is not airborne when bonded or encapsulated, such as floor tiles or painted and properly maintained insulation materials, there is little or no risk to health.

Accordingly, it is important not to disturb asbestos-containing materials. Caltech's policy restricts work on asbestos-containing materials to properly trained and equipped personnel. Moving, drilling, cutting, or otherwise disturbing such materials can pose a health risk and should not be attempted by untrained personnel. Campus Faculty, Staff, and Students should immediately notify EHS if they observe suspected asbestos-containing materials which are not properly maintained.

The Environment, Health, and Safety Office maintains records of asbestos sampling and air monitoring results performed during the course of asbestos abatement work. These records are available for review by appointment by contacting EHS at extension 6727.

09/21/2017

September 26: Dedication of the Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering

All members of the Caltech community are invited to a short dedication ceremony for the Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the east side of the W. M. Keck Engineering Laboratories.

Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony.

We hope you will join us to celebrate.

06/29/2017

The Caltech Ticket Office has moved

The Caltech Ticket Office has moved to 1200 E. California Blvd. next to the Post Office.

Beginning Wednesday, July 5, the new Ticket Office hours will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

06/15/2017

Break Through campaign update

 June 15, 2017


Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 

Break Through: The Caltech Campaign was publicly launched in April 2016. To mark its first anniversary, I am pleased to share a story highlighting our progress on this ambitious fundraising initiative. I invite you to learn more about the programs and people across campus who have been touched by the campaign, and how campaign gifts are empowering our scholars to change the world. I am sure you will recognize some familiar faces. You can read the story here.
 
I am also pleased to report this additional news: The Break Through campaign 
has raised over $1.43 billion to date, officially surpassing the total raised during Caltech's last campaign. Such an extraordinary accomplishment, so early on in our effort, signals how deeply the Institute's mission is resonating with alumni and friends, old and new. In fact, of those who have made gifts to the campaign, nearly 30 percent are first-time donors. This is a promising step toward broadening the base of donors who support Caltech.

Thank you for the important role you play in our Break Through campaign. Please feel free to pass this good news on, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the campaign.
 
Sincerely,



Brian K. Lee
Vice President for Development and Institute Relations


06/08/2017

Totem 2017 has arrived!

Totem, Caltech's literary and visual arts magazine, is now available. Totem will be at a table outside of Chandler/old Red Door tomorrow, Fri. June 9, with copies of the magazine from 12-1 pm.

If you cannot make it at this time, we would be happy to arrange another time for you to receive one. Feel free to email us (totem@caltech.edu) if you would like a copy delivered to you or mailed to your MSC. The magazine will be on our website shortly (totem.caltech.edu). Thanks!

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