THIS WEEK’S STORIES:
New website live
Pension plan meeting
Faculty Association meeting
Mayborn Science Theater
If you are a regular full-time employee in a non-wage-determined position and if you have a full-time hire date from September 2, 2012, to March 1, 2013, you will begin to participate in our Employees’ Pension Plan and Trust (QPP) effective March 1, 2014. QPP is CTC’s in-house IRS Section 401(a) pension plan. Your payroll deduction for QPP will be six percent of each paycheck and CTC’s matching contribution will be seven percent of each paycheck. Participation is mandatory as a condition of employment, and enrollment is automatic for all eligible employees. An Enrollment Confirmation Packet from TIAA-CREF will be mailed to you after TIAA-CREF receives your first contribution. Please check our web page at www.ctcd.edu/pension/ctc_pension.htm for more information, or call Employee Benefits at ext. 1416.
The redesigned CTC website is now live. As with any transition, there will be some growing pains. Please continue to test the site and report any broken links or other issues to firstname.lastname@example.org. Trained content contributors may access the site at www.ctcd.edu/admin. Please take a moment to look through your pages to ensure all links are working properly. Any PDF file or photo will need to be downloaded into the new site to work properly. We will spend the next week or two troubleshooting and migrating forms to the new site and will offer additional training dates in a few weeks. In the meantime, contact the webmaster via e-mail for assistance. You may also download the user guide at http://docs.getmura.com/v6/content-managers/working-with-mura-cms/mura-cms-overview/.
Pension plan meeting
A Pension Plan and Trust committee meeting will be held February 28 in the Starlight Conference Room in the Mayborn Science Theater (Bldg. 152) at 8 a.m.
It will be a quarterly review of the Qualified and Supplemental pension plans.
Participants of both plans are invited to attend.
The February edition of CTC-TV will air this Friday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on KNCT-TV. The half-hour news show contains video highlights of recent campus events and activities as well as the latest CTC news. CTC-TV will air again on Sunday, February 23 at 10 a.m. KNCT-TV can be found on channel 4 for cable subscribers and channel 46 for non-cable viewers.
Do you know the Central Texas College mission statement? It is, “Central Texas College’s accessible education supports student success and employability.” To help you remember, you can make it the screen on your computer background. Marketing has created desktop wallpaper with our logo and mission statement for you to use. Just go to http://www.ctcd.edu/faculty-staff/marketing/logos-and-templates/. If you need assistance, call Amy Bawcom at Institutional Effectiveness at ext. 1264.
Faculty Association meeting
The next Faculty Association meeting will be this Friday, February 21 from 8-9 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Science Center (Bldg. 150), room 1075. The meeting is open to all faculty members.
The next Patio Café dinner will be Friday, February 21 and features a Caribbean cuisine. Dinner will be served from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the culinary arts area of the Student Center (Bldg. 106). Reservations are required and can be made by calling ext. 1515.
There are still openings on the CTC team for the Army Marathon to be held March 2. CTC will cover the entry fee for employees or family members who sign up for the marathon or half-marathon races as part of the CTC team. The full 26.2-mile marathon will start in Killeen and end in Temple. In addition to the full and half-marathons, there will also be a five klicks (5K) race. Entry fee for the marathon is $95, the half marathon is $70 and the 5K run is $35. If interested, e-mail email@example.com. CTC is the official college of the Army Marathon. For more information, visit www.thearmymarathon.com.
If you overindulged during the holidays, it is tempting to dive head-first into working out and losing those extra pounds. Instead, ease yourself into a healthy routine by setting realistic fitness and diet goals. Start each day with a nutritious breakfast, go for a brisk walk or eat slower and savor the flavors of your meal. Cut back on carbs but do not cut them out completely. Your body will burn protein for fuel instead of using it to support and maintain your calorie-burning muscle. Replace nutrient-empty processed sugar with nutrient-rich whole grains, fruits and vegetables. To complete your meals, add lean protein such as tofu, beans, fish or poultry. Also add a little it of healthy fat like extra-virgin olive oil or chopped avocado. Be sure to take a little time each week to plan your meals and workouts. That way you’ll never wonder what’s for dinner and you will always have nutritious meals on hand. And you will also have exercise already scheduled into your routine and can then plan around your workouts instead of trying to squeeze a workout into your already busy day.
Continuing Education classes
Register for Continuing Education classes or pick up a class schedule at Bldg. 136 or by calling ext. 1586. Register online for online classes. Some of the immediate upcoming classes include:
February 18: Blood Borne Pathogens; 6-8 p.m.; $25
February 18: Beginning Sketching and Drawing; T/TH through March 6; 6-8 p.m.; $39
February 18: Advanced German; T/TH through March 6; 6-8 p.m.; $39
February 19: Water Fitness; M/W through March 24; 6-7 p.m.; $29
February 19: Essential Leadership and Life Skills for Business; M/W
through February 26; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; $39
February 19: Aqua Zumba; M/W through March 24; 12-1 p.m.; $29
February 22: Gardening for Beginners; Saturdays through March 1;
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; $25
February 22: Basic Food Preparation II; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $45
February 22: My Client Needs a Mortgage; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; $19
February 24: What is Esperanto and Who Uses It?; M/W through March 5; 6-8 p.m.; $29
February 25: Environmental Health Sanitation Certification Program; T/TH through March 6; 6-8 p.m.; $75
February 28: Water Fitness; Fridays through March 28; 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.; $15
February 28: Water Spin; Fridays through March 28; 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; $15
February 28: Egyptian Belly Dance; Fridays through March 28; 6 – 7:30 p.m. (beginners); 7:30 – 9 p.m. (intermediate); $39
The Winter catalog is available now. For a complete schedule of classes, visit www.ctcd.edu/ce.
Employee Training Schedule
February 20: Webinar – Working Effectively With People Who Are Different From You; 2 – 3:15 p.m.; Bldg. 103, Room 153
February 21: EEO/SHP-Two-Year Review; 8 – 11:30 a.m.; Bldg. 103, Room 153
February 25: Writing Performance Evaluations; 1-3 p.m.; Bldg. 103, Room 153
February 26: Blackboard Training; 8-11 a.m.; Bldg. 103, Room 153
February 26: American Heart Association CPR/AED; 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Bldg. 103, Room 153
February 27: Initial Safety Training; 8-11 a.m.; Bldg. 103, Room 153
February 28: EEO/SHP for Supervisors; 8 – 11:30 a.m.; Bldg. 103, Room 153
Unless otherwise noted, register for training by calling ext. 1333 or 1381.
The Mayborn Science Theater is offering FREE admission to any show on Friday nights to all CTC employees. Show your valid CTC ID card at the ticket counter and receive free admission to any full-dome or laser light show on Friday nights only.
This week’s weekday matinee feature is the full-dome show “Dynamic Earth.” Show time is Thursday, February 20 at 2:30 p.m.
The Friday/Saturday evening lineup of shows features a doubleheader including the Science Theater’s own in-house production, “Night Catch,” followed by “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion” at 7 p.m. “We Are Astronomers” at 8 p.m.; and “Wildest Weather in the Solar System” at 9 p.m. The Saturday matinee schedule is as follows: “One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” at 11 a.m.; “Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes” at 12 p.m.; “Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef” at 1 p.m., “IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System” at 2 p.m., “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion” at 3 p.m. and” “Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope” and “Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe” at 4 p.m. There are no Sunday matinee shows in February.