Alcalá View 1996 13.3
Uni rsity of San Diego Archives
A newsletter for the employees of the University of San Diego View
November 1996, Vol. 13, Issue 3
Staff Teams for Debate Success By Jill Wagner T he public safety depart- men t adopted a motto in the weeks leading up to
Lab Opens Soon A new employee computer training lab is set to open Nov. 11 in Maher 101 . Human resources, academic comput- ing and outside consultants will team to offer classes in software programs such as WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, PageMaker and Photoshop. The facility will also be available for drop-in use of a computer and one-on-one training by appointment. Look for class schedules in the campus mail or on the human resources bulletin board in Maher Hall. University Ministry Events Bible Study, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. , Nov. 6, 13 and 20, in UC 104. Founders Day Mass, 5 p.m. , Nov. 12, in Founders Chapel. Mass of Thanksgiving, 5 p.m., Nov. 25, in Founders Chapel. Sunday Evening Masses, 7 and 9 p.m. , in Founders Chapel. Weekday Evening Masses, 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, in Founders Chapel. Expecting a Baby? Gather with other mothers- to-be for warm conversation, shared hopes and mutual encouragement at a lun- cheon celebration currently set for Nov. 20 (date can be changed to accommodate schedules). For details and to register, call Sister Irene Cullen at ext. 2265.
Oct. 16 that described the demeanor of offices across campus: Semper Gumby. The tongue-in-cheek credo was bor- rowed from the San Diego Police Department, which remained "always flex ible" when planning for the Republican National Conven tion held in San Diego this August.
Students check in with Barbara Peterson a t the volunteer head-
Director of Public Safety Rana Sampson spoke for hundreds of people across campus when she described the importance of taking in stride changes th roughout the debate plann ing process. The task of securing the campus for high- level political leaders requ ired immense flex ibility, as did the hundreds of tasks undertaken to put on the biggest event ever to hit USO. While some of the more obv ious endeav- ors included renovating Shiley Theatre and planning for the arrival of more than 1,500 press members, many efforts by ind ividuals and departments were not apparent un til debate week. By Monday, Oct. 14, the plans were in motion . Students and employees parked at an off-campus lot and a shuttle service transported them to classes and work. The main dining room and Trad itions grill opened for business in ten ts on the Hahn University Center parking lot. Lecture halls and the Sports Cen ter gym were equipped with large-screen monitors for a live video feed of the town hall meeting between Pres ident Bill C linton and Republican candidate Bob Dole.
In Sampson's departmen t, virtually every emp loyee was engaged in securing buildings, directing the parking arrangemen ts and pro- viding protection during the week- long hoopla. The 60 USO public safety personnel worked closely with the Secret Service and San Diego Police Department, which dis- patched officers to A lcala Park to aid with security. "It's an historic event and we want to shine," Sampson sa id while in the midst of planning. The physical plant staff that keeps Alcala Park sh in ing year-round paid special atten- tion this summer to the courtyards, hallways and foyers near Shiley Theatre. One hun- dred and thirty five employees worked 12- hour shifts, six days a week to relandscape the Camino courtyard and Camino- Founders patio, paint the interior and exte- rior of several buildings, and build scaffo ld - ing for te levision cameras. Asked how such detailed projects were completed in add ition to extensive renova- tion to other buildings and the usual sum- mer clean-up work, Director of Phys ical Plant Roger Manion said, "It just gets done. " ( Continued on page four)
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