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September 1, 2000

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. HOAXBusters
  2. STAP Changes to Annual Allotment
  3. Loss of Long Time HMS Employee, Mary West
  4. Titles to Make You Smile: Turn, Turn, Turn (Part 1)
  5. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities




1. HOAXBUSTERS

Before you forward that frantic e-mail about the latest virus, check HOAXBusters at http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org /HoaxBustersHome.html (or find it on the Databases list from the SUL/AIR homepage). This is a public service provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's CIAC. As they explain, they find they "spend much more time debunking hoaxes than handling real virus and Trojan incidents. These pages describe some of the warnings, offers, and pleas for help that are filling our mailboxes, clogging our mail servers, and that generally do not have any basis in fact." They offer tips on how to recognize hoaxes and what to do about them. So before you help fill the bandwidth, check it out.

--submitted by Kathy Kerns

2. STAP CHANGES TO ANNUAL ALLOTMENT

Effective 9/1/00, the Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) will change to an annual allotment. Supervisors need to be aware of this change and disseminate the information to staff.

The STAP allotment is a total of $800 per fiscal year for all eligible staff working 50% time or more. The change is that staff have more flexibility in the use of STAP funds and are no longer constrained by the quarterly or semester amounts. Staff will be able to use the total $800 allotment for training and development in one lump sum or when needed during the fiscal year in varying amounts.

Examples:
  1. a staff member attends a conference with a registration fee of $1,000, and uses their entire year's allotment, $800, for that conference.
  2. a staff member attends a seminar with a registration fee of $300, and two months later, attends a class with a registration fee of $250. Then, four months later, the same staff member attends another class with a fee of $300. The final class is reimbursed at $250, because the staff member has already used $550 for the first two classes, leaving $250 of their $800 annual allotment.

STAP provides for reimbursement of tuition costs, registration fees and required textbooks for any training activity directly related to a staff person's job or that is a career development effort. STAP is available immediately upon hire for eligible staff.

For more information, call Training and Organizational Development at 723-0657, or view on-line FAQs and a description of the procedure to request STAP funds: http://hrweb.stanford.edu/training/stap/stapfaq.html

--reprinted from the ITSS Weekly

3. LOSS OF LONG TIME HMS EMPLOYEE, MARY WEST

Last Sunday evening Mary West passed away after her long battle with cancer. She died quickly and peacefully at the Hospice here in Monterey. Mary had been a "casual" employee at the Miller Library since 1981 and worked up until June of this year. She came in every Wednesday and also helped cover when Sue took vacation or to work on special projects. She was someone you could always count on when there was a need. Mary showed amazing strength and never let the cancer hold her back. Even when undergoing chemotherapy, she would schedule it on a Thursday so she would be recovered and ready to work the following Wednesday. Sue and I are still trying to adjust to Mary's absence and deal with the grief we both feel at losing a friend and colleague.

--submitted by Joe Wible

4. TITLES TO MAKE YOU SMILE: TURN, TURN, TURN (PART 1)

These titles reflect the compiler's notions of the humorous, wry, ironic or unusual, and should not be construed as reflecting any other opinion or judgment, nor the editorial opinion of SUL/AIR News. Contributions for this feature are eagerly solicited. Submit any oddities to: bkunde@sulmail.stanford.edu

The keyword unearthing most of the following was suggested by Grace Baysinger.

The economy spinning faster and faster : poems / by Goran Sonnevi ; chosen and translated from the Swedish by Robert Bly. -- New York : SUN, 1982. AHW7910 / PT9876.29.O5 A22 1982 / Green Library.

Mrs. Dizzy; the life of Mary Anne Disraeli, Viscountess Beaconsfield / Mollie Hardwick. -- London : Cassell, [1972] AFP5562 / DA565.B3 H3 / Green Library.

Passions spin the plot / Vardis Fisher. -- Caldwell : Idaho, Caxton Printers, 1934. AGG7503 / PS3511.I535 P3 1934 / Special Collections.

Spinning the spur of the moment [videorecording] / Gary Hill. -- Irvington, NY : Voyager Company, c1994. a4024406 / ZVD 665 V.3 / Green Library - Media-Microtext.

Trail fever : spin doctors, rented strangers, thumb wrestlers, toe suckers, grizzly bears, and other creatures on the road to the White House / by Michael Lewis. -- New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, Inc., 1997. a3450980 / E888 .L49 1997 / Green Library.

--submitted by Brian Kunde

5. SUL/AIR JOB OPPORTUNITIES

SUL/AIR has the following new open position this week.

Computing Info Systems Analyst (8/28/00); REQ# J002426

For a complete description of these jobs and a list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web site at:

Human Resources Web site.


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