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We have all been there at some time in our lives: We have started a new job that brings with it a rollercoaster of emotions.  At first you feel like you have zero idea of what you are doing, or even what you should be doing.  You are lost trying to figure where to find information you need, or exactly what the protocol is for using the breakroom microwave and coffee machine.  But soon, you get your feet underneath you and your confidence improves with each new day.   As a result, you start to receive praise from your colleagues on what great job you are doing.  From that point on (weeks or months) maybe the accolades come less often and you begin to wonder when the last time was that you were called a “lifesaver” and was commended for a “job well done.”  Cue the panic and dip in the rollercoaster.  We all experience something similar to this.  Getting comfortable in your job usually results in fewer compliments from your supervisors – which, unfortunately, can make you feel like you’re not as great as you once thought you were, or even worse, actually stagnating in your position.  But, rest assured, that’s likely not the case.  So here are, for what it’s worth – a few signs that you are an excellent employee, even if you don’t hear it on a routine basis. 

HOW COMPLEX CAN IT BE?

Back in 2006, novelist and country music singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman ran (unsuccessfully) for governor of Texas. His campaign slogan, a rather pointed reference to the fact that recent occupants of the office George W. Bush and Rick Perry were not the sharpest tools in the shed, was "how hard could it be?" I can't answer that, but I can answer, after a fashion, the question of how complex or simple an Earth surface system can be.

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LOCK YOUR DOORS AND SECURE YOUR VALUABLES WHEN AWAY FROM THE OFFICE!  Yesterday, one of our A&S advisors had a wallet stolen while they were away from the office. 

A friend in the College, Dr. Chana Akins (Department of Psychology), is conducting a survey on staff recognition for a UK leadership project and she would appreciate your help.  The survey should take less than five minutes of your time and it is anonymous.  She will present the results at a leadership conference later this year as well as to the A&S Faculty-Staff Collegiality Committee.  Chana welcomes your input in the survey before October 30.  The survey link is at Staff Appreciation Measures Survey

The annual UK United Way fundraising campaign is during the month of October.  Be on the lookout for more specific information about this and how you can choose to support in the days ahead.

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The Hidden Vault at Mount Rushmore

Just a light read here as the end of summer nears.  In September, I will re-focus on some professional development and staff topics.  If anybody has ideas or anything in particular that you would like me to touch on in future newsletters just let me know. 

One of America’s great national landmarks is Mount Rushmore National Monument.  There is nothing quite like “the faces” located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  If you have not had the opportunity to visit it, I hope that you can make your way there some day as it is well worth the trip.  This is not meant as an advertisement for South Dakota tourism, instead it is merely my way of highlighting an aspect of the park that is not widely known and has a remote connection to this year’s A&S Year of Civics & Citizenship in the 21st Century (Keys to our Common Future).  In the words of Mount Rushmore’s sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, “The purpose of the memorial is to communicate the founding, expansion, preservation, and unification of the United States with colossal statues of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.”  Now for the rest of the story about that hidden vault.   

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It seems like every day you hear so-called “experts” touting predictions for future technology.  I thought it would be interesting to look back on a few past predictions to see who was on target and who missed the mark.  As the old saying goes, “Predicting the future is easy…getting it right is the hard part.” 

Here are a few predictions that did not quite turn out as expected:

1903: “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.” Horace Rackham-Henry Ford’s lawyer. 

1913: "books will be soon be obsolete." Thomas Edison

1946: “Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months.  People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” Darryl Zanuck-20th Century Fox.

1955: “Nuclear powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within 10 years.”  Alex Lewyt-President of the Lewyt Vacuum Cleaner Company.

1961: "There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States."  T.A.M. Craven-Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner.

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Hello A&S Staff,

If you find yourself flying this summer, here are a few air tips I found that might make your vacation travel a little easier. 

                -Always opt for a direct/nonstop flight if possible.                                                       

                -Purchase ticket under the exact name that appears on your ID.

                -Select your seats online as soon as possible.

                -Remove all old flight tags from luggage.

                -Fully charge all your mobile devices the night before travel.

                -If you do not have a direct/nonstop flight, try to arrive in the connecting airport early in the day.

                -If flying out of country, double check foreign document requirements.

                -Use luggage of bright color to quickly identify it on a baggage carousel.

                -Bring your own airline blankets and pillows.

                -Pack your electronics in a single layer so they are easily identifiable to X-ray machines.

                -Do your own bag check before you leave for the airport.

                -Stow your carry-on bag near your seat or in front of you.

Computer Help

Hello,

So I am experiencing a computer issue. This is the same issue I've submitted a few times over the past few years:

1. Computer, when working, never had a login for the set user account.

2. Randomly, the user account, which is set and without password, requires a password reset since the password expired.

3. Since there is no password set, there is no way to reset password and requires administrator priveleges to fix.

Can someone please come and unlock the computer. The computer is located in BBSRB B403.

Thanks,

Jonathan

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It is important to focus on enhancing your professional development regardless of where you are in your career.  By committing to continual professional improvement you ensure a steady and rewarding career course.  To grow professionally and achieve success requires setting objectives and building a personal action plan.  Here are a few tips to consider when coming up with your own plan:

1. Have a vision-Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?  What kind of work environment do you prefer?  What end goals are important to you? 

2. Develop a career roadmap-to remain on track with your goals create a broad outline of the steps you need to take to reach your goals.

3. Capitalize on opportunities-Pursue responsibilities and positions logically associated to your goals.  

4. Always conduct yourself with integrity-Professionals face many ethical decisions every day.  Your reputation for integrity is the foundation for all future successes.

5. Become an effective communicator-Strive to communicate as clearly, concisely, and persuasively on paper and with e-mail as you do in person or over the telephone.

6. Commit to lifelong learning-Stay abreast of new developments in your field of expertise.

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This month I am going to start by identifying a few of the UK counseling and coaching resources available to you as UK staff and provide a quick summary of what the different benefits can provide.  I have personally used several of them and found them to be very helpful.   

Work + Life Connections Counseling:  Five free confidential individual counseling sessions available with a licensed therapist.  These sessions can cover a variety of issues related to stress management, depression, anxiety, communication difficulties, parenting, substance abuse and grief.  More information is at http://www.uky.edu/hr/work-life/counseling/worklife-connections-counseling

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Dear A&S Staff,  Hello and thanks for checking out this installment of my blurb.  Every time I write something for the staff newsletter, I try to provide timely information that you will find useful and interesting.  This month however, in the spirit of full disclosure, my purpose is only to touch on the interesting and you can be the judge if it is useful or not.  I am going to stay away from the newsy topics of the day such as discussing the approaching annual staff evaluations deadline.  This installment is hopefully a little more lighthearted and contemplates some phrases or words we say or write in our day-to-day communication that we might not know we are saying or writing incorrectly.  Consider the following: 

Wrong:  For all intensive purposes         Right:  For all intents and purposes

Wrong:  Statue of limitations                   Right:  Statute of limitations

Wrong:  I could care less                          Right:  I couldn’t care less

Wrong:  Fall by the waste side                 Right:  Fall by the wayside

Wrong: Circumvent the globe                  Right:  Circumnavigate the globe

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