This morning I am delighted to announce that after a search, Noel Kopriva has been appointed the Engineering Librarian and Head of the Engineering Library and Technology Commons. She had been filling the role on an interim basis, and I know you all join me in wishing her well in her new position. Discussions are ongoing about how to deal with her liaison and other duties from her past position.
In other non-news, budget discussions continue all over campus. The University and the state legislators have not come to agreement on state appropriations for us, and even if they did, we have to wait until the Board of Curators meets on April 12-13 in Rolla to set tuition rates for next year. I know the state of uncertainty is hard for everyone, and will share any news we get as soon as possible.
Because of the situation with us being unable to fill some positions due to the budget, many of you have taken on more and more work in recent years. Today is probably a good time for me to remind everyone to talk to your supervisor if the amount of work you have is becoming difficult to manage. Take time to ask for help setting priorities if you need it, and if you’re a supervisor, be clear in setting priorities for your staff and student workers as much as you can. Teamwork is the only way we’re going to get through this situation, and we need to be patient and clear with each other in all our interactions.
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, and I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend. I’ll definitely be wearing green but no longer drink green beer….