The search has begun for proposals for 1996 Affirmative Action Grants. Presi-dent Hitchcock has allocated $10,000 for special programs termed "creative, innovative and results-oriented for protected class persons at the University" — people of color, women, people with disabilities, and Vietnam era veterans.
Proposals will be accepted from any department, program, office, committee, group, or individual, and are designed to encourage new ideas and programs. Typical awards range from $500 to $1,000. Deadline for applications is April 2. For more information, contact: Gloria DeSole, Senior Advisor to the President for Affirmative Action and Employment Planning, AD-30. Reward recipients will be announced in late spring.
The University Community Council of the University Senate has proposed that the University adopt a new smoking policy that would require interior smoking areas to be closed and smoking no longer be allowed in private offices.
Smoking would be prohibited in all University buildings (except residence halls which are governed by residence licenses), including lobbies, stairwells, hallways, tunnels, walkways, employee lounges and restrooms, all food service areas and all other interior areas not spe-cifically referred to in the policy. In addition, smoking would be prohibited within 30 feet of exterior ventilation intakes, within ten feet of building entrances and windows, and in all exterior stairwells.
Current University policy prohibits smoking in all University buildings (except in specifically designated areas marked with signs), in all areas open to the public, including lobbies, stairwells, and hallways, in all enclosed walkways, employee lounges and restrooms, and in all food service areas. Smoking is now prohibited in offices unless all employees and a program manager agree that it shall be permitted. However, no office permits smoking in areas where the public is served. If approved by a program manager, smoking is permitted in private offices when the occupant is alone.
The Senate has scheduled two Wednes-day, Feb. 28, sessions for faculty, staff, and students to have their comments recorded. These are from 10-11 a.m. in Milne 200 and noon-2 p.m. in the Campus Center Assembly Hall. Written comments may be submitted until March 11 to Madelyn Cicero, by mail to AD-259 or by e-mail to MC559@poppa.fab.albany.edu. Early submission of written comments is recommended to allow ample opportunity for review by members of the Senate.
Initiatives for Women joins with the Albany Academy for Girls to present a forum, "Young Women and Relationships: What Are the Health Issues?," on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni House.
Panelists include Marjorie Pryse of the departments of English and women’s studies; Estela Rivero, director of the Univer-sity Counseling Center; and Laura Staff ’86, associate director of pre-doctoral education at Albany Medical Center. Susan Arbetter of WAMC-radio will be moderator.
A light supper will be provided at the presentation. To reserve a place, call Diane Cardone at 442-5415.
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