Saint Mary’s names new hall director

first_imgTags: dorm life, McCandless Hall, saint mary’s, Trelstad Alyssa Trelstad became an honorary belle when she joined the Saint Mary’s Residence Life staff as the hall director for McCandless Hall.“I think that all the people that make up Saint Mary’s make it special,” Trelstad said of her new workplace and home. “The students, staff, and faculty create a community unlike any other.”The hall directors live in their dorm buildings and act as a resource for their residents, according to Trelstad. Trelstad said McCandless Hall presents unique challenges to the hall director as it is a first-year only dorm, but for her, this makes the job even more exciting.“I am excited for the opportunity to impact the lives of the first-year students,” Trelstad said. “I would argue that the first year of college brings about a concentrated period of growth and development for students. For most, it is the first time they are living away from home. For many, it is their first experience living with peers. Finding a way to foster growth, allow for mistakes, and advocate for positive decision making will be a challenge.”Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s, Trelstad earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is currently completing a Master’s in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling at Indiana University South Bend, she said. Trelstad believes her experience as a community advisor at the University of Minnesota prepared her well for her new job as a hall director.“Residence life is a unique opportunity to know students beyond the classroom,” she said. “The residential life piece of a college experience teaches students life skills like responsibility, independence, organization and empathy. Being able to watch residents flourish, especially first-year residents, is a privilege.”Trelstad found out about the hall director position from a current student while working together.“This summer I worked at Starbucks with a Saint Mary’s student,” Trelstad said. “She told me about it and I applied that night.”Trelstad’s other job experiences also include living in residential settings. She interned and worked in the science faculty at boarding schools, she said. Most recently, Trelstad worked at La Lumiere in La Porte, where she taught Anatomy and Physiology, coached rowing and worked in the dorm, Trelstad said.As hall director, Trelstad works with the resident advisors, ministry assistant and “Belles Connect” assistants to foster a community within the dorm, she said. She said she is excited to work and grow close with her staff, and believes they will make the first-years’ experience an excellent one.“The mission of Saint Mary’s College describes a residential community where women are prepared to make a difference,” Trelstad said. “To engage these young women with one another, provide a life-long support system and engage each belle to be her very best for herself. I am excited to see the creativity and dedication that the McCandless staff has already demonstrated blossom to make this the best year yet.”last_img read more

GO-TIME: Digitizing Personnel Records Saves Space, Improves Efficiency and Access

first_imgGO-TIME: Digitizing Personnel Records Saves Space, Improves Efficiency and Access August 11, 2016 Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA — The Office of Administration recently completed a GO-TIME project with state agencies to convert active and former employee personnel records from paper to electronic files. This initiative will save over $30,000 per year in costs associated with the storage and transfer of physical files and enable more efficient and secure access to documents.“As one of the largest employers in Pennsylvania, there are many opportunities for state government to achieve savings and gain efficiencies in everyday activities such as managing personnel records,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich. “With this project, we have eliminated manual, paper-intensive processes and decades of physical storage.”The commonwealth has over 73,000 salaried employees and processes about 14,000 transfers, resignations, retirements and terminations in a typical year. With support from the Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Imaging and Document Management, the project converted over 1.2 million documents to electronic format.Previously, employee records were shipped from HR office to HR office over the course of an employee’s career before being transferred to the State Records Center for long-term storage. Over time, the space dedicated to personnel files at the records center will decrease as existing hard copy personnel files reach their retention period. Additionally, staff time spent searching for, preparing and mailing paper files can now be focused on other operational activities.Along with the conversion of active and former employee files, all new hire and rehire personnel files are now created electronically. Many new hire forms are completed through an online orientation system, creating an end-to-end paperless process. With personnel file records now integrated with the commonwealth’s the HR/payroll system, they can be accessed conveniently and securely by the employee, HR staff and other authorized personnel when needed.To learn more about how GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services, visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more