Faculty And Staff Banner

Recent Suggestions

February 2014

 SUGGESTION:

More than one person has written to suggest improving the campus wi-fi. The bandwidth issues affect students, faculty, and staff, in classrooms and in residence halls. Manhattanville, like many small colleges, has struggled to keep up with the ever increasing demand for greater bandwidth. Most people today have more than one wireless device requiring wi-fi connection – and some have as many as 6-7 devices. Please know that the College is continuing to expand its capacity to try to meet this demand. 


ACTION:

The wireless system on campus is relatively new, and certainly has its issues. The IT Department understands the frustration with the existing system. Interestingly, many of the current problems stem from the lack of a strategic plan in placing the wireless access points. Original placement of access points in early 2013 didn’t take into consideration the composition of walls, floors, and ceilings, and the way in which the access points could negate each other’s signals. Solutions are underway for all areas – but they will take several weeks to complete. Here is a breakdown of actions:

FOUNDERS: Founders Hall is currently undergoing a ‘re-optimization’ of its wireless access points. While this is going on, there will be times (up to an hour) where an area in the Hall will have a gap in coverage. It’s anticipated that the re-optimization plan in Founders will be complete by the end of February.

SPELLMAN: Following the completion of Founders, a re-optimization program will begin in Spellman. This should be completed by the end of March.

STOP GAP SOLUTION: will the re-optimization is going on, computers can still achieve their fastest Internet service by plugging directly into the system with a wall jack. While we realize this does not help if you’re using an IPad or other wireless-only device, it will at least allow for work to be done via computer. 

BROWNSON: The Academic Technology Committee is working on a comprehensive long term plan for Brownson. Long term solutions will involve the academic community, and will strive to ensure adequate coverage and capacity for classes.
In the interim, there is a STOP GAP SOLUTION for the Brownson space. Media carts are being outfitted with wireless access points. Within the next two weeks, there will be new hardwire jacks installed in Brownson classrooms which will be identified as ‘wireless only’. Professors will be able to order a wirless enabled cart from media services. This can be wheeled into the classroom and plugged into the wireless jack, enabling for wi-fi for all students in the classroom. While we realize this is not ideal, it is only a temporary solution to ensure students (and faculty) this semester are able to get their work done. The STOP GAP should be available within 3-4 weeks. 

Know that the concerns and suggestions of all who have written in has been a big help. Raising your voice to address concerns is not a nuisance, but instead an integral part of helping the College better provide service. 

SUGGESTION:

Several folks wrote in with the plea that the College plow more, salt more, shovel more – it’s been far too slippery on campus!


ACTION:

This winter has been very severe, not only in terms of low temperatures, but in the amount of snow and ice that everyone in the community is coping with – not only on campus, but at home. 

In an effort to keep tuition costs down, the past two years have seen two difficult staff reductions. There are now only three full time groundskeepers for our campus, and they are out plowing almost around the clock. In addition, everyone else in physical plant has been chipping in, shoveling the walkways, trying to make access to all buildings safe. But all of us have seen people slip on the ice this past week. It has been very difficult to clear the snow away.

One action we are going to try to take this week is to provide buckets with a mixture of salt and sand with a scoop outside the doors of particularly troublesome areas. Places that have a lot of shade, like the back of the Castle, re-ice quickly. We are hoping that by providing the community with some ‘tools’ to help make their own exit safe, we can minimize the ice situation. 

If you do see a dangerous area, please help us respond to it quickly. Call Security and alert the College. With only three people out there on the plows, you can help them identify icy areas.

SUGGESTION:

Communicate in a more timely fashion about snow storms and closures.


ACTION:

There is a process that’s used by the College to determine if a closure is necessary. Everyone (including the National Weather Service) was caught off guard on February 3rd by the volume of snow that hit our area. The College shut down mid morning as soon as it became apparent that the situation became unsafe, but for many people, particularly our commuters, this was a very difficult day. As the call on tomorrow’s storm has already been made (the campus will be closed Thursday, February 13th), it’s the College’s goal to make sure the community is safe.


SUGGESTION:

Update the campus directory.


ACTION:

Good suggestion. It’s outdated – and should be updated every semester, if not monthly. Its being done…


SUGGESTION:

Please communicate better about off-site visitors (like television and film companies) on campus, and do a better job of helping people navigate a compromised parking situation.


ACTION:

Notice about parking incursions will be given 24 hours in advance, if possible. 
NOTE:
This is one of several parking suggestions – and so a comprehensive parking strategy is going to be explored. This is not new to the College – over the years, the College has struggled to accommodate the needs of the community, and ‘buy in’ by the community has been difficult. Manhattanville has a very liberal parking policy. Many campuses charge monthly fees for lot usage, and designate lots for specific groups. While Mville has policies in place, enforcement is often difficult. That said, an examination of current policies, current issues, and possible solutions to try is in the works. 

SUGGESTION:

Put in a new elevator in Founders.


ACTION:

This is an acknowledged need – and yet the solution is not so simple. Apparently the elevator shaft doesn’t accommodate newer models of elevators. Hence, repairing and maintaining the existing elevator appears to be the only current option. 

SUGGESTION:

Put security cameras in the parking lots. People have had damage done to cars, with no way to know who hit their car.


ACTION: 

There are multiple requests for security cameras on campus, not only in exterior areas, but inside buildings. They are an expensive proposition, but key ones will most likely be installed in the coming year. Perhaps a rooftop camera would provide a wide angle view of lots to facilitate hit and run identification. We can also hope that an honor system would perhaps make people leave a note on a car.

SUGGESTION:

Provide faculty-targeted webinars on-demand.


ACTION:

Great suggestion! It’s impossible for everyone to attend important classes, particularly those involving safety and security. We’ll work on this asap and advise you when programming is available. 

 

January 2014


Suggestion:

Please reopen the faculty dining room...

Action:

While it isn't viable to have a full service dining room in the space, reopening it as a lounge/dining area was possible. Work began the second week of January to try to open this facility by Spring semester.

Final Result:

"The Nook", a lounge for faculty and staff, is opening on January 27th. Artwork will be installed in mid February. This is a work in progress, and suggestions are welcome to how make this space best serve the needs of our community.



Suggestion:

More holiday decorations around campus – to feel the spirit!

Action:

Discussion about possibly having the campus Holiday Party in the West Room in 2014, with decorations being put throughout the Castle.



Suggestion:

There is a large metal piece of artwork on the patio outside the Ophir Room. Have that artwork mounted to the new wall outside the front of the Library facing the front doors.

Action:

The Ugandan Martyr wall, that leans against the Castle, has been a topic by several folks on campus, with new 'homes' being discussed, including the creation of a sculpture garden on campus. The new library entrance is also a wonderful idea. If you would like to be a part of a committee on the placement of exterior artwork, please email Deborah Fallone at Deborah.Fallone@mville.edu



Suggestion:

We need security cameras in the main hall of Reid because most visitors come through it for some request or another. Being the administration building, some leave in aggressive and quarrelsome state. We need to know that someone is watching over us to protect the workers and the students. Also, when the rooms are rented out for some affair, from outside, and things get broken or stolen, security can see what is going on.

Action:

With the proliferation of violence at campuses and schools across the country, security issues are a top concern. We are exploring the cost of security cameras, as well as 'red buttons' at certain desks, and more emergency plans for the campus as a whole.



Suggestion:

Please make the road from the front gate directly up to the Castle a two way street, with signs assisting traffic.

Action:

The roadway is a two way street. Security is working on getting proper signage to make this clear - and safe.

____________________________________________________________________

Suggestion:

I had this tomato basil soup at the cafeteria once - and come back every day checking for it. Please bring back the soup. Thank you.

Action:

This endorsement was passed on to food service, and tomato basil soup will be on the menu next week!