February 9, 2015

February update from the president

The Staff Assembly February meeting last week was great; in addition to updating the Assembly on all the events and things that I and our committees have been a part of in the last month, we got back to our normal routine of honoring a Monthly Staff Recognition Awardee, and also had a guest speaker address the Assembly.

For February, our Awardee was Matt Rousso, Director of Ticket Sales and Service for USC Athletics!  Matt was introduced by Associate Athletic Director Tim Martin and former Staff Assembly President Jennifer Gerson.  Tim spoke of Matt’s contributions to Athletics and the outstanding job he’s doing working to keep the LA Memorial Coliseum and the Galen Center full during events. Jennifer shared her appreciation for Matt’s ideas and contributions to staff appreciation events during her tenure as President. As this month’s awardee, Matt received a plaque and a copy of all his nomination letters on behalf of the Staff Assembly, a gift card in the amount of $100 from the USC Staff Club, and a month of free parking, courtesy of Transportation Services.  If you know someone you’d like to nominate for the Monthly Staff Recognition Award, please visit this page of our website for complete details on how to do so.

Our guest speaker for February was Dr. David Tool!  David is a member of the Board of the USC Staff Retirement Association (SRA), a 45-year neighborhood resident, a retired Army veteran/colonel, and area committee member/social activist, who captured our attention with tales from his life story and experiences.  Did you know that ALL USC staff are eligible to join the SRA, even if you’re nowhere near retirement?  For only $20/year, you are able to attend SRA events, dinners, tours, etc., and keep in touch with fellow staff long before (and hopefully long after!) retirement.  I joined the SRA as a Lifetime member earlier this year – if you’re interested in finding out more about the SRA, or to join yourself, please visit their website here.

REMINDERS:

THIS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 6:00pm: Men’s basketball game (USC v. Oregon): come join me as I cheer on the Trojans at the Galen Center – by special agreement with USC Athletics, staff can receive a ticket to the game, and a voucher for one meal item (hot dog or pizza) and a drink for only $15 – half off the normal price!  Furthermore, all ticket surcharges are waived if you pick up your tickets in person (with Staff ID) at the USC Ticket Office.  I hope to see you there!

NEXT THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 8:30am: President Nikias’ Annual Address – I will be sending a separate email reminder about this important event, but mark your calendar now!  If you’re on UPC or HSC, please plan to attend in person.  Shuttles will be provided from HSC, so there’s no reason not to come.  Plan to be there!

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 9:00am: March General Assembly meeting at UPC – come see what Staff Assembly is all about!  Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook to be kept in the loop regarding meetings and future events: SA Facebook Page.