October 15, 2015

October update from the president

Halloween is nearly upon us, but somebody didn’t tell the weatherman – I hope you all managed to stay cool through the record-high temperatures last week! Here are a few quick announcements for October:


CicLAvia is an annual event that shuts down city streets around Los Angeles for a day to allow bikers to roam freely without vehicles in the way. It’s a great way to spend a day with your family and see the city in a way you never have before! The course this year doesn’t go past USC directly, so faculty, staff, students and ddministration have banded together with BikeSafeUSC to create a feeder event! This Sunday, October 18, in Pardee Plaza (the three flagpoles at Trousdale/Exposition), come join us at from 9:30-10:30am to get bike skills training, learn more about the Metro bike lanes project on Figueroa, grab free water, a bike light, and more. The feeder ride leaves at 10:30am; see the attached flyer and press release for complete details.


Most staff know the USC University Club is the premier members’ only club and restaurant on the University Park Campus, but did you know they offer happy hours open to all staff and faculty? Neither did I! Click here to see their latest flyer regarding after-hours food and drink specials, and for more information about joining the Club!


If you’re interested in joining Staff Assembly, now is literally the time! I will be sending out a separate email soon about SA elections; terms are for two years, and the election is a two-phase process – you need to be nominated enough times to get on the ballot, then you need to get enough votes from your friends and peers to be elected. There are only 30 seats up for election annually (half of our 60-member electorate) – if you’re interested in serving your fellow staff by joining the Assembly, please be on the lookout for an email from me shortly, and never hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions about the Assembly of the process.


If your Halloween party runs late this year, you have a chance to re-live an hour of it; don’t forget to set your clocks back at 2am on Sunday, November 1.

Happy October!

David Donovan
Staff Assembly President