Appendix: General information

Security
Any non-life-threatening security issues should be reported to the buildings and grounds department, extension 3237 or 419-296-4772. If a life-threatening emergency occurs, immediately call 911 for assistance. For any non-life-threatening security issues between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., contact campus security, 419-303-3121, located in the buildings and grounds office.

Facilities maintenance needs
Concerns regarding facility maintenance should be addressed to the buildings and grounds administrative assistant by e-mail (burkholderj@bluffton.edu) or by calling extension 3236, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Specific concerns regarding custodial services and lights should be addressed to the custodial supervisor, extension 3485. On weekends (Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), facility maintenance issues should be directed to the preventive maintenance coordinator, extension 3487.

Identification cards
All Bluffton employees are provided with identification cards. These cards are available by contacting the technology coordinator, located on the ground floor of Centennial Hall, extension 3433. With ID cards, employees gain free admittance to most home athletic and cultural events, can check out library resources, and may receive discounts at the university bookstore for non-textbook items. Identification cards can be used to redeem pre-paid discounted meals at Marbeck Commons (see Dining Services below). Employees who show their ID card will also receive a 10 percent discount at the Bluffton Arby's and Taco Bell and a discounted yearly membership at Bluffton Family Recreation.

Keys and cardkeys
Supervisors are responsible to arrange for keys and cardkeys needed by staff employees. Faculty can receive this assistance at the academic dean's office. Upon leaving university employment, employees must return their keys and cardkeys to their immediate supervisor or to the academic dean's office as applicable.

E-mail accounts
All newly hired Bluffton employees will receive an e-mail account on the university's computer network. To establish an e-mail account, contact the help desk coordinator, extension 3600.

Long distance telephone accounts
All new faculty and staff employees are assigned long distance telephone access codes for necessary university business. Personal calls should not be charged to these access codes. The access code will be distributed by the network administrator, extension 3359, located in Centennial Hall (ground floor).

Parking permits
Employee and student parking on-campus is assigned through the use of permits. Car window parking stickers are available from the business office, extension 3301, in College Hall. These permits allow use of specific parking lots according to a letter/color system. Permit stickers should be positioned in the lower left corner of the rear window while parking on campus. Employee parking sticker letter/colors are K/orange and H/silver. K/orange window stickers allow parking in the first lot across Bentley Road (behind Hirschy Hall, excluding the first visitor row), the first lot behind Burcky Gym/Marbeck Center and the Sauder Visual Arts Center parking lot. H/silver window stickers allow parking in the lot behind College Hall/Mosiman Hall and the small lot nearest Riley Court. H/silver permits are limited to spaces available. Parking lot signs indicate the permit letter for each lot. Fines result from improper parking and vary according to the violation. A charge is incurred for replacing damaged or lost parking permits. Employee and student on-street parking in areas near campus is not allowed, out of respect for residential neighbors.

Dining services
Employees are encouraged to make use of Bluffton University Dining Services, provided by Sodexo. Employees may purchase any student meal served in Marbeck Commons, at a special employee rate of $3.50 for breakfast, $4.50 for lunch, and $5.50 for dinner. Cash may be paid at the door, or employees may purchase quantities of meals in advance and at additional discount at the Dining Services office, and utilize their employee identification cards to redeem the meals whenever they want.

In addition, the Bob's Place snack shop, located in the lower level of Marbeck Center, sells a variety of hot and cold items, and beverages, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. whenever classes are in session.

Library resources
Employees may use the university's library resources, located in Musselman Library and on the university's Web site. Library material may be checked out by visiting the library or using the library's on-line services. An employee's ID card is required to check out material.

Recreational facilities
Bluffton University employees may take advantage of the recreational facilities located throughout the campus. The Salzman Stadium offers an outdoor track, Founder's Hall provides indoor court space, and a weight/fitness room is located in the lower level of Burcky Addition adjacent to Founders Hall. In addition, six tennis courts are available on campus. Normally, the buildings are unlocked from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. seven days a week. Athletic facility keys cannot be issued to an employee to allow access during the times a facility is normally closed. For information on a specific athletic facility, please contact the athletic department, extension 3227.

Campus events
Bluffton University employees are encouraged to attend events held on campus throughout the year. Any staff employee who wishes to attend a campus event during normal working hours should consult with their supervisor in advance. Various music, drama, performing arts (including the Bluffton Artist Series) and athletic events are free or at reduced prices for employees. For information and tickets please contact the university box office, ext. 3239, or go online at http://bluffton.universitytickets.com .

 Chapel.  Services are held each Thursday at 11 a.m. in Yoder Recital Hall while classes are in session. These services are open to all who wish to attend, and provide a variety of worship styles using the resources of the campus pastor, faculty, staff, students and occasionally off-campus guests and musical groups. The campus pastor's extension is 3219.

 Forum Series.   The all-campus weekly forum series features guest speakers sharing ideas, issues, social problems and topics of interest to the academic community. Forum occurs each Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in Founders Hall during the academic year and is open to the public. The series programming is arranged by the office of academic affairs. Suggestions for speakers are welcome from all faculty and staff.

Colloquium Series.  These events, held several times each semester on Fridays at 4 p.m., are designed to provide opportunity for presentation of faculty research, reports on new advances in learning, or interaction with visiting scholars on critical issues of the day. The topics of these sessions are publicized in advance and are open to all interested students, faculty, staff and the public.

Information sources
Official university information and other announcements are available from several sources.

Bluffton Web site.  Bluffton maintains an extensive Web site (www.bluffton.edu) that contains a wide range of easily accessible information for members of the campus community, prospective students and their parents, alumni and friends. On-line resources of Bluffton's Musselman Library and official Bluffton athletics information is also accessed through the Web site. In addition to official academic program information and news of campus events, the Web site includes current faculty, staff and student directories, lists employment opportunities, and hosts faculty, staff and student home pages. Questions regarding the Web site should be directed to the Web communications manager, extension 3484.

Community Connection.  A weekly news and information summary intended primarily for Bluffton employees is distributed electronically on Thursday morning to all faculty and staff e-mail accounts. Items for Community Connection should reach the public relations office by noon on Wednesday (news@bluffton.edu).