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Meeting with colleagues who work downtown?
Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. you can conduct videoconferences between two specially equipped rooms: Room ABN G-1 at TPU and Room 248 at the Tacoma Municipal Building. Outside of these hours, these two rooms will continue to be made available for meetings on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow these seven easy steps to schedule a videoconference:
1. Open Outlook.
2. Hit Control + Shift + Q to schedule a meeting request.
3. Put "VC" in your subject line.
4. Invite TPU, Room ABN G-1, which is listed in Outlook as "Conf TPU ABN-G1, Cap 25, x8709".
5. Invite TMB, Room 248, which is listed in Outlook as "Conf TMB #248 - Cap 30, x5505".
6. Invite the Information Technology Support Team, which is listed in Outlook as "ITST - Information Technology Support Team".
7. Invite your computer support technician, the person who normally assists you whenever you have computer problems.
Utility Board Agenda for April 14
South Sound magazine selects TPU and Tony Lindgren in annual “Best Of South Sound” issue
South Sound magazine’s annual Best of the South Sound issue, published last week, features Tacoma Public Utilities as the best “Family First Company” in the south sound region and Tacoma Water Engineer Tony Lindgren as “Most Eligible Bachelor.”The issue also includes many names familiar to residents of Tacoma, including Pacific Grill, Almond Roca and Columbia Bank, so we’re in good company.
What’s Cookin’ April 12 to 16
Everyday Prices and Menu
If you have questions or would like to place an order, please call 502-8179.
New data security program is in the works
A new data security program will provide employees a greater understanding of why and how we must protect sensitive or confidential computer-based data. All employees who access the Internet on their work computer, who use any Web-based software or who have access to sensitive or confidential computer-based data will be affected by this program. Read this memo from Information Technology for more information.
New Online Course: SAP for Work Group Supervisors
SAP for Work Group Supervisors is a mandatory course for some roles in SAP. The course is now available online and can be taken at your desk. Online availability should help eliminate delays in obtaining roles that authorize users to approve time and expenditures in SAP. Course instructions are distributed to users as needed when SAP roles requiring this training are requested. Want more information? Contact IT/Project Management & Administration.
Get free CFLs at Home Depot and pledge 10 for 10
Tacoma Power is helping you get started on making the switch to CFLs by offering a buy one, get one free deal at three upcoming Home Depot events. You can also trade in up to five incandescent bulbs or burned out CFLs and get five new CFLs in return.
Tacoma Power representatives will also be on hand to help you get information on refrigerator recycling and the new Cash for Appliances rebates. For more event details, go to KnowYourPower.com or call Tacoma Power at 502-8377.
Home Depot events:
· 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 17, 7050 Tacoma Mall Blvd., Tacoma
· 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 24, 101 152nd St., E., Spanaway
· 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 1, 4602 Center St., Tacoma
April CityScape features Tacoma Water’s McMillin Reservoir project
CityScape airs daily on TV Tacoma. Check local listings for times and channel. Previous episodes of CityScape featuring segments about Tacoma Public Utilities can also be viewed on Click! Cable TV’s Video On Demand service.
Important software upgrade April 5 –15
Refer to this schedule to see when your workgroup will receive an software upgrade that will allow you to continue accessing SAP and using Office 2007. This software upgrade will also prepare you for the eventual roll-out of Windows 7 on all City workstations. Before 6 p.m. on the date your workgroup is scheduled to receive the software upgrade, be sure to log off while leaving your computer powered on. If you do not leave your computer powered on, your software patch will be the next evening that your computer is left on. Contact Scott McLeod at 382-2625 or Mark Yeatman at 591-2062 with questions.
The Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour is back
Sign up now for the Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour, which takes place May 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m., respectively. The tour will visit five vintage homes including Haddaway Hall at the Northwest Baptist Seminary, Old City Hall and St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church. Tickets cost $20 and are available at Stadium Thriftway, the Westgate, Fircrest and Allenmore Columbia Bank branches or through the Tacoma Historical Society at 3712 S. Cedar. Tickets may be ordered by mail; please enclose an additional dollar for postage. For more information, contact Jim Curley in Power Management at 502-8352.
Get great green ideas at EnviroHouse
Take a free tour of the perfect little “green” house to get ideas for your own home. You’ll learn how to work things like solar panels, insulation made of recycled materials and natural landscaping into your living space. Tours of Tacoma’s EnviroHouse are April 10. Register by calling the Energy Conservation Center, 502-8377, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More to Click! with seven new channels
April 15, tax day, is stressful for many people. Click! will try to make it a little better for its customers as it launches seven new channels that day. The new HD channels are: MTV HD, channel 563; VH1 HD, channel 565; Spike HD, channel 539; Comedy Central HD, channel 547; CMT HD, channel 564; and Nickelodeon HD, channel 556. Plus, LOGO, a new channel for the gay and lesbian community, will air on channel 305.
In addition, Click! announced new ON Demand menu items. The addition of Encore Movies brings more free movies for all Click! ON Digital customers. Starz HD On Demand is its first premium channel to provide On Demand movies in HD. And, all Click! customers with a digital receiver will have On Demand programming from Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and more. For more information call 502-8900 or visit clickcabletv.com.
Remember to donate to the April Showers Baby Supply Drive
For many families in Tacoma and Pierce County, the cost of caring for a baby can be overwhelming, and many of those families turn to local agencies for support. You can help by donating diapers, wipes, formula, baby cereal and baby food during the April Showers Baby Supplies drive, April 5 to 19. The drive is run by Community Connection.
Boxes will be set up throughout TPU, and the donated goods will be split between the FISH Food Bank and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. If you have relevant coupons, or if you would like to pick up some coupons before you go shopping, please contact Mellissa Andrews (mail stop TPU 3SE) or pick up coupons in the Cafeteria on the Community Connection section of the announcement wall. For more information, please contact Jenni Allen, 502-8412, Mellissa Andrews 502-8047, or Monique Wells 502-8971.
Photographers needed for Rebuilding Together Project
Mark your calendar for the April 21 blood drive
Your donated leave can make a world of difference
Human Resources has approved the following employees for donated leave:
Contact your timekeeper or Human Resources, 591-5400, for a sick leave/PTO donation form. You can also find the Sick Leave Donation form online.
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New City of Tacoma job openings
Each week Newsline will list all new City of Tacoma job openings. For a complete listing of current City of Tacoma job openings, please visit the City of Tacoma Employment Web page.
Make a Difference
Opportunity: SW Spring Games – April 24
Description: This year’s Special Olympics SW Spring Games is set for Saturday, April 24, at Mt. Tahoma High School. This tournament will feature approximately 1,000 athletes with intellectual/physical disabilities. This tournament showcases the athlete’s strong abilities in sports such as aquatics, track & field and soccer. More than 200 volunteers are needed to run this large scale event. In addition to the regular volunteer positions of registering athletes, readying athletes for each competition, scorekeeping and judging, there are three particular skilled positions we need to fill. We need certified first aid responders, certified lifeguards and an Aquatics venue manager. If you would like an uplifting, inspirational and rewarding experience…you must join us for this event.
Contact: Angie Ramos, SW region sports & training manager, at (206) 829-7062
Opportunity: Elementary level reading tutor
Description: Communities In Schools of Tacoma is searching for reliable adults to serve as reading tutors in our after school tutoring program. The program utilizes a phonics based curriculum that teaches students to read by illustrating the relationship between individual sounds and how they come together to form whole words. Our programs run once a week for one hour. Currently we are looking for tutors to serve at Edison Elementary and Sheridan Elementary. Our tutors go through a brief (45-60 minute) training that covers the basics of the curriculum and CIS protocol.
Contact: Terry LeRud, program manager, (253) 571-1114
Opportunity: Hometown Mentors for Stadium High School
Description: As the College Success Foundation Scholars program gets underway at Stadium High School, we are seeking Hometown Mentors for our scholars. Hometown Mentors are community members who value higher education and helping youth to be successful in their lives. They come with a variety of career and community service experience. Mentors share a common goal of providing a support system for the CSF Scholars as they prepare for college. Mentors are community members who value higher education and the goal of obtaining a four-year college degree. Preference will be given to applicants with college experience/attendance. Mentors should enjoy working with high school juniors and seniors be at least 21 years of age and have an appreciation for cultural diversity and an ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds. Mentors commit to mentoring a student from the junior year of high school through his or her first two months in college. Mentors must be able to meet the student on the high school campus and pass specified background checks.
Contact: Richard Lasso, program coordinator, at (253) 571-3152
Do you know of a volunteer opportunity with a 501(c)(3) organization within our service area that you would like to share? Please send it to Newsline for publication. Please include as much information as possible, including a description, location, contact person and contact information.
… Seth Doull of Tacoma Water, from Chris Karnes, management analyst, Conservation Information: I rolled into work recently with a flat bike tire. He noticed my distress, caught up with me on his bike and offered to fix the flat during his break. His fix worked like a charm. I’m so glad to have TPU coworkers like this. Thanks a lot, Seth!
A thank you from the family of Pete Miller
We would like to thank the many people who attended Pete's funeral service. We appreciate the cards, the beautiful flowers and the donations you sent to hospice and our family. Also, many thanks to Bill Sugiyama and all of the other employees who organized and those who attended the memorial benefit dinner and dance held to honor Pete.
Pete loved working for Tacoma Water and truly enjoyed the many friends he made during his career. We dearly miss Pete but know he is at peace.
Thanks again, Barbara Miller and family
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· April 10 - Tacoma Power EnviroHouse Tours, Tacoma Landfill, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
· April 17 - Click! Family Flick at the Grand Cinema, "The Goonies," 10:30 a.m.
· April 21 - Blood Drive, TPU Auditorium Conference Room
· April 28 - Lunch and Learn, featuring ICMA Certified Financial Planner, “How to invest your money wisely,” Auditorium, 12 to 1 p.m.
· May 15 - Click! Family Flick at the Grand Cinema, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” 10:30 a.m.
2000 Harley Davidson Road King: Lowered, fuel injected with Screamin’ Eagle carb, hooker pipes and lots of chrome goodies. Luxury rich red. $11,500. Call Debra - (253) 820-1105.
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