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02/02/2018

Title IX Information and Brochure

February 1,  2018

Dear Colleagues
As Caltech's Title IX Coordinator, it is my responsibility to help ensure awareness and understanding of the Institute's commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment with regard to sexual misconduct. As such, I think it is important that we take time annually to familiarize ourselves with our values and initiatives.

Caltech believes that all members of the community have the right to be treated, and the responsibility to treat others, with dignity and respect. Our Title IX initiatives are firmly fixed within these values. Caltech's Title IX Office engages in efforts to end, prevent, and address all forms of sexual misconduct including sex discrimination, sexual and gender based harassment, and sexual violence and will not tolerate, and will not accept, such behavior.

Please find enclosed a brochure entitled Title IX: What Every Caltech Community Member Should Know About Title IX.

This brochure highlights our policy and expectations, definitions and reporting, and resource information. Upholding the values of the Institute is a responsibility that is shared by all of us.

If I can be of any help or if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at x3132 or fhunt@catech.edu.

Sincerely,
Felicia Hunt

Felicia Hunt
Assistant Vice President
Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion Initiatives
Title IX Coordinator

02/01/2018

Bechtel Residence and Residential Life

To: The Caltech Community

From: Joseph E. Shepherd, PhD '81
Vice President for Student Affairs and C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Date: February 1, 2018


Re: Bechtel Residence and Residential Life

In 2012, we began a process to add a new undergraduate residence—the Bechtel Residence—to our campus. Since that time, our community has been actively involved in a collaborative process and dialogue to shape the physical structure, design, and layout of Bechtel, as well as to reflect on how best to incorporate this new building into our residential life system.

The introduction of Bechtel is a major event in our small community; it will enable nearly all of our undergraduates to live on campus, will result in additional housing for graduate students, and will significantly change Caltech's residential life experience overall. My letter today is to inform you about the outcome of our discussions and deliberations, and to share with you our plans for enhancing residential life and for the opening of the Bechtel Residence in the fall of 2018.

I thank all the members of the Caltech community who have contributed to this process. In particular, I commend our students for their significant contributions over the last year in creating the Committee on Undergraduate Caltech Housing (COUCH) and conducting the committee meetings, presentations, and discussions that led to their final report. Consultation with our trustees, alumni, faculty, Student Affairs staff, and administrators has been equally essential in developing a final plan for our campus. President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Provost David Tirrell have also offered valuable guidance and leadership, as well as feedback on earlier draft recommendations, and have endorsed my final decision and plan as a framework for opening the Bechtel Residence and for the future of residential life at Caltech.

In advancing this plan, the core values of our community have been the guiding principles. The key elements of the plan are:

Bechtel will be a multi-use, multi-generational residence open to all undergraduates. Bechtel will provide a new model of residential living that will be distinct from the House system.

  1. The residents of Bechtel will be full members of the residential life system, and will be represented in all student activities and in the shared governance of residential life.
     
  2. A new Advisory Committee on Residential Life will be established to help implement the initial changes, provide ongoing assessment of Bechtel and the Houses, and make recommendations to me for further steps or improvements. The committee will include faculty, staff, and students.
     
  3. The process for residence assignments for freshmen as well as upperclass picks will be reformed to maximize student choice and reflect our core values.
     
  4. Current off-campus undergraduate housing will be converted to graduate housing beginning in the fall of 2018.
     
  5. A new Residential Experience office will be established within Student Affairs to coordinate residential life activities and serve undergraduate students, residential associates, residence life staff, and Faculty-in-Residence.
     
  6. The Faculty-in-Residence program will be expanded to promote engagement between students and faculty in the residences.
     
  7. The complete plan—including the rationale and steps for implementation—as well as an FAQ and the COUCH report are available online. On the Bechtel and Residential Life website you will also find a form to provide comments about the decision and information on how you can connect with me directly during office hours.

As we move forward in implementing this plan and finalizing the details for this coming year, it is essential that we continue our collaborative efforts. Students, faculty, and staff will have an opportunity to serve on the newly formed Advisory Committee on Residential Life, to provide input to the committee members, and to develop proposals.

In order to be ready for the fall of 2018, our work will begin immediately. Next week we will ask all continuing students to fill out a short survey so that we can obtain their preferences regarding on-campus living for next year.

I look forward to working with all of you in the Caltech community on these next steps.

01/05/2018

Spring 2018 MHF Proposals Due by January 19

Proposals to the Moore-Hufstedler Fund for enhanced student life at Caltech are due on Friday, January 19, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. This is the time to apply if you wish to receive funding for Spring 2018. Any member of the Caltech community may apply for funding.

Please send proposals, only from your '@caltech.edu' email address, to mhf@caltech.edu as other email addresses can filter as spam and may delay your proposal. LATE PROPOSALS AND HARD COPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

For more information on guidelines for proposal submissions, please see the Moore-Hufstedler Fund website at: http://studaff.caltech.edu/funding/mhf/proposals

11/28/2017

Caltech SAS Store Holiday Sale

Caltech SAS Store's
Holiday Sale!
All Caltech insignia Clothing 20% off
December 4th  thru December 22nd
Discounts apply to in-store purchases only

11/06/2017

Caltech SAS Store One-Day Sale on Friday, December 15!

Pay No Sales Tax on all Mac Computers and Ipads
Stop by the store starting Monday November 13, 2017 to place your pre-order or email us at citbook@caltech.edu
Trade in your old Mac or Ipad for in store credit towards your new purchase
Plus 25% off all Beats headphones
Offer good on personal purchases only, while supplies last. No price adjustments on previous purchases allowed.
The Caltech SAS Store is now located on the 1st floor of Millikan Library

07/21/2017

Caltech Store Computer Sale

Starting July 24, the store will discount the previous generation MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMacs in stock by $100. Customers will receive a free pair of Beats with the purchase of a current Apple computer or iPad Pro. Also, all Caltech insignia apparel is discounted 20 percent for the week of July 24.

04/03/2017

Doc's Basketball Academy at Caltech

Registration is now open for Doc's Basketball Academy at Caltech

Learn from the team that has set more than 100 program records! Caltech Head Men's Basketball Coach Doc Eslinger will be hosting two great weeks of camp for boys and girls this summer.

Youth Academy (grades 1-8): Session I is June 19-23 and Session II is June 26-30, both to take place in Caltech's Braun Gym.

The Elite Academy for high-level players entering grades 9-12 is June 30-July 2.

For times, registration, and details:

http://www.docsbballacademy.com/

03/27/2017

2017 Caltech Dance Show

Come see your classmates and lab mates perform hip-hop, classic and Latin ballroom, Bollywood, contemporary, ballet, and more! 

The annual Caltech Dance Show is the premier showcase of undergraduates, graduates, staff, postdocs, and (sometimes) faculty at Caltech.

The show will be on April 7th at 8:00 p.m. and April 9th at 2:00 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium. 

Tickets are $5. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Contact the Caltech Ticket Office.

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