Bicycle thefts on campus

The UC community is currently experiencing a large number of bicycle thefts. The Security team are working with Police to identify and apprehend the offenders.

If you see any suspicious activity around any of the bicycle stands on campus please contact UC Security on 6111 or 0800 823 637 immediately.

If you are parking your bicycle on campus, we suggest that you use the secure bicycle sheds. These are located at Creyke Road, behind C-Block lecture theatre and next to the Meremere (law) building.

Most importantly UC Security suggest that you use a good quality D-Lock to secure your bicycle. These have proven to be a great deterrent to thieves as all the reported thefts to date have been of bicycles secured using wire rope or chain locks.

First Tertiary Technicians Symposium: Registrations now open

The symposium I posted about late last year is now open for registrations. You can find all the details and how to register on the ATEM website.

What: The Aotearoa ATEM committee is organising a Tertiary Technicians Symposium.

The aim of the day is to improve the visibility and recognition of our technical workforce, provide them with an opportunity to network with their peers and help them explore professional development opportunities.

Where: Victoria University of Wellington
When: 10 – 11 February 2020

If anyone does attend, I would be interested to hear your feedback.  Karen Mather, OD Manager

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES – TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR

We have all seen the Emergency Procedures Flipcharts around, but how many of us have actually read these?

Each week we will look at a page from the flip chart in order to become more familiar with its contents.

Flipchart
Emergency Procedures

Trapped in an Elevator

Remain calm – there is plenty of air in an elevator!

Press the emergency button or call 0800 823 637 from your mobile.

Rediscovering Wonder this Christmas

I wonder what pastime or hobby you used to love doing when you were a kid at primary school, but now that you’re older, you no longer do at all?

My friend Scottie used to absolutely love playing cricket when he was a little kid. But as soon he got to High School he didn’t make the rep team, and so he just stopped playing, and started doing other things he could be more successful at. But still to this day he misses it.

You see, Scotty has this theory. He thinks that when you’re a kid, you spend most of your time doing the things that bring you joy and fill you with wonder. But when you get to High School people often stop doing those things, and instead focus on the stuff that other people tell them you’re good at instead.

When I was a little kid, I used to love painting, flying kites, and making model aeroplanes. Sure, I was horrible at all three – but all of those things filled me with this life affirming sense of wonder at the world. And yet, once I started High School, I quickly realised none of those things would help me progress up the social ladder of my school, and so I just stopped doing them. And yet to this day, I still miss painting, kites and model aeroplanes.

Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Jewish poet with a huge beard and even huger eyebrows  famously wrote “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.”

But it’s funny how as we get older our sense of Christmas wonder can shrivel up – worn down by the stresses of work, the geo-politics of Christmas dinners, and the hum-drum of the domestic grind. I talk to so many people who are either burnt out or bored (or both!) as they wind up the year and head into Christmas.

One of my favourite contemporary religions artists is a chap called Scott Erickson (www.instagram.com/scottthepainter) who’s been doing a fantastic series throughout Advent, and he’s introduced me to this wonderful word; “Ostrananie”.

It means the art of making what’s familiar unfamiliar again. He says “This advent season I’m going to attempt to do this with our seasonal narratives that have mostly been developed by marketing and commercialism. Because in the unknowing of it all, the doorway of wonder will open up… and hopefully we may catch a glimpse of the wonder of the Divine in our midst right now.”

Now that’s the kind of Christmas I’m in desperate need of this year!  So maybe this summer break it’s time you got in touch with some wonder filled hobby or activity you used to do as a kid – as a sort of spiritual practice of becoming like a child again? Maybe it’s time you were intentional about making space for wonder?

So if you’re looking for me this holidays, you’ll find me on Ilam Fields flying a kite badly with my kids, with a huge smile on my face.

Rev Spanky Moore
Senior Ecumenical Chaplain | University of Canterbury

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Newsletter – December 2019

The EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) has released their newsletter for December 2019.  Highlights of this edition are:

  • Tips to prepare for the season
  • Remember the reason for the season
  • Check-in on the elderly
  • Reminder that EAP Services is here 24/7 throughout the holiday season

See the full newsletter here>

In addition, the EAP app has recently had an addition to the  ‘My Check-up’ section, on the topic of Self Compassion. It consists of a 12 question survey after which you will be linked to appropriate tips and tools.  A useful reminder at this busy time of year about looking after yourself!

Information on downloading the EAP app here

 

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