Wellness Center Manager Position

Verano Housing is getting ready to open our new Family Wellness Center and Zot Spot and we’re looking for a manager! Open to all Verano Residents 18 and over who are eligible to work in the United States. Open to students and non-students. Passing a background check is required prior to employment.

For more information or to receive an application please contact the Community Programming Manager, Betsy Franklin at enfrankl@uci.edu.

What’s a Wellness Center?
The creation of a Wellness Center here in Graduate and Family Housing is a step toward offering more inclusive access to programs, resources and community partners aimed at promoting wellness in many aspects of life including mental health, physical wellness, personal growth and community building. The Wellness Center will provide a venue for all of our clients to have affordable, convenient access to these resources. The Verano Wellness Center will be dedicated space for quiet meditation, classes (yoga, Pilates, artistic expression, etc…), and more. Open to all Graduate and Family Housing Community members, activities will be low cost or no cost.

What’s the ZOT SPOT?
A Walk Up Counter (adjacent to the Wellness Center), the Zot Spot will provide snacks, drinks and other convenience supplies for purchase. Other Community Resources (previously available at the now closed Cyber Café) will include: Free DVD rental, Books for loan, other items to borrow including a bike pump, jumper cables and a small general purpose tool box.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION SUBMITTAL IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th at 5:00p.m.

VERANO WELLNESS CENTER MANAGER 2015/2016

Job Summary
Under direction of the Manager of Community Programming, the Wellness Center Manager is responsible for managing the Wellness Center and adjacent Zot Spot. This position is paid by stipend and averages 10 hours per week. Annual STIPEND is $6480/year based on 12 months. This position will be pro-rated based on actual hours worked.

Qualifications
Friendly, helpful, mature personality, some computer knowledge. Ability to work independently and make responsible decisions. Experience in programming and/ or food service and supervising personnel preferred.

Functions
Zot Spot Shift: Manager is required to work at least 1 shift at the Zot Spot per week. The duties listed below can be conducted during this shift if time allows. This assignment includes providing service to customers, selling snacks, copies and other available items.
Staff Supervisor: Manager is responsible for hiring, training, supervising, evaluating and terminating staff.
Maintaining Schedule: Manager is responsible for planning work schedule of employees to assure that Zot Spot is staffed during open hours.
Coordinating Wellness Center Classes:
Manager is responsible for scheduling and securing instructors for classes and workshops.
Manager is responsible for promoting and managing class/workshop sign ups.
Manager must attend the first session of classes or have a Zot Spot Staff Member attend in their place.
Ordering Supplies: Manager orders all supplies as needed, such as snacks, beverages, ice cream, paper, etc
Advertising and Promotion: Manager is responsible for actively promoting the services offered at both the Zot Spot and the Wellness Center. Submitting weekly ads to “What’s Up Verano” and other social media, as well as the creation of flyers and/ or other media.
Equipment Management: Manager is responsible for checking equipment on a regular basis and contacting appropriate maintenance vendors when needed.
Facility Management: Manager is responsible for assuring cleanliness and maintenance of facility. Manager is also responsible for contacting Verano Housing Maintenance when needed.
Programming Team Member- Manager is required to attend the first 30 minutes of bi-weekly HA meetings as well as attend and assist at community programs as requested by supervisor such as pancake breakfasts, welcome day and other planned programs throughout the year.
Supervision: Manager is required to attend weekly supervision meetings with the Manager of Community Programming. Quarterly Staff meetings with all Zot Spot Staff is also required.
Support and Implement Policies and Procedures: Manager enforces policies and procedures of Verano Housing Office and Verano Zot Spot and Wellness Center.

In order to be considered for and maintain the Wellness Center Manager position, the candidate
• Must be eligible to work in the State of California.
• Must have approval from the Academy to work approximately 10 hours per week if applicable.
• Must have the ability to work independently, take initiative, and be proactive.
• Must work well within a team, demonstrate flexibility, communicate effectively, and show follow-through and attention to detail.
• Must possess strong administrative, organizational, and time management skills.
• Must possess good decision-making skills.

Preference will be given to candidates who are able to demonstrate the following skills:
• Have experience leading a group of peers.
• Have excellent customer service experience/skills.
• Have experience working in a community or public facility.
• Have experience organizing large-scale events and/or programs.
• Have acquired conflict-mediation skills.

VRC Community Meeting – Thursday, Aug 27, 6pm-7pm @ the Verano Commons – Free Pizza!

Hello Verano Community!

Please join us Thursday, August 27 from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Verano Commons for our first VRC Community Meeting with the new council! We will be providing free pizza during this inaugural meeting.

Come with you concerns, questions, comments and suggestions to share with your VRC representatives. Let us know what you want to see from your VRC this year and ways we can work together to improve your living experience in Verano Place.

The Verano Residents’ Council (VRC) is elected to advocate for your needs, and to create programming and events that benefit the entire Verano community. We are working hard to provide opportunities for all community members to get their voices heard and connect with the greater community!

Additionally, the VRC has a Facebook group where you can get the most up to date information on events, meetings and issues. Please join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ucivrc/

Best,
VRC

vrc@uci.edu

Special UC Irvine Blood Drive, Tuesday, August 11

On Tuesday, August 11, both the UC Irvine Medical Center and Irvine Campus Blood Donor Centers will hold a special blood drive for staff and students. The summer months are challenging for maintaining the blood supply. UC Irvine Health has the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Orange County and the hospital transfuses approximately 1000 units of blood to our patients each month. Your donation will help us save lives in Orange County.

Farrell’s Ice-cream Parlour wants to honor UC Irvine for everything they do in our community by offering to everyone who donates on Tuesday, August 11 a gift card for a free entrée, drink and sundae. This offer is for Tuesday, August 11 only.

Appointments are limited and highly recommended. Donation times at the UC Irvine Medical Center donor center for August 11 are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Campus Donor Center. Click on one of the links below to make an appointment to donate.

To make an appointment for the UC Irvine Medical Center Donor Center ( located in Pavilion 3).  https://www1.ucirvinehealth.org/BloodDrive/SchEntry.aspx?id=ucimc

To make an appointment for the Irvine Campus Center ( inside the Student Center).  https://www1.ucirvinehealth.org/BloodDrive/SchEntry.aspx?id=campus

 

zotALERT Sign Up/ Secure in Place Guidance

This is a follow up to the zotALERT issued by the UCI Police Department last Tuesday regarding police activity in Verano Place. ZotALERTS are issued upon confirmation or believe of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving a potential immediate threat to the health or safety of community members occurring on the campus. Examples of situations in which a zotALERT may be sent include in-progress crimes, earthquakes, bomb threats, an armed intruder, gas leaks, explosions, or severe weather, among other situations. When UCI issues a zotALERT, a mass email is sent to all individuals with a UCI email address and a text message is sent to cell phone devices for those individuals who opt-in. Students, staff and faculty should visit http://www.oit.uci.edu/zotalert/ to register and opt-in for this service or to update zotALERT contact information. Additionally, residents who live in full apartments in family housing can sign their partners up for zot alerts, visit http://www.resnet.uci.edu/zotalert.html for more information.

The ZotALERT issued last Tuesday advised residents to shelter-in-place. This was an oversite made while the campus was working to get information out quickly. For any police related activity community members would generally be advised to secure in place. Several Verano Place residents have expressed wanting further guidance in what to do if a secure in place is issued. When advised to secure in place:
· If outside, move quickly away from the potential danger and seek a safe location.

· If inside, lock yourself in an interior room. Turn off lights, silence phones, draw blinds, and move away from windows.

· Respond to police, fire, and zone crew team members.

· Resume normal activity when police issue an “all clear.”

At times, zotALERTS may be general in nature because the situation is unfolding. They provide important information known to authorities at a specific point in time. Additional information will be sent out by the campus as it becomes available. If Verano Place receives a zotALERT, it is our practice to forward it to the community list serve to ensure the community is informed.

UCI Emergency Procedures or “the blue flipchart” — provide general guidance on what to do in various situations. Within the next month, a new version of the flipchart will be released by the Police Department “the red flipchart”. The new flipchart will include direction on what to do to when a secure in place is issued. Once the new flipcharts are in, we will update the Verano Place Community.

If incidents occur in the future, the following resources are available to you as a means to get information:
Facebook – http://facebook.com/UCIrvinePD,
Twitter – http://twitter.com/UCIrvinePD
UCI Emergency Resources “the flip book” – http://police.uci.edu/UCI_EmerProc.pdf

If you would like to talk about the incident that occurred last Tuesday, have questions about how to respond in the future, or have feedback so Verano Place can improve our practices feel free to contact me.

Jennifer

Jennifer Nelson Martinez
Associate Director of Apartment Life
Verano Place Housing
University Of California, Irvine
6529 Adobe Circle Road, South
Irvine, CA 92617

(949) 824-7976 direct
(949) 824-2617 fax

Support Dog Reminders

Dear Support Animal owners-

This is an important reminder of the guidelines for having a support animal approved in housing. A big THANK YOU to those who consistently abide by these guidelines and are respectful of fellow Verano Place residents.

You must keep your dog leashed at all times. We have several residents who rely on Service Dogs for their personal safety that are working while outside in the common areas. If your dog is unleashed, it will be a distraction for the working Service Dogs and create a dangerous situation for the person relying on that animal for navigation. Please keep your dog away from the working Service Dogs. UCPD will be notified if your animal is off-leash and you will be ticketed.

Housing can and will request that your support animal be removed from your residence if you do not abide by the guidelines below. Verano Place Housing common areas are not a dog park. If you feel your dog needs to run off-leash, below is the link to the Irvine dog park to best meet your animal’s needs.

https://legacy.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/commparks/specialfac/central_bark.asp 

Below is a reminder of guidelines for having an animal in housing as listed in the DSC Support Animal Guidelines available online that you previously agreed to.

These include: animal must be housebroken and under the control of its handler. When leaving the apartment or dwelling, the comfort/assistance animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether and be under the handler’s control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means). The owner is liable and responsible for the animal’s behavior (including damages) and activities while in any UC Irvine setting. Consistent with federal and state law, an animal may be prohibited from a UC Irvine facility or program if the animal’s behavior or presence poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. Others may exclude it from areas where its presence fundamentally alters the nature of a program or activity, if the animal is disruptive, if its presence would result in substantial physical damage to the property of others, or if it substantially interferes with the reasonable enjoyment of the housing or public accommodation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Thank you for your assistance in keeping Verano Place a great place to live and all of the residents safe.

Best,

Lori Palmerton

 

Lori Palmerton, MS LMFT

Assistant Director, DSC

University of California, Irvine

100 Disability Services, Bldg 313

Irvine, CA 92697-5130

Voice (949)824-7494  Fax (949) 824-3083

IUSD Online Application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals Now Available

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The IUSD Nutrition Services Department is pleased to announce that our application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals is now available online for the 2015-16 school year. To ensure that your child receives the benefits for which your family may qualify, please submit a Free/Reduced-Price Meal Application for this school year as soon as possible.  Parents who are certain that their students do not qualify are not required to submit an application.

New applications can be found online at ApplyForLunch.com. If you prefer to submit a paper application, these will be available throughout the summer at the District Office and at the Nutrition Services Office, located on the campus of Rancho San Joaquin Middle School at 4861 Michelson Drive, Irvine.  Paper applications will also be available at your student’s school office at the beginning of the school year.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at nutrition@iusd.org.

Best regards,

The Nutrition Services Staff

July 29 zotALERT Incident Follow Up – sign up for zotALERT

Hello,

This is a follow up regard the police activity in Verano Place last night. The following message went out to the UCI Community this afternoon:

This message is being sent as a follow up to the zotALERT incident that occurred yesterday evening in Verano Place Housing.

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on July 29, the UCI Police Department was conducting a welfare check of an individual in the Verano Place housing community. While attempting to contact the individual, officers heard what sounded like a gunshot coming from inside an apartment in the same area. A zotALERT message was then issued to the campus community.

Officers immediately secured the perimeter and requested assistance from the Irvine Police Department. The UCI Police Department and Irvine Police Department then evacuated the area for community safety.

Officers were eventually able to make contact with the individual inside the residence and confirmed the loud noise was not a gunshot.

We appreciate the community’s support and patience during this incident.

Jeffrey D. Hutchison
Interim Chief of Police
UCI Police Department

 

Several Verano Place Housing residents have asked about signing up for Zot Alert. zotALERTS are issued upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving a potential immediate threat to the health or safety of community members occurring on the campus. Examples of situations in which a zotALERT may be sent include in-progress crimes, earthquakes, bomb threats, an armed intruder, gas leaks, explosions, or severe weather, among other situations. When UCI issues a zotALERT, a mass email is sent to all individuals with a UCI email address and a text message is sent to cell phone devices for those individuals who opt-in. Students, staff and faculty should visit http://www.oit.uci.edu/zotalert/   to register and opt-in for this service or to update zotALERT contact information. Additionally, residents who live full apartments I family housing can sign up their spouses and partners up for zot alerts, visit for more information http://www.resnet.uci.edu/zotalert.html.

When the Verano Housing Office receives a zotAlert, we will forward the information to Verano Housing list serves in an attempt to reach any residents who are not registered with the zotAlert system.

We know last night’s situation was concerning to the community. We attempted to inform you as we received information. If you have concerns or feedback for the Housing Office or would like to talk about the situation please feel free to contact me.

Jennifer

 

Jennifer Nelson Martinez

Associate Director of Apartment Life

Verano Place Housing

University Of California, Irvine

6529 Adobe Circle Road, South

Irvine, CA 92617

 

(949) 824-7976 direct