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  2014 TODAY @ HQ ARCHIVES
 
 

Coffee and Donut Social
Date/Time: April 16, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: Paul Brundage, 358-0481
The Exchange Council and the NASA Federal Credit Union are holding a coffee and donut social. All employees are invited to attend. Volunteers are needed to help with the social. Interested employees should contact Paul Brundage.

Exchange Council Book Fair
Date/Time: April 14 and April 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: East Lobby
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909
Books Are Fun will be in the East Lobby with a selection of books and gifts for all ages.

Take Your Children to Work Day
Date: April 24, 2014
Contact: Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity
Management Division, 358-1098
Take Your Children to Work Day is April 24. This national observance is designed to expose children to what a parent or mentor does during the workday, as well as to different careers. NASA HQ employees are encouraged to use this day as an opportunity to bring their children to work to give them a glimpse of what their workday is like and their work atmosphere. Parents may arrange to have their children shadow them or a person in a career they might be interested in learning more about, or plan some other work activity. Plan now to ensure that you and your children have a great day.

HQ Presentation: Balancing Work and Personal Life
Date/Time: April 15, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Program Review Center (Room 9H40) and Virtual (dial-in)
Contact: Jody Williams, 358-3706
Come to a presentation focused on managing responsibilities to maintain a happier, more balanced life. All HQ employees are welcome. Contact Jody Williams if you wish to attend the session remotely. She will provide handouts, presentation materials, and dial-in information.

WorkLife4You Webinar on Emotional Intelligence
Date/Time: April 8, noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Contact: Jody Williams, 358-3706
Every month WorkLife4You (WL4Y) offers different Webinars for civil servants. This session focuses on getting along with others, which is the key to success. Participants will learn how to understand what they are feeling, and how it affects their moods, daily life, and others. To register, go to: http://www.worklife4you.com. Existing WL4Y users should go to "Live Webinars;" new users need to enroll by using registration code NASAHQ at Start Now! If you miss the live Webinar, you may access it in the "On Demand Webinar Library.

Training for Supervisors
Title: CohortNetwork: Managing Employees with Attendance Problems
Date/Time: April 9, noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: MIC 6-A
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
HQ supervisors are encouraged to attend this short session provided in partnership with the Office of the General Counsel to become more aware of NASA’s leave and absence policies and procedures, identify any patterns or trends which may cause concern, resolve absence abuse and implement disciplinary procedures where necessary. Register in SATERN or contact Jenny Dang on 358-2055 if SATERN help is needed.

Deadline Extended for Vendor Applications:
Exchange Council Spring Craft Fair

Craft Fair Date/Time: April 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Applications Due: March 21 (new date)
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909 or Denise Holley, 358-2566
HQ employees and their families and friends are invited to sell crafts and other merchandise at the Spring Craft Fair. Application forms are available in the Exchange Store, from Denise Holley (Room 7G24) or Laverne Drayton (Room 7U27), or from the Exchange Council events calendar online: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/exchange. Vendors must submit applications to the Exchange Store staff no later than March 21 (deadline extended).

Slip, Trip, and Fall Mishap Prevention
Contact: Christopher Warren, 358-1751
The Facilities and Administrative Services Division (FASD) has updated its HQ Safety Web page (NASA only) to include a PowerPoint presentation on preventing the number one mishap at NASA HQ -- slips, trips, and falls. All NASA employees are encouraged to review this safety presentation.

NASA Scholarship Fund Applications Due
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
Contact: Sheila Jackson, 358-0956 or Adib Sabree, 358-0922
Eligible dependents of NASA employees may apply for NASA Scholarship Fund, Inc. 2014 scholarship opportunities. For applications and eligibility requirements, visit the NASA Scholarship Web site. Applications due in Houston by March 31.

NASA TV Coverage of Expedition 39/40 Crew Launch
Date/Time: March 25, 5:17 p.m. EDT
Location: NASA TV (see schedule http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv)
Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Soyuz Commander, Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineer, Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will launch to the International Space Station in a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA TV coverage begins at 4:15 p.m. EDT. The crew will dock to the station's Poisk module less than 6 hours later at 11:04 p.m. NASA TV docking coverage begins at 10:30 p.m. Coverage of the hatch opening begins on NASA TV at 12:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, March 26.

Asteroid Initiative Opportunities Forum
Date/Time: March 26, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: NASA TV and online (seating in HQ Auditorium at capacity)
Contact: Erin Mahoney, 358-2207
During this public forum, NASA experts will provide a status update on Asteroid Redirect Mission concepts and summarize how responses from the 2013 Request for Information are helping to inform planning for the entire asteroid initiative—the redirect mission and the grand challenge. Participants will learn about new ways to get involved in the initiative and participate in discussions with NASA asteroid experts. Auditorium seating has reached capacity. HQ employees are asked to participate virtually via NASA TV and Twitter – send questions to #AskNASA. To learn more, visit the Asteroid Initiative Opportunities Forum Web site.

NASA 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Survey
Deadline: March 25
Contact: Barbara Spotts, 358-0946
The Agency has launched its second Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Assessment Survey for NASA civil service employees. The purpose of the survey is to assess the current state of diversity and inclusion throughout the agency. Employee feedback from the first survey led NASA to establishing agency and center D&I plans. HQ civil service employees received the survey invitation via e-mail in February. Check your email and complete the survey by March 25.

Pilot Participants Needed: Microsoft Office 2013 For Windows
Registration Deadline: March 18
Contact: Joe Lanasa, 358-0974
A pilot program to assess the compatibility of Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows with the NASA ACES Windows environment will be conducted March 25 – April 10. Participants will use Office 2013 as part of their normal day-to-day activities, record test results and provide general feedback about the overall experience. If you are interested, follow the registration instructions on the Pilot Web page.

Diversity and Inclusion Forum With Dr. Steve Robbins
Title: "An Open Mind is a Terrible Thing to Close"
Date/Time: March 18, 1-2:30 p.m. or March 19, 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: HQ Auditorium
Contact: Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division, 358-1098
Dr. Steve L. Robbins will focus on understanding human behavior in a world of human differences, and recognizing the power of open-mindedness. Learn how to reframe "diversity" as a problem of closed-mindedness and develop strategies and techniques that lead to more open-mindfulness and thus, more inclusion and innovation. These sessions are open to all NASA civil service and contractor employees. Register in SATERN or sign in at the door.

Closed for Renovation:
Historical Reference Collection

Date: October 25 – Summer 2014
Contact: Jane Odom, 358-0386
The History Office's Historical Reference Collection located in Room CO72 will close as part of the ongoing building renovation, and will not reopen until next summer. Reference services will continue in the interim. Contact the archivists on 358-0384 for assistance. For copies of NASA History Office publications, visit the HQ Library in Room 2K70.

NASA Goddard Ski Club European Ski Trip
Dates: March 8-16, 2014
Contact: Harvey Walden, 301-286-9140
Headquarters employees are invited to sign up for the Goddard Ski Club's trip to Engelberg and Basel, Switzerland, scheduled March 8-16, 2014. The cost is $2,075 per person includes airfare, hotel, and meals. For details and payments due in October and January, visit: http://gewa.gsfc.nasa.gov/clubs/ski.

Vendor Applications:
Exchange Council Spring Craft Fair

Craft Fair Date/Time: April 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Applications Due: March 14
Location: Room 2E39
Contact: LaVerne Drayton, 358-1909 or Denise Holley, 358-2566
HQ employees, their families and friends are invited to sell crafts and other merchandise at the Spring Craft Fair. Please see Denise Holley (Room 7G24) or Laverne Drayton (Room 7U27) for applications or download the form from the Exchange Council events calendar for February at: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/exchange Applications also will be available in the Exchange Store when it reopens. Vendors must submit applications to the Exchange Store staff no later than March 14.

Office Glass Washing
Date: January 27 - February 26
Contact: Stacey Brock-Watkins, 358-1291
The NASA HQ building-wide office glass-cleaning project begins January 27 starting on the 9th floor West end and finishing on the 3rd floor. All work will be done by the evening janitorial shift except for secure areas (which will be coordinated separately). Personal items must be removed from overhead storage bins and anything attached to the glass on the inside of offices and conference rooms before work begins on your floor. Leave offices unlocked during your scheduled window cleaning dates.

ACES End-User Survey
Deadline: January 29
Contact: Joe Lanasa, 358-0974
In an effort to improve ACES products and services, all HQ personnel are invited to participate in NASA's annual end-user survey. The survey will be available January 15-29, 2014. Responses are anonymous.

Headquarters 2013-2014 CFC Success
Contact: Rita Sambruna, 358-2166
We did it! Thanks to your generosity, NASA Headquarters has surpassed its goal for Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) giving for the 2013-2014 campaign, raising a total amount of $318,651.94, or 120.7 percent of the target goal. Employee participation was at 38.7 percent. Not only have you helped the agency reach its final goal, but most importantly, your donations will be making a difference in someone's life for weeks and months to come. Here's to another successful season of giving at Headquarters.

NASA Day of Remembrance Observance
Date/Time: January 31, 9 a.m.
Location: Arlington National Cemetery
Transportation Registration: January 24
Contact: Jakkie Foster, 358-1735
NASA Headquarters employees are invited to join Administrator Charles Bolden and NASA senior officials for NASA's Day of Remembrance observance at Arlington National Cemetery. On this annual Day of Remembrance, NASA pauses to honor the fallen heroes of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia and all the members of the NASA Family who have lost their lives furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. To honor their memory, flags at Headquarters and NASA centers will be flown at half-staff. NOTE: Transportation to Arlington Cemetery from NASA HQ is available to employees who register with Jakkie Foster by January. 24. Buses leave at 8:30 a.m. on January 31.

NASA HISTORY NEWS AND NOTES NEWSLETTER
Contact: Yvette Smith 358-5196
The latest (4th quarter 2013) edition of the NASA History News and Notes newsletter is available online at: http://history.nasa.gov/nltrc.pdf
Previous editions are available at: http://history.nasa.gov/histnews.htm

NASA Exchange Store Closed During Renovation
Dates: Through January 2014
Contact: Donna Woods, 358-2556 or Lori Parker, 358-1351
The NASA Exchange Store is closed for renovations until the end of January 2014.

Yoga Classes
Date/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays,
January 7-30, 2014
, 1 p.m.
Location: Room CG69 (Multipurpose Room).
Contact: Fitness Center, 358-0138
Fees for the next session are: $80 for the entire session of classes, $40 for half of the session. Drop-ins are permitted at $15 per class. All employees are invited to register for these classes. Registration checks or money orders are payable to Yoga Fusion Studio, and can be submitted to the Fitness Center.

Postal Convenience Center at HQ CLOSED
Contact: Malicha Day, 358-0206
The Postal Convenience Center previously located off the West Lobby (by the NASA Federal Credit Union) is now closed. Postal services are available at the full service Post Office in the Ford House Office Building, 441 2nd St., S.W. Enter on 2nd Street; the 3rd Street entrance (across from the Federal Center Metro station) is closed.

First Floor Renovation
Date: Thru February 26, 2014
Contact: Malicha Day, 358-0206
Renovation of the 1st floor has begun and is scheduled to be completed on February 26, 2014.. Work in the East and West lobbies will occur after hours allowing employee access during normal business hours. Temporary closures and service locations are as follows:
  - Mail Room: Room 1O41 (Shipping and Receiving)
  - Parking and Fare Subsidy: Room 2R86
  - Passports: Room 2S80
  - NASA Federal Credit Union: Open throughout the construction
    period.
  - Exchange Store: Open until January 2, 2014; Closed January
    3-29.
  - HQ auditorium: Closed until construction is completed.
  - Glennan Conference Rooms: Closed until construction is
    completed.

Security Office: New Location
New Location: Room 1J22
Contact: Paul Raudenbush, 358-7322
To enhance customer service, the Security Office has been permanently relocated to Room 1J22 (former HQ Library location). The Locksmith office and the Badging Office are now open for business in the new location.

Fitness Center Relocation -- Stakeholder Meeting
Date/Time: January 22, 11 a.m. - Noon
Location: Multipurpose Room (CG40)
Contact: Tanya Johnson, 358-0138
The Fitness Center will be closed from January 31 - June 8, 2014, and relocating to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Fitness Center during the concourse renovation. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the entry and usage process and answer your questions about the relocation. The HHS Fitness Center will be available to NASA Fitness Center members starting February 3. It is located at 3rd and Independence Ave., S.W.

2013 HQ Combined Federal Campaign Extended
Deadline Extended: January 15, 2014
Contact: Karen Northon, 358-1540
Due to the Government shutdown, the 2013 NASA Headquarters Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has been extended until January 15. If you have not already given, please consider giving today. Your tax-deductible donations make a difference to charities that provide assistance to people here in the Washington Metro area, throughout the nation and the world. To donate online, log in to Employee Express or visit http://www.cfcnca.org. There are more than 4,400 pre-screened and approved charities in every area of interest. For more information, such as how to donate and who your Team Captain and/or Key Worker is, visit the 2013 CFC Web site.

High Risk Conflict Resolution (HRCR) Workshops
Dates: January 14 or 15 or 16
Times: Morning Sessions: 8 a.m. – 12 noon; or Afternoon Sessions: 1-5 p.m.
Location: Multipurpose Room (CG40)
Register: Lakeesha Matthews, 358-2010
Sponsored by the Office of Protective Services, HRCR is a 4-hour course designed for all Government and contractor employees. Workshops will be held January 14, 15 and 16 in the morning and afternoon. Students will learn and practice the basic survival skills on how to react to workplace violence incidents such as active shooters at work and while at other public areas as you venture out in your everyday lives. For details, visit the OPS Web site. To register and schedule your specific time, contact Lakeesha Matthews.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance
Date/Time: January 8, 11 a.m.
Location: Wilbur J. Cohen Auditorium,
330 Independence Ave., S.W.
Contact: Claudia Silver, 358-0936
All Headquarters employees are invited to attend this year's program featuring keynote speaker, Msgr. Raymond East, pastor of Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. The program will also feature a cultural presentation. Sponsored by the Southwest Interagency Committee Partnership.

Training for Leads, Supervisors, and Manager
Title: Management CohortNetwork: Lessons Learned from the Furlough
Date/Time: January 8, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Location: MIC 6-A
Contact: Marykate Dougherty, 358-1257
After last October's 16-day shutdown, there were many lessons learned. Attend a panel discussion on lessons learned by NASA as an organization and by Agency managers. Register in SATERN or contact Terri Mitchell on 358-2077.


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