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September 2006


Marc Genty

Questions and suggestions from the staff to management may be submitted in confidence to the Delphi Coordinator. They should be submitted in written form, preferably via interoffice mail in a sealed envelope marked confidential. They must be signed. Detailed procedures for submitting questions are given in the UCAR Policies and Procedures Manual, section 4-1-2, and on the Delphi Web site. Staff Notes Monthly publishes questions and answers of general interest to staff, and the Delphi Web site has a log of all questions submitted since 1995.

Delphi Questions: Flag display at CG, EAC sponsorship

Delphi Question #556 (received July 11): Many of us would like to know why there is no American flag flying at the Center Green campus. We feel that, as an American institution funded primarily by government dollars, the flag should be prominently displayed.

Response (July 23): Thank you for your question regarding the flag. It is our intent to fly the flag at CG. However, there is a serious safety hazard that must be addressed first.

All UCAR flags are raised and lowered by our contract security force, and this is usually a simple and quick process. However, because of the design and location of the flag at CG, this process requires several security officers and ladders. We have neither the budget nor the security personnel necessary to do this twice a day. We are working with Physical Plant Services to either design and build a special access platform or to illuminate the flag, which will allow it to be flown 24/7. (See section 6a of the flag code.) 

In either case, once completed we will begin to fly the flag at CG.

—Steve Sadler, director
Safety and Site Services

Delphi Question #557 (received August 3): Our plans to start a UCAR bowling team may be adversely affected if what I hear is true—that the Employee Activities Committee (EAC) is no longer partially funding UCAR employees' team entry fees.

In the parlance of our times, what's the deal? Is the EAC no longer partially funding running, biking, or what-have-you teams?

I apologize if I sound like a child who wanders into the middle of a movie and wants to know what's going on, but I have no frame of reference here. I've heard that perhaps the problem with refunds stems from difficulty with funding events that take place on religious holidays, which possibly could be seen as discriminatory. Would it be possible to get an EAC team refund if we avoid bowling on Shabbos, Easter, Christmas, or what-have-you?

The EAC team refunds were small amounts. It's not like we ever got a briefcase full of money! I think UCAR teams raise the profile of UCAR in a positive way. What changed? Did new EAC policies come to light? If you think sports are cheap these days, then obviously you're not a golfer!

Response (August 17): In the past, EAC cosponsored teams that comprised five or more people who participated in sporting activities that potentially bolstered employee morale. However, the record of such events shows that only a few individuals throughout the organization knew about and/or participated in non-UCAR-affiliated organized activities. 

At the recent review of EAC funding structure and practices by UCAR management, it was determined that EAC funds should be available to all UCAR/NCAR/UOP employees throughout the organization. Furthermore, a sponsored event should give all employees an equal chance to participate. Since EAC already sponsors several such organization-wide events (Up-the-Hill Races, Spring Fling), it was decided that there is no need to sponsor non-UCAR-affiliated teams and events. Since EAC operates on a fixed budget, there are additional constraints posed by increasing costs for the existing events. Sponsoring teams with small numbers of employees was deemed a lower priority than the all-UCAR events.

For questions or more information about sponsored events, contact Barb Holub (ext. 2147).

Finally, EAC is an "open" volunteer-driven entity within UCAR. If you have a suggestion for an event or activity that would bring UCAR/NCAR/UOP employees together in a spirit of fun and adventure, let us know by all means.

—Employee Activities Committee and
Bob Roesch, director,
Human Resources


In this issue...

Drifters at work

Competition News: Interview with Rick Anthes

Commuter of the Year: Jaime Shuey

2006 Up-the-Hill Races

UCAR named one of the best companies to work for in Colorado

Random Profile: Kyle Holden

Delphi Questions: Flag display at CG, EAC sponsorship

Just One Look


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