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Preparing for March

March 7, 2013

Michael Bugeja, director,
Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication,
Iowa State University of Science and Technology

The saying goes, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” But seasoned administrators know that March is a doozy of a month that begins like a lamb and ends like a lion.

One problem is Spring Break, which typically happens one week in March. That means you have to jam-pack a month’s worth of work into three weeks. Yes, March has 31 days; but the last two days this year are Saturday and Sunday.
February is the shortest month of the year. This wasn’t a leap year. But February 2013 had 20 working days. March has only has 16.

And what do we do in March?

• Annual reviews of employees. These have to be scheduled one-on-one according to our Governance Document.
• Departmental planning reports. Decisions will be made soon on new positions, funding levels, and more.
• Budget carryover reports. The fiscal year is coming to an end, and so we must report plusses and minuses in the account ledgers.
• Graduation checks. We have to make sure that students who filed for graduation actually have all the courses and requirements they need to walk at commencement.

In addition to all this, as we have reported previously in this post, this March we have a Regents program review scheduled next Monday and Tuesday. The site team will be arriving this weekend.
We still have snow on the ground. The weather this weekend will be a mix of rain and snow.

Spring, they say, will arrive March 20, smack dab in the middle of break.

I’ll be spending Spring Break doing paperwork.

Time stops for no one, they say. That applies especially for administrators. Chop, chop!

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