Marissa Gebhard | March 3, 2017
This spring, staff across the University gathered for the biannual Town Hall meetings, but this time staff met in twelve smaller units across campus to hear customized presentations catered to their divisions and to have greater opportunity to participate in discussion. Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves led the sessions and many division leaders joined him to present to their respective divisions. “The smaller Town Halls gave Notre Dame staff an opportunity to ask more questions and for each division to discuss their unique ND Voice results compared to the overall scores of the University,” said Affleck-Graves.
Campus parking remains an important consideration for many staff. The Parking Committee, composed of 27 faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students from across the University, analyzed key aspects of parking, and presented their recommendations on January 19. Their full report is available on the ndsp.nd.edu website under parking and traffic.
Affleck-Graves supported the committee’s recommendation that the University consider adding additional shuttle stops and invest in a mobile app that could track the location of the shuttle bus to provide riders real-time shuttle information. Transportation Services is collaborating with the Office of Information Technology to pursue the development of the app. The committee also recommended that the University consider the construction of a paid parking garage in the vicinity of Legends, create a new, temporary surface parking lot on the northeast side of campus, and consider adding additional, 90-minute parking spaces, and with Affleck-Graves’ support, Parking Services has implemented that recommendation. Based on the committee’s recommendations, Campus Services and Campus Safety are exploring the feasibility of a bike-sharing program, and soon the committee will make their final recommendations on reserved parking based on feedback from faculty and staff.