This summer there are something like 39 moves afoot at our college. In the 5000 building, this was precipitated by the annual hiring and thus juggling of faculty, but also by the moving of college health’s offices (and primarily the angst lies here).
The hardship is that we have moved an associate dean and lost a precious break room in the process of relocating college health. The dean’s move led to three faculty being displaced, and the dominoes just continue to flip.
I realize that the break room was a popular watering hole, home of many soirees and shop talks. I lament the loss of the ice machine and coffee maker.
However, anyone who’s upset about relocating college health simply has never really thought about that north entrance to the 5000 building much. For the last 9 years college health has had temporary homes, and in recent memory, their home has been in the hallway, just inside the doors to the 5000. Walk in the building, be greeted by a trash can for sharps, brochures on STD’s and other maladies, and signage about health and privacy (in the HALLWAY). The receptionists have to ask delicate questions of patients (IN THE HALLWAY) as they check in. As someone who’s used college health, I can attest to the awkwardness.
Finally the college health offices will have a reasonable waiting room and a heightened since of privacy as they have long deserved.
I am personally excited that Human Resources is relocating to offices adjacent to Faculty Development. This “marrying-up” of our two forces should greatly benefit all faculty, particularly in the onboarding phase.
I know that change is hard, but I look forward to the improvements wrought by it. I hope folks can tamp down the temper and see this greater good.