Vol 6. Issue 30 / Oct 9, 2006

In Brief

FAU/Scripps Florida to Host Small-Business Opportunity Event
All small businesses interested in providing products/services to Scripps Florida and/or Florida Atlantic University (FAU) are invited to participate in the inaugural FAU/Scripps Florida Small Business Opportunity Event, which includes a trade show and luncheon, on Wednesday, October 25, 9 AM to 2 PM, on the FAU John D. MacArthur Campus. Small business owners and representatives will learn about upcoming opportunities at Scripps Florida and FAU and the new and exciting life sciences industry in Florida. Attendees will also have a chance to network with Scripps Florida and FAU employees in addition to other small businesses. There is no cost to attend this event. For additional information, see http://www.scripps.edu/florida/campusservices/sbe/index.html or contact supplier@scripps.edu or 561-799-8938.

Join the SOF at a Benefit Concert to Help Fight Breast Cancer
The Society of Fellows (SOF) on the La Jolla campus invites you to help raise money in the ongoing fight against breast cancer by attending a benefit concert featuring Jack the Original, one of San Diego's hottest bands, along with musical guest Justin James, on Monday, October 9. Doors at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach open at 7 PM; the show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are $10. All proceeds will support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Local companies have donated products and services that will be given away in a raffle. Raffle tickets are $2 each and will be sold at the show. Please contact Michelle (mrdavis@scripps.edu, x4-9303, Room SR202B) if you would like to buy a ticket to the show. More information is available at the SOF web site. Also available on the site is information on the upcoming San Diego Breast Cancer Three-Day Walk, November 10 to 12.

SOF Presents a Day at the Beach
The SOF will host a day at the beach with family and friends, on Saturday, October 14, from noon to 10 PM. Everyone in the Scripps Research community is invited to the event, which will be held at surfside, Scripps Oceanography.

The first part of the festivities, from noon to 4 PM, will be family-friendly. Fun stuff for kids and a limited number of non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, hotdogs, and hamburgers will be provided. Bring your own games, beverages, salads, and food for the grill. After 5 PM, all Scripps Research partygoers are welcome. Come early and enjoy the beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks provided, then music by DJ Hawk. Bring your surfing gear, food if you want to grill, or simply chill out and enjoy the sunset. 

For additional details, including a map & directions, visit the SOF web site or email fellows@scripps.edu.

Library Tip: More ScienceDirect Titles for Scripps Research
The Kresge Library is pleased to announce increased access to ScienceDirect titles due to membership with the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC). Browse the complete title list of journals Scripps Research now has access to from ScienceDirect (access begins with 1995 issues forward). Key additions include: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Atherosclerosis, Cardiovascular Research, Current Opinion in Microbiology, Drug Discovery Today, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Journal of Chromatography A, Mechanisms of Development, Mutation Research, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, and Physiology & Behavior. As always, you can look up these titles through Ellen or through the Journal list.

Is a Vanpool for You?
Do you know how much it costs you to commute to work each month?  If not, find out with Ridelink's Cost of Commuting Calculator

If the fluctuating cost of gas or the time stuck in traffic is stressing you out, maybe joining a vanpool is for you. Benefits Administration is pleased to announce SANDAG will be on the La Jolla campus for three informational sessions to explain what a vanpool is and if it is a suitable option for you. Scripps Research also offers a pre-tax Transit Benefit to eligible employees.  To learn more, attend one of the information sessions on October 12:

 • Noon, Keck Amphitheater (Beckman Building)

 • 1:30 PM, Committee Lecture Hall (Skaggs Building)

 • 4 PM, HR Training Room (3377 Building)

These sessions will also briefly discuss other commuting options if the vanpool is not right for you.

Learn About Online Retirement Account Access and Planning Guides
Benefits Administration is pleased to announce that Fidelity Investments will be on the La Jolla campus on Wednesday, October 18 for a presentation of the company's online account access product, Netbenefits. Netbenefits allows retirement plan participants secure access to their retirement account virtually 24 hours a day. Some of the topics to be discussed include account management through a variety of online tools, personal finance education via online seminars, and portfolio planning. The seminar will be held from noon to 1 PM in the Human Resources Training Room, 3377 N. Torrey Pines Ct, Suite 205.

Benefits Reminder: Floating Holidays
Human Resources would like to remind Scripps Research employees about the floating holiday policy. Employees who are eligible for holiday pay accrue one or two floating holidays each year as designated in the annual holiday schedule (one for 2006, two for 2007). Employees may only accrue a maximum of 16 floating holiday hours (pro-rated for part-time employees) at any given time. If you currently have 16 floating holiday hours accrued, you will not earn the first floating holiday in 2007 unless you use at least one floating holiday between now and the end of 2006. Similarly, you will not earn next year's second floating holiday, which will post on July 1, 2007, if you have 16 floating holiday hours accrued at that time.

To find out how many floating holiday hours you currently have, refer to the top left corner of your pay stub under "FL Holiday Balance." Scheduling of floating holidays is at the discretion of your supervisor and may not be used in increments of less than one day.

The complete holiday policy is available at: http://www.scripps.edu/adminguide/hr/hrguide1_59.html. The 2006 and 2007 holiday schedule can be viewed at http://www.scripps.edu/hr/benefits/Holidays.html. Please contact Benefits, x4-8487 or benefits@scripps.edu, with any questions.     



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