Day 264 - The Hubbub
Friday, August 21, 2015
I had to deal with a situation today that, if it was happening when I was in college, would have totally escaped my purview if I weren't in this position.
Registered sex offenders are allowed to take classes on our campus, but they have to be registered with the campus police department. This semester there are 3 guys, one of them an old homeless man that has serious mental illness. I had to field three complaints against the old guy today, and he missed his appointment with the counselor today. She was going to tell him that he would be meeting with one of the police officers tomorrow in one of the offices in the administration building. He isn't reachable, although he lives in the homeless camp behind the campus. It's sad and awkward, because he really shouldn't be taking classes (he does not have the mental capacity) and he behaves inappropriately even when boundaries are clearly established, but he's homeless and lost.
It is a challenge to be respectful to people, and we have to protect them just like we have to protect the other students. It's a balancing act, and I'm learning to walk the tightrope.
Tomorrow my predecessor Carla will be in all day (after the faculty meeting from 7:30-8:30). She is an expert at all the budgetary issues that I need to deal with, and she will help me get through a lot of the invoices, statements, and work orders that were in piles all over my desk before I arrived. I'm looking forward to working with her tomorrow.
I will say that I am going to leave the office no later tomorrow than 4:30! I've worked from 7:30 until at least 6pm every day, and then at least another 2 hours in the evening. I can't wait to kick back and have fun this weekend! Our friends Joseph and Tim are coming up for the weekend with their friend Lisa. It will be great fun going wine tasting on Saturday and boating/swimming on Sunday.
Remember to give everyone you meet a little respect. Their situation may not be ideal, but they will appreciate a smile and a kind word.
And keep sparking!