New Administrative Center for Social SciencesThe Social Sciences Division will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, to introduce the Social Sciences Administrative Center (SSAC) to the University community.
The open house will be held at the SSAC offices on the second floor of Kelly Hall. The SSAC staff will be formally introduced at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.
The SSAC is part of the University's coordinated strategy for localizing administrative services.
"We all welcome this effort toward integrating the administrative functions of Social Sciences in concert with coordinated efforts moving forward in other units across the University," said Bill Hogan, University Comptroller.
The SSAC is a hub for many of the division's administrative activities that were previously handled by the departments, including pre- and post-award grant and contract administration, the dissemination of information on funding sources, preparation of proposals, and account administration. The center also administers payroll and personnel processes and manages non-contract and non-grant funds.
A new SSAC page on the World Wide Web allows the Social Sciences community to initiate electronic transactions with the center. "The center is all about communication and service," said Aneesah Ali, SSAC Manager of Administrative Services. "We hope that faculty and staff will contact the SSAC in person, by e-mail or by phone to ask questions and transact business."
Richard Saller, Dean of the Social Sciences Division, expressed his appreciation to the staff of the center. "In a remarkably short period of time, this administrative center has shown itself to be a focus of useful service for the entire division, while at the same time realizing significant cost savings. We look forward to working with other University units to help forge an integrated administrative approach."