Any employee may authorize regular
bond allotments to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds through biweekly payroll
deductions. Brochures and enrollment cards may be obtained from Human Resources by calling (617) 495-7371.
Center for Astrophysics
Monthly Observatory Nights
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics sponsors free programs in popular astronomy for the general
public on the third Thursday of every month. The Observatory Nights
feature a lecture, film, and, weather permitting, telescopic observing
on the Observatory roof.
The lectures are nontechnical and
they are intended for adult and high school audiences. No tickets or reservations
are necessary; however, seating is limited to the capacity of the hall
and filled on a first-come basis. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and programs
begin at 8:00 p.m. All programs will be held in the Phillips Auditorium
of the Center for Astrophysics at 60 Garden Street. For more information,
call SAO's Public Affairs Office at (617) 495-7461.
All employees may become members
of the Smithsonian Associates at a reduced annual rate. A National Member
receives the monthly SMITHSONIAN magazine, a discount of 20% on purchases
from museum shops and the Smithsonian Press, travel privileges to participate
in domestic and foreign study tours, and the use of luncheon facilities
at the Commons in the Smithsonian Building. Membership applications
are available in Human Resources.
Social and Recreational
All employees are encouraged and
invited to participate in a variety of social and recreational activities
such as soccer, tennis, softball, picnics, bus trips, etc. Information
regarding these activities is generally announced online in the WEEKLY CALENDAR,
and can also be found on the CfA Social and Recreational Committee home
page on the World Wide Web.
There is a fee for parking at most SAO's
Cambridge, MA locations. Please contact your division/department
administrator for more information regarding parking spaces/fees.
An Ombudsperson is available as
a confidential source for any employee who has a work-related problem,
concern, or complaint that cannot be resolved through normal channels.
For an Ombudsperson's assistance, you may call Chandra Heilman (SI) at
(202) 357-3261 (answering machine will take messages 24 hours a day) or you may call one of the SAO Ombudspersons: Harvey Tananbaum at (617) 495-7248, John Raymond at (617) 495-7416, Patricia Brennan at (617) 495-7293, Trevor Weekes (AZ) at (520) 670-5711, or Thomas "Mac" Cooper (HI) at (808) 961-2969.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program
(EAP) is a confidential evaluation and referral source for Smithsonian
employees experiencing personal problems that could adversely affect work
performance. The program is designed to assist you in recognizing
and resolving these problems. The EAP offers both counseling services
and resources. EAP assistance is free, confidential and voluntary.
SAO employees have access to the Employee Assistance Programs at the
Smithsonian Institution. You may call directly at (202) 633-1051.