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Thursday February 2,  2023

As you are intimately aware, the University is in an incredibly active state of change and evolution. The Staff Council, as well, has been embracing change and forging ahead with many new initiatives and appreciating our successes along the way. The Council had a very productive 2022 and we are excited for the coming year.  In my previous report I informed you all that The Council’s Compensation, Benefits, and Budgeting committee had been reinstated. The committee has been fully populated with strong and strategically aware members that are eager to work with senior leadership. Collaboration with Labor and Employee Relations and the entire Human Resource Services team will be ongoing to provide meaningful and data- driven proposals for positive changes for non-represented staff here at the University. Read More


Lucie, a former Staff Council representative, has returned recently to serve the Department of Enrollment Management where she is a Office & Program Support Generalist in the Registrar's office.  You might see her staffing the front desk as you enter Waterman from the main entrances.  Lucie serves on the Community Engagement Committee (CE) as well as the Professional Development Fund committee.  Click here to find out more about the work of CE as well as all the committees.  When Lucie rejoined Staff Council in 2021, she said, "I've been working the Registrar's office for 22 years and was a past Staff Council member.  I'm joining again now to mingle more with others and hear concerns from fellow workers.  Outside of work, I am and artist at heart."

Consider joining Lucie as a representative on Staff Council, Visit our representative page on our website for additional openings.

In This Issue:
Staff Council News

Campus News
Community Resources
UVM Professional Development & Training - Updated
Staff Council News

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 2/7/23 from 12:05-1:30
All members of the UVM community are welcome. 
The Microsoft Teams meeting link will be posted prior to the
meeting on the front page of the Staff Council website, or my may join in-person at the Jost Foundation room in Davis.  Meeting agendas, minutes, and video recordings
are also available on our website. 

The Board of Trustees (BoT) has several committees requiring representation and opportunities to serve.  Newly appointed to two open seats are:
  • Jay LaShombe, Senior Assistant Director / Undergraduate Admissions, will serve on the Educational Policy and Institutional Resources Committee. (EPIR)
  • Douglas Dickey, Business Operations Administrator, CEM's Dean's office, will serve on the Budget, Finance & Investment Committee. (BFI)
Visit the BoT website for additional details as well as upcoming meeting schedules.  The Committee Of The Whole, taking place on 2/10 is open to all.
The Staff Council Personal & Professional Development, Occupational Environment Committee (PPD) has been working recently with Transportation & Parking Services to better understand the challenges of parking on campus and bring to them additional feedback from staff on ideas, issues and concerns.  As a result of these meetings, T&PS has
developed an FAQ, which can be found on their webpage.  This will be updated as needed and can help clear up some of the questions staff has had.  PPD will continue to work with T&PS as they continue to assess how to improve the staff parking experience.
The Q3 application period is closed.  The Q4 application period will open on 3/1/23.  All non-represented staff staff are eligible to apply. 
Come learn more about where to walk on campus when the weather isn’t so great! Staff will meet with Cyrus Carey, Associate Director of Campus Rec, Operations, who will talk to Staff about the process of accessing the Fitness Center, Campus Rec spaces, and the Indoor Track. Then, Staff will be able to walk the indoor track until 1pm. Meet in the Fitness Center Lobby.  No sign up or registration required.
Friday, February 24, 12pm click to add to your calendar
Monday, March 6, 12pm click to add to your calendar 
Join a guided tour of the Fleming Museum lead by Chris Dissinger, Manager of Visitor Engagement, as well as Amy Vile, member of the Community Engagement Committee,  and learn about the newest exhibitions at the University’s Fleming Museum. Meet at the museum’s lobby shortly before noon on Wednesday, February 8th.  Click here to add to your calendar.  No sign up or registration required.
The staff book club will be reading Monstress by Lysley Tenorio.  The book consists of eight short stories, and we will be meeting to discuss the first four on Friday, February 3 at noon and the second four on Wednesday, March 8 at noon. Email Allison Spain if you wish to join the group.  
UVM Animal Stars
The UVM Animal Stars pet directory is temporarily not accepting new profiles. We'll let you know when we open back up for new furry friends!

What would you like to see here?  The brief survey indicated a majority that responded wish to see the Animal Stars remain as is until we can start again with new pets.
campus news
International Winter Bike to Work Day
Friday, February 10, 8-9am
Join us – and cyclists around the world – Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, to celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day! The annual event encourages cyclists to brave the elements and ride to work on their bikes. We will be meeting at the new location of the UVM Bikes! Co-op at the Booth House. We will have hot coffee, bagels, and donuts to fuel your day. We will also have gift cards, bike gear, and goodie bags thanks to our partners at Local Motion, Old Spokes Home, and Terry Bikes!
VTIFF has a festival coming up February 16-19, the Global Roots Film Festival.  They are offering a $2 discount off full price tickets, for all 11 films in the festival, to UVM Staff and Faculty. Tickets go on-sale to 2/7 at 10am, at The film list and schedule will be published online in early February HERE. General Admission tickets (before the discount) are $12; Students w/ID are $6. Festival passes are $45, or $20 for Students w/ID.

The code for this discount is UVM_2023
To redeem the code, select the film, click buy/get tickets, and before adding a ticket to your cart, click "Know a promotion code?". After it has been entered, you will see the discounted ticket as an option and you can select the number of tickets, and add to your cart. From there you can add more films, or complete checkout. 
This season, the UVM Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is sponsoring a show featuring the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world” that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage”.
The show will be on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
UVM community members can purchase tickets for 10% off (tickets range $25-$79).  You can purchase the tickets through Alvin Ailey Theater at the Flynn by using code UVMDEI.
UVM employees get 15% off. When ordering online, you will need to sign in with your UVM credentials and then you will see the fac/staff discount. (The 15% cannot be combined with the other discount packages we’re offering.)
Community Resources
Food and Meal Resources
COVID-Support VT: VT Everyone Eats:
The Champlain Housing Trust announced a suite of initiatives and financing options to help Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) become homeowners through its signature shared equity program.  Click to learn more.
This section of Staffline highlights both internal and external opportunities for training and development. We try to feature both free events and those which have a cost, with a friendly reminder that if you are a non-represented staff, you could potentially apply for the Staff Council Professional Development Fund to pay for them. 3rd quarter application period is closed.
Professional Development and Training Calendar
Classes are added throughout the year, so check back regularly.