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Staffline - a publication of UVM Staff Council
Tuesday October 4,  2022

Sugarbush New for 22/23 - Sugarbush discounted rate available until December 1, 2022

Smugglers Notch New for 22/23 - Smuggs discounted rate available until October 31, 2022

Jay Peak  New for 22/23 - Jay discounted rate available until October 10, 2022Use code UVMB2B

Bolton Valley - Yet To Be Announced

Our annual Holiday Bazaar returns, all UVM community members are welcome to attend, there is no admission fee.  Look for more coming details on volunteering, contributing to the raffle, food drive or bake sale.  Interested in being a vendor, click here for detailsApplication deadline is 10/14/22.

Joe Speidel is a representative from University Relations.  Joe is the Director of Local Government and Community Relations within the unit.  Joe served on Staff Council over 15 years ago, seeing and been part of many changes since that time.  As Joe has stated, "Respect for others and their perspective has been a goal throughout my career, beginning with my work as a mental health counselor and then at UVM, as has been a value of fairness, ethical behavior and responsibility for my interactions with other people."

Consider joining Joe 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, 10/4/22 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. 

Staff Council Recognition and Retention Proposal - Jon Reisenweaver

In March 2022, I formed the Staff Council Ad Hoc Committee for Recognition and Retention whose charge was to research peer institutions and collaborate with them to propose innovative ideas and thoughtful ways to help with staff recognition and 
retention here at UVM. While this work continues with senior UVM leadership, we will keep you updated on any progress.
Sponsored by the Staff Council Community Engagement Committee

Monday, October 17th, 12pm: Trees on Campus
Join Associate Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, Mark Starrett, for a walking tour of interesting and notable trees on campus. This is a reprisal of his very popular summer tree walk in case you missed the one in June or would like to see the campus in fall color. Meet at the Fountain on the Campus Green.  Click To Add to your calendar
The Community Engagement Committee of Staff Council will be doing a Staff Book Club again this year! Please vote by Friday, October 14. We will email everyone the week of October 17 with the selection. Discussions will happen at noon on Friday, November 11 (first half of book) and noon on Monday, December 12 (second half of book). Discussions may be on Teams or in person, TBD. Hope you can join!  Click here to register and vote on a selection.
 All non-represented staff staff are eligible to apply. (With the ratification of the UVMSU contract, UVMSU members are no longer eligible per the Memorandum of Understanding)
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!
campus news
The University of Vermont is committed to the health and safety of our employees. The flu shot is an integral part of keeping you, your colleagues, and your community well. In October and November, UVM will host several on-campus flu shot clinics for UVM employees. Clinics will be administered by professionals from UVM Medical Center and registration is required, click here.
Have you heard? Waterman Café, located on the second floor of the Waterman Building, is now open Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 1:00PM offering coffee, pastries, baked goods, snacks and beverages. Check it out! The following tenders are accepted: Retail Points, Cat$cratch, and Credit/Debit (no cash)

Enjoy an evening of this FREE SCREENING October 6th, 7pm - 8:30pm at the Main Street Landing Film House full of illuminating and convention-breaking films, preceded by a selection of trailers from the 2022 Vermont International Film Festival!

Featuring rarely-seen silent films about feminist protest, anarchic slapstick mayhem, and evocative gender play. The women included are indeed very “nasty”—they organize labor strikes, bake (and weaponize) inedible desserts, explode out of the chimney, electrocute the police, and assume a rogues’ gallery of playful identities that joyously dismantle gender binaries and sexual norms.  Reservations Required, click here.
It's baaack!!  Wednesday, October 5th is the UVM Bookstore's annual fall Patio Sale! Find UVM t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats, as well as books, gift items, and so much more all at huge discounts.  Sale runs from 9 am - 3:30 pm on the Davis Center patio located outside the Bookstore.

UVM Employee Wellness Champion Nomination are open.  Click Here to share the story of a wellness journey you admire from among your many amazing co-workers.

UVM Employee Wellness Calendar - Fall Semester 2022
In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to join us for a Panel & Film Discussion with Abenaki Holly LaFrance & UVM Profession Anthony D'Amato, in-person or virtually! Click here for details.
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.)
UVM Catamount Educational Farm Apple and Vegetable Sales begin September 2 at the UVM Horticulture  Research and Education Center, 65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, VT and will continue every Friday through at least November 8 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Weekly updates on apple varieties available will be found at our Facebook page.
Interdepartment apple orders should be submitted at: Please post them at least one week in advance.
Directions to the farm from campus:
The HRC is located behind GE Healthcare (former IDX) and the Heritage car dealerships off Shelburne Road in South Burlington. From Campus Follow Spear Street South to Swift Street, take a right at the light and follow Swift St to the end. Turn left on US Route 7 and travel 1.5 miles south. Turn left at the traffic light onto IDX Drive. Travel .3 miles on IDX Drive and turn left onto the Horticultural Research Center access road.
  • Fall Group Fitness Class Passes are available now to purchase, including the subsidized Employee Wellness Unlimited Group Fitness Pass here.
  • Access the live schedule online
Community Resources
The Junior League of Champlain Valley Diaper Bank in Vermont is providing free diapers to parents in the UVM community.

If you are a new parent, have an infant or toddler and would like support in minimizing the cost of diapers, please send the size and quantity you need to  
Diapers will be available for pickup from September 9th, 2022.
Food and Meal Resources
COVID-Support VT: VT Everyone Eats:
Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Vermont Housing Finance Agency has launched its Homeowner Assistance Program, which offers grants for missed payments on mortgages, utilities (water/sewer,
electricity, home heating), property taxes, and homeowner's or condominium association fees. Vermont homeowners can apply here: They have assistance for applicants available through their hotline at (833) 221-4208, including housing counseling and translation assistance through local agencies. 
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. 2nd quarter application period is open.
Ready, Set, Retire: Post-Retirement Medical Benefits Eligibility
Facilitator: UVM Benefits Staff
December 11, 9:00am - 10:30am 
PeopleSoft Code: BEN027
Join us for step-by-step guidance on UVM retirement eligibility, post-retirement benefits, planning for health insurance costs in retirement, and how to coordinate Medicare with your UVM insurance.

Retirement Savings Plan: Info Session
Facilitator: UVM Benefits Staff
December 8, 9:30am - 10:30am 
PeopleSoft Code: BEN016
This interactive workshop is geared to encourage new employees and those newly-eligible to participate in the UVM 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan: the fundamentals of this valuable benefit as part of your total compensation at UVM. Not so new to UVM but not yet participating? Please join us! We'll discuss the basics of the plan's design, how to create and set up your account, and why your participation is so important to your long-term goals.
Download Full Fiscal Year Schedule (pdf)
Classes are added throughout the year, so check back regularly.