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Staffline - a publication of UVM Staff Council
Tuesday September 20,  2022
Deans, Directors and Supervisors,

As we begin a new semester and head into Fall, I cannot help but to reach out to you all in thanks.  In the spirit of Staff Appreciation, I want to take a moment to also recognize you.  Your Staff Council representatives are part of your team and are critical pieces in helping this campus function smoothly.  By supporting your unit's representative(s), you are helping to facilitate the kind of positive change we all want to see.  They take time to attend regular monthly meetings for the Staff Council, their committees, events, special appointments, and so much more.

I am forever thankful to you, my fellow leaders, for doing your part for the Staff of this campus through your continued support of your Staff Council representatives.  Please join me in celebrating you, your staff, and especially the Staff Council representatives that give their time voluntarily.

With warm regards,
Jon Reisenweaver
Staff Council President

Allison Spain is a representative from the Research & Grad Studies area.  She is a Student Service Specialist in the Grad College.  Allison is is serving in her 3rd year of a 3 year term on the Community Engagement Committee where she served as a co-chair during it's first year of existence earning her committee member of year recognition and served on the Executive Board.  Allison also serves on the University Diversity Council.

Consider joining Allison as a Research - Grad College representative.
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. 

 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)
Our former Staff Council Program Coordinator, Elisabeth Blair, who has since relocated to Montreal, will be in Burlington for a reading and book signing of her new publication, "because God loves the wasp" A memoir in poetry documenting the author's experience living in two abusive facilities for 'troubled teens' in the 1990s. Event Details Here
Recording of the September full Staff Council meeting from 9/6/2022, click the image above to view.
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
Join RALLYTHON on Saturday, September 24th to Move Mountains and Make Miracles for the University of Vermont Children's Hospital. Contributions help support programs and services that meet the physical, mental and social needs for kids and families treated daily.  Registration Required
The University of Vermont announced a joint venture with local development firm Snyder-Braverman to create much-needed housing for UVM graduate students, faculty, and staff, to be located in the newly developed South Burlington City Center. Full Article Here
This Cultural Resource Guide is for those living or considering living in the Burlington area and who want to learn more about the diverse resources available. At UVM we believe this is a vital resource for prospective and current faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and/or identities. Although this resource is not exhaustive, we hope it gives you a better sense of the diversity of resources available to you in the area.  Click For More Info
This fall semester series through Professional Development & Training introduces the concept of intersectional environmentalism, reviews our key sustainability metrics and plans, details the sustainable transportation, food, and waste management programs on campus and explains options for investing according to your values within UVM’s retirement plans. Click For Details
Local Motion’s Lock and Learn is back! Join Local Motion for a Lock N Learn Workshop to learn some tips on how to stay safe while riding your bike on the street and in the neighborhood, how to avoid getting your bike stolen, and answers to your questions about the rules of the road. All UVM students and employees are welcome!
For showing up (and sticking around), you’ll get:
- FREE U-lock for your bike
- FREE set of bike lights
We have two ways to attend.
  • Virtually, on September 21, 2022 at 12pm-1pm on Zoom (click here)
  • In person, on September 22, 2022 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm at Innovation Hall (E105). If you plan to attend in-person please register in advance (seats limited).
World Car Free Day is September 22!
Sustainable Transportation Vermont and our partners want to provide college students, faculty, and staff - especially those new to the area - with resources and reasons to live car-free in Vermont. Come downtown to City Hall Park from 3:30-5pm to learn about why a mostly car-free life is beneficial to yourself, your community, and the environment–– and more accessible than you may think!

Check out for more information!
Vermont 4-H is partnering with Military Kids Vermont to bring two fun events to military families this fall. Go apple picking with MKVT! Below are the two locations where this activity is being offered. Click on the link next to each date for more information and registration:
  • Apple Picking at Outback Orchards on September 25th in Florence VT – more info
  • Apple Picking at Chapin Orchards on October 2 in Essex Junction VT – more info
Open to all military families of Vermont-current, retired, veteran or not, and surviving families.
Questions? Contact Allison Smith by email at
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

UVM Health & Wellness Coaching Employee Connection

Health Powered by Connection! Join Osher Center for Integrative Health faculty and students for a fun and inspiring health and wellness coaching program. 
Participants will have 6-group and 6-individual coaching sessions to help make healthy behavioral changes. This dynamic program is for UVM and UVMMC employees. Click To Register

UVM Employee Wellness Calendar - Fall Semester 2022
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
September 28 9:30am - 11am 
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.

Campus Sustainability Series: Let's Be Intersectional Environmentalists
Facilitator: Masha Shelukha, Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon, Caylin McCamp
September 29 10am - 11am 
PeopleSoft Code: COM072
This session will lay a foundation for the rest of the series to build on by outlining the systemic root causes that many social and environmental issues share. Presenters will establish a common language and understanding within the cohort by introducing the concepts of environmental racism, climate justice and intersectional environmentalism. This session will include some prework and will be interactive. Attendees will receive resources for further learning and action steps at the end of the session.
Download Full Fiscal Year Schedule (pdf)
Classes are added throughout the year, so check back regularly.