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Staffline - a publication of UVM Staff Council
Wednesday July 6, 2022
Find Your Representatives
Staff Council Representatives are elected annually in April/May and represent staff from all corners of the University of Vermont (UVM). We have established 24 Units which include all colleges and major divisions. Representation in these areas is determined annually by a staff census performed through Human Resource Services/OIR in accordance with our bylaws.  Meet our 9 new representatives FY23
We are proud and honored to welcome our new representatives from across the campus.  Click a name to find out more about your campus colleagues.  
It's never too late.  We continue to have a few open seats for interested staff and UVMSU members to serve.  Click here for our get involved page to find out more.  Concerned about getting the time away from your primary responsibilities?  See the UVM Time Release policy that encourages voluntary work supporting the university mission.
UVM Time Release Policy for Community and Professional Service - pg. 21
In This Issue:
Staff Council News

Campus News
Community Resources
UVM Professional Development & Training
  • Best Practices for Supervisors in a Remote Environment - NEW
  • Diffusing Anger and Hostility
  • Burnout is Real: How to Take Action to Protect Yourself and Your Job 
Staff Council News

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 8/2/22 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)
Each year, Staff Council recognizes and celebrates the hard work and commitment of it's members.  This year, after a 2 year hiatus, we were able to meet again in person at our end of year luncheon hosted by President Garimella.  Link to some photos of the event,

This year, we recognized 6 council members, click the names below.

Exceptional Committee Member Awards
Council Awards
Sponsored by the Staff Council Social Committee
Sponsored by the Staff Council Community Engagement Committee.

Summertime Group Walks! No sign up needed, just show up, rain or shine
Mark your calendars now! Connect with colleagues and get some fresh air!
Wednesday, July 13, 12pm: Art on Campus
Join Staff Council member and Conference and Member Event Coordinator in the LCOM Teaching Academy, Amanda Broder, for a stroll to see the public art installations on campus. Meet at the Fountain on the Campus Green.  Add to my calendar
Tuesday, July 26, 12pm: Burlington Waterfront (and Creemees)
Join the Staff Council Community Engagement Committee for a walk down College Street to the waterfront. Bring your wallet and stop at the Burlington Bay Market and Café for a creemee. Meet at the Fountain on the Campus Green.  Add to my calendar

Here's' the group getting ready for the June 28th campus tree tour lead by Associate Professor Mark Starett.
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 Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council (SRIAC) is a group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who primarily act as the decision-making body behind the Sustainable Campus Fund and work on some issues related to socially responsible investing.

SRIAC is seeking a staff representative for a two-year term starting in August 2022 with the option of reappointment.  For more information about SRIAC visit

 All staff members interested in serving will find the application here..
Congratulations to Kyle Wentzel who has been appointed to fill the vacated staff seat on the Athletic Advisory Board. Kyle is an Accounting Specialist in the Disbursement Center.  Kyle states:

"I am motivated to serve on the Athletics Advisory Board because I desire to have a more active role in the student experience here at UVM. My position within the Disbursement Center has provided me with a few insights into the business operations of Athletics, but I would like to use this opportunity to develop a better understanding of higher education administration, especially within the Athletics Department."

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

The Brightspace Core Implementation Team has begun its work to ensure that the UVM community successfully transitions to Brightspace by the 2023 fall semester. Here are some recent highlights:  Click to read more

The new Cats are coming soon, and Student Life staff are seeking move-in volunteers. Please consider signing up (deadline July 8) as an individual, office, or organization, and help create the connections that make our campus feel like home!

Lost Illusions Xavier Giannoli’s headlong modern and cinematic adaptation of a Balzac novel paints a timely picture of literary ambition and media corruption in 19th-century France, a ravishing vision of the birth of modern media. In some ways it is a very old-fashioned, supremely French movie, full of costumes and quill pens, and speechifying, and stylish acting even in the smallest roles.
UVM employees can access $2 discounted tickets for the 8/4 scrfeen at 7pm by entering promo code UVM2022 when selecting a ticket to add to your cart. Once you are on the show page for the film you'd like to see, click "Get tickets", then "Buy tickets". You'll then see (above the price options listed) a teal box that says "Know a promotion code?". Click that, enter UVM2022, and then you'll see Ticket- $2 pop up as an option to select. Continue following the prompts from there to checkout
Quick Links:
COVID-19 Testing Center
The testing center remains open and available through the summer, but with reduced hours. Click For Details

If you are experiencing symptoms, Effective Monday, May 16, symptomatic testing will be available at Student Health Services Monday through Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. To make an appointment for symptomatic testing, log in to MyWellbeing (students) and follow the prompts, or call Student Health Services at 656-3350 (faculty and staff). Click For Details

Antigen Tests, Masks Still Available
Free rapid tests are available at the Testing Center and the UVM Bookstore for all students, staff, and faculty while supplies last. Catcards are required.

Please see UVM’s guidance for face coverings/masks. More information on the KN95 masks including care and use is available on UVM’s Higher Quality Mask page.

Mindfulness Schedule

Looking for a supportive community to practice/learn meditation and connect with others? Check out the UVM Mindfulness community.

Mindfulness is essentially a practice of coming home again and again to the present moment with kindness and nonjudgmental curiosity. It is not about clearing your mind or getting rid of thought, so if you think “I can’t meditate because my mind is always running,” no need to worry!  Mindfulness is about learning to accept ourselves, our thoughts, and strong emotions – not making them go away.

UVM Mindfulness offers an array of weekly programs. Except when otherwise stated, all programs are drop-in and
welcome newcomers to mindfulness and meditation All programs are free and open to students, staff, and faculty.

Employee Wellness @UVM
Employee Wellness offers a variety of resources:
Community Resources
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. 
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. 1st quarter for FY23 is open..
Best Practices for Supervisors in a Remote Environment
Facilitator: UVM Labor & Employee Relations department representative

July 19 10:00am -  11:30pm
PeopleSoft Code: SLE043
This workshop for current supervisors offers an opportunity to share what has worked in the remote environment, and share best practices and resources for supervisors from the Labor and Employee Relations team.

Diffusing Anger and Hostility
Facilitator: Invest EAP
July 20 10am - 11am 
PeopleSoft Code: COM077
This session will focus on why escalation to hostility and aggression occurs and what helps to defuse it in order to move on to problem-solving. You will gain an understanding of the dynamics of anger and hostility as well as effective verbal/non-verbal skills for de-escalating anger, hostility and resistance. This workshop does not replace crisis response training, and it may be a review for employee groups with prior training or experience in de-escalation.

Burnout is Real: How to Take Action to Protect Yourself and Your Job
Facilitator: Invest EAP

August 24 10am - 11am 
PeopleSoft Code: COM076
This training is an overarching presentation of labor management supervision best-practices with examples from currently active collective bargaining agreements.
Download Full Fiscal Year Schedule (pdf)
Classes are added throughout the year, so check back regularly.