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Staffline - a publication of UVM Staff Council
Thursday August 18 2022


The Staff Council Community Engagement Committee will recognize demonstrated volunteerism by UVM Staff with a $25 award (per staff member) made payable to the 501c3 group or organization connected to the staff member’s volunteer effort. UVM staff members are limited to one application per calendar year.

Community Service Award Application

Applications are to be submitted to the Staff Council Office. The Staff Council Community Engagement Committee will review and process award applications at their monthly meeting, following receipt of the application.  Please note that funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, until the funds are depleted.  Support for this Award Program is dependent upon availability of funds, and is not guaranteed. 

For additional information on any of these awards, please contact the Staff Council Office at or 656-4493.

It's never too late.  We continue to have a few open seats for interested staff and UVMSU members to serve.  If you are in any of the following, click the link to learn more.  We would love to hear from you with questions on serving.
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 - Updated
Staff Council News

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 9/6/22 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. 

Recording of the 1st full Staff Council meeting for FY23 on 8/2/2022, click the image above to view.
 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)
Sponsored by the Staff Council Social Committee
For those lamenting the lack of our annual golf outing for the last three years, the Staff Council Social Committee will be pursuing a reboot of that annual event for next summer (2023), so keep your eyes peeled for information later next year.
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
Registration is now open for UVM Extension's Vermont Master Composter course, designed to teach the basics of backyard composting. 
The online course opens on September 2. Topics to be covered include the biology of composting, soil and decomposition ecology, site and container selection, compost "recipes," the compost process, troubleshooting, disease control, worm composting and Vermont's Universal Recycling Law (Act 148). The course runs for eight weeks and course materials will be available to participants until December 2. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
From our friends at the VT. Dept. of Environmental Conservation via our Office of Sustainability:

Bears Need Your Help!
Bears are getting into trouble even more than ever this summer.  Please pass these tips on to your residents and businesses in your region. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
The Office of International Education is seeking hosts for the Community Host Program for the 2022-2023 academic year. This program matches international students with UVM staff or faculty members that serve as a community friend and mentor. Students and hosts get to plan their own activities and decide how often they’d like to meet.
This is a great opportunity for students to build connections and form lasting relationships both at UVM and in the larger Burlington community. Many hosts remain in contact with their mentees years after they leave UVM! If you are interested in participating, please email with a brief introduction, and the OIE will be in touch with additional information.
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.)
Employee Wellness @UVM
UVM Employee Wellness Group Fitness Classes - News & Action Step!:

Hello UVM Employees,
As Employee Wellness gears up for an exciting fall of supporting your wellness path, I have some news from our partnership with UVM Campus Recreation.
You may have heard that earlier this month the former system, IM Leagues, is no longer being used to sign up for group fitness classes.  There will no longer be an advanced sign-up system to take any classes with UVM Campus Recreation.  This adjustment is a return to a past system of showing up with you active Cat Card and enjoying a great work out!  CLICK TO READ FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Fire Of Love are Maurice and Katia Krafft, married French scientists who devoted their lives to the study of volcanoes. Really, though, it might be more accurate to describe the couple, who died in a volcanic eruption in 1991, as co-directors, since they were the ones who captured the most arresting images in this curious and haunting film.
UVM employees can access $2 discounted tickets for the 9/1 screening 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
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. 
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. 1st quarter for FY23 is closed.  2nd quarter application period opens 9/1/22.
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.