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Thursday December 15  2022

Kari Brayden is a new  representative this year from HRS were she is a Class & Compensation Analyst.  Kari currently serves on the Personal & Professional Development  Committee that oversees the Staff Council Professional Development Fund and is also working on campus parking, a TEDTalk type series and more.  When Kari became a representative, she stated, "I’ve been employed at UVM for nearly 9 years (and was a student here before that). I’ve had experience in a couple of different staff roles and am excited to join a new-to-me initiative with Staff Council. Being a representative is very important work and I will do all I can to contribute meaningfully.  In my off time, I keep busy with my family in Williston, and am usually skiing, hiking, gardening, renovating something, or cheering on local youth sports from the sidelines.."

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

Keep checking here for details to come as both the Social Committee and Community Engagement Committee offer ways to get through the winter and into next summer with walking tour of The Fleming, bowling outing in February, bowling outing in late winter/early spring, reboot of the golf outing in Summer.  The staff book club will be reading Monstress by Lysley Tenorio this spring and wanted to announce the choice now in case anyone is looking for something to read over the break. 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. I will be sending out Teams info shortly.  Email Allison Spain if you wish to join the group.  


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, 1/3/23 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. 

 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)
With over 1200 attendees, the 2022 Holiday Bazaar & Food Drive was a huge success! We have so many people to thank!

Davis Center Staff
We could not have pulled this off so successfully without the amazing assistance we received from University Events Services and the Davis Center Staff, who attended to every detail! Thank you so much!

20 amazing folks were so generous with donating their time and energy as volunteers on the day of the event. We depend so much on this pitching-in from our colleagues and we are so grateful for the time and energy you gave us.

A huge thank you to Sodexo for donating coffee and tea for the vendors, and hot chocolate for visitors! The hot chocolate in particular was wildly popular and brightened a lot of folks' days.

We couldn't have the Bazaar without our amazing, creative Vendors! Thank you to all of you for bringing your exceptional talents and friendliness to all of us!

Transportation & Parking Services
This group continually works with us each year to fine tune the parking needs of the vendors.  They are great to work with an open to our suggestions for the event.

Campus Print & Mail
For donating two of their A-Frame signs for the day to use to use outside of Davis.
Bakers, Prize Donors, & Raffle Ticket Purchasers
We sold close to $700 worth of baked goods and raffle tickets combined, thanks to our 15+ volunteer bakers! This money, along with the table fees which vendors paid, will help to fund the next year of Staff Council Social Committee events and covers the cost of many of the deep discounts offered to staff, such as for Champlain Valley Fair tickets, Smuggs Staycation and more. 

We awarded nearly 100 prizes for the Raffle, donated by the craft vendors, UVM's Bookstore, local businesses and ski resorts, so a huge thank you to all those who contributed a prize!

Food Drive
We gathered several large tote bags of food donations totaling 154 pounds for  the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Thank you to all those who contributed to helping mitigate food insecurity amongst our students and our neighbors.
Click image below for the recording of the 12/6/22 full Staff Council meeting.
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?  Click here to fill out a short, anonymous survey.  Thanks!
campus news
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 Facilities Management personnel will be focusing on core mission activities to ensure that all facilities, buildings and grounds are safely and properly maintained during the University Administrative Closure time period.

Click here to view actions that University departments, staff and faculty can do to help us keep campus buildings operating smoothly over Winter Break, along with service level details on what campus partners can expect during this time.

Please refer to for important information regarding campus parking and transportation during the upcoming holiday and semester break periods. It is imperative you look at this information for specific instructions regarding parking or leaving a car on campus during these periods, as well as information to serve your transportation needs. Please call us at 802-656-8686 or email with further questions or concerns.

This year's UVM United Way campaign is officially underway.  Our goal is for 400 UVM community members to participate in the campaign by December 31st.  Click here for more 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.)
Community Resources
For additional details, click here.  
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.
Looking for more ways to help yourself and others this season?  The Staff Council Office, the Social Committee, and the Community Engagement Committee have put their heads together to bring you this list as a place to start when looking for ways to help your community through these cold months. Make sure you check out the many other awesome local organizations near you who may be in need of assistance. Click here for a list of more resources and opportunities.  .
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 open.
For PD&T's latest newsletter, click here.
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Classes are added throughout the year, so check back regularly.