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Staffline - a publication of UVM Staff Council
Tuesday August 2, 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 one more new representative for FY23
In the last edition, we introduced you to 9 new representatives.  Here, we are proud and honored to welcome one more our new representatives from across the campus.  Click a name to find out more about your campus colleagues.  It's never too late to join.  
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 - NEW
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)
Sponsored by the Staff Council Social Committee Did you miss the Staff Council Discounted Fair Ticket Sale Deadline?  Fear not!  The Fair is offering it's own advanced ticket sale directly through them at this link.  You'll still save a little with these advanced purchases until August 15.

Following the Art Walk by the Community Engagement Committee, The Social Committee held it's Paint Night on 7/19 to great success with some budding Picasso's in the making.
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
From Erica Caloiero
Vice Provost for Student Affairs 7/22/22

Dear Colleagues,
I hope this email finds you well and staying cool in the summer heat.
The UVM Emergency Operations Group is working to establish this year’s emergency call center and invites interested UVM faculty and staff to sign up to volunteer during critical incidents. If interested, please see the information below and complete this short online form  (Click here for the full communication)
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.
From Provost Prelock 7/18/22
Dear UVM Community,

Last spring semester brought the easing of mask restrictions on campus, and we ended the academic year with pride in knowing that UVM maintained one of the lowest rates of positive COVID cases among all U.S. college campuses over the past two years. The shared sense of responsibility in our community is inspiring still. Click To Read The Full Announcement
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.)

The Offices of Sustainability and Transportation and Parking Services are working to create a plan for future EV charging on UVM's campus. They are looking for input from all employees and students about how you get to campus, how you feel about electric vehicles, and more. The survey link is attached here:

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. Representatives are expected to attend two monthly hour-long meetings and any additional Town Halls. The Representative may also be requested to write a short summary of SRAIC activities or attend Staff Council meetings to share updates. For more information about SRIAC visit

 All staff members interested in serving will find the application here.
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 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
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. 
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.
Basics of the UE Contract
Facilitator: UVM Labor & Employee Relations department representative

August 11 2:30pm -  4:00pm
PeopleSoft Code: SLE047
This training will present common issues that arise under the UE contract including hours of work and scheduling, discipline and discharge, leave issues, and union activities and visitation.  The training will also cover general best practices for managing unionized employees.

Having Difficult Conversations with Employees
Facilitator:  UVM Labor & Employee Relations department representative
August 17 9:30am  - 11am 
PeopleSoft Code: SLE042
Peter will introduce skills to help participants increase their confidence and effectiveness in having difficult conversations with employees. How should a supervisor discuss performance, misconduct and other common challenging scenarios. Various practice scenarios will be presented. Learn 10 common mistakes in giving feedback.

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.