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April 2019
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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR


I would like thank everyone who participated in our "March Against Student Hunger" food drive in the month of March. To see boxes brimming with non-perishable items for the pantry made me proud to be a part of this generous group. THANK YOU!

Spring is here and the upcoming months will be busy for PSA. We will be having a professional development opportunity later in April on Ohio Deferred Compensation and Professional Staff Council will be issuing a survey to all of PSA. Your feedback is instrumental in making sure we, as council, are providing professional development events and meeting the overall needs of PSA at large. We strive for continuous improvements on what we offer for PSA and are always welcoming to any and all feedback.

It’s time to nominate a fellow colleague for the annual Frank Horton award which will be awarded at the PSA annual meeting on May 21. Information on this will be sent via email to all of PSA mid-April.

GO ROCKETS!
 
Jamie L. Fager
April is Diversity Month
April is Diversity Month! Celebrating diversity, inclusion, and equality.
Join the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity to celebrate diversity all month long. Events began on April 5th and go through to Monday, April 29th. The calendar of events can be found on the ODIE webpage and include diversity training, Women and Gender Studies Student Research Showcase, the LGBTQ Issues Conference and the inaugural Office of Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report and Awards Reception.

The ODIE is not the only place to seek information about diversity - the UT campus offers dozens of resources for students, staff, and faculty and are listed under campus resources on the ODIE webpage. They include centers such as the Eberly Center for Women, the Center for Religious Understanding, and the Center for Successful Aging. Other valuable resources include Latino Initiatives, LGBTQQA+ Initiatives, and the Center of International Studies and Programs. Explore how UT can meet your diversity and inclusion needs.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

Allison Spencer

Program Manager
College of Engineering
Office of Graduate Studies

How long have you been a Rocket and in what capacity?

I have been with the University of Toledo since fall of 2014. I started out as the Program Coordinator for the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center, while there I helped various programs schedule simulation. A year later, I transitioned over the Interprofessional Education Program (IPE) in which I handled all the logistical aspects for a program of 550+ students representing 9 different healthcare professions. I recently started a new role in within the Office of Graduate Students & Research at the College of Engineering. In 2018, I graduated with my Master’s in Higher Education.
 

How would you describe your job?

I am still learning all of what my new job entails but I help process student paperwork and paperwork needed for graduate and teaching assistances. I will also be planning and coordinating various events to support our graduate students and promote graduate and undergraduate research.
 

What distinguishes UT from other workplaces?

UT has its own culture and within the university each college/department has its own culture. I have enjoyed getting to work on both campuses and seeing that no matter what department or campus you are working on everyone strives to support our students. It is also great that UT encourages professional and personal growth for its employees. I have had so many great opportunities to grow and learn in my 5 years here.
 

What resources from UT are your “must-haves” to perform your job?

A supportive and encouraging environment. And of course the students because without them we would not be here!
 

What is your favorite thing about UT?

The people! I know it may be cliché but the people at UT make this place great. I have been able to work with people who have inspired me, supported me, motivated me, and who have become some of my closest friends. I have also enjoyed seeing the students works todays their academic goals.
 

Can you tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know or would be surprised to learn?

I have traveled to all but 3 states and I hope to visit them soon. I was also once in a kazoo band that was founded by a fellow UT employee.
 
Want to be in the Spotlight, or know someone who should?
Nominate yourself or a colleague for a Spotlight feature
in an upcoming newsletter with our web nomination form.
This Spring, Spring Into Better Habits!
The University Libraries are hosting “Spring into Better Habits,” which started on Sunday. It’s a week of events and activities open to all and the goal is to raise awareness about nutrition, healthy food options, fitness, and members of the community promoting these values.
 
Therapy dogs will also be on hand throughout the week. Most events will take place in the Mulford Library Building Annex Student Lounge on Health Science Campus.

Submit the completed Spring Into Better Habits Challenge activities using the online form by 11:59 p.m. on April 12th. If you wish to be entered into the raffle drawing, please include your name and preferred email address or phone number.
 
The week ends with a community event at the Mary Jane Gill Shelter at Swan Creek Metropark on Saturday morning, April 13.
 
Learn more

The libraries are also collecting donations for Bethany House, which provides long-term shelter at no cost to victims and their children, who are escaping domestic violence in Northwest Ohio. If you are interested in donating funds as part of Spring into Better Habits, please email Margaret Hoogland or call 419.383.4214.
decorative graphic for feedback survey
The PSA Professional Development Committee is seeking your feedback to assess how we can best meet your professional development interests and needs. The responses provided in this survey will aid the committee in planning activities for the 2019-2020 academic year. At the end of the survey, we also ask about your personal volunteer committments. Please complete the survey by Friday, April 26th. Any questions can be directed to Alieah.Jones@utoledo.edu. Take the survey now.
Ohio Deferred Compensation Presentation
Invest in your future. This curriculum features the benefits of planning for retirement via employer-sponsored supplemental retirement plans. Evaluating how pension plans provide part of what is likely necessary for retirement and the concepts of tax-deferring, compounding and how to invest are included. Security, Simplicity, and Control are the key messages.

During the workshop you will: DISCOVER the importance of investing in your future. IDENTIFY your retirement income needs. RECOGNIZE how your deferred compensation plan can help you invest in your future. PREPARE your ACTION PLAN

Register online to join Brent Tabler ChFC®, CRC® | Account Representative with Ohio Deferred Compensation on Tuesday, April 23rd at noon in Rocket Hall 1530. Learn why investing with Ohio DC can help you meet your retirement goals by watching this video.
 

Get ready to nominate an outstanding fellow PSA member for this annual award. The Frank Horton Professional Staff Association Award will honor a PSA member who demonstrates exemplary support, advocacy, and service to professional staff at The University of Toledo. The award recipient will be honored at the PSA Annual Meeting. Nominations are now open and will be accepted through April 26th. Please use the online form to nominate a worthy colleague today!
Flyer for Mother Earth Day Picnic. Monday April 22nd 4 - 6 pm at Wildwood Preserves Whitetail Shelter. Free, Food, Family Friendly, Activities. Register at utoledo.edu/centers/eberly/
Logo of The University of Toledo Medical Center. Healthcare that benefits you.
Outpatient Pharmacy Services
When it is time to get your next prescription filled, consider using The University of Toledo Outpatient Pharmacies. Conveniently located close to UT offices on both main and health science campuses, our pharmacies offer UT employees a cost savings over traditional retail pharmacies. Our pharmacies offer weekday/weekend hours,online/smartphone refill ordering and prescription notification services.  
 
Benefits for UT employee insurance include: 
  • Prescription cost savings by utilizing our UT Outpatient Pharmacies
  • 90-day supplies of prescription drugs 
  • Reduced prescription copays when seeing a UT provider
  • Immunization services billable through the prescription benefit
  • Pharmacist counseling and comprehensive medication reviews
  • EASY prescription transfers, call one of our locations today!
Main Campus Pharmacy: 419-530-3471
Health Science Campus Outpatient Pharmacy: 419-383-3750
Learn more

The Professional Staff Association (PSA) of The University of Toledo consists of all classified exempt, classified salaried, and unclassified administrative and professional employees who do not belong to a bargaining unit and do not have faculty rank. The group of approximately 1,200 employees
was officially recognized by the University in 1992.

The Professional Staff Council (PSC) is the elected body that represents PSA to the administration on topics such as the past PSA compensation study, changes in health benefits, assisting with the Outstanding Staff Awards and other various issues.

Please contact PSC with any questions, concerns and ideas.
There is also an anonymous feedback form.
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