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October 2019


Please note that the PSA Sick Leave Bank has Open Enrollment annually during the month of October.

Established in 1998, the University of Toledo Professional Staff Association’s Sick Leave Bank has proven to be a very worthwhile effort. This Sick Leave Bank provides help for all members who have exhausted their own vacation and sick hours due to a personal catastrophic illness or injury. Beginning in 2010, the Sick Leave Bank was expanded to also include Professional Staff on the Health Science Campus and in 2017, the University agreed to allow this valuable resource to continue.

Full-time PSA employees may make a one-time donation of 16 hours; part-time PSA employees may donate 8 hours. 

Please consider joining the Sick Leave Bank and helping your coworkers who may need assistance now or in the future. This is one bank from which we truly hope you will never need to make a withdrawal! For links to more information, the policy, the current member list and the donation form, please go to the Sick Leave Bank webpage on the PSA website. 

Deb Sobczak
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Professional Staff Development series continues with Green Zone Training Oct. 11
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Join us for our next Professional Development session: Green Zone Training.

Presented by Eric Buetikofer, Director of Military and Veteran Affairs, Green Zone training provides a broad understanding of issues potentially facing our student service members, veterans and their families. Furthermore the intent is to help equip with you a knowledge base of various support services and resources on campus or throughout the community that assist this student population in their transition from military service to the classroom and beyond. We each can make a difference.

There is a session on each campus this Friday! 
  • Main Campus: Friday, Oct. 11th, 8:30-9:30 a.m., ST 0129
  • Health Science Campus: Friday, Oct. 11, 3-4 p.m., COB 2401

Please contact if you have any questions about this upcoming Professional Development Opportunity.
RSVP for Green Zone Training

Hidden Benefits Professional Development Recap

Thank you to everyone who could join us in September for a wonderful presentation by our own HR Benefits Manager, Katy Pannell. She was correct in stating that there is nothing about these benefits that are hidden and has correctly renamed this presentation “Supplemental Benefits.” 

If you missed the event, we have the presentation available for download:
Download the PDF presentation
2019 Holiday Bazaar: Call for Staff Vendors!
The UToledo Professional Staff Council would like to invite staff vendors to participate in our Holiday Bazaar, to be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ingman Room of the Student Union on UToledo’s Main Campus. Setup will take place from 8-10 a.m.

The non-refundable registration fee is $25 and includes one 8-foot. table and two chairs. Vendors are required to provide their own table covers. Additional tables are available for an additional $25 fee. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis, so reserve your booth using the online marketplace today! Vendors include Paparazzi, Tupperware, Firenation Glass, handmade gifts and crafts. 

All table proceeds will benefit the PSA Endowed Scholarship Fund and Progress Fund. Vendors are encouraged to donate product for a silent auction to be held in the spring. The auction benefits the Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kari Dilworth, Chair of the Fundraising Committee.
Reserve your booth for the Holiday Bazaar
Consider a gift to a PSA fund on Day of Giving
Day of Giving artwork. Join us in transforming student and patient lives Oct. 15 and 16.
UToledo alumni, faculty and staff members, students, and friends will come together Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 15 and 16, to support the University’s third annual Day of Giving. The 36-hour campaign, “Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives,” will begin at midnight Oct. 15 and end at noon Oct. 16.

BUT the campaign is open now to accept your donations! Click Give Now and type “professional staff” in the designation box to give to one of our funds. Remember, your membership in the Professional Staff Association is FREE!, so please consider donating to the PSA Progress Fund to help us continue monthly professional development programming and our annual membership meeting luncheon.

Participation is an important goal for Day of Giving, which aims to encourage as many people as possible to support the University. Gift matches and gift challenges are ideal options for making a donation because they double the investment and double the impact. Challenges and matches will be posted on the website throughout the campaign.

Last year, the campaign raised $717,375 from 3,156 donors — including many students and first-time supporters.
Considering giving and sharing with your friends
Learn more about UToledo's third annual Day of Giving,
and share with your family and friends.
UToledo launches ‘Good Idea Initiative’
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Have an idea on how to improve something at the University? How UToledo can retain students or maybe save some money? Submit your suggestions to the Good Idea Initiative.

This new program will award and recognize employees’ ideas that make an impact in either promoting student success through increasing graduation, retention or enrollment; or increased efficiency, process improvements or cost savings/avoidance.

“At The University of Toledo, we strive to be a student-centered university,” President Sharon L. Gaber told UToledo News. “Building on that effort, I am proud to announce UToledo’s Good Idea Initiative, an opportunity for employees to suggest their creative ideas and innovations that will make UToledo more student-centered and more resourceful.

Ideas can be submitted on the Good Idea Initiative website through Friday, Oct. 18.
Submit an idea
Important Safety Updates
  • UToledo has launched renewed awareness of the free Rave Guardian safety app.
    • Please download it to your smart phone via your preferred app store today!
    • Features: quick-call capability to UTPD/911, text messaging to UTPD, on- and off-campus resources directory, links to safety procedures and more.
  • New – effective immediately, call 911 for on-campus emergencies (e.g. medical emergencies or crimes in progress).
    • Continue using 419.530.2600 for non-emergency events.
  • UT Alert emergency notifications will now be displayed as a pop-up message on devices connected to UToledo’s network and on new Cisco phone screens.    
Reminder: Enroll for Benefits Oct. 1-31
Open Enrollment: Oct. 1 to 31, with calendar icon.
Open enrollment for all benefits-eligible employees will be held through Thursday, Oct. 31. Because the University strives to offer a variety of benefits to meet the needs of a widely diverse workforce, several changes are being made for 2020.

Medical/prescription drug and dental premiums will not increase for most employees. There will be a nominal increase for AFSCME bargaining unit employees to more closely align their rates with those of other employees. Additionally, there is a small increase (3.4%) in premiums for employees choosing vision coverage.

Other 2020 benefits changes include: preventive services to be provided at no cost (such as screening mammograms and certain vaccinations), the Gold plan no longer being available, and the Blue consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) moving from Medical Mutual of Ohio to Paramount.
Learn more
The University of Toledo Comprehensive Care Center offers patients easy access and convenience to healthcare services
UTMC’s outpatient clinics recently moved to the newly renovated UToledo Comprehensive Care Center (CCC), formerly Glendale Medical East, 3333 Glendale Ave. The CCC offers easy access and convenience to a variety of healthcare services, making it possible for you to manage your health in one convenient location. 

Services include:

  • Easy access to primary care and specialty services physicians
    • UTMC Family Medicine Clinic
    • South Toledo Internists
    • UTMC Geriatric Medicine Clinic
    • UTMC OB/GYN Clinic
    • UTMC Nephrology Clinic
    • UTMC Pulmonary Clinic
  • Blood draw station
  • X-ray services
  • Retail pharmacy
There is ample, free parking available. They are at bus stop route 31 with TARTA.

Make the UT Comprehensive Care Center your one stop for healthcare. For a referral to one of our providers, call 419.383.4000 or visit the website.

Angie Gorny

Director of The Shah Center for Engineering Career Development

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

I just recently celebrated my second anniversary with UToledo. I began as an Assistant Director in the Engineering Career Development Center and now serve as the Director of The Shah Center for Engineering Career Development.

How would you describe your job?

My job is to support student success through our mandatory co-op program. My job includes developing employer relations, supporting student career development, collaboration with local and state government, serving on regional and national boards, co-teaching professional development courses, and collaborating with my amazing team on student initiatives and programs.

What distinguishes UToledo from other workplaces?

We have the best team of faculty and staff that truly appreciate and value research, diversity, experiential learning, and student identity development. We support each other to develop the leaders of tomorrow in extraordinary ways.

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

Leadership and faculty buy-in are imperative to experiential learning, internship, and co-op program success. We exist as an institution so students can graduate and obtain jobs. We are all part of that process and we couldn’t do it without our partners.

What is your favorite thing about UToledo?

I love the creativity of our students and the people I work with every day. They constantly remind me that I too am a work in progress, and that we can always improve or think outside of the box.

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

I have coached grade school, high school, travel, and international volleyball teams since 2001. I have coached USA teams in the Netherlands and Austria in the Friendship Games Tournaments.
2007 championship winning volleyball team that Angie coached in the Netherlands.
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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.
PSA Committees

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