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February 2020


According to Gallup (2019), engaged employees are critical to student success, are better advocates for their institution, and have a strong impact on the organization. Professional Staff Council and Committees have been hard at work planning our spring events to keep you engaged and thriving in the new year and we encourage you to become involved at UToledo with professional development offerings, opportunities to mentor student groups, and membership with staff organizations, such as PSC and our committees.
There is still time to register for the February professional development seminar on workplace communication, Critical Conversations. You’ll find the registration link further down in this newsletter, along with a link to our March and April professional development offerings from IMPACT Solutions.

Be sure to also save the date for the PSA Annual Meeting, May 19 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Health Science Campus. Finally, don’t forget to have your students apply for the PSA Scholarship by the March 20 deadline and submit your recommendation forms as they are received.
Show us some love this February and let us know how we’re doing! We welcome your feedback to our confidential online comments form or send us an email at

Melissa Gleckler
Professional Development Assistance Award
Professional Staff Council is proud to present our Professional Development Assistance Award. If you would like to attend a conference or other professional development program, you can apply for up to $100 to help offset the cost of your professional development.

The funds to support this award come from the Professional Staff Association’s progress fund at the foundation which have been raised through various PSA-sponsored fundraising activities.

It is our hope this award will enable staff to attend professional development opportunities that will benefit themselves and their position.

Guidelines, qualifying expenses, and reimbursement procedures can be reviewed on the Professional Development Assistance Award web application, which will be reviewed by the  professional development committee for approval upon submission. Submissions will be accepted and considered on a rolling deadline based on availability of funds. 
Professional Staff Development Series: 
Critical Conversations
PSA's next Professional Development Event will focus on "Critical Conversations: Effective Workplace Communication" with Terrie Kovacs, Director of Human Resources Academics & Talent.
Without effective workplace communication, conflicts arise, gossip ensues, and performance deteriorates.  The ability to clearly communicate is imperative. It is so important to always set clear expectations. Employees who know what is expected of them are productive and engaged with the institution. Effective communication enhances interpersonal relationships, builds trust and teamwork, prevents costly mistakes, motivates and gets things done. Open, effective communication, as well as clear channels for feedback optimizes the opportunity for discussion rather than avoiding conversations.
There is one session on each campus:
Thursday, February 20
4-5 p.m., Center for Administrative Support (CA), Room 1030
Main Campus

Thursday, February 27
3-4 p.m.
Howard L. Collier Building (COB), Room 2401
Health Science Campus
Register for the sessions
Future Professional Development Events

Leadership with Sandra Bishop
from IMPACT Solutions

Tuesday, March 24th
3 - 4 p.m.
Student Union 2592

Negotiation with David Rust
from IMPACT Solutions

Wednesday, April 8th
3 - 4 p.m.
Student Union 2592
Visit our Professional Development page for more information
PSA Scholarship application open until March 20
The PSA Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for 2020-2021 academic year scholarship. Only UToledo students enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours with at least a sophomore standing (30 earned hours) and a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale should apply. Applicants must also submit the name and email address of a PSA member who can provide a recommendation, write a 500-word essay explaining why they are deserving of the award, and have a completed FAFSA on file, as financial need is a consideration. 

Applications must be completed using the online scholarship application form no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. PSA members named will automatically be sent an online recommendation form, and students will receive automatic confirmation when both their application and the PSA member’s recommendation have been received. Because these are automated processes, no paper, email, or faxed applications will be accepted. 

Please encourage all qualified students to apply for this non-college specific scholarship, which can be used to fund tuition, fees, books, or other educational expenses, and let them know they can list you as their recommender! 

Award recipients will be announced at the PSA annual meeting in May. The total amount of scholarships awarded each year is based on yearly funds available.

Thank you in advance for supporting the PSA Scholarship fund through our fundraising events such as the Holiday Bazaar, silent auction, and contributions through the UT Foundation. We could not do this without your support!
Learn more about the PSA Scholarship
NAACP Division Director to speak at UToledo for Black History Month
Photo of activist Tiffany Loftin
Activist Tiffany Loftin, director of the NAACP Youth and College Division, will talk about advocacy and empowerment for communities of color when she visits The University of Toledo for Black History Month.

She will speak TONIGHT, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theatre.

“We are excited Tiffany Loftin is coming to campus to give our keynote address during Black History Month,” said David Young, UToledo director of Toledo Excel and Special Projects. “She is a dynamic leader, and we expect her to fire up our students to get involved and make a difference in the fight for equality.”

In addition to Loftin’s free, public talk, the University will pay tribute to this year’s theme, “Celebrating Resilience,” with several events during Black History Month.
Find more events
Save the Date: PSA Annual Meeting
Please save the date for the Professional Staff Council Annual Meeting: Tuesday, May 19, 2020, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in Health Education Building, Room 100, on Health Science Campus.
Save to your calendar (.ics file)

Holly Burtch

Director, Jacobson Center for Clinical and Translational Research (JCCTR)

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

2020 marks my 29th anniversary here at UToledo and I have had a few different roles throughout the years. I started my career in the Surgical ICU in 1991, then was offered a position in the Cardiovascular Research department from 1999-2014. When grant funding ended for my Project Manager role with the CORAL Trial, I applied for my current position in the JCCTR.

How would you describe your job?

Multifaceted, challenging, and very rewarding! Playing some small part in helping our physicians, investigators, and coordinators bring novel, cutting-edge clinical trials to the community we serve is the most gratifying part of my job. I believe every patient should have the opportunity to consider if they would like to participate in research — to perhaps help themselves, their kids/grandkids, and others.

What distinguishes UToledo from other workplaces?

Our academic mission and quest for research. From our professors, faculty, clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, and students — our pursuit for knowledge through research is unparalleled and foundationally it defines who we are!

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

Collaboration. It takes a village to do research as you need to rely on a vast number of internal departments and external stakeholders to operationalize and conduct clinical trials.

What is your favorite thing about UToledo?

The people! UToledo is filled with the most AMAZING people that truly care about making a difference!

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

That I am an equestrian rider and compete in the hunter-jumper division. I have a young gray horse named Savvy (her show name is Savoir Faire) who loves jumping the fences as much as I do … the higher the better 😊!
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.

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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