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December 2019


It’s hard to believe we are in the last month of the fall semester — and of the decade! Professional Staff Council and PSA committees have been busy over the last four months and we are looking forward to another great semester.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Day of Giving, Holiday Bazaar, and our professional development events. More opportunities to engage with fundraising and development are being planned for the spring semester, culminating in the PSA annual meeting on May 19, 2020 — save the date!

Until then, we wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season and winter break, which is a great time for your students to write their essays for the PSA scholarship application!

Happy Holidays and Go Rockets! 
Melissa Gleckler
TODAY: President Gaber’s Holiday Gathering
Celebrate a UToledo tradition by joining friends and colleagues at a holiday gathering hosted by President Sharon L. Gaber.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Savage Arena, Grogan Room – Main Campus

Take a break from your day
and enjoy light refreshments in a festive atmosphere!
Parking in Area 4; enter from Douglas Road
Call the Office of Special Events at 419.530.2200 with any questions.
Please RSVP
Professional Staff Development Series included session on Budget Management in November
The Professional Development Committee presented two sessions in November on Budget Management (see pictures above from the Main Campus session).

Here are highlights from the presentation:
The University of Toledo has four funds: General fund, designated funds, auxiliary fund, restricted fund. Each fund has specific spending and fund generating parameters, indexes, as well as if they have to be set at zero every year or if they can roll over. There is much information on the website and budget and planning friends are here to help! It is a great idea to review each index and expenditure monthly just like you would your checking account; monthly reconciliation is important.

There are common budget reports in web report library to help you and your team stay on budget and show the % adjusted budget remaining. Budgets are loaded into Banner about one month prior to Fall semesters and our fiscal year (FY) runs July 1 through June 30 for the University.

There are other budget reports you can run that will also help manage grants that may need more real time information instead of FY information.
Download a PDF from the presentation
2019-20 Staff Leadership Development participants announced
Professional Staff Council would like to express a big congratulations to the PSA employees that were chosen for the 2019-2020 Staff Leadership Development program.

Twenty-five UToledo employees were recently selected by a multidisciplinary team as members of the Staff Leadership Development program’s third cohort, many of whom are PSA members.

Third-cohort PSA members include: Malaika-Beauta Bell, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Chrissy Billau, Marketing and Communications; Keith Bitter, Information Technology; Victoria Buckley, College of Medicine and Life Sciences; Larry Carter, Marketing and Communications; Kari Dilworth, Center for Success Coaching; Jessica Faber, Academic Enrichment Center; Maggie Garcia, Facilities and Construction; Katie Himich, Department of Medicine; Michele Johnson, Office of New Student Orientation Programs; Andrew Kleinhenz, College of Medicine and Life Sciences; David Kubacki, Psychiatry; Christina Lowry, LaValley Law Library; Andrea Masters, Benefits and Wellness; Danelle Mooi, Hospital Administration; Ann Murphy, Neurology; Jeff Schneiderman, College of Medicine and Life Sciences; Allison Spencer, College of Engineering; Eric Szabo, Information Technology; Jessica Visser, Office of Legal Affairs; Lisa Yost, Student Disability Services; Mary Youngs, Office of Student Affairs; and Hesham Youssef, Emergency Medicine.

Launched in 2017, the program provides a formal pathway for high-potential employees to hone their leadership skills through monthly courses taught by senior leaders, faculty and other subject matter experts who cover a variety of higher education topics. Completing reading assignments, group activities and a capstone project also are requirements of the yearlong program.

“We’re very proud of these latest participants and wish them well as they embark on program activities throughout the coming year,” stated Wendy Davis, associate vice president and chief human resources officer. “To be selected is quite an achievement because there were many individuals again this year who applied and have great potential.”

If you applied or were nominated and did not get selected, you are strongly encouraged to apply again in future years. The next call for applicants will occur in September 2020.
Learn more about the program
Holiday Bazaar —Thank You!
Thank you to everyone for supporting and attending our 2019 Holiday Bazaar!

This year, we had 17 vendors reserve a total of 18 tables ($450.00) with 11 vendors showing for the event. Of these 11 vendors, we collected eight donations for the silent auction.

Proceeds will benefit the PSA Endowed Scholarship Fund and Progress Fund. Vendors were encouraged to donate product for a silent auction to be held in the spring. The auction benefits the Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Congrats to PSA member Kathy Wilson, who had one of the two winning ‘good ideas’
Nearly 150 submissions were received for the University’s Good Idea Initiative.

The new program awards and recognizes employees’ ideas that will make an impact in two categories: promoting student success through increasing graduation, retention or enrollment; and increased efficiency, process improvements or cost savings/avoidance.

One of the two winning ideas was submitted by PSA member Kathy Wilson, senior business manager in the Division of Student Affairs.

Kathy proposed an intensive training session, or boot camp, for business managers and administrative professionals who work on budgets and finance and human resource issues.

“This boot camp training would replace the current paradigm where employees either learn on the job or through trial and error,” she wrote. “The training would be intensive and detailed, and would be provided by on-campus experts, like those within the Controller’s Office, Finance and Strategy, Human Resources, and Purchasing. Training would lead to more efficiency going forward and additional opportunity to focus on the overall financial health of the division, college or department. It also would allow business managers to become better administrative partners in assisting deans and vice presidents to align existing resources with the University’s strategic plan.”

“We received so many thoughtful suggestions on ways to make UToledo more student-centered and more resourceful,” President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Thank you to all the employees who took the time to participate in the Good Idea Initiative. We are lucky to have such passionate, dedicated faculty and staff.”

The Good Idea Initiative will open again in March.
Read more
UToledo Cares: Make your gift by Friday, Dec. 13
Help us support the Toledo community! This is the final week of UToledo Cares 2019, which runs through Friday, Dec. 13. Donations of any size are appreciated, and everyone that pledges by Friday will receive a complimentary scarf and invitation to a celebration breakfast in January.

Make your pledge today using the link to your e-pledge form that was sent by email. Thank you!
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Online Master’s Cohort in Higher Education Administration
All members of the Professional Staff Association are encouraged to consider pursuing their professional development by enrolling in the UToledo Higher Education Program Online Professional Master’s Degree Program, focusing on Higher Education Administration. This 30-credit hour program is designed for professionals with two or more years of full-time higher education work experience. Students will register for one fully online eight-week course at a time, taking 6 core courses in higher education and four courses emphasizing higher education administration.  
Cohort Schedule

Summer 2020
Session II

HED 6570 Research in Higher Education


Fall 2020

HED 6010 History of Higher Education
HED 6770 Evaluation and Outcomes Assessment

Spring 2021

HED 6640 Governance and Administration of Higher Education
HED 6510 American College Student
Summer 2021
Session II

HED 6530 Theories of Student Development


Fall 2021

HED 6730 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
HED 6700 Finance of Higher Education


Spring 2022

HED 6750 Strategic Planning and Decision Making
HED 6850 Critical Issues in Higher Education Administration
Admissions Information
Three videoconference sessions are being offered to provide more information about this cohort on January 14, February 4 and March 3 from noon to 1 p.m. Please register for one of these information sessions. The deadline for admission for the 2020 Higher Education Administration Cohort is Friday, April 15. The admissions team looks forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming information sessions and reviewing your applications for admission.
For More Information, contact Ron Opp, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Online Professional Master’s Degree Program
GH 1000H
Register for an information session
PSA Scholarship Application Open
The PSA Scholarship Committee is pleased to invite 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!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs:
Learn more about the PSA Scholarship

Jackie Wilkinson

Assistant Director, Office of Student Affairs
College of Medicine and Life Sciences

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

I celebrated my three-year anniversary with UToledo this past September. I began as a Secretary II in the College of Nursing and am currently the Assistant Director in the Office of Student Affairs for the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

How would you describe your job?

My job involves planning many of the exciting student-centered events that occur each year in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences:  Orientation BBQ, White Coat Ceremony, Match Day, and Commencement, just to name a few. I manage student travel and student organizations for our medical students, and will co-teach the Career Advising and Exploration courses next year.

What distinguishes UToledo from other workplaces?

UToledo is very student centered and the faculty and staff truly care for the well-being of the students. Our office focuses on being supportive of our students and connecting them with resources they may need.

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

Utilizing connections made throughout the university is imperative to perform my job; especially when planning events and requesting help from other resources. 

What is your favorite thing about UToledo?

I love working with the students and planning the events that will be memorable to them for years to come.

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

I have never before participated in any of my own commencement ceremonies. However, this Saturday I will participate in my very first commencement exercises when I receive my Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. 
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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.
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