News from Staff Council
News from Staff Council

Advocacy in Action

Your Voice for a Better UI

April 2021

Recognize a Staff Member  - Annual Staff Awards; Nominations are Open!

Staff members are responsible for making remarkable contributions to the University of Iowa, and this year 5 award categories are available for staff to be recognized!  Please consider nominating a colleague today!  The nomination period is open through May 5.  Read more...

Councilor Spotlight - Introducing Kathy Ford!

At the end of May, Staff Councilor Kathy Ford's term as a Staff Councilor will come to an end.  In this short video Kathy reflects on the most meaningful aspects of her 3 years serving on Staff Council.  Kathy is an Administrative Services Coordinator in the College of Music, an Iowa native and proud University of Iowa Alumna. She has enjoyed collaborating with faculty, staff, and students within the College of Law, Department of Dance, and the School of Music. She currently supports the largest and most visible music ensemble on campus – the Hawkeye Marching Band! While a student at Iowa, Kathy was also a trumpet player in the Hawkeye Marching Band & Iowa Pep Band and performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade and Holiday Bowl. Most recently she was afforded the opportunity to tour and perform during the spring of 2018 throughout Northern Ireland with the UI Concert Band.

Your Voice to the Board of Regents

On behalf of you, our UI staff colleagues, Staff Council has been telling your stories to the Iowa Board of Regents (BoR) for the past 50+ years. And by perseverance and resolve, Staff Council has been your voice on topics such as supervisor training, pay equity, catastrophic leave, volunteer release time, and salary support, to name just a few. In the latest report to the BoR, Heather Mineart, Staff Council President, lists the many ways UI staff members have been agile and resilient in the face of a global pandemic and other crises, and who deserve recognition for their efforts through BoR strong advocacy.  Damien Blair, Chair of the Merit Supervisory Exempt / Confidential Committee, a committee that focuses on issues that affect MSE/C employees, also wrote a letter to the BoR to list the ways this small subset of UI employees is important to the university and the state. Together, UI Staff Council is Your Voice for a Better UI.


Faculty and Staff Researchers Provide Covid-19 Related Solutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many questions and challenges, and also opportunities for  faculty and staff researchers to use their expertise and put forth solutions. At the University of Iowa, members of the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC) have been providing critical research and resources throughout the pandemic.  Read more...


Annual Staff Council Elections are Underway

It's time to share your voice by voting for your Shared Governance Representative(s) as the voting process is now open for UI Staff Council elections!  If your position falls into one of the following job function categories, you have the opportunity to elect your representative(s) for a 3-year term:

- Academic Support Services/Libraries (PC, PL) [2 open]
- Administration/Audit/Compliance/Legal/Risk Mgmt (PA, PN) [2 open]
- Arts/Cultural & Entertainment/Athletics/Student Svcs/Hospitality (PE, PS, PQ, PY) [1 open]
- Behavioral Health/Health Care (PJ, PV) [2 open]
- Business and Finance (PB) [1 open]
- Information Technology (PI) [4 open]
- Research/Scientific Services (PR, PH) [3 open]

* Unsure of your job function category?  Please check the 1st two letters of your job code in the university directory.

Please locate your ballot in your email (send date April 6 / ballot sent if your position sits in an eligible job function category).  If you haven't already voted, please don't delay!  Voting closes on Tuesday April 20.