News from Staff Council
News from Staff Council

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January 2022

Free Speech and Academic Freedom on Campus

During December’s Staff Council meeting, two College of Law professors presented concise introductions to the concepts of free speech and academic freedom on college campuses. Professor Joe Yockey, past President of the Faculty Senate, explained academic freedom and its basic contours. Professor Todd Pettys explained freedom of speech and the framework that a court uses to assess the ways governmental institutions such as the university allow or restrict speech of employees of those institutions. Read more for a summary of their remarks.

Brian Cassady on the Hawkeye Sideline

If you look closely during a University of Iowa football game, you might catch a glimpse of Brian Cassady on the sideline.  He is part of the headset team that manages the game day coaching communication system.  During the work week, he is a lead application developer in Health Care Information Systems and has been at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for 21 years.   But Brian is most known for being the person standing behind head football coach Kirk Ferentz to grab his headset at the end of the game!  Read more...

Campus Spotlight: The CRWC - the Antidote to Winter

With the start of the new year, many people are looking to boost their physical activity. Exercise helps with mental health, especially during these winter months, and provides bonding opportunities for the whole family. This seems like the perfect time to highlight the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center! The CRWC is located at the corner of Burlington and Madison Streets; it boasts many facilities such as two swimming pools, a rock climbing wall, a jogging track, and a variety of gym equipment spanning over three floors. There are also services like group fitness classes (with some virtual options!), personal training, and wellness services.  Read more...


Professional Development Dollars and Sense

Want to get away? Talk with some different people from other institutions or groups? Need some funds to attend a webinar or continuing education course to learn more about the work youre being asked to do? The Mary Jo Small Staff Fellowship is an award that University of Iowa P&S and Merit staff members may use to help defray costs associated with regional, national, or international meetings or workshops, as well as a variety of other non-academic professional development opportunities on and off-campus. Eligibility information and application instructions are on the website. The deadline is February 28, 2022; funds will be awarded for events that occur after the deadline.  


The University of Iowa Dance Marathon Big Event is coming soon!

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon Big Event is coming soon! Over the years, the annual Big Event has raised millions of dollars for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. This year’s Big Event will be in person, and there are several ways for staff to get involved. Read more to find out how.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 17; Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week

Recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthdate has been a tradition at the University of Iowa since 1969, and the national holiday has been observed through human rights programs since its inception in 1986. On Jan. 19, from 12-1pm, Dr. Feranmi Okanlami will be giving the College of Medicine’s Human Rights Week 2022 Distinguished Lecture. This lecture is being held via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. To learn about the other activities, read more....


Staff Council Celebrates Staff Longevity Milestones

Staff Council is pleased to celebrate and acknowledge our Professional and Scientific and Merit/Supervisory/Confidential staff who have reached 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50+ years of continuous service through our service-recognition program.  Longevity Award winners receive a certificate and letter of appreciation from the Office of the President. See the July - November recipients in a recent edition of Iowa Now