News from Staff Council
News from Staff Council

Advocacy in Action

Your Voice for a Better UI

November 2021

Introducing the 2021 Staff Award Winners and Nominees

Every year the University of Iowa Staff Council has the pleasure of recognizing staff from all across the university who have gone above and beyond to make the University of Iowa the great institution it is today. The University of Iowa Staff Council presents awards each year to honor these deserving staff members. Read more about this year’s winners and nominees.  And check out more info on the Awards, here.

Campus Location Highlight: Main Library Gallery

Nestled on the first floor of the UI Main library is an easily accessible art gallery! The Main Library Gallery is a beautiful space that houses rotating exhibits that are curated by the library staff and campus partners. The Fall exhibit is running until December 17th and is titled “From Revolutionary Outcast to a Man of God: Dostoevsky at 200".  Read more...

November is a Month for Gratitude

Frost on pumpkins, falling leaves, corn being harvestedseeing your breath as you walk outside in the morning - all of these signs of autumn point to another year coming to an end. November can help us reflect on where we’ve been during the last year and anticipate what the new year holds. In that space of reflection, take time for gratitude – to think about all the positive things in your life. It may seem difficult, given what we’ve been through, but research shows that people who are intentionally grateful are happier than those who aren’t. If you search “gratitude” on the internet, youll find countless articles on the benefits of being grateful, whether you keep your gratitude to yourself or you express gratitude for things or to people.  Being grateful makes us feel good.  For further information on gratitude, go to the Mental Health at Iowa website.  Staff Council is grateful for all that you do for UI and we hope you know that we are always seeking ways to advocate for you. 

Staff Councilors Meet with Health Care Leadership

On October 18th, the University of Iowa Staff Council Health Care Committee attended a bi-annual meeting with UIHC leadership including Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, University of Iowa vice president for medical affairs; Suresh Gunasekaran, MBA, chief executive officer, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, senior associate vice president; University of Iowa Health Care, Patricia Winokur, MD, executive dean for the Carver College of Medicine; and Jana Wessels, associate vice president for human resources for UI Health Care.  Members of the UISC executive team and co-chairs of the Health Care Committee provided an overview of the UISC structure, represented staff, committee accomplishments, and community activities.  Gunasekaran commended the Staff Council on their work representing and celebrating their constituents. Read more...


Eddie Etsey Presents Eddies Teddies Inc

Many Staff members at the University of Iowa do wonderful work outside of their ‘day jobs’.  One such example is former Staff Councilor and current University of Iowa Associate Athletics Director for Technology and Data Analytics, Eddie Etsey, who presented to Staff Council members last month.  Read more about the amazing work that Eddie does through Eddies Teddies Inc. 

If you know of a staff member involved in a great initiative supporting the community, state or beyond, please let us know at  We may just highlight their work in an upcoming edition of Advocacy in Action.

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month (NAHM), which is an important time to learn about and celebrate the culture, history, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Native communities. It is also a time to reflect on issues that impact indigenous communities to this day and have been brought about by colonization and occupation. At the University of Iowa, several groups have worked together to create a full calendar of events for NAHM.  These groups are the Latino Native American Cultural Center, the Native American Student Association, and the Native American Council.  And while we are mid-way through the month, there is still more to attend such as webinars about food sovereignty and healing trauma, art exhibits, and videos- check out the event calendar to learn more. 


On Campus Mini Health Fair Events

In partnership with the UI College of Pharmacy, LiveWELL is offering “mini health fair” events.  These free “walk-in” events are open to UI faculty, staff and students and will offer blood glucose and blood pressure screenings.     

  • Thursday November 18, 2021, from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Campus Recreation and Wellness Center – Rooms 1A/1B
  • Thursday December 2, 2021, from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. – College of Pharmacy Building – Room C212