News from Staff Council
News from Staff Council

Advocacy in Action

Your Voice for a Better UI

June 2022

Kleppe Highlights Vision as 2022-23 Staff Council President 

To say I’m honored, humbled, appreciative, grateful, and super excited for the opportunity to be your staff council president is an understatement. I have been a proud staff member of the University of Iowa for nearly 23 years and continue to be amazed by the people I see around me who day-in and day-out show dedication, commitment and passion to this place we call “work”. Read more...



Welcome to the Start of a New Staff Council Year!

Founded in 1967, UI Staff Council is still going strong as we kick off the 2022-23 council year term!  The 55 person Staff Councilor group moves forward with 20 new staff joining, 4 re-elected councilors and 31 staff who continue as members.  Please check out the Staff Council Directory for a full listing of Function and Organizational representatives, and learn who the councilors are who represent you. 

Introducing the Staff Council Executive Committee Members for the 2022-23 Council Year

As a new Staff Council year is getting underway, it’s a perfect time to introduce the Executive Committee members for the 2022-23 term.  Please read more for all the details!

Mahrya Burnett – Staff Spotlight

Scholarly communications librarian, Mahrya Burnett, has been at the university library for the past 5 years. In her role, Burnett oversees open educational resource (OER) initiatives and the administration of the OpenHawks OER grant program. She noticed early on in her career that there was a pattern of students coming to her regularly and asking why the library didn’t carry a copy of their course textbooks.  Read more...


University of Iowa Staff Clear Litter near Kent Park

University of Iowa Staff Council members, family, and friends cleaned up a 2-mile stretch of Highway 6 in Johnson County near Kent Park - a popular destination for camping, hiking, fishing, cross country skiing, and more. Approximately 20 volunteers collected litter from along the roadside and properly disposed of it. Staff Council has adopted this stretch through the “Adopt-a-Highway” program and is pleased to beautify the area around such an important local resource. 

Inaugural Networking Event a Success

Staff Council held an inaugural networking event on Thursday, May 19, to mark the end of the 2021-22 academic year. The event allowed outgoing and incoming Staff Councilors to get to know one another and share experiences serving University of Iowa staff. Thank you to Kevin Zihlman, and the planning committee of Jackie Kleppe, Isaac Podolefsky, David Stenersen, and Marla Rosenblum for organizing.