Staff Senate

Upcoming Events

Staff Senate Election: April 29 - May 6, 2015

Thanks to all who nominated and those who have agreed to run for the open Staff Senate terms. Nominees will be introduced live at the 4/29 All Staff Meeting but you can read more about them here.

2015 Staff Senate Nominees.

A ballot will be emailed to all staff after the 4/29 All Staff Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Peter Morgan, Parliamentarian.


Proposed Changes to Staff Senate Handbook Language

The Staff Senate is considering changes to the Staff Senate section of the University Faculty and Governance Handbook. These changes will be voted on by the staff at the 4/29/15 All Staff Meeting. The proposed changes include:
• Aligning language regarding the structure of the Staff Senate Executive Council with language in bylaws.
• Updating process for approval of amendments to University Faculty and Governance Handbook language.
• Changing the terms of Staff Senators from two to three years. (3/18/15 Update: The Staff Senate has decided to keep terms for senators at two years.)

You can see the proposed changes, here.

If you have specific feedback on the proposed changes, please contact one of your Staff Senators.


Professional Development Opportunities

Excel – Formulas & Function
5/12 @ noon, Hillsboro – HPC2 Classroom 150
5/19 @ noon, Forest Grove – Marsh LL-15

Excel – Data, Tables & Ranges
6/2 @ noon, Forest Grove – Marsh LL-15
6/9 @ noon, Hillsboro – HPSC2 Classroom 150

CPR/AED Classes
Includes snacks and a discounted registration fee to the first 40 participants. Regular cost $30, discounted price for the first 40 to register will be $15. Each class limited to 8 people.

APRIL 27, 2015 (Monday) | 3:00 pm—7:00 pm | Berglund LL19
MAY 4, 2015 (Monday) | 3:00 pm—7:00 pm | Berglund LL19
JUNE 8, 2015 (Monday) | 3:00 pm—7:00 pm | HPC2-OT Lab 340
JUNE 15, 2015 (Monday) | 3:00 pm—7:00 pm | Berglund 216
JUNE 29, 2015 (Monday) | 3:00 pm—7:00 pm | Berglund 216
Visit to register


Boxer Boost - New 2015 Dates!

Sponsored by Staff Senate and Aramark

Join with other staff for a coffee break on the Third Thursday of the month between 3 p.m. to  4 p.m., October through May.

Date FG Location Hillsboro Location Time
2/19/15 Boxer Pause/216 Washburne (UC) HPC 2, 430 3 - 4 p.m.
3/19/15 Boxer Pause/216 Washburne (UC) HPC 2, 430 3 - 4 p.m.
4/16/15 Scott Hall Lobby HPC 2, 430 3 - 4 p.m.
5/21/15 Boxer Pause/216 Washburne (UC) HPC 2, 430 3 - 4 p.m.

There will be light refreshments. Staff Senators attend each Boxer Boost, allowing you to learn more about Staff Senate as well as offer suggestions for future activities and events.


Skillbuilder Sessions— the Staff Senate Professional Development Committee has been hard at work organizing Skillbuilder Sessions.  These sessions are opportunities for all staff to learn more about tools to make your work life easier.  Our goal is that you walk away from each Skillbuilder Session with at least one practical, usable skill to add to your toolbox. Please click "Suggestion Box" above if you have ideas for future Skillbuilders.

January 2012 Vault Training (pdf on Vault)

September 2012 Excel Training

Interested in hosting your own Staff Senate Skillbuilder? Complete a Request for Proposal, telling us about the Skill Builder you would like to present. For more details, contact

We look forward to learning from you! 

The Staff Senate serves as the official representative body of the University staff community by actively participating in campus governance.  The Staff Senate shall foster a spirit of unity and cooperation, providing representation of non-faculty personnel in coordination with the faculty and student governing bodies.  The Staff Senate shall also provide a forum for the exchange of information between members of the staff, administration, faculty and students.

—from the University Handbook

Suggestion Box

Staff Senate exists to serve you.  We care about the quality of your life relative to campus and the larger global community.  We are committed to openness, collaboration and inclusiveness.  Any issues or concerns you have are welcomed by the Staff Senate.  Email us any time at

Suggestion Updates (available as pdfs on Vault):

Staff Senate Year in Review

Summary of 2013-2014 Staff Senate Activities (pdf on vault)
Summary of 2012-2013 Staff Senate Activities (pdf on vault)
Summary of 2011-2012 Staff Senate Activities (pdf on vault)
Summary of 2010-2011 Staff Senate Activities (pdf on vault)
Summary of 2008-2009 Staff Senate Activities (pdf on vault)