Staff Senate

Upcoming Events

Thirsty Thursday! April 9, 5 - 7 p.m.
Meet, chat, mix & mingle at one of two great locations!

Open to Pacific University staff and faculty. Spouses, partners and guests welcome.$10 in advance, $15 at the door includes beverage and appetizers. Sample some of the finest craft beer & wine. Two locations to choose from:

Waltz Brewing, 2900 A Street, Forest Grove
Renaissance Wine Bar, 1320 NW Orenco Station, Hillsboro

RSVP to ideas@pacificu.edu by April 3rd. Send pre-payment of $10 (cash or check payable to Pacific Univ.) to Andrea Stewart, UC box #101 or Tamarra Mellick, HPC Suite 370. Presented by the Staff Senate Idea Committee
Thirsty Thursday Printable Flier

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 listed below:

Ryan Aiello (Student Life), Leah Bagley (College of Arts & Sciences), Rita Barton (Pharmacy), Abby Boardman (Graduate and Professional Programs Admissions), Shesna Calkins (School of Communication Sciences and Disorders), Stacie Englund (Financial Aid), Lois Hornberger (University Advancement), Yashica Island (Academic Inclusion and Success), Steve Klein (Student Life), Katie Lardy (Career Development Center), Justin McRobert (Mail Services), Tamarra Mellick (Physical Therapy/Athletic Training), Peter Morgan (UIS), Derek Naegeli (Admissions), Greg Orlowsky (UIS), Susan Pedersen (Finance & Administration), Angela Skjeie (Admissions), Ingrid Unterseher (Student Life)

Staff Senate Nominations

The Staff Senate has eight (8) senator positions available for the 2015-2017 term. Nominations for these positions will be accepted today through Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Requirements/Expectations:  Nominees must be benefits eligible, non-faculty employees of Pacific University and must have been employed for at least one (1) year.

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

Click here to nominate a staff member.  

This form can be submitted for multiple nominations and can also be viewed on the Staff Senate webpage through Wednesday, April 1st. Following the April 1 nomination deadline, nominees will be contacted to confirm their interest in running for the position. Elections for the eight positions will be held April 29 – May 8th.

Thank you for participating in the election process. If you need additional information, please contact Peter Morgan or any Staff Senator.
 

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.

Resources

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 staffsenate@pacificu.edu.

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 staffsenate@pacificu.edu.

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)