2013-14 Staff Council Accomplishments

Continued working relationship with Faculty Council 

The councils developed a survey to gather feedback from staff and faculty members about the desired qualities and vision for leadership at UM-Flint. The results of the survey were shared with the Chancellor’s Search Committee.

Convening conversations
  • Encouraged participation in the survey to help inform recommendations of U-M’s Committee on Retirement Savings Plan and Retiree Health Benefits.
  • Staff Council was invited to provide input and engage in dialogue regarding the proposals for elevating STEM education at UM-Flint.
  • To broaden our collective understanding of staff needs and ways to address them, UM-Flint Staff Council initiated a joint meeting with the Staff Senate at U-M Dearborn.
Information Sessions

Collaborated with the Department of Public Safety to host two information sessions, “Strengthening Our Campus and Community: Developing Effective Personal Safety Practices.” Each session was well-attended and led to numerous department-specific follow-up sessions.

Website Transition & Improvement

Took the opportunity afforded by the campus-wide transition to the new Drupal content management system to review, refresh, and reinvigorate the Staff Council website and our overall communication strategy.

United Way Campaign
  • Administered the university-wide campaign on behalf of the United Way, raising over $5,600 for our community.
  • This was also the first year UM-Flint faculty and staff were able to give to the United Way online.
Showing Pride and Purpose
  • Encouraged university pride by hosting a department decorating contest in conjunction with fall’s annual #UMFlint24 day-of-photos campaign.
  • Found, organized, and sold as many Staff Council giveaways from previous years as we could find.
  • Hosted the Annual Holiday Breakfast that drew over 220 attendees. Each attendee was provided a UM-Flint thermal cup. All staff members were entered into a drawing for a chance to receive additional prizes.
  • Sponsored the “Adopt a Student Family” project that provided gifts to a UM-Flint student family during the holiday season.
  • Hosted quarterly “Birthday Club” events.
  • Awarded “Sterling Staff Awards” to 34 nominated staff members.

2012-13 Staff Council Accomplishments

Aiding Implementation of Strategic Plan Priority #3: Expand Staff Professional Development

Accomplishments include: adding the Director of Human Resources as ex-officio on Staff Council to facilitate better communication between staff and Office of Human Resources; taking deliberate steps to make membership of Staff Council more representative of all types of units on campus (academic, student affairs, and business and finance); making a concerted effort to include more staff members on decision-making committees.

Initiated Staff Council Information Sessions

Based on discussions council members had with each other and within their respective units, three ideas emerged that all agreed could benefit from more explanation and awareness via lunchtime info sessions: 

  1. Life-Long Learning: UM-Flint Staff as Students
  2. UM-Flint's Dependent Child Tuition Program
  3. UM-Flint's Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment Policy

All three sessions were well-attended and received excellent feedback in post-session evaluations

Helped Plan and Fund New Lactation Room

Staff Council led the effort to establish a lactation room connected to the women's restroom on the 2nd floor of the Harding Mott University Center. Staff Council, the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, and the Women's Educational Center all contributed to the $5,000 renovation. Vickie Larsen has volunteered to decorate the space with repurposed furnishings.

Establishment of Formal Working Relationship with Faculty Council

At the March 20, 2013 Governing Faculty meeting, a motion was adopted which states, in part:

"In an effort to further the future of the University, Faculty Council commits to engage with Staff Council to identify shared interests and further shared efforts to this effect…"

The initial joint effort is focusing on issues related to "current and future roles of citizenship and leadership at UM-Flint."

Streamlining of Annual United Way Campaign by Utilizing Technology

Staff Council and United Way CEO Jamie Gaskin have collaborated to establish a new electronic process for future UM-Flint United Way campaigns, eliminating paper pledge forms.

OTHER STAFF COUNCIL SUCCESSES

    ▪    Established Staff Council budget
    ▪    Improved communication between staff, faculty, administration, and students
    ▪    Improved tuition reimbursement procedures
    ▪    Improved building evacuation procedures
    ▪    Increased community involvement
    ▪    Leadership Flint Staff Scholarship
    ▪    Recreation Building membership for retirees
    ▪    Release time for Staff Council sponsored functions
    ▪    Representation on Student Publication Board
    ▪    Staff Council bulletin board
    ▪    Open parking on Fridays
    ▪    Sterling Staff Awards

CAMPUS COMMITTEES AND EVENTS

  • Auxiliary and Recreation Services Advisory Board
  • Budget Prirorities-Chancellor's Advisory Council
  • Chancellor's Council
  • College Athletics Planning Committee
  • Commencement Ceremonies
  • Committee for Disability Concerns
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Student Housing Committee
  • United Way Campaign
  • Veteran's Day Recognition Committee
  • Welcome Back Picnic Committee
  • Women's Night Out
  • Campus Child Care Advisory Committee
  • Faculty/Staff Scholarship Committee
  • Marlene Borland Book Endowment Fund*
  • Reclassification Task Force
  • University Strategic Planning Committee

* The Marlene Borland Book Endowment Fund was established in 1997 by UM-Flint staff members, Catherine A. Moore and Roxanne M. Brunger, to provide staff with funds to purchase books needed for completion of the undergraduate degree at UM-Flint. The endowment fund is intended to reward the persistence of UM-Flint staff as they strive toward the completion of a Bachelor's degree. The fund was established in recognition of Marlene Borland, Accounting Department Supervisor, who retired in 1997 after 28 years of service to the university. Funding for eligible staff members should be available by 2013.

ON-GOING CONCERNS

Staff Council cares about your concerns. If there is an issue you would like to bring to the attention of Staff Council, please email a Staff Council member.

    ▪    Increasing staff morale
    ▪    Obtaining feedback from staff
    ▪    Maintain a Staff Council archive and website
    ▪    Improve parking on campus
    ▪    Promote employee Tuition Assistance
    ▪    Recognize achievements of staff
    ▪    Offer service credit to employees who volunteer
    ▪    Raise funds for more Staff Council activities
    ▪    Lobby for staff discounts at the Early Childhood Development Center