University of Vermont

A Note from Staff Council President Catherine Symans

April 2013

Happy Spring! 

Although there is still snow on the ground, it won’t be long before the first harbingers of spring are making their appearance. Already the sun is higher and the days are longer. While we anticipate warmer weather, there is much to accomplish in the weeks leading up to Commencement on May 19th. Before schedules become overwhelming, I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days in Killington attending the Vermont Women in Higher Education 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference. What a wonderful opportunity to meet women from higher education institutions from all over the state of Vermont. Whether from Landmark College, CCV, St. Michael’s or UVM, this conference serves as a reminder that there are many of us engaged in the profession of providing a quality educational experience for our students. Our own UVM Marsh Professor-at-Large, The Honorable Madeleine Kunin, provided the inspiring keynote address.  It was an informative and energizing two days!

The Staff Council’s four Standing Committees have been hard at work on a number of important initiatives.  The Compensation, Benefits and Budget Committee is in the final stages of preparing a one-page document to be distributed to staff in the coming weeks. This informational document will provide information on the budgeting process at UVM. The Outreach, Assessment & University Engagement Committee is busy putting the final touches on the draft annual staff survey which will be emailed to staff in late April or early May and the Executive Board has been preparing for the Provost Search interviews scheduled for the end of April. All the hard work done by the Staff Council takes place at the Committee level, and it is the engaged and dedicated committee members who commit their time and energy to finding solutions to issues and concerns that impact staff and the larger UVM Community.  All non-represented staff are welcome to participate on any of these four committees. It is time well spent.

Another great way to learn about UVM while working to make positive change for staff and our larger community is serving as a Staff Council Representative.

Staff Council is also holding elections for Representatives in several Units/Colleges across the University. The deadline to nominate yourself or a colleague is Wednesday, April 17, 2013. You can find more information about Representative Elections by visiting our Get Involved page on our website. Click here for a Nomination Form

Those units holding elections include the following:

  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences – (1) three-year term
  • College of Medicine
    • Adminstrative – (1) two-year term
    • Basic Sciences – (1) two-year term
    • Clinical Sciences – (2) one-year terms
  • Continuing Education – (1) three-year term
  • DFES/ AFS – (1) three-year term
  • DFES/ETS – (1) three-year term
  • Rubenstein School – (1) three-year term
  • Research and Graduate Studies      – (1) two-year term
  • School of Business Administration – (1) three-year term
  • University Relations and Campus Life – (2) three-year terms, (1) two-year term, (1) one-year term

For more information, contact the Staff Council Office at 802-656-4493 or

Click here to find more information about becoming a part of Staff Council!