University of Vermont

A Note from Staff Council Vice President Renee Berteau

February 2014

Laboratory and Research Technicians!

You are some of the awesome staff that give the University of Vermont their great reputation as a small, premier research university. You are hard at work, supporting and coordinating the research of our faculty in the College of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Rubenstein School for Natural Resources, College for Nursing and Health Services and elsewhere at UVM.

Staff Council doesn’t often hear from our colleagues in these positions in the laboratories or out in the field, so we wanted to reach out and encourage you to share your thoughts with us at or get involved. We want you to let us know what we could do to help you in your work and life as an employee of UVM. We want to make sure that we can add your voice to the concerns of all staff that are represented by our organization.

As the governance body for staff, Staff Council needs to hear from you so it can continue to serve in its advisory capacity to UVM’s President and senior leaders. In recent years, we have been taking on more and more investigative and advocacy roles within the shared governance process that drives our University. Our mission is to make UVM a better place not only for staff, but the entire University community.

We know that your days are filled with test results, guiding the work of students and others in your research, coordinating supplies and processes, and other work that only you know makes up your day. But I ask you think of Staff Council and tell us how we can better serve you and represent your voice to UVM leadership.

Your time is likely entirely supported by a grant which can make it challenging to get involved at UVM. But Staff Council has funding from the Office of the President to relieve your grant up to 3% of your salary so you could serve as a Staff Council Representative. That’s the estimated amount of time a Staff Council Representative spends on attending the full Staff Council meeting (1.5 hours per month), one standing committee meeting (1 hour per month), and travel to and from these meetings each month. Having research-focused staff members on Staff Council would enrich how we represent the voice of staff at UVM.

If you have a few minutes, please contact us at to share your thoughts on your experience working at UVM or any unique issues or concerns you have. It would be a greatly appreciated favor.

Thank you for all you do for your research and for UVM.


Renee Berteau
Staff Council Vice President