University of Vermont

A Note from Staff Council President Renee Berteau

August 2015

Renee Berteau

Summer in Vermont is a special time, and I hope each of you have enjoyed our beautiful state in some way, whether hiking on our trails, swimming or boating on our lakes and rivers, or relaxing outdoors at home.  I have done a little of each of those, as well as visiting Georgia with my husband recently to catch up with our oldest son who is in the Army.

Here on campus, there are a few areas I’d like to discuss with some updates:

On June 22, we sent our Staff Council Outreach Effort Report to President Sullivan, Provost Rosowsky, Vice President Heading-Grant, and Vice President Derr summarizing the input we received from staff this past spring on issues and concerns of UVM staff. Along with the summary, we outlined specific objectives we want to achieve as a University on behalf of staff.  During this summer, we have had ongoing discussions with Gary Derr, Executive Vice President for Operations, and Wanda Heading-Grant, Vice President for HRDMA about each objective, what efforts are already underway, who the key figures or groups working on these issues, and how we will involve UVM staff to provide input in any changes or initiatives upcoming this year (and forward). Through this process, Staff Council will identify key objectives for focused advocacy during this academic year and beyond. As we make progress on our focused advocacy, we will continue to revisit the additional concerns and ideas we have identified and strive to address as many as our volunteer organization can handle effectively. Throughout the year, we hope to communicate on our efforts and progress every other month through our Staffline newsletter or Representative Update communication.

In July, Staff Council leadership met with the UVM Foundation to discuss how to tell the stories of staff contributions to the University of Vermont in the upcoming Comprehensive Campaign public launch in October 2015 as well as ways staff can be engaged and assist with this effort through a wide range of opportunities. This is an exciting time at UVM, and the Comprehensive Campaign is crucial to maintaining and expanding excellence at the University. Each of us has a part in making this a success.

UVM joins many other universities nationally in being a Tobacco-Free institution beginning August 1, 2015. For information or to give suggestions or input on the rollout of this initiative, please visit the Tobacco-Free website.

To close, I’d like to encourage you make sure you know who your Staff Council Representative is, and make the effort to contact them, either in person or by email or phone, to introduce yourself, and find out how you can hear from them about participating in all the exciting and important initiatives coming up. To find your Staff Council Representative, please visit our webpage.

Here’s to an enjoyable rest of the summer and best wishes for the beginning of new academic year.


Renee Berteau

Staff Council President