The UVM Staff Council serves as an advocate for staff by seeking out and responding to their ideas and concerns, representing them to the University administration, and keeping staff informed of University initiatives.

Staff Council monthly meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month from 12:05-1:30. Upcoming meetings:

12/3/19 Memorial Lounge (Waterman 338)
1/7/20 Memorial Lounge (Waterman 338)

All are welcome. To review past meeting minutes, please visit our website (link).

The Staff Council office has extended each of the following deadlines to 4:00 PM Tuesday, December 3rd (or until spaces have filled) for the following events:

Shopping Bus Trip (link)
WHAT: A bus trip to the Settlers Green Outlet Village in North Conway, New Hampshire.
WHEN: Saturday December 7th, 2019.
Depart from Given parking lot at 8:00 AM, return at 8:00 PM
WHERE: North Conway, NH
COST: $35 per person for UVM staff, faculty, retirees; $38 for non-UVM affiliates. No discount for children (and only ages 15+ allowed). Price includes bottled water and snacks.
Register here (link). Payments must be received by the Staff Council Office (313 Waterman by campus mail, or see full address below) by 4:00 PM on Tuesday December 3rd (TOMORROW!). Registration fees will not be deposited until we reach 45 participants (the minimum).
Register here (link).

Cooking Class: Holiday Hors d'Oeuvres (link)
There are still spots open for this fun (rescheduled) cooking class! Learn how to make scrumptious holiday hors d'oeuvres including: Baked Brie, Spanikopita, and Stuffed Mushrooms.
When: December 12, 2019, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Where: Discovery Kitchen (Central Campus Res Hall)
Cost: $25 per person for UVM staff, $30 for guests. Guests must come with a UVM staff member; limit one guest per staff member. Price includes dinner in the dining hall (a value of $11.55 per person).
Register here (link).
The Holiday Bazaar is a yearly craft show which focuses on the arts, crafts, and products of our UVM community. This year it will take place on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Check out the fabulous list of vendors for this year on our vendor map and index (PDF)!

Raffle Prizes! This year's raffle includes fantastic prizes, including single day lift tickets for Bolton Valley and Jay Peak, a season pass for Smuggler's Notch, vouchers for tickets to men's and women's basketball, hockey, lacrosse, and soccer games, items donated by the UVM Bookstore and Campus Recreation, and much more! Many of our Bazaar vendors also donated hand-crafted products like maple syrup, jewelry, winterwear, kitchen items and decorative items to the raffle. You can buy raffle tickets for $1/ticket (or 6 for $5) and bring a non-perishable food item for the food drive and get a free raffle ticket!

Bake Sale Donations
We accept donations of any kind of home-baked goods for sale at the Holiday Bazaar Bake Sale Table. Sign up here (link). Proceeds from this table go to support events and discounts for staff throughout the year. Bake sale donations will be dropped off the morning of the Holiday Bazaar (December 4th, 2019) in the Davis Center's Grand Maple Ballroom. You must include a list of ingredients.

Volunteers Needed
Staff Council welcomes volunteers for the 2019 Staff Council Holiday Bazaar! You may sign up here (link) for multiple time slots/positions if you wish.

Food Drive
Bring canned or dry goods to the Food Drive to the Bazaar on the day of the event and get free raffle tickets! All food will go to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

Please email with any questions, and we hope to see you at the Bazaar!
The Staff Council Professional Development Fund Committee is pleased to announce the five awardees from this quarter's submissions:

Tamara Bender - College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Amanda Chase - Career Center
Oleh Kaarmik - Professional Development & Training
Scott Lewins - Extension
Justina Reichelt - Campus Recreation

Choosing funding recipients from a very strong and varied group of applicants was a difficult task, and limited funding meant the Committee was unable to award every applicant. Applicants are encouraged to apply again in future open application periods. The next open period runs from December 1 - January 31st.

Information and updated applications are available on our website (link) or through the direct links below:

- Information and Application (PDF)
- Flyer (PDF)
- Rubric (PDF)
Did you know that in the Employee Leaves & Time Off Policy (PDF), support for community and nonprofit volunteer service is emphasized and encouraged? (See page 21-22 of the Policy for details). The Staff Council Community Engagement Committee is putting together some resources around volunteering, and we'd love to hear from you!

Let us know what non-religious, non-political nonprofits you volunteer for or donate to! Just send us an email to with the name and the website of the nonprofit(s). Thank you!
According to a survey by the UVM Food Insecurity Working Group (link), nearly one in five UVM students are considered food insecure and UVM staff experienced food insecurity at rates higher than the Vermont average. In response to this, the Staff Council Community Engagement Committee has compiled a list of 10 resources:

1. Hunger Free VT (link)
2. Vermont Food Bank (link)
3. Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf (link)
4. Swipe Out Hunger National (link)
5. NOFA-VT Farm Share Program (Subsidized CSA Shares) (link)
6. Intervale Center (link): Offers no-cost, gleaned CSA shares (Fair Share) and discounted, delivered CSA shares for EBT-enrolled college students (Intervale Food Hub).
7. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (link)
8. Farm to Plate (link) - search by Food Access and Nutrition category to see information on food shelves, child meal sites, nutrition programs and classes, gleaning, etc.
9. Vermont’s Farm to Family program (link)
10. Crop Cash (link) allows people receiving 3Squares (SNAP) benefits to receive additional funds to spend at farmers markets.

Other useful resource lists for staff will be available on the new Staff Council website once it launches in December.
The Staff Council Social Committee is pleased to offer double-discounted tickets to staff for two UVM games this winter break:

Men's Basketball: Friday, December 20th at 7pm, vs. Lipscomb - $10 per ticket! (Regular staff discount is $14, Athletics is offering tickets in bulk to Staff Council for $12 and we in turn are subsidizing it at $10!)

Men's Hockey: Tuesday, January 7th at 7:05pm, vs. Yale - $6 per ticket! (Regular staff discount is $10, Athletics is offering tickets in bulk to Staff Council for $8 and we in turn are subsidizing them at $6!)

Reserve tickets here (link) - payment must be made within 3 business days of making the reservation.

Also - did you know?
Everyday staff discounts for UVM games are equivalent to the ticket prices for children - just show your UVM staff ID! Buy tickets at the UVM Athletic Ticket Office on the 2nd floor of Patrick Gym - they're open Monday-Friday from 9-5 or call them at (802) 656-4410.
The UVM Bookstore's End of Semester sale runs December 6th - 14th at the main Bookstore and at Catamount Store. Shoppers can save 25% off most clothing, office/art supplies, and gift items, plus save 20% on trade books, and 15% on tech accessories and medical supplies. They're also offering a free, limited edition Emery Bear with a single purchase of $125 or more. The sale is also valid online for clothing and gift items only with the coupon code GIFT25.

- Visit the UVM Bookstore's website (link)
Offered in partnership with the EDGE, this comprehensive 13 week program will cover the fundamental aspects of fitness, nutrition, stress management & behavior modification.

All interested faculty/staff should attend the information session on Thursday, December 5th from 12-1 PM in Waterman 338.

Please RVSP to and visit the Employee Wellness website (link) for more information!

Call for Proposals
Professional Development & Training is welcoming proposals focused on thriving in times of change which may include such topics as:
• How have you or your team thrived during times of change?
• Are there practices, models or experiences with change you find helpful and would like to share?
• Other topics could include managing change with resilience; self-care and change; making lifestyle changes; authenticity at work; appreciative inquiry; and the like.

Please contact us for guidelines.
Proposal deadline is December 18, 2019.

Join LGBTQ+ staff, faculty, students, and alumni as we gather for our annual Home for the Holidays celebration at Prism Center. Drop by Allen House (461 Main St.) after work on Friday December 6th from 4-7pm for a fun, queer-affirming celebration with board games, crafting, and card-making, as well as some homemade food and seasonal treats from the community! Unwind with campus colleagues and connect with LGBTQ+ students as we lean into the end of the semester and they prepare to leave for winter break.

For those interested in volunteering, please consider donating 1 hour of your time and sign up for a volunteer shift here (link).
Join the UVM Department of Theatre and Dance for the event of the holiday season as they present Jesus Christ Superstar, the iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s award-winning musical tells the story of the final week of Jesus’ life from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. Filled with an exciting mix of rock, gospel, folk and funk - this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale has been electrifying audiences for over 40 years.

When: December 6 – 8
Where: Royall Tyler Theatre
(116 University Place)
Cost: Adults, UVM faculty/Staff, seniors (55+) & non-UVM students = $30. UVM students = $10.
To purchase call (802) 656-2094 or shop online (link).

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