Note from President Tom Sullivan
and welcome back from what I hope was a restful and
rejuvenating holiday break!
fall semester was busy and fruitful. Throughout I
witnessed firsthand the dedication of our stellar staff to
our students and our educational mission here at UVM. I am
continually impressed by your professionalism and grateful
for the many ways in which you make our University
operations hum. I appreciate standing at this threshold of
a new semester knowing that the support and excellence you
provide to the entire UVM community is strong and solid.
The first official day of this spring semester is also the
kickoff of our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration,
Education, and Learning Events series. Starting January 16
and running through January 25, events across campus will
celebrate, honor, and continue Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.’s legacy of building a beloved and just community.
are excited to welcome BET News host and CNN political
contributor Dr. Marc Lamont Hill as the MLK Celebration
keynote speaker on Tuesday, January 23, at Ira Allen
Chapel. The Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and
Solutions at Temple University and an award-winning
journalist, Dr. Hill has authored four books, including
the New York Times bestselling Nobody: Casualties of
America's War on the Vulnerable,from Ferguson to Flint and
Beyond. He has been named one of America’s 100 most
influential Black leaders by Ebony Magazine. I hope you
will join us for Dr. Hill’s keynote and other events
throughout the week.
Staff Council Meeting
next Staff Council meeting will take place on Tuesday,
January 9th, 12:05-1:30pm in Waterman's
Memorial Lounge. The Council's primary topic at this
meeting will be discussion of the incentive-based budget
model to formulate suggestions for the IBB 2.0 Steering
here for a copy of the agenda.
New Year, New
Changes to UVM's Flex Spending Plan!
As you may already know, there have been some
significant changes to the procedures in UVM's Flex
Spending medical benefit. As of January 1st, 2018, those
who have signed up for a flexible spending account will
now have a more convenient way to make qualified
purchases – a VISA debit card. This debit card comes
with some unique features and requirements, so please
make sure to review the information available for more
details and to ensure you use the card properly. (For
those that prefer the traditional method, you have the
option to continue to submit paper claims for
reimbursement as you have in the past.)
We hope this debit card will make your life easier and
flexible spending a more attractive employee benefit.
Greg Paradiso, Benefits, Compensation & HRIS
Director, shares the following resources for getting
started with the card system:
HRDMA's webpage to learn about the Flex Spending
benefit, or email
Greg with questions.
Thank You For
Your Contributions to the Holiday Bazaar!
Council, the Social Committee and the Staff Council
Office are incredibly grateful to all who made this
year's Holiday Bazaar a wonderful success. Thank you
so much for volunteering, donating baked goods,
helping vendors move in and out, and everything else
that it takes to put together this event.
Thanks to your efforts we also raised nearly 300
pounds of food for donation to the Chittenden Food
raffle winners have been notified via email, but you
can also click
here to see if you're a winner. Remember to
pick your prizes up at Waterman 313 before January
see you at next year's Holiday Bazaar and in the
meantime, if you have thoughts or feedback about
this year's event or suggestions for future
events, send us a note at Staff.Council@uvm.edu.
Council News :
call the Staff Council Office
Staff Council Office
85 So. Prospect Street
313 Waterman Building
Burlington, VT 05405
M -TH 8am - 3:30pm
F 9am - 1pm