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The University of Houston-Downtown Staff Council has begun its 2014 Update as the Council renews and advances its mission of promoting a positive and meaningful exchange among staff, faculty, and students to formulate and recommend to the University President policies that affect staff.

To start 2014, the Staff Council, in its role as an advisory body to the President, is intensely dedicated to increasing communications, providing organizational assistance as requested by staff, and ensuring that the issues, concerns, and interest of staff are relayed from staff feedback, together with Council recommendations, to senior university leaders. In this connection, it is of the utmost importance that the Council receives a high level of staff participation in its work in order to accomplish the goal of raising Council's effectiveness in providing greater staff services and continued improvement of UHD as a Major Opportunity Employer.

All full-time and part-time benefits-eligible UHD staff members are automatically members of staff Council, and are always invited to attend monthly Council meetings where staff-related topics are discussed and developed into recommendations for submission to university leaders. Staff members are invited to share any issues, concerns, and/or interest items that they may have with Council for its consideration. President Flores has issued a message to the UHD community encouraging greater participation in Staff Council service by staff members, and greater support and endorsement by supervisory staff of such Council work on the part of their subordinates (click here to read his message).

Nominations and election of officers of the Staff Council Executive Committee occur annually, and the officers serve a one-year term beginning on September 1st. The Chairpersons and members of Standing Committees are appointed by the Staff Council Executive Committee President, upon recommendation by the Council's Membership & Elections Committee. Detailed information regarding Staff Council Executive Committee and Standing Committees is contained in the Staff Council By-laws.

Over the years, Staff Council, its Executive Committee, and various Standing Committees have performed many services and instituted, developed and conducted many activities and events.

Some recent and currently ongoing activities and events include the following: reviewing and giving recommendations on issues affecting staff benefits, parking, safety, staff development and training; planning and conducting all special staff campus events including: annual forum to highlight activities/issues and foster open dialogue with university administrators, annual Holiday Adopt-A-Family program, annual Staff Awards (for years of service), "The Edge" (annual grant award given to staff to promote staff education and self-development), annual Staff Excellence Awards program, and annual Staff Council Fun Awards program ("Rookie of the Year," "Whistle While you Work," "Goes the Extra Mile," "Best Boss," and "Rising Star"). Detailed information on the awards/events is contained on the website.

Staff Council is expanding its services, and needs your help to be successful! The Council extends an urgent and sincere invitation to all UHD staff to get involved in the important work of Council by participating in the meetings and activities. Please review all of the pages of the Staff Council website for additional information and dates of events. The annual nominations and election process will begin soon (May). Watch for the dates, obtain a nomination form online and nominate yourself or someone that you feel will represent important staff issues, concerns and interest at UHD.




Last updated or reviewed on 9/15/14

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