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 Tuesday, March 23, 2010 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

IN THE SPOTLIGHT


Staff Council Represents Staff Voices
by Staff Council Co-Chairs Larry Hill and Donna Maes, with Annie Piatt
 

Many people have heard of Staff Council, but did you know that it was ordered and established by the president of the university and approved by the Board of Regents in June 1972? Here we are, nearly 40 years later, and shared governance is still part of the university with a system-wide Staff Council as well as councils on each campus.

The mission of Boulder Campus Staff Council (BCSC) is to represent, inform and educate both classified and professional exempt staff by serving as a liaison between employees and the Boulder campus, the university system, and state administration. In addition, this group recommends proposals to administration that are designed to improve morale and advocate for the rights of staff employees.

BCSC is a group of 30 elected and appointed classified and professional exempt staff members who work to provide their fellow staff members with information on topics ranging from legislative affairs to current events on campus. The BCSC members represent staff through participation in a variety of working groups, task forces, and campus committees. At this time, members of the council are serving on the Academic Affairs Budget Advisory Committee, the Chancellor’s Executive Committee and the Provost Search Committee, as well as working collaboratively with Human Resources and Payroll & Benefit Services on the dependent eligibility audit and how it may impact staff on our campus. BCSC members have commented on how fortunate they feel to play such an important role in representing staff.

In addition, BCSC has a number of our own committees (see sidebar). Membership on all of these committees is open to classified and professional exempt staff. If you are interested in serving on a BCSC committee please contact your area representative or the Staff Council office. Participation on a committee is a great way to learn more about BCSC and the Boulder campus in general.

If you have a pressing question, want to know more about how the BCSC functions, or are interested in becoming a BCSC representative please attend one of our monthly meetings. These meetings are open to all members of the campus community and often feature guest speakers from around the campus and state. A schedule of meeting dates and locations as well as previous minutes and resolutions can be found on the BCSC website along with the 2009-2010 roster of area representatives. The invitation stands for all staff to attend our meetings to voice an opinion, join a committee or become a full-fledged member.

The Boulder Campus Staff Council is continuously striving to represent staff voices, show appreciation for all of the hard work that is done to make this campus a wonderful place to live and work, and to make a difference on campus and in greater the community. Won’t you join us in these worthwhile pursuits?

Boulder Campus Staff Council elections are officially open. Click on this link to access the online elections ballot for your area. You may vote for one person for your area and one person for an at-large position. Elections will close April 7 at 12 p.m. If you have trouble accessing this resource or have questions, please call 303-492-5473 or send us an email. Thank you for your vote—your participation is essential in this process.

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