June 2020 Campus Updates

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Update Provided By: Heidi Hauf

  • Staff Senators met with Dr. Migler to discuss Salary Budget for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Working to award our first Staff Senate Scholarship; currently reviewing applicants.

Update Provided By: Josh Nichols

  • The next Staff Senate meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 1st at 1 p.m. (MT). We will be joined by our new senators and will conduct elections for our Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer positions.

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Update Provided By: Alissa Perkins

  • An organizer from ND United visited our June meeting to discuss the benefits that they provide for staff members
  • Our Staff Senate is teaming up with our Marketing and IT departments to plan a campus-wide shared calendar
  • Our MSU Staff Senate website is currently being voted on and will hopefully be rolled out in early July

Update Provided By: Michael Linnell

  • Darren Olson, IT director for network services, was named Minot State University Staff Senate’s May High Five Award winner.
  • Minot State Staff Senate elected its 2020-2021 officers as Lindsey Benson moved from vice president to president in June. Elected as vice president for the 2020-2021 year was Paul Stroklund. He will become the president of MSU Staff Senate in 2021-2022. Elected secretary/treasurer was Doug Tiedman.
  • MSU Staff Senate used held its annual crossover meeting in June, with eight new senators joining for 2020-2021.
  • The annual Fall Kick Off celebration was set for Roosevelt Park on Aug. 19 from 4:30-7 p.m.

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Update Provided By: Brian Schill

  • The UND Staff Senate met on Wednesday, June 10, entertaining a brief visit from new UND President Andrew Armacost.
  • Senate leadership also met with the ND State Staff Senate group on June 22, 2020.
  • Senate committees are mostly fully assigned with (co-)chairs and members ready to meet as groups starting this summer.
  • Pres. Megan Wasylow has been part of the University Pandemic Briefing and has had a voice in UND’s Smart Restart.
  • Senate has entertained “suggestion box” questions from staffers re: parking permit reimbursement per quarantine, return-to-work matters, and how UND can address systemic racism.
  • On that note, Senate has been asked to identify staffers who might be good additions to a forthcoming UND committee on diversity & inclusion.  Senate purchased promotional items such as Staff Senate t-shirts for Senators to wear at Staff Senate sponsored events. We also purchased Staff Senate banners for future parades and tabling events.
  • The UND University Senate Exec Committee met on Wednesday, June 24. Leadership turnover was the meeting’s main focus.

Update Provided By: Lacey Undem

  • VCSU Staff Senate met on June 18th to welcome new staff senate members and vote on new officers.
  • President: Jerilyn Beckman
  • Vice President: Carolyn Holen
  • Secretary: Kelsie Carter
  • Past President: Erica Buchholz
  • Professional group representatives:
  • Jerilyn Beckman, Kelsie Carter, Carolyn Holen, Vanessa Johnson, & Oscar Suniga
  • TPOS group representatives:
  • Amber Olson & Cassie Preston
  • Facilities group representatives:
  • Brian Bakke & Dina Splettstoesser
  • Ex Officio Members:
  • Wesley Wintch, Jennifer Larson

Update Provided By: Megan Kasner

  • We are searching for a new VP for Student Affairs
  • We are continuing virtual registration days
  • P3 construction project is ahead of schedule

Update Provided By: Crystal Tangsrud

  • We held out annual Senator election and four new Senators were elected: Kate Greicar (Fargo), Karie Abrahamson (Fargo), Kavita Rami (Grand Forks), and Ramona Breuer (Grand Forks).
  • We are also planning our annual Staff Senate Retreat. This year will be different with half of the retreat held virtually in July and the other half tentatively planned for a mix of in-person/remote.