January 2021 Campus Updates

Update Provided By: Courtney Reiswig

  • BSC leadership provided the Staff Senate with a legislative update at our January meeting regarding BSC’s legislative efforts and particular bills of interest.

Update Provided By: Heidi Hauf

  • We have started the planning process to hold our Spring Vendor Show safely and responsibly. This is our main fundraiser for our Staff Senate Student Scholarship.

Update Provided By: Josh Nichols

  • Staff Senate collaborated with our holiday party planning committee to provide morale boosting activities on January 20th, 2021. We held a silent auction, raffle and a Goodie Gobble. There was a great turnout of our campus community and proceeds will be used by our holiday party committee and Staff Senate for future events and activities.
  • Next Meeting Feb 3, 2021 @ 1:00pm via Zoom.

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Update Provided By: Alyson Beckman

  • 1000-3000 Broadband positions has been filled by Matthew Dalrymple.
  • A Staff Senate email account has been created. Staff Senate officers have access to review/sending emails out.
  • We discussed Staff Senate goals for 2021, including boosting employee morale, increasing Comet Pride Button sales, and fundraising ideas.
  • Current projects include: Pennies for Pride, Comet Pride Buttons, and COVID-Care Committee.
  • Our next Staff Senate meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

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Update Provided By: April Helgaas

  • NDSU Staff Senate hosted the annual NDSU Day of Honor ceremony virtually via Zoom on January 13th. The NDSU Day of Honor commemorates the lives of NDSU students, faculty, and staff who have passed away during the previous calendar year. The ceremony, first held in 2013, occurs each January and offers attendees closure, reverence and a sense of community in remembering those no longer with us. The following individuals were honored this year:
    • Ann Marschke
    • Benjamin Anderson
    • Brian M. Slator
    • Claudia May
    • LJ Wells
    • Karen JOhnson
    • Pierce Kvien
    • Robert A. Wood
    • Robin McDonough
    • Sonja Flaagen
    • Stephanie Waletzko
    • William Clinton Wells
    • William “Bill” Barker
  • The ceremony was recorded and the video can be viewed via https://www.ndsu.edu/staff_senate/ndsu_day_of_honor/.
  • The NDSU Staff Senate Staff Recognition Committee awarded nine Campus Kudos at the January meeting. The Kudos recipients were:
    • Megan Yerhot
    • Sara Oestrich
    • Alexander Knudson
    • Carrie Anne Platt
    • Briana Nupdal
    • Smita Garg
    • Cate Kratochvil
    • Kim Miller
    • San Nygard
  • The NDSU Staff Senate Scholarship Committee hosted four days of dine in/take out events to raise funds for Staff Senate Scholarships. The dine in/take out dates were January 18th through the 21st. Chipotle, Panera, Panda Express, and Blaze Pizza each hosted a day of participating in the fundraiser. Patrons mentioning the fundraiser would have a portion of the bill contributed to Staff Senate Scholarships.

Update Provided By: Brian Schill

  • Staff Senate Pres. Wasylow continues attending weekly for the NDUS Smart Restart and Pandemic Briefing meetings. 
  • Continuing to present UShines to one staffer/month. 
  • Admin gearing up for upcoming elections (April). 
  • Virtual Bingo in December and “Coffee with Kathy (Armacost)” were both very successful. Feb. 11 is the next “Coffee with Kathy.” 
  • Senate Legislative Comm. Meeting and coordinating with University Senate Leg. Comm on higher ed bills tracking in ND Legislative Assembly. 
  • Annual “Tubs of Love” fundraiser for area nonprofit underway. 
  • Senate leadership held its monthly meeting with UND Pres. Armacost. 
  • Senate VP Schill to help lead State Staff Senate Tuition Waiver Working Group.  
  • Community Relations Committee continues to run Jeans Give Back every Friday, donating to local nonprofits. 

Update Provided By: Kelsie Carter

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Update Provided By: Megan Kasner

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Updates Provided By: Benjamin Ford

  • Our philanthropy committee picked and delivered a number of items to the Crisis and animal shelters for each location (Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck). see the attached image.
  • Reorganized our clothing site for easier navigation.
  • We are now taking donations for our February auction for fundraising.