In the Spotlight
October Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Bradley Nelson, Custodial Services, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for October. Brad's nominator, Franny Meyer-Briggs, says, "UW-Eau Claire is SO fortunate to have Brad Nelson as a member of the custodial staff team! I'm not sure how long Brad has been employed here, but not long ago when he took over the custodial work on 2nd floor of Schneider Hall, I noticed a huge improvement in cleanliness throughout. For example, the women's bathroom on 2nd floor has never looked better! Many students frequent it and when the old trash bin was full, the paper towels would spill over onto the floor. However, Brad was kind enough to find us a second trash bin without even being asked, so we no longer have this mess. Also, Brad takes pride in his work and is always busy…cleaning, polishing, sweeping, etc. However, the best part of Brad’s work ethic is that he is an extremely kind and caring individual…and he's ready to help out when needed at all times. Brad is always very pleasant and has a ready smile on his face, so it is with great pleasure that I nominate him for this fine award! Brad sure deserves it."
Brad was nominated in May of 2013. Other nominees for October include Patty Johnson, Student Payroll, and Judy Ramsey, Foreign Languages.
Nominations remain in the pool for six months from the month of their nomination to give all nominees an equal amount of time to win a "Token of Appreciation." At the Service Recognition Banquet in May, all nominated employees receive recognition. Do you know of someone on campus doing a great job? Nominate any classified staff for the Employee Appreciation Award. A random drawing will be held every month. Spread the word. > Read more
Grant Fund to Assist Classified Staff
Are you taking a spring class? Apply for a $250 scholarship for Classified Staff!
Who: Classified Staff (Permanent, Project, or LTE) who are employed at least half-time and enrolled for a course(s) in Spring 2014 are encouraged to apply (the school does not need to be UW-Eau Claire.)
What: A $250 scholarship from the Grant Fund to Assist Classified Staff will be awarded each fall and spring semester as funds allow.
When: The Spring2014 application form must be completed by Friday,December 13. Contact DanielHillis, 715-836-4961 with questions.
Message from Greg Falkenberg, chair of the Classified Staff Council
Hello everyone, my name is Greg Falkenberg and I am the new chair for the Classified Staff Council.
First, I would like to start by giving a big thank you to Sue Ayres for doing such a wonderful job as chair of the council for the past year.
I work at the Heating Plant and have been with UWEC for 14 years now, all at the Heating Plant. I have been a member of the council for the last 2 years, with the last one as Chair-Elect. I am very excited to be the new chair of the Classified Staff Council and look forward to meeting as many of you as I can over the coming year. Working together we can accomplish great things in bringing about shared governance for classified staff.
This past year was a very busy and exciting year for the council. At one point we were being thrust into the new UPS system, which had the council very busy developing, for the first time, personnel policies and procedures and developing a compensation plan for all classified staff, only to have them tabled for two years.
The council and its committees have had tremendous success over the past year. Some examples are:
- Professional Development Day was a big hit, with over 200 attendees.
- The Funding Committee has awarded 14 grants to classified staff to attend professional development.
- The Employee Appreciation Committee has received donations and recognized classified employees each month.
- The Nomination Committee has worked tirelessly gathering nominations to successfully fill our many committee vacancies.
- The Web Maintenance Committee has done an awesome job maintaining our web site and providing updates to classified staff.
As we look forward into the coming year, I see many exciting things coming for the council to work on. With the state budget now out and a slight pay raise on the horizon, we can breathe a little easier. But, we must remain vigilant in these ever changing times and be prepared for the next challenges that arise.
I look forward to the many challenges we face as a council and classified staff. I feel together we will get through these challenges making a better environment for all classified staff here at UWEC.