In the Spotlight
January Employee Appreciation Award Winner Announced
Katie Rice, Nursing, was selected by random drawing to receive the Employee Appreciation Award for January. Katie's nominator says, "Katie is the ADA in Nursing at the Marshfield site. Not only does she provide outstanding support to the Nursing faculty and staff in Marshfield, but she is also devoted to the students. Sometimes, when work groups are physically separated, such as exists in Nursing between Eau Claire and Marshfield, challenges arise that might not be there if the groups were housed together. Katie is always up to facing challenges head on and finding the solution which will best meet the needs of students and faculty. Her general attitude is always positive and she inspires me to be more positive about any situation. Thank you Katie for your consistent good nature and your commitment to excellent service. It is a pleasure working with you."
Nominees for the Employee Appreciation Award in January include Sue Pettis, Human Resources.
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.