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Friday, March 7, 2014

Budget Options Group and Request for Ideas

Dear Staff Members,

In December, Chancellor Rogers assigned a small group of faculty and administrators to generate a list of budget reduction options for the Planning & Budget Committee’s consideration. For the past two months the Budget Options Group (BOG) has worked to compiled a list of options that are now in a summary and analysis report. The report has a list of options that includes ideas submitted to the OMB website that was setup specifically for this purpose. You can find the report here:

The Planning and Budget Committee is looking at all the options in the BOG report, and is exploring their own revenue generating and cost cutting ideas. Over the next few months, these ideas will be research and worked out to see which ones are feasible.
We're also continuing to ask for additional ideas from staff, faculty and students. Please submit your ideas via the OMB web site before March 14th, 2014. The form can be found here:

Thank you,

Chris Beks
Staff Council Representative
Planning & Budget Committee

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Staff Council News for February

Nominations for the Staff Make Students Count Award are due on February 21. Nominations for the 2014 Chancellor's Cornerstone Award are also due on February 21. For more information on these awards and how to submit a nomination, please visit: 

I've attached notes below the jump from our January meeting, taken by one of our Representatives. If you have any questions about the January meeting, please feel free to contact your representative or one of the at-large representatives:

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, February 18, from 1:30 to 3:45 PM in the Wood Center Ballroom. All staff are welcome to attend or call in to the meeting to listen. You can also find more information, including the call-in numbers, at our website:

Best regards,

Brad Krick
UAF Staff Council President 2013 - 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

2014 Chancellor's Cornerstone Award

Nominations for the 2014 Chancellor's Cornerstone Award are now being accepted.  This prestigious award recognizes an outstanding UAF staff member for their continued service and dedication to the university.  For more information on the award and to submit a nomination, visit:

The deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 21!

Nominations Now Open for Staff Make Students Count Award

Nominations for the 2014 Staff Make Students Count Award are now being accepted.  Complete nomination packets must be submitted by Feb. 21.  For more information on this award, including instructions for submitting a nomination, visit:

Contact the UAF Staff Council Office, at 474-7056 or if you have any questions or need assistance submitting a nomination packet.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thank You for Supporting the Tuition Waiver

Dear UAF Staff,

Thank you for your support for the Employee Education Benefit (Tuition Waiver). We have received many petitions from various departments and units. These petitions are being forwarded to the Board of Regents. We would also like to thank those who attended the Board of Regents meeting yesterday morning for public testimony. So many staff were present, that we couldn’t even fit in the room! The Regents looked surprised when nearly everyone in the room raised their hand to say they were there in support of the waiver. We heard personal stories from many people, and public testimony nearly ended before all had a chance to speak.

The Board of Regents will not be making a decision on the Employee Education Benefit this month. It may be a conversation that gets re-visited at a later time. With the current and future budget challenges, we should be prepared for this, and other cost savings measures to be proposed. As the UAF Staff Council, we will be watching for the topic to come up on future agendas and will prepare action at that time.

Thank you again for sharing your voice.  
UAF Staff Council President and Vice President
Brad Krick and Ashley Munro

Monday, December 9, 2013

Fall 2013 Staff Council Even Unit Election - Deadline for Voting is Dec. 11

Voting is now open for Unit Representative seats in even numbered Staff Council Units. Newly elected Unit Representatives will serve two-year terms, during which, they will serve as a direct link between the staff members in their unit and UAF Staff Council.  As Staff Council members, they will work to address important issues that affect the welfare of staff, including benefits, compensation, staff development, health, and safety.  

Through UAF Staff Council, Unit Representatives will become active participants in shared governance at UAF, which provides a direct link between UAF Staff Council and members of the UAF Administration.  
Voting is now open Representative Seats for the following Staff Council Units: 
  • Unit 2 - College of Rural & Community Development (CRCD)
    • No candidates on the ballot, votes may be placed for write-in candidates
  • Unit 4 - Institute of Arctic Biology (IAB) 
    • Jessica Desrochers
    • Jami Warrick
  • Unit 6 - School of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences (SFOS)
    • No candidates on the ballot, votes may be placed for write-in candidates
  • Unit 8 - College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
    • Kim Eames
  • Unit 10 - College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM)
    • Jeff Baxter
    • Lawrence Murakami
    • Heather Pyland
  • Unit 12 - Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (VCAS)
    • No candidates on the ballot, votes may be placed for write-in candidates
  • Unit 14 - International Arctic Research Center (IARC)
    • Nate Bauer
Voting begins today and will close at the end of the day on Dec. 11. 

Click here to vote using our online system! - (Voting Closed on Dec. 11, 2013)

To submit your vote, click on the link above and log in using your last name and your 8-digit UA ID number.
You do not need to specify which unit you are in when voting.  The system will automatically send you to the ballot for your unit, once you have logged in.   If you feel that the system sent you to the wrong ballot, immediately contact the Staff Council Office (see contact information below).  

Write-In votes may be submitted for all seats; follow the instructions for logging into the election system and type the name of the person you want to vote for in the appropriate location on the ballot.

In the event that you were nominated and left off the ballot, contact the UAF Staff Council Office at 474-7056 or immediately so that the problem may be addressed.

Additionally, please contact us, using the phone number or email address listed above, if you have questions or if you experience any problems with the voting system.