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Monday, April 6, 2009
Registration for the BBQ lunch is REQUIRED!
Monday, March 23, 2009
- The budget is in the House Finance Subcommittee. At this point it appears Cooperative Extension may receive $190,000 and the Health Budget may receive $175,000. UAF submitted a pay raise package suggesting 60% / 40%. This would mean that 60% would come from General funds and 40% would come from Non-General funds. However, it appears this may be changed to 50% / 50% which is a short fall of $1.6 million.
- Trying to get federal funding for the Life Sciences project.
- Capital budget is extremely meager at this point. Governor Palin will have a marginal impact on UAF as she is concentrating on unemployment and K-12 issues.
- There are several hoops that must be jumped through if monies are accepted from the Stimulus Package. Example: weekly reporting on how the monies are being spent, and they must be spent rather quickly.
- There are options through the State of Alaska that UAF may be able to capitalize on to help with the budget issues. There is a Cops Grant that UAF Police Dept may be able to apply for to help with there concerns.
The Chancellor was exciting at how the Staff Appreciation Day is coming together. He realizes it will cover a variety of topics and is encouraged and excited to see all the effort being put into making this an event that will recognize staff, orient new staff, provide professional development in a fun environment.
- Education - how to be more aware of your surroundings.
- Training - what to do in emergency situations
- Presentations - why do you need the above two items
- Crime Prevention Services - come to your area to provide tips to make your area safer
- Survival Tactics - what do you do if there is a shooting
They are also working on establishing a "Building Safety Coordinator". This person would be responsible for notifying the occupants of that building of any emergency situation. Although there will be one coordinator, this will be a team effort as some buildings have multiple floors.
Chief McGee stated that there are quite a few mechanisms in place to address issues. Their concern and issue they are trying to address at this point is getting this information out to the UAF community so we are aware of what the mechanisms are and what we need to do.
When asked about the staff levels at UAF HR, she stated that was not an immediate concern as there were some restructuring and cross training that could be done to alliveate some of the bottleneck.
- There is real concern about another multiple appropriation budget for the university this year.
- There is a fundamental and essential need for someone to be in Juneau advocating for UAF, possibly a Political Action Committee. UAA has established this committee and they are being utilized to the fullest extent. This would be a membership and dues paying based committee.
- The federal economic stimulus bill is wreaking havoc with spending plans with the Alaska Legislature.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
- The recommendation from the House finance subcommittee is going to the full finance committee
- The recommended budget is higher than last year's budget, but still not enogh to cover operational costs
- Legislature says we have enough money for operating by: organizations throughout the state will pair up with UA; we can pull money from somewhere else in the "big pot"
- Maintenance for UA is currently not covered in the budget, but will probably be added back into it before it leaves the House
- Staff compensation increases at this point are fully funded, but this will not last forever
- University asked for $150,000 for Future Farmers of America
If you wish to see more detailed information, feel free to take a look at the "Red Book" at http://www.alaska.edu/swbir/budget/publications/redbook/FY10-Redbook.pdf3
Friday, March 6, 2009
Nominations are due by March 27th and came come from any University employee. The rural staff member who is honored with this award will receive a plaque. The rural campus will also receive a plaque.
For more information, or to nominate a rural staff member, please contact Ashley Munro, subcommittee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or 474-1934.
Creating a Strong Rural Voice with UAF- The Rural Affairs Committe would like to have a rural representative on as many UAF Committees as possible. Contact the RAC chair, Elizabeth Recchia (Northwest Campus) at email@example.com if your committee needs a rural representative.
Special Topics Workshops for Staff- In April, the RAC will be putting together a distance technology workshop to showcase ELive and Encounter. Conact the RAC for more information. There will also be training demos for Skillsoft.
Staff Appreciation Day for Rural Staff- Staff Appreciation is not limited to staff in Fairbanks. Rural staff are encouraged to attend via distance technology. A social event will be planned at each campus site and local training may be available. Contact the Staff Appreciation Day Committee or a rural campus representative for more information.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Training sessions will be held throughout the day. Here are a few examples:
Professional Development- Skillsoft, UA 101, Safety Training, Travel Training, EEO Training
Personal Development- How to Create a Personal Budget, Are you Ready for Retirement?, Tortilla Making, Compositing with Earthworms, Vegetable Gardening, SRC tour and LIFE Program
Some sessions have limited spaces, so there will be a registration process.
WIN for Alaska will have massage stations and information booths. Don't forget to stop by and check out what you can have on a Wellness Break.
Friday, February 27, 2009
* The core operating budget approved by Governor Palin will cover pay raises, operating expenses, cooperative extension, maintenance and energy programs.
* The stimulus package has 8 million dollars for education and higher education, so UAF is hoping to see some of these funds.
* There is a slim to none chance the Life Science Building will happen at this time.
* There is money coming from the Federal Agency of Natural Sciences for the Arctic Research Vessel which is operated by UAF.
* The Alaska Volcano Observatory will also receive funds in their work.
* The Pell Grant will be increased by $500 over the next 2 years.
* There is 7 - 8 billion dollars of the stimulus package to increase rural broadband connectivity nationwide.
* Toolik Lake will have a benefit of 5 million dollars from the stimulus package in their work.
* Chancellor Rogers is interested in staff feedback on the supervisory training that has been occuring.
You can find the link to the committee at the Alumni Association or Statewide website.
1. Staff Handbook
2. Staff Compensation
3. Budget Cuts: If there will be any, how are they determined? Where, Who & What will be affected?
At this point Faculty & Staff are unaware of what the budget situation may be at UAF. As we find out you will find out. Continue to watch this topic and provide comments or questions you would like answered.
Chancellor Rogers is hosting forums where faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend to address any concerns they may have. There is a forum on February 27th and March 20th.
a. What if the employee and the Supervisor do not get along?
b. What if the department does not have the budget to support a raise to a deserving employee?
c. What happens if an employee is hired in the middle of the year?
d. What are the ramifications of losing steps?
e. How will seniority be maintianed without steps?
The Task Force is encouraging feedback, comments, concerns, etc.
Stay tuned for more information...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
resource: HR Update Newsletter
University leaders are talking of building the $30 million center, which would house the Alaska Center for Energy & Power, during the next two summers. The plan is to sell bonds for half the proposed building and get the rest of the money through a state grant, is included in a short list of construction projects pitched early this winter by UAF's Board of Regents. The Board also is seeking a separate 5 year state grant that would partner the energy center with the state run Alaska Energy Authority on state-proposed research projects.
UAF's proposed construction budget, which has been forwarded to the Alaska Legislature for consideration, incorporates the proposed energy building alongside another, long-discussed proposal for a new Life Sciences: Focused Research & Instruction Facility.
resource: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 1-28-09: written by: Christopher Eshleman