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Staff Council

The University of Houston Staff Council is an advisory body to the President of the University and the University administration.  Staff Council consists of elected staff members from each division who represent the entire staff body.

2017 Staff Council Elections, June 21-July 12

The annual university-wide election for Staff Council representatives is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, through Wednesday, July 12, 2017. All benefits-eligible staff members are able to vote. Voting is available online through AccessUH and in-person voting will be held at three polling locations on Tuesday, July 11, and Wednesday, July 12. For complete information, visit the Staff Council Elections page. You can also view the Voter's Guide for information about the candidates by division.

Memorial Service for Rebecca Swarzc

With a very heavy heart we would like to inform our UH Community that our very dedicated Staff Council member, Rebecca Szwarc, has passed away. 

Rebecca Szwarc had served in Staff Council for 15 years as a Member at-Large, and she held almost all Standing Committee positions during her tenure. Her commitment and dedication for staff and students have touched many lives on campus with her work in Student Housing and Residential Life (SHRL) and campus committee work. She was truly a beacon of light to many people, and she will be greatly missed.

A memorial service has been put together for the UH Community to come honor and pay their respect to an amazing individual. If your schedule permits, please join us to celebrate the life of Rebecca Szwarc on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Rockwell Pavilion at MD Anderson Library.  For more details about the service or information on how you can honor Rebecca by contributing to the Staff Professional Development Scholarship Fund please click here.

Staff Council’s 30th Anniversary

This year Staff Council is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. On February 28, 1986 UH Chancellor Richard Van Horn signed the charter that created Staff Council. Dr. Van Horn directed that "the Council will serve as an advisory body to the administration to promote a positive and meaningful interchange among staff, faculty, and students and will promote recognition of the staff contribution on the mission of the campus." The first staff election was held in June 1986 and the council has grown to include 44 members. As we reflect on all of our accomplishments we also look forward to the new challenges in the next 30 years. Thank you to each and every person who has helped Staff Council to contribute to the mission of the campus.

Staff Focus 2017

On Monday, May 15, 2017 the Staff Focus 2017 event was held. Attendees heard from representatives across campus, including Andy Moon, Dr. Renu Khator, Eric Holamon, Wendell McCloud, Christina Martinez, Courtney Stein, and Breion Rollins.  Each year the event strives to provide updates to staff on the benefits available to all staff on campus. Thank you to everyone who participated in making the event another success.

Take Your Child to Work Day: Register Now.

Participate in the first-annual Take Your Child to Work Day, supported by Staff Council. Children from the ages 8-13 have the opportunity to come to work with their parents on Friday, June 9, 2017, from 8-11 a.m. and participate in an activity on campus.  For more information, please visit the Take Your Child to Work Day page. Register now by clicking here.

President's Excellence Awards

Each year the University of Houston recognizes employees for service longevity of ten years or more, in increments of five years. You should receive notice if you will have your anniversary date recognized, but if you are unsure, you can check with Human Resources by calling 713-743-3988.

Additionally, a select group of employees is honored each year through the President's Excellence Awards (formerly Staff Excellence Awards). This year’s awards will be presented to outstanding staff members at an awards luncheon. If you are interested in nominating a UH staff member for consideration, please read the guidelines and FAQs provided to learn more about the awards and process. Nominate a UH staff member here.

Participate in Farm to Work


Let the Farmer's Market come to you.  Farm to Work (FTW) provides pre-ordered, fresh and locally grown produce to the University of Houston employees and students while promoting healthy eating and sustainability habits. Order your fruits, vegetables and herbs from local farms. Bring your own bag and your order confirmation to pick up on campus. Take home the produce and enjoy! For more information, view the presentation on the program; please click here. You can also view the UH Farm to Work Website here.