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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.


University of Houston Homecoming 2016

All parts of the campus come together to celebrate Homecoming each year, and the faculty and staff are no exception. Co-sponsored by the UH Staff Council and UH Alumni Association, the Spirit Bell Challenge is the annual competition to award the faculty and staff who show the most Cougar spirit by decorating their offices during Homecoming Week.

This year, Homecoming Week is November 7th through the 12th, and this year’s theme is “True We’ll Ever Be.” Faculty and staff are encouraged to decorate their offices for the entire week using that theme. Awards will be given based on originality, Cougar spirit, creativity, and overall appearance. Judging will take place on Tuesday, November 8th and Wednesday, November 9th, with the winner announced on Monday, November 14th.

The winning office receives its name on the Spirit Bell trophy and has pictures displayed online on the UHAA and UH Staff Council websites. Information about the Homecoming Spirit Bell challenge can be found by going to and click on the “Spirit/ Strut Your Stuff” tab. To register to be judged in the competition, office representatives should complete the online entry form at by the close of business Tuesday, October 25. For more information, please contact Anne Ness, UH Staff Council representative, at or Nancy Clark, UHAA representative, at  

Homecoming Events 

November 9- UHAA Celebrity Golf Tournament featuring members of Phi Slama Jama

November 9- Cougar Power Hour: Homecoming Bash

November 11- Rock the Campus

November 11- Powerhouse Prep

November 11- Alumni Pre-Game Party & UH Men's Basketball Game

November 11- Casino Night

November 12- Party on the Plaza Tailgate: Vs. Tulane

For more information visit HoustonAlumni or view the Homecoming Save The Date Flyer.


The Staff Council Sock and Blanket drive is underway. Please visit one of the drop off locations to donate any of the wide variety of resources which Staff Council will donate to needy families through the Star of Hope Mission, Undies for Everyone Organization and Harris County Protective Services Guardianship Program.

2016 Staff Council Elections

Congratulations to the following election winners:

  • At Large:
    • Rebecca Szrwarc
  • Academic Affairs:
    • Cynthia Johnson
    • Fariba Pouraryan
    • Christine Klocke
    • Caleb Prestridge
    • Brenda Madrigal
    • Joana Tan
    • Emily Merrell
    • Shanequea White
    • Elsie Myers
    • Joel Pearson
  • Division of Administration and Finance:
    • Kimberly Barras
    • Steven Burns
    • Ron Gonyea
    • Jacquie Vargas
    • Craig Whitefield
    • Ryan "Iggy" Harrison
  • Division of Research:
    • Troy Christensen
  • Division of Student Affairs:
    • Cynthia Olmedo