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The Staff Council Newsletter

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.

2018 Staff Appreciation Talent Show

Thank you to all of our participants in our first Talent Show, we had a blast bringing everything together and look forward to next year!

2018 Staff Appreciation Luncheon & Talent Show

Staff & Faculty Ticket Giveaway & Tailgate

UH Football vs Tulsa

2018 Staff & Faculty Ticket Giveaway & Tailgate

Conversations with Staff - Developing a Healthy You!

The Staff Coucnil's Conversations with Staff was last month, topics discussed included:

  • Self Compassion
    Kazana Wills, LPC
    UH Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Recharge Your Body with Nutrition Tips
    Nancy Graves, CHE
    Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Work/Life Balance is Fake News. Seriously.
    Dalia Pineda
    Bauer Advancement
  • Mindful Eating and Exercise at the Workplace
    Nancy Martinez & Natalie Henao
    UH BOUNCE Program
  • Guided Meditation Session
    Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal, Ph.D.
    UH Wellness

Sock & Blanket Drive Update

Sock & Blanket Drive 2018

The University of Houston Staff Council Events Committee, chaired by Tonya Winters and Shanequea White, would like to thank everyone who assisted in making this year’s Annual Sock & Blanket drive a huge success!  Due to the generosity of our wonderful staff & UH community, we collected over 60 bags of donations benefitting the Houston Star of Hope and the Harris County Adult Guardianship Programs!  Again, thank you & have a wonderful holiday season.

Staff Council Scholarship Fund

Staff Council is pleased to announce we will be awarding FY2019 scholarships for the Rodger Peters Staff Scholarship, B. Renae Milton Students of Staff Scholarship, Staff Council Scholarship and Women and Gender Resource Center Scholarship. These scholarships are made possible by the continuous support from the President's Office and fellow staff members. You can pledge to the scholarship funds directly online by visiting UH Gives Back or thru payroll deduction by submitting the Faculty/Staff Donation form.

Get Involved as a Non-Member

Staff members can choose to get involved in Staff Council activities by volunteering their time and expertise serving on one of our committees or at an annual event. Check out the Staff Council Committees page to read about volunteer opportunities and to contact committee co-chairs.

Staff Council monthly general meetings are open to the public, so anyone can attend and voice their concerns about areas being impacted across campus. Meeting dates, times, and locations can be found on the Staff Council Calendar.

Staff Council's YouTube Channel & Twitter Account

Staff Council organizes and hosts over a dozen events every year and we know that not everyone can attend all of them. We have been live streaming the events that most affect UH staff, e.g. Staff Focus and Conversations with Staff. This YouTube Channel gives you a single destination to watch events live, review past discussions, and see how involved the UH Staff Council is on campus.

We are also introducing the UH Staff Council Twitter account. While this monthly newsletter is meant to serve as a highlight of staff-related events and news, it is not as timely as social media. Any modern mobile phone capable of sending or recieving a text message can interact on Twitter and it allows the Staff Council a quick means of mass communication that does not require a smart phone, a computer, or an app.

How to sign up for a new Twitter account via SMS:

  • Send a text message with the word START to your Twitter short code (40404 if you're in the US).
  • Twitter will send you a reply and ask you to reply back with your full name to sign up.
  • Twitter will then send a message back to you and assign you a username based on your full name.
  • Now you can send a text message and it will post as a Tweet.

After you have a Twitter account, you can follow us by:

  • Send a text with the words Follow [username] in an SMS (text message) to Twitter to start following someone from your mobile phone. For example, text Follow jymminie to your Twitter short or long code.
  • You will receive a confirmation text letting you know you are now following that account.

If you have any questions, please contact the Staff Council Communications co-chairs or send a direct message via Twitter to @UHstaffcouncil.

MPA with Specialization in Public Administration for Higher Education

Planning to manage and lead at the University of Houston? Obtain a master’s in public administration (MPA) with specialization in Public Administration for Higher Education. This master’s degree will allow you to be ready when the opportunity comes! All evening courses and hybrid options make it easier for the working professional. Use the first-come, first-served Staff Tuition Scholarship offered to eligible UH staff to work through this degree. Additional scholarships are available through the MPA program. Be ready to lead. Discover the program at https://www.uh.edu/class/mpa.

UH Farmers Market


The University of Houston community can shop for locally sourced and produced food items without having to leave campus at the UH Farmers Market. Besides local farmers, the market will feature vendors selling a wide array of locally produced items, ranging from lavender products to olive oil to kombucha to dried fruits and nuts. The market will be held on several Wednesdays throughout the 2018 Fall semester at various locations. See UH Dining Services for dates, locations, and additional information.