Staff Council News Archive

Please donate to the Sock and Blanket drive!

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.

See the Press Release for more details.


Check Out the 2013-2014 Staff Council Election Results Here!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the process!

2013 Staff Appreciation Event, Friday, June 7

The 2013 Staff Appreciation Event will be held Friday, June 7, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at the Cougar Woods Dining Hall

University of Houston President Renu Khator and UH Staff Council invite all UH staff members to the 2013 Staff Appreciation Event, to be held Friday, June 7, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at the Cougar Woods Dining Hall (near the corner of Cullen and Wheeler). RSVP to the UH Contact Center at 713-743-2255. Your UH ID will be required for admission.

In an effort to contribute to the community, a non-perishable food item would be greatly appreciated. Donated items will be sent to the Houston Food Bank.

Further details will be posted here when available.

Conversations with Staff Council held May 7

The Conversations with Staff Council event was held Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 2-4 p.m., in the Farish Hall KIVA, featuring guest speaker President Renu Khator. Roundtable discussions between participants resulted in suggestions on a variety of topics important to UH staff members. Please check back here for information about the suggestions made.

Faculty Assembly with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, March 26, 2013

Staff Council representatives with Houston Mayor Annise Parker

As part of Staff Council's community outreach, members of the Staff Council Executive Committee participated in the Spring 2013 Faculty Assembly on March 26, which featured keynote speaker Houston Mayor Annise Parker. From left: Sawsan Shatleh, Rebecca Szwarc, Ron Gonyea, B. Renae Milton, Martha Hayes, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Dawnelle Prince Parks, Troy Christensen, and Christian Backstrom. Photo by Thomas Campbell.

Spring Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 23, 2013

The 23rd annual UH Staff Council/Faculty Senate Spring Egg Hunt was held Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Staff Council Events Committee would like to thank UH faculty and staff who brought their families out for the event and the many volunteers, including Staff Council members and families, UH student workers, and Omega Delta Phi, Inc. The event would not have gone as smoothly without the great volunteer support. The Events Committee also thanks all of the donors, who provided over 1000 gifts for the Egg Hunt. The Spring Egg Hunt was a great success, and the Events Committee thanks everyone involved.

See the Spring Egg Hunt page for complete information.

2013-2014 Staff Council & University Commission on Women Scholarships

Scholarship Applications Due March 8, 2013

The joint application for the 2013-2014 University of Houston Staff Council and University Commission on Women Scholarships is now available online. Applicants must be employed in a benefits-eligible position on the University of Houston campus for at least one year as of March 1, 2013; have completed at least 6 hours of undergraduate or graduate credits for evaluation; have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher; and demonstrate strong commitment to academic excellence and potential to succeed. The deadline for submission of the application is March 8, 2013. For more details, see the scholarship application page.

Cougar First Impressions, Monday-Tuesday, January 14-15

The Spring 2013 Cougar First Impressions (CFI) was held Monday-Tuesday, January 14-15. CFI is sponsored by Staff Council and offers students a chance to receive campus maps, directions to class, and a warm welcome from UH staff members stationed across campus during the first two days of the semester.

The Fall 2013 CFI will be held Monday-Tuesday, August 26-27.

25 Staff for 25 Years

Staff Council believes that all University of Houston staff are Tier One staff. As part of the Staff Council 25 Year Celebration, Staff Council is highlighting 25 meritorious staff as representatives of the diversity and the broad range of positions and talents that support the University's missions.

Staff members were nominated in early to mid 2012 from across the university community, self-nominations included. In addition, Staff Council considered nominees of the 2012 UH Staff Excellence Awards who were not acknowledged through that program. See the 25 Staff for 25 Years page for the highlighted achievements and broad range of talents of those selected to represent UH Tier One staff.

UH Staff Council Featured in NACUBO Business Officer Magazine

Staff Council programs and progress were highlighted in the the July/August 2012 issue of Business Officer, the magazine of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). In "Breaking the Communication Barrier," Staff Council representative and current President-Elect Pam Muscarello outlines the process the Council used in 2011-2012 to identify and resolve communication problems and the impact this has had on its programs, so that other institutions can learn from the experience at UH. You can read the article at the NACUBO Business Officer website.

2012 Staff Council Sock & Blanket Drive

Staff Council thanks everyone who contributed to its 2012 Sock & Blanket Drive, held October 29 - November 14 and benefiting Star of Hope Mission and Harris County Protective Services Guardianship Program. See the Sock & Blanket Drive page for more information.

Conversations with Staff Council

Staff Council held its annual "Conversations with Staff Council" in the M.D. Anderson Library, Rockwell Pavilion, from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2012.  Speakers this year included Dr. Carl Carlucci, Executive Vice Chancellor/Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance; Tom Ehardt, Associate Vice Chancellor/Associate Vice President for Finance; and Sandy Coltharp, Director, Training & Development, Human Resources.

The speakers were followed by several moderated roundtable discussions on communication and professional development. See the presentation for more information.

Staff Morale Survey Final Report Released

Staff Council has released the findings from the UH Staff Morale Survey conducted in November-December 2011. Complete information can be found in the Executive Summary and Final Report documents.

2012 Staff Appreciation Picnic, Friday, June 15

University of Houston President Renu Khator, the Department of Human Resources, and Staff Council hosted the 2012 Staff Appreciation Picnic, celebrating 25 years of Staff Council service. The Picnic was held Friday, June 15, at the UH Pavilions. For more information, see the HR Communications e-Newsletter.


Staff Council forwarded a series of questions regarding ePerformance to the Human Resources Department and HR has responded. For more information, see the list of the questions and responses. For additional questions regarding 2011-2012 goals, evaluations, and reviews you may contact your HR Generalist.

2012 Spring Egg Hunt

Staff Council and Faculty Senate hosted its 22nd Annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The Events Co-chairs: Dawnelle Prince-Parks, or 713-893-0655 or Tommie Trevino, or 832-842-8747, would like to thank everyone who participated and found time to have a day of fun. 

Spring into Spring Break Social

Staff Council hosted a Spring into Spring Break social March 8, 2012, between 5pm and 7pm. We hope to encourage staff members to meet, mingle and make new friends. Eric's at the UH Hilton Hotel has graciously provided us with appetizer and drink specials for the inaugural event.  To find details of the specials click here.

Spring Welcome 2012, Jan. 17-18

UH Staff Council hosted Spring Welcome the first two days of the Spring 2012 semester, Tuesday-Wednesday, January 17-18. The event was very successful, with over 3800 student questions answered, thanks to the efforts of 80+ volunteers and generous donations from several campus departments and offices. For more information, see the Spring Welcome 2012 website.