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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.

UH Staff Council and AARP Foundation present Tax-Aide

UH Staff Council will host two days of free tax prep service by representatives from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. UH students, staff, and faculty can visit the Technology Commons (Back side of MD Anderson Library) on Monday, February 26th or Wednesday, February 28th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to have their 2017 taxes prepared by an IRS-certified volunteer. View list of what Tax-Aide volunteers can and cannot prepare.

All consultations will take place in Technology Commons (Back side of MD Anderson Library) Room 11C. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are strongly encouraged. Reserve your appointment online at UH Staff Council Tax Prep Day 2017.

Map of Tech Commons

Contact Gillian Bautista for more information. 

Conversations With Staff Presented by Staff Council

Monday, October 16, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library

As a staff member at the University, you are critical to all conversations about current and future staff initiatives and contributing to the development of future university-wide initiatives.

The purpose of this gathering is to build awareness for current UH Main Campus initiatives and create an open dialog regarding these activities and other concerns for staff and faculty.

    Hear from:
  • Reuben Parrish (Staff Council) – Staff Council accomplishments
  • Breion Rollins (HR) – Changes to health benefits and vision care insurance
  • Neil Hart (Auxiliary Services) – Changes to UH Dining Services
  • Courtney Stein (HR) – New Campus Farmer’s Market
  • Jaime Gonzalez (LGBTQ Resource Center) – LGBTQ Resource Center Services

2017 Staff Council Election Results

Congratulations to all the newly elected and re-elected staff council members.  Elections results are as follows:

Pamela Moses At-Large
Tracie Briscoe At-Large
Scott Mason Academic Affairs
Tracy Ann Pringer Academic Affairs
Demetria Sampson Academic Affairs
Brandie Yale Academic Affairs
Andrea Johnson Academic Affairs
Nam Nguyen Academic Affairs
Andy Moon Administration and Finance
Dan Olivarez Administration and Finance
Jose Perez Administration and Finance
Carla Tisby-Riggs Administration and Finance
Sheila Williams Administration and Finance
Karl Hearne Office of the President
Leslie Pruski Office of the President
Shaniqua Johnson Division of Student Affairs
Aaron Rodriguez University Marketing, Communication and Media Relations

Farm to Work Program Updates


The Farm to Work program at UH is transitioning to a new pickup date, time and location as well as a new weekly order deadline.

Beginning Monday, July 17, produce pickup will take place on Mondays, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Hilton Circle Drive. The actual pickup table will be to the right of the top of the stairs outside of the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, heading toward Lynn Eusan Park.

Visitor parking is available in the Hilton Underground Garage on the east side of the Hilton building, off of Cougar Village Drive. Parking in this garage is free for up to 30 minutes.  After that window, normal visitor parking charges for the facility will apply. The University will not be able to provide validations for utilizing these spaces.

Due to the new pickup schedule, the weekly cutoff for placing Farm to Work orders has been moved to Fridays at 2 p.m. There will be no produce pickup the week of July 10.

Farm to Work provides convenient access for the UH campus to fresh fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers. The baskets of six to eight types of produce cost $25 and are available to order each week through the Farm to Work website.

In Memoriam: Rebecca Szwarc


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.

One of the initiatives Rebecca was the most passionate about is the Professional Development Reimbursement, which will be named after her by Staff Council. If you are interested, 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.