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Jan 10: 3-5pm -
Staff Advisory Council Meeting -
Location change: Room
102 at the 1125 North Vine Building
The Staff Advisory Council holds its general meetings the
first Tuesday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m.
SAC general meetings are always open to the public. The University
Community is invited to participate.
Look into becoming a member of the University of Arizona Staff Advisory
Council. Become an advocate for your fellow Wildcats!
For more information contact
President Eva Gonzalez
Jan 12 - Employee Free Admission to Women's Basketball
UA employees will receive free admission to see the women's basketball
team take on the Oregon State Beavers at Faculty/Staff Appreciation
Night on Jan. 12 at McKale Center.
Employees who present a valid CatCard will receive free entry for
themselves and a guest. Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night is sponsored by
Arizona State Savings and Credit Union.
Two lucky employees will be randomly selected to compete in a halftime
contest for a chance to win $50, courtesy of Arizona State Savings and
Credit Union, and other Arizona women’s basketball prizes.
Before the game, employees are invited to a reception in the Jim Click
Hall of Champions with complimentary food and drinks. Space for the
pre-game reception is limited; please RSVP by contacting Erika Hanson at
(520) 621-2873 or email@example.com.
Volunteer in the New Year with
Hospice Family Care!
training class starts January 19, 2006…it’s FREE!
Hospice Family Care
volunteers are people who are trained to provide
companionship and assistance to terminally ill people
and their families. They come from all walks of life
and generously offer their time to people in need.
Patients are at home or are in skilled care facilities.
Our philosophy reflects a strong emphasis on quality of
life in the end stages of life. The next volunteer
training begins Thursday, Thursday, January 19 from
5:30p-9:30p. The class runs six consecutive Thursdays
at our office near Speedway and Wilmot. Upon
”graduation” you determine the number of hours you wish
Volunteering for Hospice
Family Care does not require a lot of time; all you need
is compassion and the willingness to share the time you
have with people who can benefit from your
companionship. Volunteering is fun. Some volunteers
take patients shopping, others play cards and games or
share their musical talents. Frequently volunteers
provide a much needed break for the caregiver at home
with the patient. We also need volunteers to help with
office work and telephone support.
Four times per year, Hospice
Family Care conducts free Hospice Volunteer training
classes. Training is one time per week for six weeks
and is held at our offices near El Dorado Hospital.
There is no cost for training materials. Some topics
covered during training include communication skills,
spiritual dynamics of death and dying, caring for the
caregiver, bereavement, hospice social service issues,
and many more.
For more information please
contact: Vicki Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
Jan 20: 3-5 p.m. - Habitat for Humanity UA Build
east of the Swede
Johnson Foundation/Alumni Building at 1111 N Cherry Ave
President Likins will be joining us for the kick-off of
project, which involves constructing affordable housing
for a family
chosen by Habitat for Humanity Tucson. Once the house
approximately 50% complete, it will be moved to the
home site and finished there.
This affordable housing project is a collaborative
effort of Habitat
for Humanity Tucson and the University of Arizona
Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the Drachman
and many offices across campus). Major sponsors include
Marshall Foundation, local builders, and the UA club,
The house, designed by UA architecture student Peter
features a two-module scheme and several
I hope to see you at the ground-breaking on January 20!
Nominate Someone for an
Award for Excellence by 2/10/06
Take a look around you. You recognize people who are
dedicated to the University, who are always ready to help, and who
make the University a great place to work. Now, take a moment and
nominate those people for an Award for Excellence so that the rest
of the University can appreciate them also.
University Staff Awards for
Excellence will be presented to approximately 11 members of the
Classified Staff and the Academic Professional Staff, regardless of
their length of service, classification or pay grade. These awards
are designed to recognize outstanding achievement. Nominations are
evaluated respectively within three paygrade levels: 1-15, 21-33,
and 40+ to ensure an equal distribution of awards among employees at
all levels. Individuals nominated must be benefits eligible.
The Billy Joe Varney Award for
Excellence will be presented to one employee, with at least 15
cumulative years of employment at the University, who merits special
recognition for a career of dedicated service to the University, its
employees, and the community. Nominees can be chosen from any
employment category. Individuals nominated must be benefits
The University Team Award for
Excellence will be presented to a team primarily comprised of
Classified Staff and/or Appointed Personnel. Team members should
have complementary skills, be committed to a common purpose and
share specific performance goals. They should also have established
means by which to hold themselves mutually accountable.
A Team shall be defined as three or more
benefits eligible employees, regardless of their length of service.
The award will be presented in recognition of the team’s outstanding
contribution to its unit, department, or University as a whole.
The University Department Award for
Excellence will be presented to a single
department in recognition of its outstanding departmental excellence
in the management of its people and resources. Nominations should
include specific examples of exemplary performance in the criteria
themes outlined below. Judges will look for the degree to which
departments meet and/or exceed the selection criteria. The
department selected by the judges to receive the University of
Arizona Department Award for Excellence will receive a commemorative
All of these honors, with the
exception of the Department Award for Excellence, carry with
them a university-funded monetary award and, therefore, must be
based on achievements in activities beyond normal duties. For myself
and on behalf of the organizations supporting this recognition, I
encourage you to nominate employees in your area who you feel are
making outstanding contributions to the University. Go to
nomination forms. To assist you with your nominations, a list of
criteria is included.
Awards for Excellence nominations must be received
not later than
4 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2006
Questions should be directed to the
co-chairs of the UA/SAC Awards for Excellence Team; Anne Lopez,
621-9026 or email:
Grace Aranda, 621-3931 or email:
Eva Gonzalez, 621-4788 or email:
Applications Due -
Due by 5pm on 3/10/05
The Emily Krauz Staff Endowment Scholarship is open to any benefits-eligible
UA classified staff member. The purpose of the fund is to encourage and support
UA career staff members towards their career advancement and/or education. This scholarship can be applied towards educational expenses such as
registration costs, books and supplies. Class registration may be at the UA,
including correspondence courses, or Pima Community College. Awards are presented twice a year and average about $150.00 to each
recipient. The total amount awarded every fall and spring is about $1,000.00.
Due to the large number of applicants, not all will receive an award. Recipients
and amounts awarded to each are chosen by an independent selection committee
from those who have applied during the preceding months to June and November.
Scholarship recipients are reimbursed for their expenses AFTER they turn in
their receipts, up to the amount of the award.
SAC gladly welcomes contributions to the Endowment fund. If you or your
organization would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Emily Krauz
Endowment or for more information on the Emily Krauz Endowment contact Anne
Lopez, scholarship chair.
To apply complete a
by 5pm on 3/10/05
Start planning now to attend the SAC Crossroads
Mar 17: 8-4pm - : Taking Control
of Your Future...the Next Steps
River Park Inn
The Staff Advisory Council is sponsoring
the Crossroads Personal and Professional Development
Conference. Cost for this event which includes
continental breakfast and lunch is only $50 (cash, check or IDB). For registration information contact Lupita
Cruz, 621-2482 or email:
Do you know a faculty, staff or student
employee who has done something to deserve recognition?
Show your thanks with a
Wildcat Family Spirit Certificate of
Your recipient can also be profiled in the next issue of the Staff
Staff Council Seeks
staff members who want to be more involved in University
processes and maintain a venue for their opinions to be
heard are invited to apply or make nominations for
membership to the Staff Advisory Council. New members will
be appointed to 3-year terms.
The council provides a forum for discussing issues related
to staff as a resource for many on- and off-campus inquiring
groups. In the past year, SAC has had representatives
address the council from UA Human Resources, Parking and
Transportation, the UA Web Council, Ombuds Program,
Strategic Planning and Budget Committee, UA provost and
state legislators and liaisons. The council in turn makes
recommendations on existing and proposed University policies
and procedures to ensure classified staff members are
considered and included in the processes.
In addition, the council has several subcommittees that
organize fund-raising activities, create networking
opportunities and camaraderie among staff and other UA
groups, recognize outstanding employees, manage a
scholarship endowment that benefits staff members who choose
to further their education, and advocates for legislative
activities that support the UA and classified staff.
Nominations are being accepted on the Staff
Advisory Council Web site under the Membership
Application heading. Nominees must be non-probationary
classified staff employees who are energetic, conscientious,
and concerned with staff issues. Each must be willing to
commit eight hours a month to SAC activities.
Contact Anne Lopez
for more information.
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