Message from the Chair - August 2020

August 1, 2020

The Staff Senate continues to focus on professional development, safety, and staff morale as we prepare for the upcoming academic year. Your ideas and participation are always welcome.

Greetings Colleagues,

I hope this message finds everyone safe and healthy. The Staff Senate recently held its elections in June in accordance with the updated bylaws. New senators will serve two-year terms that began in July. Over 200 staffers voted for an outstanding slate of candidates – thank you all!

Please welcome new Senators Helene Boldarini, Rich Durant, Cris Frendo, Nina Loveberry, Josh Palmer, Caitlin Parker, Robin Rivas, Robert Ward, and Nikki Wasilius.  Also, Eva Gogola was re-elected and will be serving a new two-year term as well. I also want to welcome our Staff Senate Council members: Vice-Chair Sarah Dorchak, Secretary Cris Frendo, Communications Coordinator Eva Gogola, Parliamentarian Sheryl Kubiak, and Member-At-Large Winston Cannon. 

We welcome staff members across the campus to join Staff Senate’s committees. The committees are: Staff Engagement, Staff Recognition, Communications, Professional Development, Parliamentary, and Hospitality.  If you are interested in serving on one or more committees, please contact myself (earlb@umich.edu) or Sarah Dorchak (sgaither@umich.edu). 

The Staff Senate continues to focus on professional development, safety, and staff morale as we prepare for the upcoming academic year. We would love to hear your ideas. Join us each month for our meetings via Zoom on the fourth Wednesday from 9:00am-11:00am. I am honored to once again serve as the Chair of the Staff Senate and look forward to serving the staff. 

Stay Safe, Go Blue, and Go Dearborn!

Bryan Earl

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