Message from the Chair - September 2020

September 29, 2020

Message from the Chair - September 2020

Bryan Earl, Staff Senate Chair
Bryan Earl, Staff Senate Chair
Bryan Earl

Welcome back, colleagues!  While this semester will have most of us working remotely, I want to extend our utmost appreciation to those staff, faculty, and students who are physically on-campus.  Thank you for what you do!  Please stay safe and healthy and follow all of the guidelines in the University’s Go Safe - Go Blue - Go Dearborn plan.  

Even though we will not be gathering on-campus or in social settings, the Staff Senate is planning on a robust fall semester.  We have committees focusing on keeping you informed of campus happenings, engaging staff in a variety of ways, and continuing to focus on professional development opportunities for staff.  Our committee members are working hard to ensure that staff can still connect with one another and grow professionally during these different times.  Please check the Staff Senate website for updates and information about upcoming events.  

One event that is continuing this semester is Homecoming.  While it will look different, Homecoming will be October 19-24.  Staff Senate is looking at partnering with the Homecoming Committee to help promote events and come up with fun and engaging activities that week.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me or any Staff Senator know. A pumpkin carving/decorating competition may have been mentioned at recent meetings.

Finally, we want to hear from you!  As committees begin to work on their plans for the semester and beyond, you might receive a survey about topics that you would like to see addressed.  Please complete the survey as this will help the Staff Senate shape programming that staff are interested in and would like to see.  We also want to hear from you if you need support, resources, or have questions about working from home, and the challenges come with it.  We are here to help, so please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  

Our meetings are regularly the fourth Wednesday of each month from 9:00am-11:00am via Zoom, but please note that November and December we are moving Staff Senate meetings up one week to accommodate the holidays.  All staff are encouraged to attend.  

Have a great semester, and Stay Safe, Go Blue, Go Dearborn!

Bryan Earl
Chair, Staff Senate

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