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Gayle Robertson portrait
“Highlight of my career . . . “ “Personally rewarding . . .” “Lifelong friendships . . .” These are some of the phrases Gayle Robertson, Research Support Manager/Contract Administrator for the Iowa Cancer Registry, used to describe her service on University Staff Council. Gayle has been at the University of Iowa for 35 years. She is currently wrapping up the third year of her second term on the University Staff Council, and is the Organizational Representative for the College of Public Health. In her time as a Staff Councilor, she served on the Human Resources Subcommittee for five years, and is currently the Chair of the Outreach Committee. She also serves on the governing board of Staff Council, the Executive Committee. We asked her to share her experiences and offer some advice to new staff councilors and those Professional & Scientific Staff and Merit Supervisory, Exempt and Confidential Staff who might consider serving on the University Staff Council.
Herky wants you for UI Staff Council
Do you or someone you know want to make a difference at the University of Iowa? Are you looking for ways to improve your workplace? Do you have concerns about an issue on campus? Are you a person who likes to promote positive change? Then it is time to consider nominating yourself or one of your colleagues for UI Staff Council and help us represent the over 7,500 non-bargaining staff at the University of Iowa!
Nominations are open for three staff awards, the Board of Regents Excellence Award, UI Outstanding Staff Award, and the David J. Skorton Staff Excellence Award. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague. Let's recognize those who strive to make the University of Iowa a better institution. Details about the awards and the online nomination form can be found at: The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
There’s still time for UI staff members to apply to participate as a member of a UI committee, but the clock is ticking!
UI Powerplant, Photo by Mark Palmberg
The University of Iowa announced it is exploring a potential public-private partnership (P3) with its utility system. The university joins a growing number of institutions across the country looking for new ways to bridge a meaningful gap in available resources. “The UI is committed to delivering on our mission of education and research excellence,” says UI President J. Bruce Harreld. “Investigating this opportunity over the next nine to 10 months in order to determine if a P3 is right for our campus is a prudent and measured step.” (Photo by Mark Palmberg)
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Staff Council Events

Staff Council June 2019 Meeting

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

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Staff Council July 2019 Meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

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Staff Council Mission

The Council supports the University mission. In pursuing that mission, the Council seeks to advance such endeavors through visibly active staff participation/involvement both campus-wide and community-wide in a spirit of unity and open communication with other shared governance organizations on campus.

The goals of the Council are to:

  • Advocate on behalf of represented staff
  • Advise the University Administration on policies
  • Inform the University community of the activities of the Council
  • Promote University relations within the community of Iowa City and the State of Iowa
  • Collaborate with shared governance organizations on campus, notably the Faculty
  • Senate, Student Government and organizational shared governance groups
  • Promote staff learning through professional development and awards
  • Promote communication and shared governance among staff, central administration, Faculty Senate and Student Government