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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)
Student shops at the Clothing Closet at Iowa
The Clothing Closet is a student-run clothing store specializing in business casual and professional attire.  This resource gives students the opportunity to dress for success and do it for free. The need for the service was identified during a student government campaign where students were asked about campus needs.
Task Force Chair Russ Ganim explained that the task force had been formed as a response to the closing and defunding of several centers and institutes earlier in the year. At that time, shared governance leaders did not feel that university administrators had sought sufficient consultation with personnel at the affected entities, with shared governance, or with other concerned constituents. However, administrators have worked with shared governance leaders to establish this task force, which will provide an additional level of advice and analysis with regard to possible future closures and restructuring at a time when state support for the University continues to decline and major reductions to the UI budget have already been made (as indicated in the task force’s official charge). The creation of this task force was announced at the August 1 Board of Regents meeting. Chair Ganim commented that the task force may well develop into a standing committee.
Staff Council at the Bird House
For the second year, members and alumni of the University Staff Council volunteered to decorate The Bird House for the holiday season. This lovely home opened its doors to those in need of hospice care in April of 2016. The home accommodates up to five “guests,” and provides a comfortable place where guests and their families can feel like they’re at home. As the seasons change, decorations in the home need to change, and that’s where volunteer groups can make a difference. The volunteers from Staff Council put up a Christmas tree in the living room, strung the lights, added ornaments, and perched an angel on top. One councilor even brought homemade snowflakes to add a personal, artistic touch. Volunteers added garland and lights to the fireplace mantel, on which several different kinds of bird statuettes perch, and they wound garland around the porch railing outside. It was a fun and rewarding time in service to others. If you’d like to be a part of a group that reaches out to the community and serves your fellow employees of the University of Iowa, consider running for Staff Council. For more information, go to About on the Staff Council website.
Staff Council tours Carver Hawkeye Arena
On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in early November, just as “winter” sports are gearing up for the season, Staff Council members had the privilege of holding our monthly meeting in the Feller Club Room of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This wonderful room was built for hosting up to 100 Hawkeye faithful, who can enjoy all kinds of edible fare while watching whichever sport happens to be going on that day. It’s also a place for making and listening to presentations and holding meetings – that’s why Staff Council was there. The Council tries to meet in various venues across campus to see where staff work, and to tour the wonderful facilities available at UI.
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Staff Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

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

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Staff Council Meeting

Wednesday, May 8, 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