Staff Happens

November 2018

Celebrating Staff Senate's 20th Anniversary Year


Staff Senate 31 Days of Glory ticket sales are now open and tickets are selling fast! Click here to get your tickets now!

What is it? 600 RAFFLE TICKETS. $20 PER TICKET

Monday through Friday winners receive $100 cash!
Saturday winners receive $250 cash!
Sunday winners receive $500 cash!

Who can buy a ticket? ANYONE!!

Where do the proceeds go? Support for UND staff!
Proceeds from the raffle will be used to provide professional development grants to staff members through Seeds for Staff Success. More information and application to this program can be found here under the Staff & Professional Development tab.

Meet your Senators

Patricia Reed is coming up on her 2nd year as a Staff Senator. Patricia is the current Chair of the Community Relations Committee, sits on the Bookstore Advisory Committee, and is Staff Senate Representative for the University Senate. Her favorite pastime is going to the Grand Forks Public Library, where she enjoys all of the free resources, such as computers, internet, movies, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and of course books to check out! Every year the staff at the Chester Fritz Library fund-raises money to buy books for elementary classroom teachers in Grand Forks. This is their 7th year of doing this.

The Community Relations Committee is busy this month.

Denim Spirit Day Applications from local charities who are applying for funding for 2019, are being reviewed by the Committee.

The deadline for applying is November 15, 2018. Please encourage your favorite local non-profit to apply now!

They also have Staff Senate's big charity event of the year, Tubs of Love, in which Staff Senate distributes tubs to 19 buildings around campus to collect donations for two local charities.

UND Staff Senate are excited to continue in our Tubs of Love campaign, now in its 9th year, and have selected the Circle of Friends Humane Society and the Sunshine Memorial Home as our recipients for 2018.  Donations will be accepted from Nov. 14th through Dec. 12th. See donation list of items needed under "Seeking."

The Circle of Friends Humane Society gives pets of all kinds a second chance for a permanent, loving home. For more information click here.

The Sunshine Hospitality Home is a place for patients and their families, affected by critical illnesses, diseases, and injuries, who must travel to fulfill their healthcare needs.This hospitality house provides individuals with a place to sleep, eat, keep their belongings, relax and find comfort. It will be open to all ages and situations and will welcome families from the Grand Forks area and surrounding region. A place of compassion, a place of peace. For more information click here.

They also ran a successful special food collection event last month, for the UND Food for Thought pantry for students.

Community Relations Committee Senators serving with Patricia are Zauna Synnott, Carla Spokely, Kristin Ellwanger, June Novacek, Teri Salwey, Austin Theisen, and Kari Holter. Great job senators!

A Full 2018-2019 Executive Committee listing can be found here as well as a listing of all 2018-2019 Senators can be found here.


October 2018 UShine Award Winner

UND Staff Senate is pleased to announce that the October 2018 UShine Award recipient is Cheryl Arntz, FlexComp Specialist, for Human Resources & Payroll Services. Read the complete nomination by clicking below:

“Now that flex comp has been outsourced, assisting employees with their flex spending account related issues isn't really a part of Cheryl's job duties any longer...."

Why You Should "Like/Follow" the UND Staff Senate Facebook Page

Be in the loop! Weekly UND and community events that UND employees are invited to are pinned at the top of the page each Monday.

Tidbit Tuesday! Do you know what cool benefits UND employees have access to?

See who got caught! We catch a UND staff member each Wednesday to get to know each other better. In the past month, we "caught" Zeineb Yousif, Karen Bushaw, Curt Hanson, Jennifer Lynch Hurst, and Derick Stoulil. We appreciate all of you!!

We welcome you to “like” and follow the UND Staff Senate Facebook page for daily posts involving UND and community events/information highlighting engagement, development, and recognition for all UND staff. The goal for our Facebook page is to be a useful tool and to provide a fun environment for all UND employees.

Getting involved in these organizations provides a great opportunity for networking and growth!

The Chamber

DID YOU KNOW???? All UND employees are Chamber members; no membership form required! This means we have access to discounted rates (such as the monthly Brown Bag Seminar luncheons) and free events (such as the monthly Business After Hours event). The Grand Forks Chamber website is found here.

Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals

UND covers the cost of membership for Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals. Under "Payment Options" at the bottom of the application form, select "No Charge: Employed by a Corporate Member," as shown in the picture to the left. Anyone is invited to their monthly Lunch & Learns; members get in free and non-members pay a small fee. The GGFYP's website is found here.

Greater Grand Forks Women’s Leadership Cooperative

The Greater Grand Forks Women's Leadership Cooperative is a non-profit organization that seeks to champion for the personal and professional lives of women by providing a holistic approach to leadership and well-being.  They hold a variety of events including educational speakers and networking events.  Membership is just $99 per year (July – June).  Learn more about how to join, who they are, and their upcoming events, from their website found here.

Staff Senate Meeting

November 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Union, River Valley room. These meetings are open for anyone to attend. Meetings and agendas are found here.

Tubs of Love

Donations accepted from November 14 through December 12. UND Staff Senate are excited to continue in our Tubs of Love campaign, now in its 9th year, and have selected the Circle of Friends Humane Society and the Sunshine Memorial Home as our recipients this year. Tubs will be located at Aerospace (Odegard), Airport, Ryan Hall, EERC, Facilities, Medical School, Merrifield, Memorial Union, Skalicky, Twamley, Wellness Center, Chester Fritz Library, Housing, Law School, Engineering, McCannel Hall, Education Bldg., Gamble Hall, Columbia Hall.  Please find a tub near youto deposit your donation. A Staff Senator can also accept your donation. Ideas of items to donate are listed in the next section, under "Staff Senate Committees."

Vendor/Supplier Fair for Faculty & Staff

November 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Memorial Union, Ballroom. UND Procurement is hosting a vendor/supplier fair, where faculty and staff are welcome to visit with suppliers and view products on display.  Register for Prizes. Food and refreshments will be served.

2019 Denim Spirit Day Funding Application

Deadline is November 15. Please encourage your favorite local non-profit to apply now!

GGFYP Lunch & Learn - Online Advertising

November 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bremer Bank (3100 S. Columbia Rd.). Greater Grand Forks Young Professional's Lunch & Learn is organized by their Professional Development committee and hosted monthly at locations around Grand Forks. This event is free to members and a small fee to non-members.

The Chamber Business After Hours

November 15 from 4:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Construction Engineers (200 N. 69th St.). Since all UND employees are Chamber members, Business After Hours is FREE, fun, and great for networking. "Business After Hours takes place monthly at a different member business. It is one of the largest Chamber networking events with an average attendance of 250 Chamber members."

31 Days of Glory

Deadline to purchase tickets is November 20, but they are selling fast! Tickets may be purchased here


Community Relations continually accepts Denim Day payroll deduction. The form can be found here. Participation costs just a few dollars a month, and the money collected goes toward great causes!

Tubs of Love donation item ideas for Circle of Friends Humane Society: Bleach, hand soap, dish soap, sponges, tide pods, paper towels, toilet paper, q-tips, cotton balls, copy paper, duct tape, non-clumping kitty litter, towels, blankets, disposable zip bags, garbage bags, cat toys, and dog toys

Tubs of Love donation item ideas for Sunshine Hospitality Home: K-cups, coffee (regular and decaf), granola bars, any sealed snack foods, spices, items to stock their pantries, cases of bottled water, dish soap, laundry soap, dryer sheets, dishwasher pods, paper towels, and napkins.

Staff Recognition needs your U-Shine nominations. If you know a deserving staff member, nominate them here.


Mission & Vision


To advocate for staff by supporting engagement, development, and recognition through shared governance and collaboration.


To be the roots for all UND staff.

Suggestion Box

Staff Senate welcomes questions and ideas. Please click on the Suggestion Box to submit a suggestion.