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Congratulations to the Inaugural Genesee Staff Council!  This council represents all non-medical center divisions, and in order to achieve representation, all eligible staff were divided into 11 districts with a number of seats on the council correlated to the number of staff in that district. There were 79 nominees for the 30 seats on the council, and overall, there was a 49% response rate for the election process. The 30 people below are the elected representatives. The staff council will meet monthly beginning on September 27, 2019


Celeste Cooper
Gift and Donor Services
Advancement

Leslie Zornow
Donor Engagement
Advancement

Chris Apple
Athletics and Recreation
Arts, Sciences, & Engineering

Kari Brick
Optics
Arts, Sciences, & Engineering

Caterina Caiazza
Greene Center
Arts, Sciences, & Engineering
Co-chair

Laurel Contomanolis
Residential Life and Housing Services
Arts, Sciences, & Engineering

Robert De Leon
Greene Center
Arts, Sciences, & Engineering

Sherri Gunter
English Department
Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Catherine Lewis
Office of Admissions
Arts, Sciences, & Engineering

Dawn Marshall-Hosier
SEIU 200 United- UR Dining Service
Auxiliary Union

John McIntyre
Support Operations
Auxiliary Union

Andrea Walton
University Facilities & Services- Parking
Auxiliary Union

Anthony Siragusa
Department of Public Safety
Auxiliary Union

Josh Spenard
Planning and Project Management
Auxiliary Union

James Wentworth
University Facilities & Services
Auxiliary Union

Paul Wlosinski
Department of Public Safety
Auxiliary Union

Rani Bhagwat
International Services Office
Central Administration

Kristi Brock
University Health Service
Central Administration

Mike Osadciw
University Communications
Central Administration

Matt Spielmann
Ain Center for Entrepreneurship
Central Administration

Kim Preston
ESM Facilities
Eastman School of Music

Amanda Sharpe
Academic Affairs
Eastman School of Music

Alexander Pita
Laboratory for Laser Energetics

David VanWey

Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Katie Papas
Rossell Hope Robbins Library/ Koller-Collins Center for English Studies
Libraries

James Chudyk
MAG Facilities and Services
Memorial Art Gallery

Janelle Kohlman
Simon Career Management Center
Simon School

Yennifer Hernandez
P&SD
University IT

Marc Seigfred
University IT
Co-chair

Theresa Danylak
Warner School

Mission

The mission of the Staff Council is to facilitate active and direct communication between University staff and senior administration and to provide a forum for input and discussion of issues important to the staff and the University. The Staff Council will be comprised of a group of diverse staff from across various University offices and academic departments.

While the long-term goal is to have three Staff Councils to represent the entire institution, we are launching a pilot program this year. The pilot will be the Genesee Staff Council (GSC) and will include all full-time and part-time employees (excluding faculty) in non-medical center divisions. Bargaining Units and unionized employees are welcome and encouraged to participate. Medical Center staff councils are anticipated in 2020-2021.

What We Do

In support of its mission, the Staff Council

  • acts intentionally to promote the vision and values of the University, and to provide a positive environment for employment and to promote engagement
  • provides staff input into University of Rochester’s decision‐making processes that directly affect staff
  • selects staff members to serve on important institutional committees
  • provides input on policies and procedures which pertain to or affect staff and the University community
  • creates networking opportunities for staff across the University
  • communicates initiatives and ideas from the senior administration to community at large, and makes recommendations for process improvements.

Eligibility for the Genesee Staff Council

To be eligible for the Genesee Staff Council, nominees must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Have at least 1 year of employment with the University as of July 1, 2019
  • Be in a staff position (anyone who is not a member of the Faculty)
  • Work in a non-Medical Division
  • Work full-time or part-time (not Time As Reported)
  • Be in good standing (not have an active performance improvement plan)

Eligibility will be verified by Human Resources prior to the election.

Serving on GSC

Being a representative of GSC does involve a time commitment, and we suggest all interested staff discuss their interest in GSC with their supervisors before applying. All supervisors have been charged to support and encourage participation in the GSC for both hourly and exempt employees.

Time commitment for members will be approximately 30 hours per year. Meetings take place once a month for two hours and are held at different locations across the University. There will be an annual training and longer meeting which will be approximately 6 hours. Efforts will be made to allow for remote participation. Representatives will generally serve 2-year terms and some ad-hoc meeting or work between meetings. An important responsibility of membership is full participation. Being a GSC representative means you are willing to participate in events and support the Council’s efforts to engage with staff in a multitude of ways.

Nomination and Election Process

For the inaugural council, we will elect 30 representatives who can speak to the many different roles staff play across the non-medical units of university. In order to ensure representation across the units and departments, we have created 11 election groups based on division and department family with the number or representatives determined by the total size of the group. The diagram below describes the election groups and number of representatives in each area.  The number or representatives was determined by the size of the staff body in each area.

Consider nominating yourself, or a colleague, and encourage others to participate as well. Once the nomination process begins, you will receive a link to the nomination survey in your university e-mail, which can also be accessed via the HRMS system. All nominees will then be sorted into election groups so that each election group will then vote to elect their representatives.

Timeline

  • May-July: Promotion tour for gathering interest
  • August 19-28: Nomination period
  • August 28-Sept 6: Confirmation of nominees
  • Sept 9-18: Election period
  • September 27: Training and orientation to council
  • October: First council meeting

Elected Council Co-chairs

Once 30 representatives have been elected, there will also be an internal election process to select co-chairs of the GSC. The co-chairs will be elected for 2-year terms, and will remain on council for at least one additional year with the goal of creating continuity of leadership. The co-chairs are responsible for setting the agenda and priorities, as well as representing the Staff Council to University administration and faculty.

Additional time commitment for co-chairs: 50 hours per year (estimated)

  • Organization of monthly council meetings: 2 hrs/mo
  • Ongoing collaboration, organization, and direction
  • Preparation of annual report to the Vice-president of Equity and Inclusion on work accomplished

More Information

Information or Presentation request
  • Submitting your e-mail address will add you to our listserv. You will be updated with information regarding the inaugural staff council.

If you have questions, please contact us at dei@rochester.edu.