On behalf of the Staff Advisory Council, I am so glad to be starting the 2020-2021 school year with each of you. I know that this year will certainly be one for the history books and there is a lot of uncertainty in global and national events. Yet, I have never been more certain of the importance of UNO to our community, our state, and most importantly our students.
Please know that your work is important – you make a difference - and you are a valued member of our community, whether you are in the office or still working remotely.
I wanted to share a couple announcements and upcoming events that may be beneficial to you.
I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. As a reminder, SAC is here to be a resource and support for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for anything we can help with.
President, UNO Staff Advisory Council
Professional Development Fund
After a tremendously successful initial year, the Staff Advisory Council Professional Development Fund has been granted a second pilot year of funding.
This program allows eligible staff members to apply for funding for professional development opportunities to grow in their work. Although travel may still be limited, there are many virtual professional development opportunities (virtual conferences, certificate trainings, and more) that are being offered.
We encourage everyone to go here for more information and to start talking with their supervisors about the types of training that would help you. We will begin taking applications on Oct. 1.
I also want to express my deepest gratitude to the SAC Professional Development Committee for their work on this program as well as NU System President Carter and Chancellor Gold for their support of our staff’s development.
Events Coming Soon
The SAC professional development speaker from Spring 2020, which was cancelled due to the pandemic, has been rescheduled! We are excited to host virtual workshops with speaker Steve Burgeron. Those will be on Sept. 21 from 1 - 2:30 P.M. and Oct. 20 from 10 - 11:30 A.M. It is the same presentation, just offered at two different times to allow more staff to attend.
Our events committee is also working hard for a safe, physically-distant back to school event to replace the annual luncheon (last year’s Oktoberfest) and a virtual event to connect while afar. Keep your eyes on the Maverick Daily for more information on those soon.
Stay Healthy and Informed
If you have not already, be sure you are checking the Fall Forward website for information about how the COVID-19 pandemic is currently influencing operations at UNO.
As a reminder, all staff coming to campus should be using the 1-Check app every day before coming to campus. If you have non-emergency concerns about how safety measures or being implemented in your area, need to report your own possible exposure, or other COIVD concerns you should submit a BRT Reporting Form.
Remember, also, that Coronavirus-related leave time as well as a voluntary workforce reduction program are still available. For more information on if either is right for you, contact your supervisor or Human Resources.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.