Accomplishments

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University Staff Advisory Council of the Pennsylvania State University

 

What We Do: The Voice for Penn State Staff

The University Staff Advisory Council (USAC):

  • Acts in advisory capacity to the central administration
  • Explores issues, policies, and practices that impact staff
  • Suggests revisions to policies
  • Suggests new policy initiatives
  • Serves to advocate for staff welfare and development
  • Liaison with College and Campus Staff Advisory Councils

The University Staff Advisory Council's impact includes:

  • Annual USAC Summit 2018, 2019
  • Participation in AD85 Policy Revision Committee with Faculty Senate, 2018, 2019
  • Compliance Training Strategic Planning Committee, 2018
  • Microsoft 365 Implementation, 2018
  • Addition of monetary award to USAC Staff Awards, 2018
  • Greek Response Team Committee, 2018
  • SIMBA Advisory Council, 2018
  • University president visit to Dreamery Co-sponsor, 2018
  • Board of Trustees Committee on Outreach, Development, and Community Relations, 2017, 2018
  • Committee for Compensation and Benefits, 2017, 2018
  • Board of Trustees Committee - Committee on Academic Affairs, 2017, 2018
  • VP of HR Search Committee, 2017, 2018
  • Advisory Council for Continued Excellence (ACCE), 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Infrastructure and Support Steering Commitment, 2017
  • Faculty Benefits Committee for Dental and Vision, 2017
  • Liaison for Commision for Women, 2017
  • Positive Paws program, 2017
  • Inaugural Staff Advisory Council Summit, 2017
  • Zero Weeks, Co-sponsor, 2017
  • Joint Committee on Insurance and Benefits (JCIB), 2017
  • Smoking and Tabacco Free Task Force, 2016, 2017
  • Medical Plan Steering Committee, 2016
  • Strategic Planning Committee, 2016
  • University Town Halls co-sponsors

Involvement in other initiatives prior to 2016:

  • The development of the current Staff Vacancy Announcement policy
  • Domestic Partner benefits
  • Improved layoff and recall communication; and expedited return-to-work processes
  • The development of flexible work schedules and telecommuting policies
  • Inclusion of diversity link on the Penn State employment website
  • Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in the workplace
  • Worked with University administration to count Friday after Thanksgiving as a closedown day
  • Maternity/paternity leave policy review
  • Vacation Donation-Catastrophic Leave policy
  • Bereavement time off increase
  • Performance management review
  • Alternative 25-year service award: captain's chair, rocker, or elm mantel clock
  • John Hancock long-term care, end-of-year transition
  • Healthcare Task Force membership, 2014
  • Bennett Family Center outsourcing consultation
  • Staff Culture Survey focus group

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