University Senate Governance Blog

News and updates from University Senate Governance.

Senate Committees Make the News!

MN Daily reporter Natalie Rademacher's article on parental leave, featuring the P&A Senate, Senate Research Committee, and the Social Concerns Committee, has been picked up by the Associated Press (slightly edited and abridged). Check out the links above to read the full article(s)!

Spotlight On: Ryan Machtmes

Ryan MachtmesRyan Machtmes likes to say he grew up in academia. While his mother attained an A.B.D. in crop physiology and her Ph.D. in research methods in education, the family moved around a lot, but always in proximity to a college campus. Machtmes holds a masters degree in applied statistics and is now on track to become a second-generation Ph.D. His participation in University Senate shared governance includes membership on the Disabilities Issues Committee, as well as the University Senate. “I’ve always been strongly committed to service work and servant leadership,” Machtmes said. Click the link to read more.

The Weekly Update

Approved minutes of senates and their committees will be posted on Fridays, when available.

​Disabilities Issues Committee, October 18, 2017
In these minutes: 
​Updates and New Business; Disability Resource Center Updates; Discussion of Accommodated Testing; Metrics on Students with Disabilities

Civil Service Brown Bag Lunch Announcement

The Civil Service Senate Communications and Outreach Subcommittee, along with the Office of Human Resources, is hosting a brown bag session for Civil Service members to discuss important changes to open enrollment, which runs from November 1 to November 30, 2017. Specific updates include changes to short-term and long-term disability providers, and a new Flexible Spending Account (FSA) vendor. Come join us for an explanation of these changes, and learn what they mean for you.

P&A Brown Bag: Leading Up

“Leading up” is an important leadership skill employed to accomplish tasks that are in the best interest of our organization and requires influencing the people above you. In this session, leadership expert Lisa Warren, assistant vice president for Research, will provide an overview of the skills necessary and tools available to help you in this area. All are welcome to join on Tuesday, November 14 from noon - 1:00 p.m. in 5-125 Moos Tower, or via WebEx at Click for more.

Spotlight On: Janet Schrunk Ericksen

Janet Ericksen speaks at a podium at the University of Minnesota MorrisWhen I first contacted Dr. Janet Ericksen, she was just finishing up leading a study abroad program to England, entitled “Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500.” The program is close to her heart-- learning Old English and visiting medieval sites while studying in the UK during her junior year as an undergraduate was one of the things that inspired her to pursue a doctorate in medieval British literature. Click on the title to read the full story.

Public Hearings on Proposed Changes to Civil Service Employment Rules

The Civil Service Consultative Committee (CSCC) is in the process of revising the Civil Service Employment Rules. Two public hearings will be held in order to hear constituent feedback on the proposed revisions. Click on the title for more information.

Faculty Senate to Discuss Liberal Education

The Twin Cities Delegation of the Faculty Senate will hold the first of a series of meetings on potential revisions to Twin Cities undergraduate liberal education requirements on Thursday, October 5th, 2017, from 2:30-5:00 p.m. in 25 Mondale Hall. 

Spotlight On: Sarah Johnson Sexton

September 2017Sarah Johnson Sexton

The University of Minnesota has been part of Sarah Johnson Sexton’s life since she was a child. She is a second-generation University employee (her father, Jerry Sexton, worked in a department known as “Videotape” at the time) as well as an alumna, having earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish at the University.