P&A Senate Blog

P&A Spotlight: The COVID-19 Impact Through a Development Officer's Lens

"We are not working from home. We are sheltering in place during a crisis…and trying to work."

Since March and the transition to working from home, a lot of employees have been thinking about ways to stay connected and engaged with colleagues and adjust to the challenges that come from working at home. Jaden Hansen, associate development officer, School of Public Affairs, explained, "The three of us are working in different areas of development at the University and started the ECDP Alumni Group to help our newer colleagues stay connected and build a network with one another. We invited our colleagues to convene virtually to talk about overlaps in our work and to share resources. What we learned is that the work conversation was just the icebreaker.”

Looking Back ~ Noelle Noonan, 2019-20 Chair of P&A Senate

Looking Back

The 2019–20 academic year will be one to remember and, in many ways, perhaps one that we might prefer to forget. The impacts of this global pandemic will be indelible for all of us, even as they are still in flux. When we look back, what will we see? Or, rather, what will we choose to see, to remember, to celebrate? 

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Legislative Update

Last week, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned the 2020 regular session sine die without passing a bonding bill. Despite a flurry of negotiations over the final weekend, legislators were unable to reach agreement on capital investment funding for the second year in a row.

We expect the governor will call legislators back into a special session on or around June 12 to address several unresolved issues, including the next steps in the state’s COVID-19 response. This will likely be the first of multiple special sessions in the coming months as Minnesota continues to respond to the pandemic.

Looking Ahead ~ Erin Heath, 2020-21 Chair of P&A Senate

Looking Ahead

A look ahead to the coming academic year by Erin Heath, 2020-21 Chair of the P&A Senate

PACC Discusses Health Sciences Buildings Security Changes

P&A Leadership Dicusses Impacts of Health Sciences Buildings Security Measures with Administrative Leaders

The P&A Consultative Committee (the executive committee of the P&A Senate) met with Mike Berthelsen, vice president, University Services, and Paige Rohman, chief of staff, University Services, and discussed at length the effect that the changes to building security in the Health Sciences buildings is having on the campus community at large. While Berthelsen and other University administrators see the implementation as a much needed improvement to security for the Health Sciences buildings, PACC members brought a different perspective to the table.

The P&A Senate Is Advocating For All P&As

The P&A Senate Advocates for All P&A Staff Iin MinnPost Open Letter 

Shortly after the start of the 2019 Fall semester, an opinion piece published in the Community Voices section of MinnPost recommended cutting P&A positions as a University cost-saving measure. In response, members of the P&A Senate collaboratively drafted an open letter, which was submitted to MinnPost by Noelle Noonan, chair of the P&A Senate and P&A Consultative Committee and published online. As an example of the P&A Senate’s continued advocacy for P&A employees, we invite you to read the letter in full and some highlights below.

Update On Current Issues Covid-19 Related

Dear Colleagues,

It has been quite a week, hasn’t it?

Whether you’ve been on spring break or still in session, have been enjoying a much-needed vacation or found yourself working on critical and urgent need projects instead of that long-anticipated vacation day (*raises hand), I would say this week has provided many opportunities for practicing self-awareness, patience, and resilience. It has also provided its share of challenges for us all. And, I think it is fair to say that there may be a long road ahead with more to come.

Joint Civil Service Brown Bag and P&A Seminar Series Presentation

A joint Civil Service Brown Bag and P&A Senate Seminar Series Presentation

You and the U: 

How U of M Legislative Advocacy

Can Work for You! 

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm 


Presented by Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Mike Miller, U of M Legislative Advocacy Coordinator, is passionate about helping U of M students, faculty, and staff influence the legislative process through quick, simple actions. Mike has spent the last 20 years involved in Minnesota politics, starting before his graduation from the Twin Cities campus in 2002.

P&A Senate 2019-20 Seminar Series

Introduction to ISSS Multicultural Workshops

Join us on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. This session will highlight the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Intercultural Workshop series which combines intercultural competency and skills development workshops and "Culture In-Depth" sessions discussing the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on our campus. 

P&A Senate 2019-20 Seminar Series

Enhancing Wellbeing: Practical Workplace Tips & Approaches

This session, presented by Marianne Johnson, will highlight the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing’s Wellbeing Model and its application in fostering resilience in individuals and teams.