P&A Senate Newsletter - February 2021

Tue, 02/09/2021 - 13:56

February 11, 2021

Two University employees ride in a small University vehicle. Both are wearing masks. The woman wears a U of M polo, the man a U of M lanyard. The driver is saving.

Paid Leave During COVID-19

After careful consideration, the University has reset the emergency leave available for faculty, staff, and student workers under the University Emergency Paid Leave for COVID-19 policy. This decision was made because the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ended on December 31, 2020, and the University is committed to providing adequate leave during COVID-19 in order to maintain the health and wellbeing of the University community. Click to read more.

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

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 12:29

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

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 12:21

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

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:45

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.

P&A Senate Brown Bag Events

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:27

Emotional Intelligence: Engaging distinct combination of emotional, personal, interpersonal skills and competencies

Catherine Rasmussen has 35 years of experience as an educator of leadership development and is a certified Emotional Intelligence trainer. She brings a passion for engaging participants in the joy of learning about themselves and others in order to create change.    

P&A Senate Outstanding Unit Award 2019

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 14:44

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Outstanding Unit Award! The Award recognizes a University unit (department, center, institute, college, etc.) judged to be exemplary in its support of P&A staff and the critical role P&A employees fulfill in carrying out the University’s mission. The winning unit receives a $1,000 professional development grant. Any unit employing P&A staff is eligible to apply. Units that previously received the award must wait three years before applying again. A complete set of guidelines is available, along with information about past award winners. Deadline for nominations is 5pm on April 5, 2019. Click here for the application form. For more information, please contact the Outstanding Unit Award committee chair.

Staff and Cold Weather Cancellation

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:48

This winter has given all of us cocktail party conversation fodder for the rest of our lives! It has also given us an opportunity to showcase how the P&A Senate advocates for you.  

P&A Senate Brown Bag Events

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:42

The Wellbeing Program:  Employee Success Stories and Ways that You Could Benefit

The University of Minnesota’s Wellbeing Program helps faculty and staff take small steps toward a healthy and vibrant future. The Office of Human Resources has many inspiring success stories and is excited to share them with the broader campus community! Hear how the Wellbeing Program has helped colleagues improve their lives and how you can use it to enhance many aspects of your life. Learn about all the options in the program and the variety of resources at your fingertips.