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President's Report to the Staff Council

September 17, 2018

September 2018 Staff Council President’s Report:

200 Days In Office – This week President Stokes is celebrating her 200th day in office and there are several events that are occurring this week, which concludes with our Staff Council Reception in the University Club on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Regents Meeting September 11, 2018 – The regents meeting (e-book link is as follows) http://regents.unm.edu/meetings/documents/2018/bor-eBook-2018-09-11.pdf was an interesting meeting, particularly at the end when there was discussion about the Foundation, AIMS Location and during Advisor Comments.  The communication during advisor comments, was less than ideal – please see the following article:  http://www.dailylobo.com/article/2018/09/bor-meeting-clifford-pyle

This exchange and some other things that I have seen in recent weeks, have reminded me that we as a University need to understand how to work together as collective group, as to what is in the best interest of UNM and our students.  We need to put aside our need to show up others, to have under-lying agendas and just plainly forget about our common decency, which caused me to look up a few quotes to inspire just this:

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

Henry Ford

“Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.”

Alexander the Great

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford

“The most important single ingredient in the formula for success is knowing how to get along with people.”  Theodore Roosevelt

“You have to get along with people, but you also have to recognize that the strength of a team is different people with different perspectives and different personalities.”  Steve Case

During this meeting the RPSP’s (Research and Public Service Project) requests were passed, which includes:

-          $200,000 for Veteran Student Services

-          $159,000 for an Engineering Internship Program

-          $134,000 for the Honors College Eureka Program

  • Just to name a few of them

This does not mean it is a done deal, just that it goes to the next hoop to go through.

HSC Sub-Committee Meeting – a very fascinating presentation was made on APD’s CIT Team where we have a unique partnership with a psychologist, which has been published in https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.16080985

 and in the Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/police-encounter-many-people-with-mental-health-crises-could-psychiatrists-help/2018/07/20/20561c26-7484-11e8-b4b7-308400242c2e_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6dffa936464e This is an effort that Project Echo is working with to train other law enforcement agencies, which UNMPD has been part of this training.

Letter To Athletics – We have sent a letter to athletics to request if any ticket deals can be made for faculty and staff, so we can have more opportunities to pack the stadium, Pit, field, etc.  We will continue to update you on this progress.

Kathy Meadows Staff Hero Award – I would like us all to think about individual staff here at UNM, that might be deserving of this award.  Please let us know whom you would like to nominate for this award by emailing scouncil@unm.edu by October 15th, 2018. For more information about this award, please click here.

Educational Retirement Board – We would encourage all of you to pay attention to the ERB potential changes and please voice any concerns you may have.  We will be providing more information on whom to reach out to in the future.

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