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Staff Council August 2018 Newsletter

Message from the Chair:

Welcome to summer!

Staff Council was proud to present the Bi-Annual Staff Forum in May. We had the great pleasure to host guest speakers President Diana Natalicio; Victor Pacheco, Ph.D., assistant vice president for business affairs; Jim Senter, director of UTEP Athletics; David Ruiter, Ph.D., the UTEP Edge team and Juan Gonzalez, student business services director. Thank you to those who attended. We look forward to having greater participation at the next Staff Forum. We would like to provide you an opportunity to submit your questions if you were not able to attend. Please email your questions to scouncil@utep.edu. Your questions will be forwarded to the corresponding representative, and we will follow up with their answers and comments in a future newsletter.

The first of two Staff Appreciation Luncheons hosted by President Natalicio took place on June 20. In an effort to unite us all as one, classified, administrative and professional staff positions were randomly selected to share a wonderful lunch and interact with one another. The new process will allow us to cultivate an environment that does not separate by title and position, but rather encourages teamwork as we recognize we need each other to be successful. The second luncheon will take place on Oct. 30.

The annual Splash ‘n’ Sparks event was held on June 29. The event, which is organized by University Relations, is always a great, relaxing event for employees to enjoy an evening with their families among other University employees.

Our next event is the Kick Off to a New Year at the Campus and Community Resources Expo. Staff Council has joined forces with Human Resources, University Relations, Faculty Senate and the UTEP Edge team to bring you an event that will encourage all new and current faculty and staff to get acquainted with departments and learn about the resources that are offered to us all. Human Resources and the UTEP Edge team will continue to host training and development sessions. Keep an eye out for the weekly bulletin requests sent out via UTEP email. For more information, visit Human Resources’ website.

Congratulations on a successful 2017-18 year and best wishes for the Fall 2018 semester! On behalf of Staff Council, thank you for all you do! Go Miners!

  • Maria. I Hernandez, Staff Council Chair


A Look Back at the 2018 Bi-Annual Staff Council Forum

Thank you to all staff who attended the 2018 Bi-Annual Staff Council Forum. Your participation is highly appreciated. Thank you to the departments of Human Resources, University Communications and UTEP Edge for your expertise and professionalism to make this year’s Staff Forum a great success. Thank you to our special guests, and a special thank you goes out to the UTEP Department of Music for allowing us to use their auditorium, for helping with technology and for being readily available to help ensure that we had a successful event.

This year’s Forum included a Q&A session that included questions concerning the new Employee Education Assistance Policy and Parking and Transportation Services.

Parking and Transportation Services has provided the following answers to questions submitted by fellow staff:

Q1: I am a full-time graduate student and a full-time staff member. Why am I always given staff rates with a $150 or more difference?

A: UTEP uses a role classification hierarchy system and the staff role overrides the student classification. As a full-time employee of the University, you are allocated a staff parking permit.

Q2: Why do UTEP employees need to pay for parking? Where do the funds go? 

A: Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) is an auxiliary operations department, which means the department is required to be self-funded and self-supported. No state funds, student tuition and fees or other University funds are allocated to operate and manage the department. PTS uses these funds to pay the debt service on both parking garages and the shuttle operation available free to students and staff, as well as operational costs, such as utilities, staff wages and benefits, parking lot repairs, staff uniforms, etc.

Q3: What is the reason behind the constant substantial increases in parking permit prices?

A: Expense cost increases, such as supplies, maintenance and fuel. As costs increase, fees have to increase to fund the auxiliary operation.

Q: What is the justification for the increases?

A: See 2 and 3 above

To view the video of the UTEP Staff Council 2018 Staff Forum, please go to our YouTube Channel UTEP Staff Council.


Join Us at the Campus and Community Resources Expo

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Union Building East, room location TBD. The expo will highlight a goldmine of information and resources available on campus and in the community for all UTEP employees. This event will be in collaboration with University Relations, Faculty Senate, UTEP Edge and Human Resources. Our unified vision is to cultivate a culture of encouragement and support for all UTEP employees as we work together and establish strong collaborations with departments and organizations across campus. It will also be a great opportunity for all UTEP employees to network. Keep an eye out for an email with additional information.


Don’t Forget to Join Staff Council!

Run for Office: Elections for 2018–20 will take place Aug. 6–10.

  • Stay connected
  • Grow professionally
  • Network
  • Make a difference for UTEP staff



  • All classified employees and administrative and professional employees with title below assistant dean or assistant director
  • Must be a full-time employee
  • Must have six months of continuous service at the time of election (as of July 31, 2018)
  • Have the support of his or her supervisor

For more information, please read the Staff Council Bylaws at http://organizations.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=73057.

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