All nonexempt staff should receive a ballot in their mailboxes to vote for candidates to the Staff Council. Members serve a two-year term.
All voting will be done by a written ballot. The Election Subcommittee will make the results of the election known the week of April 3.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the members of the Election Subcommittee: Denise McManus, (651) 962-5350, or Pat Quale (651) 962-6535.
Here are the candidates and some biographical information they have provided.
I have been with the University of St. Thomas since November 1987. In September 1997 I left the Division of Business after 10 years and began working with Dr. Ken Goodpaster in GSB (business ethics). Since January 3, I’ve been serving as the administrative services coordinator in Minneapolis.
I work in the Public Safety and Parking Enforcement Department. I have worked for the University of St. Thomas for almost five years.
I have been on Staff Council for two years and would like to run again for a second term to continue working for the staff at UST. As the university grows, it is important to continue to look for ways to improve working relations between and among the varied members at St. Thomas. I feel strongly about supporting reasoned change and improvement in our working environments. I hope to continue on with this and serving the committees of which I am a part.
I started full-time as a Public Safety St. Paul campus dispatcher in December 1996. In June 1999, I moved over to the Minneapolis campus and took a position as a public safety officer. For Public Safety, I have been a staff recruiter, wellness advocate, wage vs. compensation advocate/researcher, and coordinated the St. Thomas Organized to Prevent Crime week. I am finishing my degree in criminal justice and social work here at UST. I currently hold the position of president of the national service organization, Gamma Sigma. I want the opportunity to participate in Staff Council because I am a strong advocate for staff needs, highly organized, a strong team worker and enjoy getting involved.
I started at the university in November 1999 at the Bookstore on the Minneapolis campus. Serving on the Staff Council could be a great learning experience, while being of service.
I have been working for the university for two years in Food Service in Minneapolis. I am eager to serve on the Staff Council.
(Earline McCauley is on a VISION volunteer trip.) She has been at the university for about 10 years and has worked in academic and administrative positions. She currently is working in facilities scheduling. She has always been very active in many phases of the community but her greatest interest is in wellness.
Mary Kay O’Rourke
I am a part-time administrative secretary for the Center for Catholic Studies, working primarily for the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought. I am fairly new to the university, having started in August, but I have lived within two miles of St. Thomas all my life. I am interested in learning more about the workings of the university through working on the Staff Council and hope to be able to contribute some service to the university.
In September of last year I began my employment at the University of St. Thomas, assisting Dr. Nancy Zingale, executive assistant to the president, coordinating activities related to the board of trustees and providing alternate support to the President’s Office when needed.
I am enjoying being at the university, both as a workplace and as an opportunity for learning. I’ve been aware of the Staff Council almost from the start, as my predecessor, Mary McGrath, served on the council. I have a broad-based experience in administrative and event support over 20 years, as well as having a personal history of affiliation with the University of St. Thomas. I would be happy to serve with co-workers and use my personal and professional capabilities for additionally supporting the positive and encouraging atmosphere provided for students, staff and faculty who work and learn at the university.
I have been working in the English Department since June 1999. I began as the department secretary, then was promoted in November 1999 to the newly created position of department coordinator. In my new position, I am the senior staff member and oversee administrative operations for both the undergraduate and graduate English programs.