Contribute your energy; nominate yourself, others to Nonexempt Staff Council positions Virginia Lyons February 10, 2010 Nonexempt (hourly) employees are invited to nominate themselves or colleagues to serve as candidates in the Nonexempt Staff Council election. The nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 19. The council is looking for energetic individuals from a variety of departments and service areas who are interested in advancing NESC’s mission to build a strong and healthy workplace by fostering communication with the university’s administration, advocating for common interests, focusing on cooperation and building community within the university. Because NESC serves and advocates for all hourly employees, people from all departments and campus locations are encouraged to consider running for election. NESC members serve two-year terms and generally devote two to five hours per month to council duties, which include attending monthly meetings, serving on university committees, coordinating social events for nonexempt staff, working on council management projects, representing the council at UST events and organizing the annual Nonexempt Staff Appreciation Breakfast. Two half-day retreats also are held each year. Because council members provide an important service to the university, NESC activities will be considered part of an employee’s duties and supervisors will approve NESC-related absences. Those who serve also have the opportunity to learn more about UST while meeting colleagues from throughout the campus community. Election timeline: Nomination deadline – Friday, Feb. 19 Nominees contacted about willingness to run – week of Feb. 22 Nominee biography deadline – Friday, March 12 Call for online voting – Monday, March 15 Voting deadline – Friday, March 26 New NESC members announced at Nonexempt Staff Appreciation Breakfast – Wednesday, March 31 To nominate yourself or a nonexempt co-worker: Online: Visit the Nonexempt Staff Council Web site. Click on the “Questions? Comments? Write us!” link and enter the nominee’s name and department in the comment section. E-mail: Send e-mail to the NESC. Campus mail: Send nominations to NESC Election, Mail #4221. For more information, call Kathy Sauro, (651) 962-4149, or Barb Joynson, NESC chair, (651) 962-6434.