President's Annual Children's Christmas Party
Saturday, December 14, 2013
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Please check your e-mail and mailboxes
for invitation and details!
2013-2014 Non-Exempt Staff Council Officers
Lisa Keiser, chair
Julie Kimlinger, vice-chair
Corey Getchell, treasurer
Ann Schiffer and Dede Hering, co-secretaries
The Non-Exempt Staff Council (NESC) aspires to build a strong and healthy workplace by fostering communication with the University’s administration and its constituents, identifying and advocating for common interests, focusing on collaboration and building community within the University.
We invite your suggestions, feedback, comments.
Please contact any of the Council Members (open the NESC Members link on the lefthand column) or click the Purple Contact Button just to the right on this page.
We welcome your ideas and questions any time throughout the year.
What does the Staff Council do?
Members of the NESC (non-exempt staff council) serve all hourly employees at the University of St. Thomas. Some of our activities include: welcome back to campus event in the fall; office supply swap; staff appreciation breakfast in the spring; various outreach programs that provide donations to local charities; sponsorship of a study abroad scholarship for children of hourly staff members; and more. We want to do all we can to be sure that all hourly staff members are aware of the benefits available to you by virtue of working at St. Thomas and we work to promote clear and open communication between staff and administration.
What are some of the perks of being a staff member at St. Thomas?
There are many advantages of working at St. Thomas and they are listed on in the recent 2013 Benefits Handbook - included are descriptions of these great perks and many others:
Credit Union on Campus - 209 Loras Hall
Convenience Store in Student Center
Service Center for your printing needs: invitations, stationery, posters, etc.
Post Office in Murray Herrick basement
Bonus of 10% when you put money into your Express Account at the Card Office. For example: put $100.00 onto your card - you are credited with $110.00!
Discounted Meals at the View and the Binz when you put money into your Express account - you can just use your ID at so many lcoations!
. . . and much more. Please be sure to read through pages 42 and 43 of your 2013 Benefits Guide. Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions!
I heard I can get discounted meals at the View and Binz - how does that work?
If you purchase a meal plan at the Card Office you will get ten meals at the View or the Binz for the cost of $67.50 ($6.75 per meal.) There is no expiration date.
Currently meal prices without the Meal Plan are: $7.75 for Breakfast; $8.75 for Lunch; $9.00 for dinner.
This perk provides a nice savings, fun food choices, and the only restrictions to keep in mind are: 1) this benefit is for UST faculty and staff only, and 2) must be paid for with cash or personal check.
Please tell me about the Employee Paid Leave Time Purchase Plan
The memo included below explains the program, tells when it was instituted, who the members of the Council were at the time it was worked out. Thank you all.
October 27, 2009
Memo: To all nonexempt staff members of the University of St. Thomas.
Re: Information on the Employee Paid Leave Time
Good Afternoon Everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful day!
I wanted to explain the Employee Paid Leave Time (EPLT) to you again because it will be available with this year’s benefit package and helpfully this information will be helpful to you when deciding on whether or not to take advantage of this outstanding benefit.
- You will be able to sign up for this benefit when you sign up for your benefit package in November
- It will become effective in January 2010.
- This benefit allows you to purchase 5 additional days of PLT over and above what you would normally receive in a year.
- The payment for these PLT days will be deducted out of your check throughout the year rather than all at one time.
- You will need to purchase 8 hours minimum and you will need to use 8 hours minimum ( no increments)
- At the end of the calendar year, if you have any of these purchased hours unused you can select to use them or receive payment for them.
- If you choose payment of unused EPLT you will be reimbursed at the same dollar value as purchased. You will receive the payment for the unused hours by the end of the year.
This opportunity provides hourly employees to have additional paid leave time available in case an employee has used up all accrued PLT given by the University for illness, family, vacation, etc. If you never use it, you will not lose it, but rather you would be paid for it in a lump sum. So not only does this give you a cushion of leave time, but it also could serve as a financial cushion if you don’t use the EPLT and chose to receive payment for the unused hours at the end of the year.
We are hoping that with this new policy in place that you will be able to enjoy a healthy work life balance and that you will consider taking advantage of this opportunity that really is of little cost with great benefit
It is our pleasure to serve you as this year’s council. We are working for the good of the hourly employees and are open to any suggestions or ideas you might have.
Please feel free to contact any of the NESC members listed below.
Have a wonderful day,
Nonexempt Staff Council Chair - Barb Joynson
Committee Members 2009 – 2010
What is the Vitality Program?
Vitality is Here! Wellness Program Available to UST Employees
The University of St. Thomas has enhanced its employee wellness program to encourage and promote employee health and well-being. At the core of the enhanced program is the Vitality Wellness Program, an interactive, rewards-based program, which employees can use to set wellness goals and develop individualized wellness plans. A Vitality representative will be on campus in October to conduct employee education meetings that will provide guidance on using the program as well as answer any questions. Employees may register via Leadership Academy and attend in order to familiarize themselves with the Vitality program and available rewards. A recorded webinar will be available on the Human Resources website after the event for those unable to attend in person or who wish to access the information at their convenience.
Vitality Employee Education Meetings
St. Paul Campus
Tuesday, October 15th
Anderson Athletic Center, Room # 205
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (1 hour member education course)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (1 hour member education course)
Wednesday, October 16th
Anderson Student Center, Room # 202
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (1 hour member education course)
10:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. (1 hour member education course)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (1 hour member education course)
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (1 hour member education course)
Tuesday, October 15th
Terrence Murphy Hall, Room # 442
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (1 hour member education course)
2: 30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (1 hour member education course)
Tommie Hostess Baskets for Sale!
Cookbook goes Gourmet! Inside this delightful purple mixing bowl you will find a Tommie Cookbook, Tommie apron, darling homemade hotpads sewn using the UST purple bandana, and more. Each purchase helps fund the NESC Scholarship Fund.
Baskets are $20.00 each.