Staff Senate Announcements: September 16th Meeting


Special Guest Speaker: Sandra Parton, Human Resources & Benefits

Academic Affairs

  • Priority registration was moved to October 5. The one-page fall calendar has been updated and is available on the registrar’s webpage
  • An additional Canvas to Banner sync time has been added. They now sync three times a day: Previous times were 5 am, and 6 pm. New times are 5 am, 11 am, and 6 pm.
  • Enhanced Teaching & Learning (ETL) workshops have resumed.
    • Wednesdays at 2 pm - "Teach Talk" explores considerations and suggestions related to teaching in hybrids and online modalities. Different faculty will lead the discussion each week based on their experience. Anyone who would like to contribute should contact Michelle Greene at
    • Thursdays at 2 pm - "Tool Talk", a mixture of open Q&A and scheduled tool demonstrations designed to build a bridge between teaching and learning. Led by ETL’s Instructional Designers, faculty will have the chance to ask how to do what they want to do in their classes.
    • The Zoom link for the workshops is the same each week: That link will not be published on the website any longer to discourage Zoombombing. All faculty and staff are welcome at both workshops each week.
  • Michele Kennedy is the new Executive Assistant to the Provost. She replaces Peggy Bowers who recently retired.

Advancement/University President’s Office/ODEI/Athletics

  • The Events Department is being reorganized with the retirement of April Harris.  It will be pulled back under the Advancement umbrella and work closely with Alumni. 
  • Please keep Advancement in mind when planning your events.
  • Events can help with your logistics and event management & OMC can help publicize your event.
  • Our photographer and Strategic Media Specialist might be able to attend and document your event.
  • The Development team can help ensure you have the latest address for your guests and track engagement to help with future successes; and Alumni can help engage your Alumni through targeted events.

Facilities and Operations

  • Continue to visit the Return to Campus page for the latest on University Updates:
  • Continue to visit our HR website:
    • September 11th Virtual Staff Awards
  • Charger Fit Events:
    • August 17 - September 15 Watch Your Sugar Challenge
    • September 7 Cutest Pet of 2020 Weekly Voting
    • September 7- September 13  Step into September Reset Challenge
    • September 17- 30  Registration for Ooh, Look at Those Benefits Challenge
    • September 30 Deadline to Submit 2021 Charger Fit Theme Suggestions
    • For detailed information please visit: or review the September Charger Fit Newsletter
  • UAH Copy Center Description:

    • We provide high quality, cost-effective service to meet all of your professional and personal copying and printing needs. We serve students, faculty, staff and we’re open to the general public. Website: Email: Phone: (256)824-6383


  • Most of UAH Research remains working remotely (most classified as Code R)
  • Dr. Jason Cassibry, at the UAH Propulsion Research Center, was awarded a $143,000 inaugural Interstellar Initiative Grant from the Limitless Space Institute, for pulsed fusion experimental research, to be carried out at UAH’s Aerophysics Research Center.
  • Dr. Nikolai Pogorelov,  from the UAH Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR), was awarded $3.2M over three years to develop open source software models of the solar atmosphere and inner heliosphere, which will be useful to predict space weather events.
  • Dr. John Christy, distinguished professor and Director of the UAH Earth System Science Center (ESSC), was awarded a two-year, $600,000 grant to create a more accurate analysis of soil moisture for drought predictions.  

Student Affairs

UFC: (Sabrina)

  • Our Fitness program is putting on a Race Across America event from October 5th - November 13 where members can race in teams or individually "across America." More info can be found on our website and on social media later this week.
  • Youth Exercise and the locker rooms/showers are now open.

Student Health: (Amber)

  • Nothing new, just trucking along with COVID testing at the Executive Plaza Drive-thru facility.
  • We would like to remind everyone that social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand hygiene works!  Keep it up :)


  • We are open and offering distance counseling. We have several new groups that we want to encourage students to take advantage of. We also updated our website!


  • John Maxon, Housing and Residence Life Director and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, has announced his retirement on November 1st. 

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