Staff Senate


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Staff Senate exists to serve you.  We care about the quality of your life relative to campus and the larger global community.  We are committed to openness, collaboration and inclusiveness.  Any issues or concerns you have are welcomed by the Staff Senate.  Email us any time at or click on the suggestion box.


Upcoming Events

Staff Senate Elections

Nominations for nine openings to the 2014-2016 Staff Senate are now closed. Elections will be held 4/30 - 5/7. A voting link will be posted on this page on 4/30 after the candidates are introduced at the All Staff meeting. Please contact Ben Dictus if you have questions about the election process.



HR Sponsored Staff and Faculty Trainings

Printable .pdf list of all trainings

Human Resources will offer a variety of trainings, open to all faculty and staff, throughout this academic year. Mark your calendars and RSVP for the sessions you would like to attend.




Boxer Boost - Sponsored by Staff Senate and Aramark.

Join with other staff for a coffee break on the Third Thursday of the month between 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., October through May! There will be coffee and light refreshments. Details on dates and locations will be announced this fall. There will be Staff Senators at each Boxer Boost, allowing you to learn more about Staff Senate as well as offer suggestions for future activities and events. Sponsored by Staff Senate and Aramark.


  Forest Grove Hillsboro
October 17th Alumni Room HPC Room 430
November 21st Alumni Room HPC Room 430
December 19th Alumni Room HPC Room 430
January 16th Alumni Room HPC Room 430
February 20th Alumni Room HPC Room 430
March 20th Alumni Room HPC Room 430
April 17th Alumni Room HPC Room 430
May 15th Alumni Room HPC Room 430





Commencement Volunteers Needed

Help our students and their families celebrate this milestone!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

9:30 am and 1:30 pm

Saturday, August 9th





Halloween Extravaganza - October 31, 2013

You can see photos from our event, here.

Sponsored by the Idea Committee

Thanks to all who participated!





Skillbuilder Sessions- the Staff Senate Professional Development Committee has been hard at work organizing Skillbuilder Sessions.  These sessions are opportunities for all staff to learn more about tools to make your work life easier.  Our goal is that you walk away from each Skillbuilder Session with at least one practical, usable skill to add to your toolbox. Please click "Suggestion Box" above if you have ideas for future Skillbuilders.

Spring 2011 was the first Skillbuilder, "How to Write the Best Email Ever”  The powerpoint presentation is now available.

January 2012 Vault Training

September 2012 Excel Training

Interested in hosting your own Staff Senate Skillbuilder? Complete the Request for Proposal, telling us about the Skill Builder you would like to present.  Once completed, please submit to

We look forward to learning from you!


The Staff Senate serves as the official representative body of the University staff community by actively participating in campus governance.  The Staff Senate shall foster a spirit of unity and cooperation, providing representation of non-faculty personnel in coordination with the faculty and student governing bodies.  The Staff Senate shall also provide a forum for the exchange of information between members of the staff, administration, faculty and students.



~ from the University Handbook


Staff Senate Year in Review

Summary of 2011-2012 Staff Senate Activities

Summary of 2010-2011 Staff Senate Activities

Summary of 2008-2009 Staff Senate Activities

Upcoming Events

Apr 30, 2014 All-Staff Meeting

May 15, 2014 Boxer Boost

May 21, 2014 Staff Senate

Jun 18, 2014 Staff Senate