COVID-19 Information

Due to COVID-19, fall governance meetings will continue to take place over Zoom. A decision if spring semester meetings will be able to be held in person, will be made in late fall 2021 based on current/projected health and safety protocols. Find the most up-to-date COVID-19 information at

Staff Senate

Staff Senate meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m., by Zoom video conferencing. Two hours of meeting time are scheduled, but we will work to hold meetings to one hour if possible. Please email to request the meeting link. Please allow 24 hours for a response.


Staff Senate Themes for 2021-2022

  • Build community and connection amongst the staff by supporting efforts to create a culture of comprehensive health, wellness, and resiliency.
  • Promote programs and opportunities for professional growth, life/work balance, and safety in the workplace.
  • Commit to responsible stewardship of university resources through innovation, forward-thinking, process improvement, and the adoption of technologies.
  • Strive to serve, speak, and act in a way that honors every person in the Pacific University community and actively pursue Pacific’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Recognize the challenges and changes of the past year, celebrate the perseverance of the staff, and take time to center the goals and commitments of the Staff Senate.


June 14 All Staff Conference

The Staff Senate is hosting its annual All-Staff Conference on June 14 and all staff are invited! It is the first time this conference has been held in person since 2019 so we hope you can be there! The Conference will recognize the challenges and changes over the last two years, celebrate the perseverance of Pacific's staff, as well as centering the goals and commitments of staff members. Kick-off the day with breakfast and Keynote speakers President-elect Coyle and President Hallick. Then choose from numerous sessions scheduled throughout the day held both in-person and online. It is our hope that this event offers opportunities to get to know staff from other departments and campuses, whom we may have only connected with on Zoom. 


COVID-19 Requirements
Guests at campus events will be asked to adhere to all requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While masks are not currently required, the community is encouraged to consider wearing a mask at this indoor event.


Travel Reimbursement
We are making the All-Staff Conference as inclusive as possible and will be offering mileage reimbursement to staff members traveling from the Eugene and Woodburn campuses. After getting supervisor approval, please pick up a Reimbursement Request Form from Senator Jeane Canon when checking in at the Conference Welcome Table from 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. If you are unable to arrive at this time, please reach out to Jeane to arrange a time to meet during the Conference.


Coffee Venues
On-campus Starbucks will be open from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Other nearby coffee shops include Telvet Coffee (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and Dutch Bros Coffee (5 a.m. - 11 p.m.). Coffee will also be provided at the Grab & Go Breakfast from 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.


Conference Registration has closed. If you have not registered and are interested in attending, please reach out to


Conference Schedule (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)


Activity  Location  

7:45 - 8:45 a.m.

Grab & Go Breakfast
Registration ends 6/8 @ 5 pm
University Center Café & Patio (in-person only)

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9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome & Keynote University Center Multi-purpose Room (hybrid) Register Here

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.


Morning Sessions


Activity Location  

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Bon Appetit Chef Demonstration and Tasting by Chef Derek University Center Multi-purpose Room (hybrid)

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10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students with V Martin Marsh Hall Taylor Auditorium Room #216 (hybrid)

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11:00 - 11:15 a.m. 


11:15 - 12:00

Supporting our Dreamers/Understanding DACA with Jeane Garcia-Chitwood Marsh Hall Taylor Auditorium Room #216 (hybrid)

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11:15 - 12:00

Chair Yoga with Azumi Stapp University Center Multi-purpose Room (hybrid)

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Activity                      Location  

12 - 1:00 p.m.

Boxed Lunch
Registration ends 6/8 @5 pm
University Center Café & Patio (in-person only)

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1:00 - 1:30 p.m. 


Afternoon Sessions

Time Activity Location  

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 

Vegetable Gardening Basics with Ron Calkins Garden next to Stoller Center (in-person)

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1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

Intramural Outdoor Games (cornhole & volleyball) Lawn behind University Center/Volleyball Court

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1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

Registration ends 6/7 @ 5 pm 
Killarney West Golf Course (in-person)

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1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 

Watercolor Painting with Clara-Julia Peru Tent located on the patio of the Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center (in-person)

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1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

Bingo with Amy Tracewell University Center Patio (in-person)

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Sponsored Events and Announcements

Meet Your New 2022-2024 Senators
Thank you to all who voted in the recent Staff Senate elections. We are pleased to announce the following nine new staff members who have been elected for a two-year term to the Staff Senate which begins June 15. Congratulations to the new senators!
Austyn Allie, Hillsboro
Rita Barton, Forest Grove
Dave Dewberry, Hillsboro
Wanda Frazier, Forest Grove
Kira Hein, Forest Grove
Mallory Hiefield, Forest Grove
Violet Madrid, Forest Grove
Sarah O'Doherty, Forest Grove
Todd Tracewell, Forest Grove


OEDI Lending Library – More Titles Added!
The Staff Senate recently donated $2,000 to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to further expand its anti-racist lending library. Twenty-two different types of books, with multiple copies of each, were purchased from Third Eye Books, a local Black-owned bookstore in Portland. These books are available just in time for summer reading! Feel free to reach out to Jennifer Teeter at to set up a time to stop by or for more information.

Shop and Eat Local 
The Staff Senate has compiled lists of many local, small businesses in Forest Grove, Eugene, and Hillsboro to encourage our communities to support these local businesses. Although the majority of these businesses don’t provide Pacific employee discounts, we hope you’ll consider patronizing them when possible to invest in their continued success. Please double-check their website or give them a quick call to ensure they are still open, and what methods are available for shopping and pick up, as this may change from week to week. Thank you for helping our local business partners!

Forest Grove SHOP LOCAL.pdf (company only)
Hillsboro SHOP LOCAL.pdf (company only)
Eugene SHOP LOCAL Businesses.docx.pdf (company only)

Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid is a training — like regular First Aid or CPR — designed to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Through funding from the Human Resources Department and a grant from Nonstop Wellness, the training is being offered free to Faculty and Staff on an ongoing basis. Visit the Employee Wellness webpage for more information and to sign up.

Free, Confidential Support Resources
The Employee Assistance Program by Cascade Centers provides a variety of free, confidential support resources that range from 24/7 crisis counseling to home ownership assistance. Cascade Centers has also created a customized list of dependent care resources specifically for the Pacific University community. Learn more about the Employee Assistance Program and how to access tools that fit you and your life today.

Join the Pacific University Lunch Club!
Meals for staff and faculty can be bundled on your Boxer Card. 14 meals for $90. To add meals please stop by the Bon Appetit Business Office UC103 between 10-12:30 or 2:30-5 p.m. Debit/Credit card only please. Meal swipes can be redeemed in the Pacific Café during all meal periods for the Boxer Card holder only (no guest swipes).

TIAA Financial Support
Confidential, one-on-one consultations are available to everyone with a TIAA retirement plan. Get tailored guidance for your specific financial circumstances, including insight on investment options, budget approaches, and retirement planning. TIAA also offers a variety of webinars on an ongoing basis. Find out more on the Retirement Planning webpage.


    Send Your Suggestions to the Staff Senate

    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 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 submit a suggestion.


    Upcoming Events

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