Staff Senate

Staff Senate Themes for 2019-2020

The Staff Senate commits to the work of developing a positive environment for all employees, students and guests of Pacific University. The Staff Senate has chosen the following themes for their work during the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Encouraging responsible stewardship of university resources through innovation, efficiencies, process improvement, and the adoption of technologies that serve students and support our mission and vision with excellence.
  • Striving to serve, speak, and act in a way that honors every person in the Pacific Community and acknowledges Pacific’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes broadening our personal and collective understanding of issues our students and employees face when they may be part of an under-represented demographic.
  • Supporting efforts to create a culture of health and wellness within our community including physical, mental, and emotional health, and to lead by example by promoting programs and opportunities for professional growth, life/work balance, and safety in the workplace.

Sponsored Events and Announcements

EVERYDAY PURPOSE: Actionable Steps to Bring More Meaning to Your Work 
Lunch and Learn – Lunch Provided for In-Person Attendees

Even people who have their dream jobs can struggle with motivation, meaning, and joy at work. Interests, desires, and skill levels change. And let’s admit, some jobs might not be that much fun. Whether it’s due to overwhelm, boredom or something in between, finding meaning in your daily work can be a battle. This workshop will explore mindset shifts and techniques to bring purpose to every workplace. Leave with actionable steps to help you (and your team) stay inspired no matter where you’re at in your career.

Hillsboro Campus – October 17 - HPC 2, Room 330, 11:30-12:30 RSVP for In-Person & Zoom Access

Forest Grove Campus – October 23, Tran Library, Conference Room 201, 11:30-12:30 RSVP for In-Person & Zoom Access


Social Security Explained 
Lunch and Learn – Lunch Provided for In-Person Attendees

Questions about Social Security? Special guest speaker Christian Durso has answers. Christian is joining us from the Society for Financial Awareness, a nonprofit with the mission to provide financial education across America. This workshop will address popular Social Security topics, including those related to: types of benefits you are eligible to receive, the difference between full retirement age and delayed retirement, filing for benefits, retirement planning strategies, and annuity type distinction.

Forest Grove Campus – October 24, Marsh Hall, Taylor Auditorium, Noon - 1 p.m. RSVP for In-Person & Zoom Access

Around the World - Free Event!

WORLL, the Office of International Programs, ACE Board, and Bon Appetit have collaborated to bring “Around the World” to Pacific for its 5th year on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 5-8 pm in the University Center (Washburne Hall).  Around the World is an event meant to celebrate and promote the cultural diversity of our Pacific community. The dinner service that evening in the UC will be food from all over the world.  Performances will begin around 6:30 pm and we will have the Tirolean Dancers from Portland perform Austrian/German traditional dances along with Gabby Guerra and her colleagues who will perform ballet folklórico. Lastly, in our cultural activity table section, you will find henna artists, traditional games from many cultures, and much more.  We hope to see you there!

Flu Shots 

On-campus, Kaiser Permanente sponsored flu shot clinics will be on the Hillsboro and Forest Grove campuses in October. Don't have Kaiser Permanente insurance? That's okay. Additional insurance plans can be billed. Please see the accepted insurance list to determine if your insurance can be used at the flu shot clinics.

Clinic Location: Forest Grove, Scott Hall, Room 219
Start Time: 10/30/2019 11:30 AM
End Time: 10/30/2019 1:00 PM

Clinic Location: HPC 2, Conference Room 213 
Start Time: 10/31/2019 11:30 AM
End Time: 10/31/2019 1:00 PM 

Halloween Extravaganza

Thursday, 10/31/19
Dress up with the Pacific University community and join us in the annual Halloween costume and pumpkin decorating competition. Awards for group costumes and individual costumes as well as best decorated pumpkins for offices that can't dress up. RSVP your office to be judged by emailing Awards in Boxer Pause (FG) and HPC2 Atrium (HILLS) at 3 p.m. 
Forest Grove .pdf flier
Hillsboro .pdf flier

MedSavvy Opens to Pacific University Employees

Pacific University employees now have access to MedSavvy, which aims to help members make the best treatment choices by providing information and reviews about medication options, how well they work, and how much they cost. Pacific University employees will receive emails from MedSavvy today and more information can be accessed via this Welcome Letter.

2019 First-Generation Student Success Conference

Do you have a child who is a high school junior or senior? Will they be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree? Are they planning to go to college? First-Gen students and their families are invited to Pacific University’s 2019 First-Generation Student Success Conference!  

Friday, November 8th at Pacific University
12:00pm – 5:00pm with free dinner available from 5:15pm-6:00pm
Contact the First-Gen Student Success Association at with questions!
Register here – it’s 100% FREE!

  • Hear first-hand from Pacific First-Gens – those who are first in their family to go to college!
  • Learn how to prepare for college and what it takes to be “college ready”.
  • Get a half-day experience of what it’s like to be on a college campus.
  • Spanish and English sessions will be available.


Mail Services Ends Personal Package Processing

Due to increased demand for Mail Services throughout the university from our growing student body and departments, personal, non-university related parcels (packages) addressed to university employees at the Forest Grove and Hillsboro campuses will no longer be accepted by Mail Services. Additionally, Mail Services will no longer process personal parcels for outward bound pickup and shipping that are not related to university business. Please immediately update your shipping preferences on any personal accounts you have which may include a university delivery address.

Self-stamped letters will still be accepted by Mail Services for pickup by the U.S. Postal Service, but employees are asked to have all personal mail, including letters and periodicals, mailed to their home residence or personal post office box.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Health & Wellness Opportunities

Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Fall 2019)
Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:30 & Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Fall 2019)
Pick-up Basketball
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Stoller Gym, *Drop-In, no sign-ups
Fall Intramurals: Sand Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Indoor Soccer, Flag Football, Tennis, Spikeball
see for specific dates/rooms

Fitness Center Hours (Stoller)
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Angela Moberg, Director of Recreation and Intramurals

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 complete the form, here.

Upcoming Events

9 to 10:30 a.m. | Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
Forest Grove, Washburne University Center, Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
4 to 6 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Hillsboro, Hillsboro Campus Building 2
3 to 5 p.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Forest Grove, Berglund Hall, Conference Room 200
4 to 6 p.m. | Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
Forest Grove, Berglund Hall, Conference Room 200
3 to 5 p.m. | Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
Forest Grove, Berglund Hall, Conference Room 200
3 to 5 p.m. | Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
Hillsboro, Intermodal Transit Facility (ITF), 132
9 to 10:30 a.m. | Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020
Forest Grove, Hillsboro
4 to 6 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
Hillsboro, Intermodal Transit Facility (ITF), 132