The Staff Council Spring Forum, scheduled 10-11:30 a.m. April 30 in Volker Hall Lecture Room A, will feature an update from Susan Coan, executive director of UAB Learning and Development, about the results of the 2019 Campus Engagement Survey.

Also on the docket are Staff Council updates from the past year, plus a Q&A session.

Check out the UAB Campus Calendar entry.

career dev streamThinking about taking the next step professionally, but not sure how to go about it? Together with Learning and Development, the UAB Staff Council is offering the three-part interactive and educational series Taking Charge of Your Career for the second year.

The second session, scheduled for April 23 in SHP Executive Learning Center Room 640 from 11 a.m-noon, will focus on career mapping.

If you missed the first session, bring a completed Career Map to the April session. Check out the UAB Campus Calendar entry.

packed car supplies streamSchool of Public Health representative Michelle Henry's car was packed with supplies to take to Wylam K-8 School.The UAB Staff Council, in partnership with the UAB National Alumni Society's UAB Black Alumni chapter, collected hundreds of school supplies for the Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed) and Birmingham City Schools as part of its New Year, New Supplies drive, which ran Jan. 7-Feb. 14.

Boxes of disinfectant wipes, three-ring pocket folders and binders, pens, pencils and other supplies were delivered to Wylam K-8 School Feb. 21. The Ed Foundation is dedicated to increasing the number of students in the Birmingham City Schools that are on the path to college, career and life readiness.

“I would never want school supplies to be an issue when students come to school," said Ashley Samuels, principal at Wylam K-8 and current UAB doctoral student. "Paper and pencils should not be a reason they’re unable to complete their assignments."

The school has always had a policy that students in need can visit the school office to get necessary school supplies, Samuels says, and the Staff Council donations will make it possible for Wylam to continue to offer that service to students.

"The donations the Staff Council collected will ensure we continue the great work we're already doing," she continued.

Staff Council Chair Dave Beeching said he is glad UAB partnered with the Ed Foundation and Wylam in this way.

“We’re proud of our staff’s dedication to providing local students with the supplies they need to be successful,” said Staff Council Chair Dave Beeching.

See more photos on the UAB National Alumni Association Black Alumni Chapter Facebook page.

Taking charge of your careerFeb. 26, 2019, 11AM-12 PM
School of Health Professions, Room 640

UAB staff asked for more opportunities for professional and career growth, and we’ve listened!  Working in conjunction with UAB Organizational Learning and Development, UAB's Staff Council is sponsoring a series of career development forums to help staff explore their individual options for ongoing career growth and development.

This is the first of three interactive and engaging events, and will consist of a panel discussion with 3 fellow UAB employees:

  • LaKisha Mack, Associate Dean of Finance, School of Medicine
  • Bernard Mays, Asst VP/ Controller
  • Scott Moran, Director Facility Support Services

These leaders will share their experience and insight into how they took charge of their personal career and earned success.

Come join us!


2019 donation drive streamJan. 7-Feb. 14, 2018
Donations can be given to Staff Council representatives.

The beginning of the school year is primetime for back-to-school shopping: weekly circulars advertise deals on notebooks, pens and papers, and dancing crayons and colored pencils fill 30-second spots in television commercials. But what happens halfway through the year, when the markers have dried up and paper stock is running low?

The UAB Staff Council is partnering with the Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed) to help Birmingham city schools beat the mid-year supply slump with a New Year, New Supplies drive Jan. 7-Feb. 14. The Ed Foundation is dedicated to increasing the number of students in the Birmingham City Schools that are on the path to college, career, and life readiness.

blazerkitchen logoOct. 1-31, 2018
Donations can be given to Staff Council representatives

A trip to the grocery store doesn’t just mean a cart full of food products. There’s also toilet paper, deodorant, cleaning supplies and more, and for those who are food-insecure, those costs be prohibitive.

To offer a helping hand to students and employees, the UAB Staff Council and the Benevolent Fund will collect toiletries Oct. 1-31 as part of the annual Blazer Kitchen Toiletry Drive, which stocks the on-campus food bank with personal hygiene items that also may be needed by patrons.

picnic streamOct. 23, 2018
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Campus Green

The UAB Staff Council will host its annual Staff Convocation Picnic on the Green 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 23. A buffet lunch and live music will be provided, and staff can explore a resource fair highlighting unique staff-centric resources available on campus. President Ray Watts will highlight the past year’s accomplishments and share updates for the new academic year.

May 3, 2018
1-2 PM
UAB School of Health Professions, Room 640

career mapping

'What do you want to be when you grow up’ is a question we are asked as children. While some are clear about their professional path, many e not and may find themselves stuck or unsure about which professional direction to take. Alternatively, many are looking to take that next step in their career but are unsure where, when, or how to start? Either way, you are not alone! Many people find themselves in the same place and found the answers with a career map. The process of career mapping can help provide insight, and guide decision making when taking that next career step. Come take charge of your career by learning about and creating a career map. Take that next step toward success!

Your Vote Counts

The UAB Staff Council is proud to announce upcoming nomination and election for all campus Representative seats for the next two-year academic term (August 2018 - July 2020).  Each top-level campus unit will have the opportunity to elect two staff members to represent their area. 

To qualify, the nominee must have been employed by UAB for 12 consecutive months, be in good standing with the University, have supervisor approval of the time commitment for staff council activities, and be willing to take an active role in the Staff Council orientation and committee activities.  Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.

The nomination process will open on Monday, March 19 and close on Friday, March 30Voting will take place from Tuesday, May 1 till Tuesday, May 8.   Newly elected representatives and their alternates will be announced mid-May.  All elected representatives and their alternates will attend a half-day orientation session in June.

It's almost time to nominate candidates for the 2018 Staff Council elections!  Nominations will open March 19th.

Up to 2 Representatives will be chosen for each of these top-level units:

090000000 Athletics Department Administration
420000000 Collat School of Business Dean's Office
480000000 College of Arts and Sciences
510000000 Graduate School Dean's Office
520000000 Honors College Dean's Office
100000000 Office of the President
200000000 Office of the Provost
180000000 Office of VP Development & Alumni
130000000 Office of VP Equity and Diversity
110000000 Office of VP Financial Affairs & Admin
190000000 Office of VP Information Technology
120000000 Office of VP Research & Econ Development
140000000 Office of VP Student Affairs
320000000 School of Dentistry Dean's Office
430000000 School of Education Dean's Office
440000000 School of Engineering Dean's Office
310000000 School of Medicine Dean's Office
340000000 School of Nursing Dean's Office
330000000 School of Optometry Dean's Office
370000000 School of Public Health Dean's Office
350000000 SHP Dean's Office
230000000 UAB Libraries
170000000 University Relations

If you have questions as to where your org/department falls, please ask your supervisor or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
January 9, 2018

February 7, 2017
UAB School of Health Professions, Room 640

career blast off Are you ready to blast off into the next phase of your career?  Did you know that getting a mentor and taking part in a mentorship relationship can help boost your professional development and career trajectory?

Come learn more about mentoring and its potential impact on your career. 

At this event, experts will discuss the importance of mentoring for career development and advancement.  Guidance will be given on how UAB staff can go about finding their own personal mentor. 

This historic 2017 football season will go down in the archives of UAB as one of the most memorable.  From the initial game at Legion Field against Alabama A&M, to Bowl eligibility, to Coach Clark’s winning the Conference USA Coach of the Year Award, the UAB Athletics Department and the team have outpaced expectations with a banner year!   The united spirit of students, staff and faculty bodies around the University in showing their school pride on campus and at Legion Field has been simply fantastic. 

However, the season is not over and there are many fun activities planned for the days leading up to the Bahama Bowl. 

  • First, let’s wrap up this football season with a campus sweep of “Be Seen in Green” every day during the week of December 18th.  The Staff Council’s “Be Seen in Green Street Team” will travel around campus on Thursday, Dec. 21, between 11-1 giving out UAB swag to reward anyone showing their team pride by wearing UAB green. 

  • Next, everyone is invited to attend a “Send Off” for the UAB Football team on December 18th at 9am outside of the Legacy Pavilion and UAB Football Operations Building.  Come and show the team that you will be with them in spirit as they travel to the Bahamas Bowl for the win. 

  • Finally, UAB will be playing Ohio University on Friday, December 22nd at 11:30 CST on ESPN.  Viewing of the game will be held at Iron City Grill and in the Hill Student Center Alumni Theater starting at 11:30am.

Ever faithful, ever loyal, to dear old UAB!  Go Blazers!

This year the Staff Council and UAB Leadership and Service Council are joining the Salvation Army in promoting their Angel Tree.  We've committed to providing gifts for 50 "Angels".  These "Angels" are children aged 10 and under from needy families who have applied for Christmas assistance through the Social Services program of The Salvation Army.  For many, these gifts will be the only ones they receive this Christmas.

You can sponsor an Angel on your own, or as a group if you prefer.  You will know your Angel's age, clothing and shoe sizes, and have a list of items to be provided. 


How do I get an Angel?

Please contact David Dada in the Hill Student Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 934.8023

When is the deadline to sign up?

Wednesday, November 22 (day before Thanksgiving).

When are the gifts needed?

Friday, December 1st.

What sort of gifts are required?

The list for each includes 1-2 “wants” (like toys or games) and some “needs” (like jeans, boots, winter coat, school uniform, diapers, comforter set).
Please note: ALL the "need" items are required.  The "wish" is optional. 

An example:
  • Clothing Type: Boy
  • Pants size: 8
  • Shirt size: 8
  • Coat size: 8
  • Underwear size: 8
  • Need: Twin Bedding
  • Wish: Scooter

Are the gifts collected?

If you are unable to drop off to the Hill Student Center or otherwise need help, please contact either David Dada in the Hill Student Center (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or your Staff Council representative.

Your voices have been heard!  The UAB Engagement Survey results are in and exploring your career opportunities at UAB is at the top on your list!  The UAB Staff Council in conjunction with UAB Organizational Learning and Development is sponsoring a series of career development forums.  The purpose of these interactive and educational events is to introduce everyone to their individual options with regard to ongoing career growth and development.

Taking Charge of Your Career

Friday, November 3, 2017
Volker Hall, Lecture Room B

“Taking Charge of Your Career" is the first of several events.  Based on leadership development best practices and industry research, this interactive and engaging event will consist of a group of UAB staff professionals who will provide insight into how they took charge of their personal career and success.  You will also be able to express what you would like to see in terms of career development opportunities at UAB.  Come prepared to “take charge of your career”.
If you attended our third Picnic on the Green, you'll know it was attended in record numbers!  It was a beautiful day with live jazz music, Full Moon BBQ, updates from Staff Council Chair David Rhodes, and an address by university President Dr. Ray L. Watts.

Friends and co-workers heard about Staff Council initiative successes such as "Be Seen in Green", the new street banners along University Blvd, and the Blazer Kitchen Toiletries Drive that is currently happening campus-wide. They also learned about new construction plans for campus, new parking decks, new stoplight updates, and praise for the exciting return of football.

Ginger Hattway, the inaugural Chair and recent recipient, was honored both for her service on the Staff Council (which continues this year, as Past Chair) and as this year's recipient of the UAB President's Award for Excellence in Support of UAB and Shared Governance.

Comment cards were available for all staff to leave ideas and suggestions, however if you missed the opportunity to leave a suggestion please visit our website to leave a comment or suggest an idea through Spark. Suggestions are welcomed year-round from all staff and can be anonymous.
Anyone who knows, or speaks to, Ginger will have seen her passion for excellence and drive for improvement, so we're delighted that Ginger Hattaway, the inaugural Chair of the Staff Council, has been awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Support of UAB and Shared Governance for her embodiment of UAB's core values of unity of purpose through shared governance.
We invite you to attend our 2017 UAB Staff Convocation and Picnic on the Green on Wednesday, October 18!

Come meet the Staff Council from 11:30 a.m.  At noon, there will be a Welcome by David Rhodes, UAB Staff Council Chair, followed by a Welcome Address by Dr. Watts and UAB Staff Council updates.

Food available as supplies last!

*In case of inclement weather, we will move from the Campus Green to the Recreation Center Basketball Courts.
Today kicks off the first Blazer Kitchen Toiletry Drive!  It will run October 2-30, 2017.

UAB Benevolent Fund’s Blazer Kitchen is an on-campus food bank for UAB employees and students who face food insecurities.  Blazer Kitchen has currently served over 16,545 meals to over 69 students and 141 employees. While food items are collected through local community food banks, non-perishable items such as toiletries are in high need and are not covered by SNAP (food stamps).

These items include:
  • toilet paper
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • deodorant
  • feminine hygiene products
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • dish washing liquid
  • laundry detergent
  • paper towels
  • household cleaners
  • reusable shopping bags
  • cotton swabs

We ask for your support in donating these toiletry items for the Blazer Kitchen for those who are in desperate need. Items can be dropped off in the designated drop-boxes placed in your unit/department/school or items can be left with your UAB Staff Council Representative.   Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to find a drop-off point.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Stefanie Varghese at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The UAB Staff Council and UAB Benevolent Fund thanks you for your support!
Thursday's 2017 Staff Appreciation events, open to all staff:

  • School of Public Health is hosting Steel City Pops on the Plaza on the plaza between Ryals and Webb 12 pm - 2 pm.  The first 200 pops are free!
  • Collat School of Business & School of Engineering are also offering pops if you missed them earlier!  Urban Pops & Beverages will be in the BEC parking lot between 2 pm - 3 pm

All events are while supplies last, so go early!
Wednesday is Administrative Professionals' Day.   Share your appreciation with other staff members with an e-Thank You.
Tuesday's 2017 Staff Appreciation events, open to all staff:

  • Development & Alumni are running a Donut Drive Thru at the UAB Alumni House between 7.30 am and 8.30 am.
  • School of Medicine are hosting a Wellness Seminar (with giveaways and cookies) in the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium between 2 pm and 3pm. 

All events are while supplies last, so go early!
This year, the UAB Staff Council is coordinating a campus-wide Staff Appreciation Week.  Events will be held all over campus, in the Schools, the Hospital and in administrative departments so that all staff members can participate.

More events and activities are being added all the time, ranging from Lunch & Learn sessions (lunch included) to cupcakes, donuts, or popsicles and wellness seminars. 

So mark your calendars: April 24-28, 2017And keep watching!
The UAB Staff Council’s Institutional Pride Committee will be touring a few areas of campus on Wednesday, March 22 from 1:00-2:00, in an effort to promote UAB spirit and pride.  Dr. Lucas will be joining us on the Dragon Wagon (Campus Visit Tour Bus) and we will be making stops at the Administration Building, Hill Student Center, BEC, and softball field! 

This is where we need you!  We want everyone outside in green – showing his or her best Blazer Spirit!  We will be making the following stops and hope you can join us at the one closest to you! 

We also encourage you to promote this among your staff, faculty, and students. 

Come wish Dr. Lucas well in her retirement, show everyone your UAB spirit, and enter a drawing for the chance to win more UAB swag!

1:00 – Administration Building
1:20 – Hill Student Center – patio/amphitheater area across from green
1:40 – Business & Engineering Complex – 10th Avenue Lobby Entrance
2:00 – Softball field.

See you next Wednesday,  and Go Blazers!
March is Women’s History Month, and UAB is highlighting women who have dedicated their time and service to UAB. The UAB Staff Council Chair, Ginger Hattaway, was highlighted as one of UAB’s Women Who Serve. To learn more about Ginger’s service to UAB, read the article in the UAB Reporter,

Please join your UAB Staff Council as we bring back the UAB tradition of “Be Seen in Green”. All staff, students and faculty are encouraged to show their Blazer pride by wearing green on Fridays.

Let’s promote our UAB community and share our pride of being a part of the UAB family!

Post a picture on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram with the tag #UABSeenInGreen, or send them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Angel Tree. When our Angel Tree went live at Thanksgiving we had 38 children and 429 overall gift requests, with requests ranging from socks to iPods.

Within 3 weeks, everything was claimed! Although some items were either out of stock or difficult to fulfil without more information (there was a request for a swingset), all the children received a comparable number of gifts thanks to several monetary donations, and all pledges were fulfilled!

The gifts have been delivered to CASA for distribution to the children. They will be overjoyed.

You have been overwhelmingly generous, and we were all touched by the way groups and individuals participated. Thank you!

We're so excited about the turnout we had last week at the Staff Convocation event! It was an all-around enjoyable day networking with President Watts and colleagues while enjoying good food and great music. We will be sharing pictures soon.

At the event we introduced a format for staff to share innovative ideas and opportunities for improvement through a crowdsource site called SPARK. Posting your suggestions to this site allows staff across UAB to vote on topics that are most important to them. The suggestion(s) receiving the most votes will be brought forward to the appropriate UAB leadership for further discussion.

You can take a look at the ideas already posted, vote on those ideas, or share an idea from our homepage and clicking on the SPARK icon on the right, or directly from this link.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The UABSC Angel Tree Campaign benefitting CASA has had a great start - to-date nearly 1/2 of the 300 gift requests have been fulfilled.  There is still time for us to finish off the list by signing up to purchase and deliver the remaining gifts by December 16. 

From baby dolls to bicycles to winter coats and underwear your gift can provide some much needed comfort and joy to these needy and deserving children during the holidays.  Partner with your coworkers or family members to fulfill all of a child's wishes or to purchase one of bigger requests. 

You can access the Angel Tree Wish List here or for more information about CASA and the UABSC Angel Tree Campaign click here.

We invite you to attend our 2016 Staff Convocation Picnic on Tuesday, September 20 on the Campus Green*.

Come meet the Staff Council from 11:30 a.m!  Following Dr. Watts' State of the University Address at noon, members of the Staff Council will give updates on our activity and progress so far.

Food available as supplies last!

*In case of inclement weather, we will move from the Campus Green to the Recreation Center Basketball Courts.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2016 Staff Council elections! We are pleased to announce your elected Representatives. The list is available at
Nominations are now open for the 2016 Staff Council!

If you would like to nominate someone to be a Staff Council Representative, or if you would like to self-nominate, please complete the form at before 5pm on April 15, 2016.  A list of standing candidates will be posted on the website prior to the election.
The UAB Staff Council (UABSC) volunteer working group is seeking nominations for representatives to serve on the inaugural 2016-2017 UABSC. Nominations will be open from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15. The nomination form will be available on the UABSC website,, beginning Monday, April 4. For more information regarding the UABSC, please visit the FAQs page. All questions should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
On Monday, February 1, 2016, President Watts announced that the minimum wage for hourly employees at UAB and UAB Medicine will be raised to $11 per hour. For more details regarding the wage increase, read the article in the UAB Reporter, 
Open Forum
January 6, 2016 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Hill Student Center Theater

The UAB Staff Council Working Group will host an open forum to present an overview, describe the election process, propose timelines, and offer you an opportunity to ask questions. You can expect discussion of the following topics

An initial crowd of 400 to 500 employees were on the Campus Green to hear President Ray Watts and Cyndi Ballinger introduce plans for a UAB Staff Council. This new initiative, which originated within the UAB Blaze Leadership Program, is being created to promote an exchange of ideas among its members and with the administration, similar to the faculty senate and student government organizations.

Please join us at the kick-off picnic of the UAB Staff Council.
When: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: UAB Campus Green
What: Brief remarks at 11:15 follwed by music, food, and fun.

In case of inclement weather the picnic will be held at the UAB Campus Recreation Center basketball courts.

(from the UAB Reporter)
University staff soon will have a new avenue for representation through a council that is being created to promote an exchange of ideas among its members and with the administration. “This staff council is an important new development for UAB,” said President Ray Watts. “As we continue to foster open dialogue across campus and to share the progress we are making at UAB, this council will serve as another vital conduit of information."