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The Institutional Pride & Events Committee plans and coordinates the yearly fall staff picnic and an open spring forum, as well as other emergency staff forums as needed. They also seek to generate ideas for ways to bolster a sense of pride in UAB that will resonate with all staff. We are responsible for planning and coordinating various Council activities and events such as employee awards, Be Seen in Green, and participation in university events such as Fall Welcome, the Homecoming Parade, and graduation. We work with the Communications Committee to find the best ways to disseminate information and Community Outreach where events overlap and extra support is needed.


Christina Isom (Chair)

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Amber Ganoe
Andrew Colson
Joyner Crane
Jeremiah Johnson
Jamye Hester
Kristi Justice
Lauren Humphreys
Mellissa Taylor
Sabrina Hagen
Stacy Ballard
Courtney Lassiter
Christina Blackmon
Lilly Wheeler
Jennifer Spears – ex officio
Laine Chapman – ex officio

To share an idea or join the committee, contact the committee chairs.

  • 2019 Achievements
    2019 was a busy year for the Staff Council Events and Institutional Pride Committee. We continued Be Seen in Green, hosted the first Spring Forum, and continued our Annual Fall Picnic.

    The first ever Staff Council Spring Forum, occurred April 30 2019, and had an attendance of close to 80. It featured an update from Susan Coan, executive director of UAB Learning and Development, about the results of the 2019 Campus Engagement Survey. There were also Staff Council updates from the past year, swag, snacks, a raffle, and a Q&A session.

    We had nearly 1,500 employees attend the fifth annual Staff Picnic on October 22 2019 which was catered by Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q. Attendees visited tables from various campus organizations that offer services to staff in a resource fair that we will continue to grow. UAB President Ray Watts, M.D., and Staff Council Chair Jennifer Breland, Ph.D., both spoke to staff, and Watts presented the President’s Award for Excellence in Support of UAB and Shared Governance to past Staff Council Chair David Rhodes. The Staff Council resource fair table collected a trunk full of toiletries for the Blazer Kitchen.

    Institutional Pride and Events continues to partner with Athletics for Be Seen in Green on Fridays. Different UAB entities join us at the Be Seen in Green table around the lunch hour to hand out prizes to those persons seen in green. Be on the lookout for the Be Seen in Green table and don’t forget your green!
  • 2018-2019 Achievements
    Staff Picnic on the Green Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • More than 1,400 staff in attendance
    • Introduced a small resource fair for staff to participate in – included representatives from areas such as HR Benefits, School of Optometry, and Staff Council
    • Received more than 80 comments and suggestions from attendees; these were reviewed by the Executive Committee
    • More than 40 Staff Council members volunteered to make sure the event went smoothly

    Be Seen in Green Fridays
    • Offices from across campus came together in promoting university pride and spirit across campus
    • Handed out UAB items and advertised upcoming events in conjunction with UAB Athletics
    • UAB Homecoming ParadeStaff Council members prepared for and walked in this year's parade, with the highest participation rate ever
    • Distributed 500 snack bags promoting the UAB Benevolent Fund and Blazer Kitchen in conjunction with the Staff Council Community Outreach Committee

    Spring Forum April 30, 2019
    • Holding the first Spring Forum since the establishment of the Staff Council
    • Partnering with UAB Learning and Development to present preliminary 2019 Campus Engagement Survey results

    50th Anniversary Committee
    • An IPEC member represented the Staff Council on the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee