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 Our New Name!

The President's Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) met with President Simmons in early November. As a result of that meeting a decision was made that the focus and scope of SAC has evolved over the past 11 years to the point where "committee" no longer accurately captured what we do. After some discussion SAC voted in December to change our name going forward. President Simmons agreed! As of January 1st, we are now known officially as The President's Staff Advisory Council.

Although we've had a name change our mission remains the same... 'to facilitate active and direct communication between University staff and senior administration, including the President, and to provide a forum for input and discussion of issues important to the staff and the University.'

WE ARE HERE TO BE THERE for staff at Brown. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact any staff member; email us at SAC@brown.edu; or use our online form. As members of SAC we will see that your concerns are heard and addressed.

As a reminder, we have many initiatives gong on throughout the year so please keep checking morning mail or here for further information about our 'Best of Brown' series; our 'Brown Gives' volunteering initiative; opportunities to serve on a University committee; and other special events.

 


 

Application period for the Human Resource Advisory Board (HRAB) has ended.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Human Resource Advisory Board (HRAB). We are pleased to announce the appointments of Tracy Barnes, Christine DeCesare, and Michelle Venditelli to the board. (updated 7/10)

 


Benefit Concert for Haiti

Thank you to everyone who attended our Benefit Concert for Haiti on March 5, 2010. We were able to collect a very generous donation to help support the relief efforts of the American Red Cross and Partners in Health. A very special thank you to all the performers who made this such a special event:

Alexandra Bachorik, Soprano

Sang Bin Hong, Pianist

Marjorie Thompson, guitarist

Kona Shen, speaker & Ramsey Jeremie, poet

Pawtucket Mudd, band

Dylan Nelson, Joe Stricker, Paul Cooper, Scott Harvey, Danny Musher

Arlene Cole's Students from Applied Music

Benjamin Kwak '12, pianist

Patrick Temple '12, pianist

David Brown '12, pianist

Mark Steinbach, organist

Geoff Greene, piano

Fred Jackson, harmonica

Neil Letendre, vocals

 


Application period for the Public Safety Oversight Committee has ended.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Public Safety Oversight Committee. (PSOC). We are pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Cohen to the board.(updated 2/10)

 

Application period for Brown University Resource Committe has ended.

 Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Brown University Resource Committee. (URC). We are pleased to announce the appointment of Norman Hebert to the board.(updated 2/10)


SAC has a name change

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) recently voted to change its name from Committee to Council to more accurately reflect its charge. President Simmons agreed! As a reminder, SAC continues to serve as a resource for all staff at Brown. We are here to be there! (updated 2/10)


 Application period for Brown University Community Council has ended.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Brown University Community Council. (BUCC) We are pleased to announce the appointments of Katherine Perry and Catherine Beattie to the board. (updated 1/10)


 

Introducing SAC Class of 2010!

After an extremely competitive review process, we are pleased to announce the new members of the President's Staff Advisory Council for 2010. Special thanks to all those who nominated their colleagues, and to all those who applied.

Kate Correia, Executive Coordinator, The Education Alliance

Eric Friedfeld, Manager of Technical Services, Chemistry

Heather Hower, Project Coordinator, BioMed Psychiatry

Christine Kilgus, Project Assistant, Watson Institute

Tracie Mederos, Cashier's Office Manager, Financial Operations

Jessica Smith, Senior Faculty Personnel Representative,Dean of the Faculty

Kathleen Sousa, Manager Finance and Administration, BioMed Animal Care

Debra Souza, Student Account Representative, Bursar's Office

Keith Thompson, Help Desk Specialist, CIS

Carol Vaters, Financial/Billing Coordinator, CIS


 Application period for Parking Violation Appeal Board has ended.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Parking Violation Appeals Board (PVAB). We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Thrasher to the board.(updated 11/09)


Application period for Diversity Advisory Board position has ended.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Diversity Advisory Board. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sheila Coleman to the board.(updated 10/09).


Application period for Computing Advisory Board position has ended.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Computing Advisory Board (CAB). We are pleased to announce the appointment of Anjali Sridhar to the board.(updated 9/09).


Bear Bargains

Human Resources is pleased to announce an exciting, new discount program for faculty, staff, and students. The new Bear Bargains' website features local discounts on the East Side and in the Jewelry District; national discounts to hotels, amusement parks, ski resorts, movie theaters, and museums; and special programs and services of the University and its partners. Please visit the Bear Bargains page for more information.

 


SAC Answers your questions

Ever wonder why the Ivy Room seems so crowded these days? How about if Brown has a maternity benefit for adoptive parents? And why doesn’t Brown replace Victory Day with a floating holiday? Curious about how to get more involved at Brown? Find the answers to these and other questions through SAC's new Staff Questions and Answers and SAC FAQs weblinks. Or just send us your question: SAC@brown.edu (Posted 4/07)


Slavery and Justice: Brown Responds

Watch SAC's debut video, featuring a presentation made at a recent SAC meeting by Prof. Jim Campbell, Chairman of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. Learn about the charge of the committee and the historical documents that were uncovered in the process. Find out why the Corporation and administrators recently announced a number of new institutional projects, including programs to assist local public schools and a possible new research center on slavery and its legacies. For more information, go to the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice homepage. (Posted 2/07)

 


Application period for PSOC has ended

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Public Safety Oversite Committee (PSOC). Applications were due Tuesday, December 2. We are pleased to announce the appointments of Stephen Lynch and Christopher Harwood to the board.(updated 2/09)


Holiday Bazaar, December 4

The President's Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) will be collecting food for the Rhode Island Food Bank at the Holiday Bazaar on Thursday, December 4 at Sayles Hall. Make this the biggest collection in SAC's history! Please help Brown fill the shelves at the food bank for the less fortunate during this particularly difficult holiday season. Listed below are the Food Bank's most wanted items:

  • Canned soup, tuna, peanut butter, nuts, canned or dried beans
  • Canned fruits and vegetables, including juices and tomato sauce
  • Nutritious breakfast cereals, whole wheat pasta, brown rice
  • Crackers, granola bars
  • Canned stews and chili
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Please: nothing past expiration date, no jars of baby food (posted 11/08)

 


Benefits/Wellness Fair, October 31

The 2008 Benefits/Wellness Fair will take place on October 31st at Sayles Hall, from 8 am till 3 pm. The event will continue to feature exciting activities and include renowned companies, vendors and University departments. (posted 10/08)

 


Family Football Day, October 25

Faculty, Staff, and their families are invited to join President Simmons as Brown takes on Cornell on Saturday, October 25. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m., but the food and fun starts at 11:00 a.m. Tickets to the game will be free of charge with a valid Brown ID. The Faculty Executive Committee, Medical Faculty Executive Committee, and Staff Advisory Committee encourage you to mark your calendars and join us as we cheer our team to victory. (posted 10/08)


Volunteer Opportunties

“Public Square Tuesday” in Kennedy Plaza – a weekly event where local non-profit agencies present volunteer opportunities. Please see below for more information or visit the website.

"Each week, non-profit agencies from Rhode Island and beyond gather to present their missions with an interactive approach in a fun, urban setting. Running every Tuesday from 11am – 3:30pm through September on the sidewalk along Burnside Park, a different service theme is featured each week. From the arts and humanities to fitness and the environment, Public Square Tuesday plays host to a tremendous variety of action. "

Saturday, 9/6, 1-4 pm -- Walking Tours of Providence led by Swearer Center staff, students, and community partners. Students primarily join, but we invite any/all members of the Brown community (we had one staff person join us last year) and will be touring a range of neighborhoods around the city.

Wednesday, 9/10, 7-9 pm at Sayles Hall -- Community Service Opportunities Fair, where we bring in dozens of community agencies for staff and students to meet and learn about their work and volunteer opportunities. (posted 09/08)

 


Another Opening, Another Show!

Take advantage of the SAC discount for every opening night show at Brown Theatre! You will receive opening night tickets for $8. That's a discount of $4 off of the regular $12 employee price! Order tickets on-line using the following discount "coupon".

Call the Brown Box Office (x3-2838) and ask for the "SAC Staff Discount."

The Brown Theatre Box Office is located in the lobby of Leeds Theatre, 77 Waterman Street.

Thanks to Brown Theatre for providing this special additional discount to staff for opening night shows. (updated 11/29/07)


SAC Co-Chair Announced

The President´s Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) is pleased to announce that Amy Umstadter, Assistant Director of Stewardship & Events in Bio-Med Development, has been selected as Co-Chair of SAC. She will assume the role of Co-Chair with Karen Leonard from now through December and will begin serving as Chair in January 2009. We are positive that Amy's dedication to the committee and to staff at Brown will lead to exciting endeavors in the year ahead. (updated 6/08)

 


SDD 2008 Collections

Make a difference at Staff Development Day! Please consider bringing in items for SAC's collection at SDD 2008. Below is the list of needed items:

RI Food Bank

  • Protein: Canned Soup, Tuna, Meat, Peanut Butter, Nuts
  • Canned Fruits and Vegetables including Juices and Dried Fruit and Tomato Sauce
  • Carbohydrates: Nutritious Breakfast Cereals, Whole Wheat Pasta,Brown Rice, Boxed Macaroni & Cheese
  • Crackers, Granola Bars, Cheese & Cracker Packages
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Canned or Dried Beans

Crossroads Rhode Island

  • Soap & shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Shaving cream & razors
  • Lotions
  • Diapers
  • New towels & facecloths (updated 6/08)

 


Announcing HRAB Staff Appointments

The Staff Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that James Hutchinson in BioMed Financial Services and Phyllis Hudeck in the Department of Economics have been appointed as a staff representatives for the Human Resources Advisory Board.  We are confident that James and Phyllis will be excellent additions to the committee. (updated 5/08)

 


Announcing CPAB Staff Appointment

The Staff Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that Micaela Hester in BioMed Advancement has been appointed as a staff representative for the Campus Planning Advisory Board.  We are confident that Micaela will be an excellent addition to the committee. (updated 5/08)

 


Volunteers Needed for SDD '08

The Staff Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with Staff Development Day.

Please contact Pamela_DeSimone@brown.edu if you have any questions or you wish to volunteer. (updated 3/08)

 


Announcing URC Staff Appointment

The Staff Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that Jill Rossi in the Office of Alumni Relations has been appointed as a staff representative for the University Resources Committee.  We are confident that Jill will be an excellent addition to the committee.

SAC would like to thank Tim Thorp, who completed his term on the URC this year. (updated 2/08)

 


Announcing BUCC Staff Appointments

The Staff Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that Gillian Bell and Yolanda Castillo-Appollonio have been appointed as staff representatives for the Brown University Community Council (BUCC).  We are confident that Gillian and Yolanda will be excellent additions to the committee.

SAC would like to thank Geoffrey Greene and Kisa Takesue, who completed their terms on the BUCC this year. (updated 2/08)

 


Family Skate -- 01/06/08

SAC held its first annual family skate event on Sunday, January 6, 2008 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Meehan Auditorium. All staff, faculty, and their families were invited to attend. Refreshments were served. There was a "safe skate" set-up for children.

Thanks to Athletics for generously giving SAC 100 tickets to distribute for the men's ice hockey game against Harvard on Friday, February 1 at 7:00 PM. (updated 1/08)

 


Holiday Bazaar Donations

Thanks to everyone who donated items during Brown's annual Holiday Bazaar and Dessert Social to help those in need. SAC collected over 450 pounds of non-perishable foods for the RI Community Food Bank, and two HUGE bags of new adult and children’s socks and underwear to benefit Crossroads RI and the Women’s Center of RI.

It's never too late to donate!

For a list of most needed items at the food bank, click here.
For more information about Crossroad Rhode Island, click here .
For more information about the Women's Center of Rhode Island, click here. (updated 12/07)

 


SAC Announces CAB Staff Appointment

The Staff Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that Jeff Hiris, Systems Manager in Bio Med Gerontology has been appointed as a staff representative for the Computing Advisory Board. We are confident that Jeff will be an excellent addition to the committee. (Updated 10/9/07)