Greetings from the University Staff Advisory Council!

June Meeting Highlights

  • Michael "Mike" McDonald, President and CEO of the Vanderbilt Credit Union was our keynote speaker. He highlighted the benefits of joining the credit union such as great auto rates, fixed credit card rates and the Christmas Club. VCU is not a for-profit whose mission is to help the Vanderbilt community educate, heal, innovate and ultimately be in a better financial position.

  • End of the year awards were presented and each USAC Representative received a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of their valuable contributions to USAC. We also recognized Adam McKeever-Burgett as the Karen Dolan Spirit Award recipient, Staff Life as the Committee of the Year and Denise Johnson and Jennifer Bennett for Committee Members of the Year. 

  • Upon the conclusion of the meeting, the gavel was passed to Amanda Harding who will officially begin her term as the President of USAC July 1, 2022. Other elected officers for 2022-2023 include Adam McKeever-Burgett as Vice-President/President Elect, LaDonna Smith as Treasurer and Lynn Maddox as Secretary. We are excited to support them in these roles and are looking forward to the next year.

Let's Celebrate!

The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center is hosting its annual Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 17. Join the celebration.

Meet a Member:
Lynn Maddox
Special Project Director and Community Liaison, Division of Government and Community Relations

For Lynn's full feature, and to connect with USAC representatives from around the university, visit our Blog.

Support the Employee Hardship Fund 

Vanderbilt's Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund has provided assistance to qualifying faculty and staff who are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event.

How can you help?
  • Connect your Kroger card to the Vanderbilt Employee Assistance Program through the Kroger Community Rewards Program.
  • Make a donation via cash or check to VU Hardship Fund c/o Work/Life Connections-EAP, Vanderbilt University Medical Arts Building, Suite 010, Nashville, TN, 37212.

If you are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event, you may qualify for the employee hardship fund. Visit the Hardship Fund website for eligibility criteria.

Thank You and Farewell!

As this is my final newsletter, I want to take a moment to thank the staff of Vanderbilt University. It has truly been my honor to serve as your USAC President. Thank you all for the work YOU do to ensure the success of this great University and our wonderful community. I look forward to seeing you around campus and online.
Have a great summer!

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Whether you are working from home or are back on campus, know that USAC remains committed to being a champion for staff, and our digital door is always open.  Do not hesitate to share your feedback or experiences via usac@vanderbilt.edu or via our anonymous form.

All are welcome! USAC Meetings are held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and are always open to staff members served by the council.
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