Greetings from the University Staff Advisory Council!

November Meeting Highlights

  • USAC was joined by Anders Nelson, Head Coach of the newly revived Vanderbilt Volleyball team. Coach Nelson described the program's mission, pillars, and the work he and the rest of the Volleyball staff are undertaking to build a program from scratch. The first recruiting class signed with the team last week and will begin competing on August 29, 2025. Towards the end of his presentation, Coach Nelson discussed ways that the Vanderbilt community can engage with the volleyball program in advance of that date.

  • Kathleen Seabolt, Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center, gave an overview of the Center's work and offerings. Notably, the Acorn School has managed for three consecutive years to offer August enrollment to every waitlisted family. Kathleen also provided an in-depth look at the Owls Developmental Program - a Kindergarten curriculum that prioritizes creativity and exploration.

 Employee Critical Support Fund

The Employee Critical Support fund provides assistance to qualifying faculty and staff who are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event. This is a valuable offering that provides employees peace of mind during times of uncertainty and demonstrates the power and values of the Vanderbilt community.
Employees are encouraged to contribute to the fund in whatever ways you can through direct one-time gifts, through payroll deduction, or through
the Kroger Community Rewards Program.
Thanks to generous donors, more than $1,200 was raised for this important fund through the Fall Incentive Campaign. 

 Survey on Sustainability

Take this two-minute survey on Vanderbilt’s sustainability initiatives, win a VU tote bag.

Tell us what you know and think about Vanderbilt’s sustainability initiatives! We value your opinions and feedback. Plus, five people who complete the survey will be randomly selected to win a Vanderbilt tote bag!

Vanderbilt Master of Liberal Arts and Science
MLAS is an interdisciplinary, flexible graduate degree program designed for working professionals that offers weekly evening courses on campus with VU's renowned faculty in the summer, fall, and spring terms. Upcoming courses on French cuisine and wine, unity and democracy in American culture, the Iraq War, and History of Public Health in the US. 

The Vanderbilt Employee Tuition Benefit offers a 70% discount on MLAS courses. 
 Meet a Member:
 Jennifer Woody
Assistant Director of Stewardship, Development and Alumni Relations
  "Being a member of USAC gives me a closer connection to the University."
For Jennifer's full feature and to connect with USAC representatives from around the university, visit our Blog.

Grow Your Career

Interested in seeing what opportunities are available across campus? Looking for a new role? Visit the Vanderbilt job board!

Share your event!

Do you have an event, activity, or resource relevant to university staff that would benefit from promotion via the USAC social media channels (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook)?  Let us know!
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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 or via our contact form.

All are welcome! USAC Meetings are held virtually 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. Email for a Zoom link.
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