Greetings from the University Staff Advisory Council!

October Meeting Highlights

  • USAC was joined by Assistant Vice Chancellor Alan Bentley, Director of the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization (CTTC). Assistant Vice Chancellor Bentley presented an overview of the work of the CTTC, which brought in $96 million in licensing revenue for the University in fiscal year 2023. In addition to providing commercialization services to the Vanderbilt Community, the CTTC serves many other functions that contribute to the University's mission, create revenue and funding for research, and impact society positively.

  • Julie Hanna, Benefits Operations Manager in Vanderbilt Human Resources, gave an overview of the 2024 Benefits in advance of Open Enrollment, which runs from October 16 through October 27. There are various tools to help the staff community with their selections, including an on-campus open enrollment lab on October 19. Please remember that you must make elections during the Open Enrollment period or your benefits will carry over from 2023 at the same level of coverage.

Support the

Employee Critical Support Fund

Give a gift and get a gift from the Vanderbilt 1873 Collection in return! Visit, make a gift to the Employee Critical Support Fund and receive an exclusive item to showcase your black and gold spirit! 

 USAC Fall Coffee Hour

Come join USAC at the Starbucks in the 2525 West End Building for a free drink, great conversation, and the chance to win a door prize. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues from across the University and to voice issues of concern to USAC representatives. We hope to see you there!

Level up your ChatGPT skills
Professor Jules White recently launched a second Coursera course on leveraging this emerging technology - ChatGPT Advanced Data Analysis.  Prof. White demonstrated some of the skills you will learn in his presentation to USAC in August, including having ChatGPT read your PowerPoint slides or documents and ask you challenging follow-up questions to prepare for a quiz or uploading a large document and then having ChatGPT answer specific questions about its contents. Through Coursera for Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt staff can earn this shareable certificate for free. To access Coursera for Vanderbilt, please log in using your Vanderbilt email address.  Read more about this course in a recent MyVU article.
 Meet a Member:
 Danny Coradazzi
Senior Executive Coordinator, College of Arts & Science, Dean’s Office 

For Danny'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!

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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 represented by the council. Email for a Zoom link.
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