Greetings from the University Staff Advisory Council!

November Meeting Highlights

  • Kenny Moore, former USAC president and Director of the Vanderbilt Recreation Center, joined us to share updates on staff access to the fitness facilities. With a 15,000 square foot state of the art fitness center, employees can sign-up for a $35 monthly membership. Memberships include group fitness classes, racquet ball, squash, and basketball courts, a second floor track, climbing wall and much more. If you are interested in seeing the facility, you can reach out to Kenny and team directly.    

  • Sleep matters! Dr. Beth Malow shared timely information around the impact of sleep on our health and well-being. Research has recommended that seven hours of sleep each night is needed to promote optimal health. Recently, Dr. Malow published an article advocating to abolish the clock change and adopt permanent standard time. Her article notes that adopting permanent standard time provides positive benefits to our health, sleep, and circadian biology. While you can work on self-improving your sleep habits, you can also call 615-936-0060 for referrals to the Vanderbilt Sleep Clinic. 
    Read Dr. Malow's Article Here

  • Megan Macon, Director of Career Development for Vanderbilt Next Steps talked about how the program provides college access to students with disabilities. As the first program in the state of Tennessee, and one of 300 other programs across the US, Next Steps students participate in academics, job shadowing experiences, internships, and seek full-time employment opportunities. If your office is interested in hosting a Next Steps student, please reach out to Megan!

  • Employee Affinity Groups, supported by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, are employee-led and facilitated groups formed around interests, backgrounds, identities, and common bonds. Wendy Yu, Associate Program Manager, shared details of four of the ten current groups including: Asian American Pacific Islander, Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions, International, and Military and Veterans. Additionally, two new EAGs were launched: Mid-career Professionals and Women and Working Moms.

    Open calls for new EAGs will take place in the summer, if you have questions about EAGs contact:

Meet a Member:
Megan Naughton
Manager in IT Service Delivery, Support Services
"I've met a lot of new people and gotten to see how the group fights for the rights of all staff at Vandy." For Megan'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.

Introducing Vanderbilt's Online Master of Legal Studies

Vanderbilt Law School, in partnership with the Office of Digital Education, has launched an online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program, geared towards working professionals who seek to develop a nuanced understanding of the U.S. legal system.
In addition to the Vanderbilt Employee Tuition Benefit, the Law School is pleased to offer an additional 25% Tuition Scholarship to Vanderbilt staff who choose to enroll.

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 anonymous 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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