University Staff Senate

2016 USS Photo

2016-2017 USS Senate

First Row Left to Right: Tara Boyette, Don Gjestson, Jeremy Janiak, Josh Entzminger, Jason Jenson; Middle Row Left to Right: Kate Parent, Jennifer Nichols, Diane Longsdorf, Bonni Falkner Back Row Left to Right: Michelle Klass, Aimee Lipke, Mike Smith, Robin Sweeny Not Pictured: Justin Krahn and Dana Stone

UW-Stout has contracted with Empathia, Inc. to provide free and confidential assistance, through a program called LifeMatters, to employees and members of their household seeking mental healthcare, financial consulting, legal advice and other resources that promote a healthy work/life balance.  For more details and a list of services click on "LifeMatters" (UW-Stout intranet login required).


January Professional Development Week 2017

The USS hosted Wayne Larrivee for January Professional Development week in the MSC Great Hall.  The event was open to all staff, faculty, students and the community.  Larrivee presented on the importance of communication and leadership. Attendees were also provided the opportunity to receive autographs and photos with the ‘Voice of Green Bay Football.’

USS Larrivee

Left to Right: Bonni Falkner, Robin Sweeny, Wayne Larrivee, Michelle Klass, Don Gjestson, Jeremy Janiak, Justin Krahn, Josh Entzminger, Jenn Nichols, Dana Stone


Shared Governance

On September 6, 2013, Board of Regents adopted Regent Policy Document 20-20, under which university staff may participate in institutional governance.

Policy Statement:

  • Provide its university staff members the opportunity to be active participants in the immediate governance of and policy development of the institution;
  • Provide its university staff members the full participation in the formulation and review, and presentation in the development, of all policies and procedures concerning university staff members, including university staff personnel matters, except where state law preempts UW System policy; and
  • Provide its university staff members the right to structure themselves in a manner in which they determine, and to select their representatives to participate in institutional governance.

Our Purpose: 

  • To engage university staff in the development and promotion of professional development and recognition activities
  • To create opportunities to provide input on issues that affect university staff
  • To facilitate communication among university staff and administrators

Goals and Objectives:

  • Coordinate university staff professional development opportunities
  • Coordinate the University Staff Employee Appreciation Award
  • Provide input on the development of programs that would benefit university staff
  • Provide recommendation for university staff representation on ad hoc committees and other university committees as requested
  • Provide recommendations on communication opportunities to university staff
  • Provide opportunities for communication

2015-2016 University Staff Employee Appreciation Award Annual Reception

At a reception held May 24, 2016 Chancellor Meyer recognized the 2015-2016 winners of the University Staff Employee Appreciation Award.  Rose Hansen, March 2016 award winner,  won the drawing for the $350.00 annual prize.


2015 - 2016 US Employee Appreciation Award
Monthly winners from 2015-2016: Front L-R: Chancellor Bob Meyer, Rose Hansen, Tamara Giljohann, Deb Friss.  Back L-R: Robert Cook, Jen Schermitzler, Jodi Kegan, Annette Anderson, Darci Ward. Brad Mengeling not shown.

Inside Stout 2016-2017

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University Staff Senate Chair

Josh Entzminger, Chair
(715) 232-2383

USS ByLaws

University Staff Senate ByLaws

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