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Home Ergonomics for U: How to Design a Home Office that Works!

posted Oct 26, 2020, 9:27 AM by Missy Juliette

The Civil Service and P&A Senates presents:


Home Ergonomics for U: How to Design a Home Office that Works! is an approximately one-hour Zoom webinar that will provide you with the background you need to design your home office.


Examples of home office designs will be presented along with suggestions for DIY home sit/ stand workstations, and common issues to avoid when setting up your space.


A recording of the presentation can be found on YouTube.

2020 Health Sciences Webinar

posted May 22, 2020, 9:17 AM by Missy Juliette   [ updated May 22, 2020, 9:20 AM ]

The Civil Service Senators from the Health Sciences allocation hosted a webinar on May 12, 2020, which provided information to its constituents regarding Employment Rules and the University Governance System. A recording of the video is available on YouTube.

2019 Brown Bag - Office of Conflict Resolution

posted Jan 6, 2020, 6:32 AM by Missy Juliette   [ updated Feb 18, 2020, 6:26 AM ]

Office of Conflict Resolution


Presented by Tamar Gronvall


The Civil Service Senate Communications and Outreach Subcommittee hosted a brown bag session to provide an overview of the Office for Conflict Resolution, and to introduce civil service employees to the new OCR Director.

A recording of the presentation is available on YouTube. The presentation is below. 

2019 MSRS Brown Bag

posted Apr 26, 2019, 5:57 AM by csc Civil Service Consultative Committee

Your Retirement: 2019 Pension Summary


Presented by David Wrightsmith


The Civil Service Senate Communications and Outreach Subcommittee hosted a brown bag session for Civil Service members on the Minnesota State Retirement System’s (MSRS) pension system, focusing on those close to retirement on April 16, 2019. David Wrightsmith, retirement counselor, from MSRS spoke about how the pension system works. A video is available here. The presentation is attached below. 

2019 Wellbeing Program

posted Nov 20, 2018, 7:34 AM by Missy Juliette

2019 Wellbeing Program


Presented by Laura Manydeeds, Wellebing Program Administrator, Office of Human Resources (OHR)


The Civil Service Senate Communications and Outreach Subcommittee hosted a brown bag session for Civil Service members on changes to the 2019 Wellbeing Program and how you can earn points to save money on your insurance on November 14, 2018.


A video is available here. The presentation is attached below. 

Leaves of Absence Brown Bag

posted May 30, 2018, 8:47 AM by Missy Juliette

Leaves of Absence


Presented by Mark Sevenich, Senior Employee Relations Consultant, Office of Human Resources (OHR)


The Civil Service Senate Communications and Outreach Subcommittee hosted a brown bag session for Civil Service members on various types of Leaves of Absence benefits available to employees on May 29 2018.

MSRS Brown Bag

posted Mar 20, 2018, 7:49 AM by Missy Juliette

Your Retirement: Building a Strong Foundation


Presented by David Wrightsmith


The Civil Service Senate Communications and Outreach Subcommittee hosted a brown bag session for Civil Service members on the Minnesota State Retirement System’s (MSRS) pension system on February 20, 2018. David Wrightsmith, retirement counselor, from MSRS spoke about how the pension system works.



A video is available here. The presentation is attached below. 

Benefits Brown Bag

posted Nov 21, 2017, 11:53 AM by Missy Juliette

The Civil Service Communications and Outreach Subcommittee hosted a brown bag session on Benefits on November 14, 2017. 

Ryan Reisdorfer, Lori Stotesbery, and Laura Manydeeds from OHR presented on Open Enrollment, Supplier Changes, and the Wellbeing Program. 

May 30 Update on MSRS Legislation

posted May 31, 2017, 6:36 AM by Becky Hippert

Despite broad stakeholder support and a successful vote in the senate of 67-0, MSRS were unable to get the Omnibus Retirement bill a hearing on the House floor before the end of the regular session on Monday, May 22. The rules of a special session do not allow for regular session bills to be heard so the Omnibus Retirement Bill was reintroduced in the House and Senate under as SF3/HF4.

SF3 passed the Senate on Wednesday, May 24 and the House on Thursday, May 25. In addition to the retirement bill language, SF3/HF4 included language ratifying a state engineer contract, ratifying paid parental leave for state employees, and removing the ability of local governments to set labor related laws. That last provision, referred to as “preemption”, is extremely controversial and as a result, Governor Dayton has said he intends to veto the bill. A last minute push on May 25 to get the pension language amended onto the State Government Finance Bill was unsuccessful.

This morning CSCC was notified that Governor Dayton did veto SF3/HF4.

CSCC Meeting Notes from May 18

posted May 22, 2017, 12:21 PM by Becky Hippert

CSCC met for the last time of this academic year on May 18.  Along with routine reports, the committee invited speakers on three topics.  First, two representatives from OIT, Joshua Ruegg and KT Cragg, joined the meeting to receive feedback into the annual IT governance process.  Members were asked what was working well and what IT improvements should be considered at the University.

The next speakers were Ian Ringgenberg and Corinne Komor from the P&A Senate Benefits and Compensation Subcommittee.  The P&A Senate, earlier this semester, approved a resolution on parental leave equity.  The resolution asks the University to provide six weeks of paid leave for all parents.  This topic was discussed with CSCC, after which members voted to support the proposal for civil service employees.

The last speaker was Chad Burkitt from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS).  He provided an overview of the plans that MSRS administers and challenges facing the plans.  He then discussed the current proposal in the state's Omnibus Pension Bill, as of Wednesday, May 17, 2017, to make changes to the plan to maintain its stability.

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