Awards

2020 University of Saskatchewan Staff Excellence Award

ASPA member Nicole Benning, Research Support Specialist, Research Services and Ethics Office, is the 2020 recipient of the University Staff Excellence Award winner. This award recognizes staff members who have achieved excellence while demonstrating dedication and commitment to the university’s Mission, Vision and Values and support of the University Plan 2025. Along with a certificate, she will receive a $1,000 prize. Congratulations to Nicole for her outstanding contributions to the university community.

Reference site: https://www.usask.ca/facultystaff/articles/usask-staff-excellence-award-2020.php?utm_source=paws&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=yousask

Awards

Door Prize Winners

Congratulations to Our Winners!

A big thank you to everyone that took the time to attend our ASPA Brown Bag lunches. The winners of our door prizes are as follows:

Ergonomic Brown Bag – September 28, 2020

  • Jacqueline Chometa Keele
  • Della Toews
  • Colleen Cochran

Sun Life Brown Bag – October 29, 2020

  • Kira Penny
  • Dawn Giesbrecht
  • Erin Akins

Angeline Hainstock will mail out the prizes to the winners. Stay tuned for future ASPA Brown Bag luncheons and more opportunities to win door prizes.

The ASPA Communications Committee

Bargaining Updates

ASPA Collective Agreement Vote Results

The results of the vote for the new collective agreement are in and the membership voted 92.5% in favour of accepting the agreement so it has now been ratified by the membership. 978 members out of a possible 1317 participated in the vote which is a great participation rate and speaks to how engaged all of you were through this process and as I have said before, this sends a strong message to administration that you care about what happens at the university and will put ASPA in a strong position in the next round of bargaining. I want to thank all of you for your feedback during the information sessions and for those who emailed us throughout, we listened to all of you and while not everyone will be happy with the results your feedback will be taken into consideration by the executive when we enter the next round of bargaining in just over 18 months.

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Member Interest Articles

How to Motivate Yourself to Work Harder

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Do you ever have days where you are motivated, focused, alert and get large amounts of work done but on other days you just stare at your computer screen and find yourself simply going through the motions? We all need to be inspired to do our best. Developing self motivation can help give you the push you may need to accomplish a difficult task and to get your spark back at work. Use these real and practical solutions to dig up your lost motivation and get the job done with a sense of passion.

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President's Message

ASPA President’s Message

Written by Curtis Larson, September 2020

Fall officially arrives next week but I think many of us thought it arrived a couple of weeks ago when it hit -6C overnight. The warm weather has come and gone and the new academic term has begun. It will definitely be a different academic year with the hybrid approach to program delivery, but we are all back providing the support and coordination to make it happen.

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Member Interest Articles

Working from Home Survey Results

Introduction

ASPA Research Committee conducted an online survey from July 20-29, 2020 to gather feedback from ASPA members about how working remotely from home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted their lives. The short survey gathered insights on both the challenges and benefits members have observed while working at home for the last four months, after a rapid shift to work from home started in March 2020. Additionally, data were collected on members’ perspectives in relation to continuing working from home and returning to university offices. A total of 662 surveys were completed, representing a 46% response rate.  The ASPA Research Committee would like to sincerely thank everyone who took time from their busy lives and participated in the survey. This article provides an overview of the survey results.

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