New UHV Staff Council chair has varied university experience
As an alumnus and long-time employee of the University of Houston-Victoria, Harry Bashaw has experienced the university from many viewpoints.
Bashaw, the multimedia specialist for the UHV School of Education and Human Development, will take on a new role at the university as chairman of the 2013-14 UHV Staff Council, an organization that represents staff in university matters.
Among his duties, he will represent the staff on the UHV President's Cabinet and will be the chairman of the 2013-14 University System Staff Executive Council, a group of staff members from each UH System university that work together on new ideas and systemwide policies.
Bashaw has worked at UHV since 2001 in a variety of departments, including Student Services, the School of Arts and Sciences, Web Services, Marketing and Communications and the School of Education and Human Development. He has two degrees from UHV - a Bachelor of Science in computer science and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in computer science and communications.
Bashaw's main goal is to create active subcommittees that address different issues concerning staff members. Some, such as a communications committee, could be ongoing throughout the year, while others could be short term to address a specific need.
The first subcommittee is a wellness committee charged with addressing health education options and finding possible wellness incentives for employees.
He also plans to address past ideas that were put on the back burner and ongoing ideas such as low-cost day care options for the children of employees.
Bashaw agreed that making UHV an employer of choice is important but said it requires the help of employees.
Meetings will be the second Thursday of each month. UHV staff at the UH System at Cinco Ranch and UH Sugar Land can participate through Interactive Television. Bashaw encourages at least one representative from each department to attend the meetings.