Welcome to LU Staff Connections!

The Staff Connections Committee believes in creating a stronger Lawrence community where staff is an integral part of the learning process. We believe staff should have the opportunity to create and develop personal and professional connections across faculty and staff, to voice opinions about their community, and to work with administration in order to foster understanding of the needs of staff.

Contact Usstaff_connection@lawrence.edu

Upcoming Staff Connections Events

Please visit the Staff Connections Staff Development page for a list of events.

Staff Networking Lunch Series: Kickoff 

Thursday, May 25 11:30-1:00 p.m. - Esch-Hurvis Room, Warch Campus Center
Staff Connections is starting a series of networking lunches to provide opportunities for staff to connect across various departments on campus, as well as with featured guests. Whether you are a new staff member or a seasoned member of the campus community, bring a lunch or get your lunch in Andrew Commons and join us!

Committee Members 2016-2017

Andrew McSorley, Circulation/Interlibrary Loan Assistant - Mudd Library (Committee Co-chair)

Theresa Shifflett, Program and Marketing Assistant - Academy of Music (Committee Co-chair)

Mary Bell, Financial Aid Specialist - Financial Aid Office

Kate Bittner, Conservatory of Music Admissions Counselor - Admissions

Susan Chadwick, Associate Director of Financial Aid - Financial Aid Office

Erin Chudacoff, Director of Donor Engagement - Development

Kasey Corrado, Social Media Director - Communications

Steve Francour, Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach - Athletics

Lindsay Kehl, Human Resources Generalist - Human Resources

Taylor Kinn, Assistant Director of Career Services - Internships, Career Services

Najma Osman, Assistant Director of Admissions, Admissions

Amy Tesch, Administrative Assistant - Annual Giving

Ellen Walsh, Administrative Assistant - Thomas A. Steitz Hall of Science office

Dakota Williams, Assistant Director of Alumni and Constituency Engagement - ACE

Rochelle Blindauer, Human Resources Director - Human Resources (Committee Advisor)

Craig Gagnon, Associate Vice President - Communications (Committee Advisor)


Committee Policies


To increase and enhance communication campus-wide, encouraging a sense of community and common purpose. We do this by facilitating All-Staff meetings on a regular basis, coordinating social events throughout the year, and providing opportunities for staff to communicate in several ways including a Staff Connections webpage, a Staff Connections email to send questions and feedback to, and Staff Connections co-chairs meeting regularly with the Lawrence University President and Vice President of Finance and Administration.


Schedule and develop three All Staff Meetings per year
Maintain the Staff Connection website
Explore and create plans to enhance campus communication
Respond to staff feedback
Other initiatives as appropriate
Individuals will serve as ambassadors for promoting positive campus-wide communication


A Chair of the Committee will be appointed by the Committee. One or more Co-Chairs may also be appointed as desired. The Chair or their designate is responsible for scheduling Committee meetings, setting the meeting agendas, and being a liaison between Committee members as necessary.
The directors of Communications and Human Resources departments will serve in an advisory role. They are responsible for providing guidance to the committee.


Membership shall consist of a minimum of eight staff members (both full-and part-time are eligible) and at least one leadership position. As much as possible, the committee will be composed of people from a variety of departments and roles.

Rotating Membership

Rotating membership will be in effect as follows:

At least half of all membership will consist of two-year appointments. The remainder may be one- or two-year appointments.
One-year appointments may be renewed as desired by the member for one additional year. Two-year appointments may not be renewed for a successive term. Therefore, a staff member may serve on the Committee for no more than two years in succession and must remain off the Committee for at least one year between appointments.
If a staff member must leave the Committee during their appointment, they will be asked to recommend their replacement if leaving will cause membership numbers to drop below the minimum of eight members.

New Membership

Volunteers will be considered first as new members to the Committee. Volunteers will be sought by inviting staff members to indicate their interest either through a web link or a one-question survey or email. This opportunity should be conveyed by the Committee to all Staff during the Winter term.
Volunteers will be chosen based on desire to serve and for the purpose of department representation on the committee.
Beyond those who volunteer, members may be invited as needed by their supervisor.


Three subcommittees currently exist which will remain in effect as long as appropriate.

All-Staff Meeting subcommittee
Communications subcommittee
Community Development subcommittee
Each subcommittee shall consist of a minimum of three Committee members. Outgoing Committee members who are on a subcommittee are responsible for training the incoming Committee members with their responsibilities to ensure a smooth transition.


The Committee shall meet a minimum once per month throughout the 12-month term. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.


Volunteer for the Committee

Interested in serving on the Staff Connections Committee?  Fill out the form below to let us know. Recruitment generally takes place in the spring for the annual term beginning in June.

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