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.

Let us know what feedback you have for us by emailing us at staff_connection@lawrence.edu

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, Administrative Assistant - Conservatory of Music, 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

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

Janelle McNally, Senior Human Resources Generalist, Human Resources

Najma Osman, Admissions Counselor, Admissions

Winda Roets, Payroll Accountant - Financial Services

Amy Tesch, Administrative Assistant - Annual Giving

Ellen Walsh, Administrative Assistant - Science Hall Office

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

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

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

Committee Policies

Mission

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.

Responsibilities

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

Leadership

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

Membership shall consist of a minimum of eight staff members (both full- and part-time are eligible) and at least one leadership position. A maximum of 12 staff members shall be allowed to serve on the committee at any one time. 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.

Appointments

Appointments are for 12-month terms. At the end of each academic year, the Committee considers membership for the following year. New appointments to the Committee must be approved by the appointee’s supervisor before the Committee invites the appointee to join. The new appointments should start at the beginning of summer.

Subcommittees

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.

Meetings

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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