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. Thank you!


Staff Connections
We're excited to share details about our 2nd ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF!

WHEN: Friday, February 19th
WHERE: Esch Hurvis Studio in Warch
TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Cook up your favorite chili for a chance to win prizes
and the coveted crock pot trophy
come eat and vote for your favorite chili

Bring your chili in your crockpot and we will supply the rest!
(Chili drop-off is from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Voting will end at 12:40 p.m. Winners will be announced at 12:45 p.m.

Click the link below to register for the chili cook-off

Thank you to those who attended our 2nd annual Ugly Holiday Sweater party on Wednesday, December 2! We had a great time enjoying the company of LU staff and faculty, eating delicious treats and taking in all of the "ugly" outfits.

Committee Members 2015-2016

Rosie Cannizzo, Senior Administrative Assistant - Conservatory of Music (Committee Co-Chair)

Rose Wasielewski, Assistant Dean of Students - Campus Life (Committee Co-Chair)

Mary Bell, Financial Aid Specialist - Financial Aid

Russell Bold, Associate Director - Admissions

Erin Chudacoff, Director of Donor Engagement - Development

Kasey Corrado, Social Media Specialist - Communications

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

Amy Kester, Associate Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Sponsored Research Support - Development

Andrew McSorley, Circulation/Interlibrary Loan Assistant - Library & Media Center

Winda Roets, Payroll Accountant - Financial Services

Judi Salmon, Custodian - Facility Services

Theresa Shifflett, Program and Marketing Assistant - Academy of Music

Ellen Walsh, Administrative Assistant - Science Hall Office

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

Patty Leiker, Director - Associate Director of Human Resources and Employee Wellness Coordinator (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. 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 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.


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.


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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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