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. The Committee serves as a liaison to President Burstein and the additional senior leadership of the university.

Contact Us: staff_connection@lawrence.edu

We welcome all feedback, suggestions, and concerns. Questions directed toward senior leadership will be posed anonymously. You may submit anonymous feedback at any time via this form: 
https://forms.gle/uARBrfrNBf354yZx8

Stay Informed:

The Committee will post updates both in the LU Insider and on the Staff Facebook page. Please watch for links to staff surveys - responses will shape our meetings and help us determine productive events for the year. Staff Connections will also send out quarterly email updates to all staff. 

 


Staff Connections Committee, 2020-2021

Committee Co-Chairs
  • Blia Vang, Human Resources Manager - Human Resources
  • Ashton Vicente, Media and Communications Specialist - Community Music School
    • Committee/Staff Representative on the Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team (LPPT)
       
Members
  • Andrew Billingsley, Technology Specialist - IT Services
  • Rebecca Brucker, Assistant Director of Prospect Research - Alumni & Development
    • Committee/Staff Representative on the Financial Planning Committee (FPC)
  • Michelle Buchinger, Coordinator for the Career Center & Center for Community Engagement and Social Change
  • Ty Collins, Assistant Director - Career Center
  • Kim Falkenhagen, Head Women's Volleyball Coach - Athletics
     
Advisors
  • Tina Harrig, Director of Human Resources
  • Mary Alma Noonan, Vice President of Finance and Administration

 


Committee Policies

Our mission is to increase and enhance communication campus-wide, encouraging a sense of community and common purpose for staff. We do this by facilitating all-staff meetings on a regular basis, coordinating social events throughout the year, and providing opportunities for staff development and communication. We also aim to empower staff by acting as a liaison between staff and senior leadership and through the intake of anonymous questions; all feedback is welcome. Staff Connections co-chairs meet 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 Connections website
  • Explore and create plans to enhance campus communication
  • Respond to staff feedback
  • Serve as ambassadors for promoting positive campus-wide communication
  • Other initiatives as appropriate
     

Two co-chairs  will be appointed by the Committee. Co-chairs are responsible for scheduling Committee meetings, setting the meeting agendas, and acting as liaisons between the Committee and senior leadership.

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
  • Committee membership is granted with the understanding that members will serve two years. 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 form (located below) 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 or the Staff Connections Committee.
     

The Committee shall meet a minimum once per month throughout the 12-month term. Members are responsible for planning quarterly All-Staff Meetings. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.

Staff Connections co-chairs meet regularly with the Lawrence University President and Vice President of Finance and Administration.
 

All-Staff Meetings

Please visit the the Upcoming Events page for a complete list of events, meeting agendas, and Zoom links.

Fall All-Staff Meeting

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Zoom

Winter All-Staff Meeting

Thursday, March 4, 2021
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Zoom

Spring All-Staff Meeting

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Zoom
 

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 but may continue throughout the year as needed.

Positions available!
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