Staff Council Newsletter


March, 2010


Welcome to the March edition of the Staff Council Newsletter. The goal of this newsletter is to enhance communication with staff members across campus. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the content of the newsletter, please use our Web form.


Physical Plant staff can also obtain a paper form from Mary Anderson.


Topics Include:


New Staff Members (top)

Michael Zehr, Systems Administrator, Information Technology, November

Chandra Shipley, Director of Academic Advising, January

Melanie Smith, Payroll/Benefits Coordinator, Business Office, January

John Patrick Workman, Office Coordinator II, Advancement, January

Adriane Powell, Senior Administrative Assistant, Advancement, February

Christie Gentry, Senior Office Coordinator/CMA, Health Services, February


Meeting with President Wilson (top)

Staff Council met with President Wilson in February to discuss a number of questions and concerns brought forth during the All-Staff meeting and through the web forms after the meeting. The full agenda, with a summary of his responses, is posted in the Staff Council Digital Commons.


We would like to highlight a few responses from this conversation:

  • HR is currently working to complete an updated and revised Non-exempt Staff Handbook. Their goal is to have it completed by the end of this fiscal year. This is very exciting news to the Council as we felt this issue has been of great importance to staff, and having an updated handbook is a major step toward improving communication and strengthening the orientation process.
  • President Wilson supports having a staff representative at BOT meetings, and is ready to move ahead with this. He has spoken to the board, and received positive feedback. The president left it up to the Council to determine a representative, and the Council determined that the convener of Staff Council will attend.
  • President Wilson is pleased with the work of the Council and views the Council more like the SPBC, as acting in an advisory capacity. The groups present ideas and make recommendations, but are not decision making entities. The faculty group has a governance responsibility in regard to the curriculum, and makes recommendations concerning the curriculum. 


Upcoming Elections (top)

Elections for campus committees are coming soon. Self-nominations will be taken from March 29th until April 7th. Please give strong consideration to nominating yourself or others for a committee; your involvement is vital to ensuring strong staff representation across campus.


Suggestion/Question Boxes (top)

Staff Council has placed three suggestion/question boxes around the campus. They are located in the Memorial Center across from the Davidson Room, in Holmes Hall by the Business Office windows, and at Physical Plant near the time cards. Please feel free to drop anonymous suggestions or questions into the boxes; Staff Council will review them at each meeting.


Peer Mentoring Program (top)

The goal of this program is to offer all new staff members the opportunity to meet regularly, for up to one year, with an experienced staff member on campus to assist in the new employee’s transition and acclimation to the University. If you would like to serve as a mentor to an IWU staff member, or if you are a new staff member who would like to request a mentor, please fill out this form.  More information can be found on the peer mentoring page.