Staff Council Newsletter
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.
New Staff Members
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
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
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
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
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.