Staff Council Quarterly Newsletter
Welcome to the first edition of the Staff Council Quarterly. 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 submit them
, or a paper form (available from Mary Anderson, Physical Plant).
New Staff Council Members
In August, the Staff Council welcomed four new members:
- Mandi Baker, Development Office
- Linda Biehl, Information Technology
- Terrance Bond, Office of Residential Life
- Brandon Christol, Admissions Office
The Staff Council would very much like to thank Jenny Hand, Patrick McLane, Ken Detloff,
and Tim McKeown for their three years of service on the Staff Council. As first members
of the Staff Council, they spent countless hours developing the Council Charter and
defining the role and scope of this group. Future Staff Council members are able to
build upon the foundation they painstakingly worked to lay. The time and effort they
put into Staff Council is greatly appreciated.
All Staff Meeting
The Staff Council is excited to inform you of an All Staff meeting to be held on
Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at 8 am in the Main Lounge. The meeting will last approximately
an hour and a half, and is designed so the President, Vice Presidents and Deans can
share information and answer questions from the IWU staff. All Cabinet officers--or
a representative-- will be available to answer questions that arise.
Cabinet officers encourage staff members to submit questions by December 15, 2008
. You may submit questions via the Staff Council web form
, or by contacting any
staff council member. If your question is directed to a specific department or person please note that
on the form. Note: Staff Council will remove your name/contact information before forwarding your
questions to the appropriate department. It will be the department's discretion as
to what questions they will answer.
Offices may close during this time and we are hoping for 100% turnout. However, if
staff members in your office choose not to attend the staff meeting, they should plan
to work in the office. If there are student workers who would be able to keep your
offices open during this time please make those arrangements as well.
The Staff Council has implemented a pilot
program for new staff members. 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. A peer mentor will not replace the on-the-job training that the
employee’s supervisor provides. Rather, the peer mentor provides information about
the University culture, benefits that are not readily known (including free entry
to IWU athletic events and Blue Moon Coffeehouse, reduced fees for children’s summer
athletic camps, etc.), and whom to contact on campus for varied services that may
be related to their experience on campus (i.e. who to contact for payroll information,
to have a picture hung on your office wall, etc.).
More staff members are needed to serve as mentors. A description of the mentor role
and qualifications can be found
. If you want to be included in the pool of staff mentors, contact
Robyn Walter, chair of the Peer Mentoring Committee of the Staff Council. An attempt will be made
to match new staff to mentors with similar interests.
Welcome New Staff Members
Illinois Wesleyan has welcomed the following new staff members:
- John Clingon, Security, August, 2008
- Dan Turner, Director of Academic Advising, September 2008
A warm welcome goes out to our new colleagues!
Applications are being solicited from IWU staff for an IWU faculty/staff seminar beginning
during the spring semester, 2009, and ending with a week-long trip to Al Akhawayn
University in Ifrane, Morocco. Broadly speaking, the purpose of the seminar is to
promote the strategic goal of globalizing the IWU campus by offering selected faculty/staff
to study and discuss their area of work or scholarly expertise with other seminar
participants, and to engage their counterparts from another culture.
Five faculty members and two staff members will be chosen to participate in the seminar.
Once chosen, the participants will meet in December to collectively choose readings,
schedule dates/times for meetings during the spring semester, and initiate work with
the Associate Dean to plan and prepare for their trip to Al Akhawayn University in
June 2009. While in Morocco, they will meet their faculty/staff counterparts, participate
in seminar-related field trips, and hear scheduled lectures from Moroccan scholars
and practitioners. The IWU seminar participants will have opportunities to share
their findings with students and colleagues after they return to our campus.
The request for applications and additional specifics will be available on or soon
after November 1. Staff Council is sponsoring informational meetings open to all staff
during which Associate Dean Frank Boyd will give an overview of the initiative:
- Tuesday, November 4th, 10:00 am, Ames Library Instruction Lab, room 129.
- Tuesday, November 4th, 7:00 am, Physical Plant.
- Thursday, November 6th, 9 am, Starbucks in the Memorial Center. Coffee/beverages will
be available (for those attending the information meeting) from Starbucks and paid
for by the President's Office.
The information meetings will last approximately 30 minutes and all staff are encouraged
to attend at least one of the meetings. If you have questions please contact
for more information. For an overview of Al Akhawayn University, you can visit their
New Committee Appointments
Application Review Committee: Cathy Spitz has been appointed by Staff Council as the staff representative to the
Application Review Committee. This group will be responsible for reviewing the faculty
and staff applications for the Morocco seminar and trip.
User Committee for New Academic Building: Leanne Cox and Suzanne Wilson have been appointed to the user committee, a group
consisting of faculty, students, an IT representative, staff members, and administrators
who will work with building architects and others to explore and determine how the
new academic building will be used.
Questions and Answers
Staff Council has added a question and answer page to our
. The questions and comments listed have been collected from the IWU community including
comments from the Open Forum (October 2007), the Staff Council
, and other sources on campus. We have provided answers obtained from meetings with
the President and other administrators on campus.
will be updated to reflect new questions submitted through our
, or as we receive new information.
December 2008 - Please note, the Question and Answer page has been removed from the
website. Questions submitted to staff council will be answered in our newsletters
or by email.