Staff Council Quarterly Newsletter


February, 2009


Welcome to the winter 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 use our web form . Physical Plant employees can also obtain a paper form from Mary Anderson.



All Staff Meeting   (top)

The Staff Council would like to thank President Wilson, cabinet officers, and all staff members who attended the first All Staff Meeting, held January 13 at 8 am in the Young Main Lounge.  For those who were unable to attend, Mike Limacher recorded the meeting and the DVD can be accessed at the Thorpe Digital Center.


The Staff Council welcomes feedback from staff regarding the All Staff Meeting. We are hopeful of hosting a similar meeting each year, so let us know what you thought about the timing, the structure, the length, or anything else you would like to share, by visiting our web form.

Welcome New Staff Members   (top)

Illinois Wesleyan has welcomed the following new staff members:

  • Rebecca Baker, Office Associate, Academic Advising Center, December 2008
  • Tina Keller, Assistant Information Analyst, IT, January 2009
  • Nisa Maleki, Senior Office Coordinator CMA, Health Services, January 2009

A warm welcome goes out to our new colleagues!

Morocco Initiative   (top)

Seven members of Illinois Wesleyan University have been chosen to travel to Morocco this summer as part of the IWU Faculty/Staff Seminar, also known as the Morocco Initiative. The faculty and staff chosen are: Academic Outreach Librarian and Associate Professor Lynda Duke, Environmental Studies Chair and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Abigail Jahiel, Hispanic Studies Chair and Professor Carolyn Nadeau, Associate Professor of Economics Ilaria Osella-Durbal, Associate Professor of Economics Diego Mendez-Carbajo, University of Communications Staff Writer Rachel Hatch and Career Consultant Robyn Walter.


The seminar is part of the University’s ongoing effort to globalize the IWU campus, offering faculty and staff the opportunity to study and discuss their area of work or scholarly expertise with other seminar participants, and to engage their counterparts from another culture. The participants will spend a week in June at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, helping to develop cross-continental ties between the universities. 

New Committee Openings   (top)

Staff Council will hold campus wide elections in April to choose staff representatives for Staff Council and multiple University committees. A call for self-nominations will be sent out in late March. Information will be sent via email and will be available on the Staff Council Web site in March.

Lunch with the President   (top)

The Staff Council is pleased to offer opportunities for staff members to have lunch with President Wilson. Lunches will be held on Wednesday, March 25 and Tuesday, May 19, from 12:00 - 1:00.  An email with sign-up information will be coming soon.

Peer Mentoring   (top)

The Staff Council implemented a pilot Peer Mentoring program for new staff members in August, 2008. 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 will focus on providing information about:

  • The University culture
  • Benefits that aren’t readily known  (including free entry to IWU athletic events and Blue Moon Coffeehouse, reduced fees for children’s summer athletic camps, etc.)
  • Whom to contact on campus for varied services that may be related to their experience on campus (e.g. who to contact for payroll information, to have a picture hung on your office wall, etc.)

Would you be a good staff mentor?

  • Have you been employed by IWU for at least two years?
  • Do you enjoy your work at IWU?
  • Are you willing to share your knowledge of IWU, its resources and culture to a new staff member?

People who serve as mentors report that they enjoy sharing their knowledge and experiences and helping someone transition into their role.


As a mentor you might:

  • Meet your mentee for lunch at the Faculty/Staff Lounge once each semester (compliments of the President’s Office)
  • Give your mentee a campus tour
  • Invite your mentee to accompany you to a University all-campus event
  • Introduce your mentee to key staff in other offices s/he is likely to need to know in IT, Wellness, HR, Printing Services, etc.
  • Serve as a resource to answer questions about the campus, and staff resources


If you would like to be included in the pool of staff mentors, please contact Robyn Walter, chair of the Peer Mentoring Committee of the Staff Council. An attempt will be made to match new staff with mentors with similar interests.