October 4, 2016

University Staff Senate


Volume 1: Issue 2


News from Staff Senate

University Staff Senate (USS) has developed this newsletter to be issued quarterly to keep staff informed of the committee's activities. We hope you like the enhanced branding on USS email communications.

Newly elected University Staff Senate members

University Staff Senate is pleased to welcome newly elected members Christopher Bartolone, Christopher Daniel, Jessica Payson, Neal Wucherer and Laurie Zello. Former Chair Sherri Lex was re-elected to a new three-year term during the summer election; Melody Baker, Steve Blaha, Jan Harwig, Sheila Kershek, Sarah Kordsmeier, Nicholas LaJoie, Lisa Olson, Chris Perez and Sara Pforr, who is the new vice chair/chair-elect, are continuing members. Former Vice Chair Laura Abing will complete her USS tenure by serving as chair. Non-elected sub-committee chairs include Mary Minson and Carol Trecek. We are all honored and committed to serving the best interests of Marquette's staff.

University staff picnic

Marquette University Staff Picnic 2016University Staff Senate would like to express its sincere gratitude to the more than 550 staff members who attended the Summer Staff Picnic. Your participation in the event made it a great success. Thanks to your generosity, Project Night Night collected $114 in cash donations and a bin full of blankets, stuffed toys, and books for homeless children. For more information about how to contribute to this worthy cause, please contact Kathy Hawkins.

Calling All Volunteers

If you are interested in helping with any of the University Staff Senate’s five sub-committees, we are interested in hearing from you. Simply send an email directly to the respective sub-committee chair, using the contact information below.

Please consider volunteering. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. And just as important, many talents create wonderful outcomes.

Marquette named among "Best Places to Work" by Milwaukee Business Journal

Marquette University Best Places to WorkMembers of the University Staff Senate​ are proud to represent and serve the dedicated staff whose contributions helped to make Marquette University a winner of the Milwaukee Business Journal, "2016 Best Places to Work​" in the category for organizations exceeding 250 employees. The winners were announced online earlier this month, and the final rankings will be published in the Oct. 21 print issue. See the full Marquette Today story​.

Just a reminder to participate in Marquette's Homecoming!

Marquette HomecomingSpend time with fellow staff, students, faculty, alumni and friends of the university by joining in the slate of fun activities and events lined up from Sunday, October 2 through Sunday, October 9. Bring your family as well because there's a great line-up of family-friendly things to do. Check out what's in store by visiting the  Homecoming website.

Subcommittee Initiatives

Communication Subcommittee

USS built its new interactive website to share important committee information and communicate with all staff. If you know of specific committees that you think would benefit from having staff representation, please submit them through the Questions and Comments link on the website for review.

Staff Development and Service Subcommittee

Help undecorate Marquette's most beautiful Christmas Tree — the Holiday Giving tree. Information is being sent to all employees. Please consider signing up for a name(s) to purchase a gift for someone who otherwise would have nothing at the holidays. We can also purchase a gift for you, and gift donations are greatly appreciated. Marquette has been involved in the Giving Tree for over 25 years. The request for names was down last year and we hope to increase our totals this year.

There is also a hat, scarf, mitten and glove collection for MPS, shelters, etc. We have been doing this the last 4 years and helping to warm up those who might be cold has been very well received. Drop-off points include AMU, Zilber Hall Information Desk and Lalumiere 340.

Project Night Night continues on campus. Totes are given to children in five homeless shelters in the Milwaukee are (Hope House, Joy House, Cathedral, Meta House and Casa Maria). We are especially in need of new blankets/afghans and stuffed animals (new or like new) and books for children birth to age 11. Donations can be taken to Lalumiere 340.

Please contact Kathy Hawkins for information on any of the above.​

Work Environment Subcommittee

USS developed a web-based program called Marquette Momentum to collect ideas from staff, faculty and student employees that: (1) would enhance the climate and culture at Marquette, (2) can be easily implemented in a short period of time, and (3) would require minimal resources and administrative bureaucracy. President Lovell introduced the idea last February at a USS meeting as one way to practice shared governance with all employees. Ideas that gain USS support will be taken to the ULC for consideration.

Our History

The history of the University Staff Senate (USS) is rooted in the history of two separate entities that eventually merged.

The Committee on Staff (COS) was established in October 1981, with formal approval of its bylaws in February 1982. The COS served as a liaison between Marquette's support staff and the administration, encouraging university improvements at the policy level.

The Marquette Chapter of the American Association of University Administrators received approval of its proposal to create the Committee on Administrators (COA) in March 1982. The COA advocated on behalf of university administrators, promoting professional development, communication, collegiality and other issues related to overall welfare.

After Marquette University decided to refer to all non-faculty employees as staff, a joint committee including representatives from the COS and COA drafted bylaws in August 2012 to form a combined group known as the University Staff Assembly (USA). In April 2013, elected representatives of what was formally known as the USA held their first meeting as a combined unit. The group has evolved significantly since then.

In 2014, the USA chair became the first staff member in Marquette history to receive a regular seat on the University Leadership Council (ULC) and the opportunity to meet monthly with the university president.

President Lovell attended a USA meeting on February 19, 2015—the first time a Marquette president had ever attended a meeting with a group representing non-faculty employees.

The USA formally changed its name to the University Staff Senate (USS) in May 2015, paralleling the faculty shared governance entity known as the University Academic Senate.

The USS is regularly included on university-wide committees, having representation at master planning and strategic planning meetings as well as a role on the Strategic Innovation Council.

Members of the USS look forward to continue serving the best interest of all Marquette staff.

Your Staff Senate Representatives:

Laura Abing, Melody Baker, Christopher Bartolone, Steve Blaha, Christopher Daniel, Jan Harwig, Sheila Kershek, Sarah Kordsmeier, Nicholas La Joie, Sherri Lex, Mary Minson, Lisa Olson, Jessica Payson, Chris Perez, Sara Pforr, Carol Trecek, Neal Wucherer and Laurie Zello.


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