October 2, 2017

University Staff Senate


Volume 2: Issue 2


News from Staff Senate

Newly Elected University Staff Senate Members

University Staff Senate is pleased to welcome newly elected members Kristin Kipp, Katie Klamecki and Adam Stout. Former vice chair Sara Pforr was re-elected to an additional three-year term and will serve as chair through July 31, 2018. Continuing member Sarah Kordsmeier will serve as the vice chair. Former chair Laura Abing will serve as secretary, and Christopher Daniel will continue in the role as treasurer. Melody Baker, Christopher Bartolone, Steve Blaha, Jan Harwig, Sherri Lex, Lisa Olson, Chris Perez, Neal Wucherer and Laurie Zello are continuing members of USS. Non-elected subcommittee chairs include Brigid Kinsella-Alba, Mary Minson and Carol Trecek. We are all honored and committed to serving the best interests of Marquette's staff.

Calling All Volunteers

University Staff Senate has opportunities for all staff to participate in initiatives that enhance our experience as employees of Marquette University. If you’re interested in learning more about any of our subcommittees, please contact one of our subcommittee chairs directly.

If you’re not sure how you’d like to participate, please contact us, and we will be in touch!

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 Monday, October 2 through Sunday, October 8. 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.

The NEW Marquette Wellness Center is Now Open!

The NEW Marquette Wellness Center is now open! The Marquette Wellness Center is a FREE wellness space dedicated to faculty and staff on campus. The space can be used for workouts, meditation, or even wellness-related events. The Marquette Wellness Center is open 24/7 and includes a conference room; a fitness area equipped with some equipment for individualized workouts and an immersive fitness system where you can take a class such as yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, Latin dance, or cardio kickboxing; two changing rooms with showers; two restrooms; and a quiet space/work area. You must complete the online liability waiver to be granted card swipe access to the space, and you can find more information about using the space on the Marquette employee wellness website.

To recognize the opening of the employee-dedicated Wellness Center, USS donated the benches for the space, symbolizing the group’s commitment to advance the health and well-being of all university employees.

Academic Impressions — Professional Development

The university has invested in the professional development of staff by investing in a membership with Academic Impressions, which provides access to hundreds of online trainings, available through your individual member dashboard.

To get started, please use the following credentials to log into the dashboard:

  • Log in here with your own @marquette.edu email.
  • AI Pro Code: AIPRO_EA5EF4 (Everyone at Marquette University uses the same code.)
  • For instructions on registering for events as well as access to the recorded events, please see our Membership FAQs.
  • Questions? Ask the AI Pro Team: ai-pro@academicimpressions.com.

University Staff Senate encourages you to explore the professional development opportunities that this robust membership provides.

A Report on the Second- and Third-shift Employee Meet and Greet President Lovell and EVPO Lawlor

Thanks to the enthusiastic participation of the university’s senior leaders, USS hosted a most successful event on June 8 designed specifically for our second- and third-shift staff.

Nearly 100 of our colleagues who keep Marquette going after most of us call it a day gathered in the Service Building at 9:30 p.m. to enjoy food, camaraderie and the ability to hear directly from — and mingle with — President Michael R. Lovell and Executive Vice President Dave Lawlor.

Recognizing the importance of being available and in touch with all Marquette staff, many other senior leaders attended, including Rev. Tom Krettek, S.J., vice president of the Office of Mission and Ministry; Paul Mascari, chief of the Marquette University Police Department; Lora Strigens, vice president for planning and strategy; Liz Sides, director of employment and employee relations; and Greg Adams, director of facilities and campus services. Greg commented on the special nature of the evening for shift employees: “This was all their own, and they seemed to appreciate it very much.”

For his part, President Lovell certainly appreciated it, indicating that he would like the event to occur annually. Stay tuned!

Service Subcommittee

Join the Marquette community in participating in one or more of these service opportunities:

Service committee for Project Night NightProject Night Night continues on campus. Usually totes are given to children in five homeless shelters in the Milwaukee area (Hope House, Joy House, Cathedral, Meta House and Casa Maria). Recently, 32 totes full of books, stuffed animals and blankets for families affected by Hurricane Harvey were sent to Texas. We are especially in need of new blankets/afghans and stuffed animals (new or like new — no beanie babies) and books for children birth to age 11. Donations can be taken to Lalumiere, 340.

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. Deadline to request names is October 13.

A new project for volunteers on campus is participation in Operation Chemo Comfort. Sometimes, a seemingly small thing means everything to a person who is undergoing chemotherapy. That’s the driving force behind Operation Chemo Comfort. We are thrilled to announce our fall drive to collect sewn headscarves, as well as hand knit and crocheted caps for cancer warriors. You may learn more about patterns, fiber and packing tips at our Operation Chemo Comfort website. You may drop off your finished hats and headscarves at Lalumiere, 340. Operation Chemo Comfort will be collecting everything between Nov. 18 and 30. We will be taking these items to Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center before the holidays.

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

Your Staff Senate Representatives:

Laura Abing, Melody Baker, Christopher Bartolone, Steve Blaha, Christopher Daniel, Jan Harwig, Brigid Kinsella-Alba, Kristin Kipp, Katie Klamecki, Sarah Kordsmeier, Sherri Lex, Mary Minson, Lisa Olson, Chris Perez, Sara Pforr, Adam Stout, Carol Trecek, Neal Wucherer and Laurie Zello.


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