April 25, 2017

University Staff Senate


Volume 2: Issue 1


News from Staff Senate

University Staff Senate (USS) has developed this newsletter to be issued bi-annually in order to keep staff informed of the committee's activities.

Join in celebrating the tree dedication in honor of best workplace designation

Best Places to Work 2016 logoIn September, the Milwaukee Business Journal named Marquette University among the “2016 Best Places to Work” in the category for organizations exceeding 250 employees. The final rankings were published in the October 21 print issue.

The University Staff Senate worked with KEI, the university’s landscaping partner, to have a tree planted on behalf of all Marquette employees to commemorate the award. The tree is a Chinquapin Oak, a native tree not previously represented on campus.

To celebrate the designation, University Staff Senate invites the campus community to a dedication ceremony. The brief program will include remarks from Dr. Lovell and a blessing of the tree. Refreshments will be served. Please plan on attending this special gathering.

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: At the site of the Chinquapin Oak, just south of the Haggerty Art Museum entrance

In the event of rain, we will gather in the Helfaer Theatre lobby.

Marquette as a tobacco-free campus

On August 1, 2017, Marquette University will become a tobacco-free campus through the efforts of an initiative proposed by Marquette University Student Government (MUSG).

The purpose is to provide a healthier environment for the entire Marquette community. Except for religious and cultural exemptions, no usage of tobacco products will be allowed on Marquette campus property by students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors. This excludes city sidewalks.

After drafting the proposed policy, MUSG presented the document to the University Staff Senate and Academic Senate for feedback. The USS recommended several significant changes, including the suggestion that the policy should focus on cultural awareness about fostering a healthier campus rather than repercussions for tobacco users. MUSG appreciated and acted upon this advice to complete its final proposal. The USS approved the revised policy at its February 2017 meeting. This is one of many examples how multiple campus groups cooperate to enact positive change for the entire university. The university will provide specific details regarding the tobacco-free policy as the initiation date approaches.

Help us help others

Project Night NightThe USS’s Staff Development and Service Committee continues to gather and distribute items for people in our community who are in need. Project Night Night is the focus right now. We are in the process of delivering 150 totes to five shelters in the Milwaukee area. Blankets and stuffed animals are most in need; books are also appreciated. Please stay tuned for specifics on drop-off locations throughout campus. You are always welcome to drop off items in Lalumiere, Room 340. 

We wish to take this opportunity to recognize Kathy Hawkins for her leadership of campus volunteer efforts throughout the years. As she is looking at retirement within the next few years, we invite staff to step forward and lead Project Night Night as well as the Giving Tree. Marquette has been involved in the Giving Tree for over 25 years, taking as many as 1,000 names and purchasing gifts for those who otherwise go without. Last year we provided approximately 600 gifts. Without someone to volunteer to head up these important efforts, we will be unable to continue these initiatives as we have in the past. If you are interested in learning more about either Project Night Night or the Giving Tree, please contact Kathy at kathleen.hawkins@marquette.edu.

A special event for 2nd– and 3rd–shift staff

Recognizing that it is often difficult for our 2nd- and 3rd-shift staff to attend day-time gatherings and presentations involving university senior leadership, the USS is planning an opportunity for those staff to meet and mingle with President Michael R. Lovell and Executive Vice President Dave Lawlor on Tuesday, June 13. Food and beverages will be provided for this special evening gathering in the Service Building, which will begin at 9:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor. Further details are on the way.

Election time is coming!

Summertime means nominating and electing new USS representatives to fill open positions. Perhaps you wish to nominate yourself or staff colleague(s). Your opportunity is coming up in June — watch for more information and a call for nominations. 

Your Staff Senate Representatives:

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


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