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January 14, 2019
Dear Colleagues, 

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that 2019 is here and the start of another semester is upon us.  Staff Council hopes that each of you had a wonderful holiday and a restful break. 

Below you will find Staff Council's January newsletter.  

As always, we ask that you please stay in touch with us and let us know how we are doing.  We want to hear from you! You are welcome to email Staff Council directly at, or contact us anonymously using the online feedback form located at council.

We sincerely hope that your Spring semester gets off to a fantastic start!

JCU Staff Council 

Save the Date: Upcoming Events***
  • Wednesday, January 23 - Soups & Stews Competition
    11:30a.m. - 1:00p.m., O'Dea Room (Lombardo Student Center)
    Click here for more details & to RSVP.
  • Thursday, January 24 - All-Staff Meeting
    2:00p.m. - 3:30p.m., Donahue Auditorium (Dolan Science Center)
  • Friday, February 1 - First Friday Coffee Hour
    8:30a.m. - 9:30a.m., CSDI Lounge (across from the Jardine Room in the Lombardo Student Center)
  • Tuesday, February 5 - Happy Hour
    5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m., Scalper's Sports Bar/Sharpy's Subs
    RSVP here. -- (Click here for directions from JCU.)
  • Thursday, February 14 - Lunch Hour: Death by Chocolate Competition
    12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m., Location: TBD*
    *Details forthcoming - keep an eye on your email!


This is just a quick reminder that Staff Council will begin seeking nominations for 2019 elections in March! Please take some time to consider whether you, or a colleague, would like to serve, and advocate for, the JCU staff community as a member of Staff Council. 
More information about 2019 elections will be forthcoming.    


JCU staff members are invited to the Soups & Stews Cook-Off Competition hosted by Staff Council on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, from 11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. in the O’Dea Room in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center. Staff members are welcome to sample and judge the entries.
Other soups, stews, bread, and beverages will be provided!

All JCU staff members are invited to enter a soup or stew into the competition. Interested staff members are asked to enter the competition by
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, via the online Registration Form –

Staff members who enter are asked to bring six quarts of their soup or stew to the competition. Staff members will be reimbursed up to $30 for ingredients. Individuals need to turn in up to two receipts to Lisa Ramsey by
Friday, January 25, in order to be reimbursed.

If folks just want to attend without entering a soup/stew, please complete the R.S.V.P. form –

If you have any queries, concerns, or require accommodation, please contact
Staff Council at


The Mission and Advocacy Committee of Staff Council, in partnership with the Office of University Mission and Identity, is excited to present....

An interactive, collaborative scavenger hunt engaging our campus community with the Ignatian Heritage and Mission Display as a facet of Ignatian Heritage Week.

Teams should register online by Tuesday, January 22nd at 5:00p.m. Instructions will be sent to team leaders Wednesday, January 23rd at 9:00a.m. and the activity will be open until noon on Tuesday, January 29th.

All teams (or team representatives) as well as the greater campus community are welcome to join the celebration of WALK THE TALK: Engaging the Ignatian Heritage and Mission Exhibit Celebration for desserts, coffee and fellowship at
3:30p.m. in the Murphy Room. 

Extra points will be awarded to teams representing all three campus constituencies, staff, faculty and students. Staff are eligible for 2 hours of mission leave for this activity. Register


As part of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of John Carroll University admitting women as full-time students,
we will highlight 365 Women of Carroll - including you!

Please answer a few questions so we can celebrate you and your contribution to our community:   

Please also share this opportunity with other female students, staff, and faculty across John Carroll's campus.


The next meeting of the JCU Employee Book Club will be on 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. in the Faculty Lounge.
The book selection is Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace.

Here is a brief write up:
The Huffington Post • Financial Times • Success • Inc. • Library Journal
From Ed Catmull, co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios, comes an incisive book about creativity in business—sure to appeal to readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath. Forbes raves that Creativity, Inc. “just might be the business book ever written.”

The book can be checked out of the library or purchased on your own. If you are interested in participating, please contact Maryellen Callanan at
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