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September 13, 2018
 
Dear Colleagues, 

Welcome to another academic year!
Staff Council hopes that all of you had an enjoyable and relaxing Summer.  

As this is Staff Council's first newsletter of the 2018-2019 academic year, we would like to take the time to remind, as well as to inform, you of what Staff Council does, and what we hope to achieve in the coming year.  

Staff Council, at its core, prides itself in advocating on your behalf, supporting you in your on-campus role, keeping you informed with relevant information, and connecting you to your colleagues.  It is our hope that we can continue to do this effectively, as we embark on another busy academic year.

Below you will find Staff Council's 2018-2019 priorities, as discussed at the All-Staff Meeting on August 30.  These will also be posted on the Staff Council webpage.  In addition, you will find a list of policies currently under review by the Department of Human Resources.  Please consider reviewing each policy and providing feedback.  It is important for your voice to be heard.  Finally, this newsletter will end with a brief calendar of Staff Council sponsored events taking place this semester.  We hope that you can get them on your calendars and join us.  

Lastly, 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 staffcouncil@jcu.edu, or contact us anonymously using the online feedback form located at sites.jcu.edu/staff council.

Again, welcome back and we wish all of you a wonderful Fall semester!

Best,
JCU Staff Council    
Did you miss the August 30 All-Staff Meeting? No worries. You can access a video of the meeting, as well as the minutes and PowerPoint presentation from the meeting by clicking here!
Staff Council 2018-2019 Priorities*
  • Prioritize areas of advocacy for members of our Staff Community and work towards addressing these needs.
     
  • Continue to build on the success of previous Staff Council community building, networking, and recognition initiatives.
     
  • Establish working relationships with Faculty Council and Student Union. 
     
  • Identify and clarify the relationship with the Senior Leadership Team.
*Please feel free to send us your suggestions as to how Staff Council can best achieve these goals during this academic year.  
Human Resources Policies Under Review
  1. The Staff Vacation Leave –  Revised Interim Policy:  
    The Staff Vacation Leave – Revised Interim Policy is effective as of September 1, 2018.  All vacation accruals described in this Policy will begin as of September 1, 2018 and will continue accruing at that rate after that date.  The interim revised policy will be posted for review from Friday, September 7th through Saturday, October 6th.
     
  2. The Travel Procedures Policy will be posted for review from Wednesday, August 8 through Friday, September 21.
     
  3. The Lactation Accommodation Policy will be posted for review from Wednesday, August 22 through Thursday, September 20.  
Please click on the title of each policy in order to review each policy proposal and provide feedback.  
 
Door Decorating Contest: Hosted by Staff Council

Staff Council invites offices and departments to participate in the annual Door Decorating Contest to celebrate our Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018!
Doors will be judged on the following criteria:
1) Creativity, 2) JCU Spirit/Pride, and 3) Building Community.

Doors will be judged by a panel of representatives from Staff Council,
Faculty Council, and Student Union on October 4. The winning office/department will receive a complimentary breakfast for their department.
Apply by clicking here! Applications are due on September 28, 2018.
Get in the spirit and apply today!

Blue/Gold Day Reminder
Every Friday is a Blue/Gold Day.  Show your Blue Streak pride by wearing JCU Spirit gear or blue and gold on Fridays.
Full guidelines are posted on the Staff Council webpage. 
 
***Save the Date***
  • Tuesday, September 25 - Happy Hour
    5pm - 7pm, Bar Louie Legacy Village
  • Friday, October 5 - First Friday Coffee Hour
    8:30am - 9:30am, Location - TBD
  • Saturday, October 6 - Homecoming Tailgate
    11:30am - 1:30pm, Belvoir Lot
  • Thursday, October 18 - Staff Council Meeting
    2pm - 3:30pm, Murphy Room
  • Wednesday, October 24 - Lunch Hour
    12pm - 1pm, The Underground
  • Thursday, November 8 - Staff Council Meeting
    2pm - 3:30pm, Murphy Room
Link: "Stay in touch with Staff Council/We want to hear more from you!"
Button: "New faces on Staff Council!"
Our new Staff Council representatives began June 1. Get to know them here!
Button: "I can never find a parking spot on campus!"
Have a tricky question? Let Staff Council help! See our Q&A page for more.
Button: "Staff Transitions and Departures"
See who's new to JCU! Click here to read more.

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"Recognition and respect of all members of the John Carroll University community are necessary and appropriate for the University to live up to its mission, vision, and core values. As one of the largest constituencies on the University campus (second only to students), the staff represents a highly diverse group of professionals whose contributions are critical to the quality, integrity, credibility and continued growth of the University. An informed, active, and engaged community, with the ability to participate and share its opinions and interests concerning the conduct of institutional affairs and life in the workplace, is critical to the mission of the University." -- Staff Council Constitution