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January 22, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

A very Happy New Year and happy start-of-spring-semester to you! 

It may be cold outside, but don't let that keep you in your office! There are plenty of terrific things happening for staff this month on campus: opportunities to connect with your colleagues, eat excellent food, learn about important things happening in the university, and more. Read all about them below. We're looking forward to seeing you out and about!

With Gratitude,
   JCU Staff Council

Upcoming Staff Council Events

Happy Hour
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. 
at Slyman’s Tavern (4009 Orange Place, Beachwood, Ohio 44122).
Join colleagues from across campus for casual conversation and appetizers. These events are cash bar.
Happy Hours are drop-in events, so please feel free to come and go as you please.

All-Staff Meeting
Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 pm. 
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center
All staff members are encouraged to attend this meeting. 
Agenda and livestream link can be found here. 

​Soups & Stews Cook-Off
Friday, January 26, 2018, 11:30-1:00
LSC Conference Room, DJ Lombardo Student Center. 
All staff members are welcome to sample and judge the entries.
Other soups, stews, bread, and ​b​everages will be provided!

Join the competition!  Register your best recipe by Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by completing the online Registration Form.  Staff members who enter are asked to bring 6 quarts of their soup or stew to the competition. Staff members will be reimbursed up to $30 for ingredients (please save receipts).

First Friday Coffee Hour
Friday, February 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Administration Building Atrium (in front of Kulas Auditorium) 

Lunch Hour (brown bag lunch)
Tuesday, February 13 - Mardi Gras! 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Happy Hour
February 20 - time and location TBD


University Events 

In addition to Staff Council programming this month, there are also some "don't miss" events going on in the university in the next few weeks: 

Ignatian Heritage Week: January 28-February 3

This annual week of special events honors our Jesuit mission and identity. 
This year's theme is “Ignatian Solidarity: Encountering Each Other.”
Events include free lunch and dinner programs, lectures, opportunities for prayer and reflection, and an off-campus outing. Don't miss these great opportunities to celebrate our university's heritage.
Full schedule of events is available online here. 

Community Forum on Mission:
Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
2:00-3:30 pm 
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, working with additional faculty, staff and students in the Inclusive Excellence Strategic Planning Workgroup, will solicit faculty and staff feedback on the first public draft of a new Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan for 2018-2020. Please join us for this important community conversation. 


Campus Colleagues

Did you know that Staff Council is now managing the university Campus Colleagues program?

We are in great need of employees with at least one year of service to volunteer as Campus Colleagues, to help new employees acclimate to the culture and feel welcome here. 

You can learn more about the program and sign up here. 

Please join us in helping to welcome our new colleagues to campus! 

February Staff Council newsletter preview... 
  • Updates from Staff Council members serving as your representatives on Board and University committees 
  • February signature events, including Mardi Gras lunch hour, staff happy hour and more
  • More about Dr. Michael Johnson, our incoming University President  
Have something else you'd like to see in our February newsletter?
Reply to this email and let us know! 
We have new answers to questions submitted to the Staff Council Q&A form this month. Read them here.
All Staff Council events are always posted to our web calendar!
We’ve hired 8 new staff members since November 15! Read about all recent
staff additions, departures, and transitions here. |

"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