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March 22, 2018 

Dear Colleagues,

Spring holidays are right around the corner, and we here in Staff Council are looking forward to a few days' break. Don't forget that the University closes at noon on Thursday, 3/29 and is closed all day on Friday, 3/30. 

We have TWO Staff Council sponsored lunches coming up next week before the break - please mark your calendar and RSVP now at the links below! spring flowers

Lastly, don't forget that nominations are now open for Staff Council awards! More details below. 

Wishing you and your families a peaceful celebration of the Easter and Passover holidays next weekend, and a well-deserved break next week. 


JCU Staff Council

Upcoming Staff Council Events

Staff 'Working Lunch' Feedback Session
on the emerging Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence 

Monday, March 26, 12:00-1:00 pm, Murphy Room

The university is currently developing a two year strategic plan to meet five diversity, equity and inclusion goals.  A new draft of the plan is now available for comment. This plan incorporates  community feedback from gatherings held with faculty, staff and students.
Image of clasped hands holding soil with a tiny sprouting plant
Monday's feedback session is an opportunity for staff who might not have been able to attend the community forum on January 31 to give their input into the proposed goals and objectives, or for those who did, who would like to see how their feedback has been incorporated in the newest draft. 

A catered lunch will be provided by Staff Council. To ensure that we have enough food, 
please RSVP at this link  by the end of the day Friday, March 23 (deadline extended!) if you plan to attend. 

Fish Fry Lunch Hour
fish fry plate with pierogiTuesday, March 27, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, The Underground (DJ Lombardo Student Center) 
Join your colleagues for a last Fish Fry before the end of Lent! 

Join your colleagues from across campus for magnificent lunch offerings, speed networking activities, and board and card games.

In order to better plan our menu, please RSVP if you plan to attend:

Mark your calendars for:
Friday, April 6, 8:30-9:30 am, First Friday Coffee Hour (location TBD)
Thursday, May 24, 2:00 pm, All-Staff Meeting and Awards Recognition Ceremony 
more to come soon! 

2018 Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards: Nominations Are Now Open! 

The Staff Council Executive Committee and the Staff Recognition Committee invite you to nominate your fellow colleagues for the 3rd Annual Staff Council Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards.

These awards recognize the professional contributions and service of the John Carroll University staff (non-exempt and exempt), and their integral role in promoting the University’s mission of inspiring “individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.”

Staff members may be nominated for one of four awards:

  • New Staff Member of the Year (1 – 3 years of service)
  • Staff Member of the Year (4 or more years of service)
  • Saint Ignatius of Loyola Leadership Award
  • Archbishop John Carroll Award for Learning

All regular staff members, full-time and part-time (20+ hours per week) in good standing with their department and University are eligible. A $250 stipend accompanies each award.

Nominate a deserving colleague here:

All nominations must be received by May 17, 2018 and may be supported by up to three letters of recommendation. Recipients will receive their awards on May 24, 2018 during the all-staff meeting.

To avoid possible conflicts of interest, no Staff Council members involved in the decision-making process are eligible for nomination during their term(s) in office.

If you have questions about the Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards, please contact Salomón Rodezno at or (216) 397-1583.

2017 Staff Council Award Winners
2017 Staff Council Award Winners Maryellen Callanan, Sloan Cargill, Marybeth Brooks, and Eddie Carreon

Staff Council Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
Spring Events Calendar 

Read more about JCU's ERG's on the Staff Council Website.  

Q@JCU ERG meeting 
Friday, April 6, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Dean of Students Conference Room, DJ Lombardo Student Center
Please bring your own lunch. Desserts provided.

Staff of Color ERG meeting 
Friday, April 20, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Friday Lunch, Schott Dining Hall
Lunch is provided

Diverse Faiths and World Views ERG
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Schell Conference Room (Campus Ministry, DJ Lombardo Student Center)
Discussion topic: “What is your favorite holiday/holy day and what foods are associated with it?”
Light kosher snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Schell Conference Room (Campus Ministry, DJ Lombardo Student Center)
Discussion topic: “What if I’m not Catholic at JCU?”
Please bring your own lunch.
Generation X
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wickliffe Lanes - 30315 Euclid Ave, Wickliffe, OH 44092
Generation X Bowling Social - family friendly! 
Bowling shoe rental, bowling,food and beverages provided
RSVP to Lisa Ramsey ( or Brent Russ (

Take some time for great cinema in April! 

All JCU staff can receive a $2.00 discount per ticket at the Cleveland International Film Festival by using the discount code "JCU."  

Thanks to the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, whose sponsorship of a film at CIFF42 has provided this discount for us! 
Buy tickets online here.
We have new answers to web-submitted questions online!
Find Staff Council events on our web calendar!
Read about 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