Staff Senate Newsletter - Spring Semester 2020 

President's Report - By: Amy Driscoll McNulty

I hope that this newsletter finds each of you safe and healthy.The Staff Senate has had a busy year and and even busier spring semester. Since the closure of campus in March, Senators have continued to meet virtually both in committee groups and as a full Senate. In recent weeks, our focus has been on business continuity, future planning, and support for staff members. 

Springtime at The University of Scranton has a pace and momentum that usually warrants more than a few remarks on the swiftness of the days and weeks that seem to fly by. Staff Senate operations are no exception to that pace, with signature programs that include the Communication Symposiums, Meet and Greet Election Kick-Off, Staff Senate MTTP Barbeque, Constituent Roundtables and the Recognition and Awards Luncheon. Each of these events presents an opportunity to share critical information, develop community, and grow personally and professionally. With the move to remote operations, programs have been postponed, canceled, or moved into virtual formats. I applaud the Senator’s creativity in continuing to offer ways for staff members to connect and share information during this time. 

As staff members navigate these days and weeks working remotely, I am reminded of the mission and purpose of the Staff Senate, which aims to "support the Mission of the University and serve the University community by:providing a forum for open communication and ongoing dialog, provide input on issues relevant to University staff, recommend staff representation for campus initiatives, identify staff needs and propose solutions, and share the responsibility of policy development. My hope is that you see the work of the Staff Senate reflected within that purpose statement, and continue to engage with us by sharing your thoughts, attending a meeting or event, or running for a Senate seat in the upcoming election. 

Staff Senate Election Update

The Staff Senate By-Laws state that regular elections are to be held by April 15th. The election is preceded by a community event where staff members are introduced as candidates for the Senate. With the closure of campus, the Senate was unable to host and promote nominations in this manner, which has proven to be the most effective way of gathering a diverse pool of candidates for each constituency. As such, the Senate voted to extend the terms of the current Senators and Officers through October 1, 2020, at which time the election will be held. I am grateful to the Senators, whose terms would have been ending, for continuing their voluntary commitment to their positions as they navigate remote work, shift changes and other challenges brought on by these difficult times.  

Virtual Roundtables 


Volunteer Opportunities

You don't have to be a Senator to get involved! Below is a full list of our Committees that could use your help. Visit our website and contact a Senator for more details. 

Election and Membership
Social Events and Community Building
Staff Development
Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards

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