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Ashton Vicente

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Staff Connections: All-Staff Recording + Membership

Thank you to those who attended and submitted their feedback for the Spring All-Staff Meeting on Tuesday! For those who were unable to attend, the Zoom recording is posted on the Staff Connections webpage (login required).

Staff may submit additional questions and concerns via our anonymous form, and we will present them to senior leadership.

As was mentioned during the meeting, Staff Connections is looking for new members as we prepare for our rebranding! In response to your feedback, we want to shift our focus from social event planning toward enhancing communication to increase staff representation in shared governance. We seek to mirror the Faculty Governance Committee in creating a space for staff to more regularly meet and be given the platform to voice their opinions at a higher level.

This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard and make a difference! Interested staff members may volunteer via the form on our webpage or send an email to staff_connection@lawrence.edu. Together, we can ensure the committee grows into something that best represents and meets the needs of our diverse staff.

All-Staff Meeting Survey

The spring all-staff Meeting will take place Tuesday, May 25, 9-10:30 a.m. via Zoom. As a reminder, staff are invited to fill out our anonymous survey to share their topics of interest and pre-submit questions for senior leadership; survey responses will determine the meeting agenda.

Staff Survey Link: https://forms.gle/YXwJjfvKsBBQuomA6
The survey will close the morning of Monday, May 24.

The Zoom link and finalized meeting agenda will be posted on the Staff Connections Upcoming Events webpage.

Thanks to those who already submitted feedback! Your responses will help us ensure the meeting is purposeful and productive. If you have additional questions or feedback, please email us at staff_connection@lawrence.edu.

All-Staff Meeting Updates

In response to your feedback, the Staff Connections Committee decided to extend the length of the upcoming all-staff meeting from 60 minutes to 90 minutes to better address staff concerns. The spring all-staff Meeting will take place Tuesday, May 25, 9-10:30 a.m. via Zoom.

We invite you to fill out our anonymous survey to share in which topics you are most interested and pre-submit questions for senior leadership; survey responses will determine the meeting agenda.

Staff Survey Link: https://forms.gle/YXwJjfvKsBBQuomA6
The survey will close the morning of Monday, May 24.

The Zoom link and finalized meeting agenda will be posted on the Staff Connections Upcoming Events webpage.

Thank you in advance for your feedback! Your responses will help us ensure the meeting is purposeful and productive. If you have additional questions or feedback, please email us at staff_connection@lawrence.edu.

All-Staff Meeting: Minutes/Recording + Survey

Thank you to those who attended the Winter All-Staff Meeting on March 4! For those who were unable to attend, the meeting minutes and Zoom recording may be found on the Staff Connections Past Meetings webpage. Unaddressed questions and concerns were compiled and sent to President Burstein, whose responses will be posted on the same page.

Staff Connections is seeking feedback to improve future meetings and staff communication. Please submit your concerns and suggestions via our anonymous survey.

We look forward to sharing our Spring All-Staff Meeting with you on Tuesday, May 25, 9-10 a.m. via Zoom.

Employee Mindfulness Workshop: March 16

As a reminder, the Employee Mindfulness Workshop will take place this upcoming Tuesday, March 16, 11:30-12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Join Staff Connections and Sara Curtis and Corynn Stoltenberg from Wellness Services as they offer ways for staff and faculty to release tension, nurture themselves, and return to the wisdom of the body through simple guided exercises and open discussion.

The Zoom link may be found on the Staff Connections Upcoming Events page. The workshop will be recorded and posted on the Past Meetings page for those unable to attend and those who wish to revisit the exercises.

We hope to see you there!

Employee Mindfulness Workshop

There is so much coming at us right now: many of us spend our days sitting in front of computers as talking heads on Zoom, which means that much of what we’re taking in is being held in our bodies as tension. With fewer opportunities to move our bodies, congregate, and do other things that release stress and make us feel vital, the tension can become chronic and lead to poorer mental health outcomes. However, when we tune into our felt sense and learn to relax and come home to our bodies, we can begin to process and move through the many difficult emotions and even trauma we’ve otherwise been unable to process through intellect alone. 

Staff Connections is excited to partner with Wellness Services to hold an Employee Mindfulness Workshop! Sara Curtis and Corynn Stoltenberg will offer ways for staff and faculty to release tension, nurture themselves, and return to the wisdom of the body through simple guided exercises and open discussion.

This event will take place Tuesday, March 16, 11:30-12:00 p.m. via Zoom. The Zoom link may be found on the Staff Connections Upcoming Events page. The workshop will be recorded and posted on the Past Meetings page for those unable to attend and those who wish to revisit the exercises.

We hope to see you there!

All Staff Meeting: Agenda + Staff Questions

The agenda and Zoom link for the Winter All Staff Meeting on Thursday, March 4, 9:00-10:00 a.m. can be found on the Staff Connections – Upcoming Meetings webpage.

We are still accepting staff feedback and questions for senior leadership via our anonymous form, which will close the morning of March 3 to allow us time to prepare. During the meeting, staff also will be able to submit questions at any time via the chat.

As a reminder, the meeting will be recorded and posted here in the meeting minutes for those unable to attend.

We look forward to having you join us next week!

All Staff Meeting Survey

If you haven’t already, we invite staff to submit their feedback and questions for the March 4 All Staff Meeting via our anonymous survey. If you have additional concerns, please email us at staff_connection@lawrence.edu.

The Zoom meeting link and finalized agenda will be posted on the Staff Connections webpage.

Thank you for helping us ensure our meetings are purposeful and productive!

All Staff Meeting Updates + Survey

Due a scheduling conflict, the winter and spring All Staff Meetings have been rescheduled. The following updated dates will allow us to share important information from the upcoming board meetings:

  • Winter All Staff Meeting: Thursday, March 4, 9-10 a.m.
  • Spring All Staff Meeting: Tuesday, May 25, 9-10 a.m.

These dates also are posted in the LU Event Calendar as well as on the Staff Connections page, where we will post the Zoom links and meeting agendas.

All Staff Meeting agendas are determined based on staff interest, and we rely on your feedback to ensure purposeful and productive meetings. We invite you to submit your feedback and questions via our anonymous survey. If you have additional concerns, please email us at staff_connection@lawrence.edu.

Please be on the lookout for additional (and exciting!) updates from the Staff Connections Committee in the near future.

LU Apparel Sale

The long-anticipated Lawrence apparel sale is now live! In partnership with Eagle Graphics, the Staff Connections Committee put together an online store of business casual clothing so you can show your Lawrence pride in the office and out.

The store is now open and can be accessed via this link through November 25, 2020: https://lawrenceuniv20.itemorder.com/sale

Items should be delivered before the holiday season.

We welcome you to contact us at staff_connection@lawrence.edu with item suggestions or feedback. If there is enough demand, we may reopen the store in the spring.