Category: Staff Connections

Submit Questions for Winter Term All-Staff Meeting

We are still collecting questions ahead of the Winter Term All-Staff Meeting, which is scheduled to be held virtually February 16 from 9-10:30 a.m. If you have a question for the President or Cabinet or a general topic you would like to see addressed, please let us know by filling out our All-Staff Meeting Questions form. This form is completely anonymous.

For more details on the meeting and a Zoom link, please go to the Staff Governance page.

All-Staff Meeting – Feb 16

An all-staff meeting is planned for Wednesday, February 16, from 9-10:30 a.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom.

We are looking for your questions! If you have a question you would like to have answered or a topic you would like to see addressed by the President or Cabinet, please let us know via our All-Staff Meeting Questions form.

For more details and the Zoom link, please go to the Staff Governance page.

Donuts for D-Term – Dec 15

In light of our recent change in operational status to orange light, Staff Governance is switching its Donuts for D-Term Celebration to a grab-and-go event.

Faculty and staff are still welcome to stop by the Mead Witter Room in Warch on December 15, from 9-10 a.m., but donuts will be offered as a grab-and-go treat.

If you plan to stop by for a donut, please let us know you are coming by filling out the D-Term Celebration form by December 10. We hope to see you there!

Donuts for D-Term – Celebration!

“Do-Nut” miss this fun opportunity! Staff Governance will be hosting an informal D-Term Celebration for staff and faculty on December 15, from 9-10 a.m. in the Mead Witter Room at Warch. Stop by with your favorite beverage and indulge in a donut or two. Stay and socialize or grab your treat and run. The choice is yours!

To ensure we have enough sweet treats for everyone, if you plan to attend please let us know by filling out the D-Term Celebration form by December 10. We hope to see you there!

Fall All Staff Meeting Recording

Thank you everyone for attending the Fall All Staff Meeting and for helping our Committee shape this meeting through your submitted questions and feedback.

The recording of this All Staff can be found here on our Past Meeting page.

We welcome your feedback! Please feel free to contact us at staff_governance@lawrence.edu or via our anonymous form to let us know what we did well and what we can improve upon in future meetings.

All Staff Meeting – October 11, 2021

Our first All Staff Meeting of the year will be held virtually on Monday, October 11, 2021 at 8:30am – 10am. We invite you to submit feedback on the agenda topics and questions/concerns for senior leadership via this form by October 6 at noon. Staff will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the meeting via chat.

The meeting will be recorded and posted to the LU Insider for those unable to attend.

Zoom detail:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://lawrence.zoom.us/j/98049200940

Webinar ID: 980 4920 0940

Staff Connections Rebrand: Staff Governance

The Staff Connections Committee has, in response to calls for increased staff representation in university decision making, officially rebranded as the Staff Governance Committee. Our vision is to build a framework for Staff Governance that is more closely aligned to existing Student and Faculty Governance structures.

As we continue to grow the committee and develop its bylaws, our focus will be on:

  • Serving as a formal avenue of communication to all staff, supporting consistent and transparent communication across all areas of the university
  • Recommending individual staff persons to serve on university committees where policies and procedures that affect staff are discussed and determined
  • Conveying feedback and other information to the President and senior leadership related to interests and concerns of university staff
  • Recruiting and maintaining representation from all operational areas of the university and emphasizing the importance of including staff at all levels

That said, this vision is still taking shape, and its final form is fully reliant on staff feedback and participation. As such, we ask that any staff interested in shaping this new governance framework:

  1. Submit feedback on the proposed vision and recommend any additional areas of focus using this form.
  2. Consider joining our committee as we navigate this transition. To express interest, or to request additional information, please contact staff_connection@lawrence.edu.

This is both an incredible opportunity for professional development and a way to ensure that your voice – and the voices of your colleagues – are being accurately represented in university decision-making.

We look forward to working with you!

Staff Connections: Calling All Staff Members

The Staff Connections Committee believes in creating a stronger Lawrence community where staff members have the opportunity to create and develop personal and professional connections across faculty and staff, voice opinions about their community, and work with administration in order to foster the understanding of the needs of staff.

Last year, Staff Connections announced their rebranding in response to your feedback on increasing staff representation in shared governance. As the committee continues to put effort into this rebranding, we are seeking to grow our committee and would like to invite any staff members who are interested in taking part in this rebranding. This is an opportunity for professional development where you can impact the campus greatly. Currently, we are looking for staff representatives for the Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team (LPPT) and Financial Planning Committee (FPC).

If you are interested in being part of this rebranding or being the staff representative on the LPPT or FPC, please reach out to Staff Connections at staff_connection@lawrence.edu or complete the staff member form on our webpage

We look forward to working with you!

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.