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    Staff Senate End of the Year Celebration and Awards Ceremony Held

    May 22, 2019

    The Staff Senate held their End of Year Celebration & Awards Ceremony, May 15, 2019. They honored current and outgoing senators, senate officers, committee chairs, staff degree recipients and the 2018-19 Meg Cullen Brown Magis Award winners, who are employees who exhibit our Jesuit ideal of “men and women for others."

    Bryn Schofield received the President's Award. The recipient of this award is selected by the president of the Staff Senate. It was instituted to recognize excellence and achievement in the performance of duties as a University of Scranton staff senator. It is envisioned that the awardees will exhibit truly outstanding execution of duties as senators, both in terms of effort expended and the importance of outcomes.

    The Francis Xavier Leadership Award is given to senators who have served as a chair or co-chair of a committee chair this past year. On the occasion of receiving their first Xavier Leadership Award, senators serving as the chair of an Ad Hoc Committee receive a certificate and those serving as the chair of a standing committee, receive the St. Xavier Bell and a certificate. 

    Read the names of the Xavier Leadership Award winners and others who were honored, below. 

    Academic Degrees
    Erica L. ArmstrongMS, Human Resources
    Sarah E. BeckleyMS, Human Resources
    Shawn BeistlineMBA, Operations Mgmt
    Rebekah M. BernardMBA, Marketing
    Leigh C. FennieMBA, Marketing
    Yuliya G. GeorgievaMS, Human Resources
    Caitlyn M. HollingsheadMS, Human Resources
    Karl R. KretschMBA, Marketing
    Julee ModzelewskiMaster in Accountancy
    Max S. MuellerMaster, Health Administration
    Dana M. RelationMS, Human Resources
    Antonelle G. TuazonMBA, Marketing
    Traci E. VennieMS, Human Resources
    Chasity L. WhitmoreSupply Chain Mgmt Certificate

    Magis Award
    Tom SalitskyJune 2018
    Diane GavernJuly 2018
    Joe AnticoliAugust 2018
    Geraldine LovelessSeptember 2018
    Glen PaceOctober 2018
    Chasity WhitmoreNovember 2018
    Jessica DurkinDecember 2018
    Synthia Guthrie-KretschJanuary 2019
    Tara BlaineFebruary 2019
    Karen MarxMarch 2019
    Janice MecadonApril 2019
    Kathy MehallMay 2019

    Volunteers
    Jennifer Pennington
    Donna Rupp

    Committee Chairs receiving 
    Francis Xavier Leadership Awards

    Richard WalshCommunications
    Bryn SchofieldElection & Membership
    Gina ButlerFinance
    John HarrisSocial Events & Community Building
    Margaret HynoskySocial Events & Community Building
    Renee GiovagnoliStaff Development
    Meg HambroseStaff Development
    Peggy DoolittleStaff Recognition & Excellence Awards
    Gina ButlerStaff Recognition & Excellence Awards
    Rebekah BernardBy-Laws

    Committee Chairs
    Richard WalshCommunications
    Bryn SchofieldElection & Membership
    Gina ButlerFinance
    John HarrisSocial Events & Community Building
    Margaret HynoskySocial Events & Community Building
    Renee GiovagnoliStaff Development
    Meg HambroseStaff Development
    Peggy DoolittleStaff Recognition & Excellence Awards
    Gina ButlerStaff Recognition & Excellence Awards
    Rebekah BernardBy-Laws

    Staff Senators

    Lynn Andres
    Gina Butler
    Elizabeth Geeza
    Renee Giovagnoli
    Margaret Hynosky
    Rose Ann Jubinski
    Jonathan Kirby
    Mark Murphy
    Zoe Rothrock
    Erica Armstrong
    Peggy Doolittle
    Jenn Kretsch
    Bryn Schofield
    John Harris
    Ryan Puksta
    Michael Tuffy
    New Senators2019-2021
    Kristi Klien
    Barbara Barletta
    Salisa Brown
    William Hurst
    Kevin Rude
    Susan Shimsky
    Gerianne Barber
    Rebekah Bernard
    Meg Hambrose
    Ryan Sheehan
    New Alternates2019-2020
    Pauline Palko
    Jennifer Pennington
    Carlene Coombs
    Michael Rorick
    Bernie Krzan
    Patrick Mullarkey

    2018-2019 Highlights

    • Annual Christmas Luncheon donated $1,300 and 640 pounds of food to the Leahy Community Health and Family Center.

    • Monthly selection of the Meg Cullen-Brown Magis Awards (former Spirit Award)

    • Co-Sponsored with HR a Communication Symposiums in the Fall

    • Roundtable Meetings hosted by the Professional and Clerical constituencies in Fall and Spring

    • Provided input on the campus smoking policy, academic calendars, student-athlete class attendance policy and Sursum Corda nominees

    • Meet & Greet Election gathering where $210 was collected through a 50/50 Raffle. The raffle winner donated $80 back; therefore, $185 was donated to the Leahy Community Health and Family Center.

    • Staff Senate Table at Wellness Day—launched a Staff Senate survey to gather information about our efforts for planning and assessment purposes.

    • Spring Staff Senate elections were held for 2019-2021.

    • Professional development events were hosted (Lunch and Learn events)

    • University-wide Committee representation including search and Board of Trustee committees. Home Improvement Barbeque.

    • Staff Senate Newsletter distributed in the Spring.

    • University Governance Council (UGC) representation and participation.

    • Participation/representation in the Middle States Self-Study, as well as, the Mission Examen.

    • Hosted the End of the Year Celebration Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

    Staff Senate Purpose

    The Staff Senate exists to contribute to the success of The University of Scranton by fully supporting the Mission of the University. As a constituent organization, the Staff Senate, along with the Faculty Senate and Student Senate, operates as a part of the University governance system to provide a forum for open communication and ongoing dialogue among staff and between staff and the administration, faculty, students, and the University community.

    The Staff Senate shall be a consultative and deliberative body with authority to make recommendations on matters which have a significant bearing on The University of Scranton. The Staff Senate shall promote the growth and welfare of its staff employees, and a positive and supportive work environment. The Staff Senate, through its elected representatives, shall serve as the official nominating body for staff appointments to committees and task forces as requested. The Staff Senate is not a decision making body with regard to wages and conditions of employment, although it may provide a forum where certain aspects of these items may be discussed for the purpose of making appropriate recommendations.

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