WE ARE EXCITED TO KICK OFF THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR...
For some University schools and departments, the academic year started weeks ago; for others, it just took off. In either case, the Staff Senate welcomes the entire community, including our students, as we embark on this new academic period. May it be productive and enjoyable for all.
Please enjoy our first monthly issue of the Staff Senate eNews. We hope it's an easy way to stay connected and up-to-date on Staff Senate happenings and to learn more about your Senators.
2017-18 New Senators
We welcome this year's new senators (in alphabetical order): Chad Cardinal, Laura Ceja, Andrew Chai, Cindy Cooper, Thomas DeGuzman, Miguel Flores, Ryan Holmes, Samantha Kibbish, Carly Koebel, Helene Lafrance, Maureen Muscat, Rima Nemechek, Rosalie Saladzius, Andrea Santillan, Michelle Schuette, Emma Wadiak, Kayla Wells
Key Priorities and Goals for 2017-18
Better communications with the campus at large (introduce a new monthly newsletter)
More cross-department collaboration and increase senator participation
Support initiatives and planning efforts from the Sustaining Excellence and Diversity & Inclusion committees
Advance goals set by the Staff Senate working groups and committees
Improve collaboration with key campus groups (e.g., Faculty Senate, Student Government, Staff Affairs)
Refresh and update the Staff Senate bylaws to provide more specific guidelines
Restructure the executive team to better align with the Faculty Senate structure
Create better transitional materials and processes from year-to-year to continue momentum
Improve meeting format to increase efficiency and promote more discussions
Increase attendance and participation at staff senate meetings
Walkers and runners of all fitness levels are welcome to enjoy the block party of the year at the most popular Turkey Trot race in the nation. Race registrants will also score a long-sleeve race shirt, bib, and professional timing chip.
In an effort to get to know each other better and to identify areas of collaboration, senators will take turns during every meeting to share three personal facts about themselves, and a highlight and challenge in their area or department. Here are this month's featured senators:
We'd like more alumni activities and interests to be captured in the University database CLARA, so we can create customized targeted communications. We know that alumni are coming back and serving on advisory boards, attending and volunteering at events, speaking in the classroom and much more, but we don't have visibility into their activities unless it's saved in CLARA.
Cindy Cooper, Senior Administrative Assistant, Retail Management Institute
The Class of 2018, which represents 30 retail studies students, just completed their summer internships at retailers such as Amazon, William-Sonoma, Levi Strauss, Nordstrom, Nike, Crate & Barrel, Cost Plus World Market in e-commerce, product development, and operations - just to name a few.
No real challenges, only opportunities. We are going through a time of change and growth as the retail industry is changing and the institute has been operating much the same for 37 years and now there is the opportunity to re-brand and update.
Matthew Hendricks, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Development Office
Vice President, Staff Senate 2017-18
Senator (Development, University Relations)
Three Things about Me
I moonlight as a violinist and occasionally play local gigs. Last year, I was part of the orchestra that backed up Il Volo when they sang at the San Jose Civic Center.
I will celebrate my 10-year anniversary at SCU this October.
I was an Eagle Scout and still have a love for the outdoors, especially backpacking, hiking, cycling, skiing, and camping.
I work on a team that builds funded partnerships between SCU and corporate/foundation stakeholders. We are dialed into what is occurring off-campus in our Silicon Valley ecosystem and nationally. We're seeing the goals of institutional funders change rapidly, which is stretching SCU (and other universities) to think differently about our own operational models in the 21st century.
Our ecosystem in Silicon Valley is very dynamic and moves quickly on bold ideas. Funders look for university partners to embrace risk and work collaboratively on multi-stakeholder partnerships. Companies and foundations operate on a global plane, and we are challenged to compete with larger global entities for attention and dollars from funders right here in our own backyard.
Samantha Kibbish, Assistant Director for Student Organizations, Center for Student Involvement
Events and Service Committee Chair, Staff Senate 2017-18
Senator (Student Leadership/Student Life)
Three Things about Me
I was part of a barbershop quartet in high school.
I am an auntie to 7 nieces and nephews, ages ranging 17 to 4.
I am afraid of windmills (the white ones).
We are focusing on first-year/second-year programming and support across the Division of Student Life; there are some exciting new development/facilities changes coming to campus throughout the year as the campus grows including new sand volleyball courts.
Our student organizations currently face funding challenges when hosting events. For example, the post-event custodial fee for larger spaces such as Benson, Locatelli, and others starts at $112 while organizations only receive $100 per quarter for an event. We're open to ideas on collaborating to support our student groups with their financial needs while supporting our Facilities team.
Staff Senate Calendar
Monthy Staff Senate Meeting
11 AM, Graham Commons Hall
All staff members are welcome to join our meetings!
Guest speaker: Mike Nuttall will provide an update on the Sustaining Excellence Phase 2 efforts.