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Staff Senate Election

Are you interested in:

  • Contributing to the success of the University by supporting its Mission
  • Participating in the shared governance system – providing open communication/dialogue amongst the University community
  • Deliberating and providing recommendations on significant issues
  • Promoting the growth and welfare of the University staff, as well as, a positive and supportive work environment
  • Volunteering to serve the campus community

Then, please consider joining the Staff Senate!

Full/Part-time employees having completed one year of employment by April 15th within the Clerical, Maintenance, Technical, Trades, Para-professional or Professional positions are encouraged to consider running for a Senate seat. The Senate is comprised of 27 Senators and 6 Alternates within three employee groups (Clerical, MTTP and Para/Prof).

If you and/or one of your colleagues is interested in serving on the Staff Senate, please submit your/their name as a nominee for our upcoming election!

The call for nominations will take place from Monday, April 11th through Wednesday, April 20th. WATCH YOUR EMAIL AND BBOARD for the announcement. The election will take place during the last week of April and email will be sent at that time encouraging everyone to vote!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a Staff Senate Officer or Senator. Use the following link to view the Staff Senate website & learn more about the Staff Senate.

We look forward to hearing from, working with and for you!

President: Gina Butler
President-Elect: Mark Murphy
Vice-President: Kristi Klien
Secretary: Rose Ann Jubinski
Parliamentarian: Pauline Palko

Fall 2021 Staff Senate Newsletter

Click on the link below to read about Staff Senate news, a special letter to staff from Father Marina, information about the Fall Communications Symposium, and more!

Fall 2021 - Staff Senate Newsletter

Staff Voluntary Time Donation Policy

Below is the letter from Father Marina regarding the Staff Voluntary Time Donation Policy and important links:

Dear Friends,

Earlier this fall, the President’s Cabinet enthusiastically approved a new Staff Voluntary Time Donation Policy for University staff effective immediately.

The new policy grows directly from the initiative of the Staff Senate. The Senate collaborated with Human Resources to develop a policy that puts a fair and equitable process in place to support a long-standing desire by staff to support each other during times of extended absence due to their own or an eligible family members illness or medical emergency.

Through the policy, staff members will be able to donate up to a combination of five days of sick or vacation time per calendar year into a timeshare pool from October 1 to November 30 by completing a Voluntary Vacation and Sick Time Donation/Request Form available through Human Resources. The policy will be administered by the Office of Human Resources.

Eligible staff members may request time from the timeshare pool for medical emergencies as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. The amount of time that may be requested will depend on their regular work schedule and the amount of funds available.

In order to be compliant with IRS regulations, the policy includes a number of important steps and procedures. I encourage members of the staff to review the complete Staff Voluntary Vacation and Sick Time Donation Policy on the Office of Human Resources website.

Staff interested in learning more about the policy may RSVP to attend one of the following virtual information sessions:

  • November 5th at 2:00 p.m.
  • November 11th at 9:00 a.m.

I am deeply grateful to the Staff Senate for their dedication and effort in bringing this policy to fruition. Saint Ignatius reminds us always that love is shown more in deeds than words. The donation of time to care for each other in the challenging times of life is a beautiful expression of both our Ignatian mission and our incomparable community.

Yours faithfully,

Joseph G. Marina, S.J.


Let's do our part to make sure campus is safe for everyone!  Here is a link to the FAQ from the Royals Back Together Website:

Monthly Staff Senate Meeting

Staff members are welcome to attend. If more than three (3) staff members from your department are planning on attending, please let Gina Butler, Staff Senate President, know in advance so that adequate arrangements (seating, etc.) may be made to accommodate all guests.  For a list of dates, visit Meeting Dates.


There are no upcoming events at this time.

Employee Resource Document

The Staff Development Committee has updated the Employee Resource Document. View the document.

Staff Handbook Available Online

As of June 20, 2013 the updated Handbook for Staff and Administrators has been distributed electronically and posted to the HR website

This major project was led by the Office of Human Resources with support and feedback from the Staff Senate and President's Cabinet.  The revision process began with Human Resources updating the existing handbook to reflect current practices and appropriate compliance and legal mandates.  A revised draft was then provided to the Staff Senate for input.  The Staff Senate convened the committee, reviewed the handbook and provided constructive feedback.  Once the Staff Senate completed this review, follow-up meetings were held with Human Resources to discuss the Senate's comments.  This draft was then presented to the President's Cabinet for final review.

This 2013 Handbook replaces and supercedes all previous versions of the handbook in its entirety and should be used as the current source of information regarding employment with the University.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources at (570) 941-7767.

Contact Us

The Staff Senate is more involved than ever and wants to hear from staff members on issues that we can bring to the table for discussion and resolution. If you have any issues that you would like us to address, please email the Staff Senate at or one of your representatives.