A Letter from Our Executive Committee

Dear Colleagues,

As the weather warms up and the sun shines bright, Staff Council looks forward to spring. However, the work of the council continued throughout this past winter. In January, Staff Council hosted their second Meet & Greet breakfast, where nearly 30 staff members participated despite the snow delay for area schools. The informal breakfast session was an opportunity for staff to meet their liaisons and see other departmental colleagues before the spring semester began. To stay connected with Staff Council events, please like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AUStaffCouncil.

Staff Council Fall Reception

Staff Council also recently updated their bylaws to reflect current practices, and now permits those who receive internal promotions to remain on the council if their workload allows. So far this year, three Staff Council members were promoted to new positions, and the council retained their invaluable contributions and strong work ethic. Staff Council currently has almost 100 percent retention rate of members for the 2014-2015 year.

Looking forward, Staff Council is planning its annual signature events, including Campus Beautification Day (April 14) and Staff Appreciation Week (May 18-22). The Council will host the annual Book & Media Swap (with Professional Clothing Drive) on Thursday, May 21 in MGC main entrance from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event is your opportunity to drop off clean and professional clothing, which will be donated to A Wider Circle. Books may be donated between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. to benefit Better World Books. You also will have the opportunity to pick up donated books for yourself between 12 and 2 p.m. Come to network and mingle with your fellow AU staff and Staff Council members at Tenley Gastropub (formerly Public Tenley) on Thursday, May 21 from 5:30 p.m. onwards. Please RSVP if you plan on attending. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit http://tenleygastropub.com/index.html.

Please contact your Staff Council Liaison if you have any questions relating to the interests of staff. You also are encouraged to attend meetings every first and third Tuesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in MGC 245 (Butler Conference Room during the summer months). To find your liaison and learn more about Staff Council, visit www.american.edu/staffcouncil. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

The Staff Council Executive Team

Andrea Carpenter, Co-Chair, Kogod School of Business
Celina Ryan, Chair, Human Resources and Facilities Management
Adrian Sanchez, Secretary, Career Center