December 2014 Edition

A Letter from the Staff Senate President
Dec. 1, 2014


Greetings Colleagues,

Welcome back. We hope you had a restful holiday. How can we be of service to you? My name is John Orozco, and I am the Staff Senate President. For those who don’t know me, which I venture could be a great deal of you, I am the Director for Judicial Affairs in Student Affairs and I am currently in my eleventh academic year working at this University. I began working in Judicial Affairs as a graduate assistant in the fall of 2004 and have held various positions with this department over the years. In 2006, I received my Masters in Fine Arts in Screenwriting, and as you can read in this letter, I’m putting that education to good use now.

But enough about me, let’s talk about the Staff Senate. In my brief time as Staff Senate President (I was elected last April), I have tried to begin a conversation. The conversation I wish to have is with you. How can we be of service to you? In my previous four years on Staff Senate I believe there has been a disconnect between the senate and the staff, and my goal is to bridge it. The mission statement of the Staff Senate states that the senate exists to promote professional and personal development of staff members, to serve in an advisory capacity to the University leadership in the development, review and dissemination of University policies, and to provide a forum for open communication and ongoing dialogue among the entire University community. Do you feel that we serve that role for you? 

The role of the Senate can be tricky to define for everyone. Ask a dozen people, you’re likely to get a dozen different answers. Through my eyes, I see the Staff Senate as a voice at the table for all staff. We can be as loud or as soft as you want us to be. How can we be of service to you? But in order for us to be an effective mouthpiece, we need to communicate. This newsletter is a step in that direction, but it is only a step. We need to be better about communicating to you who we are, what we do and what we learn through our advocacy. In turn, we need to hear from you. What are your needs? What makes this University the place you are proud to say that you work for? And how can we make it even better?

How can we be of service to you? We have taken steps to improve our efficacy and efficiency this year. We have set clear goals, and we are building the structure within our organization to achieve those goals. We are evaluating our current communication structure, and how we might improve. We are assessing our representation and current election structure, and trying to develop a system that could allow for intentional representation. We are increasing our visibility, with more events, and more opportunities to connect and get involved. If you have not attended our athletics tailgates, we hope you will. We encourage you to look out for new events involving professional development and shared experience. 

The Staff Senate consists of 31 people. That’s 31 incredible, dynamic, talented individuals who have a vested interest in the success of LMU, and of its staff. We represent you in the best way we can, and I encourage you to take the time to find out who takes on that responsibility from your division. We are striving to be an organization you respect and turn to when issues arise. We want to have a conversation with you, and our first question is: how can we be of service to you?

Let us know how we can be of service to you by emailing staffsenate@lmu.edu.

Sincerely, 

John Orozco
Staff Senate President