Staff Senate Says Farewell to Outgoing Senators, Welcomes New Leadership

Posted: July 19, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

In its annual “Hail and Farewell” luncheon yesterday, the Staff Senate bid farewell to eight outgoing senators, including the chair for the past four years, Stacey Remick-Simkins. At the same time, it welcomed new leadership: chair Michelle Carr, Cultural Studies; vice chair Della Patrick, Information Technology Unit; and treasurer Janet Walker, Human Resources, as well as seven new senators.

Outgoing senators are: Judy Morton (2002-06), Ann Ludwick (2003-06), Robin Knies (2003-06), Heather Aleknavage (2004-06), Darren Silvis (2004-06), Marcy Glover (2004-06) and Carol Trayers (2005-06).

“Collaboration” was the key word for the hail and farewell event. Outgoing chair Remick-Simkins called on her fellow senators to continue to “recognize the value and diversity of our group” and to remember “we always benefit by working together.” Although she is stepping down as a senator, Remick-Simkins will continue to be involved with the senate’s Security Privacy and Compliance Work Group.

Incoming chair Carr said that her goals as leader of the senate will be to see that “benefits are never diminished, but enhanced.” She said the top issues for the senate are compensation, child care and transportation, and pledged to “keep the channels of communication open between the employees and administration.”

The outgoing senators were lauded by President Alan Merten and other administrators. Merten said he had high expectations when the Staff Senate was formed in 1998, with Remick-Simkins as one of the co-founders. “It’s always nice when your high expectations are fulfilled.” He also thanked the senators for “not only representing themselves but also for representing George Mason University.”

Senior Vice President Maurice Scherrens thanked Remick-Simkins for her leadership and noted some of the achievements of the Staff Senate. He also indicated that the administration would continue to lobby for a cost of living adjustment.

John Spaldo, assistant vice president for University Services, commented that the Staff Senate not only identifies problems, but “they are actively working to develop solutions to the problems.” Linda Harber, assistant vice president for Human Resources and Payroll, said, “The senate works in such beautiful collaboration with the university. How proud I am of this Staff Senate.”

The next Staff Senate meeting, which all employees are encouraged to attend, is Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m. This meeting will be teleconferenced to the Arlington Campus, Original Building, Room 335, and the Prince William Campus, Occoquan Building, Room 221. For more information, call the Staff Senate at 703-993-4141.

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