Dec. 10, 2018
Dear Faculty and Staff,
As our students begin finals today and we move closer to your well-deserved break, I have one update to share with you today, as well as a reminder about our forthcoming holiday party.
Following discussions with Provost Tom Murray and Faculty President Catherine Brooks, JD, I am establishing a small Presidential Committee for the purpose of reviewing and updating our Faculty Handbook and University Statutes.
Beginning next semester, it is my expectation that the committee will undertake a comprehensive and focused review and revision of the Faculty Handbook and University Statutes to ensure that these important governing documents conform to best practices, and are clear, uniform, and compliant with existing laws and policies.
The committee, under the leadership of Professor Brooks, will work collaboratively with General Counsel Jim Jansen and external consultants Julie Miceli and Kristine Zayko, who are nationally recognized experts from the Chicago office of the Husch Blackwell law firm.
The following individuals have accepted my invitation to serve on the committee:
- Catherine Brooks, JD, chair, faculty president, professor of law
- Jennifer Hasslen, DDS, assistant professor, School of Dentistry
- Jim Jansen, JD, general counsel
- Mark Reedy, PhD, associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences
- Justin Tolman, PharmD, PhD, associate professor, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
I would like to thank those who have agreed to serve on the committee, and I look forward to reviewing their findings and recommendations.
On Tuesday of this week, we will gather for the annual tradition of celebrating the holiday season together. I hope you can join me and your faculty and staff colleagues for the holiday party that occurs from 3-6 p.m. in the Harper Center Ballroom.
The gathering is always a highlight of the year for me since it provides an opportunity for casual conversation with many of you. Too, I have heard from faculty and staff regarding how much you enjoy this time together, especially after what is always a busy fall semester.
As campus becomes less active in the days ahead, and you begin leaving to enjoy time with family and friends, I pray that you travel safely and take full advantage of this opportunity to disconnect and rest.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ