Mission/Urban/Social Justice Team

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Team Membership

Twelve-member team: one alumnus, two students, three administrative representatives (at least two of which should be representative of two of the following: the University Ministry, the Office of Mission and Identity, and the Institute for Leadership Development), one staff representative, one law school representative, one dental school representative, one faculty member selected by the MFA from among its members, and two faculty members elected by the McNichols faculty

Reports to the provost/vice president for Academic Affairs and through that office to other bodies as appropriate


3 faculty representatives

Karen Harris, Nursing, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2017)

Arthur Ko, Nursing, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2018)
Sonya Kowalski, Nursing, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2017)  (MFA)

3 administrative representatives

Lisa MacDonnell, Executive Assistant to the President (term expires 3/2017)

John Staudenmaier, SJ, Office of Mission and Identity (term expires 3/2017)

Anita Klueg, Chairperson, Director, University Ministry (term expires 8/2017)

1 staff representative

Elizabeth Engelson, Office of Student Affairs (term expires 8/2017)

1 Dental School representative

Juliette Daniels, Director, Student Affairs (term expires 3/2017)

1 Law School representative

Megan Jennings, Assistant Dean, School of Law (term expires 8/2017)

1 alum representative

TBD (term expires 8/2016)

2 student representatives

TBD (term expires 8/2016)

TBD (term expires 8/2016)

Invited Participants

The chairperson of a team and/or the administrator to whom the team reports may add guests in an “Invited Participant” category. Individuals are invited because of their expertise, potential contributions, or history with the team but have no voting rights.  The term of service for invited participants is not to exceed two years.  Invited participants are not eligible for reappointment in this category.  A team may not exceed three invited participants at any given time.


2016-2017 Charge

  • Manage the call for, review of submitted nominees and selection of the awardees for the Mission Leadership Award, the Vivere ex Missione Award, and the Agere ex Missione award.
  • Discuss the option of graduate student eligibility for the Vivere ex Missione Awards.
  • Develop recommendations to foster the Jesuit and Mercy traditions through ongoing education and promotion of mission fulfillment.  Review websites or talk with individuals at similarly situation universities/colleges to identify best practices or strategies to promote or support mission.
  • Provide details highlighting the recipients of the Missione Awards including gathering the names of awardees, suggested location for the plaque and preferred  company and/or plaque details, e.g. size.

  • Make recommendations as to what religious holidays should be noted on the University/Academic calendar as well as college/school calendars if appropriate e.g. Eid, Hanukkah etc.
  • Serve as an advisory group for Celebrate Spirit.
  • Serve as an advisory group for the University-wide “Service Plunge.”
  • Establish procedures for keeping records of approved resolutions, determinations, advice, membership records and other actions.
  • Keep the University community informed of team activities by providing summary minutes of meetings and reports for posting to the Shared Governance website. The secretary to the committee is responsible for sending these documents to sharedgovernance(at)udmercy.edu.
  • Verify whether team's operational policy and procedures are consistent with practice. Submit your revised document to the Shared Governance Task Force through the chairperson by December 1. If there are no changes to be made notify the SGTF chairperson by the same date.

Note: Please note the first charge is from the 2012-2017 University Strategic Plan action steps Click here to view

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