Council News and Updates | Council Member Spotlight | The GU-Q Staff/AAP Working Group Ambassadors | Staff/AAP Council Elections for 2018-19 | Staff/AAP Council Meetings | Updates and News Around Campus | Save the Date: Hoya Kids Learning Center’s 20th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion! | Spring Speed Mentoring Event | Second Annual “Stock the Pantry” Food DriveCampus Ministry Weekend Ignatian RetreatJesuit Mission & IdentityCampus Five Year Financial PlanGeorgetown UptownTobacco FreeNew Employee Phased Waiting Period for Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (DCRP) Benefits | President’s Excellence Award Winners for 2017 | Remember to checkout Georgetown Works!

Council News and Updates

Council-member Spotlight

Councilmember Spotlight

Christine Schiwietz joined Georgetown in 2006 as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology. She taught very popular classes such as Intro to Sociology and Women & Development. She was active at the Center for Social Justice; at CNDLS as a Doyle and Engelhard Faculty Fellow, Faculty Senator, and representative to the College Executive Council.

In 2013, Christine made the transition to the Georgetown Doha campus in her new role as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, overseeing the major in International Politics and the Certificate in American Studies.

At GU-Q, Christine also leads a Staff/AAP Working Group which consists of staff members across multiple departments. The group convenes and shares employee feedback on matters affecting life in the workplace, professional growth opportunities, and topics of interest. Together, the group has organized activities such as curated visits to local museums and to exciting events such as camel races; these serve to create a stronger sense of community and an introduction to the vibrant local culture.

Being at our Doha campus provides a global perspective that enriches the lives of people from many different backgrounds. It’s hard to believe our campus recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary in Qatar. I strongly encourage you (if you haven’t already) to come out for a visit!

Hoya Saxa,


The GU-Q Staff/AAP Working Group Ambassadors

GU-Q Staff/AAP Working Group Ambassadors

(from left to right in photo) Marwa Elghobashy, Egypt; Rudo Kwashi, Zimbabwe; Christine Schiwietz, Washington, DC, USA; Elizabeth Wanucha, North Carolina, USA; Mohamed Shokeir, GB & Japan

Staff/AAP Council Elections for 2018-19

A call for nominations will go out to all eligible participants in late March.  Nominations can be made for yourself or others so start thinking about who you’d like to see on the Staff/AAP Council for 2018-20! The Council’s primary role is to partner with leadership on matters impacting our community’s experience in the workplace.  If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved and lending your perspective to the work we do, please submit your nomination! 

Staff/AAP Council Meetings

All Staff and AAPs across Georgetown are welcome to attend all Council meetings, in person or via audio or video conference. Our next meeting will take place on April 17, 2018 from 9:30 am-11:30 am.  A Zoom invite and meeting location will be posted on the Staff/AAP Council website in advance of the meeting.

Updates and News Around Campus

Save the Date: Hoya Kids Learning Center’s 20th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion!  

Hoya Kids Learning Center (HKLC) is celebrating 20 years this year! To commemorate this important milestone, HKLC will be hosting a celebration and reunion event on Saturday, May 12 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Healy Family Student Center. More details forthcoming, but for now—save the date! 

Spring Speed Mentoring Event

The University will be hosting a seventh “speed mentoring” session on March 20, from 9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Offered over the last few years, these events serve to promote engagement between employees who are early in their careers and senior staff/leaders at Georgetown; they also provide an opportunity for employees across campuses and functional areas to meet each other.

From the perspective of early-career employees, this can serve to increase their feelings of identification with the Georgetown’s mission and goals, connecting them to senior leadership campus wide. From an institutional perspective, expanding leaders’ and employees’ access to one another may help foster a culture of collaboration across campuses, and potentially aid leadership in identifying talented employees.

Session Format: Participants will be seated in small groups at various tables. University leaders, serving as mentors, will rotate from table to table, spending approximately ten minutes with each group. During the ten-minute cycle, participants are invited to engage with mentors on career and professional development topics and any other relevant topics of interest.

Participating as mentors this spring are Joe Ferrara (Chief of Staff, President’s Office), Patricia McWade (Dean, Student Financial Services), Marshall Taylor (Interim VP, Human Resources), Robin Morey (VP, Planning & Facilities Management), Michael Barry (Chief Investment Officer, University Services), Rosemary Kilkenny (VP, International Diversity and Equity), Todd Olson (VP, Student Affairs), Charles DeSantis (AVP for Benefits & Chief Benefits Officer), Erik Smulson (VP for Public Affairs & Senior Advisor to the President), and Jeanne Lord (AVP for Student Affairs & Dean of Students).

Interested Staff and AAPs should RSVP to Junie Nathani, AVP for Leadership Services, no later than March 15. Space is limited!  

Second Annual “Stock the Pantry” Food Drive

The Staff and AAP Advisory Council is hosting the second annual Stock the Pantry food drive event for the Father McKenna Center.  Donations received through this drive will make a difference for families who turn to the Center for much needed groceries to provide quality, healthy meals.

The Father McKenna Center is a Jesuit-inspired social service agency serving homeless and low-income families in DC. The Center operates a Food Pantry offering a variety of non-perishable foods, as well as milk, eggs, fresh produce, fresh bread and meat to 80 – 100 families each week, relying heavily on several generous food drives to provide the inventory. Visit the McKenna Center web site for more information on the center and its programs.

This year’s “stock the pantry” will take place in early April. Check back in late February/early March a confirmed date and further details.

Campus Ministry Weekend Ignatian Retreat

Campus Ministry will be hosting a Weekend Ignatian Retreat on April 20-22, 2018.  Participants will be joined by Sr. Helen Scarry, Fr. Jerry Hayes, SJ, and other spiritual directors on a silent (quiet) retreat at the beautiful Calcagnini Contemplative Center.  The purpose of this retreat is to explore the five steps of the Ignatian Examination in a contemplative environment.  The Examen is a technique of reflection on the events of one’s day in order to detect God’s presence and discern God’s direction for us.  Retreat Chaplains will offer reflections and are available for one-on-one spiritual conversation. Visit their website to register and reserve a spot!

Jesuit Mission & Identity

In addition to the above, Campus Ministry offers other group and individual retreats, including retreats by faith tradition, over the course of the year. Further information is available on the Campus Ministry website.

Since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the Spiritual Exercises have been the subject of extensive research. As a Jesuit institution, Georgetown has contributed to this conversation by hosting leading experts in this renewal to put on record their understandings and personal perspectives on the history of this renewal, on the dynamics of the Exercises, and on new developments in the practice of the Exercises. Video recordings of these events are available on the President’s Office website.

Campus Five Year Financial Plan

The Board of Directors approved the five-year financial plan for the university at their February meeting.  Details of the approved plan can be found here.

Georgetown Uptown

As part of our ongoing effort to support the talent that meets the needs of a global university, Georgetown is applying an innovative design concept, currently utilized across cutting-edge industries and peer institutions, to the renovation of administrative workspace. Georgetown Uptown will reimagine space with adaptable workspace that provides greater access to people and departments, emphasizes the health and well-being of every employee and ultimately creates a destination accessible to all Georgetown University community members. 

For more information, please visit the Georgetown Uptown website.

Tobacco Free

For updates on the Tabacco Free @ Georgetown University project please visit the “Tobacco Free” page on the Georgetown Benefits site.

New Employee Phased Waiting Period for Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (DCRP) Benefits

Effective February 1, 2018, DRCP-eligible employees hired on February 1 or after will be eligible to receive a “matching” University contribution of up to 5% of earnings after one full year of service and a core University contribution of 5% of earnings after a two full years of service. Visit the Staff & Faculty Benefits web site for full details on the new policy.

President’s Excellence Award Winners for 2017

We wish to recognize our 2017 President’s Excellence Award winners. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and awarded! The 2018 call for nominations is forthcoming later this spring or early summer, with an early fall deadline.

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