December 2015: Vol. 3, No. 3

Council News

SAC Officer Elections Opens
April 17, 2015

Heroes Behind the Scenes

Our very own SAC Chair, Barb Juknialis (Administrative Director, Department of Bioethics), has been recognized in Cleveland Magazine as an employee who works "diligently to create a kind and productive workplace and community"! Download the article.

Staff Recognition Committee News

President Barbara R. Snyder invites the campus community to nominate a non-faculty staff member for the President’s Award for Distinguished Service. This annual award honors staff members whose outstanding contributions to campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students or visitors.

Nominations (due March 27th) may come from any university staff, student or faculty member. The Staff Recognition Committee of the Staff Advisory Council will review nomination materials, select outstanding candidates and forward the names and information about those individuals to the Office of the President. The honorees each will receive a $1,000 cash award, have their names engraved on a plaque on display in Adelbert Hall and be honored at a luncheon in June.

Community Service Committee News

On December 16th, Crafters @ Case held their inaugural sale of handmade hats, scarves and mittens, and in just two hours collected more than $500 in sales, and with cash donations and a double-your dollar match via WKYC TV-3, the group was able to donate funds to the Cleveland Foodbank to provide more than 5,400 meals! In addition, the Crafters donated 62 items to Care Alliance and another 65 items to City Mission. Their efforts helped individuals and families from three organizations thanks to your support!

Staff Training & Development Committee News

The Staff Training & Development Committee of the Staff Advisory Council would like to extend their most sincere thanks to the campus community for supporting the 2015 Valentine's Day bake sale. The sale raised a record-breaking $879 to support the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund (SEEF)!


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Committee Highlight: Elections

Organizing and Monitoring the Election Process for the Council

The Elections Committee shall be responsible for organizing and monitoring the election process for the Council, as well as, planning an orientation program for newly elected Council Representatives. It is our mission to preserve the integrity of the election process by continuing to follow the guidelines as set forth in the Staff Advisory Council Constitution.

A full list of nominees to serve as representatives in all management areas is essential. The Election committee will strive to increase involvement and interest in the election process for the Staff Advisory Council. Increasing representation within the two largest management groups, the School of Medicine and University Administration, will be one of our primary goals for the coming year. The committee has expectations that this will lead to an improved understanding of Council operations. The creation of a nomination sub-committee has been carefully reviewed and initiated. Appropriate constitutional changes have been introduced to assist with the objectives of the elections committee and nomination sub-committee.

Committee normally meets in Sears 670 conference Room on the second Tuesday of each month. If you are interested in this committee, please visit the website; you do not have to be a member of SAC to serve.

Questions? Email co-chairs: Karyn Newton ( or James Prince (

Member Highlight: Karyn Newton

Helping to make CWRU an even more welcoming place by breaking down barriers and resolving issues

Headshot of Karyn Newton

Karyn Newton is no stranger to Case Western Reserve University. In fact, she has worked here since 1997 in various offices ranging from development to the School of Engineering, and now in her role as the Executive Aide to Dr. Marilyn Mobley, the VP of the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. When asked what she likes best about her job, she says that she enjoys “helping to make CWRU an even more welcoming place by breaking down barriers and resolving issues.”

Karyn and her husband, Darrell, live in Ukrainian Village have an adult son, Mike, and a daughter, Jocelyn, who is in the 6th grade. Together the family enjoys camping, whitewater rafting, and visiting historical sites such as Williamsburg, VA. They also share a love of roller coasters! Little known fact about Karyn: she is working on her Master’s degree in World Literature, with a concentration in Classical Literature. This educational journey that started in 2006 has allowed her to study four different languages: Arabic, Latin, Greek and German! Whew!

Karyn was first elected to SAC in 2010 and was immediately drawn to the Elections Committee. She used her experience as a poll volunteer (also known as an “Elections Judge”) in helping to organize the SAC elections process. Karyn enjoys the “behind the scenes” work and meeting people from across campus. When asked what advice she would give to someone considering volunteering for SAC, she says, “JUST DO IT!” She remarks that the benefits far outweigh the work involved, and that it is a concrete way to provide service to the university. Thanks, Karyn, for making an impact on SAC!

2015 Election Results

Results of the 2015 Staff Advisory Council elections are in. The two-year terms for newly elected representatives began in September 2015. The following university staff members have either been elected or reelected:

University Administration

  • Timothy Eppich
  • Richard Kramer
  • Jing Li
  • James Nauer
  • Karyn Newton
  • Jim Prince
  • Natalie Staats Reiss
  • Ayla Siemon
  • Michael Yeager
  • Sharon Burke
  • Ryanne Gallagher
  • Pat Greene
  • Theresa Grigger
  • AmariYah Israel
  • Beth Jones
  • Paul Keeley
  • Martha Payne

Academic Administration

  • John Killings
  • Jeremy Naab
  • JC Scharf-Deering
  • Matt Smith

School of Dental Medicine

  • Brian Sherman
  • Melody Long

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

  • Dedra Hanna-Adams
  • Pamela Collins

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

  • Churyl Croone
  • Maria Sharron

Community Service Update

Basket Raffle

The 2015 Basket Raffle was held in conjunction with the Benefits Fair on November 11-12, 2015 at the Tinkham Veale University Center. This year, $5,000 was donated to US Together, a refugee resettlement agency located on the east side of Cleveland that provides help to those who are seeking refuge and are unable to stay in their native country. In addition, they provide support services, employment services, health access, ESL classes and family services. A complete list of winners is available on the Community Service page.

Crafters @ Case

The 2015 Crafters @ Case sale was held on December 9-10, 2015 in the BRB Lobby and resulted in $1,043 in sales and donations within 4 hours.  More than 350,000 stitches were made in creating the more than 180 yarn-craft items offered for sale/donation.  We also featured a new line of crafted items including ceramics and coasters.  We were able to provide support to four causes.  Here is the breakdown:

  • $170 in checks was donated to the SAC Educational Enhancement Fund
  • $900 in cash was donated to the Cleveland Food Bank/WKYC Double Your Dollar Day Telethon, and will provide 7,200 meals!!! 
  • Laura’s Home (City Mission) and St. Malachi each received 5 boxes (79 items) last Thursday, in plenty of time for distribution before Christmas!

More information can be found on the Community Service page.