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Greetings from the Staff Emeriti Association!

The Staff Emeriti Association (SEA) is a JMU sponsored program under the guidance of the Office of Human Resources. We are a multifaceted organization open to all retired full-time classified employees, who have been granted Emerita or Emeritus status by the JMU President. The organization provides an opportunity for Staff Emeriti to continue association with colleagues and to maintain ties to the University. The SEA is a professional and social organization that encourages the interaction of Staff Emeriti through a wide variety of activities. A Steering Committee regularly meets to establish goals and plan events. Committee members are: Christina Updike (chair), Jane Beach, Norma Burkholder, Nancy Dove, Mike Lam, Gail May, Mary Lynne Smith and Milla Sue Wisecarver.

Here on the SEA website is where information on our events, meeting minutes, a photo gallery, and a link to the recently revised Policy 1318 - Emeritus Staff are posted. The Emeritus Staff Policy, which was established in April 2008, defines eligibility, status, privileges, and nomination procedures for the designation.

Today there are over 125 retired staff who received the Staff Emeriti designation and are eligible for membership in the JMU SEA. Currently over 50% have attended events or responded positively to being a part of this active group. We continue to reach out and encourage interaction of Staff Emeriti through social events and volunteer activities.  In the future, we plan to develop special interest groups and organize trips to cultural programs. A few of our events this past year included attending a JMU women’s softball game, a wine and cheese social at the JMU arboretum, volunteering at a JMU Choices day, distributing SEA brochures at JMU’s Employee Appreciation Day, playing mini-golf, and planning a joint Holiday event with the Faculty Emeriti Association. Visit our website for up-to-date information.

As more retired staff receive the Staff Emeriti designation, we look forward to growing the SEA and maintaining connections with each other and JMU!  Any questions or for more information, email:

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