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Greetings from the Staff Emeriti Association!


The Staff Emeriti Association (SEA) is a JMU Human Resources sponsored program and a multifaceted organization open to retired full-time classified employees, who have earned Emerita/Emeritus status approved by the JMU President. This dynamic and fun organization provides an opportunity for Staff Emeriti to continue association with colleagues and to maintain ties to the University through a wide variety of activities.

Steering Committee: establishes yearly goals and plans events.

Committee members: Christina Updike (chair), Jane Beach, Rosemary Brenner, Norma Burkholder, Alma Hale-Cooper, Gail May, Barbara Monger, Louise White, and Milla Sue Wisecarver

Questions or more information, email:

SEA website includes:

  • information on our events
  • steering committee meeting minutes
  • event pictures in the photo gallery
  • the Bylaws
  • a link to Policy 1318 - Emeritus Staff. The policy defines eligibility, status, privileges, and nomination procedures for the designation.

Last year’s events included:

  • new monthly luncheon series, which successfully increased member participation
  • "State of the University" address by JMU President Jonathan R. Alger
  • volunteering at a JMU CHOICES day
  • distributing SEA brochures at JMU’s Employee Appreciation Day
  • artist talk by Claudia Bernardi on the "Wall of Hope" mural in the Center for Global Engagement
  • luncheon and guided tour of the new Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
  • joint Holiday Gala with the Faculty Emeriti Association

Today there are over 165 retired staff who have earned the Staff Emeriti designation and are eligible for membership in the JMU SEA. Currently over 40% are active members of the association. 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.

As more retired staff receive the Staff Emeriti designation, we look forward to growing the SEA and maintaining connections with each other and JMU! 

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