Committee Welcome

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), Rosemary Brenner, Donna Burch, Alma Hale-Cooper, Judy Marshall, Gail May, Judy Powell, Louise White, and Milla Sue Wisecarver.  Kathy Sarver, director of planned giving, serves as the SEA liaison to the Development Office.

Questions or more information, email:

SEA website includes:

Past events included:

  • monthly luncheon series, which has 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 yearly Staff Retirement Recognition banquet
  • presentation by the Director of the JMU Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Gallery
  • guided tours of new and renovated buildings on the JMU campus
  • festive Holiday luncheon

The SEA has adopted the JMU Pantry as a new support initiative.  Throughout the year, members are encouraged to make monetary contributions and supply donations to help alleviate food insecurity among JMU students. Click here for how you can help: Pantry Initiative - JMU

Today there are 308 retired staff who have earned the Staff Emeriti designation and are eligible for membership in the JMU SEA. Currently over 30% are active members of the association. We continue to reach out and encourage interaction of Staff Emeriti through social events and volunteer activities. 

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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