Staff Senate

Staff Senate


Group photo of PSNK staff at retreat downtown Pittsburgh

This group of Penn State New Kensington staff was on a tour of the Energy Innovation Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

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The Penn State New Kensington Staff Senate offers a voice for staff, striving to enhance the day-to-day work environment for all and promote a sense of community and respect across campus.


  • to better serve the student population through effective coordination between departments, staff members and leadership of Penn State New Kensington
  • to enhance professionalism and foster a spirit of unity and cooperation among employees
  • to provide an open forum for discussion, suggestions, concerns and best practices in a safe, judgement-free environment


Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are typically held once a month in 051 Conference Center.


University Staff Advisory Council

The University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) is "the voice for Penn State staff."  The council is composed of staff from throughout the commonwealth and represents the interests and issues impacting staff.


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 Current Officers (2017-18):

  • President: Yesenia Figueroa-Lifschitz, Information Resources and Services Support Specialist,
  • Vice President:  Candee Christy, Administrative Support Assistant, Chancellor's Office,
  • Secretary:  Beth Nury, Administrative Support Assistant,


Current Sub-Committees:

There are currently 3 sub-committees of the Staff Senate:

  • Staff Events & Recognition
  • Student Experience
  • Professional Development


Special Interest Groups: