Staff Senate Committee Members

As stated in Section 4 of the Staff Senate bylaws, “Senators shall serve as members of no less than one Senate committee per term year.”  In addition to senator membership on committees, any Missouri State University staff member is eligible to serve on a Staff Senate standing committee or other university committee/group on behalf of Staff Senate. 

2014-2015 Standing Committees

Staff Senate has several standing committees that are used to investigate and discuss staff-related issues, plan service and social activities and programs for staff members, provide guidance and support for Staff Senate, and fulfill the mission of the University.  The standing committees are Budget and Priorities, Bylaws, Denim Day, Administrative Professional Forum, Public Affairs, Public Relations, Scholarship, Staff Activities, and Staff Excellence in University Service Awards.

If you are interested in serving on one of these standing committees, please email the committee chair.

Budget and Priorities Committee

The Budget and Priorities Committee (formerly the Issues and Concerns Committee) investigates issues that are brought up in Staff Senate and/or assigned by the chair and makes recommendations back to the Staff Senate.  This committee is currently inactive, and will be formed as deemed necessary. 

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Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws Committee is a Staff Senate committee whose duties shall be to develop and report bylaws and to accept proposed changes to the bylaws, study the proposals, and prepare recommendations to the Staff Senate.

Senator Members

Staff Members at Large

Ian Alaimo  
Paul Essel  
Andrew Garton  

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Denim Day Committee (Philanthropy)

Denim Day is the Staff Senate Philanthropy. This sub-committee of the Public Affairs Committee organizes the Lee National Denim Day Campaign on campus. See the Denim Day web page.

Senator Members

Staff Members at Large

Andrea Weber - Chair Kelli Farris
Catherine Beck SuzAnn Ferguson
  Emily Furtak
  Diana Garland
  Tammy Tindle

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MSU Administrative Professional Forum Committee

This Staff Senate committee serves to plan and organize two forums each in the fall and spring semesters for MSU administrative professionals. The forums will present representatives from the departments and areas admins work with the most, and serve to provide the latest updates on procedures and processes as well as contributing to professional development and campus-wide knowledge and efficiency.

Senator Members

Campus Department

Sandy Johnson - Co-Chair Faculty Senate Office
Janelle Melton - Co-Chair Honor's College
Teressa Arnette Accounting
Kristan Gochenauer Office of the President
Christy Graham Graduate College
Jamie Hall - Secretary Institutional Research
Nadine Jones Technology and Construction Management
Leta Moler Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Jaime Ross Access and Outreach
Karen Smith College of Arts and Letters
Brenda Stewart Institutional Equity and 
Laurie Wilson Darr School of Agriculture

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Public Affairs Committee

The Staff Senate Public Affairs Committee arranges activities and develops proposals to produce citizens of enhanced character that contribute to the University community and society, and demonstrate civility in thought, speech and action. While these activities and proposals may benefit all members of the University community, special emphasis is placed on staff development.

Senator Members

Staff Members at Large

Gary Stafford - Co-Chair Holly Robison
Christina Bowles - Co-chair Mary Ann Wood
Brian Edmond  
Sharon Lopinot  
Allison Overmyer  
Ryan Wilson  

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Public Relations Committee

The Public Relations Committee maintains the Staff Senate bulletin board and brochure and coordinates fundraising events for staff and presentations for New Employee Orientation. Other public relations duties may be assigned by the Staff Senate Chair.

Senator Members

Staff Members at Large

David Falls  
Allison Overmyer  
Karen Willde  
Ryan Wilson  

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Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee is responsible for promoting and raising funds to maintain the Staff Senate Scholarship.

Senator Members

Staff Members at Large

Andrew Garton - Chair Kelly Barnts
Sandra Arthur Deb Dishman
Yvette Medley  
Robert Moore  
Charles Schoneboom  
Karen Willde  

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Staff Activities Committee

The Staff Activities Committee coordinates social activities for staff such as Tent Theatre Staff Appreciation Night, the Staff Senate Picnic and other activities through the year.

Senator Members

Staff Members at Large

Janelle Melton - Chair  
Tara Benson  
Corbin Campbell  
Addie Douglas  
Yvette Medley  

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Staff Excellence in University Service Awards Committee

Selects from nominated staff recipients of the Staff Senate Excellence in Service to the University award. This award is presented by the Staff Senate to honor staff members who make outstanding contributions to the success of the University through their service as University employees.

Senator Members

Staff Members at Large

Allison Overmyer  
Dixie Williams  

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2014-2015 Other University Committees/Groups

In addition to the standing committees, Staff Senate also sends representatives to serve on and provide input to several university committees/groups.  For a full list of university committees, see the Committees Handbook published by the Office of the Provost.  Senate representatives are either staff senators or staff members at large who are asked to report back to the Staff Senate after committee meetings.

Below is a list of university committees/groups for which Staff Senate currently provides representation:

  • Administrative Budget Committee (Staff Senate Chair as representative):  Scott Fiedler
  • Faculty Senate:  Andrea Weber
  • Master Planning Committee (Staff Senate Chair as representative):  Scott Fiedler / Andrea Weber
  • My Ideas Committee:  Allison Overmyer
  • Public Arts Committee:  Yvette Medley
  • Shared Leave Committee:  To be determined
  • Sustainability Committee:  Ryan Wilson
  • Wyrick Commission:  Janelle Melton

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