Councils and Committees
Staff Senate has several standing councils and committees. Standing councils and committees primarily serve to facilitate the work of internal Staff Senate programs and initiatives and are made up of both senators and staff members at-large. Staff Senate standing councils and committees 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.
Staff Senate also sends senate representatives to serve on various University committees at the request of the Administration. These committees are referred to as external committees.
Membership and Participation
As stated in Article VI of the Staff Senate bylaws, "Standing committees may consist of both current and former Senate members, as well as staff members at-large. Staff members at-large must first receive the consent of the committee chair before joining meetings and activities of the committee. All senators shall be required to serve on at least one standing committee per term year."
All senators are required to serve on at least one standing council or committee per term year, but senators may serve on multiple standing councils and committees. Staff members at large are welcome on all standing councils and committees and may join any council/committee at the discretion of the council/committee chair. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Staff Senate Chairperson appoints senate representatives for the University committees (external).
The Professional Development Committee facilitates the interaction and professional development of staff by sponsoring and creating awarness of educational workshops and programs on and off campus. This committee plans and organizes two forums, one each in the fall and spring semesters for administrative professionals.
Member Role Lesa Anderson Chair
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.
Member Role Christina Bowles Chair
The Staff Activities Committee contains subcommittees which serve to facilitate planning and coordination for Staff Senate organized events, oversight and fundraising of Staff Senate Scholarship funds, and coordination with University partners in the hosting of a yearly Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising banquet.
The Staff Events Subcommittee coordinates social activities for staff such as the Staff Senate Picnic, BearFest Village tents and chili cookoff, staff appreciation events at athletic events, sponsoring Pineapple Whip for staff, and other activities through the year. This subcommittee also convenes the Breast Cancer Awareness ad-hoc committee and any other ad-hoc committee necessary to facilitate specific staff events, such as BearFest Village.
The Scholarship Subcommittee is responsible for promoting and raising funds to maintain the Staff Senate Scholarship. Each year this often includes a pancake breakfast and fundraising opportunities through other campus activities.
Member Role Laura Derrick Chair
The Staff Recruitment and Retention Committee assists in providing diversity, equity and inclusion training opportunities for university staff and actively works to recruit a diverse and inclusive senate body through outreach and cooperation with relevant campus offices, departments, and organizations. This committee promotes campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and proposes new benefits, policies, and procedures to support employee retention.
Member Role Benjamin Metzger Co-Chair Kate Harring Co-Chair
These Senators represent Staff Senate interests on committees external to our body.
Committee Representative Name Appointment Term Academic Calendar Committee Senator Gabby Lampe 1 Year Appointment Administrative Budget Committee Chair Elect Will Hadar Length of Term Board of Governors Executive Committee Meetings Chair/Chair Elect/Past Chair Will Hader Length of Term Cilf's Connection Chair Will Hader Length of Term Council for Staff Excellence in Service Awards 2 Senators
Phil Bridges Campbell Keele
2 Year Appointment
Executive Budget Committee
Chair Will Hadar Length of Term Faculty Senate Senator Kathleen Hahn 1 Year Appointment Health Care & Benefits Committee Chair Will Hadar Length of Term IT Council Senator William Hader 2 Year Appointment President's Council on Accessibility Senator Laura Derrick 1 Year Appointment Presidential and Administrative Council Retreats
Chair/Chair Elect/Past Chair
Kathleen Hains Will Hadar
Length of Term Representative Bodies Leadership Lunches Chair/Chair Elect Will Hadar Length of Term Shared Leave Committee Three Senators
Shannon Mitchell Amy Daniels
2 Year Appointment
with one seat offset
from the other two
Student Government Senator vacant 1 Year Appointment Sustainability Commission Senator Julianna Swope 1 Year Appointment. Unlimited Reappointment Transportation Advisory Committee Senator Benjamin Metzger 1 Year Appointment University Space Allocation
Chair/Chair Elect/Past Chair Will Hadar 1 Year Appointment Wall of Fame Selection Committee Chair Will Hadar 1 Year Appointment West Plains Staff Senate Senator Bryan Moore 1 Year Appointment Wyrick Commission Senator Misty Webster 1 Year Appointment