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Staff Council

Staff Council works to further the college's mission and goals while fostering an inclusive and transparent environment for an engaged and empowered staff community. The council's key roles are to:

  • Faciliate communication between staff and leadership
  • Support diversity and inclusion efforts across the college
  • Create ad-hoc committees to meet the council's goals
  • Advocate on behalf of staff

VIEW STAFF COUNCIL PROCEDURES

Our Values:

Openness | Community | Inclusion | Diversity



Meetings

Staff Council holds meetings once a month. Each meeting has two parts: The first hour is spent discussing council business and the second hour is an open forum style where guest speakers from across the college present on important topics. Westminster staff are invited to attend and to submit topics for discussion.

Next Meeting:

Programming

Staff Council recognizes the hard work and dedication of staff members in several ways:

  • Staff of the Month: Each month, Staff Council recognizes a Staff of the Month, selecting a winner from staff who are nominated by members of the campus community.
  • Staff Emeritus: The Staff Emeritus Program recognizes long-time staff contributions to Westminster and strives to maintain a connection with staff who have retired.
  • Staff Community Awards: Awards are given out each year at the Staff Retreat to winners who were nominated by their peers. A variety of categories recognize work over the past year.
  • Virtual Applause Cards: Send a virtual applause card to give recognition for why another staff member is great.

Staff Council is dedicated to supporting the professional development of Westminster staff. Full-time staff are eligible to apply for Staff Council's Staff Professional Development Fund to help pay for professional development activities such as workshops, conferences, trainings, and more. The council also invests in hosting periodic professional development events on campus.

Each summer, the council hosts the Staff Retreat, which includes workshops, the announcement of new Staff Council members, staff recognition and awards, and more.

Get to know your peers—attend one of the council’s periodic social events, including tailgates, paint nights, and more, or bond with other staff members by joining or creating a staff group.

Staff Council Members

Chair

Dalton Bamburg

Dalton Bamburg


Financial Aid Counselor

Vice-Chair

Laura Kendellen

Laura Kendellen


Director, Web Strategy

Treasurer

Jeff Driggs

Jeff Driggs


Director of Foundation Relations

Communications Coordinator

Pamela Shields

Pamela Shields


Director of Events

Yvonne Francis

Yvonne Francis


Administrative Coordinator

Joshua Juarez

Joshua Juarez


Assistant Athletic Trainer

Lindsie Smith

Lindsie Smith


Director Gore Giovale Center for Innovative Learning

AJ Verkouw

AJ Verkouw


Director of Outdoor Programs

Committees

The Recognition Committee aims to provide informal and formal recognition of staff and to encourage supervisors to implement department recognition. The committee manages the process and selection of Staff of the Month. The committee organizes and creates a selection process for the annual Community Staff Awards as part of the Staff Retreat. The committee supports the staff emeritus program at the college including reviewing nominations for staff emeriti, planning the annual staff emeritus reception and other social events for emeriti.

Committee Chair:

The Community Engagement and Social Events Committee aims to improve morale by connecting staff to the entire college community. The committee organizes events for all staff that encourage staff to attend athletic events, theatre and music performances, and other opportunities for staff to socialize through campus events.

Committee Chair:

The Professional Development and Training Committee aims to promote engaged learning opportunities for staff to improve work performance and personal development. The committee manages the process for selection and disbursement of professional development funds and plans and organizes the annual Staff Retreat. The committee will also propose and organize additional professional development opportunities for staff on-campus.

Committee Chair:

Yvonne Francis

Yvonne Francis


Administrative Coordinator

The Mission, Values, and Vision Committee is charged with evaluating the current mission and values of Staff Council to ensure they are actionable and align with Staff Council goals. The committee will determine if the current statements in the official procedures reflect the work being done by Staff Council. The committee will also determine how a vision statement could aid the collective’s work by providing guidelines around the role Staff Council plays on campus. All proposed changes to Staff Council mission, vision, and values will be brought to the full council for a vote.

Committee Chair:

Laura Kendellen

Laura Kendellen


Director, Web Strategy

 

Contact

Submit the form below to contact Staff Council with any questions, concerns, or ideas about staff support and involvement at Westminster College. You can submit this form anonymously by leaving identifying fields blank.