Staff Senate Committees

All committee rosters are accurate for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Angel Bear Tree Committee

Charge

To provide assistance with the holiday expenses for UCA employees. Specifically, this is done through administering the Angel Bear Tree program on campus to gather, wrap, and distribute gift donations.

Members

  • Veneta Fricks, Co-Chair
  • Kim Klotz, Co-Chair
  • Ashley Isom
  • Audreka Peten
  • Elizabeth Gayfield
  • Hunter Roberts
  • Lynetta Morris
  • Steven Shook
  • Thomas McDaniel
  • Tina Wells

Appointments Committee

Charge

Make recommendations to Senate of appointments to university and Staff Senate committees; make recommendations to Senate to fill vacant Senate positions.

Members

  • Carlos Herrera, Chair
  • Angela Jackson
  • Garth Clayborn
  • Jennifer Day
  • Natalie Shock

Basketball Committee

Charge

Acquire and equip workers to work as ushers for each home basketball game. These volunteer positions raise money for Staff Senate to use to benefit as many UCA staff members as possible through Staff Senate sponsored programs.

Members

  • Angela Polk, Co-Chair
  • Nadia Eslinger, Co-Chair
  • Christy Dade
  • Courtney Bryant
  • Julia Robison
  • Kimberly Klotz
  • Richard Hammond

Compensation Committee

Charge

Develop a 5-year plan for addressing salary concerns of staff within the budget and make recommendations to the Strategic Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC).

Members

  • Audreka Peten, Co-Chair
  • Ashley Isom, Co-Chair
  • Hunter Roberts
  • Kimberly Klotz
  • Maree Herring
  • Melanie Watson
  • Richard hammond
  • Veneta Fricks

Communications Committee

Charge

Develop and implement a communication plan for Staff Senate.

Members

  • Garth Clayborn, Chair
  • Angela Polk, Courtesy
  • Courtney Bryant
  • Jennifer Day
  • Jennifer Ruud
  • Natalie Shock

Courtesy Committee (Sub Committee)

Charge

Receive notification of staff and faculty members who are suffering significant loss or who are celebrating a significant milestone, and send Congratulations, Get Well, Goodbye, New Baby, Retirement, Sympathy, or Thinking of You greeting cards.

Members

  • Angela Polk

Elections Committee

Charge

Determine upcoming vacancies on the Senate and fill appropriately within the constraints of the approved constitution.

Members

  • Nadia Eslinger, President
  • Carlos Herrera, Vice President
  • Garth Clayborn, Secretary
  • Melanie Watson, Parliamentarian
  • Kristin Jetts, Treasurer

Emergency Fund Committee

Charge

To serve as responsible stewards of the Staff Senate Emergency Fund. The committee shall administer all activities related to review, approval, and fund disbursement related to all Staff Senate Emergency Fund applications.

Members

  • Kristen Jetts, Co-Chair
  • Taylor Ingram, Co-Chair
  • Alison Taylor
  • Jason Cole
  • Kyana Smith
  • Natalie Shock
  • Susan Peterson
  • Tina Wells

Employee Recognition Committee

Charge

Award deserving UCA staff members by recognizing an Employee of the Quarter for each quarter, as well as two Employees of the Year (one classified and one non-classified).

Members

  • Ashley Isom, Co-Chair
  • Susan Peterson, Co-Chair
  • Angela Polk
  • Jason Cole
  • Jennifer Ruud
  • Kristin Jetts
  • Kyana Smith
  • Lynetta Morris
  • Maree Herring
  • Natalie Shock

Football Committee

Charge

Acquire and equip volunteers to work as gate attendants, ticket takers, and ushers for each home football game. These volunteer positions raise money for Staff Senate to use to benefit as many UCA staff members as possible through Staff Senate sponsored programs.

Members

  • Jason Davis, Co-Chair
  • Susan Peterson, Co-Chair
  • Audreka Peten
  • Lynetta Morris
  • Maree Herring
  • Taylor Ingram
  • Thomas McDaniel

Professional Development Committee

Charge

To assist staff employees in pursuing opportunities for professional development.

Members

  • Kyana Smith, Chair
  • Alison Taylor
  • Angela Polk
  • Garth Clayborn
  • Hunter Roberts
  • Richard Hammond
  • Charlotte Strickland (University Training representative)

Reynolds Ushering Committee

Members

  • Carlos Herrera, Co-Chair
  • Jennifer Ruud, Co-Chair
  • Angela Jackson
  • Angela Polk
  • Elizabeth Gayfield
  • Jennifer Day
  • Lynetta Morris
  • Steven Shook
  • Thomas McDaniel
  • Tina Wells

Scholarship Committee

Charge

Make applications available for the three Staff Senate scholarships and decide which applicants will be awarded how much money for each of the scholarships based upon the provided guidelines.

Members

  • Angela Jackson, Co-Chair
  • Alison Taylor, Co-Chair
  • Angela Jackson
  • Christy Dade
  • Courtney Bryant
  • Jason Cole
  • Kyana Smith
  • Shad Foley
  • Taylor Ingram

Spring Social Committee

Charge

To organize a luncheon open to staff and faculty that is sponsored by the President’s Office and Staff Senate.

Members

  • Elizabeth Gayfield, Co-Chair
  • Melanie Watson, Co-Chair
  • Alison Taylor
  • Ashley Isom
  • Carlos Herrera
  • Christy Dade
  • Jason Davis
  • Julia Robison
  • Kimberly Klotz
  • Veneta Fricks

Staff Handbook Committee

Charge

This committee is charged with keeping the Staff Handbook current and relevant to the needs of staff which includes the following: review board policies to ensure the most current policy is reflected in the handbook; make suggestions for revisions and updates to policies; work with HR to make any revisions needed; compare manual and policies to other universities our size to ensure we are current and transparent with all information that should be covered by asking committee members to research policies and table of content information in staff handbooks.

Members

  • Julia Robison, Chair
  • Ashley Isom
  • Christy Dade
  • Jason Cole
  • Taylor Ingram

Winter Feast Committee

Charge

To organize a fundraiser luncheon open to staff and faculty that is sponsored by the President’s Office and Aramark, the donations of which will go to the Angel Bear Tree Fund.

Members

  • Richard Hammond, Co-Chair
  • Melanie Watson, Co-Chair
  • Angela Jackson
  • Ashley Isom
  • Courtney Bryant
  • Elizabeth Gayfield
  • Jason Davis
  • Kristin Jetts
  • Steven Shook
  • Tina Wells