The mandate for this committee, as stated in the bylaws is that it "shall address the appropriate matters and other concerns of the Staff Council".
- At the July retreat, committee members shall elect a chair of the committee.
- The chair must schedule all meetings for the year, and the committee must meet once a month.
- The chair of the committee will present an end of year report to include all events to the Staff Council chair.
This committee is responsible for organizing the annual Employee Picnic, usually held in early June for USI employees.
The committee also organizes and is still sponsors the USI Giving Tree program for employees, students, and USI families who need a little extra assistance during the Christmas holiday.
Other projects include:
The first Employee Picnic was held on Friday, June 17, 1994. There was a box to collect donations for Archie’s Food Closet.
467 tickets were issued to employees to attend the picnic, which served grilled hamburgers and several side dishes. Staff Council later voted that the picnic be held in spring, starting in 1995.
The USI Giving Tree was originally started as an outreach of Student Affairs. While brainstorming at a Student Affairs Retreat, Dr. John Byrd, former vice president for Student Affairs, asked for ideas their division could implement for the University community. Donna Moore, Chris Jines and Pam Hopson formed the idea for a giving tree for students and/or staff in need. Student Affairs agreed to purchase four artificial trees to be placed around campus.
Staff Council took over this yearly mission in 2001 and created criteria forms of eligibility. There were 34 individual people who received gifts the first year.
The Support Staff Employee Recognition Award was created in 2007. During USI’s re-accreditation process, Staff Council representatives Chris Jines, Don Broshears, Terry Martin, Yvonne Floyd and Sheree Seib, met with the evaluator, Dr. Joaquin Villegas from the Higher Learning Commission on September 26, 2006. Dr. Villegas informed Staff Council representatives that his institution had a recognition award for support staff and suggested the idea to have a similar award at USI. Chris Jines suggested having a “traveling” trophy to recognize the winning support staff member.
Over the next several months, Chris Jines, Karen Anderson and Angela Torres met with Donna Evinger, director of Human Resources, to create the criteria for the Support Staff Performance Recognition Award. President Hoops provided a $500 monetary award to be presented along with the trophy. The first award was presented at the University’s Support Staff Luncheon in fall 2007 to the recipient, Kim Schauss.