University of Southern Indiana

Employee Relations Committee

Employee Picnic

What does this committee do?

The mandate for this committee, as stated in the bylaws is 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 late May/early June for all USI employees.

The committee also organizes and sponsors the USI Giving Tree program for employees, students, and USI families who need assistance during the Christmas holiday.

Other projects include:

Did You Know?

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 every spring, starting in 1995.

Did You Know?

The Giving Tree originally began 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 that their division could implement for the University community. Donna Moore, Chris Jines and Pam Hopson formed the idea of 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 began sponsoring this yearly mission in 2001 and developed the criteria for eligibility. There were 34 individual people who received gifts the first year.

Did You Know?

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 the HLC had a recognition award for support staff and suggested that USI develop a similar award. 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.

Employee Recognition Award Recipients:

2007 - Kim Schauss
2008 - Mary Spahn
2009 - Ross Hettenbach
2010 - Theresa Daugherty
2011 - Terry Martin
2012 - Lucy Schenck
2013 - Mike Mikulski
2014 - Chris Hogue
2015 - Denise Michael

For more information or to become involved, please contact the current Staff Council Chair.


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