Committees

If you are on a CC committee and would like to add a listing here, please send the following to pr@caspercollege.edu: (1) the committee name, (2) about paragraph, and (3) name of contact person.

Administrative Alliance

Chair or POC: Rachel Chadderdon and Katie McMillan (co-chairs)

Purpose: Communication and advocate internally and externally on matters to our membership and to the college as a whole through meaningful exchange between staff, administration, faculty and executive council.

Membership: Any Casper College employee who is classified as an administrator through their job description held at Human Resources is an eligible member.

Art Committee

Chair or POC: Valerie Innella Maiers

Purpose: The Casper College Art Committee is charged with recommending policy, placement, and preservation measures for the Casper College Art Collection. Additional considerations include reviewing existing paperwork such as accession forms, condition reports, storage concerns, and display considerations on campus and for museum exhibition loans. Cataloging and handling of individual artworks, as well as any grant writing toward collection concerns, is completed by the Committee Chair and records are housed in the Western History Center database. Minutes and recommendations for the collection are monitored by the Chair.

Membership: Current membership includes Director of Casper College Museums as well as several members of the Visual Arts Department. Additional meetings are held with the Director of the Western History Center, Casper College Foundation Office, and collection stakeholders.

Behavioral Intervention Team

Chair or POC: Linda Toohey

Purpose: Collect and evaluate potential hazards to campus community and accept reports from campus community members on behaviors they find concerning.

Membership: Decided by VP-Student Services (annual)

Benevolent Fund Committee

Chair or POC: Marge Christiansen

Purpose: The fund will provide assistance of up to $200 to help the employee pay for an emergency bill.

Membership: Volunteers from all three alliances.

Calendar Committee

Contact: Linda Nichols and Academic Dean

Purpose: Develop academic calendars for Casper College students and employees.

Membership: Registrar, Academic Dean, 2 Faculty Representatives, 1 Student Services representative, Staff Alliance Rep, Admin Alliance Rep, HR Director.

Campus Safety & Emergency Response Committee

Contact: Lori Abrams

Purpose: Confer on public safety and emergency management issues.

Casper College Security

  • Natrona County Crisis Management Plan
  • Sample Crisis Management Plan

Casper College Tri-Alliance

Purpose: To promote professional practices; active participation of all in the solution of institutional matters; and allegiance to a genuine spirit of professional ethics.

Membership: Chair and Vice Chair of Faculty, Staff and Administration alliances

  • Alliance Activities Committee: To plan and execute social events that support campus activities and to promote involvement in such activities by faculty, staff and administrators. Membership:  3 staff, 3 administrative, and 3 faculty members.  Nominations and elections are held at the alliance level.

College Council

Contact: Dr. Darren Divine

Purpose: College Council is a representative committee designed to foster and practice shared governance at the institution.  The committee not only discusses information to be disseminated across campus, but also makes final recommendations on college policies before they are sent to the Board of Trustees for consideration.

Membership: The president selects the positions represented on the council.  The membership consists of the president, the vice presidents of academic affairs, student services, and administrative services the executive dean of continuing education, public relations director, executive assistant to the president/board of trustees, the human resource director, the faculty senate chair and chair-elect, two other at-large faculty, the administrative alliance chair and chair-elect, the staff alliance chair and vice chair, and the student senate representative.

Constitution Day Committee

Contact: Erich Frankland

Purpose: This committee’s purpose is to plan events on an annual basis to recognize the adoption of the U.S. Constitution (required by federal law).

Membership: Chaired by POLS/HIST/INST Department and includes full-time faculty and coordinates with Student Activities Coordinator.

Curriculum Committee

Chair or POC: Rich Burk

About: The mission of the Casper College Curriculum Committee is to assure the continuing excellence of curricular offerings at Casper College, including course offerings, degree requirements, certification requirements, and general education requirements.

Membership: Appointed by Deans with two nonvoting members, one from the Registrar’s office and one from Academic Affairs

Comprehensive Summaries:

CURRICULOG LOGIN AND ACCESS 

Data Governance Committee

Contact: Institutional Research Appointee

Purpose: Develop and maintain college-wide policies and procedures to ensure effective data management.

Membership: IR, Reps from: Faculty Senate, Registrar, IT, Student Systems, Student Success, Dean’s Council, HR, Digital Learning, Finance Systems.

Datatel Users Rountable (DURT)

Chair or POC: Linda Nichols

Purpose: Increase collaborative efforts across colleague users.

Membership: Primary users of Colleague.

Dean’s Council

Contact: Shawn Powell

Purpose: Discuss matters pertinent to the academic operations of the college.

Membership: VP-Academic Affairs, Executive Dean, and Deans 

Demorest Humanities Festival Committee

Chair or POC: Valerie Innella Maiers

Purpose: The Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture committee supports the yearly event by planning and implementing a three day schedule of guest scholars presenting on a topic chosen by committee. Recent topics include “Pilgrimage”, “Storytelling: The Development of Humanity”, and “Feast”. The group, composed of CC faculty, staff, and one student, UW staff, as well as community members, also plans hospitality, advertising, coordinates evaluation, and other considerations. Festival Scholars are selected by the Committee in August from a call for submissions. The Demorest Lecturer (Keynote) is often selected by the committee earlier to confirm availability. Recent Keynotes include Sir Ken Robinson, Baxter Black, and Jennifer Teege.

Membership: Traditionally, committee members have asked to be included. However, in recent years, committee members from additional CC schools have also been assigned. The committee has three new members from CC staff, the Goodstein Library staff, and for the first time, a UW staff member. The new members have already started meeting with the committee to evaluate the 2017 event and start planning for 2018.

Digital Learning Committee

  • Adjunct Learning Network Committee
  • Digital T-Bird Committee: Contact Mike McLemore. Purpose: Evaluate new technology, Give best-practice examples for technology in the classroom, Promote the use of technology, Help innovate Digital Learning (DL) programs and online classrooms. Membership: One member from each Academic School and an administrator.
  • Instructional Learning Committee

Contact: David Siemens

Mission: Our Mission is to cultivate excellent student learning environments that promote student achievement, engagement, and completion of courses at Casper College by providing instructors with quality current professional development opportunities.

Membership: One member from each Academic School and an administrator.

Current meeting minutes

Diversity Committee

Chair or POC: Evin Rodkey

Mission: To identify the strengths, needs, and shortcomings in the area of “diversity” within the Casper College community and to recommend a plan of action to address those needs and shortcomings.

Action Items:

  • Research and summarize the issue of diversity and how it applies to Casper College.
  • Explore the current campus climate and demographics with regards to diversity, including but not limited to diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, income, and sexual identity.
  • Make a concluding report to the Administration summarizing the discoveries of the committee and making recommendations of whether and how the issue of diversity should be addressed going forward.

Diversity committee final report, spring 2017 (PDF)

Membership: Initial appointment by the upper administration; since then by invitation.

Equality State Book Festival and Literary Conference

Chair or POC: Joseph Campbell

Purpose: Plan the Casper College Literary Conference

Membership: Members primarily are from the English dept.; others are contact people from sponsors and contacts and off campus contractors.

Executive Council

Chair or POC: Dr. Darren Divine

Purpose: College planning and operation

Membership: President, IT Director, 3 Vice Presidents, PR Director, Executive Dean for Continuing Education

Faculty Alliance/Faculty Senate

Chair or POC: Mike Moline and Jennifer Cowell

Purpose: The Faculty Alliance, of which the Faculty Senate is a representative sub-group, exists “to further the overall objectives of Casper College and seek to determine and establish, through consultation, advice and participation, educational and academic policies which promote and protect the interests and welfare of the College and further the full and free development and preservation of learning and teaching.”

Membership: All faculty members are members of the Alliance. Faculty Senate Membership: including officers, there are 3 representatives from each of the 5 academic schools and 1 representative from each- Educational Resources and Continuing Education (17 members)

HLC Accreditation Team (Steering Committee)

Chair or POC: Trevor Mahlum

  • HLC #1 Mission – Chair (Georgia Wheatley)
    • A subcommittee co-chaired by Casper College faculty are tasked with developing descriptions and evidence of commitment and action in support of HLC Criterion for accreditation number one: the institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.
  • HLC #2 Integrity – Chairs (Eric Atkins and Kerri Mahlum)
    • A subcommittee co-chaired by Casper College faculty are tasked with developing descriptions and evidence of commitment and action in support of HLC Criterion for accreditation number two: the institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
  • HLC #3 Teaching/Learning Resources – Chairs (Evin Rodkey and Kendall Jacobs)
    • A subcommittee co-chaired by Casper College faculty are tasked with developing descriptions and evidence of commitment and action in support of HLC Criterion for accreditation number three: the institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
  • HLC #4 Teaching/Learning Evaluation – Chairs (Renee Griffith and Mark Oxley)
    • A subcommittee co-chaired by Casper College faculty are tasked with developing descriptions and evidence of commitment and action in support of HLC Criterion for accreditation number four: the institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
  • HLC #5 Planning and Effectiveness – Chairs (Heath Hornecker and Dino Madsen)
    • A subcommittee co-chaired by Casper College faculty are tasked with developing descriptions and evidence of commitment and action in support of HLC Criterion for accreditation number five: the institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.

Purpose: The Accreditation Team’s mission is proactively to advise the College on all significant matters related to maintaining institutional accreditation by the HLC. Other missions may arise as College needs dictate.

Membership: Vounteers, with Deans’ approval

Institutional Review Board

Chair or POC: Cammy Rowley and Jacob McIntyre (co-chairs)

Purpose: The purpose of the Institutional Review Board is to: 4.1 The IRB reviews and approves research and grant proposals to ensure research conducted at, or in association with, Casper College is designed to ensure the protection of rights and the welfare of human subjects. 4.2 The IRB reviews research and grant proposals involving animal research designs to ensure compliance with the college’s research procedures. 4.3 Studies involving animals will secure any additional review by appropriate agencies when required (e.g., National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration). 6.1 The IRB is responsible for reviewing and approving, requesting modification, or denying research and grant proposals to ensure research conducted at, or in association with, Casper College protections the rights and welfare of human and animal subjects.

Membership: Membership is open to college employees and is on a volunteer basis

Jazz Festival Committee

Chair or POC: Joshua Mietz

Purpose: Oversee the Casper College Kinser Jazz Festival. Make important decisions including festival schedule.

Membership: Membership is determined by automatically placing the 3 festival directors on the committee, as well as the Academic Assistant for Fine Arts & Humanities.

Judith Bailey Scully Award Committee

Chair or POC: Jodi Youmans-Jones

Purpose: This committee awards the Judith Bailey Scully Award for faculty participating in resourcing their educational teaching experiences on and off campus. The function is to decide the recipient of the annual award.

Membership: Committee members are previous recipients of the award.

Management Council

Chair or POC: Trevor Mahlum and Linda Toohey

Purpose: In process

Mentoring Committee

Contact: Erich Frankand

Purpose: Designed to introduce new faculty (and sometimes administrators) over the course of their first year to the inner workings of the college, services and opportunities available to faculty, teaching pedagogy, academic advising, and a variety of other topics.

Membership: Faculty volunteers or recruiting by the deans from the Schools.

New Student Orientation

Chair or POC: TBA

Purpose: Plan and Implement New Student Programs that “orient” degree-seeking students to the academic attendance process at Casper College.

Membership: A combination of student services staff and administrators and faculty contribute.

Outstanding Student Employee Committee

Chair or POC: TBA

Purpose: Nominate student employees for Outstanding Student Employee of the year.

Membership: Career Services asks individuals who do not supervise student employees to serve as committee members, in order to preserve objectivity. The committee consists of three members: one faculty member, one staff member, and career counselor Wes Bertagnole.

Policy Committee

Chair or POC: Dr. Laura Driscoll

Purpose: The Policy Committee is responsible for researching, drafting, distributing, and managing the policy process for new and revised institutional policies and procedures and the policy sections of the Academic Catalog, Student Handbook, Housing Terms and Conditions, and Athletic Handbook. The committee also recommends polices for decommission.

Membership: The Policy and Procedure Committee is made up of two members from each employee alliance and a committee chairperson who are all appointed by the college president. The president solicits three or four names of people willing to serve on the committee from each alliance for his consideration. The president appoints the chair and the committee members.

Redstone Recital and Gallery Series Committee

Chair or POC: Eric Unruh

Purpose: Provides educational enrichment and cultural opportunities for the college and the greater community.

Membership: Assigned by the Dean of Fine Arts and Humanities.

Safety Committee (Physical Plant)

Chair or POC: Dmitriy Nesterenko

Purpose: Physical Plant safety committee was created to develop a safety programs and solve issues related to the safety of Physical Plant employees.

Membership: Determined by the Director of the Physical Plant

Salary and Benefits Committee

Chair or POC: Kent Sundell

Purpose: Review faculty salaries and benefits and consider changes to the salary schedule and benefits pertaining to the College.  This has commonly included recommendations to the administration on how raises are applied in regard to how it affects the salary schedule, especially compression in the schedule.  The committee also selects the winners for annual faculty awards (Rosenthal and Shanklin Awards).  

Membership: One from each School of the College.

Scholarship Committee

Chair or POC: Laurie Johnstone

Purpose: The scholarship Committee is two phased. To begin with we have the reviewing scholarship committee that reviews and scores all students who have applied for Casper College Scholarship online through the scholarship management program. The second phase is selection committee that selects scholarships recipients for specific departmental scholarships.

Membership: The review committee is comprised of Casper College alumni and retired faculty, staff and administrators. We meet every fall and spring semester to score applications. The individuals reviewing could change from semester to semester. The selection committee is comprised of individual with each of the five schools.

Staff Alliance

  • Staff Alliance Employee of the Month Committee
  • Staff Alliance Robert O. Durst Award Committee
  • Staff Alliance Executive Committee
  • Staff Alliance Developmental Funds Committee

Purpose: To encourage high performance standards among Casper College classified staff employees, hereinafter designated as “staff”; aid in securing and maintaining adequate salaries and sound retirement systems; to support legislation for the betterment of higher education; to encourage improvements as will enable staff to function properly as a vital component to the progress of education at Casper College; and show recognition for retirement and meritorious service. 

Membership: All benefitted classified staff are members of the staff alliance.

Student Fees Committee

Chair or POC: Lynnde Colling and Kim Byrd

Purpose: To review, establish and make recommendations of student fees

Membership: All three VP’s, and others as needed or outlined in policy.

Student Senate

Chair or POC: Kim Byrd and Jared Bowden

Purpose: To encourage students to exercise their rights and privileges as citizens and to accept leadership in campus and civic affairs.

Membership: Vice President of Student Services, Faculty representative, and elected students

Student Senate Student Activities Board

Chair or POC: Chris Stier

Purpose: The purpose of the Student Activities Board is to be the liaison between the Student Activities Office and Student Senate. This board is responsible for giving input on activities and special events, putting on a Student Senate yearly special event in partnership with the Student Activities Office as well as helping coordinate the student activities requirement for all campus clubs.

Membership: Four committee chairs from Student Senate recruit other student to serve on the committee.

Technology Committee

Contact: Kent Brooks

Purpose: To offer guidance for the use of technology, increase efficiency of college operations, to support teaching and enhance student learning.

Membership: Faculty/Staff core is appointed by Academic Affairs; Student appointees from Student Services; Additional membership appointed by IT.

United Way Campaign Committee

Chair or POC: TBA

Purpose: The committee oversees Casper College’s annual employee campaign each fall to raise money for the United Way of Natrona County. 

Membership: The president of the college appoints the members of the campaign each year. The members tend to serve two to three years and often represent one of the three employee groups: staff, administrators and faculty.

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