Staff Council

The Staff Council of Rocky Mountain College exists to:

  • Enhance communication between all staff, faculty, and administration within the College;
  • Encourage professional and personal development within the staff;
  • Provide a forum for discussion matters pertinent and important to staff of the College; and
  • Advise and make recommendations about existing and proposed College policies and procedures. 

The Council is a pure democracy in that every RMC employee is a member. RMC staff make a positive difference in College operations and policies by contributing ideas. Summaries of meetings go directly to the President’s cabinet via meeting minutes and presentation by Staff Council leadership.

Monthly meetings typically occur the third Thursday of each month. Meeting agenda items include presentations by staff council sub-committees, administration, and faculty as well as new business brought to the attention of the Staff Council. Staff Council Bylaws regulate officers’ responsibilities and meeting governance. Sub-committees work to address issues and topics of interest. Current sub-committees include:

Strategic Planning

The College’s strategic plan revision requires perspective and critical thinking from all involved parties. This staff group looks at College operations and issues in light of the three core themes of the RMC mission: academic excellence, transformational learning, and shared responsibility and stewardship. For each core theme, the committee analyzes operations that RMC performs well, processes that need improvement, and obstacles that hinder progress in those areas. Substance of the committee report joins documentation from comparable groups found within the faculty and Board. This information will work together to inform a revised RMC Strategic Plan in 2014-2015.

Andy Niemantsverdriet chairs the committee.

Employee Board

This separate group with faculty and staff membership combines Staff Council’s previously existing Staff Recognition and Appreciation sub-committee with an initiative of the President. This group works to facilitate personal service excellence (PSE) and recognize employees through appreciation initiatives. View employee board meeting minutes (login required).

Jill Hirschi chairs the Board.

Staff Council Leadership 

  • Chair – Andy Niemantsverdriet, Linux System Administrator
    The Chair:
    a)   Presides over all meetings of the Staff Council and Executive Committee.
    b)   Appoints the Chairperson of all Staff Council standing and ad hoc committees and submits nominations for recommendation for college committees  to the Vice Presidents.
    c)   Serves as spokesperson for the Staff Senate and represents the Staff Council at college, administrative, and other meetings.
    d)   Signs all contracts on the Staff Council’s behalf.
    e)   Has final vote in the grievance process for Emergency or Scholarship funds.
    f)    Assures that council meetings are conducted according to the By-laws or Robert’s Rules of Order in cases where procedures are not specified.

  • Vice Chair – Katie Carpenter, Associate Dean of Student Life
    The Vice Chair:
    a)   Assumes the duties of the Staff Council President with full authority in the Staff Council President’s absence.
    b)   Serves as principle assistant to the Staff Council President and performs other such duties as associated with this office.
    c)   Responsible for matters of public relations, including dissemination of information items as may be directed by vote of the Staff Council.
    d)   Attends College meetings as a representative of the Staff Council.
    e)   Serves on college committees at the Vice Presidents’ or Staff Council’s request.
    f)    Fulfills any term vacated by the Staff Council President.
    g)   Assures that council meetings are conducted according to the By-laws or Robert’s Rules of Order in cases where procedures are not specified.

  • Secretary – Bethany Schatzke, Library Associate
    The Secretary:
    a)   Serves as recording secretary for all regular and special meetings of the Staff Council.
    b)   Publishes and distributes meeting agenda and minutes to Staff Council members and members of the staff via the Staff Council website and/or email.
    c)   Maintains an original file of all meeting agenda, minutes and handouts.
    d)   Keeps official attendance records of all meetings.
    e)   Reserves a room for all established Council meetings. 

  • Treasurer – Linda Eliason, Administrative Assistant to the Academic Vice President
    The Treasurer:
    a)   Is responsible for all monies received and disbursed in relation to Staff Council accounts with approval of the Staff Council or Staff Council President.
    b)   Presents reports of the Staff Council’s accounts at the monthly meetings as needed.
    c)   Maintains records and reports of the Staff Council’s budget.
    d)   Must have access to Campus Vue Financial.

Schedule of Meetings

  • January 15 in the DeRosier Room
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 16

All meetings are held the third Thursday of each month in the Selover Room at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified. 

View meeting minutes and bylaws (login required)