The UCM Staff Council serves as the representative body of the staff. The purpose of Staff Council is to:
President, Ed Wirthwein, email@example.com
Vice President, Carol Knight, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary, Rae Clements, email@example.com
Treasurer, Ian Billingsley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Past President, Beth Rutt, email@example.com
Term expires June 30 of the year listed after the individual's title.
Serving the Academic Affairs units:
Serving the Finance & Operations/ Integrated Marketing & Communications/ President & General Counsel units:
Serving the Intercollegiate Athletics/ Student Experience & Engagement/ University Advancement units:
Representatives serving At-Large:
Staff Council meetings are open to all staff members and are typically scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm on Zoom. A meeting is not held in the month of August. Check the UCM Daily for updates regarding upcoming meetings and the link to attend via Zoom.
Agendas are published in the UCM Daily prior to each meeting.
Contact Staff Council Secretary, Rae Clements with questions about meeting minutes or upcoming agendas.
If you would like to serve on one of these committees, please contact the committee member(s) listed.
Recognition: Carol Knight
Supervisors: Kirsti Brunsvold
These committees have limited seats. If you would like to serve on one, please contact the Staff Council Vice President.
The JP Mees Award is given each year to a staff member who is classified as non-exempt and has demonstrated outstanding commitment to UCM, the community, professional activities, and service to students.
The JP Mees Award is named in honor of John Paul - or JP - Mees, a longtime and well-respected staff member here at UCM. Dr. Mees began at the university in 1988 as Executive Assistant to the President and Professor of Education. In 1994 he was appointed as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and then in 1998 took on the roles of Vice President of Planning & Policy, and Executive Assistant to the President. JP was known to all as a warm, caring man who loved his family, as a dedicated and motivated employee, and as a trusted co-worker who always had a listening ear and a warm smile.
The Outstanding Staff Award is given each year to a staff member who is classified as exempt and has demonstrated superior service to students, staff, faculty and community; models professionalism and a commitment to go above and beyond their normal duties; and promotes teamwork and collaboration.
Staff Educational Awards demonstrate Staff Council's collective commitment to life-long learning. Each year we strive to provide scholarships for two staff members (one exempt and one non-exempt) who are pursuing degrees at UCM. Applications are accepted through UCM Scholarship Finder.
Created during UCM's sesquicentennial year, the Education for Service Award recognizes one current student, one faculty member and one staff member each year who are living examples of UCM's long-standing motto "Education for Service" and the UCM values of Adaptability, Community, Diversity, Excellence, Learning, Responsibility and Service. To nominate someone, please fill out the Education for Service Award nomination form.