Get Involved with the USU Staff Employee Association
Interested in getting involved with the USU Staff Employee Association? There are many roles to fill as a volunteer with the SEA. Board and Committee elections are typically held each year at the end of Spring semester and other volunteer opportunities are also available. A service year matches the fiscal calendar, beginning July 1 and ending June 30.
Executive Board members serve from 2-3 years, depending on their position. Secretary and Treasurer serve for two years. The President Elect rotates into the President and Past President roles one year at a time, over the course of three years.
All Board and Committee members are expected to (1) attend monthly meetings, (2) report on their specific areas of concern, and (3) assist with SEA events throughout the year. They also work with their committee member (and Board members as needed) to address additional duties specific to their area.
President/Past President/President Elect (3 years)
An SEA volunteer is first elected as President Elect, where they learn the duties of the President and fill in for the President as needed for a year. The following year they serve as President, becoming Past President for their final year of service.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (4-6 hours/month as President, 2-3 hours/month as President Elect and Past President); busy season in the Spring and early Summer; also serves on select USU committees representing SEA interests.
Treasurer (Junior/Senior, 2 years)
The Treasurer serves for 2 years (first year as Junior, then as Senior) and must have a minimum of one-year experience with the USU accounting system and have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of all accounting policies and procedures.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (2-3 hours/month) with a busy season during financial reporting periods; must meet minimum experience requirements
Secretary (Junior/Senior, 2 years)
The Secretary serves for 2 years (first year as Junior, then as Senior), with primary responsibility for record keeping, Board communication and meeting scheduling.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (2-3 hours/month); must be proficient with the use of email and enjoy taking notes during meetings
Each committee consists of a senior and a junior members. Members generally serve for two years, one year as the Junior member and one year as the Senior member, however, Benefit & Staff Welfare also includes an incoming committee member and service is for three years. This timeframe may vary if a committee member steps down and someone is appointed to fill their remaining term. In addition to the specific areas of responsibility, all Board and Committee members work together to carry out SEA events throughout the year.
Benefit & Staff Welfare Committee (Junior/Senior/Incoming, 3 years)
The Benefit & Staff Welfare Committee consists of an incoming, Junior, and Senior member who rotate through the roles over a three year period to meet the requirements of the USU Benefit Advisory Committee.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (2-3 hours/month for three years) with a busy season during the Winter; includes services on the USU Benefit Advisory Committee
Employee Development (2 years)
The Employee Development Committee is responsible to create opportunities for SEA members to develop professionally and to feel appreciated for their efforts as part of the Aggie family including the annual appreciation luncheon(s), and other appreciation events and activities throughout the year.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (2-3 hours/month) with a busy season (extra hours) in Spring and the Fall as arrangements are made for the annual luncheon and Fall SEA events; includes organizing the collection of donations for door prizes for the annual luncheon
Employee Recognition (2 years)
The Employee Recognition Committee is responsible to review, select, and award employees who are nominated for SEA Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year recognition. This includes arranging to formally present the selected employees with a certificate of recognition.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (3-4 hours/month)
Employee Relations (2 years)
The Employee Relations Committee works closely with HR to inform new employees of the benefits they have as a member of SEA. They also work with HR on employee grievances as needed.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (2-3 hours/month)
Employee Scholarship (2 years)
The Employee Scholarship Committee is responsible for promoting, evaluating, and awarding SEA Employee scholarships and professional development awards each year, working with USU's AwardSpring software. They also encourage SEA members and others to donate to the SEA Scholarship Fund.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (2-3 hours/month) with a busy season (extra hours) in Spring when scholarships and professional development award applications are evaluated
Legislative (2 years)
The Legislative Committee works closely with the USU legislative liaison (Vice President for Federal and State Relations) and other Administration members to represent SEA concerns to the Utah Legislature and communicate Legislative issues to SEA members. Direct lobbying efforts are not permitted as per Executive Order of the Governor, so working closely with Utah State University Administrative staff tasked with that responsibility is key. The committee typically schedules events for SEA members related to the legislative process prior to the start of the State legislative session and after the session ends.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (2-3 hours/month) with a busy season surrounding the State Legislative session (December-March); may involve some travel to the State Legislature during the session and opportunities to connect with the Utah Higher Education Staff Association (UHESA) Legislative Committee, as time permits; UHESA typically meets 1-2 times a year and hosts a monthly conference call
Media & Public Relations (2 years)
The Media & Public Relations Committee is responsible for communicating and promoting SEA events and opportunities for all SEA members. This includes periodic news articles on things of interest for SEA members, updating the SEA website and social media (as needed), and email communication.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (2-3 hours/month) with periodic busy seasons (Spring/Fall) when news is being gathered and shared, or emails need to be sent
Statewide Campus & Extension (2 years)
The Statewide Campus & Extension Committee (1) represents the concerns of the Statewide Campus and Extension offices around the State and (2) encourages SEA participation among the Statewide Campus and Extension offices (excluding USU Eastern which has a separate staff employee association and activities). The volunteers who fill these roles need to come from a Statewide Campus or Extension office. Board meetings are broadcast via IVC and will be arranged to accomodate committee member campus locations.
Things to consider: time commitment is year-round (2-3 hours/month); no travel is required
USU Eastern Chapter
The USU Eastern campus hosts an SEA Chapter with officers and committee members. Elections for those offices are handled by the chapter. You can learn more about those offices and committees on the USU Eastern Chapter page.
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