Professional Staff Senate

Professional Staff Senate Committees 2013 - 2014

The work of the Senate is done through several standing and ad hoc committees. Membership on the following senate committees is open to all USM Professional Staff.

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The following is a list of 2013-2014 Committee Members and the committee descriptions.

Executive Committee: Consists of the current year's officers.

  1. Amy Amico - Chair
  2. Jessica Picard, Vice Chair
  3. Martha Scott, Co-Secretary
  4. Lynn Rollins, Co-Secretary


By-Laws Committee (ad hoc)
This committee will oversee the By-Laws, proposed amendments, and associated relationship to the University Governance Document. 

Justin Swift
Lynn Rollins

 Professional Recognition and Awards Committee
This committee will coordinate the Professional Staff Recognition function including the nomination and selection process for the Distinguished Professional and Emerging Professional Staff Awards. The committee will periodically examine the feasibility of other recognition vehicles. Membership is open to all USM professional staff.

Courtney Breslin
Martha Scott

Communications Committee
This committee disseminates information regarding the Professional staff to the University community, which may include awards and recognitions, photos, marketing of upcoming events, and other pertinent information, most likely on the ProSen webiste. Membership is open to all USM professional staff.

Meredith Bickford
Casey Webster
Gerri Therault

Election Committee
The Election Committee coordinates and oversees the election process. Only Professional Senate members who are not candidates for the annual election are eligible for membership. Professional Senate elections are traditionally held in the spring, with the results announced during the annual recognition luncheon in May. 

Casey Webster
Jean Besette
Lynn Rollins

Professional Development Committee
This committee plans and delivers a minimum of one professional development activity per year. Membership is open to all USM professional staff.

Martha Scott
Casey Webster


In addition to these committees, senate members participate in the work of the larger USM community by representing professional staff on the following University committees:

Classified Staff Senate: Gerri Therault

This committee attends meetings of the Classified Staff Senate and members serve as liaisons between the Classified Staff Senate and Professional Staff Senate. 

Awards Coordination: Sharoo Wengland, Aubrey Seppa-Hodgkins, Meredith Bickford

This committee consists of several members across the University, including members of the Classified and Professional Senates and the Faculty Senate, to plan for the annual recognition of longevity event held in the spring.

President's Council on Climate Neutrality: Jean Bessette, Courtney Breslin

The President's council is committed to be a climate neutral institution by 2040, by having a net zero carbon footprint.  The committee's work is based around a Climate Action plan, which has specific goals in regards to climate control and works to develop necessary resources and data to meet the institution's goals.  

Faculty Senate: Jim O'Brien, Sharoo Wengland

This committee attends meetings of the Faculty Senate and members serve as liaisons between the Faculty Senate and Professional Staff Senate. 

President’s Council on Diversity: Jean Bessette, Aubrey Seppa-Hodgkins, Martha Scott

The President's Council on Diversity consists of a cross section of faculty, staff and students that advise the President on issues of equity, diversity, social justice, multiculturalism, and inclusion within the university community. The Council welcomes new faculty members. Council membership is a Presidential appointment.

Student Senate: Martha Scott (P), Casey Webster (P) Aubrey Seppa-Hodgkins (G), Courtney Breslin (G)

This committee attends weekly meetings of the Undergraduate Student Senate and members serve as liaisons between the Undergraduate Student Senate and Professional Staff Senate. 

USM Board of Visitors: Amy Amico, Sharoo Wengland

This committee consists of a group of volunteers that assists the President of the University in a range of activities that help advance the University, including public relations, government relations and fund-raising.

USM Governance Constitution Rewrite Committee: Jim O'Brien

The Professional Staff Senate's USM Governance Constitution Rewrite Committee is charged with participating in any university-wide governance constitution revision efforts such that those sections pertaining to professional staff generally - and the Professional Staff Senate specifically - are revised in accordance with the collective will and the best interests of the professional staff.

Parking Committee: Jessica Picard, Gary Stephenson

Other committee assignments will be announced as they occur.

Updated 2/19/2014