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Staff Senate

Staff Senate Chair Alison Joseph

2019-2020 Staff Senate Chair Alison Joseph

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to 2019-20 Staff Senate.  I am very excited to be chairing the Senate this year and working with such a dynamic and talented group of senators.  These last few years we’ve implemented several major changes to grow our organizational relevance and productivity. To better represent staff, we actively seek communication and interaction with our colleagues.  We want staff across the institution to feel welcome, valued, and empowered, and we strive to help shape the university’s culture to meet that goal.  We want to know what you want, what you are concerned about, and how we can make Western Carolina University an even better community. 

This year the Senate will be focusing on three new initiatives: Reward and Recognition, Orientation and Onboarding, and Professional Development.  In partnership with departments across campus, we will work to recognize and reward hard-working employees for their contributions to the campus community.  We will seek to improve how we welcome people to Western Carolina and the ways that employees are introduced to the campus and their home department.  We will also work to improve access to professional development opportunities for staff across the institution.  In addition to these major goals, we will continue to raise money for the Staff Senate Scholarship which benefits the children of WCU’s staff members.  The demand for that scholarship still far outpaces our ability to support deserving students.  We will also continue to embrace community service as a core function of Senate activity and advocacy.

Last year the Senate was very active and accomplished a great deal under the leadership of outgoing chair, Natalie Broom.  The Staff Senate Scholarship endowment surpassed $100,000which will allow us to award four scholarships annually.  We will host a celebration of that achievement on July 23rd from 3:30-5:00 pm, with Chancellor Brown and Provost Morrison-Shetlar, in the UC Grand Room.  Refreshments will be served and all are invited.  This year we also deepened our commitment to community service accumulating more than 440 community service hours from senators and Senate-led activities.  All senators participated in service this year and we established an officer position to steer this activity moving forward.  In summary, this year we helped provide two-way communication between staff and administration, engaged in advocacy at the state and campus levels, helped develop and build community and culture on campus, and helped represent a staff voice in shared campus governance.  We hope you will engage with us in the coming year, so that we can better represent and support you!  Please reach out to any senator, including myself, for a conversation.

staff senators

2018-2019 Staff Senate

Western Carolina University's Staff Senate is an elected body that represents the university's permanent, non-faculty employees. The Staff Senate serves in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor and other university decision-making bodies and meets monthly to discuss staff members' ideas and concerns. The Senate is committed to representing and communicating the needs and priorities of staff. The Senate also works to ensure that staff contributions are recognized at WCU. The Staff Senate values and respects the worth and contributions of all individuals at Western Carolina University.

In October the Senate administered a survey to learn more about staff professional development needs. Learn more

After consideration and discussion, the Staff Senate felt that it was important to make a statement regarding 2018-2019 pay increases granted by the UNC System. View the Resolution



Elected Representatives





This committee is responsible for Senate nominations, elections and orientation for Senators and officers. This committee also keeps the bylaws up to date and addresses all issues and activities related to governance of the Senate.

Chair: Hunter Yarborough


This committee works to understand and address staff concerns and proposals in the area of salary, benefits, job classification, privatization, staff development and training, diversity and inclusion and other issues pertaining to human resources.

Co-chairs: Mandy Dockendorf and Shawna Young


This committee plans and coordinates Senate communications and seeks to increase staff engagement with the Senate. The committee maintains the Senate's website and coordinates a monthly newsletter. This committee also seeks to increase employee service opportunities and regularly plans service events.

Co-chairs: Anita Hall and Mandy Dockendorf


This committee leads the fundraising efforts for the Senate's scholarship, reviews scholarship applications and awards the scholarship annually.

Chair: Deidre Hopkins

new employee welcome

Welcome to Western Carolina University!

We hope you are well and thriving in your new job.

As members of the Staff Senate and your new colleagues, we are pleased to welcome you to the WCU community. Western Carolina University’s Staff Senate is an elected body that represents the university’s permanent, non-faculty employees. The Staff Senate serves in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor and other university decision-making bodies and meets monthly to discuss staff members’ ideas and concerns.  We have compiled the following information to help you get acclimated to WCU. Questions? Feel free to reach out to us.

Again, welcome, we look forward to getting to know you!

wcu at a glance

92# - This is your unique campus ID. It will be used for most of your interactions with departments on campus (e.g., IT, HR, etc.) and for accessing some of the software you are likely to use. You should receive this number when you are hired. If you do not, or if you have questions, please contact Human Resources.

Blackboard – This is our web-based course management software. It also contains tools to help manage groups, create discussion boards, and administer polls and tests.

Campus Map

CatCard – This is your campus ID that can be used for a wide variety of things, including storing money for purchases (such as snacks & drinks, bookstore and gift shop, photocopies in the library, etc.), and identification for access to events, the library, the Campus Recreation Center, and more. Visit the CatCard Office in the One Stop Student Center to obtain your copy.

Email and Network Access – You should receive information about email and network access from your department when you start work. If you do not, or if you have any questions, contact IT or HR.

MyWCU – This system contains all sorts of tools and information for students and employees. This is where employees can make changes to contact information, check leave balances, print tax documents, etc. Some employees (depending on classification) also use this site to submit monthly time sheets.

Parking Services – Find information about parking, including permits and maps.

University Policies

PawPrint – Printing access and services.

Survey Platform – Coulter Faculty Commons manages the university's survey platform, Qualtrics. All employees are able to have access the system.

Room reservations on campus - We use 25Live to request room reservations and find out facility info.

WCU Alerts – The alert system provides information to the campus community during an emergency. The system can call or text you directly to provide emergency-related info and updates.

benefits & training opportunities

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