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Staff Senate

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2019-2020 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





In addition to working within the full group, each Staff Senator serves on one or more sub-committees, which operationalize most of the Senate’s activities. Below please find a listing of sub-committees, including their function and membership. Volunteers are welcome to join the committees and help expand the capacity of those committees to accomplish organizational goals. Please feel free to reach out to any member of the committee for a conversation. Requests to volunteer can be directed to the committee chair or co-chair.


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.

  • Betsy Aspinwall (Chair)
  • Ben Pendry (Co-Chair)
  • Colby Deitz
  • Cole Mallonee
  • Jack Caldwell
  • John Nickel
  • Lisa Allen
  • Lynley Hardie
  • Sarah Speed
  • Zachary Williams


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.

  • Robert Walker (Chair)
  • Catherine Butterfield (Co-Chair)
  • Alison Joseph
  • Anita Hall
  • Carrie Shuler
  • Chelsea Reavis
  • Chris Moore
  • Cole Mallonee
  • Deidre Hopkins
  • Ryan Brown
  • Zara Shick


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

  • Chelsea Reavis (Chair)
  • Sarah Speed (Co-Chair)
  • Alison Joseph
  • Anita Hall
  • Anne Aldrich
  • Brittney Holder
  • Carrie Shuler
  • Chris Moore
  • Colby Deitz
  • Dana Patterson
  • Derek Kent
  • Jack Caldwell
  • Patrick Hinkle
  • Suzanne Melton
  • Wendy Buchanan

SCHOLARSHIP, FUNDRAISING, and Professional Development

This committee leads the fundraising efforts for the Senate's scholarship, reviews scholarship applications and awards the scholarship annually.  This committee also manages a centralized pool of funds for staff professional develop.  Throughout the year the committee reviews applications to that fund an awards stipends for staff professional development. 

  • Alison Krauss (Chair)
  • Lynley Hardie (Co-Chair)
  • Ben Pendry
  • Brittney Holder
  • Carrie Hachadurian
  • Catherine Butterfield
  • Deidre Hopkins
  • Derek Kent
  • Lisa Allen
  • Natalie Broom
  • Ryan Brown
  • Will Love
  • Zara Shick

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!

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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.

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