The Staff Senate has seven standing committees that serve as advisory bodies in accomplishing specific objectives to meet the Staff Senate's purpose and goals. Assisting with the coordination of the Annual Faculty/Staff Picnic in May, improving employment policies and sponsoring lunch hour seminars for personal and professional development are some of the services we've initiated. Executive Committee Officers Within the Staff Senate, leadership shall be provided by the Executive Committee, which consists of a President, Vice President/President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Staff Relations positions, as well as the non-voting ex officio member (UAH Administration representative). The Executive Committee will be selected annually by the Senate members at the start of the new term in June. Executive Committee members will serve for a one-year term and may not be elected to serve more than two consecutive terms in any capacity on the Executive Committee. Bylaws Committee In accordance with the Constitution of the Staff Senate, the Bylaws Committee shall establish and maintain a set of simple but effective bylaws to establish acceptable rules of conduct and behavior for the Staff Senate. Any member of the Staff Senate may make a recommendation to the Bylaws Committee or Executive Committee for a revision or amendment to the current constitution. To pass the amendment into the constitution, a majority of the Staff Senate’s voting membership shall approve the amendment. This committee also prepares for and conducts annual and special elections. Communications Committee Assists in developing awareness of Staff Senate events and functions. Provide interactive communication tools between the Staff Senate, UAH staff community and campus at-large. Works with the Events Committee to promote the Employee Picnic, and the Bylaws Committee to raise awareness about the Staff Senate elections. Keeps the Channels of Communication up-to-date. Keeps the Staff Senate website up-to-date. Employee Benefits & Development Committee ldentifies and studies changes that may be recommended to enhance the existing benefits program for staff employees. Recommendations from this committee shall be submitted to the Senate for consideration. Recommendations approved by the Senate shall be presented to the appropriate university administrators. This committee also develops and presents, for approval by the Staff Senate, a program of activities which shall provide opportunities for the personal and professional development of all staff employees. Governmental Relations Committee Works with the University's Governmental Liaison and Staff Senate Employee Development Committee to provide educational seminars and forums to inform university staff about current issues and concerns. Informs, promotes awareness, and provides information to the Staff Senate on issues related to the University. Policies and Procedures Committee Provides guidance and support, as needed, to any UAH staff employee on issues relating to university policies or procedures. The Committee shall not, however, involve itself in the grievance procedure provided by the university for the resolution of individual complaints by an employee regarding his or her employment. Safety Committee Assists with Safety concerns on campus. This committee will work with Local Police, EMOG and Physical Plant to help ensure a safe campus atmosphere. Events Committee Organizes two annual Staff Senate events – December Meeting Christmas Party and the Employee Picnic in May. Works with the Communications Committee to promote these events. Is chaired by the President-Elect.