Campus Committees

Campus Committees: Elected and SAC Appointed

Each spring, SAC solicits nominations from the community for committee appointments. New members are appointed in May. If you would like to be considered for a committee, please email .

Advancement Committee

  • This is a Trustee Committee
  • Mission: Responsible for oversight of fund raising, including policy guidelines, goals, major prospect solicitation, and ensuring an adequate budget.
  • Length of term: 2 years
  • Contact: Kate Abbott at 
  • Appointed Members: 11 trustees, 1 faculty, 1 staff (SAC Representative) and 2 students
  • Permanent Members: College President, Board of Trustees Chair, 3 Representatives from Development, VP for College Advancement
2014-2015 Staff Members
Term End May 2016
Dave Berglund (SAC Representative)

Benefits Advisory Committee

  • Mission: Reviews, discusses, and provides recommendations about the College's staff/faculty employee benefits policies and programs.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Eric Wiertelak at 
  • Appointed Members: 2 faculty (1 member who also sits on RPC), 2 staff (1 exempt and 1 non-exempt) and 1 union representative
  • Permanent Members: Employment Services Benefits Representative
2014-2015 Staff Members
Term End May 2015 Term End May 2017
Laura Kigin 
Non Exempt
Doug Rosenberg
Exempt

Entertainment Committee

  • Mission: Plans and implements a program of entertainment recognizing the important contributions to the life of the college by faculty and staff. Recommend to the President one major event and other occasions each academic year.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Andi Wulff at
  • Appointed Members: Various staff and faculty
  • Permanent Members: Special Events Coordinator
2014-2015 Staff Members
Term End May 2015 Term End May 2017
Jan Beebe Afifa Benwahoud
Demetrius Colvin

Honorary Degree Committee

  • Mission: Makes recommendations to the faculty and the Board of Trustees for the awarding of honorary degrees.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Provost Office
  • Appointed Members: 2 faculty, 2 students, 1 staff
  • Permanent Members: Provost (Chair), Director of College Relations, and Director of Alumni Relations
2014-2015 Staff Members
Term End May 2015
Open Position

Infrastructure Committee

  • This is a Trustee Committee
  • Formerly Buildings and Grounds Committee
  • Mission: Reports to the Board of Trustees on buildings, grounds, and information technology issues.
  • Length of Term: 2 years
  • Contact: David Wheaton at 
  • Appointed Members: 15 trustees, 1 faculty, 1 staff (SAC representative) and 2 students
  • Permanent Members: Director of Facilities Management, Vice President for Administration and Finance, College President, Associate Vice President for Information Technology Services, Board of Trustees Chair
2014-2015 Staff Members
Term End May 2016
Dave Berglund
SAC Representative

Library and Media Services Advisory Committee

  • Mission: Provide guidance on policies and issues related to the library, as well as media and web services, while avoiding detailed and/or administrative functions. The committee will devote attention to special projects as needed.
  • Length of Term: 2 years
  • Contact: Terri Fishel at 
  • Appointed Members: 1 staff, 3 faculty, 2 students
2014-2015 Staff Members
Term End May 2015
Open Position

Resource and Planning Committee (RPC)

  • Mission: Elected body that acts as an advisory committee to the President regarding long-term financial planning. RPC reviews both annual and long-term financial budgets of the college. It undertakes studies of the college's resource use. The RPC specifically reviews recommendations from the senior staff to the President regarding annual tuition increases, the distribution of resources to faculty/staff size and compensation, program budgets and capital expenditures.
  • Length of Term: 3 years; students serve 1-year term
  • Contact: Dan Hornbach 
  • Appointed Members: 3 staff, and 2 students
  • Elected Members: 6 faculty
  • Permanent Members: Vice President for Administration and Finance
2014-2015 Staff Members 
Term End May 2015 Term End May 2017
Barron Koralesky  Angi Faiks
Dave Ehren

Safe Workplace Committee

  • Mission: To create an injury-free, healthy campus for students, faculty and staff. This committee works in partnership with various campus groups to eliminate the causes of campus or work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • Length of Term: 2 years
  • Contact: Terry Gorman at  and Jason Dempster at, Co-Chairs
  • Appointed Members: 5 staff
  • Permanent Members: Director & Assistant Director of Facilities Services, Director of Safety & Security, Director & Associate Director of Employment Services, Custodial Services Manager, Director of Budget & Institutional Services, Chem Lab Supervisor, a Maintenance Engineer and a Carpenter
2014-2015 Staff Members 
Term End May 2015 Term End May 2016
Kelly Borke   Amelia Nielsen
Lisa Landreman Lisa Ray
Sarah Payne Smith

Social Responsibility Committee

  • Mission: Provides advice to the college's administration regarding practices and policies on issues with significant implications for responsible institutional behavior.
  • Length of Term: 1 year minimum, no maximum
  • Contact: Laurie Hamre at 
  • Appointed Members: 3 staff, 3 faculty, 2 students, 1 Board of Trustees Liaison
  • Permanent Members: Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President of Student Affairs
2014-2015 Staff Members 
Paul Schadewald
Brian Lindeman
Chris MacDonald-Dennis

Staff Advisory Council

  • Mission: Elected body that recommends/reviews policies affecting staff; provides social and educational opportunities for staff, and appoints/recommends staff representatives to committees.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Kate Moss
  • Elected Members: 5 exempt staff, 4 non-exempt staff
2014-2015 Staff Members 
Term End May 2015 Term End May 2016 Term End May 2017
Laura Kigin
Non Exempt
Afifa Benwahoud
Non Exempt
Aimee Baxter
Non Exempt
Brenda Piatz
Non Exempt
David Berglund
Exempt
Dave Collins
Exempt
Jenae Schmidt
Exempt
Kate Moss
Exempt
Daymond Dean
Exempt

Staff Outstanding Service Award Committee (SOSAC)

  • Mission: Selects the recipient of the annual Staff Outstanding Service Award
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Bob Graf at 
  • Appointed members: 3 exempt staff, 2 non-exempt staff, prior year's SOSA recipient.
  • Permanent Members: Director of Employment Services
2014-2015 Staff Members 
Term End May 2015 Term End May 2016 Term End May 2017
Ron Osterman
(2014 Winner)
Sedric McClure
Exempt
Barbara Laskin
Exempt
Herta Pitman
Non Exempt
Karla Benson Rutten
Exempt
Patti Lydon
Non Exempt

Student Employment Advisory Committee (SEAC)

  • Mission: Serves as a liaison between the Macalester community and Employment Services, Financial Aid, and Student Employment. SEAC addresses faculty, staff and student concerns regarding student employment and student supervisors. The committee also serves the Student Employment Office in an advisory capacity in determining the current and future direction of student employment at Macalester College.
  • Length of Term: 3 years
  • Contact: Brenda Piatz at 
  • Appointed Members: 9 staff and 2 students
  • Permanent members: Associate Director of Financial Aid, Manager Talent & Student Employment; 2 Advisory Members: Staffing Coordinator, Employment Services Director. Staff appointments to SEAC must be evenly balanced between offices that manage small (1-10), medium (11-50), and large (51 or more) numbers of student employees. The committee should have three representatives from each of these areas.
2014-2015 Staff Members
Term End May 2015 Term End May 2016 Term End May 2017
Indra Halvorsone - Small  Stephanie Alden - Medium  Denise Tyburski - Large
Margo Dickinson - Medium Stephanie Mulcahey - Small Suzanne Burr - Medium
Brenda Piatz - Small Jesse Sawyer - Large
Mark Bechtel - Large

Sustainability Advisory Committee

  • Mission: To oversee the implementation of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment and the Talloires Declaration. The committee will also recommend policies and practices which best reflect the College's commitment to an environmentally sustainable world. In addition, the committee will function as a conduit for information exchange about campus sustainability initiatives.
  • Length of Term: 2 years
  • Contact: Suzanne Hansen at 
  • Appointed Members: 2 faculty, 1 exempt staff, 2 non-exempt staff, 4 students
  • Permanent Members: Sustainability Manager, Director of Campus Programs, Director of Facilities Management
2014-2015 Staff Members
Term End May 2015 Term End May 2016
Connie Karlen
Exempt
Lisa McCarthy
Non Exempt
Julie Lucking
Non Exempt

Wellness and Health at Macalester (WHAM)

  • Mission: To foster a working and learning environment which promotes healthy lifestyle choices by increasing awareness, providing educational opportunities, and supporting lifestyle changes. Healthier lifestyles among faculty and staff will in turn create happier, more productive individuals who benefit themselves, Macalester, and the greater community.
  • Length of Term: 2 years
  • Contact: Lisa Broek at 
  • Appointed Members: 1 staff, 1 faculty
  • Permanent Members: Kelly Borke, Lisa Broek, Susan Fox, Jane Kollasch, Brian Longley, Steve Murray, Sue Rothenbacher
2014-2015 Staff Members
Term End May 2016
Tracy Arndt