Member Guidelines

The following general guidelines are suggested to define the composition of the Committee and Service terms of the Committee members:

  • All major departments - geography, geosciences, materials science and engineering, meteorology, and energy and mineral engineering - should be represented by one member each. The member should be recommended by the department head to the dean who will make the appointment.
  • Four members should be recommended by the associate dean for Graduate Research and Education to the dean for appointment from the Office of Graduate Education and the Research.
  • Items above provide a mechanism for balancing the Committee composition to assure the representation of all groups and reflect the proportion of staff classifications in the college. It is important to include adequate representation of each employee classification group. The number of representation should change to reflect future adjustments in staff groups. Consideration should be given to assure diversity in the selection of committee members.

Term of Service

The term of service  for committee members is three years from the date the member starts, regardless of how long the previous representative from that area served on SAC. There is no limit on the number of terms a member may serve. A new representative will be recommended to the Dean for appointment by the appropriate area when a member resigns or completes their three-year term. Members must be willing to serve on the committee. The appointments of the members representing the major academic departments should be structured so that each year two of the departments will be putting forth a recommendation of a representative to the committee.

Officers

The committee members shall select a chairperson, vice chairperson, and a secretary at the February meeting to serve one year terms.

The chairperson provides leadership to the committee, assigns leads to committee projects, represents the committee at college meetings, and communicates with the dean and his staff as needed.  The vice chairperson supports and assists the chair and acts in the place of the chair at meetings, when the chair is not present.  The secretary takes minutes at committee meetings and ensures the committee information on the EMS website and box folder is accurate and up to date.

Meetings

The Committee shall meet monthly or as often as necessary and practical to address issues and concerns of the EMS staff and to further the goals of the college.

Current Members

It is recommended that the Staff Advisory Committee of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences be composed of 9 members. The HR Manager is a committee member ex officio. This person serves as liaison between the committee and the Dean of the College.

Listed below are the current members.

Co-chairs are Amanda Laub (814-865-0454) and Grace Turner (814-863-2751).

Karen Adams Cox Karen Adams Cox
Administrative Support Coordinator
Department of Geography
302C Walker Building
814-865-7040
kma14@psu.edu
John Barlett John Barlett
Human Resources Manager
Dean's Office
116 Deike Building
814-867-5072
jvb102@psu.edu
Abby Benkiran Abby Benkiran
Financial Coordinator 3
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
226C Earth & Engineering Sciences
814-867-0168
alb35@psu.edu
Noelle Capperelle Noelle Capparelle
Administrative Support Assistant 3
John A. Dutton e-Education Institute
417 EESB
814-867-5401
nlf5@psu.edu
Ashley Comly
Financial Assistant
EMS Energy Institute
C211 Coal Utilization Lab
814-863-1333
anb13@psu.edu
Carol Donald Carole Donald
Administrative Support Assistant
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
110 Hosler Building
814-865-3437
cld14@psu.edu
Shirley Fetters Shirley Fetters
Administrative Support Assistant
Development and Alumni Relations
204 Deike Building
814-863-4684
sjf24@psu.edu
Jacob Hoover Jacob Hoover
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Department of Geosciences
542 Deike
814-865-7791
jdh292@psu.edu
Ginger Kowalchuk Ginger Kowalchuk
Administrative Support Assistant 2
Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
502 Walker Building
814-865-0478
ggk2@psu.edu
Mandy Laub Amanda (Mandy) Laub
Financial Coordinator
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
221 Steidle Building
814-865-0454
asl12@psu.edu
Jennifer Lear Jennifer Lear
Director Research Administration
Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research
248 Deike Building
814-865-7650
qul48@psu.edu
Grace Turner Grace Turner
Adminstrative Support Assistant
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
14 Deike Building
814-863-2751
gyt5006@psu.edu