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Staff Association Making a Difference

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 12/20/2017 The Panhandle State Staff Association: (left to right) Rene Ramon, Karina Jauregui, Raelee Olson, Abby Rice, Nikki Stork, Calandra Rose, Rantz Trayler, Tammy Clark, Amber Fesmire, and Bonnie Maille. Not pictured: Emma Montoya.The Panhandle State Staff Association: (left to right) Rene Ramon, Karina Jauregui, Raelee Olson, Abby Rice, Nikki Stork, Calandra Rose, Rantz Trayler, Tammy Clark, Amber Fesmire, and Bonnie Maille. Not pictured: Emma Montoya.

Goodwell, Okla. — Holiday cheer filled the air as members of Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Staff Association made their rounds across campus giving each staff member an early Christmas gift in the form of two free movie passes to Northridge Cinema 8 courtesy of the Staff Association Committee.

Karina Jauregui, Staff Association President, said, “One of our focuses this year is staff incentives. We were so pleased to be able to do this as a reward for everyone and show some appreciation for all of the hard work being done.”

The Staff Association Committee serves as a collective voice seeking to assess, communicate, and respond to the needs of the Panhandle State staff. The committee represents a highly diverse group of individuals whose performance levels are critical to the quality, integrity, credibility and continued growth of the University.

Members of the current committee were elected this past August and serve a two-year term. As a reflection of new leadership, the group has a new vision and the committee size has increased in an effort to better serve the staff body. The group meets once a month and this fall they have focused on establishing new roles as well as making plans for the future.

This month the committee hosted an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest during the annual Faculty and Staff Christmas Party with prizes for the winner.

The group will once again host the fan favorite Staff Association Silent Auction. The auction is set for February 24 during the Aggie Basketball games at Oscar Williams Field House. The auction features a number of different items including gift certificates, memberships, art work, and a variety of Aggie gear. Donations are currently being accepted. Auction funds benefit the staff scholarship awarded each fall. Panhandle State staff members, their spouses or children are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Funds are also used for staff incentives and campus beautification projects. The committee is currently organizing a campus beautification project with the goal to begin work on it this summer.

Jauregui said, “We met with Dr. Faltyn twice this semester regarding the committee and our future plans. I am pleased to have the opportunity to be the intermediate between him and the staff.”

She added, “As OPSU grows and improves, I would like to encourage all staff members to reach out to us with needs, questions, and concerns. As a team, we can continue to make great changes for staff, faculty, and students.”

Members of the 2017-2018 Staff Association include Karina Jauregui, President; Tammy Clark, Vice President; Rantz Trayler, Treasurer; Calandra Rose, Abigail Rice, Emma Montoya, Rene Ramon, Bonnie Maille, Nikki Stork, Amber Fesmire, and Raelee Olson.

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