Engineering Staff Advisory Council

What is ESAC?

The Engineering Staff Advisory Council is an elected body that represents staff members in the College of Engineering. This constituent group is composed of Professional and Scientific, Merit Supervisory Exempt, and Merit Confidential staff. The purpose of the Engineering Staff Advisory Council (ESAC) is to facilitate communication within the college, represent staff concerns and issues to College of Engineering Administration, and ensure staff involvement in committees and discussions that affect College of Engineering staff.  ESAC also promotes local community service and social activities to encourage community-building within the College of Engineering, and to give back in our larger community.

Council meetings are held the last Thursday of each month, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and generally run until 10:30 a.m. Any staff member employed in the College of Engineering may attend the ESAC meetings.

ESAC values your feedback. Please feel free to send any questions or concerns to our email: engineering-staff-council@engineering.uiowa.edu. If you would like to submit an anonymous comment or suggestion please complete the anonymous form at: https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/esacfeedback.

ESAC Monthly Meeting Dates for Spring and Summer 2018

Thursday, January 25 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in 4511 SC
Thursday, February 22 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in NADS Boardroom 
Thursday, March 22 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SHL Conference Room
Thursday, April 26 from 8:30 to 10:00 am in ERF Conference Room
Thursday, May 24 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in NADS Boardroom
Thursday, June 28 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in 4511 SC
Thursday, July 26 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SHL Boardroom

News

Packing Materials Re-use Station
The Engineering Staff Advisory Council has started a pilot program to  re-use clean, sorted packing materials in the
Seamans Center. The program collects Styrofoam and starch peanuts, bubble wrap, and air pockets. Please consider adding to or taking from the materials in the bins, which are located on the west wall next to the Keck labs on the Fourth floor. Contact Rachel Marek (rachel-f-marek@uiowa.edu) with questions.

Events

"Spring into Sustainability" A Learning@Lunch session for staff and faculty on how to make sustainable practices part of your work and home life, led by ESAC's Sustainability Committee. Contact Sarah Lobb (sarah-lobb@uiowa.edu) with questions and to RSVP.
Feb. 15 12-1 pm in 3111 SC
Feb. 22 12-1 pm in 127 SHL
Feb. 28 12-1 pm in NADS boardroom


2017-18 Members

Photo Member Name Committee Involvement Email Address Affiliation Term Limits
Sarah Lobb
Sarah Lobb Executive, Elections, Staff Award Evaluation, Bylaws/Policies Sarah-Lobb@uiowa.edu Seamans Center June 2016 to June 2018
Blake Rupe Executive, Elections, Social Events, Publicity, Community Service, Sustainability Blake-Rupe@uiowa.edu Seamans Center June 2016 to June 2019
Ashlee Johannes Social Events, Publicity, Community Service, Sustainability  Ashlee-Johannes@uiowa.edu Stanley Hydraulics Lab June 2017 to June 2019
Dawn Marshall
Dawn Marshall Executive, Elections, Staff Award Evaluation, Social Events Dawn-Marshall@uiowa.edu NADS Building June 2017 to June 2019
Rachel Marek
Rachel Marek Staff Award Evaluation, Publicity, Bylaws/Policies, Sustainability  Rachel-F-Marek@uiowa.edu Seamans Center June 2017 to June 2019
Chris Reuter Elections, Staff Award Evaluation, Publicity, Social Events Christopher-M-Reuter@uiowa.edu Engineering Research Facility June 2017 to June 2019
Kristina Venzke
Kristina Venzke Executive, Community Service Kristina-Venzke@uiowa.edu Seamans Center  June 2017 to June 2019
Jacob Heiden Social Events, Publicity, Community Service Jacob-Heiden@uiowa.edu NADS Building January 2018 to June 2018
Jan Waterhouse
Jan Waterhouse Advisor Jan-Waterhouse@uiowa.edu Seamans Center Ex Officio
April Tippett
April Tippett Advisor April-Tippett@uiowa.edu Seamans Center Ex Officio

 

Committees 

The Engineering Staff Advisory Council consists of four standing committees and ad hoc committees. The council may create ad hoc committees to plan, develop, implement, or investigate activities and projects. Any staff member employed in the College of Engineering may serve on an ad hoc committee.

Standing Committees:

  1. Executive Committee: To formulate goals and direction for council, bi-annually express concerns to, and receive feedback from, Engineering Administration
  2. Bylaws/Policies & Procedures Committee: To review, facilitate discussion, and make recommendations regarding bylaw revisions and policy statements.
  3. Elections Committee: To carry out elections in accordance with the council bylaws and to solicit candidates for vacant seats on the council, for the office of President, Vice President/President Elect, Secretary, and Executive Committee.
  4. Staff Award Evaluation Committee: To solicit, review, and select recipients of the Mary Sheedy Staff Excellence, Staff Service, and Staff Research Awards.

Ad Hoc Committees:

  1. Social Events (now including Get to Know the College): Connect and engage staff across engineering units to encourage the exchange of ideas.
  2. Publicity (now including Welcome/Goodbye): Promote operations by maintaining active communication outlets and increasing engineering staff involvement.
  3. Community Service: Support College of Engineering staff to serve their community through partnerships with local agencies, including the Johnson County Crisis Center and Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP).
  4. Sustainability: Increase awareness for sustainability efforts, encourage participation in campus initiatives, and explore new opportunities to reduce the College of Engineering footprint.