Great Falls College MSU relies on the work of its committees to meet the work of our strategic plan and ensure mission fulfillment, as well as provide our students with a quality education.

Leadership Committees

The Executive Team creates a supportive environment in which to exchange information, solve problems, coordinate efforts, and create improvements that will benefit the college.

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Members: 

Dr. Susan J. Wolff, CEO/Dean
Dr. Heidi Pasek, CAO
Dr. Darryl Stevens, CFO
Ms. Mary Kay Bonilla, CSAHRO
Mr. Lewis Card, Executive Director of Development, Communications & Marketing
Ms. Lorene Jaynes, Executive Assistant to the CEO/Dean

Meeting Dates/Times:                1st-4th Tuesdays of each month
8:30 - 10:30 am
Contact: Email Ms. Jaynes

CPBAC is charged with providing shared governance throughout the budgeting, planning and assessment process by (1) communicating the process to the campus stakeholders and constituencies, (2) gathering and interpreting institutional data to evaluate performance and effectiveness at the institution, division and departmental levels, (3) leading the development and aggregation of budget projections, strategic and annual (operational) plans and (4) working with the College’s leadership to allocate resources strategically to improve overall institutional effectiveness and achieve the priorities set forth by the strategic plan.

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Members: 

Dr. Susan J. Wolff
Mr. Lewis Card
Ms. Mary Kay Bonilla
Dr. Heidi Pasek
Dr. Darryl Stevens
Ms. Mary Kay Bonilla
Ms. Dena Wagner-Fossen
Ms. Leah Habel
Ms. Katherine Meier
Ms. Joe Simonsen
Mr. Troy Stoddard
Dr. Heidi Pasek
Ms. Charla Merja
Dr. Leanne Frost
Dr. Frankie Lyons
Mr. Joel Sims
Ms. Laura Wight
Ms. Heather Palermo
Dr. Sandy Bauman
Ms. Elfie Neber
Ms. Carmen Roberts

Meeting Dates/Times:

3rd Friday of each month
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Contact:

Email Ms. Roberts

The Faculty Senate is the highest level policy development, review and approval body at Great Falls College MSU (herein after GFC MSU) concerned with the academic program of the institution. As such, all academic policy considerations are under the purview of the Senate. The Senate is charged with the responsibility of developing policies and making recommendations to the CEO/Dean of GFC MSU on matters concerning curriculum and academic policy, degree requirements, admission and retention, the structure of the academic programs, and other matters referred by the CEO/Dean of GFC MSU or designee of the CEO/Dean.

Members: 

Mr. Leonard Bates, Chair
Mr. Roger Peffer
Ms. Daisy Gibson
Dr. Dan Casmier
Mr. Doug Zander
Mr. Tom Oakberg
Dr. Heidi Pasek
Dr. Brad Bechard
Ms. Jana Parsons

Meeting Dates/Times:

2nd and 4th Friday of each month
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Contact:

Email Mr. Bates

The Great Falls College Staff Senate Association is a governing body that represents the classified staff at Great Falls College. The GFCSSA serves and a communication conduit between staff and administration at the college and state levels. The GFCSSA works to promote stability and professional development of staff, enhance campus relations, and develop staff-related activities that contribute to student success and institutional effectiveness. 

Members: 

Ms. Laramie Smovir, President
Mr. Tony Bernatonis, Vice President
Ms. Priscilla Azure, Secretary
Mr. Joshua Archey
Mr. EJ Suek
Ms. Terry Jarvey
Mr. Greg Schauer
Mr. Ben Truman

Meeting Dates/Times:

 3rd Thursday of each month
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Contact:

 Email Ms. Smovir

 

The Associated Students of Great Falls College MSU acts on behalf of the Great Falls College MSU student body by participating in a variety of campus planning activities. Some of the activities include providing input to the College's administrative staff and to the Board of Regents regarding issues and policies that impact students, planning student and campus activities, and prioritizing how student funds are expended. 

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Officers: 

Tiffany Kuglin, President
Adam Dowdy, Vice President
Noah Perkins, 
Treasurer
Zach Clausen, 
Secretary

Meeting Dates/Times:

TBD

Contact:

Email Student Government

 

 

Standing Committees

The Accreditation Committee prepares reports and schedules accreditation visits as needed. 

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Members:  Dr. Heidi Pasek, Chair
Ms. Charla Merja
Ms. Jeri Pullum
Ms. Lorene Jaynes

Meeting Dates/Times: As needed
Contact: Email Dr. Pasek

The administrative program review committee will review the effectiveness of all administrative programs and how they serve the students, while contributing to the mission, vision and core values of the college. Our goal is to establish baseline data and then review programs year-to-year, in order to make data driven decisions that help our students.

Members:  Ms. Heather Palermo, Chair
Ms. Bailey Barton
Mr. David Bonilla
Ms. Erin Granger
Ms. Julie Freshly
Ms. Kathy Meier
Ms. Mallory Antovel
Ms. Stacy Lowry
Meeting Dates/Times: As required
Contact: Email Ms. Palermo

 

The Bridging Opportunities Committee is comprised of staff and administration from Great Falls College MSU, the University of Providence, and the Great Falls Public Schools. The Committee's purpose is to share information and bridge opportunities between educational partners.  

Members: 

Ms. Mary Kay Bonilla, GFC MSU, Co-chair
Tom Moore, GFPS, Co-chair

Julie Edstrom, UP, Co-chair
Ms. Shannon Marr 
Dr. Heidi Pasek 
Mr. Joe Simonsen 
Ms. Leah Habel 
Ms. Laramie Smovir 
Representatives from GFPS
Representatives from UP 
Representatives from Adult Education 
Representatives from GFCCHS
Representatives from private community high schools

Meeting Dates/Times:

Annually as needed

Contact:

Email Ms. Bonilla

The Calendar Commitee is responsible for creating semester calendars for the college. 

Academic Calendars

Members: 

Ms. Mary Kay Bonilla, Chair
Ms. Dena Wagner-Fossen
Mr. Gary Smart
Dr. Heidi Pasek
Ms. Jill Keil
Mr. Joe Simonsen
Ms. Julie Freshly
Ms. Kathy Haggart
Ms. Kaylene Strutz
Ms. Leah Habel
Mr. Leonard Bates
Ms. Lorene Jaynes
Mr. Monte Cobb

Meeting Dates/Times:

As needed

Contact:

Email Ms. Bonilla

 The College Analysis Committee

Members: 

Ms. Dena Wagner-Fossen
Ms. Eleazar Ortega
Ms. Jeri Pullum
Ms. Jillian Ehnot

Meeting Dates/Times:

As determined by the Committee

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The College Learning Outcomes Assessment Team, or CLOAT, is currently working on a five-year plan. This will be updated at that time.

Members: 

Ms. Mandy Wright, Chair

Meeting Dates/Times:

N/A

Contact:

Email Ms. Wright

The Crisis Management Committee 

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Members: 

Dr. Susan J. Wolff
Ms. Lorene Jaynes
Mr. Lewis Card
Ms. Mary Kay Bonilla
Dr. Heidi Pasek
Dr. Darryl Stevens
Ms. Carmen Roberts
Mr. Gary Smart
Mr. Joel Henderson

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The Curriculum Committee (CC) will (1) consider curriculum proposals originating from faculty, programs, departments, chairs, Faculty Senate, and CC; (2) consider modifications originating from (1); (3) determine that any program or department, potentially affected by a proposed modification in General Education has been notified and has been given an opportunity to provide a written response to the proposal;(4) establish committee procedural policies which will include a provision to insure that curriculum proposals and proposed modifications of General Education receive timely consideration; (5) publish its agenda, meeting time and meeting place so that interested persons have an opportunity to attend and participate in committee deliberations. (6) recognize the last regular meeting of the spring term to be known as the Annual Meeting and be for the purpose of electing officers of the CC in addition to regular agenda items.

Members: 

Dr. Brad Bechard, Chair
Mr. Leonard Bates, Vice Chair
Ms. Susan Cooper

Mr. Michael Walker
Ms. Leigh Ann Ruggiero
Mr. Karry Hardman
Ms. Elfie Neber
Ms. Dena Wagner-Fossen
Ms. Laura Wight
Dr. Heidi Pasek
Student Government Representatives

Meeting Dates/Times:

1st and 3rd Friday of each month
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Contact: Email Dr. Bechard

The Development Board is charged with advancing the philanthropic activities of the College to ultimately ensure students are provided the fiscal means to attend college, and when they do, to experience high-quality programs, services, and facilities that enhance their education and learning opportunities. The Development Board provides leadership and guidance to the College, serves in an advisory capacity to the CEO/Dean of the institution, and actively participates in the institution’s charge to generate private resources on behalf of students.

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Members: 

Ms. Karen Brandvold, Chair
Dr. Susan Wolff, CEO/Dean

Mr. Lewis Card, Executive Director of Development 
Community Members

Meeting Dates/Times:

3rd or 4th Thursday of each month
4:00-5:30 pm

Contact: Email Mr. Card

The Internal Academic Program Review Committee (IAPRC), a committee of the Faculty Senate, guides the self-assessment of academic programs at Great Falls College MSU by developing processes, tools, and guidance for reflective practice and internal accountability. The IAPRC provides critical information for decision making regarding program continuation and resource allocation. The major tasks of the IAPRC are assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of program delivery by considering the self-study, the presentation of the program, and the data upon which the self-study are based; evaluating program self-studies to determine if programs meet a need or exploit an opportunity; making a recommendation for program continuation, discontinuation, or continuation with modification to the CAO based on the assessment of programs; and improving its own processes in order to meet the needs of College programs and reporting lines.

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Members: 

Mr. Larry Vaccaro, Chair
Ms. Cynthia Stevens

Ms. Deanna Hastings
Ms. Jana Parsons
Ms. Kate Peterson
Mr. Stephen Wurz
Dr. Heidi Pasek
Ms. Eleazar Ortega
Ms. Dena Wagner-Fossen
Ms. Jillian Ehnot

Meeting Dates/Times:

Program reviews take place in fall
Training and planning take place in spring

Contact: Email Mr. Vaccaro

The Library Committee recommends policy and programs to improve and maintain the services of the Weaver Library, as well as provides advice and counsel on Library related issues.

Members: 

Ms. Jana Parsons
Ms. Laura Wight (ex officio)
Ms. Kirsten Bryson
Ms. Pam Buckheit
Dr. Brenda Canine
Ms. Kaylene Strutz

Meeting Dates/Times:

As determined by the Committee

Contact: Email Ms. Wight

The purpose of the Safety Committee is to reduce the incidence of occupational injury and illness among employees by promoting safety in the workplace in order to provide a safer working environment for all employees and to control the costs of claims for workers' compensation insurance. The Safety Committee will make training and education available to all employees to improve safety awareness on the campus.  A reduction in workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths through enhanced safety on the job benefits the public as well as the employers and the employees by lowering both financial and physical costs.

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Members: 

Ms. Carmen Roberts, Chair
Dr. Brad Bechard
Ms. Cheryl McGee
Mr. David Spicer
Mr. Gary Smart
Mr. Joel Henderson
Mr. Joel Sims
Ms. Julie Freshly
Ms. Katherine Meier
Ms. Kaylene Strutz
Ms. Laramie Smovir
Ms. Mallory Antovel
Ms. Mary Kay Bonilla
Mr. Rodger Sidner
Mr. Roger Peffer
Dr. Dan Casmier

Meeting Dates/Times:

Quarterly

Contact: Email Ms. Roberts

The Tenure and Promotion Committee promotes excellence in teaching and learning and to ensure a fair and comprehensive review of candidates applying for tenure and/or promotion.

Members: 

Ms. Robin Williams, Chair
Mr. Brian Cayko
Ms. Mandy Wright
Ms. Susan Cooper
Ms. Jill Keil
Mr. Mark Plante
Dr. Heidi Pasek
Ms. Mary Kay Bonilla

Meeting Dates/Times:

As determined by the Committee

Contact: Email Ms. Williams

Contact information

Lorene Jaynes

Lorene Jaynes
Executive Assistant to the CEO/Dean

Phone: 406.771.4305
email: ljaynes@gfcmsu.edu

 

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