About Us 

As an advisory committee to the Dean, the CANR Staff Advisory Committee is a group elected by YOU, the CANR staff. As a committee, our mission is to address the issues, concerns, and opportunities for the staff of CANR. “Staff” is defined as APSA, APA, CTU, 1585/999, Off-campus, and farm managers.

Our goal is to have a pro-active, participating role in shaping our College now and in the future. In order to reach this goal, we need your input.


The CANR Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) was formally organized in the summer of 2003. Before 2003 it was known as CANR Non-Academic Personnel Advisory Committee. At that time, the committee met twice a year with no agenda or real leadership. In September 2003, under the guidance of Jim Artabasy, the committee met, elected officers, formed an agenda, and set out to inform the CANR staff of its presence.


The purpose of the CANR Staff Advisory Committee is to provide a direct communication link to the Dean regarding issues and opportunities of importance to CANR staff members. The CANR Staff Advisory Committee is a parallel group to the CANR College Advisory Council.

The Staff Advisory Committee meets monthly and with the Dean as needed. The Dean conducts an open meeting for CANR staff members each year.

The majority of CANR staff members are covered by collective bargaining agreements as union members. The CANR Staff Advisory Committee does not address contract issues or represent your interests in such matters. Your union does. The CANR Staff Advisory Committee will gather information from CANR staff about matters which will help CANR be a more effective organization. In large part, CANR, as an organization, is effective to the extent that strong, respective relationships are developed between staff, administrators, and faculty and work systems function efficiently. It is the Staff Advisory Committee’s purpose to foster the conditions which lead to these ends. Topics like communication, systems efficiencies, training within the college, team building, diversity and like subjects which will strengthen CANR are the focus of the committee. All CANR staff members, campus and throughout the state, can provide ideas and comments to the committee.

The committee will use a variety of methods to gather information to present to the Dean. Surveys, small group discussions, one-to-one conversations are examples.