ERAC Subcommittee - Scope and Mission
Tradition of Excellence
The Tradition of Excellence Award Committee is a representative
committee of staff members, along with a Human Resources
administrator who oversees the Tradition of Excellence program.
To qualify for the Tradition of Excellence Award, an individual
or team should demonstrate outstanding behaviors or produce
exceptional results, either within a single department or across
the University in a variety of categories. The Tradition of
Excellence committee receives, reviews and approves nominations
for the award. Award letters are prepared and presentations are
made to individuals or groups by committee members.
ERAC Distinguished Service
The Distinguished Service Award committee is responsible for all
levels of the ERAC Distinguished Service Award which is awarded
annually at the Faculty-Staff Appreciation Dinner. The five to
seven appointed committee members advertise the open nominations
process to the Lehigh community through STAFF News. Once
nominations are received they are reviewed and voted on by the
committee members. The committee is then responsible for
notifying the awardee, ordering the physical award and lastly
securing the cash award through HR.
Benefits Allocation Review
Serve as the ERAC representative throughout the Benefits
Allocation Review process. Work with representatives from Human
Resources on all employee related benefit initiatives
administered through the Human Resources department. Update the
ERAC board at regularly scheduled meetings on current
university-wide initiatives related to employee benefits.
Bookstore Advisory Committee
This committee meets one time each semester. This committee
serves in an advisory capacity, providing recommendations
regarding service and operational issues that affect students,
faculty and staff. This committee is a sounding board for the
campus community by constructing suggestions. The purpose of
this committee is to strengthen the partnership between the
bookstore and the campus community and to create an open forum
for idea and issues. It is highly recommended for the ERAC
member to be in academia to serve on this committee.
ERAC operates and acts according to its bylaws. The bylaws
committee provides for the orderly and lawful operations of ERAC
in a manner that facilitates accomplishing its mission. Duties
• Reviewing present bylaws
• Soliciting suggestions from members for changes, additions,
• Offering written proposals on changes for ERAC's review.
The ERAC Events Committee shall be responsible for planning and
conducting various events throughout the year to promote and
engage ERAC's involvement within the Lehigh community. Such
events can include but are not limited to the following:
• informative brown bag lunch sessions,
• staff appreciation events
• miscellaneous activities/programs
Such events can be planned and promoted solely by ERAC or can be
held in conjunction with other Lehigh clubs, committees,
organizations or in partnership with the local community.
Membership Elections Committee
This committee prepares timeline of events for new membership.
Committee meets to review positions to be filled by upcoming
election. Revise nomination survey for current year, email
current members to determine willingness to continue next year.
Post on daily announcements the dates for nominating new
members. Send nomination list to HR for confirmation of
eligibility. Prepare for election by contacting nominees for
agreement to be on ballot, ask each nominee for brief bio to be
posted on ERAC website. Set up Survey Monkey for voting for
current nominees. Post on daily announcements dates for voting
for new members. Notify members elected and announce new members
at staff appreciation dinner. Send new member names to ERAC
website Manager for posting on ERAC website.
Parking Advisory and Appeals
The Parking Appeals Committee meets on a weekly basis and
reviews appeals from Lehigh parking tickets. The committee
includes students, faculty and staff, including representatives
from Transportation & Parking Services.
Public Relations (Monthly
Create informational news articles for the HR Monthly Spotlight
publication to update the campus community on ERAC progress and
accomplishments. Also, write progress reports (mid-year and end
of year) for the President, Provost and Vice President for
Finance and Administration.
"Resources to Engage, Accomplish, Connect & Help" (REACH) is
an interdepartmental and university-wide program aimed to
fostering professional relationships and networks among faculty
and staff. By connecting Lehigh employees with each other and
providing opportunities to learn about the university, REACH
seeks to advance multiple goals of Lehigh's strategic plan,
including investing in faculty and staff, as well as the
university's core values and the aims of the Council on Equity
and Community. ERAC's REACH committee helps facilitate this
effort. While each REACH cohort selects its own members and
drives the agenda for its meetings, pairs of REACH Committee
members take responsibility for organizing the cohorts them,
arranging for meeting locations and speakers and communicating
with cohort members.
Transportation and Parking
Services Advisory Group
Advise Parking and Transportation Services as they transition
through the new stages of the campus master plan and assist in
overall best practices of their services. The committee has
representation from the following areas, Undergraduate Students,
Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff. The group meets quarterly.
The Wellness Committee works along with HR to promote work and
life balance. The committee’s charge is to guide the university
in providing a cohesive employee Wellness Program resulting in
increased participation and support for healthy and active
lifestyles for Lehigh employees. They review current offerings,
gather and share the preferences of faculty and staff, and
propose new programs
(within our current budgetary limits).