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Q. How can I help the Staff Senate with their fundraising efforts?

A. You can certainly donate any amount to the senate or you can purchase a Cane's Cookbook, designed and created by the Staff Senate.  Each cookbook costs $12.00 or you can purchase 2 for $20.00. The books are available in the Campus Bookstore or you can purchase them from the Office of Student Affairs.

Q. I have an issue on campus, How do I contact to get my concern across?

A. You can relay the information to one of our representatives or you can email the Chair personally.

Q. When and where are the meetings?

A. Staff Senate meetings are scheduled for the last Wednesday of every month located on the 3rd floor of the Student Success Center.  Typically these meetings last about an hour and are open to the entire GSW community.

Q. I'm a new staff member here at GSW and would like more information about GSW and the surrounding area.

A. New hires will be presented with a packet of information and a welcome letter from the Staff Senate.  GSW is a great community with wonderful people who want to meet you.  If you would like to meet people quickly, come to our next Staff meeting and introduce yourself.


  • Alltel Wireless Discount 
    Offer for State of Georgia and University System employees.
  • Apple Government Employee Purchase Program 
    With the Government Employee Purchase Program (EPP) from Apple, all State and Local Government employees and contractors can purchase Apple products at a discount for personal use, including iPods!
  • AT&T Wireless Discount 
    Georgia State, Local & County Government employees are entitled to exclusive savings from AT&T Wireless.
  • Dell Member Purchase Program 
    Save 2-6% on Dell Dimension desktop and Inspiron notebook systems. If you purchase a three- or four-year At-Home Service plan, your discount automatically doubles – up to 12%. Special monthly promotions may offer additional savings, such as discounted shipping.
  • Employee Value Program (EVP) - Sprint/Nextel 
    Sprint is proud to offer monthly discounts to State of Georgia Employees and Family!
  • Verizon Wireless Discount Program 
    Verizon Wireless offers a special discount program for State of Georgia Employees.


  • Flexible Benefits Program 
    Find current information on enrollment options, contact information and claim forms.
  • State Holidays 
    List of state holidays when the Capitol and all state agencies will be closed in 2008.
  • Return to Work 
    The Return-To-Work (RTW) Program is an innovative approach to assisting employees with occupational/non-occupational injuries/illnesses to return to full productivity.
  • Workers' Compensation Program 
    The Department of Administrative Services’ Workers’ Compensation Program protects all State of Georgia employees from financial loss due to lost work (lost wages), medical expenses and other costs associated with an injury sustained in the course of and arising out of employment with the State of Georgia.
  • Employee Suggestion Program 
    Make suggestions for improving state government operations. Develop and submit ideas.



  • Tax Information for Individuals 
    Individual Taxes include many different areas and services within Department of Revenue. Please use one of these links to get started, or use the search engine to find particular subjects to help with your needs for a tax solution.
  • State Employee Credit Union 
    The SECU serves all employees or retirees of any board approved Georgia State Government not affiliated with another credit union.
  • Employee Self Service 
    Access to payroll, taxes, compensation, leave balances, and personal information.

Health & Flexible Benefits

  • Flexible Benefits Program 
    Find current information on enrollment options, contact information and claim forms.
  • State Health Benefits 
    The Public Employees section features information about health plan decision guides, pharmacy/prescription drugs, premium rates, coverage options, newsletters, fact sheets, contact information, links, eligibility forms, claim forms, training and presentations.
  • Health Care Professionals 
    Health care employees can get information about online renewals, licensure certification, continuing education, fee listings, applications, and physicians’ profiles.
  • Local Discounts
  • Wendy’s Restaurant in Americus- 10% Discount when you show your GSW ID. 1202 Crawford St Americus, GA 31709
  • Shell Rapid Lube Station in Americus- 10% Discount when you show your GSW  ID. 1325 E Lamar St Americus, GA 31709




  • Judicial Retirement Plan 
    This plan is for Superior Court Judges, District Attorneys, State Court Judges, Trial Judges, and Solicitors. Certain employees of the Attorney general/Legislative Counsel may also be members of this plan.
  • Retirement Investment Plan - Peach State Reserves 
    The State of Georgia rewards long term employees with generous pension benefits. Additionally, to help employees secure an even more secure and comfortable retirement, the State also sponsors an attractive supplemental retirement plan – Peach State Reserves. The program consists of a 401(k) and a 457 plan. The plans are also important for employees who have shorter term employment with the state, as eligibility for the state pension plan is based on length of employment, whereas the 401(k) and 457 plans can potentially be added to retirement plans with future employers.
  • Employees' Retirement Plan 
    These plans cover full-time employees of participating departments, commissions, and agencies.
  • Legislative Retirement Plan 
    Read the plans for members of Georgia's General Assembly.
  • Georgia Defined Contribution Plan 
    This retirement plan is for temporary, seasonal, and part-time employees of the State of Georgia not covered by the Employees' Retirement System; or, for employees of any of the units of the Board of Regents, by the Teacher's Retirement System.
  • Retirement Seminars 
    Attend seminars about ERS benefits, deferred compensation, flexible benefits, and more.
  • Retirement Legislation 
    See if these updates from the latest session of the General Assembly affect any laws pertaining to retirement.
  • Public School Employees’ Retirement System 
    A retirement plan for public school employees who are not eligible for Teacher's Retirement System membership, such as bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and custodians.
  • Teachers Retirement Plan 
    TRS administers the fund from which teachers in the state’s public schools, many employees of the University System of Georgia, and certain other designated employees in educational-related work environments receive retirement benefits.

Current Goals and Issues

The Staff Senate works diligently to correct and respond to any and all issues that are brought up by the GSW staff on a monthly basis. Here is a list of current issues the Staff Senate is currently working on.

  1. Improving communication with campus and community constituents
  2. Clean campus initiatives
  3. Fundraising for Scholarship Fund
  4. Updating this website
  5. Welcome Packet for all new hires

2014- 2015 Events

  • Faculty/Staff VS Student Basketball Game - November 5th
  • Faculty/Staff Potluck Luncheon - November 20th
  • Homecoming Week Activities - February 1st-February 7th
  • Faculty/Staff Chili Cook-Off - February 3rd
  • Staff Appreciation Hour-February 16th: 2pm-4pm
  • Oris Bryant Book Scholarship Fund Submission Deadline- February 24th @ 5:00pm



The Staff Senate serves in an advisory and consultative role with the University Administration to promote understanding, cooperation and communication within the GSW campus community. The Staff Senate is comprised of several voting members who represent the GSW staff workforce.

2014 - 2015 Department Representatives

Office of the President/University Relations/RCI:         Karen Holloway
Athletics: Samantha Snow
Athletics: Keith Michlig  
Physical Plant: Vacant
Physical Plant: Michael McNeely
Public Safety: Donna Tissue
Academic Affairs: Talisha Lawson
Academic Affairs: Miranda Thomas
Academic Affairs: Kershawnda Johnson
Student Affairs: Darcy Bragg
Student Affairs: Jill Hohnecker
Student Affairs: Josh Curtin
School of Computing and Mathematics: Monique Daniels
School of Business: Jonathan Hobbs
Arts and Sciences: Diane Reyes
Education: Yolanda West
Nursing/RCI: Angel Ramos
Office of Instructional Technology: Vacant
Office of Instructional Technology: Vacant
Library: John Wilson
Business and Finance: Polly Conger
Business and Finance: Christy Barry
Enrollment Management/Registrar: Tominica Pines
Enrollment Management/Registrar: Pam Cummins

2014 - 2015 Officers

Chair Talisha Lawson
Vice Chair: Vacant
Secretary: Jill Hohnecker
Treasurer: Polly Conger 
USG Staff Representative:                                         TBD
Ad Hoc: Gena Wilson

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