ERDC Member BookletERDC Who are we
The Educational Resource Development council was established in 1991. The Council’s purpose is to provide members the opportunity to become acquainted and educated about the Health Sciences Center at the University of Utah. The Council is composed of approximately 50 women who represent philanthropic and professional interests in the community.
In 1996, the Council formed a Project Committee to initiate a program to support scholarships and program and equipment needs in the Health Sciences. In 2000 the Council added a Communication Committee which produces a newsletter, and the Advocacy Liasons were designed to support Health Sciences initiatives. The Council’s philanthropic efforts will be to serve as ambassadors for the Health Sciences Center and the University and continue to provide financial support through their annual gifts.
Educate and inform Council members about the latest advances and techniques in fields of health as they relate to the Health Sciences Center
Provide the opportunity to meet together as a group of women and share an interest in understanding healthcare concerns and issues
Council members provide an opportunity to invest annually their time and financial support to education, medical technology, and healthcare support programs
- Attend at least five out of eight meetings per year. Meetings are held September through May with the exclusion of December.
- Service on the Council is a four-year minimum term. Members may be invited to continue to serve an additional four years if they are willing to continue their active participation on the Council.
- Participate in the Project Program’s annual appeal. Our goal is to reach 100% participation. All annual gifts support scholarships in the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health and Medicine, as well as program and equipment needs in the health sciences. The Council has given 132 scholarships over the past 10 years.
- Serve on a committee of one’s choice, to include at least one term (2 years) on the Project Committee during member’s tenure on the Council.
Executive Committee – meet’s as the need arises. The Executive Committee is composed of the chair, vice-chair, and may include the chair and/or co-chairs from the acting committees. The Executive Committee will select and finalize members for the Council, set guidelines and review needs (development director for ERDC attends all meetings).
Project Committee Chairperson(s) – accepts the responsibility for organizing the Council’s scholarship program & equipment disbursements on an annual basis with the assistance of the development staff. She shall invite and select a committee. Past chairman will serve as an advisor. The Project Chair will work closely with the development director and the executive secretary. All ERDC members are requested to serve one year on this committee during their service on ERDC.
Program Chairperson - is responsible for selecting topics for the ERDC meetings with input from Council members and the development director. She is responsible for working with and assisting the development director and executive secretary in making arrangements with each speaker for time, topic coverage, and a pre-meeting with speaker. She may assist in collecting good articles on health issues to be shared with Council members. The chairperson is responsible for acquiring a bio and introducing the monthly speakers.
Communication Committee – This committee is responsible for compiling profiles on all Council members. The committee produces a biannual newsletter that is distributed to all Council members. The newsletter will keep members informed through past programs, important events, accomplishments, and general happenings. Members on this committee alternate in taking notes of each program. Program notes are then distributed by mail to all members following each meeting.
Advocacy Liasons - Will be available to work with Kim Wirthlin, Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences, Legislative and Public Affairs, as needed. This may include generating letters to legislators, or arranging a calling campaign for members to communicate with their legislative representatives on issues related to the best interests of the Health Sciences Center under the direction of Kim Wirthlin, Assistant VP for Health Sciences, Legislative and Public Affairs, ERDC Liason.