SSF Committee - Membership and Guidelines


2022-2023 Membership

Name EMAIL Role Term
Megan Axberg axber012 Student 1st
Isabella Bermas berma204 Student 1st
Fouzia B. Bhat bhat0155 Grad Student 1st
Grace Daak daak0006 Student 2nd
Mason Dempsey demps086 Student 1st
Zachary Holland holla486 Student 1st
Maija Jenson jenson Faculty 1st
Caleb Knudsen knuds365 Student 1st
Rhonda Lemon rlemon Staff 1st
Mia O'Brien meobrien Staff 2nd
Joel Sanderson jsander3 Staff 1st
Dwaraka Velasiri velas132 Grad Student 2nd
Sally Vangsness vangs057 Student 1st

Non-voting Members

Toni Christensen trchris1 Coordinator    
Riley Tuft tuft0059 Support  


The Student Services Fee Committee (SSFC) is a special committee of the Chancellor charged with making funding recommendations for the UMD Student Services Fees as well as the allocation of funds to registered student organizations classified as Campus Life Programs (CLPs) and university departments for student activities, programs, and services. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Life (VCSL) provides logistics and support for Committee functions.
The student services fees under the auspices of SSFC include:

  • Health Services Operations & Capital Improvement Fee
  • Recreational Sports Outdoor Programs Operations & Capital Improvement Fee
  • Kirby Student Center Operations & Capital Improvement Fee
  • Student Activity Fee — funds various registered student organizations classified as Campus Life Programs (CLPs) and university departments that provide campus programs and activities for students.
  • Capital Improvement Fee - funds set aside to help support capital projects designed to serve students and improve the student experience

All activity of the Student Services Fee Committee is documented for public information on a web site. This includes the invitation to apply for Committee membership, funding proposals from departments and organizations, and committee meeting minutes.


  1. Voting members shall consist of up to four faculty/staff, a minimum of five undergraduate students, and up to two graduate students. Faculty/staff members cannot be staff from the single-unit fee operations.
  2. Student applicants for SSF Committee membership must have paid the Student Services Fee in the semester they are applying.
  3. Applicants for membership will be required to disclose any memberships that might be considered a conflict of interest in allocation deliberations.
  4. Members shall serve staggered two-year terms with ideally two faculty/staff, a minimum of three undergraduate students, and ideally one or two graduate students selected each year. Additional terms require a reappointment. Unfilled second-year seats shall be selected by appointment.
  5. Applications for membership will be reviewed by VCSL and UMD Student Association (UMDSA) leadership and recommendations for membership presented to the Chancellor for approval.
  6. VCSL or designee will serve as a non-voting convener and facilitator.
  7. The accountant from VCSL will serve as a non-voting member and will provide financial analysis and budget support for SSFC.

Selection of Committee Members

SSFC members are selected through a process initiated in the fall semester. The table below describes the process and the time commitment.


VCSL and UMDSA President (or their designees) review and finalize SSFC application


Application link is made available online and via the Office of Student Life

A number of strategies and methods (email, posters, social media, etc.) are used to invite students, faculty, and staff to apply for SSFC membership


VCSL and UMDSA President (or their designees) review applications and recommend new SSFC members to the Chancellor

Chancellor reviews recommendation and appoints new members


Committee receives training (1.5 hours)


Administrative Units presentations - (3 hours)


Student organization and programmatic unit presentations (10 hours)

Deliberation and final committee recommendation (4 hours)

The VCSL and UMDSA President (or their designees) use the following criteria to recommend new members to the Chancellor. The application for membership solicits information about each criterion.

  • Broad array of interest, as demonstrated by engagement in and with student organizations and co-curricular activities (intramurals, Study Abroad, undergraduate research, etc.).
  • Knowledge of UMD
  • Academic/Administrative area

In recommending a slate of new members to the Chancellor, the VCSL and UMDSA President (or their designees) consider the following factors in addition to the information submitted through the application:

  • Ability to fulfill a two year term. (For students, preference is given to juniors, sophomores, freshmen, and first-year graduate students).
  • Representation from each collegiate unit
  • Representation from more than one division (Chancellor’s Units, Academic Affairs, Finance and Operations, Student Life)

As noted above, faculty and staff from the single-fee units (Health Services, Kirby Student Center, Recreational Sports Outdoor Program) may not serve on the SSFC.

Removal of Committee Members

An SSFC member may be removed from the Committee by the Chancellor. The SSFC may recommend such removal by a ⅔ vote of the Committee.


SSFC member training will be conducted. Topics will include introduction to the process, rationale for the process, viewpoint neutrality, member expectations, timeline, criteria, and review of budget forms.