Feb 06

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 2/6/15

In attendance: Kileene Collins,  Melody Hubbell, Sharath Rongali, Grayson Gordon,  Wayne Cahoj, Emily Gibson, Joe Kammerer,  Scott Schneider, Mary Kellum,  Jill Stephens, Eryn Walters, Luke Pitchford and Chulapol Thanomsing.

I. Updates

  • Chancellor: Not present

Welcome New Employees: Mugs were given to Wayne and Luke Pitchford.

  • Wayne Cahoj, General Buyer, Drago College Store
  • Eryn Walters, Development Events Coordinator

Open Positions:

Registrar (Full Time Staff) Application deadline 2/27/2015.

Registration & Records Assistant (Full Time Staff) Application deadline 2/27/2015.

Part-Time Academic Advisor (2 positions) Open until filled.

Part-Time Landscaper/Groundskeeper Application deadline 2/13/2015.

Administrative Assistant II, U/CP (Full Time Staff) Finishing clerical testing.

Career Center Data Coordinator (Full Time Staff, TAACCCT Grant) Reviewing applications.

Program Director/Instructor, Health Information Technology Program (Full Time Faculty, TAACCCT Grant)

Program Director/Instructor, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (Full Time Faculty)

Biology, Instructor/Assistant Professor (Full Time Faculty) Instructor of Nursing (Full Time Faculty) History, Assistant/Associate Professor (Full Time Faculty)

Accounting & Entrepreneurship, Instructor/Assistant Professor (Full Time Faculty)

Business & Support Services: Scott Schneider (no report given)

Upcoming Events:

  • Annual Auction April 10, 2015, at the Civic Center – The Inter-Departmental Contest theme is “True Blue”.  Each department is encouraged to come up with at least one large item to donate to the auction. If multiple baskets or items are donated from a single department, the total accumulated will go towards that department’s total. The winning team (department) will be presented with an impressive traveling trophy to show off for the year. Deadline for the item descriptions is March 1 and actual items must be in the Development office by April 1. Submit your description or get more information by contacting Eryn Walters, Development Events Coordinator, at ErynWalters@MissouriState.edu or 5-7923.
  • National TRiO Day is Feb. 21 – TRiO students will be participating in service activities around campus that day.
  • Habitat For Humanity is looking for volunteers to help out at the Home Show on March 7 & 8 at the Civic Center.
  • Drago College Store will be having a Valentine’s Day sale next week, Monday through Friday. 20% off of 1 item and 25% off 2 or more items.

II. Old Business

Battery Recycling Effort:

  • In collaboration with Friends of the Garnett Library’s “Cash for Trash” program. Each building will have a collection container – must be plastic with a lid. Some acceptable containers would be a Coffee container, Ice Cream tub or Laundry Detergent tub. There will need to be one designated person per building to provide and maintain the container in their building. Only household or office (Dry) batteries can be dropped off – Not accepting car or wet cell batteries and 9v batteries will need to have a piece of tape over the terminals before being dropped off.

Staff Dedication Wall:

  • Grayson made a motion to proceed with the tiles that will contain the Name, Title, Picture and years of service. Mary seconded the motion and all approved. Pending Scott’s investigation and approval, the dedication wall will be located on the lower level of Lybyer, outside of the server room (106). There were three suggested names for the wall, which will be placed above the plaques “Service Recognition Wall“, “Dedication Wall” and “Recognizing Service” – watch for a survey in your email to vote on your choice.

Staff Senate Representative attending Faculty Senate:

  • Chulapol suggested we move to approve a Faculty Senate Liaison to attend our Staff Senate meetings. Joe made the motion, seconded by Grayson and no one opposed. The Faculty Senate will discuss allowing a Staff Senate Liaison to attend their monthly meetings as well and Jill Stephens will be our Liaison, if it is approved.

City Wide Chili Cook-Off:

  • Grayson and Rita Gordon represented the Staff Senate and many thanks for their hard work and preparations. Also, many thanks to Dr. Bennett for his support and contribution.

SSIP (Staff Salary Incentive Program): 

  • The Springfield Staff Senate has decided not to proceed with the SSIP this year and will be submitting a proposal to use the merit pay system that is already in place but has not been utilized in many years.

III. New Business

Inter-Department contest for the Annual Auction: See information discussed in the “Upcoming Events” section of the minutes.

Reformatting the Staff Senate Meeting:

  • Chulapol is considering using his notes from Admin Council meeting to share, in place of each department providing updates. If anyone has something to add that is not included in the Admin Council notes, they will be allowed to share.

IV. Next Meeting:

  • March 6, 2015 in the Cass Hall Conference Room at 10:30am
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Jan 16

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 1/16/15

In attendance: Michelle Branton, Shiela Barton, Sylvia Kuhlmeier, Joe Kammerer, Sharath Rongali, Alyssa Collins, Becky Estes, Mary Kellum, Scott Schneider, Grayson Gordon, and Chulapol Thanomsing.

I. Updates

  • Chancellor: Dr. Bennett addressed the Staff Senate: He shared that enrollment is up 3.9% at this time. We are anticipating a $5.00 increase in tuition. All of the A+ students have been contacted about the shortfall of one credit hour for them. The Chancellor is continue to lobby on behalf of A+ students with our legislators asking for additional funding to take care of this one credit shortfall and to fully fund the program next year. He invited us to attend the Homecoming game this weekend and Trivia Night next week. He also reminded us of the upcoming Employee Recognition Luncheon. He answered questions. The governor is putting out a bonding issue for consideration. The University can use volunteers at Garnett Friends of the Library and other ways. Contact Joe Kammerer on this. He mentioned the AEL and its successful transition to the university setting.
  • Michelle Branton: Presented about the Title III Progress

    Scott Schneider updated us on the Post Office/Missouri Hall funding options.

    Shelia Barton talked about the TACT Grant and the building of the Green House.

Welcome New Employees:

  • None

Academic Affairs: Dr. Lancaster of Academic Affairs presented Educational Pathways to us and answered questions.

Title III: Michelle Branton present a power point on the Title III Grant


Business & Support Services:

  • Scott Schneider updated us on the Post Office/Missouri Hall funding options.
  • Sheila Barton talked about the TAACCCT Grant and the building of the Green House.

Department Updates:

  • Sylvia Kuhlmeier reported that the library has two new online resources available for use: Psychtestonline and Ambrose digital video.
  • Habitat For Humanity is looking for volunteers to help out at the Home Show on March 7 & 8 at the Civic Center.
  • Drago College Store will be having a Valentine’s Day sale next week, Monday through Friday. 20% off of 1 item and 25% off 2 or more items.

Approval of Minutes:

  • Motion to approve: Sheila Barton
  • Second: Becky Estes
  • Approved: All

II. Old Business

Battery Recycling Effort:

  • Chulapol reported to us that we will be using the Battery Recycle Program via the Garnett Library.

Staff Dedication Wall:

  • Chulapol reported that he had received a quote on an 18 x24 plaque for the Staff Recognition Wall. The price was $127 and $3.50 for each name.

Staff Senate Representative attending Faculty Senate:

  • Jill Stephens has volunteered to serve as the liaison for Staff Senate with the Faculty Senate.

SSIP (Staff Salary Incentive Program): 

  • Mary Kellum report on the Staff Salary Incentive Plan. She, Chulapol Thanomsing, and Grayson Gordon are meeting with the Staff Senate from Missouri State University Springfield via teleconference to develop this plan. More information will follow.

III. New Business

City Wide Chili Cook-Off:

  • The City Wide Chili Cook-Off is January 31. The Gordon’s are representing us. Volunteers would be appreciated to help with this.

IV. Next Meeting:

  • February 6, 2015 in the Cass Hall Conference Room at 10:30am
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