Jul 11

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 7/11/14

In attendance: 

Lu Adams, Sharon Holland, Susan Turner, Becky Craig, Sylvia Kuhlmeier, Alyssa Collins, Diane Basom, Kristy Lawrence, Mark White, Scot Schneider, Roger Taylor, Dakota Bates, Mary Maupin, Sophia Skinner, Jill Stephens, Bronwen Madden, and Chulapol Thanomsing



I. Updates

Chancellor: Dr. Bennett Welcomed group with updates about state budget, wrapping up Kid’s College yesterday and math development challenges with incoming students.

Welcome New Employees: Kristy Lawrence, Executive Assistant IV (Chancellor’s Office) and Kerri Jones, Academic Advisor, (AACCESS)

Open Positions:

Current Searches

  • Administrative Assistant I, TRiP (Full Time Staff); Application deadline 7/25/2014
  • Administrative Assistant II, U/CP (Full Time Staff); Application deadline 7/25/2014
  • Director of Information Technology Services (Full Time Staff); Application deadline 7/25/2014
  • History (Full Time Faculty, 9-Month Appointment); First date of consideration 6/20/2014. Open until filled. Search committee reviewing applications.

Upcoming Searches

  • Dean of Students Services (Full Time Staff)

Capital Projects:

  • All parking lots are being resurfaced. The date is TBD but info will be sent shortly for planning.
  • Missouri Hall (Post Office bldg.) – waiting to hear from state on funding.

Upcoming Events:

  • Student Welcome Week and Back-to-School picnic to be discussed in the new business.

Departmental Updates:

  • Sylvia: Library resources (distributed bookmarks)
    Library Express to prepare for standardized tests like GMAT. Theses are free services. Need to register at the library, can go to the website and access without having to go through MSU’s webpage. Workshop with Joan Write at Adult Literacy Center. Non-MSU students may also use by logging into portal to use database at no cost. New touch screen scanner system (automatically centers item and can plug USB in; has a duplex sheet feeder as well).
  • Chulapol: Online Success Student Orientation, First time students are taking online courses automatically enrolled in orientation course. Students can self-enroll (Blackboard). It helps get the information out to all departments; it helps keep the communication on campus easily available.

Approval of Minutes:

  • Motion to approve: Sophia
  • Second: Diane
  • Approved: All


II. Old Business

2014/15 Meeting Schedules:

  • Please review to ensure no conflicts with university activities.  Staff Senate meetings will continue to be on the first Friday of every month unless there is a holiday where it moves to the second Friday.
  • Schedules will be updated and added to Staff Senate’s website.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Habitat for Humanity project update: Project is available should we choose to accept.  Mary K. will update in the next meeting.
  • Adopt-A-Street option. Scott has no update.

Staff Dedication Wall:

  • Asking for ideas finding funding sources


III. New Business

Small Business Incubator tour and Aug. Meeting:

  • Friday, Aug. 1st Staff Senate meeting to be located at the OzSBI facility to see the office and tour. Motion to have meeting made Jill and second by Sylvia.

Common Reading “Garbology”:

  • Common Reading Book: Garbology; all students will be required to read this book. It will be added to the students’ coursework. Suggested to start a reading group to better communicate with students.
  • May have a battery recycling initiative.

Student Back-to-School Picnic:

  • Aug. 14 from noon to 1:00; will be a BBQ; Located at Country Meadows (grassy area behind bear)
  • Aug. 15 from noon to 1:00; picnic at People’s Park
  • Wed., Aug. 20th from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. paid by student life (no cost)
  • Action Item: Need estimate of number of students so we know how many packs to make. Request for staff to organize gift packets and to help set-up and serve food. Roger will send a message with more information. Must use personal funds for gift packets (DO NOT use University funds)


IV. Next Meeting

August 1 2014  (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.) at the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI); arrive early for a facilities tour and join us for a group lunch following the meeting at the Ozarks Pizza Company just up the street on Washington Ave.

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Jun 12

Staff Senate Meeting Mintues 6/6/14

In attendance: Chulapol Thanomsing, Emily Gibson, Lu Adams, Sarath Rongali, Grayson Gordon, Jill Stephens, Scott Schneider, Michelle Branton, Bronwen Madden and Kris Brinkerfhoff



Welcome to new employee, Bronwen Madden, Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Coordinator

Open Positions Report

Scott Schneider reported.

  • The first date of consideration for the faculty position in History is June 20.
  • A hiring proposal has been submitted for the bookstore manager.
  • Interviews for the Administrative Assistant IV position are being conducted.
  • Michelle Kwan has been hired for the mathematics faculty position.
  • The Director of Information Technology Services position will be posted soon. Sue Ingram is retiring Jan. 1, 2015.

Capital Projects Report

Scott Schneider reported.

  • Parking lot resurfacing will begin in July. Information on lot closures will be made available when scheduled.
  • Grizzly House roof is complete.

Upcoming Events

  • The Old Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival will be held June 20-21. Volunteers to work shifts at the MSU-West Plains booth are being sought, contact Scott Schneider if interested.
  • Kids’ College will be July 7-10 from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Volunteers are always appreciated. Contact Emily Gibson if interested.

Departmental Updates – none provided

HLC update

  • Draft report has been received and MSU-West Plains’ written response has been submitted. The university’s final report is expected in early fall. The response can be viewed online on Experts.

Approval of Minutes

Motion made by Grayson Gordon to approve minutes, seconded by Scott Schneider. Motion carried.

Old Business

Volunteer Projects

As part of Grizzly Giveback program, an extension of Operation 50K, the university is seeing opportunities to contribute to a large-scale project. Staff Senate is considering Adopt a Street program with City of West Plains or Habitat for Humanity. Staff Senate will vote on which project at July meeting.

New Business

  • Reminder from Chulapol to send him any agenda items for Staff Senate.
  • Due to the Independence Day holiday, the next Staff Senate meeting will be 10:30 a.m. July 11 in Cass Hall conference room.












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