Nov 10

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 11/7/14

In attendance:

Kileene Collins, Bronwen Madden, Sharath Rongali, Grayson Gordon, Alyssa Collins, Caitlin Crouse, Lu Adams, Mary Maupin, Kris Brinkerhoff, Becky Estes, Melody Hubbell, Jill Stephens, Mat Crouse, Emily Gibson, and Chulapol Thanomsing.

Agenda

I. Updates

Chancellor: Dr. Bennett advised we will have representatives from our campus for the MSU Strategic Vision Plan. He is “cautiously optimistic” that we may receive some government funding; He is waiting to hear from the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Today’s Red Carpet Day was the biggest to date; There were 200+ students in attendance. Dr. Angela Totty is now active in the role of Dean of Student Services. Dr. Lunday has relocated to an extra space in the Academic Affairs office until his departure. There are currently two interim positions in place; Interim Director of IT is Scott Schneider until December 1st, when Luke Pitchford will take over the full time position. Interim Registrar will be Sylivia Kuhlmeier beginning December 1st, until the full time position is filled. The United Way Campaign is the only charity the university contributes to and participation has been on the decline for the last several years. Dr. Bennett encourages all to participate.

Welcome New Employees:

  • None

Open Positions:

Registrar (Full Time Staff) Application deadline 11/21/2014.

Food Services Manager (Full Time Staff) Reviewing applications.

General Buyer, Drago College Store (Full Time Staff) Finishing clerical testing.

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs (Full Time Staff) Reviewing applications.

Part-Time Technology & Social Media Support (Part Time Staff, TAACCCT Grant) Open until filled.

Instructor of Nursing (Full Time Faculty)

First date of consideration 11/07/2014. History, Assistant/Associate Professor (Full Time Faculty) First date of consideration 11/07/2014.

Accounting & Entrepreneurship, Instructor/Assistant Professor (Full Time Faculty) First date of consideration 10/31/2014.

Per Course Faculty (Spring 2015 Semester) All divisions posted.

New Hires:

Coordinator, Mountain Grove Branch Campus (Full Time Staff) Lu Adams begins 12/1/2014.

Director of Information Technology Services (Full Time Staff) Luke Pitchford begins 12/1/2014.

Retirements:

Alice Smith is retiring 12/31/14

Capital Projects: Scott Schneider not present for report

Upcoming Events:

  • Informational Workshop “Starting Your Own Business” November 20 at 6pm at the Small Business Incubator. This is the last class that will be at no charge.
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 2nd at 3:30pm in Lybyer
  • Musical Salute for Veteran’s Day November 11th at 1:00pm at the Civic Center
  • Polar Express December 7th, 2:00pm at Civic Center – FREE (Popcorn and Hot Chocolate will be available) Suitable PJ attire encouraged.

Departmental Updates:

  • Enactus (Let’s Can Hunger Food Drive) – Competition between students, faculty and staff. Look for containers with appropriate labels to place your donations. Proceeds will benefit the Bridges Program and the Rotary Club Backpack Program.
  • Academic Affairs – HLC approved an online degree program for AA; Expect to see advertisements to promote.
  • HR – HRA due Friday, November 7, 2014; Cafeteria Plan enrollment due by December 1, 2014; Open Enrollment for health insurance is due by December 1, 2014.

Approval of Minutes:

  • Motion to approve: Lu Adams
  • Second: Grayson Gordon
  • Approved: All

II. Old Business

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Habitat For Humanity is asking for Staff Senate volunteer group to help on November 15th at 8:30am. Contact Mary Kellum if you can help.

Staff Dedication Wall:

  • Chulapol will visit Howell County Outpost for ideas on designs for the plaques.

Book Club Common Reader “Garbology”:

  • There is a link on the Staff Senate Blog page. There have been no responses thus far.

Battery Recycling Effort:

  • Option #2 (in conjunction with the Friends of the Garnett Library) received the most votes. Motion made by Grayson Gordon to move forward with this option and seconded by Alyssa Collins. Chulapol will consult with Admin. Council for approval to move forward.

Lee Denim Day: Final count $422

Campus Chili Cookoff: Total raised $195

III. New Business

Common Reader Selection for next year:

  • Voting is available on the Academics page until November 17th.

Mass Email Communication:

  • Chulapol provided a draft of a survey to be sent out regarding mass emails that have been sent in the past to keep everyone updated on campus news, some of which is also relayed through “Take Note”. He has asked for comments or feedback by the end of the day on Tuesday, Nov. 11th and plans to get the survey out by next week.

Springfield Staff Senate Meeting:

  • Chulapol and Grayson attended on November 6th. They will propose for West Plains campus to have a representative as a Senator to become part of the Springfield Staff Senate because the decisions they make, affect us. Currently, the Springfield Staff Senate is working on a Staff Satisfaction survey. Talks of updating our wellness benefits and fee waiver hours. Also discussions on sit and stand work stations.  Motion to approve

IV. Next Meeting:

  • December 5, 2014 10:30-11:30 AM in the Cass Hall conference room.
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Oct 03

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 10/3/14

In attendance:

Kileene Collins, Bronwen Madden, Mary Kellum, Karla Bean, Sharath Rongali, Grayson Gordon, Alice Smith, Sheila Barton, Amanda Niemotka, Alyssa Collins, Caitlin Crouse, Lu Adams, Mary Maupin, CJ Collins, Sylvia Kuhlmeier, Kris Brinkerhoff, Michelle Branton and Chulapol Thanomsing

Agenda

I. Updates

Chancellor: Dr. Bennett shared a “Year in Review” video, highlighting Missouri State University-West Plains activities and accomplishments last year, with the Chamber of Commerce this week.  On October 7, 2014, in the West Plains Civic Center theater, Clif Smart and Dr. Bennett will be giving the State of the University Address.  We have had a 3.3% enrollment increase while most other 2-year universities are down. In the last 7 years, our enrollment has increased 25% and state appropriations have increased 3%. Our new STAR (STudent Access and Retention) program is an important effort for our campus. We have doubled the number of ethnically diverse staff and faculty and we’ve had a significant increase in student diverstiy on our campus. Dr. Bennett will be taking 6 students to China this year. He also shared this thought: If we look at our students as “The future” and look at ourselves, whether faculty or staff as, “Mentors” and follow this philosophy, we will keep students happy and successful.

Welcome New Employees:

  • Glenda Ochoa, Assistant to Bronwen Madden at the Small Business Incubator.

Open Positions:

  • Coordinator, Mountain Grove Branch campus (full-time staff). Internal. Conducting interviews.
  • Dean of student services (full-time staff). On-campus interviews scheduled.
  • Director of information technology services (full-time staff). Offer extended.
  • Assistant dean of academic affairs (full-time staff). Application deadline 10/31/14
  • Accounting & entrepreneurship instructor & assistant professor (full-time faculty). First date of consideration is 10/31/14
  • Part-time technology & social media support (part-time TAACCCT). Advertised in West Plains Daily Quill 10/3/14
  • Instructor of history (full-time faculty). To be posted 10/10/14
  • Food services manager (full-time staff). To be posted 10/10/14
  • General buyer, Drago College Store (full-time staff). To be posted 10/10/14

Upcoming Searches

  • Per-course faculty postings to be posted soon.

Sylvia Kuhlmeier asked if the Staff Senate can have an open forum to meet with candidates on some of the new positions to be filled. Emily Gibson reported there will be an open forum for staff, with the dean of student services candidate and we should be receiving an email regarding the dates, soon.

Capital Projects: Scott Schneider not present for report.

  • TRiO has a new parking lot, handicapped accessible.

Upcoming Events:

Flu shots will be given to Missouri State University-West Plains campus community members on the following dates:

  • Friday, Oct. 24 – 12:30 to 4:00 PM, Looney Hall Room 203
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 – 9:00 AMto 12:30 PM, Looney Hall Room 203
  • Mountain Grove – TBA

Departmental Updates:

Approval of Minutes:

  • Motion to approve: Grayson Gordon
  • Second: Becky Craig
  • Approved: All

II. Old Business

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Habitat For Humanity is asking for Staff Senate volunteer group to help on November 1st. Mary Kellum will be sending out the detailed information.

Staff Dedication Wall:

  • Looking for a vendor to make the plaques.

Book Club Common Reader “Garbology”:

  • There is a link on the Staff Senate Blog page.

Battery Recycling Effort:

  • Lu will be compiling the information on three options and an email will be distributed to Staff Senate to vote online.

III. New Business

Staff Emeritus :

  • Sue Ingram has been nominated. Lu Adams made a motion to approve; seconded by Peggy Stacy; All approved.

Campus Chili Cookoff: Thanks to all that participated and contributed. It was a great success and we all enjoyed some really good chili and desserts! We collected $195 worth of donations!

  • First place went to Rita Gordon
  • Second place went to Grayson Gordon
  • Third place went to Kathy Mann

Lee Denim Day:

  • The group agreed to make our donations in honor of Veronica Mays. Chulapol is going to follow up to see about having that posted on our American Cancer Society team page, along with the total amount of contributions. Total amount will be shared as soon as it is all collected.

Staff Senate Chair:

  • Alyssa Collins has been the West Plains representative for the past 2 years and asked if anyone else would like to volunteer for the next 2 years. Becky Estes stepped up and volunteered.

IV. Next Meeting:

  • November 7, 2014 10:30-11:30 AM in the Cass Hall conference room.
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