Oct 06

Staff Senate Meeting Notes 10/6/16D

In attendance: Michelle Branton, Kileene Collins, Jennifer Walker,   Grayson Gordon, Alexandra Graham, Bruce Cavitt, Angela Marcak, Karla Bean, Scott Schneider, Vickie Petkovic, Mark White, Bill Brown, Carrie Steen, Paul Majkut, Chris Popp, Reggie Freeman, Laurie Wall, Marcella Bean, Melody Hubbell, Charlene Murrell, Sharath Rangali, Amber Carr, Erica Puckett, Jill Stephens, Joe Kammerer, Moiria Seiber, Kathy Mann, and visitors, President Clif Smart and his Chief of Staff, Ryan DeBoef.

Agenda: Approved

Minutes: Approved


  • Faculty-Senate Chili Cook-Off and luncheon immediately following today’s Staff Senate meeting.
  • State of the University Address today at 1:30 pm at the Civic Center.
  • Benefits Fair Oct 12 from 1 pm to 4 pm in Lybyer 104-105.
  • Flu Shots will be available. To sign up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4AA9AD28A6FF2-flushot
  • Dr. Renee Moore will be our guest speaker at the November 3, 2016 meeting.

Video Presentation: Paul Majkut shared a two-minute video developed to promote past graduates and their success because of MSU-WP. The video will be shown at the Glass Sword Theater Oct. 28 – Nov. 28 and will be available on YouTube.

Guest Speaker(s): 

  • Clif Smart 
    • FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), new provisions effective Dec. 1, 2016, resulted in 1 employee, system wide, transitioning from a full time position, to a part time position. System wide, 184 employees are moving from salary positions to hourly (non-exempt) positions. 19 of those are on the WP campus. Vacation days will not be lost. They have developed a new category called, Professional Non-Exempt Employees, which allows prior employees, if re-hired, will not have to start over at the beginning on vacation days. System wide, 63 employees will receive an increase in salary & will remain as salary employees (5 of those are on the WP campus). Those affected will receive training on entering their time on their time sheets.
    • Budget for next year: Due to an increase from Mosier’s for retirement plans, resulting in approx. $100,000 for WP employees, we can not expect to see an increase in the budget. There is some equity funding that will be pursued but not guaranteed.
    • Q&A: It was asked if we could have Service recognition for employees that have transitioned from part time to full time. Clif Smart said they will present that request to the BOG.
    • Ryan DeBoef: shared the MSU Springfield Homecoming game on Oct 15th and if anyone plans to attend, be sure to visit the Springfield Staff Senate tent in the tailgating section.


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Sep 01

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 9/1/2016

In attendance: Michelle Branton, Kileene Collins, Jennifer Walker, Moiria Seiber,  Janet Surface,  Grayson Gordon, Alexandra Graham, Bruce Cavitt, Angela Marcak, Othniel Emunah, Jared Cates, Laurie Wall, Jill Stephens, CJ Collins, Sylvia Kuhlmeier, and Scott Schneider

Agenda: Approved

Minutes: Approved

Guest Speaker(s): 

  • Dr. Bennett 
    • Sept. 1 Improv Comedy show at Civic Center 7pm; Staff will be granted 1 free ticket each
    • Grizzly Booster Club memberships available at a discounted rate for staff. $125 includes your family.
    • Volleyball season has kicked off (Record 3-1 from first tourn.)  Sept. 9 first homegame with a BBQ provided by Almost Famous BBQ, prior to the game.  BBQ and Volleyball game are both FREE for all.

President’s Report: Michelle recently met with Ryan Wilson, Staff Senate Chair from Springfield campus. Conversations and researching the possibility of our Staff Senate merging with Springfield as one unified group. More information will be shared in future.

President Elect Report: Not present, no report

Secretary Report: No report given

Treasurer Report: $558.64

Department/Committee Reports/Updates: 

  • Student Life
    • Welcome back picnic had over 300 participants
    • SGA cabinet members have been chosen; Meetings are every Thursday in Melton 211 at 4pm
    • New game ticket program and Jared has the student tickets printed for distribution
    • Sept. 20 Blood Drive 12pm-5pm
    • Oct. 11 Student Leaders/Honors Ice Cream Social from 5:30pm-7pm at the Richard’s House
  • Career Development
    • Volunteer Opportunity: Oct. 8 Ozarks Buddy Walk; Contact Moiria Seiber for more information
    • Revision of Staff Senate Mission Statement was shared. Watch your email for the opportunity to vote on approval of the revision.
  • Hass-Darr Update
    • September 9 & 10 revised dates for current post office to vacate 

Old Business: Revision of Staff Senate Mission Statement is tabled until decision is made regarding the merge with Springfield Staff Senate

New Business: Meeting day and time will remain the first Thursday of every month in Lybyer 104-104 at 10:30am

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