May 04

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 05/01/15


In attendance: Kileene Collins,  Grayson Gordon,  Emily Gibson,  Scott Schneider, Tara Brown,  Eryn Walters, Sherath Rongali, Kathy Mann, Vickie Petkovic, Angela Totty, Othniel Emunah and Chulapol Thanomsing.

I. Updates

  • Chancellor: We will be receiving a 1.5% increase from Legislature. The bonding measure is moving forward and we are optimistic we will receive 1.5 million for the post office renovation. The Alumni & Friends picnic is May 7; Dr. Ed McKinney will be receiving the Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award and Dr. John Mulford will be receiving the Distinguised Alumni Award. There was a good article about MSU-WP in the BuzzFeed. Graduation is May 16 and all are encouraged to attend. Emily Gibson is the new Director of the Civic Center and she will be missed.

Welcome New Employees:

  • Tara Brown, Records & Registration Assistant
  • Vickie Petkovic, TRiO Administrative Assistant

Departmental & Additional Updates:

     University/Community Programs

  • Kid’s College will only last three days this year and registration starts May 1 and goes through the 29th. Applications are available online, in the UCP office or you can email Emily.


  • They will be having a picnic on May 8 from 4pm – 7pm in Lybyer Rooms 104 & 105


  • Alumni & Friends Picnic is May 7
  • The True Blue Auction was a success
  • The Herb Lunday Grizzly Golf Classic is June 5; contact Deb Mosley to register.


  • The catalog PDF should be available
  • They are about 1/2 done getting all of the departments’ websites mobile friendly.
  • A new home page is coming soon
  • 180+ computers will be ordered and they will be replacing the core router soon.  

     Business & Support Services

  • Greenhouse is complete; Ribbon cutting will be June 16 at 11am
  • The post office will be planning a town meeting sometime in the future to gain input from the community for a location for a new post office
  • Several open positions around campus
  • Jared Cates, Career Services, will begin June 1
  • Laurie Wall, Registrar, will begin May 11
  • Dr. Michael Orf, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, will begin July 1

     Student Events

  • Cinco de Mayo celebration, Tuesday, May 5 from 11 – 1pm, in the grassy area behind the Grizzly statue between Looney Hall and Garnett Library. Free lunch provided. Dr. Totty & Kileene will be there making rice necklaces for the students
  • International Potluck is May 7 11:30 – 1:30pm  in Lybyer 104-105

III. Old Business

Battery Recycling Effort: (Containers are currently located in)

  • Lybyer (Student Services – Room 207)
  • Cass Hall (Lunch Room)
  • TRiO (Entry area)
  • Shannon Hall

After the meeting adjourned, it was brought to our attention the student that originally was developing a recycling business is no longer participating so we will continue to collect batteries and pursue other recycling venues.

Staff Dedication Wall:  Nothing new to report

Volunteer Opportunity: Nothing reported

IV. New Business

Change of meeting times: Watch for an email to vote for your preference

New Officers:

  • President: Mary Kellum
  • President Elect: Michelle Branton
  • Secretary: Kileene Collins
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Walker

Recognition of Outgoing Officers (Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation):

  • President: Chulapol Thanomsing
  • Secretary: Kileene Collins
  • Treasurer: Emily Gibson

IV. Next Meeting:

  • TBD
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Mar 06

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 3/6/15

In attendance: Kileene Collins,  Grayson Gordon,  Emily Gibson,  Scott Schneider, Mary Kellum,  Eryn Walters, Karla Bean, Kris Brinkerhoff, Bill Brown, Luke Pitchford and Chulapol Thanomsing.

I. Updates

  • Chancellor: Next week he will be attending the Board of Governor’s Retreat and will be discussing enrollment, retention, academic standings and long range plan. Please thank our custodial workers for their hard work clearing the campus lots.

Welcome New Employees: None in attendance

Admin. Council Notes’ Q&A:

  • Current open positions filled:
    • Administrative Assistant II (Full Time Staff, U/CP) – Position filled by Sally Robinson
  • Director of IT department position will be posting today, Luke Pitchford’s last day is March 20.

Departmental & Additional Updates:

  • Greenhouse is making progress
  • True Blue Auction is April 10th. Deadline for items or descriptions of items being donated is April 1st, to be included in the auction catalog.
  • Public Affairs Conference will be April 14-17
  • Kid’s College will be July 6-9 from 12 – 5pm – more information to follow.
  • Robin Hood has been rescheduled for March 24
  • St. Louis Irish Arts will be performing on March 29th at 2pm
  • Banner will be updated Saturday (March 7th) and will not be available during the update.

II. Approval of Minutes: Mary moved to approve, seconded by Emily, all in favor.

III. Old Business

Battery Recycling Effort: (Containers are currently located in)

  • Lybyer (Student Services – Room 207)
  • Cass Hall (Lunch Room)
  • TRiO (Entry area)

Karla Bean advised she will place one at the reception desk in Looney Hall.

Staff Dedication Wall:

  • Scott advised the best location of the dedication wall would be on the lower level of Lybyer on the opposite wall of the elevator, viewable as you exit the elevator.
  • Chulapol and Grayson will follow up with Howell County Outpost on the plaques.
  • To vote on the name of the dedication wall, click on this link:

SSIP (Staff Salary Incentive Program): 

  • Mary Kellum asked Dr. Bennett about the status of this program and he advised it is still in discussions on the Springfield campus and no decision has been made at this time.

Volunteer Opportunity:

  • Home Show (Sat. & Sun. March 7 & 8) – Contact Mary Kellum to sign up.

IV. New Business

Nominations being sought: (Send all nominations to Chulapol)

  • Granvil Vaughn Founder’s Award – submit nominations by March 16
  • Distinguished Alumni & Distinguished Faculty/Staff – submit by March 27
  • Honorary Associate Degree – submit as soon as possible

Officers for next year:

  • Chulapol will be sending out an email with names of those qualified for offices. Be prepared to vote during next meeting; New officers will begin their duties in May.

IV. Next Meeting:

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