Aug 20

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 8/1/14

In attendance:

Kristy Lawrence,  Bronwen Madden, Keri Elrod, Emily Gibson, Mary Kellum, Kileene Collins, Sharath Rongali, Grayson Gordon, Scott Schneider, Karen Ryburn and Chulapol Thanomsing

Agenda

I. Updates

Chancellor: Not present, no update given.

Welcome New Employees: None

Open Positions:

Current Searches

  • Administrative Assistant I, TRiO (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.
  • Dean of Student Services (Full Time Staff); Application deadline 8/29/14
  • General Buyer, Drago College Store (Full Time Staff); Application deadline 8/22/14

Upcoming Searches

  • None at this time

Capital Projects:

  • All parking lots have been resurfaced.
  • Lybyer front entrance landscaping in progress.
  • Hydration stations are in progress of being installed.
  • Green House survey is complete – waiting on bid specifications.
  • Kellett Hall roof – waiting on board approval for bids.
  • Missouri Hall (Post Office bldg.) – waiting to hear from state on funding.

Upcoming Events:

  • “In the Spotlight” brochures were handed out.
  • Aug. 23rd at 7pm in Civic Center Theater - Six Appeal
  • Emily Gibson will represent the Staff Senate on the Campus Common Reader program. She is working on films and guest speakers for future activities and requests any ideas be brought to her attention.

Departmental Updates:

  • Sherath: There is a new display case on the second floor of Melton Hall, in the open common area.
  • Bronwen: Small Business Incubator information now available online. Our meeting began with a tour of the Incubator and information was provided.
  • Mary Kellum: TRiO is still taking applications for students.

Approval of Minutes:

  • Motion to approve: Mary Kellum
  • Second: Emily Gibson
  • Approved: All

II. Old Business

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Mary provided Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Information sheets. They have a build coming up in September and looking for volunteers. Mary will get more details and report back to the group during the September meeting.
  • Schedules will be updated and added to Staff Senate’s website.

Staff Dedication Wall:

  • As of April, we have 11 individuals with 20 years of service that we need plaques for. The plaques are $15 each for a total of $165.00.  We have $298.45 in the Staff Senate account. Grayson made a motion to use the Staff Senate funds to pay for the plaques. Mary seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Book Club Common Reader “Garbology”:

  • Chulapol asked Grayson to head up the group and Grayson agreed. More discussions on when the group will meet and details at next meeting.

Gift Donations:

  • Welcome Week gift bags can be dropped off at Chulapol’s office (T210) or left with the IT department, if he’s out of the office. We only have 2 weeks to donate items. The bookstore will provide bags.

III. New Business

Faculty/Staff Drop-in Potluck Luncheon:

  • Friday, September 5th following the Staff Senate meeting (11:30 – 1:30) in Lybyer 103-105.

Convocation:

  • Sunday, August 17 at 2pm in the Civic Center Theater – All are encouraged to attend, including staff.

Future Staff Senate Meeting:

  • We may hold a meeting at the Shoe Factory Lofts and take a tour.

IV. Next Meeting

September 5, 2014 (10:30 – 11:30) in Cass Hall.

 

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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

 

Agenda

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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