Sep 05

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 9/5/14

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: Hoping to receive a 5.2% increase; waiting on veto session.  Dr. Bennett shared a “Year in Review” video, highlighting MSU-WP activities and accomplishments last year. The video will be available on You Tube soon and he encouraged everyone to share the video.

Welcome New Employees: None

Open Positions:

Current Searches

  • Director of Information Technology Services (Full Time Staff); Interviews in progress.
  • Dean of Student Services (Full Time Staff); Reviewing applications.
  • General Buyer, Drago College Store (Full Time Staff); Reviewing applications.

Upcoming Searches

  • Part Time Ag (Green House, TAACCCT)

Retirements

  • Pat Walsh, January 1, 2015

Capital Projects: No report provided.

Upcoming Events:

  • Mosers Pre-Retirement Seminar – October 1, 2014
  • Career Fair – September 25, 2014 9am – 2pm in the Rec. Center – Alice Smith is needing student volunteers.
  • Ozark Symposium – September 18-20 at the Civic Center.

Departmental Updates:

  • Small Business Incubator – Bronwen will be out all next week.
  • TRiO is still taking applications for students.
  • TAACCCT – they originally were hoping for at least 10 students and they currently have 17 enrolled.
  • Garnett Library – They have resourses available to accompany the “Garbology” initiative, including books for younger children. Elder Mountain 5th Addition books are available in the Library and for purchase at the Drago College Store. Friends of the Garnett Library are looking for members. Students are $5, Regular memberships are $25

Approval of Minutes:

  • Motion to approve: Sheila Barton
  • Second: Kileene Collins
  • Approved: All

II. Old Business

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Habitat For Humanity has had a delay in the beginning of their build. Mary will provide dates for available volunteer opportunities.

Staff Dedication Wall:

  • Looking for ideas for placement of the plaques, once they are completed. Chulapol asked for all to review the faculty senate plaques on the second floor of Melton to see if we want to use the same design. Will vote on it in a future meeting.

Book Club Common Reader “Garbology”: No report or update provided.

Gift Donations:

  • Ended up with 70 Welcome Week gift bags. Thanks to all that contributed and a special thanks to Sheila Barton and Lu Adams for help in filling the bags.

III. New Business

Staff Emeritus :

  • Kathy Schloss, Diane Basom and Dr. Lunday have all been nominated and approved by the Chancellor. Grayson made a motion to approve all three nominations; seconded by Lu Adams; All approved.

Campus Chili Cookoff:

  • Mary Kellum asked the group if they want to have a campus chili cookoff in October – group agreed. It was also made known the winner of the cookoff has the option to enter the city wide chili cookoff, but not mandatory.

Religious Holidays:

  • Mary Kellum advised the group we are to be mindful and sensitive to any religious holidays when scheduling events.

Battery Recycling:

  • Lu Adams will follow up on this initiative. Dr. Bennett is in favor of it as long as we are not competing with the City of West Plains and would prefer if we keep it a campus project, not to include outside entities.

IV. Next Meeting

October 3, 2014 (10:30 – 11:30) in Cass Hall.

 

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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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