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 MSU-WP activities and accomplishments last year, with the Chamber of Commerce this week.  On October 7, 2014, in the Civic Center theater, Cliff 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 intervies 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 WP 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 MSU-WP campus community members on the following dates:

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

Departmental Updates:

  • Financial Aid – Scholarship application deadline 10/17/14
  • TRiO is still taking applications for students.
  • UCP – October 21, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. “The Lady With All The Answers”
    December 7, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Polar Express
  • December 11, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bah! Humbug!

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 10:30-11:30am in the Cass Hall Conference room.

 

 

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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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