Aug 11

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 8/11/2016

In attendance: Michelle Branton, Kileene Collins, Jennifer Walker, Moiria Seiber, Geoffrey Ping, Janet Surface, Tara Hensley, Thora Broyles, Grayson Gordon, Alexandra Graham, Bruce Cavitt, Carrie Steen, Sharath Rongali, Eryn Walters, Chris Popp, Kris Brinkerhoff, and Bill Brown

Welcome new MSU-WP employees: Carrie Steen, Institutional Research and Chris Popp, Grizzly Basketball Head Coach

Agenda: Approved

Minutes: Approved

Guest Speaker(s): 

  • Dr. Bennett 
    • As of Monday, August 8, 2016, enrollment is up approx. 5%.
    • Some positive comments were received from the Safety auditors who visited the West Plains campus last week to evaluate safety and security.  A formal report with recommendations will be forthcoming
    • Safety & Security measures have been and will continue to be taken. 100% of all classrooms on West Plains campus and Mountain Grove campus are now able to be locked from the inside.
      • An instructional video is available on Experts for the locks using an allen key (see link below):


President’s Report: No report given

President Elect Report: Not present, no report

Secretary Report: No report given

Treasurer Report: $558.64

Department/Committee Reports/Updates: 

  • Welcome Week Events (Faculty & Staff invited)
    • August 18 11:30-12:30 Registration & Lunch (Grassy area between Looney Hall and the Garnett Library
    • August 18 1:30-3:00 Spring Dipper Ice Cream Social in Lybyer 104-105
  • Windows 10 updates still in progress 

Old Business

  • Revision of Staff Senate Mission Statement was shared. Watch your email for the opportunity to vote on approval of the revision.

New Business Nothing brought forward

Next meeting: September 1, 2016



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Jul 14

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 7/14/16

In attendance: Michelle Branton, Kileene Collins, Jennifer Walker, Grayson Gordon, Sherath Rongali, Geoffrey Ping, Angela Marcak, Mary Maupin, Alexandra Graham, Janet Surface, Karla Bean, Jared Cates, Marcie Bean, Laurie Wall, Kathy Mann, and Elizabeth Nehring.

Agenda: Approved

Minutes: Approved

Guest Speaker(s): Discussion and agreement to ask Dr. Bennett to continue providing us with a brief report on important campus matters.

President’s Report: 

  • Administrative Council Report
    • The group reviewed action items/tactics proposed by the Springfield campus for increasing the number of graduates in 2016-17 to identify similar strategies for the WP campus.
    • The Career Showcase is next Tuesday, July 19, at 6 pm, in Lybyer.
    • Faculty/Staff discounts can be found online at
    • Parking permit hang tags for 2016-17 are available through the Business office for $20. The 2015-16 tags expire July 31.
    • ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training by Springfield representatives is tentatively planned for Friday, Sept. 16, on the WP campus.
    • Melton Hall will be closed August 8 & 9 to strip and wax hallways.
    • Enrollment is down 1%.
  • Springfield Staff Senate advertisement video:

Treasurer’s Report: $558.64

Emeritus Status for Donna Bassham: Approved

Departmental Updates

  • Records & Registration: Degree Works development is in progress.

Old Business

  • Handout provided with Dr. Bennett’s responses to questions and concerns raised during our June 2, 2016 meeting.
    • Discussion on item #3 on the handout, regarding Staff evaluations of their supervisors and/or administrators.

New Business

  • Events
    • Annual Chili Cook-Off: Grayson Gordon was elected to chair the event and form a committee.
    • Meeting dates: Approved to remain on the first Thursday of every month.
      • August 4
      • September 1
      • October 6
      • November 3
      • December 1
    • Revision of Staff Senate Mission Statement: Alexandra Graham volunteered to chair a committee.
    • Faculty/Staff Back To School picnic: Discussed and agreed to not host one this year.


  • The catalog is posted but some changes may occur.
  • EOC Grant is still in progress.

Next Staff Senate meeting will be August 4, 2016 at 10:30am – Location TBD

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