Staff Senate Meeting Minutes September 7, 2017

In Attendance: Laurie Wall, Jennifer Walker, Jared Cates, Grayson Gordon, Christina Kerley, Stanley Mugeki, Mike Scheidt, Mary Kellum, Kileene Collins, CJ Collins, Anyta Cavitt, Mark White, Jerry Trick, Carla Perisho, Sally Robinson, Jill Stephens, Sharon Holland, Kris Brinkerhoff, and Karla Bean

Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve; Motion carried

Approval of Minutes:  Motion to approve; Motion carried

Dr. Bennett: 

  • The State of the University address is available to view
  • Approved the winner of our campus chili cook-off’s entry fee to be paid by the  university to enter in the city wide chili cook-off

President’s Report (Laurie Wall): No report given

Secretary’s Report (Kileene Collins): No report given

Treasurer’s Report (Jennifer Walker): $817.64 + HURTS Donuts money raised

Department/Committee Reports/Updates/Discussion:

       Staff Senate Shirts: Bruce will take our orders to the print shop Friday, Sept. 8

       Reverse Evaluation: No updates given


  • Goals have been met
  • 2.5% budget increase allowed for tutoring program
  • Habitat For Humanity build went well and the store needs volunteers
  • Vickie Petkovic attended a mental health training; additional opportunities coming in the future
  • Practicum student will be on campus needing 75 hours in higher ed experience and can be utilized throughout the departments

     IT:  Update to Registration & Records coming

     Outreach: Enrollment up 2%

     Business Office: University audit is in progress

State of the University Address: Discussions about the address. All are                  encouraged to view it if you were not present

Diversity: Grayson shared “10 Commitments of a Multicultural Educator”

New Business:

  • Chancellor Search Committee: Motion made, seconded and all in favor to nominate members of staff to be recommended for search committee and the nominations are:
    • Mary Kellum
    • Christina Kerley
    • Bruce Cavitt
    • Kris Brinkerhoff
  • Chili Cook-Off: October 6th was agreed upon for the date, in conjunction with Lee Denim Days. The winner of the cook-off will get a paid entry into the city wide chili cook-off on February 3
  • Citizen’s Scholar Nominations: Discussions on possible nominations. Laurie will follow-up.


  1. Benefit Fair Oct 11 Lybyer 104-105 at 11am
  2. Sept. 8 Free bbq picnic to the first 500 people beginning at 5pm and first home volleyball game immediately following

Next meeting is October 5 at 10:30am

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