Minutes October 5, 2017


2017/10/05 – 10:30 AM in Cass Hall Conference Room

In Attendance:

Laurie Wall, Bruce Cavitt, Jennifer Walker, Jared Cates, Christina Kerley, Stanley Mugeki, Mike Scheidt,  Kileene Collins, CJ Collins, Anyta Cavitt, Mark White, Sharon Holland, Joe Kammerer, Melissa Jett, and Karla Bean

Approval of Agenda:

Motion to approve; Motion carried

Approval of Minutes:

Motion to approve; Motion carried

Chancellor’s Update:

  • As of census day, enrollment was 1.1% down, credit hours 3.7% down, and retention 6% up
  • Child & family development program received a grant for the next four years to provide child care for students with children
  • Donation received for the veterans department in Hass-Darr Hall
  • Advisors from Springfield will be on campus for students obtaining a degree in child & family development
  • Search committee for the chancellor has several staff representatives
  • Joe Kammerer’s last day with the University is Oct. 31. Melody Hubbell will be the interim director until the position is filled. Cheryl Caldwell is the chair for the search committee
  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visit Nov. 6 & 7 and they will visit our China campus on Nov. 13. Nov. 2 will be a campus meeting for discussion
  • Hass-Darr Hall is to be completed in early spring

President’s Report:

From the Administrative Council:

  • Continuing education, non-credit Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program will begin October 30
  • Advisement for Success Kick-off (ASK) week will be coming up
  • Early registration begins Oct 30
  • Title III grant was denied
  • Flu shots October 20 & 31
  • Information techonology (IT) director interviews are ongoing
  • Director of development search is open
  • Town hall meeting regarding search for the chancellor Oct 25 Melton 112
  • It was suggested to watch the State of the University Address by Clif Smart.

Secretary’s Report:

No report given

President-Elect’s Report:

Rajiv Thakur is needing volunteers for an event on Oct 19 – 21. Let Bruce know if you are interested in helping

Treasurer’s Report:

$850.50 + Hurts Donuts money raised ($237.60)

Department/Committee Reports/Updates/Discussion:

Staff Senate Shirts:

The first round of orders has been completed and all should have their shirts by now. If you missed out on the first round or if you want additional shirts, contact Bruce.

Business Office:

Reminder that Early Registration is for students in good standing


Watch for ASK week sign up sheet


Susan Turner will all be retiring next fall


Bruce Cavitt shared what it can be like for those with reading challenges, such as dyslexia and dysgraphia

New Business:

Chancellor Search Committee:

  • Matt Morris, Chair
  • Amy Ackerson, West Plains Faculty
  • Bruce Cavitt, West Plains Staff
  • Josh Cotter, West Plains Community
  • Kay Garrett, West Plains Community/WP Faculty Emeritus
  • Emily Gibson, West Plains Community
  • Jennifer Moore, West Plains Community
  • Jill Patterson, System Title IX Officer
  • Rajiv Thakur, West Plains Faculty
  • Angela Totty, West Plains Staff
  • Jerry Tric, West Plains Faculty
  • Madison Wiehe, West Plains Student
  • Kelly Wood, Springfield Faculty

Declaration of University Community Principles:

Michael Orf advised we all become familiar with them in case asked by the HLC committee

Chili Cook-Off:

Volunteers are needed to help set up

Payroll Deduct Idea:

Joe Kammerer suggested Staff Senate open an account for staff to enroll for payroll deduction at a minimum of $1 per pay period to help build funds


  • Benefit Fair Oct 11 Lybyer 104-105 at 11:00 AM
  • Fall Annual Fund for Philanthropic Women for Education will have a review session Wednesday, Oct. 11
  • P-Card Refresher training on Oct 6. Two sessions to choose from: 9:30-10:30 AM or 1:30-2:30 PM in Lybyer 204
  • Appraisal and Development Plan (ADP) Training for all employees on Oct 20 from 9:00-10:00 AM or 10:30-11:30 AM in Lybyer 205. All full-time employees must register for one of these sessions through My Learning Connection
  • ADP Supervisor training on Oct 20 1:30-3:30 PM
  • Open Enrollment period is Oct 2 – Dec 1 for all full-time employees


Next meeting is November 2,  at 10:30 AM

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