Staff Senate Meeting Minutes October 5, 2017

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

Dr. Bennett: 

  • As of census day, enrollment was 1.1% down, credit hours 3.7% down, and retention 6% up
  • Child & Development program received a grant for the next 4 years to provide child care for students with children
  • Donation received for the Veteran’s Dept in Hass Darr
  • Advisors from Springfield will be on campus for students obtaining a degree in Child & Family Development
  • Search committee for 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
  • HLC visit Nov. 6 & 7 and they will visit our China campus on Nove. 13. November 2 will be a campus meeting for discussion
  • Hass Darr to be completed early spring

President’s Report (Laurie Wall): From Admin Council

  • Continuing Education, non-credit CNA program will begin October 30
  • ASK week will be coming up
  • Early registration begins Oct 30
  • Title 3 grant was denied
  • Flu shots October 20 & 31
  • IT Director interviews are ongoing
  • Director of Development search is open
  • Town Hall meeting regarding search for Chancellor Oct 25 Melton 112
  • It was suggested to watch the State of the University Address by Clif Smart.

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

President Elect Report (Bruce Cavitt): Rajiv Thakur is needing volunteers for an event on Oct 19 – 21. Let Bruce know if you are interested in helping

Treasurer’s Report (Jennifer Walker): $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

Advising: Watch for ASK week sign up sheet

Development: Deb Mosley, Debbie Martin, and Susan Turner will all be retiring next fall

        Diversity: 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                                                 WP Faculty

    Bruce Cavitt                                                    WP Staff

    Josh Cotter                                                      WP Community

    Kay Garrett                                                     WP Community/WP Faculty Emeritus

    Emily Gibson                                                   WP Community

    Jennifer Moore                                               WP Community

    Jill Patterson                                                    System Title IX Officer

    Rajiv Thakur                                                    WP Faculty

    Angela Totty                                                    WP Staff

    Jerry Trick                                                       WP Faculty

    Madison Wiehe                                               WP 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


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

Next meeting is November 2,  at 10:30am

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