Staff Senate Meeting Minutes November 1, 2017


2017/11/02 – 10:30 AM in Cass Hall Conference Room

In Attendance:

  • Laurie Wall, Bruce Cavitt, Jennifer Walker, Jared Cates, Mike Scheidt, Kileene Collins, Anyta Cavitt, Sharon Holland, Carrie Steen, Mary Kellum, Grayson Gordon, Erica Puckett and Sherath Rongali

Approval of Agenda:

  • Motion to approve; Motion carried

Approval of Minutes:

  • Motion to approve; Motion carried

Chancellor’s Update:

  • Amphitheater grant
  • Hass-Darr progressing
  • United Way fundraiser will begin soon
  • Grizzly Basketball season opener this Friday & Saturday
  • Springfield Public Affairs live-streamed tonight Melton 211 at 7:00 PM

President’s Report:

From the Administrative Council:

  • CCAMPIS grant (Brenda Smith)

    • The grant will assist 30 low-income enrolled parents with childcare. Learning Tree is partnering with us.
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (Michael Orf)

    • HLC visit Monday & Tuesday, November 6 & 7. Staff will meet with the team on Tuesday at 8:00 AM in Lybyer T104-105. Please attend if possible.
  • Faculty Senate Report (Mary Kellum)

    • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) test will no longer be utilized. Replacing it will be an enhanced portfolio assessment (Chalk & Wire)
    • Respiratory care program will be discontinued
    • Changes are being made to the Faculty handbook to coincide with Springfield
    • Working group was formed to handle international issues
    • Watch for email & phishing attempts
    • Agreed that an increase in non-traditional students would help and a focus should be on recruiting those students
  • Appraisal and Development Plan (ADP)

    • ADP process has changed to an online format. Dr. Bennett will be sending out the timeline soon
  • Holiday Reception

    • Suggestions for the University Holiday Reception for Faculty & Staff
      • Thursday, December 7
      • Thursday, December 14
  • Budget Meetings

    • Budget meetings are taking place for 2018-2019
  • Hass-Darr Hall

    • Hass-Darr completion is projected for mid to late March
  • Banner Upgrades

    • Banner upgrades are scheduled for Saturday, Nov 4

Secretary’s Report:

  • No report given

President-Elect’s Report:

  • No report given

Treasurer’s Report:

  • $1,001.02, not counting Hurt’s Donuts money

Department/Committee Reports/Updates/Discussion:

  • Diversity activity: Grayson provided a few examples of everyday words that may be offensive to some.


  • Thank you card from Grayson Gordon’s son
  • Open Enrollment until Dec. 1
  • Tuesday, December 5this the tree lighting in Lybyer
  • Campus wide HLC meeting today at 3pm in Melton 112
  • Public Affairs Fall Convocation speaker, Will Allen, livestreamed on Thursday, Nov. 2 to Melton 211 at 7pm
  • Red Carpet day Friday, November 3 at Civic Center Theater at 9:30am
  • Grizzly Basketball games on Friday and Saturday at 7pm
  • Diversity Donuts on Monday, Nov. 6 from 5:30-7:00 in Melton 112
  • Friends of Garnett Library Fall Fashion Show & Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 17, 11:30-1:30 at West Plains Country Club
  • Beyond the Circle Dancers on Saturday, November 18 at Civic Center Theater at 7pm (free admission)
  • Boots to Business (Starting or Growing a Veteran-Owned Business) on Thursday, November 9, 8:30-3:30 at Civic Center


  • Next meeting is December 7 at 10:30 AM
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