Sep 18

Staff Senate Special Meeting September 15, 2017

Present: Laurie Wall, Bruce Cavitt, Jennifer Walker, Kileene Collins, Christina Kerley, Jared Cates, Alex Graham, Sharon Holland, Jill Stephens, Tara Hensley, Kris Brinkerhoff, Angela Marcak, Stanley Mugeki, Karla Bean, Sharath Rongali, Joe Kammerer, CJ Collins, Melissa Jett, Biff Bird, Keri Elrod, Sally Robinson, Kelly Becker, Danisha Hogue, Kathy Mann, Michael Scheidt, Anyta Cavitt, Heath Lair, Krista Lair, and Michael Orf

Topic: Special meeting to discuss Chancellor search

Bruce Cavitt has been chosen to represent Staff Senate on the search committee for a new Chancellor. He is asking for input from each department regarding what they would like to see in a new Chancellor and what questions they feel are important to ask.

Some of the specific things the group would like to focus on are:

  • Leadership – leadership by example, not by intimidation
  • Character – dig deeper and do research on their character. What would their staff, students, etc… say about their character, do they have a heart and a conscience? What would their enemies say about them? Do they give equal treatment to all, even if they do not agree with them?
    • Humility
    • Protect
    • Respect
    • Genuine
    • Integrity
  • Knowledge of our campus – are they knowledgeable about our campus and our budget limitations? Are they knowledgeable of our processes. We need someone understanding of our community, culture, and the need to improve our moral. Someone that is willing to be involved in our community and the surrounding communities.
  • Student interaction – someone with an open door policy and willing to interact with the students and make them feel they come first.
  • Support for part-time employees – some of our current part-time employees do not feel they are supported or appreciated.
  • Good communication – someone who is open to communicating and listening to us and who will follow through with promises/commitments.
  • Government experience
  • Able to handle stress

Bruce asked the group to email him any specific questions they would like to be asked.

The first open forum is scheduled for October 25

Announcement: The Annual Fund and Philanthropic Women for Education are looking for requests for funding. There is an online application form to fill out on the office of Development’s page.


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Sep 07

Minutes September 7, 2017

Date: 2017/09/07

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

Chancellor’s Update:

  • View the The State of the University address
  • Approved the winner of our campus chili cook-off’s entry fee to be paid by the University to enter in the citywide chili cook-off

President’s Report:

No report given

Secretary’s Report:

No report given

Treasurer’s Report:

$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

Information Technology Services:

Update to registration coming


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


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 citywide 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 11:00 AM
  2. Sept. 8 Free BBQ picnic to the first 500 people beginning at 5:00 PM and first home volleyball game immediately following


Next meeting is October 5 at 10:30 AM

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