Aug 03

Agenda Staff Senate August 3, 2017

Staff Senate Meeting Agenda

August 3, 2017

10:30 AM in Cass Hall Conference Room

  1. Sign-in
  2. Welcome new full time MSU-WP employees
  3. Call To Order
      1.  Approval of Agenda
      2. Approval of Minutes (June 1, 2017)
  1. President Report (Laurie Wall)

Staff Senate Mission Statement:

The Staff Senate serves as a liaison to administration as an advocate for staff welfare and productivity, in conjunction with the University’s mission, to support, improve, innovate and promote academic excellence.

University Mission Statement:

Missouri State University-West Plains empowers students to achieve personal success and to enrich their local and global communities. As a two-year public institution, we provide accessible, affordable, and quality educational opportunities.

  1. Administrative Council Report
    1. President Elect Report- Bruce Cavitt
  2. Secretary Report (Kileene Collins)
  3. Treasurer Report (Jennifer Walker)
  4. Department/Committee Reports/Updates/Discussion
    1. t-shirts for staff senate Bruce Cavitt
    2. Diversity Activity Grayson Gordon
    3. Reverse Evaluation Jared Cates
    4. Welcome Week Jared Cates
    5. Habitat Build Mary Kellum
    6. Move In for students Stanley Mugeki


  1. Announcements
    1. Diversity Training for Staff and Faculty on August 17 from 9-11 in Melton 112 or 1:30-4:30 (location to be announced)
    2. GoCat open house on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 5:30-7:30 (drop in)
    3. Booster season memberships are available $250
    4. Citizen Scholar nominations are due by Sept. 14
    5. Per course workshop is on 8 5:30-7:30
    6. State of the University Address on Aug. 30 at 12:30 in Melton 112
    7. MSU Benefits Fair on Oct. 11 at 11am in Lybyer 104-105
    8. Director of IT, Basketball Assistant Coach, part time custodian are open positions
    9. HURTS Donuts fund raiser brought in $237.60


  1. Adjournment


Fall 2017 Meeting Dates:

September 7

October 5

November 2

December 7





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Jun 16

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes June 1, 2017

In attendance: Laurie Wall, Jennifer Walker, Bruce Cavitt, Grayson Gordon, CJ Collins, Anyta Cavitt, Karla Bean, Tara Hensley, Angela Marcak, Stanley Mugeki, Bill Brown, Christina Kerley, Sharath Rongali, Carrie Steen, Amber Carr, Wayne Cahoj, Jared Cates, Kris Brinkerhoff, and Kathy Mann

Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve; Motion carried

Approval of Minutes:  Motion to approve; Motion carried

Update from the Chancellor:

  • Hoping to hear soon on declaring West Plains and all of Howell County a natural disaster and that will make F.E.M.A. funding available
  • Recruiting for upcoming semester
  • Chancellor Bennett is aware and appreciates the work the staff does during the summer
  • State budget passed legislature and is now waiting for the governor’s approval

President’s Report (Laurie Wall):

  • BOG Meeting ideas:
    • Fund Raisers
    • Chili Cook-Off
    • Reverse Evaluation
    • Flood recovery – number of people who helped
    • Diversity Activities
    • Working with faculty

President Elect Report (Bruce Cavitt): nothing to report

Administrative Council Report (Grayson Gordon):

  •  Faculty Senate discussed having legal coverage if accused of something by a student. Laurie will visit with Rachel Dockery
  • Faculty Senate discussed the moral survey & then went to closed session
  • Different handbooks for faculty and employees

Secretary’s Report (Kileene Collins): Not present

Treasurer’s Report (Jennifer Walker): $889.64 with 1 outstanding invoice

Department/Committee Reports/Updates/Discussion:

       IT: Servers will be down June 4

       Library: Collecting book orders

       Business Office: June 30 is the fiscal year end for those with budgets & PO     approvals

Student Life:  Due to budget cuts, donations and/or help for Welcome Week are being sought

Reverse Evaluation: Jared gave an update and asked for feedback on the example provided

New Business:

Staff Senate Polo’s Update (Bruce Cavitt): Order forms will be produced

ADP’s: Grayson will send an email regarding ADP’s

Summer jean wear: Motion made and all approved to obtain permission to wear jeans with Grizzly Gear on Fridays during the summer semester.



  1. HURTS Donuts will have our grand total on Friday, June 2
  2. Check leave balances and take vacation days so not to lose them
  3. Grizzly Golf tournament Friday, June 2
  4. Emergency Scholarships and grants available for students affected by flood
  5. Bill Brown retiring June 23; Nominated and motion carried for Staff Emeritus
  6. Rose Scarlet retiring June 1; Nominated and motion carried for Staff Emeritus
  7. Donna Bird retiring June 30;Nominated and motion carried for Staff Emeritus

Next meeting is July 6

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