Nov 03

Staff Senate Meeting Minutes 11/3/2016

In attendance: Michelle Branton, Kileene Collins, Jennifer Walker, Grayson Gordon, Bruce Cavitt, Angela Marcak, Karla Bean, Scott Schneider, Bill Brown, Laurie Wall, Sylvia Kuhlmeier, Kris Brinkerhoff, CJ Collins, and Jared Cates.

Agenda: Approved

Minutes: Approved

Chancellor Bennett:

  • Provided highlights on his recent trip to China with SGA President Sydney McBride and Board of Governors’ members Carrie Tergin and Joe Carmichael.  The six West Plains students studying in China for fall 2016 are doing fantastic; three participated in the campus’ annual talent show.  The university’s study abroad programs present a great opportunity for students.
  • A new video featuring inspirational stories from Missouri State-West Plains graduates is viewable online through  Please share on social media. It will be shown at the Glass Sword Theater through the month of November.
  • Community Engagement Fair, today, Nov. 3 from 10am-1pm at Rec. Center
  • Friday, November 4 Red Carpet Day

Guest Speaker(s): 

  • Dr. Renee Moore
    • Shared a power point that she presented to Admin. Council regarding support for faculty and staff. Jacob Poulette has begun collecting issues and solutions from the faculty and they invite staff to send ours and they will be added to their list in hopes of providing us a little more support, if possible.

President’s Report:

  • In discussions with Ryan Williams from Staff Senate in Springfield regarding a staff survey/evaluation and mission statement.

President Elect Report:

  • No report given

Secretary Report:

  • From Admin. Council:
    • Reminder about Open Enrollment and HRA, to get them completed before Dec. 1
    • New policy prohibits the recreational use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones on all university-owned property or during university-sponsored events.  An application is required for anyone seeking to use a UAS for university purposes.

Treasurer Report:

  • $729.64 in our account
  • Submitted $175 for Lee Denim Day, and expecting more to follow
  • Raised $181 for the Chili Cook-Off, and still collecting more.

Department/Committee Reports/Updates:

  • Garnett Library: Friday, Nov. 4, Fashion Show fundraiser at the Country Club and a Crowd Funding online donation event coming soon.
  • IT: BDMS update this weekend.
  • TRiO: 40 students attended the “Paint your nails pink” event for Breast Cancer Awareness.
  • Student Life: SGA raised $41 for Breast Cancer Awareness; Halloween party was a success, with about 65 students participating; 212 students attended the first basketball home game; Resident Life Manager on campus interviews being scheduled.

New Business:

  • Staff priority issues/needs to be presented to Faculty Senate, to present on our behalf: The need of a Web Programmer, Instructional Designer, and someone to oversee and maintain Degree Works.
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Oct 06

Staff Senate Meeting Notes 10/6/2016

In attendance: Michelle Branton, Kileene Collins, Jennifer Walker,   Grayson Gordon, Alexandra Graham, Bruce Cavitt, Angela Marcak, Karla Bean, Scott Schneider, Vickie Petkovic, Mark White, Bill Brown, Carrie Steen, Paul Majkut, Chris Popp, Reggie Freeman, Laurie Wall, Marcella Bean, Melody Hubbell, Charlene Murrell, Sharath Rangali, Amber Carr, Erica Puckett, Jill Stephens, Joe Kammerer, Moiria Seiber, Kathy Mann, and visitors, President Clif Smart and his Chief of Staff, Ryan DeBoef.

Agenda: Approved

Minutes: Approved


  • Faculty-Senate Chili Cook-Off and luncheon immediately following today’s Staff Senate meeting.
  • State of the University Address today at 1:30 pm at the Civic Center.
  • Benefits Fair Oct 12 from 1 pm to 4 pm in Lybyer 104-105.
  • Flu Shots will be available. To sign up:
  • Dr. Renee Moore will be our guest speaker at the November 3, 2016 meeting.

Video Presentation: Paul Majkut shared a two-minute video developed to promote past graduates and their success because of MSU-WP. The video will be shown at the Glass Sword Theater Oct. 28 – Nov. 28 and will be available on YouTube.

Guest Speaker(s): 

  • Clif Smart 
    • FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), new provisions effective Dec. 1, 2016, resulted in 1 employee, system wide, transitioning from a full time position, to a part time position. System wide, 184 employees are moving from salary positions to hourly (non-exempt) positions. 19 of those are on the WP campus. Vacation days will not be lost. They have developed a new category called, Professional Non-Exempt Employees, which allows prior employees, if re-hired, will not have to start over at the beginning on vacation days. System wide, 63 employees will receive an increase in salary & will remain as salary employees (5 of those are on the WP campus). Those affected will receive training on entering their time on their time sheets.
    • Budget for next year: Due to an increase from Mosier’s for retirement plans, resulting in approx. $100,000 for WP employees, we can not expect to see an increase in the budget. There is some equity funding that will be pursued but not guaranteed.
    • Q&A: It was asked if we could have Service recognition for employees that have transitioned from part time to full time. Clif Smart said they will present that request to the BOG.
    • Ryan DeBoef: shared the MSU Springfield Homecoming game on Oct 15th and if anyone plans to attend, be sure to visit the Springfield Staff Senate tent in the tailgating section.


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