Call to Order:
Approval of Minutes:
Veronica Mays called the meeting to order by asking for an approval of minutes. Diane Basom questioned money spent for chili luncheon. Expenses were validated. Vickie Driskell motioned to accept. Diane seconded.
The SAAC Reindeers (Veronica, Nancy White, and Laurel Driscoll) sang.
Veronica introduced Chancellor Thomas. The Chancellor discussed the Long-Range Plan. The current plan is 60 pages long with seven to eight goals set around 1998. Some items have caused friction between Academics and the Administration. The Chancellor suggested to Administrative Council that we have eight goals which focus on the departments, including goals, objectives, and performance measures. We will try to use the same goals, objectives, and performance measures as in the current long range plan; however, if these do not work for your department, we will toss them. The goal is to have department goals that fit into the University plans. The complete new long-range plan in its entirety will be used for foundations, legislatures, and the Board of Governors. We will, however, create an “Advertising Supplement” with the mission, eight goals, and performance measures. The purpose of the “Advertising Supplement” is to get individuals to read it, (i.e. the press, etc.) The “working plan” is to get this done within a certain time period. The Administration is interested in what we would like to do, have done, and what we are “dreaming” of doing.
Chancellor Thomas discussed online courses and their benefits to our students, particularly rural students and those students who are uncomfortable or dislike the classroom setting. We have an opportunity to do things online as a University that will benefit our students. We also need to use the Mountain Grove and Houston campuses as internal resources to improve our students’ quality of life as well. Chancellor Thomas also noted that as employees we need to find ways to express ourselves in our jobs in order to excel in life, (including community participation to better the place in which we work and live.)
The floor was opened for questions/comments. Diane asked the Chancellor’s opinion on the smoking ban. Chancellor Thomas said he agrees with the students’ compromise of one door at each building being designated with smoking accessibility. He supports the Student Government Associations’ opinion and ideas. He recommended to compromise rather than leave anyone out.
Veronica thanked Chancellor Thomas. She and Vickie handed out ballots for the Staff Senate elections. Veronica mentioned that if someone’s name whom you nominated was not on the ballot it is because they voluntarily withdrew themselves from the election. Heath Lair and Keith Gaughan tallied the ballots, including absentees.
Veronica attended the Faculty Senate Meeting. During that meeting, the students presented the idea of the designated smoking areas. The faculty would like to ban smoking from the campus entirely. Veronica said she feels there should not be a ban, just designated areas. Vickie said the ban may hurt our enrollment. Veronica asked Vickie to help write a letter of support to the Student Government Association on behalf of Staff Senate. The Senate passed a motion to vote with SGA on this matter.
Vickie still needs volunteers for “That Friday Thing” in January, February, and June.
Veronica announced results of the 2005 election. They are as follows:
- President – Laurel Driscoll
- President – Elect – Steve Norberg
- Secretary – Karen Ryburn
- Treasurer – Becky Estes
Veronica thanked the nominees who agreed to participate and opened the floor to Laurel. Laurel thanked Veronica and those who voted for her. She said the upcoming year of Staff Senate will still be staff-led. The next meeting will be January 13, 2005.
Diane commented that Steve, as the President-Elect will serve on the Budget Committee.
The meeting was convened by Veronica.