Missouri State University

Staff Senate Initiatives

Current Initiatives

So far, 2013-2014 has been a very successful year of giving because of staff members at Missouri State University.  The following are a few highlights from the year:

  • Friends Against Hunger – We collected $435.60 in change, which was matched by Prime.  Altogether, this donation provided 5,445 meals to the needy.
  • Lee National Denim Day – Due to t-shirt sales and donations in the fall 2013 semester, we donated $1,984.58 to support breast cancer research.
  • Isabel’s House Holiday Donation Drive – We donated over $1,800 in new toys to children of families in crisis during the 2013-2014 winter holiday season.
  • Staff Senate Scholarship – Over $1,000 was raised in fall 2013, and two $500 scholarships were given out.

Ongoing Initiatives

  • Sponsor and coordinate the Lee Denim Day Breast Cancer Awareness Project
  • Raise funds for the Staff Senate Scholarship
  • Provide information about Staff Senate during  the Human Resources New Employee Orientation
  • Participate in the City of Springfield Adopt-A-Street program

Completed Initiatives

2012-2013

  • Formed the MSU Administrative Professional Forum Committee and successfully carried out the first forum
  • Shared Leave Pool became effective July 1, 2012
  • Supported the first time Staff Senate Scholarship recipients
  • Raised $1,940.97 for the Staff Senate Scholarship fund
  • Raised $2,850.87  for the Lee National Denim Day Campaign
  • Contributed approximately 49.5 service hours to these programs:  Adopt-a-Street, Meals-A-Million, and Convoy of Hope
  • Collected and delivered 1.5 truckloads of goods to Isabel's House

2011-2012

  • Finalized Shared Leave Pool initiative
  • Faculty/Staff Fee Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center 
  • Investigated mileage reimbursement for staff that travel
  • Drafted a resolution about the compensation provided for Certified Professional Secretary status
  • Raised $7,850.91 for the Lee National Denim Day Campaign

2010-2011

  • Initiated Shared Leave Pool
  • "Bears Think Pink" 5K run-walk raised $2,750 for the Lee National Denim Day Campaign
  • Resolution for Recreation Center staff fee
  • Created Staff Cookbook to raise funds for Staff Senate Scholarship
  • Participated in City of Springfield Adpot-A-Street program

2009-2010

2008-2009

  • Increased employee course fee waiver from 12 credit hours to 15 credit hours per academic year to begin fall 2009
  • Reduced meal plan for faculty and staff through Sodexo
  • Creation of the Staff Senate Scholarship
  • Paid summer leave days; number of days at the discretion of the President and Administrative Council
  • Annual Staff Senate Picnic

2007-2008

2006-2007

  • Flexible work schedule or release time from work that is not counted as lunch hour, vacation or compensatory time off to visit Taylor Health and Wellness Center

2005-2006

  • Lunch Hour Lecture Series presentations hosted by the Staff Senate Public Affairs Committee
  • Installed a case and clock on the second floor of Carrington Hall to celebrate the contributions of staff as part of the Centennial Project
  • Collected 703 pounds of food during a food drive for Ozarks Food Harvest hosted by the Staff Senate Public Affairs Committee
  • Facilitated an increase in the vacation accrual rate to 15 days after 5 years of service and 20 days after 10 years of service; funded as part of the FY06 budget

2004-2005

  • Submitted proposal to the Staff Excellence in University Service Award  to the President; funded as part of the FY05 budget as a presidential award
  • Lunch Hour Lecture Series presentations hosted by the Staff Senate Public Affairs Committee
  • Veterans Recognition Project coordinated by the Staff Senate Veterans Recognition Committee

2003-2004

  • Continued participation on the Staff Salary Task Force
  • Lunch Hour Lecture Series presentations hosted by the Staff Senate Public Affairs Committee

2002-2003

  • Submitted proposal to increase the family sick leave to 12 days per year; approved by the Board of Governors
  • Lunch Hour Lecture Series presentations hosted by the Staff Senate Public Affairs Committee

2001-2002

  • Assisted with the Campus Mail Policy changes and the procedure to register a bona fide University organization

1999-2000

  • Provided input on the retirement enhancement package