Staff Senate Initiatives

Current Initiatives

Welcome, 2015-2016 Staff Senators!

Ongoing Initiatives and Accomplishments

  • 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 and Accomplishments


  • Donated $3,100 in toys to Isabel's House. This is a 58% increase over last year's donation!
  • Supported S'mores night at Foster Recreation Center. Approximately 60 staff and their families attended the free event
  • Lee National Denim Day - after t-shirt sales and donations during fall semester, we were able to donate $1,967.94 to support breast cancer research.
  • Supported the "Meals-a-Million" activity again this year.
  • Completed our new Staff Senate Promotional Video
  • Established a work group to investigate the possibility of a Staff Salary Incentive Program. This project is on-going.
  • Established a work group to research the feasibility of sit-stand work stations for staff in sedentary jobs. This on-going project is a partnership between Staff Senate, Taylor Health and Wellness and faculty in the sciences.
  • Promoted the first annual Smore's at the FRC night for staff and their families.


  • Created a Staff Senate Event Planning Packet including a checklist for Staff Senate committees.
  • Relay for Life - Over $350 was raised by staff in spring 2014 to help support cancer research. Altogether, over $52,800 was raised at Missouri State University.
  • Friends Against Hunger
    • We collected $435.60 in change, which was matched by Prime. Altogether, this donation provided 5,445 meals to the needy in fall 2013.
    • We contributed $105.37 to the Meals A Million Pack-A-Thon project, which was matched by an anonymous donor.
  • Lee National Denim Day – Due to t-shirt sales and donations in the fall 2013 semester, we donated $2,014.58 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 – Nearly $3,000 was raised in fiscal year 2014, and two $500 scholarships were given out.
  • Created "Proud to be Staff" shirts as a way to promote staff unity and to raise additional money for the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund
  • Completed two Administrative Professionals Forums to provide professional development for our administrative staff
  • Sponsored a free bowling night at the PSU Level One gaming center.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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



  • 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



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


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


  • Provided input on the retirement enhancement package